Tips For More Effective Googling

Matches the following keyword against Web page titles in Google's index. Dramatically narrows results and makes them more relevant. For example, intitle: dog training, displays Web pages with dog in the title and training in the title or page.

Forces all the following keywords to match against Web page titles in Google's index. Narrows results even more than intitle. For example, allintitle: dog training displays Web pages with both dog and training in the title.

Matches the following keyword against URLs (addresses) in Google's index. Severely narrows results and makes them highly relevant. For example, with inurl:fleet online banking, the results would have fleet in the URL and online and banking in the URL (not likely) or the page (likely).

Forces all the following keywords to match against URLs in Google's index. Ferociously restricts search results. For example, with allinurl:yankees tickets, the results would have both yankees and tickets in the page URL.

Restricts the keyword search to results of a certain file type, such as Adobe Acrobat .pdf files or Microsoft Word .doc files. Excellent for conducting research. Example: speed of light filetype:pdf. link

Finds incoming links to whatever URL you provide after the operator. The search displays sites that contain links to the specified URL. Example:

When paired with a URL, this operator displays links to further information about the specified site. Example:

Displays Google's cached (stored) snapshot of whatever URL follows the operator. Good for taking a short hop back in time. Example:

One of the most important operators, this one restricts search results to a specified URL. Works with top-level domain extensions such as .edu and .gov by themselves in place of a specific site URL. Example: yankees red sox

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Virus-Like Computer Programs

There are other harmful computer programs that can be part of a virus but are not considered viruses because they do not have the ability to replicate. These programs fall into three categories: Trojan horses, logic bombs, and deliberately harmful or malicious software programs that run within a Web browser, an application program such as Internet Explorer and Netscape that displays Web sites.

A Trojan horse is a program that pretends to be something else. A Trojan horse may appear to be something interesting and harmless, such as a game, but when it runs it may have harmful effects.

A logic bomb infects a computer’s memory, but unlike a virus, it does not replicate itself. A logic bomb delivers its instructions when it is triggered by a specific condition, such as when a particular date or time is reached or when a combination of letters is typed on a keyboard. A logic bomb has the ability to erase a hard drive or delete certain files.

Malicious software programs that run within a Web browser often appear in Java applets and ActiveX controls. Although these applets and controls improve the usefulness of Web sites, they also increase a vandal’s ability to interfere with unprotected systems. Because those controls and applets require that certain components be downloaded to a user’s personal computer (PC), activating an applet or control might actually download malicious code.

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Windows XP Tips:Clear My Recent Documents List on Exit

You don’t have to keep an open and updated list of recent documentsif you don’t want to.As with other Start menu options, right-clicking the Start button and selecting Properties allows you to configure the My Recent Documents item that appears on the Start menu. You can choose to show all your recent documents or show none at all, or to manually clear the list yourself. If you want the list to be cleared automatically when you log off, you have to open the Group Policy Editor, locate the appropriate setting, and enable the option to clear the My Recent Documents history on exit. Here’s how:

1. Click Start | Run and type gpedit.msc. Click OK.
2. Under Local Computer Policy, expand User Configuration | Administrative Templates and select Start Menu And Taskbar.
3. Scroll down about halfway through the list and double-click ClearHistory Of Recently Opened Documents On Exit.
4. Select Enabled, and click OK.

You can also turn off the My Recent Documents feature permanently, which may be a better solution. If you prefer not to use the Group Policy Editor, just right-click Start, choose Properties | Customized | Advanced, and uncheck List My Most Recently Opened Documents.

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