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Tuesday
May172011

5AA Adelaide's Techguy Spot For 17th May

I was on 5AA today with Amanda Blair.

If you would like to listen to the segment , please right click and save to your computer ( it is about 4MB )

5AA Spot For 17th May

Here are the main issues that we discussed.

Google Recipe Search

If you type in Google Recipe Search into Google you will end up Google's new search engine for recipe's

From here you enter a recipe in the search box which will enable you to further refine your search by

  • Cooking Time
  • Ingredients
  • Calories

Adjusting your criteria will result in an alteration of the recipes that Google show you.

Listener Question

If my computer and wifi modem are turned off , can hackers still access my computer.

Answer

No , however make sure when your computer is on that you have wireless security turned on and that it is WPA2

Listener Question

I currently use AVG for my antivirus but am receiving popups telling me to click and upgrade , is this safe?

Answer

Be wary of pop ups , I would uninstall AVG and reinstall a new updated version , be extremely careful of any pop ups advertising antivirus solutions as they are usually virus's hoping you will click and install.I prefer the FREE Microsoft Security Essentials to AVG.

Listener Question

Could I use the iPhone as a substitute for a laptop?

Answer

Surfing the net , Facebook and some apps yes , serious work no , and think of your eyesight.

Listeners have also emailed me these questions

I heard you on 5AA this afternoon and you mentioned all of the junk mail associated with Viagra sites.
I made a big mistake. After receiving a couple of messages a few days in a row, I responded asking that I not be sent their rubbish, but that just started a 'bombardment' and some days I can receive over 200 messages in SPAM file.
Is there a way to stop this?

Regards

Darrel

Hi Darrel
Thanks for the email.
Yes you do have a problem as one of my big pieces of advice to people is never , ever reply or acknowledge any piece of spam and do not use the unsubscribe feature as all you are doing is telling the spammers that you are there. Hence the amount of spam you are now getting.
If this mail is with your yahoo account , you only have one choice , get a new Yahoo account / email account ( I would get a gmail account as they seem to have less spam ).
Set up the account first, then notify your email contacts over a couple of weeks , then leave that infected email address for good.
Regards
Richard

Hello Richard, I heard your segment on 5AA and hope you can help me. Recently I renewed my subscription to Trend Security installing Trend Titanium. I dont know if its a coincidence or not but ever since whenever I try to view a Youtube video or something similar my computer freezes and about 15 seconds later the screen goes blank with the "no signal" message then turns off, however the computer fans are still working, I then need to restart.
The computer still works when I play a DVD in the drive and some videos work from the AdelaideNow website. Email attachment videos still work on mediaplayer but videos from most websites do not, causing the same problem as above.
I have latest versions of flashplayer etc but nothing seems to fix the problem.
Thank you for your time
Leanne

Hi Leanne
Have a look at the settings on Trend as i think you have to adjust them down as Trend does have issues with certain sites. Do you have the parental controls on?
To see if it is the software and some people do have issues with Trend depending on their computer and setup , I would uninstall Trend from the control panel and install Microsoft Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx , then see if you still have the issue.
I dont think you will.
Also make sure your Windows Updates optional and important are all done.
Let me know if i can help further
Regards
Richard

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