Friday, November 17, 2017
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Solutions: Solving 'Run Error 383'

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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.

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Possible wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday

TAMPA — A multi-vehicle crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday may have been caused by a driver traveling in the wrong direction, Tampa police said.The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes closer to the Tampa side of the causeway, near ...
Updated: 9 minutes ago

Region football: Clearwater Central Catholic 37, Calvary Christian 10

CLEARWATER — The ice bath ensued for Clearwater Central Catholic coach Chris Harvey after the Marauders’ 37-10 victory over Calvary Christian in Friday’s Class 3A region final. The win placed the Marauders (11-0) in their fifth state tournament since...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — Police took one person into custody late Friday after a drive-by shooting ended in Seminole Heights.The incident, which unfolded about 11 p.m., did not appear to be related to the spate of other recent shootings in Seminole Heights that have ...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

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Updated: 28 minutes ago
Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

SEFFNER — Hillsborough conquered one nemesis with last week’s win over Class 6A defending state finalist Lake Gibson, the team that knocked the Terriers out of the playoffs in the first round a year ago.But there was an even bigger stumbling block to...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Region football: Ocala Vanguard 35, Mitchell 31

NEW PORT RICHEY — The start wasn’t quite befitting of a playoff game between undefeated teams, but the end of Friday’s war between Ocala Vanguard and Mitchell certainly was.Like last year’s Class 6A regional semifinal, the Mustangs held a three-point...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

ZEPHYRHILLS — For Zephyrhills, Friday night’s Class 5A region semifinal against Green Cove Springs Clay was doomed by 12 bad minutes. The Bulldogs led by four points at halftime but allowed 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and were not able ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood came into Friday’s playoff game knowing its defense had to help control field position against Jesuit. The Spartans (9-1) left Friday’s game with a ticket to Immokalee for a region final — and six Tigers (6-5) turnovers en r...
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Region football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Palmetto 26

TAMPA — Another Friday night, another offensive explosion.Tampa Bay Tech’s offense continued its torrid pace and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. accounted for five total touchdowns as the Titans rolled past Palmetto 42-26 in a Class 7A, Region 3 semifi...
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Region football: Cambridge Christian 50, Indian Rocks Christian 14

TAMPA — The Cambridge Christian offense was clicking, and quarterback Jaylin Jackson couldn’t seem to be stopped. Still, as the second quarter clock dwindled, Indian Rocks Christian was hanging around.So with just more than a minute left in the half,...
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