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Solutions: Steps to save your Web Favorites

I'm not very computer savvy. Can you tell me how I can print out my Favorites list in case something happens to our computer?

You'll want to do more than print it out. You'll also need to save your cookie files, and these would be of no use in a printout. Aside from printing your Favorites list, store it on a disc or USB flash drive. Here's how: From Internet Explorer click File, Import and Export … click Next and then click Export Favorites. Select the top-level Favorites folder and click Next. The output file will default to bookmark.htm in your My Documents folder (you can change this name/location if you want).

Click Next and then Finish. You can repeat this sequence, selecting "Export Cookies" to also save your cookie files (convenient for Web site passwords and settings).

You can then open these files with Wordpad (or most any other editor) and print them out if you really want a hard copy. But also move these files to a flash drive. If something happens to your PC, or you want to move to a new PC, you can use the process above, only this time Importing the Favorites and cookie files from your flash drive.

Virus news

A new variant of worm named Koobface has been spreading recently, mostly through Facebook and MySpace accounts. The worm sends spam messages to friends' accounts.

The messages contain a link to a phony YouTube video.

When the unsuspecting user clicks the link, a message appears saying that the latest version of Flash Player is needed to watch the clip. However, instead of Flash Player, a file called codecsetup.exe is downloaded to the user's PC, infecting it. Most up-to-date antivirus programs will catch this, but to be on the safe side, never download anything unless it is coming directly from the vendor's site. In the case of a Flash Player update, that would be Adobe.com.

ANTIVIRUS UPDATE: Microsoft announced recently that it will be renaming and repackaging its OneCare antivirus/spyware application under the name Morro. This will happen sometime around June 2009 and the application will now be free. That's right, free.

For details, go to Microsoft's Web site.

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Solutions: Steps to save your Web Favorites 12/12/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 15, 2008 4:15pm]

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