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. Will protonic.com come out with an app for the iPad and other tablets/smartphones? Not at this time. Maybe in the future. 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.
Fewer college students use tablets; may be a sign device doesn't boost productivity How much real work can one get done on a tablet? Or are tablets mostly designed for entertainment?

The questions arise as a recent survey of college students showed a small decline in tablet ownership.

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Remove default applications on Windows 8 systems Win 8 App Remover is a free program for the Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1 operating system that you can use for that purpose.

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You want to replace Windows XP with Linux? Seriously? The end of Microsoft support for XP has some considering Linux or other OS moves. Think hard before you go down that path.

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Windows 8 Start Menu set to return in August Microsoft revealed earlier this month that the Start Menu will return to Windows 8. While Microsoft is keeping the timing for its return vague, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell The Verge that the Start Menu will likely be available in a second update to Windows 8.1 currently scheduled for August.

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FAQ: Manual Definition Downloads for Microsoft Security Essentials With any technology there are bound to be problems, and security products are no exception. Take, for example, the recent round of botched definition updates that caused Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems to hang.

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Most but not all sites have fixed Heartbleed flaw The world's top 1,000 websites have been patched to protect their servers against the "Heartbleed" exploit, but up to 2% of the top million were still vulnerable as of last week, according to a California security firm.

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This addon for Chrome, Firefox and Opera will tell you if a site is vulnerable to Heartbleed Though the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug is a fact of life, there are multiple measures you can take to safeguard yourself from the threat that it poses to you and your data.

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How to upgrade from Windows XP to Ubuntu If you need to migrate away from Windows XP, the free, modern Ubuntu OS is an ideal choice.

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The Reason for the Antimalware Engine Update on April 17, 2014 I noted on April 16, 2014 that a definition update for the Microsoft antimalware engine was causing severe issues for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems.

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IE6: Retired but not dead yet Microsoft may have retired Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) last week, but it's still keeping track of the ancient browser's user share on a death watch-like website that's been running for more than three years.

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Three's a charm? Windows 8 patches could pave multiple paths to Windows 9 In cutting off Windows 8.1 security patches, Microsoft may be setting up three upgrade avenues for Windows 9.

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PC Magazine May Issue Now on Sale: Heartbleed Is a Gaping Hole in the Internet The OpenSSL vulnerability Heartbleed proves that our computers and phones are never as safe as we'd like to think they are.

Heartbleed, as you probably know by now, is the biggest hole ever found in the fundamental infrastructure of the Internet.

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Microsoft corrects Windows XP/Security Essentials bug A bad update caused users of many Microsoft security products, not just Security Essentials, to experience "interrupted service". The latest update fixes the problem.

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HOW TO REINSTALL WINDOWS 7 If you feel that your Windows 7 PC is bogged down by a consistent lag in performance, it might be time to reinstall the OS.

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Microsoft enables Yahoo Mail and IMAP import on Outlook.com If you are using an online web mail service, it is often rather difficult to switch to another one. Say, you are using Gmail or Yahoo Mail primarily and want to switch to Microsoft's Outlook email service instead.

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Six Clicks: Linux Mint tips and tricks Want to get the most out of Linux Mint, one of the most popular of the Linux desktops? Then read on!

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Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now On April 8, Microsoft blessed us with an update to Windows 8.1 that made the touchy-feely OS more palatable to PC users.

Now that you've had about a week to play around with the update—which brings the taskbar to the modern UI, among other welcome additions—the next few days present a good time to clear up extra space on your hard drive by getting rid of some Windows Update files.

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How to Stop Pop-Ups in Firefox Mozilla’s Firefox browser should automatically block pop-up windows by default. That doesn’t mean that it’s perfect, however.

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Microsoft fixes Windows 8.1 Update for corporate WSUS servers After restoring the pulled patch, Microsoft has extended the cutoff date for WSUS-based updates to August.

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How to Slipstream Windows Updates Into Your Installation Disc One of the horrors of reinstalling Windows is the endless amount of software updates and reboots required to get it secure, stable, and current. But there's a better way: slipstreaming. With a bit of prep, you can create a new installation disc with all the updates included, so everything installs at once.

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Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support Microsoft TechNet blog makes clear that Windows 8.1 will not be patched; users must get Windows 8.1 Update if they want security patches.

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Makulu Linux 6 MATE hands-on: A good path to Linux for XP users A new release, a new installer, and a new desktop makes this a fun and beautiful option.

