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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, April 10, 2016

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Stranded Traveler Scam Hacks Victims' Emails, Asks Their Contacts for Money
Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Don't Use "This is Spam" to Unsubscribe
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Windows Prefetch
Special Feature: How to Keep Track of Family iDevices
Websites of Interest: Places to Ask for a Senior Discount; Golfer's Day is celebrated on April 10; April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month; Amazing Animated Optical Illusions; Historical Thesaurus of English

Special Note from the Editor:

The Stranded Traveler scam emails are at an all-time high. Did you know that older Americans are criminally defrauded of over $12 billion annually?

If you ever receive an email or phone call supposedly from a loved one or friend, please be sure to contact that person before sending any money. And read every edition of this newsletter – education is the best tool against scams!

Stay safe out there!

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Special Feature: 'Stranded Traveler' Scam Hacks Victims' Emails, Asks Their Contacts for Money

By Elisabeth Leamy and Sally Hawkins of abcnews.go.com

"Hi. Just writing to let you know my trip to Manila, Philippines with my family has been a mess…I need you to loan me some money. I'll refund it to you as soon as I arrive home."

That is the kind of fake e-mail thousands of Americans get every year. It appears to come from a friend, but is actually from a con man half a world away. Most people delete them.

When a "Nightline" producer received one of these emails, she decided to hit reply. Follow this link to learn more about the scam and how you can protect yourself:

http://tinyurl.com/7oysruc

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Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Don't Use "This is Spam" to Unsubscribe

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.

Many email services like AOL, Gmail, MSN Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail let you report spam using an easy to use This is Spam button.

The This is Spam button is not only easy to use, it is also quite effective. The emails you report are used to tweak the spam filters so that they catch the type of email you reported in the future.

Don't Use This is Spam to Unsubscribe

This efficiency is the reason why you should make sure you

* use the This is Spam button only for spam.

In particular, reporting newsletters you have once signed up for but do not want to receive any more can have negative consequences:

* Others who have signed up for the same newsletter (and still want it) may not receive it any more because it's filtered away since you reported it as spam.
* The opposite is also true: others may report your favorite newsletter using the This is Spam button and you may suddenly stop receiving it.
* If the This is Spam button is used for lots of legitimate emails, the email service providers may get more hesitant about implementing any changes based on user submissions.

In our next edition: Don't Delete Spam Automatically

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Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Windows Prefetch

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


Windows Prefetch

Windows has a feature that loads commonly used programs when you start the computer.

Here’s what happens: Yesterday you used Microsoft Word, went into your online banking and played a couple of computer games. Today you want to check your email. Parts of the programs you used yesterday will be in prefetch and the computer will open them when you start it up. The benefit is faster application launch times; if you wanted to use Word, it would open quickly. The downside is all the prefetch files that you do not really need are open and using up part of memory.

The prefetch folder can be cleared out. The files in there can be deleted. To do so, open Windows Explorer, click on the Windows folder and then click on prefetch. Very Important: make sure the path on top shows c: Windows Prefetch. (In Windows Vista and 7, you may be asked to give permission; click to do so)

Click on one file on the right, hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard and then press the a key. All the files will be selected.

Press the delete key on the keyboard. You will be asked if you want to move all the items to the Recycle Bin. Click to do so.

You should see a good increase in your computer’s speed. The next reboot will be slow but once it is started, response time will be better. However, prefetch will fill up again, so this is one of the tasks that should be added to your regular maintenance schedule along with virus and spyware scans.

In our next edition, Speed Up a Slow Computer – Turn Off Remote Assistance

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Special Feature: How to Keep Track of Family iDevices

By Becca Ludlum of iphonelife.com

Losing an iDevice is not something any of us plan to do—but it happens. The easiest way to keep track of your device is to turn on the Find My iPhone feature. Hopefully you'll never need it, but if you do, it's a lifesaver! And using Find My iPhone in conjunction with Family Sharing means you can find any family member's lost iDevice. Here are some reasons that you'll want to use Find My iPhone to see the location of your devices and family members:

http://tinyurl.com/jpavzsq

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Websites of Interest:

Places to Ask for a Senior Discount
http://tinyurl.com/zj7nkjj

Golfer's Day is celebrated on April 10, 2016
It's for golf lovers and is celebrated by playing golf.
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/golfers-day/

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
This month, the ASPCA marks 141 years since its founding as the first animal welfare organization.
http://tinyurl.com/hjmga72

Amazing Animated Optical Illusions
http://www.brusspup.com

Historical Thesaurus of English
The meanings of a word throughout its history.
http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/