Don't be so fast to delete those alleged `virus' files


May 23, 2002|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Last night, I received an e-mail virus alert from a friend instructing me to find and delete the following file: jdbgmgr.exe. I did as instructed. It turns out the virus alert was a hoax and I deleted a legitimate file from Microsoft.

There is no computer virus half as dangerous as we human beings. We have the power to enter ruinous commands into our computers at will, while a virus must wait to find an opening.

Tricking us to delete core system files by hand has been a favorite hacker prank for years. The "delete jdbgmgr.exe" ploy is the latest.

You can restore the jdbgmgr.exe file in Windows 98 by clicking Start and Run and typing in sfc. This brings up a box that lets you tell Windows the name of a file to restore. Type in jdbgmgr.exe and follow the prompts to repair your machine. Users of Windows ME and XP should type in msconfig at the Run prompt and then select the Extract File box and then type in jdbgmgr.exe.

I am having a problem with pictures not showing up in thumbnails. I put photographs that I have scanned or downloaded into a folder. Previously, when I wanted to view the pictures, I would go to the task bar and click on View, and then click Thumbnails. I must have made a mistake, as my photos won't show up as thumbnails any longer.

I think this is a bug in the Windows operating systems, although folks more friendly to Microsoft might deem it a feature. To fix it, reset that folder's display settings.

Click on that View menu you already are using and then pick Customize This Folder.

Click Next on the next two command screens and look for the one called Choose a Template. Change that from Current to Image Preview, and then hit Next and then Finish to restore that folder.

Afterward it will display thumbnail views for each file it contains alongside a larger display of the selected image.

These steps allow anyone to set up any folder with the same image display and slideshow features built into the My Pictures folder that appears when Windows first runs.

James Coates writes for the Chicago Tribune, a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

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