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As Windows XP support ends, are 'XPocalypse' reports overblown? Consumers, businesses and cash machines rely on the operating system. What are the dangers of support ending?

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Two-Factor Authentication: Who Has It and How to Set It Up Heartbleed has us all scared, given that one itty bitty piece of code has left everyone's log-in information potentially (there are no confirmed malicious uses as yet) up for grabs.

So what is a person to do? Well, you should definitely change your passwords on the sites that have patched their OpenSSL problems, but you should change your passwords regularly anyway!

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Google Chrome Free Download vs. Firefox – The Best Arguments In the past, it did not matter much which browser you made use of for your device and one just made use of the system default one, but today, browsers form an integral aspect of browsing.

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How can I use Windows XP safely now it's no longer supported? Microsoft discontinued support for its Windows XP operating system this week, which means users need to beef up their security practices to cope.

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Best free antivirus for Windows PC, laptop or tablet: secure your PC for free Six great free antivirus programs for PC, laptop and tablet. The best free antivirus for your Windows PC.

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With the death of Windows XP, now is the perfect time to switch to Linux If you’re one of the few hundred million people that are still using Windows XP, I have a suggestion for you: It’s time to switch to make the switch to Linux.

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5 no-bull facts you need to know about Heartbleed right now With all the noise and furor over Heartbleed, it's hard to filter through through the clamor and get to the heart of what's truly important, both in the short and in the long term.

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Windows 8.1 Update woes pile up: Errors 80070020, 80073712, 800F081F, 80242FFF, 800F0922 Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update a little less than 48 hours ago, and users' cries of pain fill the air.

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The Heartbleed Bug The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.

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Adobe patches a critical flaw in Flash Player and AIR shown at Pwn2Own contest Adobe Systems addressed two remote code execution flaws, including one demonstrated at the Pwn2Own hacking competition last month.

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'Heartbleed' Online Bug: How to Protect Yourself An online bug called "Heartbleed" is affecting a huge chunk of the Internet, which means that a password change is likely in order for hundreds of millions of people.

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Linux to the rescue! Windows XP support discontinued today Today, as Microsoft discontinues support for Windows XP, a 12 year old operating system, users all over the world find themselves with only a few options to choose from as they move on. It's not surprising that Microsoft encourages users to migrate to Windows 8.1, but of course, there are other alternatives. The best one by far is Linux.

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Heartbeat SSL Flaw Puts Linux Distros at Risk Hours after the flaw's disclosure, many Linux distributions didn't have a patch. Now that a fix is out, OpenSSL users should make sure to update their servers.

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‘Heartbleed’ Bug Exposes Passwords, Web Site Encryption Keys Researchers have uncovered an extremely critical vulnerability in recent versions of OpenSSL, a technology that allows millions of Web sites to encrypt communications with visitors.

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Yahoo email anti-spoofing policy breaks mailing lists In an attempt to block email spoofing attacks on yahoo.com addresses, Yahoo began imposing a stricter email validation policy that breaks the usual workflow on legitimate mailing lists.

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday bids adieu to Windows XP This month's "Patch Tuesday" includes the final round of security fixes Microsoft will issue for Windows XP, potentially leaving millions that continue to use the OS open to attack.

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Microsoft requires migration to Windows 8.1 Update within 5 weeks Microsoft yesterday confirmed that Windows 8.1 users must upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update, the refresh that begins rolling out to customers today.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For April 2014 overview Welcome to this month's Security Bulletins summary. The guide provides you with all information about this month's security updates for client and server Windows operating systems.

This month is special for two reasons. It is the last patch day for Windows XP, which Microsoft will stop supporting with public updates after today.

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Windows 8.1 Update is mandatory for all Windows 8.1 users. Here is why! Today's Patch Tuesday is special because of a couple of reasons. First, it is the last patch public patch day for most Windows XP systems. I do not think there is need to panic just yet, but you may want to consider upgrading the operating system eventually.

Second, Windows 8.1 Update will be released today. Microsoft revealed the update officially some time ago, and we have reviewed what is new last month as well.

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Windows XP End-of-Support is not the End of the World Today is the last day of extended support for Microsoft's popular operating system Windows XP.

What this means is that Microsoft won't publish public security patches for the operating system after that day.

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The sane person's guide to the Windows XP apocalypse Put down the hand grenade, and step away from the keyboard -- the end of Windows XP doesn't have to be a disaster.

