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 0×00000048? 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 ÂŁ? 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.
What's what in Debian Jessie Getting a Debian Linux release out the door is never easy, but the latest and greatest, Debian 8, "Jessie" is out now.

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Antivirus Company Qihoo Censured for Cheating in Lab Tests Antivirus testing labs help vendors and consumers alike by putting products through rigorous testing. However, those results go by the wayside when a vendor (Qihoo, in this case) cheats by submitting one product for testing and supplying another to consumers.

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How to use Google's Password Alert tool to thwart phishing attacks Google created a new Chrome extension that alerts you when you enter your Google password on a non-Google site. Here's how to set it up.

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The Best Windows 7/8 Shortcuts, Tips and Tricks Even though Microsoft recently released a new Windows 10 operating system, the stable version of this OS is not yet available to the public.

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Linux Freedom vs. Convenience Without question, the past few years have been huge for the Linux desktop. From Docker containers to Valve's Steam software making additional games available for Linux users, it's been a wild ride.

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Want a new PC for work? Get ready to be disappointed The US dollar may give cheap Chromebooks an extra nudge this year, but enterprise spending on high-end hardware is expected to take a hit.

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Here's what's new in 7 Ubuntu 15.04 offshoot 'flavors,' from Kubuntu to Ubuntu MATE Ubuntu 15.04 wasn’t the only new Ubuntu desktop released last week . Seven of the nine official Ubuntu “flavors” released new versions based on Ubuntu 15.04. These all use the same low-level Ubuntu software, but with different desktop environments and tweaks.

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'Project Spartan' no more: Microsoft's new browser is called Edge Microsoft is kicking the “Project Spartan” codename to the curb, revealing “Microsoft Edge” as the official name of its new web browser. Microsoft said the name refers to being on the edge of productivity and consumption (though it's also the name of the browser's rendering engine).

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Password Alert: official Google Chrome extension to protect against phishing Google has just released Password Alert, a browser extension for the company's Chrome browser that helps protect against phishing attacks targeting Google accounts.

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Analyze lags and buffering issues with PingPlotter You have a ping of several hundred milliseconds that puts you at a disadvantage against players with better pings? YouTube videos pause every other second or so because of buffering issues? Netflix streams do the same? Real-time communication services lag whenever you use them?

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Windows 10 won't save the PC Fixing Windows 8's most glaring flaws is nice, but the new Windows doesn't address the fundamental PC dilemma.

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How to Find Your Linux Version or Distro Release, and Why It Matters Quick quiz: How do you know which version of Linux you are using? Which kernel? Which distribution? Which release of your distribution?

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10 Mini-PCs With Pre-Installed Linux As computers shrink in size, the line between mini-PCs and small desktop PCs is getting blurrier every year. As the name suggests, however, mini-PCs, are smaller than usual, usually less than five inches square and a few inches tall, making them easier to carry and hide away on a crowded desktop or behind a signage or kiosk display. They're also usually fanless, which means they're quiet and have one less moving part to break, and they tend to be cheaper, with more limited I/O.

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Free Windows 10 is not an upgrade … it's marketing Microsoft defines deal as 'marketing and promotional activity;' sidesteps revenue deferral.

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Weekend Project: Quiet Your PC Does your PC sound like a jet engine? Here's how to turn down the volume.

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AirDroid fixes flaw that could grant hackers full control of your phone AirDroid, a popular management tool for Android devices, has fixed a severe authentication software flaw in its Web interface that could give a hacker complete control over a mobile phone.

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Lock-down your Windows system with Simple Software-restriction Policy Simple Software-restriction Policy allows you to harden Windows machines by adding Linux-like execute permissions to them. Windows by default does not prevent software from being run from any location on the computer which malware and unwanted software exploit.

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What is a zero-day attack, and can anything defend against it? The easiest way to describe a zero-day is to break it down into its component parts. We start out with “zero,” which is the number of “days” that a vulnerability in a popular piece of software or hardware has been known and has gone un-patched by the developers of the device or program that’s been exploited.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Manage your iTunes music library This week, I look at a few questions about managing an iTunes music library, dealing with liner notes, album artwork in WAV files, and correcting capitalization in song titles. I also suggest a way to download music from the iTunes Store with an old Mac.

