CHKDSK scans computer drives for logical file errors and corrupt sectors, Patrick Marshall writes, and a rise in CHKDSK error messages could be a sign your hard drive is going bad.
Questions on distracting static, reverting wallpaper and an email item that can’t be opened or deleted.
For a user wanting to copy email TXT-format documents from an AOL mailbox, Patrick Marshall suggests first forwarding them to another email client, like Gmail or Outlook, that supports exports.
Website blocking software is easy to find online, and browser controls also can be used, writes Patrick Marshall. When it comes to blocking ads, banners and lots of other online junk, HOSTS files are an option — but one most people might find too complicated to be practical.
After writing 1,000 technology Q&A columns over nearly 20 years, Patrick Marshall reflects on how far personal technology has come and what the top five reader concerns are nowadays.
Patrick Marshall helps readers looking to manage search histories and deal with plug-in problems and application updates.
Some Windows 8 users are reporting trouble updating to Windows 8.1, and Patrick Marshall suspects Microsoft’s own driver programs are the problem.
If your videos play properly but thumbnails for them won’t display, the problem could be with codecs, software used to encode and play video and audio files. To Patrick Marshall, the problem indicates 32-bit codecs may have been installed on a 64-bit operating system.
The error message says the program “was not properly closed,” but based on experience with Outlook, that’s probably not it.
Is the NSA siphoning emails to some giant server farm? There’s no evidence that’s happening, says Patrick Marshall, but also no way to ensure absolute security — so think carefully before you click Send.
Patrick Marshall responds that cleaning by a service bureau is generally pretty successful and not that expensive.