How many versions of Windows have there been to date. Too many, Windows 1, Windows 2, Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11, Windows for Workgroups 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 95a, Windows 95b, Windows 95c, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows Server / Windows Home Server, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windoes 7. Are free anti virus programs as good as the paid versions? They perform the same function so they do protect you. Since you do not have to part with money they are probably better ..... you are protected but get to keep your money. Should I turn my computer off at night? Yes, you should. This will mean that you do not consume electricity so turning off makes a positive social contribution. Turning off also means that your computer will last longer but most people do not use a computer to the extent of its full life. How I can I see how long a web page is before I print? Use the Print Preview feature in your web browser. Click File and then click Print Preview. be sure to pay attention to the number of pages contained in the document where it says "page 1 of _______." What is a zip file? A computer file that contains one or more files are compressed for storage or transmission. The file extension for this type of file is "zip." What is a "Quickie"? A "Quickie" is a short question about General topics. Why does my computer clock lose time? The CMOS battery needs to be replaced. What does ASCII stand for? American Standard Code for Information Interchange. It is the current standard for text encoding used by computers. Is Windows Complete?? If you run sfc /scannow from a terminal it will check if your key system files are present. Remove a virus. A very good idea. Perhaps the free on-line scan from Trend called HouseCall could help you. Google will show you the way. For complete help go to http://www.protonic.com/index.php?page=ask Does Excel worksheet have to be open to quickly update link. 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How does a computer virus spread? http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4579979_computer-virus-spread.html Int. Explorer will not play my .ppp files. -- I can save and the play. Details of ppp files are here http://filext.com/file-extension/ppp IE is not the right program to open them. What is an external hard drive? This is a normal hard drive but held in an enclosure which connects to the PC by a USB cable so the drive is always external to the computer. Is an Acer H243H LCD Monitor compatible with a Radeon 5570 video card? The monitor will work with just about any video card. My folders wont get smaller when I click.i am using Vista First step check for spyware infection. Use the free version of http://www.superantispyware.com/ If that does not help please open a detailed ticket ... How do I shut off the caps lock screen icon in windows 7? gateway pc The suggestions in this thread may assist you http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-desktop/caps-lock-notification-appears-on-the-screen-when/285a5edf-eb03-4e19-93c3-63e869486180 After upgrading IE i lost my tab for adding favorites You may need to open a ticket. Please try this first http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318378 If I uninstall Itunes will my ipod classic still work? Yes. Your iPod will still work just fine. You just cannot sync or manipulate your music until iTunes has been reinstalled. How can I get my mic to work on my laptop it was working before? Check that it is not muted in the sound settings. Check the sound device drivers. Perhaps open a detailed ticket? Will Photoshop 7 work with Mac 10.5? http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=603579 how do I give feedback? You will see a rating link on the ticket when it is closed. My hard disk --SATA 160GB -- is 5 year, do need to go for a new one? If it works and does not make any noises there is no need to get a new one. If you need further information please post a ticket at http://www.protonic.com/index.php?page=ask . How do I compress multiple files into one file? Use a file compression program to make an archive file. zip files are an example. A free program such as 7-zip will help http://7-zip.org/ How can I quickly increase or decrease the font size on a web page? This depends on the browser you are using. Holding the Windows key and moving the mouse wheel can quickly resize a page. See also http://www.ehow.com/how_4877692_adjust-browser-font-size.htm How do I fix the 2011 browser redirect virus? In the first instance use ComboFix http://download.cnet.com/Combofix/3000-8022_4-75221073.html Where is the internal antenna on my laptop? It is most likely internal to the screen near the top when it is unfolded. However depending on the brand and model it can be located elsewhere. When I am typing black line disappears have to use cursor to put it back Depending on the application you are using this may be caused by a setting called "Hide cursor (or pointer) while typing". This can be set in "Control Panel / Mouse" or as an application setting. Unable to Locate Component GDI32.Dll not found You may like to take a look at this thread .. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/itproxpsp/thread/7a771d00-d5e8-4422-8bda-1f78897c1023/ My 64-bit PC running 64-bit Win7 with 4GB mem shows 3.25GB usable, why? Please read this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978610/ How to find PDF version of Advanced UNIX Programming 2nd edition try this link http://www.advancedlinuxprogramming.com/alp-folder or google What does HTTP stand for? A detailed definition is at the following link http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/H/HTTP.html What does the term "pentium" refer to? A detailed description is found at this link http://searchcio-midmarket.techtarget.com/definition/Pentium Can anyone help with an Excel formula? Yes no problem - our techs are used to answering these questions but we may need to see the spreadsheet to be able to advise fully. Post the question and we will look at it for you. What are free trial cloud servers ??? Cloud - simply a storage space based on the Internet, It allows users to store data, files, pictures etc for use / retrieval later from the cloud. Many of the main companies offer so much space free What is Open Office.org? OpenOffice.org is the website of OpenOffice which is the free equivalent of Microsoft Office. In Corel Word Perfect - Keystroke options not working Have a look at http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Content/1153321168236 for details - if that is not the answer post a question on our main site and one of our techs will investigate for you Do i need ms product code key to reinstall/repair Vista If you restore from a Factory Restore disk you probably do not need the CD Key. If you want to reinstall from a Setup / Install disk you need the key. If you want to repair it is usually not needed. I keep getting the wromg home page where did I go wrong? You probably have a spyware infection. You may want to run the free version of superantispyware just to check your machine is clean. http://www.superantispyware.com/ Windows Media Player windows 7 says insert blank disk even after I do. You may want to run a lens cleaning CD to check that your drive is working properly. If that does not work then open a detailed question ... How do I move forward and back in my browser using the keyboard? Go to the next page - ALT+RIGHT ARROW Go to the previous page - ALT+LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE Go to your Home page - ALT+HOME For Internet explorer should be the same for them all Is there a way of typing on a pre-printed Adobe (.pdf) form? The commercial "FormTyper" part of "PDF Converter" (http://www.nuance.com/) will do this. I am not aware of any free program that does this. Saving Email Attachments in Eudora Please follow the suggestion in this link http://email.about.com/od/eudoratips/qt/et051703.htm How do I find my Macs IP address? Go to http://www.whatismyip.com/ to see it.on the top of tha page. How come a shortcut (Google) wont pin to taskbar? Other shortcuts do. If you use Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 you can do this. Otherwise you cannot. For more information please go to http://www.protonic.com/index.php?page=ask to post a more complete question. How to remove "Personal Shield Pro" from Windows XP computer? Use the free version of superantispyware http://www.superantispyware.com/ How do I export Windows Live Mail address book to Thunderbirds address book Assuming you are running Windows 7 proceed as discussed at: http://www.timesnews.net/blogger.php?id=5&postid=7647 I have 2 copies of windows on my computer. how do I get rid of one of them The instructions in the following link should help you http://www.ehow.com/how_7248191_delete-second-copy-windows.html I can not start Windows Live Messenger and other Windows Live (Windows 7) If none of the Windows Live programs will start, you should reinstall them all. Somehow, they have experienced file corruption and need to be refreshed. Password Protect USB Drives Please see the discussion at: http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=144508 you should find an answer therein. Some USB drives are available that are password protected in hardware, I need a backup program - free or otherwise. SecCopy not good. Please take a look here: http://www.ghacks.net/2009/04/26/the-10-best-windows-backup-software-programs/ Turn on/off popup blocker Several different pop up blockers available common one is on google toolbar - switch it on or off, simply click it. If you want more control it does have a drop down box for more. If not this ask more May i hide my IP without proxy use? No. Even if you use a proxy your IP address is only partially hidden. It is often still possible to trace back to your connected IP. Your ISP always knows what you are doing ... in detail. Compaq nc6220 laptop - a couple of keys dont work can I repair myself? Yes, this is a relatively cheap and easy fix - see http://www.batterycentury.com/hp-business-notebook-nc6220-keyboard-p-76748.html for the method. You can buy a replacement keyboard online. How do I set up a shared network drive between windows 7 and Vista? Please read through the following guide http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15247/complete-guide-to-networking-windows-7-with-xp-and-vista/ If you need further assistance please open a detailed question. How do I put an icon on the desktop for protonic.com? Assuming you are using Internet Explorer or FireFox (you did not say) simply drag the icon that is to the left of our address in the address bar to your desktop. How come whenever I try to download, its says "error 1606", please help me! Microsoft offer a solution for "Error 1606" on the following http://support.microsoft.com/kb/886549 - run the Fix it program offered, if that fails post a question on our site for a tech to help you. Does MS NET Framework in Win XP have any function for home user? .NET is a library of functions that many developers use to write software. If it is not on a computer on which you choose to run the program it will not function. Therefore you MUST have it installed. Where to find online volunteering opportunities available for a newbie? A lot depends on what sort of volunteering opportunities you are looking for. Perhaps google would be a good place to start your search? Win XP & NET Framework: is it a browsing app? I want to eliminate it! .net framework is on your system to allow many Microsoft programs to run correctly. I have Fix It utilities, but computer still slow, Why? You probably have a virus or spyware infection. Check for that first.......... 