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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, February 28, 2016

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Top Scams of 2016 - Dating Scams
Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: How to Determine the Email Address for Spam Complaints
Special Feature: Apple iPad and iPhone iOS 9 – Changes and Hidden Features: Battery Management
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Disable Indexing Services
Websites of Interest: Leap Year; The Garden Planting Calendar; Smart Homeowners; How to Start Selling Your Stuff Online

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Special Feature: Top Scams of 2016 - Dating Scams

From scamguard.com

Here are few steps to consider when engaging in online dating.

1. Scrutinize their profile. Take the time to carefully look over the profile of anyone you are interested in. Be sure there is more than one picture and that the pictures show different situations. If the person is claiming to be single check the photos for a wedding band, liars could easily forget a small detail like a ring. Check their distance from you. A scammer won't care about the distance between you two, it makes it easier to never meet and easier to hide the truth. Don't waste time on long distance scammers.

2. Ask questions. Ask your love interest where they are from, where they went to school, where they hang out. If this person is from a different city, do some research and ask about local landmarks. Ask where they work and what they do. Scammers will certainly lie about their career to make themselves sound better. Again, do some research about the duties involved in their line of work and ask what their job entails. If your love buddy knows nothing about their own career ditch them.

3. Too sweet too soon. You just met online and they are already calling you sweetie, honey, baby, sugar or other lovey-dovey names. They may even mention marriage after a few chat sessions. They will say how perfect you two are together and all this without ever having met. They might even suggest that it was fate or God bringing you two together. They may also say they feel depressed when they don't talk to you. All of this is intended to manipulate your emotions. Avoid anyone who falls madly in love with you after a few chats.

4. Money. They ask for money. Your new love interest is hit with a sudden wave of illness and needs financial help. They were in a car accident or found out they have cancer and need chemotherapy but they just don't have the cash. If they aren't suffering from an illness, then they are desperately love-sick and NEED to see you. Unfortunately, they don't have the cash. This is where you will be asked for money. If this happens, report the scammer and move on with your life. Don't get wrapped up in all the drama, none of it is true.

5. Get Proof. Ask your love interest for current photos. Not photos taken last week or yesterday. Have them use their phone or webcam and take a picture right there and then. If your love claims that isn't possible, give them the benefit of the doubt and say you need a photo of them holding a paper with a message to you or ask them to write their username on their hand. Either way, get a real photo in real time.

Online dating is a great way to meet people. It's also a playground for liars and scammers. So, be careful who you invest your time and emotions in. Take a good long look at the profiles of anyone who messages you. Ask personal questions about where they live and what they do and research to see if what they say matches with reality. Watch out for people who fall head over heels for you after a few chats. Never give anyone money and ditch anyone who asks for it. Ask for photos and lots of them and anything else that you need to prove the person you are talking to is trust worthy. If this person is interested and honest they will have no problem providing what you ask for. Use these tips and if you are talking with a scammer, you will soon find out.

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Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: How to Determine the Email Address for Spam Complaints

Spam, spam and spam. How to avoid spam, how to filter spam, and how to complain about spam are the items on this menu of junk mail fighting tips. With the help of Heinz Tschabitscher of about.com, we are presenting an ongoing series of tips and tricks that you can use to minimize the amount of junk mail that you will receive in your email inbox.

If you got spam from someone, it is best to complain to their Internet Service Provider. But what email address at the ISP should you use?
Know the Email Address for Spam Complaints

Generally, you can assume that

* abuse@isp.com

has been set up specifically to deal with spam complaints.

If you get spam from a Yahoo! Mail account, you should direct your complaint to abuse@yahoo.com, for example.

If Abuse@* Does Not Work

Some hosts received so much spam at the standard abuse address that they set up special mailboxes. The Network Abuse Clearinghouse keeps a database of such addresses which you can search easily.

To find out which ISP the spammer is using, it's best to use a service like SpamCop.
http://www.spamcop.net/

In our next edition: How to Submit Spam to SpamCop via Emai

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Special Feature: Apple iPad and iPhone iOS 9 – Changes and Hidden Features: Battery Management

iOS 9 for the iPad and iPhone is available for download. You can access the software update via Settings > General> Software Update > Download and Install.