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How to reduce ping: Everything you need to know about ping and how to reduce it Ping plays an important part in the overall responsiveness of your internet connection. We show you how to lower your ping.

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Debian 8.0 'Jessie' is out and even Microsoft is celebrating The wait is over. Debian 8.0—“Jessie”—will be released on April 25, after a nearly two-year development cycle for the next release of this long-standing Linux distribution.

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7 tips and tricks to get the most out of your new Apple Watch The new Apple Watch is filled with settings and tweaks to control the experience. These seven will help you get more out of your new watch.

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How to easily root an Android Device Free Windows utility Kingo Android Root makes it a snap to take total control of just about any Android smartphone. Here's how to use it.

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Why Ubuntu Keeps the Desktop Like it or not, during the second decade of the 21st century Ubuntu has been the operating system to watch. This, despite the fact that its gathered a large base of followers who loyally despise it.

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We're stuck with passwords: Here's how to make them work better for you Because no matter how many times they tell you that passwords are passe, you're still going to be using them for the rest of your life.

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Wait... is the iPod not dead after all? The iPod was the original iPhone, blazing a trail of technological innovation that left other manufacturers scrambling in its wake.

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3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC It really doesn't take much to set up a solid backup protocol for your PC. Here are the basics, with pointers to more details.

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Scan and fix Office issues with the Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool If you use Microsoft Office for more than just the occasional spreadsheet or Word document, you may have encountered issues in the past after installing a new add-in or plug-in, or making configuration changes.

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How to restore the old Bookmark Manager in Chrome Google rolled out a new bookmark manager in Chrome Stable introducing several core changes to the look and feel of the application. When you open the new bookmark manager in Chrome for the first time, after getting a prompt asking you to sign in which you can thankfully skip, you will notice that the display has changed significantly.

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Massive optional Microsoft Patch-Day Incoming Microsoft plans to release a massive number of optional patches for company products today only a week after this month's Patch Tuesday. If you thought you are done patching your operating system this month, you are in for a surprise as 34 new patches are released later today.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? The intention of this article is to provide Windows users with some basic information about why and how they might choose to move to a Linux based operating system instead.

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Russian hacking group reportedly exploited Flash, Windows The group, called APT28, allegedly targets militaries and other organizations for information that would benefit the Russian government.

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How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8 Microsoft will ship Windows 10 later this year and with it comes an offer to upgrade existing versions of Windows to the operating system for free. Since the majority of Windows users probably does not know about that offer as they may not read tech sites at all or only sporadically, Microsoft pushed updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems that prepare the system for the update.

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Experts boost threat level, call for patching critical Windows bug ASAP Security experts today called for Windows users to immediately patch one of the 26 vulnerabilities Microsoft disclosed two days ago.

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Google speeds up data transfers with Quick UDP Internet connections Google is always looking to get information faster to people browsing the web and after nearly two years of experimentation, one of its new protocols is paying off in Chrome.

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Six Clicks for Linux beginners: Ubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet The easiest desktop operating system to use of all may be Ubuntu.

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Not dead yet: Windows XP alive and kicking There are still plenty of government offices using Windows XP. Earlier this year, Dawn Leaf, CIO at the Department of Labor, said that it still had 10,000 people running Windows XP, despite all efforts to upgrade.

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Microsoft fixes critical flaws in Internet Explorer and Office Microsoft has patched four critical vulnerabilities that could have allowed attackers to carry out a remote code execution.

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Google extends Chrome support for Windows XP until the end of 2015 Google today announced it is extending Chrome support for Windows XP through “the end of 2015.” That means the company will provide regular Chrome updates and security patches for Windows XP users for at least eight more months.

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Critical Updates for Windows, Flash, Java Get your patch chops on people, because chances are you’re running software from Microsoft, Adobe or Oracle that received critical security updates today.