2003 slow to load Check that you have a machine free of spyware infection. If you do ... open a detailed question. Outlook 2003 slow to load Check that you have a machine free of spyware infection. If you have a clean machine then open a detailed question. Computer wont run DVDs Try running a cleaning CD to clean the lenses. It may be that the drive is partially dead though. The JPG extension refers to what kind of file? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPEG What is a print queue? http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/View-the-print-queue In Office 2010 Excel, how can I make the home tab my default? Right click on the ribbon and de-select "minimise". Can you stack external hard drives on top of each other? As long as they are in an external disk carrier making them protected. Any easy way to install a router so it will work? If this article doesn't help, please fill in a ticket here on the site: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/organization/wirelesssetup.aspx I receive message: "CMOS ckecksum error". Replace the CMOS battery on motherboard. http://www.liverepair.com/encyclopedia/articles/cmosreplace.asp I am trying to download iTunes, but can't break out of a loop. Can you give me a valid link please? Please try the following link: http://www.officialdownloadstore.com/itunes10.htm Can I use two versions of Google at the same time on my monitor? Yes, if you switch to tabbed browsing. See this link: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Tabbed%20browsing What is 000000048? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/331484 Upgrade ME to XP. I install over ME or new Hard Drive? Reformat the hard drive then install XP. How to delete sound from a video (.mov or MP4) file? Imtoo MPEG Encoder www.imtoo.com, import video files, Disable Audio option in the right setting area, just check True, audio removed but not free. Free ones - www.virtualdub.org or www.erightsoft.com Why does my monitor make screeching sounds when on a white screen? Your monitor is starting to die. Replace it. If I install a USB 3.0 card wil that give me a working USB 3.0 port? Not at this time. Windows 8 will support USB 3.0 when it comes out. There are rumors that Win 7 SP2 will carry the needed updates to allow Win7 to utilize USB 3.0. Save AVG updates? http://globalrecordings.net/docs/au/updating_avg_manually.pdf After how much times should i make program updates of an antivirus program? A week is good enough but if you change the settings to auto update then you will not have to worry and always have the latest definitions installed. Where to download a trial version of Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit? There is no trial version available for download at this time. Microsoft are the only legitimate source of such downloads. How to recover windows password? Use google for help. Due to password protected stolen laptops surfacing we cannot for legal reasons help you. Which is the best free antivirus software at present? http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/collection/5928/2011_free_av.html Does privacy software like easy-hide-ip do any good, or is a router better? At the end of the day neither will fully protect your privacy since your ISP will still have full information. Best to do only things you are happy to be seen doing. On privacy issue below-how do I otherwise stop ads/pop-ups on my computer? Scan for and remove all spyware and virus infections. Then regularly scan with and update the protection software. Fresh install Windows if problems remain. How do I start my PC w.o. it beeping once in the DOS mode (have 2 HDs) This is NOT DOS Mode, it is the BIOS. The ONLY way to do this is to disconnect the speaker. This is not recommended since the BIOS uses the speaker to signal BOOT errors as a sequence of beep I have Avast free and Comodo firewall installed.Am i safe as home user? Yes, as long as you update Avast regularly and stay away from questionable websites. No one is 100% safe, but you are as close to 100% as you can get. iIs Maftoox Antivirus a good antivirus? It has received fairly good reviews and is on a par with AVG Free. Does Microsoft Security Essentials remove all malware? No one scanner will remove all malware, use Anti-Malware in conjunction with MSE: http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free New computer, password wont work, help to open laptop A laptop without a password is often stolen. Please go back to the person you bought it from and ask them. I hI ve Bitdefender 2011..How necessary is it to upgrade to 2012 ver Entirely up to you: http://www.bitdefender.com/support/How-to-Upgrade-from-BitDefender-2009-2010-2011-to-BitDefender-2012-711.html How to transfer Thunderbird emails, etc to Outlook 2010 quickly and easily? http://blog.nektra.com/main/2009/04/14/export-messages-and-folders-from-thunderbird-to-outlook-outlook-express/ A public computer has no security software.What precaution should i use? Use this public PC to look up items on the internet, view web pages, and check your favorite teams scores, but do NOT use this public PC for ANY transactions with ANY personal info. Can i use "Epson Stylus TX121 " printer to print digital photos? Yes you can. Product details at the following link http://www.epson.com.ph/epson_philippines/printers_and_all_in_ones/inkjet/product.page?product_name=Epson_Stylus_TX121 Can i print photos with "HP Photosmart C4388" printer? Yes you can but please note that HP have discontinued sales of this printer. What software is easy to use and can get data off an HDD. http://www.pcinspector.de/default.htm?language=1 ... but click on EN in the top right corner if the site loads in German. Disable Win Messenger in XP? See this link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302089 Is it possible to sync Outlook (folders, etc) between 2 computers? http://www.outlookipedia.com/outlook/synchronize.aspx http://freelanceswitch.com/working/two-ways-to-sync-outlook-between-computers/ Are there any advantages to upgrading from Win XP to Win 7? Windows XP is about to be unsupported and except for security upgrades will not have support from Microsoft. IF YOUR COMPUTER HARDWARE WILL SUPPORT IT,Windows 7 it is an essential upgrade. Avast or AVG what is the best free AntiVirus I personally recommend AVGFree but it is down to personal preference as both have good reputations. This might help: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/free-anti-virus-software?gclid=CIKDuuPNg Is "soluto" a safe download and is it usefull The program has been rated good on CNET so it is certainly worth a try: http://download.cnet.com/Soluto/3000-18512_4-75446583.html What is error 1068 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827328 Will Microsoft LifeCam Cinema work with AOL AIM 5.9, or need update? See the MSKB article at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969275 How to Send an email in Thunderbird 11. http://www.columbia.edu/acis/software/thunderbird/basics.html Does MacKeeper really work? Up till now my preferred choice has always been CleanMyMac but for the price this "new kid" looks very good and for the price has a lot of features I would change and go for it so YES Are the motherboards on all Dell C400 laptops compatible? They are compatible to a point. Since C400 computers can be ordered with multiple features, peripherals, and processors One may or may not be able to directly replace another. MS Word will not print on Canon780; other sources & test page normal Uninstall the printer & printing programs(s), reboot. Reinstall printer & program(s). What is the best FREE on line storage? Google or Dropbox work well. www.dropbox.com or www.google.com Both have the ability to store different kinds of files indefinitely and allow access from virtually anywhere. How do I get my menu back on my newly installed Google Chrome? While in Chrome press the "Alt" key on your keyboard and it will show up. Why does my laptop save a scanned document to my pictures? That is the default "save" location for Windows. You can tell the program to save them somewhere else if you so desire. Is it easy to scan a document and convert to PDF format to save? Yes, your manual that came with your scanner should have all the info needed to enable you to do this. What is the best website to buy custom pcs from? (ie ibuypower) Please review the items in this link: http://bit.ly/HP2PMU What is pre-BIOS failure ? If you have this post a question to us for one of our Techs to look at. Generally it is a fault with the system occurring before startup checks, the power supply or mother board main areas to look at. Is an administrator user account required on Windows 7 computer? The REAL Admin account is hidden by default. But, all others, can be restricted users. Do you help with virus removal from my computer? Yes, we can. You'll need to fill out a ticket with some specs and a few more details so we can better help you with this. My hp 5600 printer went offline. How can I get it online? When a printers starts acting up, the VERY first thing to do is uninstall the printer and ALL its programs from your PC, reboot, then reinstall like you did the first day you owned the printer. Besides the fasterfox addon is there a way to speedup firefox startup? Yes there is. Try Speedyfox. This program optimizes the SQL databases inside Firefox to make it start faster. http://www.crystalidea.com/speedyfox Chrome crashes(or at least fakes it) when downloading files, any help? Try uninstalling Chrome, rebooting, then reinstalling with a new installation file from Google. How do I get the program off my computer which is slowing it down? The EASIEST way is to run a system restore back to a day BEFORE this program showed up. In Windows 7, where is the "Run" command on the start menu, as in XP? The easiest way to the Run command is using the Win Key + R buttons. This opens up the Run command instantly. How do you "clean" out a system other than files, cookies, history? http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/maintenance/speed.aspx How do I get rid of Babylon? http://deletemalware.