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Free virus scan is not worth even half the price

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AJ+.COLUMN

A postscript to last week's tale of a pair of web hoaxes is reports of a site which purports to be a free virus checking site but then, after a visible ramble through the hard disk of the surfer's computer, tells them that that they have the Wassaboo virus.

In between panic pounding of the keyboard the site informs the victim that they do not have the virus, then that their disk is being formatted, then that all their data had been copied, and then that none of the above is true.This apparently is a practical joke.There are a lot of nincompoops around on the Web and, for the record, the site is www. freevirusscan. org.

Some may ask what you expect if you always go for cheap or free.The other more useful take on that is it makes sense to buy serious applications for important things such as your main program and security - and buy from the heavies.Though tell that to customers of the gravitas-rich Consumers'Association whose credit card details turned out to be accessible to an enquiring hacking world.

I know this isn't Web-related and I know one usually uses something like AutoCAD, but at some time everyone uses Word.This little routine has turned out to be a wildfire success around the office. It solves the highlighting problem that, bizarrely, Word has had for several versions.Like when you start to highlight by clicking and holding down the mouse button and try to go up or down beyond the current screen boundaries you suddenly find yourself somewhere near the beginning or the end of the file and swearing quite a lot.

Here's the solution.Put your cursor at the beginning spot and click with the left button. Ignore any little spelling menu which might pop up.

Then, not holding down any buttons or doing anything clever, simply go down to where you want the highlight to end.

Here, hold down one of the shift keys and simply click.The passage is now highlighted.Aah.

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