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Adobe fixes Flash Player zero-day exploited in the wild Adobe released a new version of Flash Player (17.0.0.169) for Windows and Macintosh, and for Linux (11.2.202.457).

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For April 2015 Microsoft has just released security updates for April 2015 on today's Patch Day. Security updates are published regularly by the company on the second Tuesday of each month.

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The future is here: You may already be using IPv6 You've probably heard about the looming shortage of Internet addresses, even if you've never gone looking for one. But depending on what websites you visit and how you get to them, you may be helping to solve it.

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday: The patches keep coming For Microsoft, the vulnerabilities just keep popping up, and appear to be surfacing more quickly than ever before.

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Free tool may decrypt files encrypted by CoinVault ransomware Victims of the CoinVault ransomware might be able to decrypt their files with a free tool released by Kaspersky Lab together with the Dutch police.

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18-Year-Old Security Flaw Allows Hackers To Steal Credentials From All Versions Of Windows In 1997, researcher Aaron Spangler discovered a bug in Internet Explorer that allowed an attacker to steal credentials using a protocol known as Windows Server Message Block (SMB).

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How to verify that system drivers are digitally signed Device drivers are important files as they allow you and the operating system to interact with hardware connected to the system. Drivers, just like executable files, can be digitally signed to improve their verifiability.

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How to survive with only one USB-C port on your new MacBook Apple's 12-inch MacBook has only a single shared port. Here's how to connect data, video, power and more to it.

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It's taken months, but iOS 8.3 finally addresses Wi-Fi problems It's taken Apple eight iOS 8 releases and almost seven months of stonewalling users, but a fix for the Wi-Fi issues that have been plaguing users since iOS 8 landed has finally made it into iOS 8.3.

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Snappy Driver Installer checks, downloads and installs drivers on Windows Snappy Driver Installer is a free program for Windows that is a complete solution when it comes to drivers on Windows.

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Dell loads Ubuntu Linux onto its best thin-and-light laptop Dell is giving Linux fans a laptop to call their own with the XPS 13 Developer Edition.

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Can't patch this: Mozilla pulls Firefox encryption feature after just a week Mozilla has pulled Firefox 37's opportunistic encryption feature after less than a week when it learned that tech designed to enhance security actually broke SSL certificate validation.

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Google Gmail users hit by software glitch Gmail users around the world saw errors and safety warnings over the weekend after Google forgot to update a key part of the messaging software.

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How to Install Linux on a Windows Machine With UEFI Secure Boot When Windows 8 rolled up to the curb, Microsoft did its best to enforce a protocol known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot. This was to be a modern replacement for the aging BIOS system and would help ensure boot-time malware couldn’t be injected into a system. For the most part, Linux has overcome those UEFI hurdles. However, with Windows 10, those hurdles could be returning.

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The new models move Chrome OS closer to the mobile embedded realm of Android, a trend underscored with Google now opening up its technology for porting Android apps to Chrome OS to any Android app developer.

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Scan your Windows computer for untrusted root certificates Root certificates are one core building block of today's Internet. They are used to verify connections and a list of trusted certificates ships with operating systems such as Windows which makes them more trustworthy than certificates added to the operating system by third-parties.

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1.5M now testing Windows 10 preview Although Microsoft has said its Windows 10 preview program has some 2.8 million participants, just over half of those are using the early version on a regular basis, according to Web metrics estimates.

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Mystery patch KB 3035583 for Windows 7 and 8 revealed Recommended patch released March 27 is a Windows 10 prompter/downloader that nags users about upgrading to Windows 10 -- then does the dirty deed.

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Remove Adware in bulk with Ultra Adware Killer Have you ever cleaned up the computer of a friend, relative or customer that was filled to the brim with adware and potentially unwanted software?

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Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 4.7.0205.0 Now Available for Download Microsoft has upgraded its free anti-malware utility "Microsoft Security Essentials" (MSE) to version 4.7.0205.0. Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

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Manage Windows Services with Easy Service Optimizer Every version of Windows ships with a list of installed services that control features of the operating system. While some are essential for the operating system others are optional or only required if specific functionality is required.

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