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/remove-babylon-toolbar-and-search-web.html How do i play 2 videos at same time side by side synchronized? Please either refer to this thread http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=138430 or take a look at a program called Avisynth. How can I tell for sure if I have a virus on my computer? Generally, run a good-quality anti-virus software (some free ones are Avira, AVG, or Avast!). These will catch most viruses. If you have a specific symptom or issue, then please open a ticket. Is there a battery in the Dell Inspiron 518 tower? http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/insp518/en/sm/techov.htm How do I changed my unsecured wireless internet back to secured? http://www.wikihow.com/Secure-Your-Wireless-Home-Network How do i use Outlook Express? Search on Google for "Outlook Express user manual" and you will find several pdf manuals available to guide you. Where can I find a manual for mcp61pmgm c1.8676 gateway motherboard. A Search for this results in no manual though Google responds with many links to the board itself. It is probably best to contact Gateway (now via www.acer.com) What is nginx ? nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server. Details at this link http://nginx.org/en/ Adobe flash player installed but doesnt run. Uninstall Adobe Flash Player from your Control Panel/Add Remove Programs or Programs and Features, Depending on your version of Windows. Reboot when finished and try reinstalling Adobe Flash again. Desktop icons began ending in .lnk, why? Now cant open them. A .lnk file is a shortcut or link file. It links to a file in some other location on your computer. That the shortcut no longer works normally means that the linked file has been moved. Can my computer be hacked if its off? No, it cannot be accessed if the power is off. How can I open a ".wdb" file that I saved on a floppy disc years ago? This is a Microsoft works Database file. Please see http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/wdb for instructions on how to open it. Can I re-install iTunes without losing my songs? Backup your music BEFORE the reinstall, just in case. Then, you cannot lose your music. How can the Bookmarks in PMac IBM 10.4.11 be transfered to MBP 10.7 Copy the Bookmarks.plist file from Home Directory/Library/Safari. to a different location (usb), install the new system and then copy the file Bookmarks.plist in to the same folder in the new system How can I stop PriceGong from continually popping up on my screen? http://www.pricegong.com/Remove_PriceGong.aspx Charge Tablet and use or always plugged in better for battery life? Allowing a NiCad battery to run down completely WAS considered he best practice to maintain battery life. Now with Lithium Ion batteries it makes little difference if it is always plugged in or not. How can I clean up registry errors on my computer/ Simple answer would be to use a product such as ccleaner from -http://www.piriform.com/ and select registry then analyse and fix. But it depends on the errors you find and if you need more help Is it true you can put a PCI sound card in a PCI-e slot? No, this cannot be done. A PSIe card has a different form-factor than a regular PCI card. Has anyone had a problem installing the Ant.com program? ant.com is a video downloader and we are not aware of any problems with its installation or use. It appears to have a good reputation ... Internet Explorer is taking over a minute to open. Why? See this link for more info: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969938 My computer is a mess can you help?? I am sure we can but in order to do so you will need to open a detailed question giving as much information as possible so that our Technicians can assess your challenge. I have Norton 360 version 6.2.x.x. Do I need additional protection? With the latest anti virus product installed on your machine AND you keep it up to date with the latest virus signatures AND you are cautious about sites you visit, files you open etc you should be ok Can you help someone learn to use a software program called Yardi? Have a look here: http://www.ehow.com/how_7480066_use-yardi.html How can I take my mp3 music and add them to my Ipod or Itunes library? Please see this link for more information: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1473 I keep getting a message saying your windows its not gunuine. it's likely that your copy of Windows was not properly activated. To fix this, click the notification and follow the steps to repair Windows or post a question for our techs to help you Is there anyway around Windows 7 logon when password is forgotten Yes there is but for legal reasons (many forgotten passwords relate to stolen laptops) this type of question is beyond the scope of our service. How to backup my computer to a external hard drive Purchase and use backup software and designate the external drive as the target, keeping in mind that it is no more reliable than any other mechanical hard drive. What type of anti virus protection do you recommend? Microsoft Security Essentials has been winning the free program category for a while now. Symantec's Norton AV wins the paid version category. Windows 7 doesnt recognize me as administrator. How do I change that? Here's how to change your user account type in Win7: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/103538-user- account-type-change.html How to print color screens in black&white, to save on expensive ink? Please follow the directions here: http://www.worldstart.com/save-color-ink-print-in-grayscale/ Can I install windows on a MacBook Pro?If so how? With Intel-based Mac using OS X v10.5 or later you can use Boot Camp Assistant which is located in /Applications/Utilities make sure you install the latest updates available for your Mac first Monitor is black, green light flashes This means that the monitor has power but it is not receiving a video signal from the computer. So first step .. check your video card. Second step .. open a detailed ticket for our help. Can windows 7 write a CD-RW that will be readable by XP? Yes, if you are using the correct media and burn the CD correctly. How can I tell if a program on my computer is an antivirus, antispywar Go to www.google.com and look up the name of the program in question. You'll know in just a few minutes of reading if it is a antivirus or antispyware program, or exactly whay it is. How can I get rid of a rootkit virus in windows 7? Different approaches and really no single full-proof method but formatting the drive and completely re-installing the operating system is the recommended answer My computer is so slow and have to wait untill it unfreezes You may be experiencing the effects of spyware or a virus infection. Removal can take a few steps so you may like to open a question in our system so that we can give you detailed help. How do I fix "Microsoft jscript compilation error? Download and install the latest version of java from the link: http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp If this fails, see this link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308260 HP f1503 monitor menu keeps popping up. Solution? It sounds like there is a fundamental hardware defect with the monitor. Please take it to qualified repair technician and let him offer advice. How do I open Registry to search for and delete some files? On your Start menu, go to Run, then type in "regedit" without the quotes and hit the Enter key on your keyboard. Just remember, there is no "undo" button when using regedit. Why do my laptop speakers crackle when I listen to something? This would appear to be a hardware problem. Since this is a laptop you should probably seek the advice of a qualified laptop repair company. Where can I find a free, simple to use, fax program to download? Try the Google search: http://www.google.com/cse?cx=partner-pub-2434300511542223:hv1p4kpyfrx&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=free+fax+program#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=free%20fax%20program&gsc.page=1 Are there still free internet services in the us? Generally not as a public service. You will find some free wireless Internet but not as a Metropolitan Area Network. Some cities intend to offer this but we wait for deployment. How do i become a tech support volunteer for this site? Log into your account @ protonic and go here: http://www.protonic.com/?page=join Lost HP Photosmart Essential in move items box This can be found at the HP site under "Photosmart Essentials). It can also be reinstalled from the disk you received with your printer. How can I check a Vista Desktop for improper internet browsing? Look at http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/iehv.html for a history of sites visited download tool, also check the temp folder on the computer and cookies files, but you may not see it all if hidden Is there any way to tell if my memory is bad? You can download this program and make a bootable CD of it. Leave the CD in the drive and reboot to the CD. It will test the RAM and tell you if it fails. http://memtest86.com/memtest86-4.0a.iso.zip Is removing and re-installing IE8 on XP pc easy to do? It is not really easy but the site at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969358/en-gb should give you the solution. Whats the default English font on windows 7? The default font when it is first installed is Segoe UI 9pt, not bold, not italic. (All the settings in a default Win7 or Vista machine will be Segoe UI 9pt.) Cant get sound on my computer. Can you help? You have to ensure the correct device drivers are installed for the sound card in the computer. You need to find out the manufacturer of your sound card and download the drivers according to the specs How do I open/access/use paint.NET? http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/FAQ.html Are there keyboards with big keys like on some telephones? Yes, there are many of these available. Here you go: http://tinyurl.com/ctkkard this link leads to a google search that will show you lots of different keyboards with oversized keys and many sellers How to get a new IP address on my startup,with Windows XP? Left click Start menu, left click run. In the open box type command and press enter. At the DOS prompt, type the command IPCONFIG /renew to acquire a new IP address. Is it safe and simple to use the restore in windows XP? Yes it is safe to use. The catch is, depending on how far back you choose to restore, you MIGHT lose some files in the process. Files such as emails, word docs, and other such files. How to turn off google double click http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/html/opt-out.html How much does it cost for a store to change a video card £? This is a task you can easily tackle yourself. Please fill out a ticket and well happily give you step by step instructions. How can I recover photos that were deleted from my memory card? http://www.powerdatarecovery.com/power-data-recovery-free-edition.html How to reformat an MacBook then install Snow Leopard http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3910?viewlocale=en_US Is the MAXTOR one touch 4 plus a modem? No, it is an external hard drive. How to get incoming emails in gmail to show in thunderbird my default https://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/thunderbird-and-gmail I want to learn Web Design. What is my first step? Where do I begin? Search on Google for free tutorials to learn html and css. If you understand those core skills you will be able to move on to more. Can I delete Microsoft.net framework 2 & 3 service pack 2 & keep 3.5? No, these libraries are needed for different programs you have installed to run correctly. Will USB 3 work plugged in to my USB 2.0 port? Yes it will, but the data will fall back to USB 2.0 speed. Can I replace a $60/year Skype VOIP number with a free Google number? This is possible by following the directions at: http://www.wikihow.com/Port-Your-Skype-Number-to-Google-Voice How do I sync my iphone on more than one computer? http://www.andrewgrant.org/2008/03/30/how-to-sync-an-iphone-with-two-or-more-computers.html Is there any freeware programs that will fix all registry errors? The short answer to this is "no". There are many different registry scanners out there and each of them will find what other programs will not. If you decide to use such a program, use it carefully. How do I get rid of exclamation marks next to iTunes songs? The problem and solution are discussed in the following thread. