11/30/21 - Fake popup to install a bad browser add-on

Yesterday I was trying to bring up an old webpage - pcainternational.com

This is from a photographic company I worked for a 1000 years ago back in the 80's.  I'm pretty sure the company has gone out of business.  Instead of the webpage I expected, I got the popup you see below in the screen shot.  Notice the browser's address bar has redirected me to something called "Get browser safe".  Had I clicked the the large "Continue" button no doubt something bad would have been installed on my computer.  I just closed down the browser tab instead by clicking the "X" at the top.

I've never seen a popup like this before, but I suspect this is a common way bad add-on's get installed into our browsers and change settings like our homepage.  A good rule of thumb would be if something doesn't look normal just get out of it somehow and don't give it permission.

11/28/21 - Hidden close button

Sometimes I use the Bing search engine by Microsoft to look for pictures.  But lately I've seen a popup advertising some new service that looks impossible to close down.  After seeing it a few times I found the hidden "X" button.  Notice how Microsoft moved it from the upper right corner down a bit and made it much smaller.  I've marked it with a red arrow in the picture below.

11-8-21  How to save an entire webpage as a picture

These steps only work with the Firefox browser.

It will save the entire webpage as a PNG file in your downloads folder.

That picture can be opened up, cropped, or even printed.

Steps:
  1.  Add the "Take a screenshot" icon to the toolbar.
      Settings menu button, "More tools", "Customize toolbar"
      Drag the "Screenshot" icon to the toolbar.
      It looks like a pair of scissors.
      Click DONE in the lower right corner when finished.
  2.  Open the webpage you want to capture.
  3.  Click the "Take a screenshot" toolbar icon.
  4.  Click "Save full page" or "Save visible"
      A preview will show, click DOWNLOAD
  5.  Click the download toolbar icon to find the picture.

11-7-21  Fake email from PayPal

10/26/21 - Working with contact lists in Outlook.com email

 

Creating a contacts list:

  1.  Click the People button along the left bar.

  2.  Find the words "New contact" in the upper left,

      then click the down arrow to the right.

  3.  Choose "New contact list" from the menu.

      A "New contact list" screen will show.

  4.  Type in a name for your list.

  5.  You must add at least one person's email to your

      new list now before you can create it.

      Do this by typing an email address in the empty

      box under "Add email addresses", then click ADD.

      As you type a list of addresses will show.

      You can choose them off the list if you like.

  6.  When done click the CREATE button at the bottom.

      If you click the "X" that cancels your changes.

 

Bringing up a list to see who is in it:

  1.  Click the People button along the left bar.

  2.  Click "All contact lists" along the left side.

  3.  Click the list you want in the middle.

  4.  The people in the list show on the right side.

 

Adding contacts to an existing list method 1:

  Use this method if they are already in your contacts.

  1.  Click the People button along the left bar.

  2.  Click to checkmark each person you want to add.

  3.  Click "Add to list"

  4.  Click the "+" symbol by the list.

Adding contacts to an existing list method 2:

  Use this method if they are NOT in your contacts.

  Note - this adds people to the list but not

  to your normal contacts list.

  1.  Click the People button along the left bar.

  2.  Click "All contact lists" along the left side.

  3.  Click the list you want in the middle.

  4.  The people in the list show on the right side.

  5.  Click "Edit" along the top of the list.

      This brings up an "Edit contact list" screen.

  6.  Click inside the "Add email addresses" field.

      Type in an email address then click ADD.

      As you type, a list of addresses will show.

      You can choose them off the list if you like.

  7.  When done click the SAVE button at the bottom.

      If you click the "X" that cancels your changes.

 

Removing people from an existing list:

  1.  Click the People button along the left bar.

  2.  Click "All contact lists" along the left side.

  3.  Click the list you want in the middle.

  4.  The people in the list show on the right side.

  5.  Click "Edit" along the top of the list.

      This brings up an "Edit contact list" screen.

  6.  Click the "X" to the right of each person

      you want to remove from the list.

  7.  When done click the SAVE button at the bottom.

      If you click the "X" that cancels your changes.

  Note - this only removes the people from the list,

  not from your normal contacts list if they are there.

 

Removing an entire list:

  1.  Click the People button along the left bar.

  2.  Click "All contact lists" along the left side.

  3.  Click the list you want in the middle.

  4.  Click "Delete" along the top of the list.

  5.  Click "Delete" in the confirmation prompt.

  Note - this removes the list only, not anyone

  that is in your normal contacts list already.

 

Getting out of contacts and back to your email:

  Just click the word "Outlook" in the far upper left.

10/19/21 - Health video that will make you laugh

If you've watched any of the health videos on my health webpage, you're going to love this one.

9/21/21 - Fake Firefox update popup

I was doing a Google search this morning.  When I opened the webpage it showed briefly for a second, then switched to the full screen popup I have pictured below.  I'm using the Firefox browser and this popup says I'm using an old version and offers to update it.  This is fake and I just closed down the webpage.  Had I continued this would have likely installed a virus of some kind possibly one of those ransomware viruses that encrypt your files and hold your computer hostage.  So how did I know this was fake?

  • I know I'm using the current version of Firefox.  It tells me when it updates itself after the fact.

  • All browsers update themselves automatically in the background with Windows 7, 8, and 10.

  • Browsers never install themselves using zip files, like the popup wants to do in the lower right.

  • The web address at the top is from "oyogist.com", which doesn't look anything like Firefox.

  • When I moused over the green Update button the link shows in the lower left, again "oyogist.com".

If you ever get popups or emails you don't 100% understand, it's always best to get out and ignore them.  If you have it on the screen you can always give me a call, there is no charge for an opinion.

8/27/21 - Edge browser popup I got today

When I started my Edge browser today I seen this popup "recommending" to change some settings.  If you look close they want to change my browser's home page and default search engine to things from Microsoft.  There is absolutely no reason to change these settings.  It benefits them and not you.  I clicked the 2nd choice to just leave things alone, then clicked the APPLY SETTINGS button.  Occasionally browsers want to do things like this so keep your eyes opened.  Another example is the constant popup ad to install Google Chrome anytime you open a Google webpage using another browser other than Chrome.

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