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Speed Test & How to Copy Files

Had a couple of situations last week that I want to pass along. Found some more information regarding rootkits and where they come from, and also got info on a couple of good websites for testing your computer’s ISP connection speed and bandwidth.  In addition, received a phone call from a friend looking for help in copying old files to his new computer. Got to thinking . . . others might find some of this helpful – so we’re passing along the answer to my friend’s question as well as the other information on rootkits and the links to online speed tests.

When does ‘no’ mean ‘yes’.

After a second encounter with another rootkit and having to have my computer repaired yet again – I thought it might be good to know how those rootkits are getting past the ‘paid’ version of AVG to cause all that trouble. On checking with my computer ‘guru’ friend, found out that rootkits can pretty well access your computer from anywhere – website, email, images, etc. – even pop-ups.   While you may not be able to tell what’s going on in the background when you visit a website, or view an image, and  you  know not to open any suspicious emails there is a time when you can possibly avert a problem.  And that is with pop-ups.

Pop-ups are a whole different animal. Was told that if you have a pop-up appear on your screen – and we’ve all seen them – where you’re given the option of clicking ‘OK’, ‘Cancel’ or ‘X-ing’ out – this may be a rootkit trying to access your computer. And it doesn’t matter what you click – if you click NO, CANCEL or X-out – the program is set for any action to equal ‘YES’ and attack your computer.

Solution is not to click on anything, leave the pop-up on the screen, untouched and restart your computer.    Most of these pesky pop-ups can be stopped by  setting the Pop-up Blocker to ‘off’.   (You can turn this feature on and off – if you didn’t already know.    Get online, select TOOLS from the Internet Tool Bar,  go to  POP-UP BLOCKER.  From there you can choose to turn pop-ups off or adjust the Settings.  Settings allows you to give permission to certain sites for pop-ups, if you want them.

Safe Speed Test & Broadband Check

We all want to get what we pay for and the speed your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is no different. I was having a problem with my speed last week and checked it out at http://www.speedtest.net .   This is an online test – no download involved – that will Ping your computer, find the closest location, then test the download/upload speed and give you the results.

I might mention that when I called my ISP with a complaint, they wanted me to download an .exe file into my computer so they could check my speed. While they are a large company, I could see no reason why I should down load an execute file into my computer when, in my opinion, a speed test could be run on line by a reputable site – no download necessary.

If anyone ever asks you to download an .exe file – a red flag should go up. I’m very hesitant to download any files, especially if it wants to ‘make changes’ to my computer.

Want to check the broad band speed?  The following site was recommended by the ROKU technical department – www.all-nettools.com.   You’ll find a lot of other good tools there as well.

Question?

Got a call from a friend.  He  wanted to know how to copy files from a Flash Drive to his new computer.   Since he wasn’t wanting to make any changes – just copy existing files, the easiest way to do this is through the ‘Start Menu > Computer  >  C Drive’.   Doing this  will allow him to see all his computer’s drives and any other hardware he might have  connected.

The following steps are very basic and cover copying files from a Flash Drive to the C Drive.

1.  Insert the Flash Drive containing the files to be copied into one of the computer’s USB ports.

2.  Click on the computer’s ‘Start’ Menu and select ‘Computer’

3.  Double click on the Flash Drive you want to copy FROM (This will open the drive and let you see all the files on the Drive so you can select the files you want to copy.)

4.  Select the files you want to copy. You can select multiple files by holding down the SHIFT key and then left-clicking the first file and last file you want to copy. These selected files and everything in between will be highlighted.

5.  Once the files are selected, place the cursor over the highlighted area and RIGHT CLICK once. You will see a box pop-up. You can then select ‘SEND TO’ or ‘COPY’.

If you use ‘SEND TO’ follow these directions:

Select the C Drive and hit ‘ENTER’. Depending on your computer, you may need to click OK.

(IF you do not see the Drive you want or are unable to open the folder you want, you’ll need to perform a ‘COPY’ function.

If you use ‘COPY’ follow these directions:

1.  Select the files you want to copy. You can select multiple files by holding down the SHIFT key and then left-clicking on the first file and last file you want to copy. These selected files and everything in between will be highlighted.  (See Step 4 above)

2.  Once the files are selected, place the cursor over the highlighted area and RIGHT CLICK once. You will see a box pop-up. Select ‘COPY’.

3.  The files are now copied to the clipboard. Use the back arrow in the upper right corner to go back to the previous screen where all of the computer Drives are displayed.

4.  Once you are back to the Drive screen, open the Drive or Device where you want the files to be copied to by DOUBLE Left CLICKING on that Drive or device.

5.  Once the Drive or device is open (you’ll see a list of all the files in that Drive),  right click the mouse one time anywhere on the screen and select ‘PASTE’.

6.  This will place the copied files into the Drive you’ve selected.

NOTE: If you want the copied files to be separate from the existing files, you can create a “New Folder’. Once you’ve selected ‘New Folder’, give it whatever name you want, then open it. Once you have the New Folder open, right click the mouse once and select the PASTE option just the same as if you were putting the files directly into the C Drive.  All of the files you copied will now be in your newly created folder.

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