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4014573?start=0&tstart=0 Do you advise changing to IE9? You can upgrade to IE9 if you are using Win Vista or Win 7. If you are using Win XP, youre out of luck. Microsoft is not allowing this for XP. Please read through this link: http://bit.ly/fNteaQ While installing drivers for smartphone, MTP driver fails. Any ideas? http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1824420 in Fire Fox, how do you limit the number of tabs to be closed The answer is at: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/760500 and at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/window-and-tab-limiter/ Looking for a great anti virus software. All the well known products are great. They all work but none is perfect, they all let something through. The free versions are good enough for proper protection. Can Internet Explorer 9 be safely removed from Vista and re-installed? Yes have a look at the Microsoft site to see how:- http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/how-do-i-install-or-uninstall-internet-explorer-9 how do I send someone a link from my website to add to their website Highlight the address of your site in the explorer bar, Copy it (ctrl +C) and then paste it (ctrl +v)in to the email you send them. They then do the same on the web page it is to go on to. How can I reopen a closed ticket? The only way to reopen a ticket is by using the links in the bottom of the email you received when that ticket was closed. Option 2 is to open a new ticket and reference the closed ticket number. Can i plug a powered device, eg printer, into a powered USB Hub? Yes. you can do this without any problem. Can I uninstall iTunes and still maintain files after a reinstall? Follow the directions here: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/how-to-reinstall-itunes.html Your music folder should contain a backup folder that is updated every time you sync iTunes. is there a defrag for the mac os please let me know! you could use a tool like iDefrag - http://www.coriolis-systems.com/iDefrag.php OSX will automatically, in background, defragment files under 20mb in size. Files over 20mb are never defragmented. Where is the best place to locate somone who can fix code? Perhaps you would like to explore one of the on-line sites that match projects to coding professionals. The following is an example http://www.freelancer.com/ How can I prevent some programs from loading automatically on startup If you download and install ccleaner from piriform.com there is an option to stop some programs at startup in the tools section and its easy to use the product rather than changing registration How can I continue to use Hotmail? As far as I have read Microsoft is not discontinuing Hotmail but has expanded it and calls it Outlook Mail. Hotmail users who want to stick with Hotmail can do so withouty problems. Whats the replacement with spell-check for NotePad ? For windows you have several choices - ones you pay for such as Microsoft Word, or free ones such as Libra office or Open office - all ofer spelling checks. Plus they offer much more than notepad. Is it possible to trace a virus/malware to the URL it came from? It is but an individual user does not have the resources or global reach in order to do this. The process is very difficult and requires the ability to process huge amounts of data. What's the best way to image a new notebook before regular use? The best is a commercial program TrueImage (www.acronis.com),. However there are 7 free programs at:http://diggfreeware.com/7-best-free-disk-image-software-true-image-norton-ghost-alternative/ How can I get spell check in Outlook Express? It is faded out Spell Check in OE is only available if you have Microsoft Word installed on the same computer. Another solution: http://www.pcworld.com/article/167715/Add_a_SpellChecker_to_Outlook_Express.html Should I buy Windows 8? If you have no particular reason for doing so then the answer is No. You may like to give more details and open a question ticket though, if you are running XP perhaps an upgrade is good. i get a message "virtual memory is low" but i have 2 GB of memory. Virtual Memory is NOT RAM memory allocated Disk Memory that is paged into and out of RAM. You will get this message if you do not allow enough of your disk to the Swap File. Has anyone figured out what to do about a sticking cursor in Win 7? This is not a common event. It may be the effect of spyware. Best to open a dedicated ticket and we will help find out. Does a youtube video need a video_ts folder before burning to dvd disc It all depends on the video player you will use and what formats that will support. youtube videos are commonly saved as either a .fla or .mp4 ... will your player support those formats? How do I know if I have an updated driver for Windows 7? If you have upgraded to windows 7 you can find out through "Windows Update" in Control Panel. Also you can get updated drivers from the website of each of the manufacturers of each peripheral. What's needed for Win8 pro upgrade from Win 8 on a new computer? All you need is the proper CD Key for the Pro Version upgrade through Control Panel "Anytime Upgrade". This can be obtained via the Microsoft site or from any retailer. What to do when my Explorer is taking over, forcing me to use Firefox Uninstall Firefox with a utility such as Revo Uninstaller. My laptop stops charging when powered on. Will a new battery help? Perhaps, however since a new battery is quite expensive you should perhaps have it looked at by a person where you purchase the battery to eliminate a problem with the computer's charging circuit. How do I uninstall the Ask.com toolbar and Search.Conduit.com? Go to the Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features section of the Control Panel and remove them, or go here: http://philliprearick.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Remove-the-Conduit-Virus Is there a marwear for MAC users for free Best Free Mac Software - http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2369643,00.asp - gives a good guide to free products for your computer How do I quickly copy contacts from one Gmail account to another? You need to export from one gmail account to a local disk and then import in to the new account - https://support.google.com/mail/answer/24911?hl=en - reverse this and select import to other account How can I synch my Gmail calendar with my Outlook 2010? This is no longer supported for free Gmail accounts. Details at the following link http://archives.salvereginablogs.com/tech-tips-syncing-google-calendar-and-microsoft-outlook-2010/ Took a video, when viewed is sideways. Is there a way to rotate it? The page at: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/14751/rotate-a-video-90-degrees-with-vlc-or-windows-live-movie-maker/ shows you just how to do it. How do I make Outlook.com my default email Take a look at this http://www.guidingtech.com/15789/set-different-default-email-account-outlook-com/ You may need to open a detailed ticket since there are different ways to understand your need. Can a virus still get on a DVD rom disk while burning a movie? Yes. Indeed many viruses are designed to install on any removable media. If you are infected it can happen and act as a vector to infect others. How can I save my Picasa albums to another computer? Review the various solutions found here: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/picasa/X57yQGsCD4k, taking special note of the very good solution mentioned by user Robert Brown. Battery indicates fully charged but computer dies when mains are off This seems to suggest that you have a defective battery. It is suggested that you test using a different battery. Is there a removal tool available for ConduitSearch? this toolbar/ malware software needs to be removed slightly differently depending on the browser you use as we can not see which browser you have please open a ticket for more help. What is the best browser to use with XP Google chrome is the fastest, Internet explorer works well with XP as a Microsoft product, firefox, safari are good, support for xp ends in 2014 except for google will continue to support chrome I lost an exel file after a restore; how can I recover it? The best tool I know and use is - Recuva it recovers files deleted from your Windows computer for FREE - http://www.piriform.com What is Strongvault? Is it a virus? StrongVault is not a virus itself but it is related to malware. Details at this link http://malwaretips.com/blogs/strongvault-virus/ Can I use an adapter on my DVI port to use a second monitor? Yes - Have a look at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/how-connect-multiple-monitors Will Micorsoft Release service pack 4 when they end support for XP The simple answer from Microsoft today was - There will NOT be a Windows XP SP4 - they prefer you move to newer versions of windows - so no new development on XP exists to that level remove windows 8.1 password start This link tells you how http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/disable-remove-password and so does this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rai8a763USQ How do I turn off my antivirus program? Where do I find it? Often you right click the icon in the system tray and then Disable. But this is really not a good idea. Perhaps you should open a ticket to explore this further. I have used microsoft MSE as my AV for some time now , how good is it? You identify no objective measure ... MSE is good, most of the protection programs are. No program gives perfect protection. What is best free AV, MSE, Avast or AVG It all depends on what you desire. