--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 52 Nov 1, 2001
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Internet Hunting"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "How To Find Out Who's Infecting You"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Removing Programs: A Blast from the Past"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Changing ClipArt Colors in PowerPoint"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Internet Hunting"
Last time I wrote about wondering about this and that and
everything in between. Today, I'm still wondering.
Except my wondering has taken on a hunting slant.
I've been getting an email attachment that's recognized by my
anti-virus program. It lands in the inbox like clockwork.
Okay, I set up a filter to delete this thing whenever it
arrives. But today, we'd had enough. "We" is Jann and myself.
(Jann is my wife, and one smart cookie.)
She tracked down the source of this offending cybercreature.
Then I called the phone number I found associated with the
"Hello, XXXXXXXXXX consulting. Can I help you?" says the voice
on the the other end.
"Yes, this is Tom from the Newbie Club. I've tracked you down
as the source of a virus. Is your email address such and such?"
"Hold on, let me transfer your call."
So she transfers me to another lady who is very excited about
my call. "Really?! We're the source of this virus?"
Yes, she was. It turns out they use Outlook Express in their
office... and guess what the email header shows as the program
sending this message and its infected attachment?
Outlook Express. A great email client... but it has security
holes in it.
She said she would get ahold of her "computer guy" and tell
him about this. I told her if he just blows this off to get
a new computer guy.
The fact that this viral attachment is being sent out from her
system is not her fault. Blame lies with the creator of the
virus. It infects the Outlook Express address book.
What can her office to do stop this? she wanted to know. "Stop
using Outlook Express." Well, that's the easiest solution. But
in reality, she could spend time (and money) having her
computer guy dis-infect the computer system. Then she could
continue using the program... until it gets infected again.
The Internet can be used in many ways. It really is a terrific
tool for research, detectives, and anyone else. I share this
stuff with you because I think you'll learn something from
it. And that you'll find that learning is FUN.
If you have something you've done that's on the sleuthful
side, we'd be happy to hear your story. Just send it to us
Until next time,
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A. "MS Word"
A funny name for a word processor. The "MS" stands for
Microsoft. And "Word" is the name of their program that
manipulates your words on the computer screen. Word uses
a format that saves stuff with a ".doc" file extension.
The .doc extension can only be opened if you have MS Word
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Do you know what XP stands for? How about Xylophone Player?
Sounds good to me. If you know what it stands for, please,
for my sanity's sake, tell me.
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==> 2. Tutorial: "How To Find Out Who's Infecting You
Okay... you get email. How do you know where it comes
from? You look at the subject line, or the from line... and
you think you know. But is it really so? Maybe, maybe not.
You can check the headers of your email to be sure. This is how
I find out WHO is responsible for sending me infected email
If you're using a web based email program, like Hotmail,
Yahoo, etc., this isn't going to work. Instead, those web
based systems have a lot of built in options you can use to
clean up stuff before you ever see it.
Okay, assuming you're using Outlook Express, or Eudora,
click the message you want to dig deeper into to
highlight it. Then, either double click the same line, or
right click and select Properties. Look at the details using
the Details tab in Outlook Express... or use the "Blah blah
blah" icon in Eudora to see the additional header details.
(Yes, there really is an icon that has "Blah blah blah" on
it... used to get the extra header info.)
If the steps you read here don't apply to your program, you
can probably figure it out by right clicking and looking for
"Properties" or some similar language on the window you'll see
when you right click.
The details will vary from sender to sender. But as you study
these headers, you'll see some interesting stuff there. Try it.
You may find something interesting.
One note... if you do discover the source of some mystery
email, you can try writing an email to that source. But if the
source is infected with a virus, you'll most likely just get
another infected file attachment as a return gift.
Not the sort of gift that's worth getting. But hey, viruses
are free. Which goes to prove that free stuff really isn't the
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==> 3. Tutorial: How to Remove Programs (A blast from the past)
How to properly remove programs from your computer:
Windows 95 (and 98) has added a little program that helps you
delete applications safely and CORRECTLY. Why correctly?
Because a lot of new software leaves entries in the Registry,
and unless you uninstall your programs, the excess code gets
left behind. Not so tidy. So when you want to uninstall an
application, follow these steps:
1. Click Start.
2. Choose Settings > Control Panel.
3. In the Control Panel window, double-click the Add/Remove
4. Under "The following software can be automatically removed
by Windows..." select the application you want to remove.
5. Click Add/Remove and follow the instructions to remove the
application. It will show you dialog boxes to assist you in the
When you remove programs, you may be asked if you want to
remove files called "DLLs". That's an acronym for Dynamic Linked
Library file. These are shared by other programs. If you want to be
real safe, just answer "No" to the question. Everything but the
files in question will be removed. (Everything related to the
program you're uninstalling, of course.)
This is all very geeky, really. But the time may come when you
need to uninstall something. So use this. Don't just randomly
delete the files that make up programs.
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==> 4. Linda's Office: "Changing ClipArt Colors in PowerPoint"
NOTE: These tips apply to Microsoft Office products, such as
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Not to Microsoft Works products.
This is one that some people don't know because they assume
ClipArt works the same in all the Office programs. But,
PowerPoint has some greater capabilities when it comes to
graphics than Word or Excel have. Here's an example: Inside
PowerPoint, insert a ClipArt picture in one of your slides
by going to the Insert Menu and choosing Picture, then ClipArt.
When you insert the ClipArt, you should see your Picture
Toolbar. If you don't, go to the View Menu and choose
Toolbars, then Picture.
Make sure your picture is selected by clicking on it once so
it has the little white boxes around it and look on your
Picture Toolbar for the "Recolor Picture" button. It should
be the fourth one from the right end and looks like a paint
bucket with a picture behind it. Click on it and you will
see this box:
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As you can see, all of the colors in your ClipArt image are
listed on the right and to the left are dropdown boxes where
you can choose different colors to replace them. As you
change them, notice the preview on the right changes to
show you how your ClipArt will look with the new colors.
Once you've made all your changes, simply click OK and your
picture appears in your slide with its new look.
I've used this to change yellow flowers to pink ones and
dull gray cars to flashy red ones. The thing to remember
is that changing the color in one place changes every instance
of that color in your picture. So, if you don't mind the
gray-haired man sitting in the gray car becoming a redhead
when his car changes color, you will be fine.
Hang in there!
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