My Outlook email file is too large, how do I set up auto-archiving?

The way that Outlook stores your emails/contacts/calendar/etc. is all in one encapsulating file (.pst file), and as this file grows in size you will realize performance issues with Outlook.  If you notice underneath your “Personal Folders” you will see “Archive Folders”, this is where your emails are moved to limit the size of your mail file.  What I would recommend is setting up “auto-archiving” of your emails to limit the size of your email file and ultimately speed up Outlook.

To set up “Auto-archiving” follow the steps below (Outlook 2007):

1. Open Outlook and click on “Tools” then “Options”

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2. Click on the “Other” tab

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3. From here you select multiple options in regards to how often you want to auto-archive, the time length before emails should be archived, etc.

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4. Click “Ok” and you are all set!  Your email file should limit it’s size now and hopefully improve some performance in Outlook.

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System Defragmenter Malware Scam

What is System Defragmenter and why do you need to remove it?  This is malware (what is malware?) and is not a genuine system or disk defragmenter program and will try to trick you by telling you that you have various file errors on your computer. This malware will run a fake system scan to try to convince you that there are major errors on your computer that need to be fixed fast and that you need to buy the full version of this software.

Possible Error Messages:

– Caution! 30% of your hard drive has been damaged and the information stored on it may be unrecoverable

– The temperature of your hard drive is reaching critical levels due to un-optimized files and hard drive damage. Immediate action is necessary to preserve the rest of your information.

– Your PC is in danger of crashing due to abnormal levels of heat buildup. You must improve your hard drive efficiency to decrease the temperature before it’s too late.

How to Fix:

1. Restart Your Computer and as soon as it turns back on (when you see the Dell, Gateway Logo, etc.), called the BIOS screen, press “F8″

2. When prompted how to start windows, select: “Start Computer in Safe Mode with Networking” (see image below)

3. Open your internet brower once Windows loads and download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware by clicking here

4. After downloading and installing MalwareBytes, select “Run Full Scan” (see image below),  and remove all infections upon completion.

Your computer should be fixed now but if for some reason the problem isn’t corrected, you should contact a service professional as the program can set up its installation in the startup folder so meaning it will re-install every time you load windows.

I hope this helps as the amount of Malware Scams are continuing to grow rampant.

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AVG 2011… should I upgrade?

For all of you out there that are using AVG 8.5 or 9.0 Free you have been seeing messages about updating to the new version, AVG Free 2011.  What is new in AVG 2011?

– Improved Social Networking security.

Keeps you and your friends safe on social networks by checking all links exchanged in real time. It runs automatically as soon as you install AVG Internet Security 2011.

– The AVG Toolbar now uses Google as opposed to Yahoo

Just a personal preference but I prefer to search via Google than Yahoo.

– AVG Introduced what they call “Smart Scanning Technology

The new smart scanning technology uses minimal resources when you’re at your PC, concentrating solely on real potential risks, and then conducting heavier, secondary maintenance when you’ve stepped away.  This is the greatest new feature I have seen through all the improvements, it doesn’t slow your computer down as much when you first start a Virus Scan.

If you are currently running AVG Free 9.0, it is still supported, but you might want to start thinking about upgrading to the newer AVG.

My Overall Review: Great improvements and I still would recommended AVG Free to anyone.

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