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. A Google or Bing search for "Antivirus Reviews" should tell you which is the best for you. What risk in fixing all items shown after Registry scan in CCleaner? No risk at all. The items listed are all Orphaned Links so they are not used. This is not like a more invasive registry cleaner which works rather differently and best avoided. What format does USB need to save photos. Most cameras save photos in JPG format. However, any storage media attached to any USB port will allow you to store photos in ANY format. Should a USB be formatted in FAT32 or NTFS to show pics on any media? Go with the FAT32 format. Way less issues this way. Windows 7 Backup, does it backup Favorites & saved email? Yes as long as you configure it in that manner. By default it is so configured. How to import bookmarks from Internet Explorer to FireFox Have a look at the step by step guide at http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/import-bookmarks-internet-explorer - if you struggle after that post a question on our site and one of our techs will help What is the best free spyware program? There really is NO BEST one. It all depends on what OS you are using and what you need. The website at: http://tinyurl.com/ke4ph6m should be of great help. I need a cure for CRYPTO Virus The page at: http://www.bing.com/search?q=Crypto+virus&form=IE10TR&src=IE10TR&pc=MASAJS gives many cures for it. Usually one or another will do it. Is is safe to uninstall HP Active Support Library? Yes it is. Is it safe to uninstall HP Photoshop Essential? Yes it is. Using Windows 8, which control key(s) allow you choose the boot sequence? Look here: http://grok.lsu.edu/Article.aspx?articleId=17293 Is it safe to delete the Old Firefox Dataxxx folder from desktop? Yes it is, as long as you are sure it is not being used. Best to rename it first and reboot, if Firefox still works then, yes, delete it. Do I have to pay for this? No. Protonic has always been, and will always be, free of charge. I do not like windows 8. Can I install windows 7 from a new CD? http://lifehacker.com/5974318/downgrade-your-new-windows-8-computer-to-windows-7-for-free http://www.abc15.com/news/data-doctor/hate-windows-8-3-ways-to-downgrade-to-windows-7 Are there still free website builders with no ads? No. All the free websites support themselves by having ads run on your pages. Can the font size be changed in a pdf document? PDF documents can only display the contents so no changes can be made without copying the text to another document and then editing in another format. You can however zoom in to see the content Are there any free DNS Providers for home use? There are. OpenDNS is probably the most well known, information here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDNS Some others are here http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/a/free-public-dns-servers.htm Should I run "quick scan", "full scan", or both in Malwarebytes, ? Run a full scan and you will be assured of being thorough. If you are pressed for time but suspect a problem then run a quick scan. Can I install Ubuntu and still keep access to win-XP? If so, how? The page at: http://www.wikihow.com/Dual-Boot-Windows-XP-and-Ubuntu gives written instructions and the page at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yiZ3rDm99E is a video telling how. I have down loaded several versions of CCleaner Can I safely DELETE earlier Versions Yes you do not need older versions on your system for it to work. Automatically when you update it deletes the older versions. Updates are a better way of keeping the system fresh Is it a good idea to download and use a free windows boot cd-rom? It would be illegal to use a "free" version of windows from the net - it is to buy from Microsoft. But if you have a legal copy of windows on your computer you can make a bootable disk from the system Is there a list of keyboard shortcuts for windows 8.1? Here are some keyboard shortcuts: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/windows-8-keyboard-shortcuts/#!NbXit http://theultralinx.com/2014/01/15-windows-81-keyboard-shortcuts.html Will creating a spanned volume from 2 disks cause all data to be lost? Please see the description of spanned volumes at: http://www.free-online-training-courses.com/spanned-volumes/ Can you upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 using Windows Wpdate? You can download the free update from the Windows Store more details here at - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/update-from-windows-8-tutorial I keep getting survey pop ups when I go to sites Depending on your Internet browser you can usually switch these off or stop them - tools and internet options - pop up blocker - failing that free products are available search through the Internet Should straight or crossover cable be used between new router & modem? A straight thru cable would normally be used. Just check that you are using the correct port on the router. If you get stuck please open a ticket and give details ... Do you support Windows 8.1 over Windows 7? Win 8 and 8.1 have not been well received. Win 7 is still being sold because people are not warming up to Win 8. Go with what YOU like best. I'm asking quickie questions but not receiving any answers back yet. "Quickies" are answered within one day with a short answer. Like this one. :) Where did you move the download page? We found that is was better to get your downloads directly from the source. How do I stop AVG PC Tuneup pestering me to buy their program? Since it is a "Try before you Buy" the only way to do this is to purchase their program. There are many similar programs that are free have no nags. Use "Ask a Question" on this site for for more. How do i uninstall the torntv V10 You will find a description and removal instructions in the following link http://malwarefixes.com/remove-torntv-v10-extension. If you need further assistance please open a detailed question. Is the Adobe Flash Player update safe? Yes, Adobe Flash Player is safe at the moment. But, as soon as the hackers have figured a hack for it, Flash Player could be deemed unsafe. As always, keep your anti virus program updated. What is IE on Windows and how do you disable it IE is Internet Explorer, a web browser like Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc. Browsers allow you to explore the web. To disable it check out: http://www.wikihow.com/Disable-Internet-Explorer-in-Windows-7 How can I stop mail from automatically going to my junk mailbox? Whichever email program you are using, you'll need to check the junk filters and adjust them to stop this. If this doesn't help, please take out a ticket so that we can give you a more verbose answer. Is there a app or program that will add sounds to windows 8 all at onc At this time, there is no app or program to do this. However, have a look here: http://www.7tutorials.com/how- customize-sound-scheme-used-your-computer How do I reopen a ticket? A reopen link was sent to you in the closing response of that ticket. I'm not receiving my answers from my quickie questions? Check your spam mail and make sure you do not have protonic mail black listed. Hopefully, you received this one. How can I tell if Ubuntu is up to date on my computer? GUI method: System > Administration > Update Manager. Click "Check". Or, In a terminal type: sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude -y -s safe-upgrade What do you think of comodo ice dragon browser It's good. You may want to try several--Whitehat Aviator is quite secure, and Epic Browser provides speed and security features. http://www.thewindowsclub.com/list-of-25-alternative-browsers-for-windows Best Clone software Clonezilla, Aomei Backupper, Macrium Reflect, EaseusToDo Visit https://www.raymond.cc/blog/10-commercial-disk-imaging-software-features-and-backuprestore-speed-comparison/2/ My computer takes to long to boot up. Try this FREE product: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/features/ccleaner-optimizes Can you link 4 wire case fans in series? No. If they were wired in series the wrong voltage would be delivered to each and if in parallel 1 wire carries a signal relaying Fan RPM and the other allows the Motherboard to control speed. Internet Explorer, how to cancel asking for security certificates Visit the site at http://www.ehow.com/how_7242443_fix-windows-security-certificate-warning.html for how to do it. Run Quicken Medical Expense Mgr. on Windows 8.1 ? Quicken stopped this program in 2007 so NO it will not run in windows 8 but may in fact work using compatability mode right click select Properties click the Compatibility tab Hello. Does anyone anyone have any information about a program called Zenmate? ZenMate encrypts and secures your connection. It protects your internet privacy while browsing. https://zenmate.com/ How do I delete a corrupted and unreadable folder? This program will fix this for you: https://www.malwarebytes.org/fileassassin/ How do I add a web site to compatibility view in IE? Please follow the directions give in this link: http://www.its.hku.hk/faq/personal/pc/ie11/compatibility Hi, is it possible to move "hyberfil.sys" to another drive? Nope-- http://superuser.com/questions/402768/can-i-set-hiberfil-sys-to-another-drive Why would you keep it? Hibernation takes resources--delete it. The computer should be booting in 30 seconds. Selecting "No Sounds" in Control Panel does not eliminate sounds. If you want to completely silence your system you can simply click the volume icon and then select Mute. Can I run a Vista laptop hard drive on an HP windows 8.1by a usb port? No, Vista doesn't have a Windows-to-Go feature. But Windows 7 and higher, yes! How? http://www.intowindows.com/4-tools-to-create-windows-to-go-usb-of-windows-10/ What is netengine.exe? Do I need it as a process on my computer? netengine.exe is adware so you do not need it. If you scan with your anti spyware software it should be removed. Is running a VPN within a virtual machine w/ NAT insecure? No, the security of the VPN host and the servers in use would determine the security. The security would = or perhaps be better than simple VPN use by the host. Will Windows Defender run on Windows XP? Please see the information at: http://tinyurl.com/pjmuwew Should you use a 64 bit browser with a 64 bit operating system? Yes it would result in faster browsing. However you can, and SHOULD use the latest version of any browser be it 32 bit or 64 bit for the most security. Will external drive compatible with Win8 be compatible with Win10? Yes. It is more of a hardware issue than a software issue. Windows 10 is a software upgrade so any hardware that supports it now will support it under Windows 10. Current free firefox extension similar to what coolpreviews ext did Don't we wish! I never realized how much I used the extension until one day it vanished. I think there is Swift Preview for Chrome. Stardock may be making an extension for a few dollars--pure rumor. When is using indexing on external drive useful or is it? It's a matter of debate; some users like turning indexing off for a perceived performance gain. I don't use indexing; I prefer "Everything" by Void Tools. Where can I get a Moto G Lollipop 5.0.2 user guide or manual? A great place to start is at this URL: http://tinyurl.com/k239kcc Can I download antivirus software without it competing w/preloaded one? No. You have to uninstall the preloaded AV first, then install the new. My laptop randomly makes the USB Mount/Demount sound on its own? Hmmm . . . are you sure it's the laptop? How so? What indicates it's the laptop and not the USB? Have you scanned the laptop for malware/viruses? Have you scanned the USB?
iOS 8.4 update causing problems? Here's how to fix them with a full install After the iOS 8.4 update, my Phone app kept freezing up while the handset itself was running very hot. A full restore fixed the problems; here's how to perform one.

