Friday, November 17, 2017
News Roundup

Solutions: To recover desktop, change screen resolution


I have Windows XP. My desktop background went all white, but the icons are still there. The note says, "ACTIVE DESKTOP RECOVERY."

When I click "restore my active computer" it says "error in the script, line 65 Char. 1 error object doesn't support this action code O," I have no idea how to fix this.

That is a known error and can be corrected with a registry edit, but this solution is much simpler: Right click anywhere on your desktop, click Settings and then change your screen resolution. Click OK and the problem should be solved. At that point, change your settings back to the previous resolution.

If I download Microsoft Security Essentials (as I have done and installed), do I also need to download the malware-removal software from Microsoft? Or does Microsoft Essentials find malware and remove it automatically? Is there anything else I should download and install from Microsoft to make a "complete" security package, if you will?

There is a bit of overlap between Security Essentials and any of the "run as needed" malware detectors such as Microsoft's Malware Removal Tool and Malwarebytes' Antimalware program, but they run on different levels. Much like the Windows Defender Offline Beta that I wrote about in the Jan. 13 column ( that runs as an alternate boot source. I always recommend using the least intrusive approach and progressing from there when you suspect you may have a virus.

The viruses/malware change frequently, and it is good to have a few lines of defense ready. Of course, the best solution is to have the latest Windows/Internet Explorer update, make sure UAC (User Account Control) is turned on and, most importantly, use extreme vigilance when browsing and downloading any item.

I am concerned: Do I really need to allow Java on my Windows 7 system? Can I safely remove the Java software that is on the system now? It's on my hard drive. I frequently get the popup "AOS upgrade fixer is ready to update."

It is not absolutely necessary for browsing, but you may lose some functionality on various websites. It can be disabled by going to Tools, Internet options, Security. Click the Custom Level button and then scroll down until you see the "Active Scripting" settings. My recommendation is to use the default Medium-High setting.

The update notice is an annoyance, but you can turn that behavior off from the Java control panel (click Start, type Java Control Panel and then click the link, or directly at Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features). Open Java, click the Update tab and then uncheck the "Check for updates automatically" option. Just make sure that when you do download a Java update, it is signed by Sun Microsystems.

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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: 6 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., does not appear to be related to the spate of other recent shootings in Seminole Heights that have...
Updated: 6 minutes 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: 8 minutes 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...
Updated: 12 minutes ago

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...
Updated: 15 minutes ago

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,...
Updated: 22 minutes ago

Region football: Naples 24, Largo 0

NAPLES — In a game between two teams that had never met with a lot on the line, the Naples defense came up with one of its best efforts against Largo on Friday night.The Golden Eagles limited the Packers to 117 yards of offense in a 24-0 triumph in t...
Updated: 23 minutes ago

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Region football: Lakeland 52, Wiregrass Ranch 0

LAKELAND — It has been a historic season for the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls football team, which made consecutive playoff appearances for the first time, won its most games ever and experienced its first playoff victory.If this were a movie, the final sce...
Updated: 1 hour ago
FSU men roll in basketball; Florida beats USF in NCAA women’s soccer

FSU men roll in basketball; Florida beats USF in NCAA women’s soccer

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Freshman reserve Mfiondu Kabengele scored 15, Terance Mann added 14 on 7-of-9 shooting and Florida State rolled to a 67-43 win over Fordham in the Jamaica Classic on Friday night. The Seminoles held the Rams to 23 percent shoot...
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