Monday, September 24, 2018
News Roundup

Solutions: Solving 'Run Error 383'

I tried to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and got this message: "Run Error '383' text property is read only." Can you help?

There are two possible steps to fix this issue depending on whether it is due to missing Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Common Controls (mscomctl.ocx and comctl32.ocx) or a problem in your current Malwarebytes configuration files/registry. Always try the easiest fix first, which in this case is downloading the Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Common Controls: Go to microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10019 and click the Download button. On the Web page, click to expand the Install Instructions and follow the steps. If you still experience the error when running Malwarebytes, proceed to this:

1. Uninstall Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware using Add/Remove programs in the control panel.

2. Restart your computer.

3. Download and run utility program mbam-clean.exe from malwarebytes.org/mbam-clean.exe.

4. Restart your computer when prompted.

5. After the computer restarts, install the latest version from malwarebytes.org/mwb-download.php.

I bought a Dell Windows 8.1 desktop recently, and I'm keeping my old Windows XP as a backup. I'm not using it to access the Internet or email, but wonder if it's okay to use it that way if my main PC goes down. I do a lot of buying and selling online and must have one working every day.

Microsoft is no longer issuing operating and security system updates for Windows XP. You'll need to have an updated third-party (Norton, McAfee, etc.) antivirus that supports XP, but there could be vulnerabilities at the browser and operating system level that are not covered by it. If you need to use your XP PC for financial transactions, be cautious and deliberate in your online activity. The further we get from the end-of-support date (April 2014), the more vulnerable XP will become. There are still many PCs running XP, and you can be sure the scammers and crooks will try to target them to take advantage.

I am using Windows XP with SP3 and periodically perform maintenance and cleanup, including deleting temporary Internet files. But cookies remain, and the list of cookies is growing. How do I get rid of them?

The easiest way is to open Internet Explorer and click Tools, Internet Options. The following may differ slightly, depending on which version of IE you have, but find the button to delete temporary Internet files and make sure the cookies option is selected. To do this manually for Windows XP, open a file explorer window, go to C:\Documents and Settings\\cookies. You can then delete them by selecting one or all files. Ctrl-A selects all files, or you can click the first file, hold down the shift and click the last file. Holding down just the Ctrl key and clicking individual files will allow you to select multiple files. Once the files are selected, hit the DEL key.

Send questions to [email protected] or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Comments
Hillsborough deputy fatally shoots wife, turns gun on himself with children in home

Hillsborough deputy fatally shoots wife, turns gun on himself with children in home

LAND O'LAKES -- A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy fatally shot his wife early Monday morning before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.Deputy Kirk Keithley, 39, shot and killed his 33...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Judge reschedules John Jonchuck trial for spring 2019

Judge reschedules John Jonchuck trial for spring 2019

CLEARWATER — The day the murder trial of John Jonchuck was supposed to begin, attorneys met instead to discuss a new trial date.The trial, which was supposed to begin Monday, was derailed last week after Jonchuck’s defense attorneys raised concerns a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Fall may have arrived, but Tampa Bay area will still feel the heat

Fall may have arrived, but Tampa Bay area will still feel the heat

Falling leaves, cool winds and pumpkin spice characterize the autumn season, which began Saturday. But the Tampa Bay area won't be seeing any differences in our recent hot streak until mid-October, and even then it could be short-lived.Temperatures t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Firefighters respond to blaze in Lakewood High School gymnasium

Firefighters respond to blaze in Lakewood High School gymnasium

St. Petersburg firefighters responded to a fire early Monday morning in the gymnasium at Lakewood High School.According to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, firefighters responded to the school around 5:40 a.m. after a maintenance worker discovered the fir...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rick Stroud previews Bucs-Steelers

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rick Stroud previews Bucs-Steelers

The Bucs host the Steelers tonight as Monday Night Football comes to town. Will the FitzMagic continue and move Tampa Bay to 3-0? Rick Stroud breaks down the game. Also, Tony Dungy will be enshrined in the team's Ring of Honor.Plus, is there any...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Five new details on Clearwater parking space shooting

Five new details on Clearwater parking space shooting

More than two months have passed since Michael Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton in the parking lot of a convenience store.While developments in the headline-grabbing case have slowed to a trickle as it crawls through the court system, the Tampa Bay Tim...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Hooper: Don’t trade progress for pennies. Reject Amendment 1

Hooper: Don’t trade progress for pennies. Reject Amendment 1

A lot of Tampa Bay city and county elected officials should be sounding the alarm about Amendment 1.The amendment, one of 12 voters will find on the November ballot, increases the maximum homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000, but the devil is ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Drive for January: A look at how the top Group of 5 teams fared

Drive for January: A look at how the top Group of 5 teams fared

For the first time this season, we're examining how USF stacks up in comparison to the other serious Group of Five contenders for the New Year's Six bowl berth.The Group of Five conference champion ranked highest by the College Football Playoff commi...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Port Tampa Bay marks 1 million cruise passengers in a year for the first time ever

Port Tampa Bay marks 1 million cruise passengers in a year for the first time ever

TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay last week welcomed its 1-millionth cruise ship passenger for the first time ever in a single year.The port hit the milestone on Sept. 17, when the count hit 1,000,524 for this fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. It rose furthe...
Updated: 3 hours ago
The Daystarter: Building a wall against Red Tide; PolitiFact on a proposed $1 billion tax hike; Dungy goes into Ring of Honor

The Daystarter: Building a wall against Red Tide; PolitiFact on a proposed $1 billion tax hike; Dungy goes into Ring of Honor

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll have scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Highs today will be in the lower 90s.• As you head out for your morning commute, c...
Updated: 4 hours ago