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Linux Mint 17.2 launches with big Cinnamon and MATE desktop improvements While Ubuntu's looking ahead to the future, Linux Mint's focused on making the traditional desktop experience better than ever.

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Bing Maps preview offers new, more useful card motif A wealth of new information includes the "Along Your Route" feature, tracking points of interest as you drive.

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Firefox 39: Find out what is new Mozilla planned to release Firefox 39 on Tuesday but a last minute bug in the application required fixing so that the release has been delayed for later this week.

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Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela MATE released! Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable to use.

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iOS 8.4 Axes Home Sharing for Music Enjoying Apple Music? We hope so, because you had to sacrifice one of iOS and iTunes' more useful features to get it.

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Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela Cinnamon released! Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

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Can LibreOffice successfully compete with Microsoft Office? A strategy that involves challenging the dominance of Microsoft Office seems doomed, but LibreOffice may have a puncher’s chance. Here’s what the open source longshot needs to compete.

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10 easy steps to clean your infected computer You log onto your computer and it takes forever to boot. When it finally does, a few unfamiliar applications litter your desktop, and your browser immediately sends you to an ad for hair loss products.
Sounds like your PC has a problem with malware.
So what should you do? Before you flip out, try these simple steps to clean up your infected computer.

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Dropbox finally gets full Material Design makeover in version 3.0 update A floating action button and colored design bar bring the app more fully in line with Google's design aesthetic.

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Emergency Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Zero Day Under Attack Adobe today released an out-of-band patch for a Flash Player zero-day vulnerability being used in targeted attacks by an APT gang known for its storehouse of exploits targeting unpatched browser-based vulnerabilities.

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LibreOffice now available on Apple's Mac App Store It's an event of historical magnitude: One of the most popular Open Source projects, LibreOffice, is now available directly from Apple's Mac App Store. You can get LibreOffice on OSX with automatic updates, long-term maintenance, and optional professional support, for the first time.

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What will happen to Linux when Linus Torvalds quits? Linus Torvalds is undoubtedly one of the most powerful 'geeks' in the world today. His software is used in almost every aspect of our lives, often without us realizing it.

When we hear the word Linux, we think of those command line operating systems that we tried back in 2004 and abandoned. The fact is 'almost' everything around us that has some kind of computing power, is powered by Linux.

