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Longtime readers know that I abhor antimalware companies that promise 100 percent detection. It's No. 3 on my vendor snake oil list. Many companies have made similar guarantees in the past, and none has come close to fulfilling them.

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  Firefox 31 released: Find out wh...

Mozilla will release updates for Firefox on all channels and platforms later today that increase the version of the browser by one.

This means that stable users of the browser will get updated to version 31 automatically, while beta, aurora and nightly users are moved to Firefox 32, 33 and 34 res... Show More
  Need access to your Mac drives i...

Are you a Mac user who’s just installed Windows 8 alongside OS X via Boot Camp? Or perhaps you’re a Windows user who’s just been tasked with the job of getting data from (or to) a Mac-formatted hard drive. In either event, to get full access to your hard drive requires third-party help.

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  Best Linux Browsers

Pros and cons of the best browsers for the Linux desktop, including Firefox, Chrome and other browsers.

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  Firefox 31 tightens download sec...

Mozilla has released Firefox 31.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 31.0 due to follow in the next couple of days.

After the relatively disappointing Firefox 30, version 31 adds some notable new features, including the ability to block known malware downloads as well as a new search box... Show More
  Chromebook gains, Microsoft worr...

Some people still pooh-pooh the idea that Chromebooks could ever come close to challenging Windows PCs. NPD's latest laptop sales numbers say otherwise. Chromebook sales are zooming upward, while Windows laptop sales are stagnant.

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  Transfer files and programs to a...

Whenever you build or buy a new PC, you may want to transfer data from the old to the new. Maybe you want to move documents or media to the new PC before you move the old one to the attic, or a program that you want to run on the new PC as well.

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  Manic malware Mayhem spreads thr...

Malware dubbed Mayhem is spreading through Linux and FreeBSD web servers, researchers say. The software nasty uses a grab bag of plugins to cause mischief, and infects systems that are not up to date with security patches.

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  File Governor unlocks locked fil...

Sometimes when you want to delete, move or rename a folder or file Windows refuses to do so. You may receive a message that the action can't be completed because the folder or file is open in another program, and options to try again or to cancel the operation.

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  Mozilla rolls out update hotfix ...

Mozilla will install a hotfix on Firefox 10 to 28 Stable versions on Windows that have automatic updates enabled to get those installations to the latest release version of the web browser.

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  Google Chrome Kills Battery on W...

If you are on a Windows laptop, you might want to shut your Chrome and use Firefox or Internet Explorer in case you need to conserve juice. Chrome has a core problem that causes it to consume more battery than other browsers, Forbes says.

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  Chrome 36 launches with rich not...

Google today released Chrome version 36 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Among the changes are various additions and improvements, as well as the usual bug fixes and performance tweaks; you can update to the latest release now using the browser’s built-in silent updater, or download it directly from g... Show More
  The 2014 Guide To Windows 7 For ...

Have you finally decided to upgrade from Windows XP and managed to get a cheap copy of Windows 7? You made the right decision! You will get used to Windows 7 in no time. Best of all, we have many great resources to help you settle in and get up to speed. Follow me.

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  Feds declare big win over Crypto...

Even as security researchers reported that the hacker gang responsible for the Gameover Zeus botnet had begun distributing new malware, U.S. government officials last week claimed victory over the original and said that the Cryptolocker ransomware that the botnet had been pushing has been knocked ou... Show More
  Best Linux Desktop: Top 10 Candi...

The best Linux desktops for both newbie and advanced users, focusing on desktop ease of use and Linux tool set.

When it comes to selecting the best Linux desktop experience, there are a number of different factors to consider. In this article, I'll explore 10 Linux distributions that I personally... Show More

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Again, james was very prompt in responding to my questioins.  July 22nd, 2014

James was very prompt in responding to my questions.  July 22nd, 2014

Unfortunately the problem I had encountered was one that had no "answer" except to replace hardware. I certainly appreciated what bob did do. I couldn't have asked for a quicker response to my question. thanks again bob

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