Alert – possible system attack

I  received the following email a short while ago.  Actually, I received two – one in my inbox and one in spam.

Dear Corel Customer,

Did you know WordPerfect can import and export to popular Microsoft Office file formats like DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX?

Click here to install the Microsoft Office Compatibility pack to extend the power of WordPerfect and share documents in popular Microsoft file formats. Please note that Microsoft is retiring the Office Compatibility Pack in the near future.
Install Now
For additional information on the compatibility pack or if you have any questions please feel free to contact our customer support team.

Sincerely,
The Corel Team

I do very little work involving Word, and knew that WordPerfect is compatible with Word, so I asked the Corel Support Team whether this would be something I might use. Their response was very interesting:

We have receive several inquiry regarding an email from Corel@email5-corel.com
We are currently investigating this.
For now, we recommend not installing it.
We will notify you once we have validated the source and the content of the email.

So at the moment, it would appear this may not be a legitimate offer. I can understand people may be interested in having the ability to use WordPerfect and be able to handle Word documents, but WordPerfect does this without the installation of external programs or add-ons. If you are one of those people who, like myself prefer WordPerfect, and you receive this or a similar message from the email address in boldface, ignore it. You may be putting your computer at risk.

Cat.

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I don’t need it

The following ad popped up on my gmail today:    Free Spell Check Toolbar – http://www.DictionaryBoss.com – Avoid Spelling Mistakes with Free Spell Checker – Download for Free!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t word processing programmes such as Word and WordPerfect come with spell check built in?  I know for a fact WordPerfect does because I sometimes use it, in fact I’ve got it set for Canadian English. I got Microsoft Word Starter as part of Windows when I got this system and yes, it too has a spell check feature (I just checked).  So why would anyone need to download a spell check programme from some outside source?

My concern with this particular programme being advertised is that I probably couldn’t make use of it for I suspect it is an American programme and would constantly correct words like “colour”. As I said, I don’t need it since I don’t use the American lexicon.  Another concern is this: what did they use as a source for their spellings?

Cat.

Give me time!!

Recently I got a laptop and decided to upgrade my photo processing software.  This new programme is Corel Paintshop Pro X4.  I ordered it and of course it arrived before I got the laptop.  So it finally got installed in early June.  I couldn’t install it on my desktop because  X4 requires Windows 7 to work properly and the desktop runs XP.

The programme is okay, although I’m not sure if my irritants are caused by the programme itself or Win 7.  Anyway, that isn’t the purpose of this posting.  Since I bought this directly from Corel and registered with them, obviously I get various email offers from them.  That’s fine, I don’t mind.  One of these days they may actually offer me WordPerfect at a better price.

What I do find a bit of a pain is this: I’ve had X4 for about three months now, and since my previous version was X2, there are naturally things I’ve got to figure out that are different from the previous version as well as new features.  I’m now getting offers for discounts on Paintshop Pro X5. That’s what bugs me.

I’m still trying to figure out X4 (in fact there are things on X2 I still haven’t mastered) and they’re trying to sell me X5 already.  Please, Corel – give me time to understand what I’ve got before trying to upgrade me.  And sorry to burst your “new and improved” bubble, but there are some things I still find easier to do using Jasc Paint Shop Pro  version 7, which predates Corel acquiring the company.  Sorry guys, but that’s just the way it is.  Maybe once I understand X4, I’ll use it instead for those things.

Cat.