We’ve had some time to play around with iOS 9 for a bit. We’re looking at a more proactive OS and fun upgrades all around. Here are some changes:

Low Power Mode – iOS 9 keeps your battery life usage optimized under Low Power mode, giving the battery an extended 3 hours of extra on-time on this mode. Low Power Mode dims the screen and eliminates some visual effects. It also turns off Hey Siri, mail fetch, automatic downloads, app refresh, and reduces performance.

Low Power Mode can be enabled at any time (Settings>Battery), and iOS will offer to enable it once your iPhone or iPad drops below 20% battery life.

Facedown Detection – Place the iPhone face down to stop the screen from turning on. iOS 9 uses the ambient light and proximity sensors to do this, helping to save battery life.

Get Battery Usage Details – Now we can tell which app or process is taking most of the battery life on your device. Just go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage to see the usage details.

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Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Disable Indexing Services

As your Windows computer ages, its speed can decrease. You will notice an increase in response time when you give commands to open programs, files or folders, use the Internet and other tasks. There are several things you can do to speed up your computer.
In our ongoing series, Speed Up a Slow Computer, we will present articles discussing some of the steps you can take to speed up your slow computer.

Important: Before making any changes to your system, always create a Restore Point. If anything goes wrong with the changes you make, this will allow you to revert back to a point when the computer was operating correctly. Please visit our Newsletter Archives to read our article, All About Restore Points:
http://computerkindergarten.com/restorepoints.html


Disable Indexing Services

Indexing Services is a small program that uses a lot of memory and can significantly slow your computer down. This program lists and indexes all of the files that are on your computer. When you search for a file, the computer looks through the indexed list to find what you want. If you do not search for files very often, or even if you do search often, this system service is unnecessary and really does not speed up the search process all that much.

To disable Indexing Services, follow these steps:

Windows XP

Click Start
Open Control Panel
Open Add/Remove Programs
Click Add/Remove Window Components
Click to Uncheck Indexing services
Click Next and follow the prompts to complete.

Windows Vista / 7

Click Start
Open Control Panel
Open System and Maintenance
Open Administrative Tools
Open Services. If User Account Control asks for permission, click Continue.
In the name column, scroll down to Windows Search. Right click on Windows Search, and then click Properties on menu that appears.
The Windows Search Properties window will now appear. Look for the Startup type section. To the right of Automatic is a small down arrow. Click on it. Click Disabled.
Click the OK button and close all windows.

Windows 8/8.1
Go to the Desktop.
Right click to open the Power User Tasks Menu (Windows logo, bottom left).
Open Control Panel
Open System and Security
Open Administrative Tools
Open Services. If User Account Control asks for permission, click Continue.
In the name column, scroll down to Windows Search. Right click on Windows Search, and then click Properties on menu that appears.
The Windows Search Properties window will now appear. Look for the Startup type section. To the right of Automatic is a small down arrow. Click on it. Click Disabled.
Click the OK button and close all windows.

After the computer is restarted, Indexing Services will no longer be running. If you wish to enable this program in the future, follow the above steps to do so.

In our next edition, Optimize Display Settings

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Websites of Interest:

Leap Year
Tomorrow is Leap Year Day.

What Is a Leap Year?
http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leapyear.html

The Science behind Leap Year
http://tinyurl.com/huywxcp

How Leap Year Babies Celebrate Their Birthdays
http://tinyurl.com/htevs7n

The Garden Planting Calendar
Enter your zip code for a garden calendar planting guide.
http://allthingsplants.com/apps/calendar/

Smart Homeowners
Become a smarter homeowner with these projects and tips that will help you conserve energy, be prepared for emergencies and for ways to save money throughout your home.
http://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner

How to Start Selling Your Stuff Online
If you find yourself making jewelry or homemade soap or other awesome stuff in your spare time, it may be time to consider selling your products online.
http://mylistoflists.com/how-to-start-selling-your-stuff-online/