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Customize Windows: Where is that thing?

If you’re gonna customize your Windows experience, you need to know how to get around.  Traditionally, it’s sort of been an “in the know” game when it comes to finding stuff.  Half the time, any given thing you’re looking for has been downloaded or installed to a default place.  And while it’s generally become easier to find things in newer versions of Windows  (thanks in large part to a better Windows search) it’s still better to know where things are.

Why?  Well, it’s all about opening and uploading things.  When you open a word processor or photo editor and opt to “Open” a file, Windows guesses where you want to go.  9 time out of 10, it doesn’t open to the right place.

And then there’s uploading.  As we’ve become more integrated into Web-based platforms like social media and self-run blogs, the necessity of moving things from your PC to your Web album and data-storage is a daily task.

upload file

Usually it’s easy, right?  Facebook says upload a file and then opens Windows Explorer to where Windows thinks that file will be.

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DLL Errors and Malware

Nobody loves malware on their machines. In fact, most of us are constantly on guard from spyware, viruses and the like – this is why we routinely monitor, sweep and clean our computers. Occasionally, however, your cleaning efforts can actually solve one major problem while creating another. Let’s say you successfully identify and clean a piece of malware, but then an error message starts popping up that looks like this:

rundll_error3 rundll_error2

What does it mean?

The Nature of Malware

Malware is the name we use for anything rotten that other people attach to your computer. This can include spyware, adware, email worms, and – yes – viruses. One thing that the vast majority of malware programs have in common is that they prefer to stay hidden away down in the recesses of your machine. Continue reading