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Why big open-source projects are fleeing SourceForge's free software hub SourceForge's distasteful junkware-pushing antics have soured open-source projects on the one-time free software titan.

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Macrium Reflect 6 Free gets differential backups and auto verification The developers of the program have released a new version of Macrium Reflect that introduces new features to the backup software. The three core features that landed in Macrium Reflect 6 Free are differential images, auto verification and pre-defined backup plan templates.

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Zero-day exploit lets App Store malware steal OS X and iOS passwords Researchers discover an exploit that lets OS X and iOS malware in the App Store steal passwords and app data, as well as hijack session tokens.

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Linux Mint 17.2 'Rafaela' RC now available Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable to use.

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10 questions, 10 answers for Windows 10 Windows 10's launch is less than six weeks away, but questions -- lots of questions -- still remain about the new operating system, from when it will be taken to the bosom of enterprise to whether some of Microsoft's moves leading up to it were premeditated.

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How To Get The Best Battery Life From Your Laptop Take a look at our top tips for getting the most life out of your notebook off the plug; we review everything from screen brightness to wireless card usage.

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How To Create a Standard User Account in Windows 7 If you manage a computer with multiple users then you probably need to create a separate user account for each person. However, you don’t want everyone to have administrator access to your PC.

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What you should know about the Win10 launch Microsoft has begun its major push for Windows 10 on billions of PCs. If you’re running Windows 7 or 8.1, there’s a goodchance you’ve had alerts for the new OS — on your system.

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Why Apple Doesn't Want to Speed Up Your Mac While El Capitan puts a needed focus on efficiency, Apple is still a hardware company, and its interest is in selling you new hardware, not in optimizing your older Macs.

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Google Sheets updated with data analysis, visualization tools At the most visual level, users will be able to preview formula results while typing, revealing both progress and potential errors nearly instantly.

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Password site ​LastPass warns of data breach LastPass was successfully attacked last Friday. The company claims that your passwords should be safe. Nevertheless, they are requesting you to update your master passwords.

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A first look at Windows Firewall Notifier 2 Windows Firewall Notifier 2 has been released as an early alpha version recently that features a complete redesign and other changes; reason enough to take a closer look to see what is new, improved or changed.

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Flickr, Google Photos, Photobucket and more: Which photo storage service is right for you? Find out which photo-sharing and storage site best suits your needs with this deep dive into the top online photo services.

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Linux Mint 17.1: Simplicity at Its Best Linux Mint is a special kind of Linux distribution—one that has gone a very long way to hold true to the form, function, and spirit that has guided Linux for a very long time. With it’s latest release, 17.1 “Rebecca”, Linux Mint retains all of that which is familiar and beloved by its long time followers and adds enough polish to help attract new users.

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Toshiba will build a Cortana button into its Windows 10 laptops Cortana will be one of the major features to come to Windows 10, and at least one PC vendor plans to treat her especially well. Toshiba's Windows 10 laptops will feature a dedicated Cortana button, for launching Microsoft's digital assistant from your keyboard.

The Cortana key will be on all of Toshiba's Windows 10 PCs

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Ask Toolbar now classified as a threat by Microsoft If you are a tech-savvy user, you have probably helped more than one friend or family member remove various toolbars, viruses and other unwanted contents from machines running a version of Windows.

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Google restores the old Bookmarks Manager in Chrome Google some time ago updated the Bookmarks Manager of the company's own Chrome browser. From a basic folder and list view to something that looked well on mobile devices but was highly impractical on desktop systems.

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Thunderbird 38.0.1 is a massive update for the email client Development of the email client Thunderbird was more or less restricted to maintenance and security updates ever since Mozilla made the decision to use resources for other projects and move development into the hands of the community.

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Not seeing the 'Get Windows 10' icon on your PC? Here's a possible fix Running a Windows 7/8/8.1 PC but can't find the 'Get Windows 10' icon in your system tray? Here's a possible fix.

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I don't want Windows 10 -- removes upgrade notifications from Windows 7 and 8 The simple tool removes the update from supported operating systems so that the notifications are not displayed anymore on systems it is executed on.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For June 2015 This page offers detailed information about Microsoft's June 2015 Patch Day. The company releases security patches for its Windows operating system as well as other company products on the second Tuesday of each month.

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Microsoft fixes buggy browser in Patch Tuesday update Internet Explorer, always heavily scrutinized by both security researchers and online attackers, has once again gotten the majority of patches in this month's Microsoft's Patch Tuesday round of monthly bug fixes.

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Windows Media Center is dead. Here are the best alternatives Microsoft recently announced that after a dozen years, it would no longer include support for Windows Media Center (WMC) in the upcoming Windows 10.

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The Takeaway: Microsoft's IE soon to lose its workplace browser crown Google's Chrome browser is expected to pass Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the workplace by the end of the year.

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Windows 10: Nine things you need to know Have burning questions about Microsoft's upcoming operating system? Here are some answers.

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Shiela USB Shield protects PCs against USB threats Shiela USB Shield is a free security program for Windows operating systems that protects PCs from USB threats.

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Linux Mint window customization options outshine Windows I discovered the window customization settings recently on the system and have to admit that I wish that Windows would offer similar options.

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​How to use Google's new My Account, the one-stop control center for all of its services Google has made it easier than ever to manage your Google services, security, and settings.

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How to use Google's Search Tools filters to find exactly what you're looking for Google’s search results are pretty darn good in general. Most of the time I find what I’m looking for on the first page. But there are times when a simple keyword or plain language search just won’t do.

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Mac Buyer's Guide 2015 Find the Mac that's right for you.

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Hide or disable the Windows 10 system tray icon Tired of seeing the Windows 10 icon in your system tray? Try these quick fixes.

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Windows 10 upgrade will allow clean installs on the same device for free People who upgrade to Windows 10 for free during the first year of its release will be able to erase and restore their devices later and keep the free operating system.

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Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers here's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I've been keeping this FAQ up to date throughout the Preview program. Here are the latest details with less than two months until the official release.

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25 best antivirus for PC and laptop UK: 2015's best antivirus for protection, performance value, and best free antivirus The 25 best antivirus programs for your PC or laptop in the UK in 2015. Antivirus reviews, tests and ratings. Best Windows antivirus.

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Microsoft's update IE mandate pushes people to Chrome Side effect of order to move to IE11 by Jan. 2016: A third as many deserted to Chrome as met Microsoft's demand

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How to upgrade to Windows 10: What you need to know Beginning July 29, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be able to download Windows 10. It’s a monumental shift for both Microsoft and its customers. But Microsoft has provided a wealth of information to ease the transition, and let you upgrade to Windows 10 as simply and easily as possible.

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New Hub Lets You Tweak Your Google Account Security The hub lets you manage your settings, while another site has answers to privacy and security questions.

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Windows 10 System Requirements Here is the PC hardware you will need to run Windows 10 when this new operating system upgrade arrives in late July. This list includes basic system requirements plus additional hardware that is required for certain features.

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Nvidia's new graphics card pushes for better 4K Nvidia announced a new flagship graphics card delivering smoother 4K graphics for PC gamers, plus new G-Sync screen technology for smoother gaming on laptops.

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Fedora 22 arrives with faster package management, new features, and polish After the year-long development cycle of Fedora 21, which saw Fedora divided into Workstation, Cloud, and Server editions, the project is back to a standard six-month release cycle. With the dramatic shifts of Fedora 21 out of the way, Fedora 22 offers low-level improvements, polish, and some useful new features.

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Five Reasons to Use Linux I might be wrong, but I get the impression that my Windows friends — which would be most of the people I see on a daily basis — think of Linux as this incredibly geeky system from another planet.

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30 Google Drive Tips You Can't Afford to Miss Google's online office suite and storage service has come a long way, becoming the tool of choice for many. Here's a list of tips and tricks to squeeze the best out of Drive.

