Monthly Archives: July 2003

Computer questions

Once again, I’m going to use this article as a forum for readers questions and comments especially the following question that has been submitted by a large number of my readers which relates to the Spybot ( program that I have been recommending that everybody download to remove ad ware.On the whole the response has been fantastic although there do appear to be problems on certain computers as the following reader will testify:

I was very interested in your article last week and promptly downloaded Spybot Search and Destroy.I thought that there was no problem until I tried to access it and an ERROR STARTING PROGRAM box appeared which stated “a required DLL file. WS2_32.DLL was not found.” Could you please tell me if this was a file that was not downloaded, although I uninstalled and downloaded a second Read the rest

Computer cleanup Part 2

Once again, I’m going to use this weeks article as a forum for readers questions and comments.

Thanks for recommending the Spybot program.The amount of junk that it detected and cleaned up on my computer was incredible.There is a program called eAnthology which may be the most invasive program ever; It leaves bits and pieces of itself everywhere so even after it has been uninstalled it was no surprise when Spybot found more of it even though nothing was showing up in the Program Files.

Thanks again for your helpful column.

Ian MacMillan, via e-mail

I’ve had a lot of useful feedback regarding Spybot and personally speaking it is now on a CD in my toolbox which travels around the bay to help customers suffering from intrusive advertising and pop-ups.For those of you who haven’t downloaded this free ad removal program, Read the rest

Epson CX3200

I’ve never been a big fan of multifunction devices for the PC; they include a scanner, photocopier and a printer all in built into one unit but I’ve found that they tend to sacrifice quality on all three components.The modern devices that have begun appearing on the market tend to be of good quality at a very low price and so it seemed appropriate that now I should do a review covering one such device, the Epson CX3200.

For just shy of £120 all inclusive from an online retailer such as you get a 5760dpi printer, a 600 x 1200 scanner and a fully featured photocopier which would of course cost you a lot more if you were to buy each unit separately.The unit connects to the computer via a standard USB port which means you simply plug it in, install the supplied software and you are ready to Read the rest

Computer cleanup

A niggling computer problem I’ve been living with recently just got a little too much and so the last 15 minutes have been spent looking for a solution which I thought may have been of interest to the majority of you.Specifically, the problem I was experiencing was a nasty piece of code called ‘’ which meant that whenever an incorrect website was typed in to the address bar that the website would appear filled with adverts.So, for example if I misspelt Google and typed in rather than then I would be subjected to blatant advertising rather than the screen that used to come up saying that the page could not be found.

Quite a common complaint submitted by readers is intrusive software which often installs itself onto their systems with no easy way to remove it.Quite often the Read the rest