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    Exclamation Don't click red X!

    I recently overhauled, rebuilt a computer for someone that had every imaginable so-called 'fix' tool imaginable in it.

    I was doing a crossword puzzle & in double checking the spelling for the Brit word for jail, I was reminded to say the following...

    If anywhere, some web site or whatever, you see anything like "Your Computer Is Running Slowly" or "Your Computer Has Problems" or Your Computer Is Performing Poorly" or anything close to these and some button saying FIX NOW or something similar...

    DO NOT TOUCH such things.

    1. They are lying about the state of your computer.
    2. They probably want your money
    3. They often can do more harm than good
    4. Sometimes they are spyware or worse.
    5. There is no need for these things.

    Stay away from them. DO NOT USE THEM.

    Here is the example I encountered:
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    Drew,

    Very good advice. Might I add use Alt+F4 to close the window...DO NOT click the Red X (close box). HTH
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    Yeah. If you think your PC performance is poor now, wait till you click that link!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    Yeah. If you think your PC performance is poor now, wait till you click that link!
    No kidding & well said.

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    I learned about the red X a long time ago!
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    I use Task Manager to kill the window myself.

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    Can someone let me in on the secret that is hidden behind the RED X? And why ALT+F4?

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    David,

    Alt+F4 closes the currently active window/process.

    The hidden secret behind the RED X is that if the window that popped up is attempting to install malware clicking ANYWHERE on that window can set the process in motion, like hitting an OK button! HTH
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    Hmmmm! That's a well kept Windows Secret. I've been using Windows since V 3.0 and never knew about ALT+F4. I've never run anything that pops up, ever, but maybe I've just been lucky to have hit the RED X spot on each time. Now the trick is going to be to re-program my wife. Every now and then she'll say, "There's something that's just popped up on the screen." And I've always said, "Just click on the X and get rid of it." It has taken quite a while to get the message across, now I'm going to have to start over. Mind you the chances of her remembering ALT+F4 are slim to none, she doesn't want to know about those funny keys in the top row.

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    Ive been running Windows since V 3 too, and Ive never heard the Red X tip either....Will have to try and remember that one. I would shy away from using the task manager to close the window personally, but if all else fails!

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    I believe clicking the red X on the very top of the browser window( to close the browser) is safe; but never click the red X presented by the pop up. That is the sucker bait .People are so used to hitting the red X to close an application they go for the one presented by the malware rather than closing the browser itself by means of its red X close button.. Still , using the task manager ( ctrl/alt/delete) or the alt/F4 is a much safer way to close the browser.

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    Alt+F4 is also a quick way to close Win 8 tile apps, as there's no red x available to perform this task.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t8ntlikly View Post
    Ive been running Windows since V 3 too, and Ive never heard the Red X tip either....Will have to try and remember that one. I would shy away from using the task manager to close the window personally, but if all else fails!

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    Why would you shy away from using Task Manager to close the window? The reason I prefer Task Manager is that it seems to me that it allows you to close the window without touching it at all. Seems like a safe plan to me.

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    Jim,

    The task manager can be confusing for the novice, which task? the Alt+F4 closes the currently active window which in 99% of the cases will be the popup. It is also less keystrokes for us lazy types. HTH
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    RG:

    Makes sense what you say. The thing for me is, that 1% uncertainty would keep me awake at night!

    I guess it depends on what you're comfortable with.

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