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Should I avoid subscribing to lists requesting verification of my email address?



Questions: Should I be suspected of signing up for mailing lists asking me to verify my email address?

When I unsubscribe from mailing lists belonging to known entities or businesses, it usually just says “you are now unsubscribed” or “are you sure you want to unsubscribe?” When I try to unsubscribe from emails from unknown groups I have never worked with, they usually ask “please enter the email address you want to unsubscribe from.” Why would they need this since they obviously have my email address? I’m afraid there’s another opening they may have on my computer.

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Since the COVID-1

9 crisis, we have all been inundated with fake emails and alerts, and I want to make sure that these types of requests are not another scam. Am I too paranoid? Thanks for the help.

– Sheila Walter

ONE: You’re not too paranoid. There are people out there who troll for active email addresses, and there’s a way they do it by sending unsubscribe emails.

So yes, I will refrain from replying to emails from people, companies and organizations that you do not know or trust.

Questions: Since I got my laptop from the Microsoft Repair Center, it takes twice as much to press the power button to turn on the laptop. The first time after pressing the power switch, I get the “DELL” name, then the four Microsoft blue windows … and then nothing – just a black screen.

After turning off (by pressing the power switch) and then waiting for about 10 seconds, I press the power switch again and the laptop starts properly. This has happened every time I turn on the machine for the last two months now.

The laptop is a Dell XPS 15, and is a little over 6 years old, and I have never replaced the battery, but have one recently received from Dell.

What do you think is happening? Do you think battery replacement alone will solve the problem (although I understand that it should be replaced now anyway)?

– Mike Cowan

ONE: Your problem is unlikely to be related to the battery, especially if you have the same problem when the computer is connected.

My best guess is that Microsoft probably updated Windows when you had the device in for repair, and there may be a conflict with your computer’s basic input system (BIOS) or hardware.

Some other users who have experienced the same issue have found solutions.

First, try turning off the “quick start” feature. To do so, go to Control Panel and launch the Power Options tool. Then click “Choose what the power button does.” Finally, click “Change settings that are not currently available.” You can then disable fast startup.

If that does not resolve the issue, you can find detailed instructions for making changes to your laptop BIOS here: https://www.dell.com/community/Laptops-General-Read-Only/computer-need-to- boot twice for windows to open / mp / 4042474 # M706621

If none of the solutions work for you, it’s time to consider whether you want to invest money in repairing what is now at least a middle-aged computer or adding the money to something new.

Questions: The banner that shows when I open Word or Excel has been reddened with the announcement that support ends on October 13. Since Office 2010 still works for me, I’m ignoring this announcement.

What does it mean that support ends? Will Office continue to work?

– Martha Tofferi

ONE: When Microsoft terminates support for a product, it means that the company will no longer offer feature updates or fix vulnerabilities in the product. Office 2010 will continue to work as designed.


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