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5 new features of Inbox by Gmail you don't want to miss Inbox by Gmail gained five features today, many of them long-awaited by users.

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Google rolls out new Account management page If you have opened the My Account management page on Google today you may have noticed that it has been redesigned completely by the company.

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5 tips to improve your Linux desktop security There are lots of Linux servers out there – sufficiently many that it's impossible to give the precise number, and difficult even to come up with a good approximation.

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You can securely wipe your files, hard drive or SSD with one of these free utilities When you delete a file conventionally, it goes into the Recycle Bin, where it can be easily restored. When you empty the Recycle Bin, Windows makes the space where the file once resided available for other files. But the data from the file remains until another file writes over it.

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Don't panic! How to fix 5 common PC emergencies Your PC may not be as essential to you as your smartphone, but chances are it’s still pretty damn important.

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Large-scale attack hijacks your router through your browser Cybercriminals have developed a Web-based attack tool to hijack routers on a large scale when users visit compromised websites or view malicious advertisements in their browsers.

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Disk Sorter is a file classification software for Windows Disk Sorter is a file classification software for Windows that analyzes directories to display statistical information about files they contain. First thing you need to do after installation is to select one or multiple folders that you want analyzed.

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Logjam: How to tell if your browser is vulnerable Cousin of FREAK, the just-disclosed Logjam flaw has again sent browser makers and website administrators scrambling to craft and apply patches, a repeat of the March rush to shut down its predecessor.

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User data retrievable from second-hand smartphones Thinking of selling your old smartphone? Watch out, as its data may be retrievable even after wiping it!

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Firefox Will Show Ads Based On Your Browsing History Mozilla has announced Firefox will soon do a Google, meaning it’s going to start showing sponsored ads based on your browsing history.

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Reduce the risk of downloading Windows malware on the Internet If you download software programs regularly for Windows, you probably do your due diligence when it comes to making sure that the programs are safe and not malicious in nature.

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CloneApp: back up Windows program settings CloneApp is a specialized backup program for Windows that has been created specifically to back up profile folders and Registry configurations of Windows programs

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Windows Update error 0x80246017 continues to plague users If you have set up a test system with a preview build of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, you may have encountered the update error 0x80246017 before.

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Coming soon to Firefox: More ads! Mozilla today announced an expansion and rebranding of its in-browser advertisements, now dubbed "Suggested Tiles," that will by default show in the new tab page of all Firefox users.

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First software update for Apple Watch includes security fixes Apple's first update for Watch OS includes 14 security patches, and they're not trivial.

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Critical vulnerability in NetUSB driver exposes millions of routers to hacking Tens of routers and other embedded devices from various manufacturers likely have the flaw, security researchers say.

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How to convert users to Linux There are two ways of converting users to Linux: My way or the hard way

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New Logjam Browser Flaw Puts Web Surfers' Data at Risk Nobody likes a logjam. But in the computer world it can be downright dangerous. A new encryption flaw called Logjam could put Web users' data Relevant Products/Services at risk.

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In defense of ad-blockers, a vital tool for the privacy conscious Ad-blockers harm the internet economy. But they can also help save your privacy. Which do you value more?

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Find out if you are affected by DNS Leaks Whenever you use anonymity or privacy solutions to protect your Internet traffic from being snooped on or to bypass censorship and location-based restrictions, you need to make sure data about your actual location in the world or underlying system does not leak.

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This happens when you install a "Fix My PC" program. You have probably come across ads before that promise to fix issues that you are having with your PC. These ads are fairly common and often displayed on technology related websites.

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URL-spoofing bug in Safari could enable phishing attacks Researcher develops code that can trick Safari into showing a different URL in its address bar than the one currently loaded.

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Microsoft updates KB 3057110, KB 3045171 cause Windows 7 PCs to crash Microsoft has issued an acknowledgment that MS15-044/KB 3057110 and MS15-051/KB 3045171 -- both massive font driver updates that fix TrueType font handling in Windows, .Net Framework, Office, Lync, and Silverlight -- can cause Windows 7 and earlier PCs to freeze.

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Signing Into Websites With Facebook Is Just Asking To Be Hacked It's so easy and convenient to sign in to multiple secure sites using your social media credentials. Easy, and dangerous. Using social media for logins is like using the same password everywhere, but worse, much worse.

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How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) Got a pile of old drives that you need to wipe before sending them to Silicon Heaven? Or do you want to wipe a drive in a computer that you are selling or giving away? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the job done.

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11 signs you've been hacked -- and how to fight back Redirected Net searches, unexpected installs, rogue mouse pointers: Here's what to do when you've been 0wned.

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Best free photo editing software: 10 top programs you should try Fabulous free photo editors we recommend.

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What Is USB-C? An Explainer USB-C is set to replace the USB interfaces we've used since the mid-1990s. Here's why that's a good thing.

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Microsoft reveals Windows 10 editions Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 10 will ship in three consumer editions and three Enterprise and education editions. The three consumer editions Home, Mobile and Pro are designed for the demands of end-users, professionals and small businesses.

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Consumers fall out of love with tablets, but now businesses are smitten instead Businesses use of tablets is now a reality, says IDC, but it can't make up for the dip in consumer demand.

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Remove Antivirus Programs with ESET AV Remover ESET AV Remover is a free portable program for Windows that has been designed to uninstall antivirus programs on operating systems you run it on.

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Microsoft fixes 46 flaws in Windows, IE, Office, other products Fourteen critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer were among the targets of Microsoft's monthly batch of security patches released Tuesday. In all, it fixed 46 vulnerabilities across products including Windows, Internet Explorer and Office.

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It's optional for now, but Linux Mint expects to switch to systemd next year Despite recent reports suggesting the contrary, Linux Mint isn’t committed to avoiding systemd, the controversial project taking Linux by storm. In fact, Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint’s project leader, expects the next major releases of Linux Mint to use systemd by default.

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Microsoft Outlines Windows 10 Versions Look for Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Mobile this summer, as well as several business editions.

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This month's Patch Tuesday list includes three Critical security updates Microsoft's Patch Tuesday menu for May consists of another long list of security updates for Windows, Office, and more. Only three of the Windows updates are rated Critical, however.

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5 great Google Drive tips: Keyboard shortcuts, saving options, templates and more Our last look under Google Drive’s hood turned up such great hidden tricks, we went back to uncover more. Here are 5 more that will help streamline your workflow.

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Firefox 38: find out what is new Firefox 38 Stable has just been released by Mozilla. The new version of the web browser is already available via the browser's automatic update feature but can also be downloaded from the official Mozilla website instead.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For May 2015 This page offers an overview of Microsoft's May 2015 patch day. The guide provides you with information about each security bulletin that was released today as part of the the update day.

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The Benefits of Enterprise Linux for Small Business Looking for an alternative to Windows? You may not think of your business as an enterprise shop, but you might be surprised at what enterprise Linux vendors have to offer SMBs.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1EyXD9g
5 Google Docs shortcuts for more efficient editing Here are some time-saving tips that will help you edit more efficiently so you can keep your focus where it belongs—on the content.

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Controversial MacKeeper security program opens critical hole on Mac computers The program's developers are urging users to update to its latest version as soon as possible.

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Linux for Windows XP Holdouts For those users still running the ancient Windows XP, there are some Linux distributions well-suited to help them migrate.

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3 Early Reasons to Not Update to Windows 10 Microsoft has been talking up its Windows 10 operating system update for notebooks, desktops, smartphones and tablets since the end of last summer.

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Say Goodbye to Internet Explorer When Microsoft releases Windows 10 later this year – rumored to be toward the end of July – one familiar application will be missing from the desktop.

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Solid-state drives lose data if left without power for just a few days Solid-state drives are great for performance, but data security must come first.

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