browser

Use Edge Instead of Internet Explorer

If you are a Windows 10 user and browsing the web, you should stop using Internet Explorer. At least if you're not forced to for work reasons. It is outdated and insecure at this point, but luckily there is a much better alternative by Microsoft. Their "Edge" browser can import your settings/bookmarks from IE and provide more security. It is also much faster than Internet Explorer and behaves much like Google's Chrome browser. You can read PDFs in Edge built-in, instead of using Adobe Reader.

Get a Chromebook/iPad Over Windows for Browser Usage

If you do most computer work in the browser, get a Chromebook or iPad instead of a new Windows PC. It's not worth plunging into the complicated and frequently clumsy predicaments (such as being unable to update or upgrade) Microsoft creates if you rarely need the desktop features of Windows 10. On iPad or Chromebook, you'll likely save money and probably be more secure in many respects. There's a chance that Microsoft will be moving everything to the Azure cloud in the future anyway.

Why does my browser keep resetting?

Microsoft Edge

Episode 1658

Larry from San Francisco, CA

Larry is finding that every time he removes a program from his computer, his default apps get reset. What gives? Leo says that Microsoft may be trying to get Larry to use EDGE as a default. It could also be Microsoft's attempt to protect your computer's database by erring on the side of caution. There is a way to prevent it. Over at SuperUSer.com, there's a way to do it with REGEDIT. That's scary though.

Why is my browser crashing?

Episode 1426

Mike from Burbank, CA

Mike has a friend who's computer crashes when he goes to a specific website. It doesn't crash on any other site. Leo says it has to do with the content on that page that breaks the browser as it is. Leo advises resetting the browser to delete all the history, cookies, and cache. There's probably something in there that's causing the crash. Resetting the browser should fix it.

How can I download a browser without a browser?

Episode 1164

Ted from Woodland Hills, CA

Ted's Browser crashes every time he tries to open it. Leo says he'll need to clear the cache and reset the browser. He can go into Control Panel > Internet options > Advanced > Reset Settings/Clear Cache. Ted will lose his cached stuff including bookmarks and cookies, but it may fix it.

In Add/Remove programs there's also a "REPAIR I.E." function. Once he has it fixed, Leo suggests downloading Chrome. It's more secure.

How can I access my desktop from my tablet?

Desktop computer

Episode 1153

Rob from Tarzana, CA

Rob's job keeps him on the road, and he wants access to his desktop PC at home via his laptop or iPad. What's a good option, and can he do it without adding an app? Leo says that he can do it in a browser, but it's better in an app.

Atlas Remote Access on the iPad works well, according to the chatroom. There's also TeamViewer. But he'll need to install something. Google Chrome Remote requires installing an extension, but if the hardware isn't locked down from browser extensions, that's an option.

How can I transfer my browser bookmarks to a new computer? (Part 2)

Firefox Sync

Episode 1069

Ron from Los Angeles, CA

Leo says that Firefox has bookmark syncing, so he should check in his settings to enable that. He can also save them to a USB key and Firefox will import them. Leo also says he should be careful not to copy all of his settings from his old computer. There is a transfer wizard that he could use to copy everything from his old machine, but Leo doesn't generally recommend that. If he plans to keep the old system for awhile, he should just copy over what he needs as he needs it. It's a good idea to start over.

Why does my tablet's browser keep crashing on certain sites?

Episode 1042

Terri from Lake Tahoe, CA

Terri's Toshiba Excite tablet crashes when she loads Yahoo Mail. Leo's guessing that it has to do with faulty javascript code that causes the issue on some sites, but not others. Leo suggests restarting or resetting it. She should remember to backup her stuff first, then reset it. And even then, it may not fix it.