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Privacy Eraser is a gorgeous looking cleaner for Windows The program covers many important programs and folders. As far as web browsers go, it supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera, and here the usual removal of caches, passwords, history information or preferences.

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Running Windows XP programs on Linux Mint with CrossOver There are two basic ways to run Windows programs on Linux. One is to use CodeWeaver's CrossOver Linux. This program enables you to run many popular Windows applications on Linux. Supported Windows applications include Microsoft Office (from Office 97 to Office 2010), Internet Explorer 8, all current versions of Quicken up to 2014, and some versions of Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop CS.

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How to get your data from Windows XP to a new PC With the Windows end-of-service deadline finally upon us, a lot of holdouts are hurriedly making the upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. Moving all your important files from Windows XP to your new computer may sound like just one more hassle.

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Don’t waste your money trying to upgrade your Windows XP PC With the end of Windows XP support from Microsoft imminent, perhaps you’ve finally made the (very wise) decision to stop using the venerable operating system. I commend you. However, if you’re planning to simply install a newer operating system on your existing hardware, you should reconsider.

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Windows XP: Chronicle of a death foretold When Microsoft ends support for Windows XP on Tuesday, a security sinkhole will likely open and gradually widen, threatening hundreds of millions of PCs worldwide in homes, companies, government agencies and schools.

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What to do with your old Windows XP PC With support for XP nearing its end, why not change the way you use your old PC?

Time is fast running out for Windows XP. Microsoft is ceasing all official support for it from 8th April. What happens next?

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5 key things Windows XP users need to know before buying a new PC On Tuesday, April 8, Microsoft will bid adieu to Windows XP, delivering the final security updates for the twelve year-old OS. While many XP users out there plan on keeping their PC—with or without Microsoft's support—many others are looking to at long last switch to a new computer.

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Windows XP diehards to fend off hackers by themselves People clinging to Microsoft's aging Windows XP operating system will be left to fend off cyber criminals by themselves come Tuesday.

On April 8, the U.S. software colossus will stop patching newly found security holes in Windows XP code that hackers could exploit to slip into computers.

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Yahoo Protects Users with Lots More Encryption We were thrilled to hear today that Yahoo is carrying through a concerted effort to protect users across its sites and services by rolling out routine encryption in several parts of its infrastructure.

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35 Cool Gmail Tips You Probably Don't Use but Should! To those of you who might have had this article bookmarked, you'll notice it's a bit longer than before. Why? Well, we originally wrote this piece back in 2009, and quite a bit has changed since then, so we thought we'd add to it. After all, it's been five years, which might as well be an eternity in technology time.

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Top picks for replacing that old Windows XP laptop If you're still running Windows XP on one or more PCs at home or at work, you're not alone. Even after 12 years, more than 25 percent of PCs still use the XP operating system, and many still will even after the April 8 deadline for Microsoft to cease official support.

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Linux Mint programs for Windows XP users The biggest challenge for Windows XP users switching to Linux Mint is having to change the programs you've known and used for years. Fortunately, some programs are available on both Linux and Windows. In addition, there are Linux programs that duplicate the functionality of your favorite Windows programs.

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Microsoft to restore Start menu to Windows Microsoft this week gave customers a bare-bones peek at the future of Windows, saying that the next iteration after Windows 8.1 Update will restore a Start menu and let users run "Metro" apps on the classic desktop.

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Best free Windows 7 downloads Windows 7 is a great operating system, and you can make it greater still with a few well chosen downloads.

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Windows 8 soon to be more like Windows 7 Windows 8 is going to start behaving a little more like Windows 7, but that doesn't mean Microsoft is giving up on the idea of a tablet-friendly operating system.

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Microsoft sketches out final Windows XP security updates for next week Microsoft today said it will ship four security updates to customers next week that will include the final public fixes for flaws in Windows XP and Office 2003, both slated for retirement from security support on Tuesday.

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Windows 8.1 Update -- required for all future Win8.1 updates -- released on MSDN KB 2919355 is a required precursor to all future Win 8.1 updates, including security patches.

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IObit PCtransfer is a one-click backup solution for important documents IOBit PCtransfer is a free simple solution that provides you with the means to back up important files with a single click.

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Juniper to cut more than 500 jobs, close facilities Juniper Networks will lay off about 6% of its workforce and back out of application delivery controllers as part of a restructuring intended to cut costs and focus the company on markets where it can grow fast.

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7 all-in-one security suites: Anti-malware for all your devices Let's face it: No matter what device you use, you're in danger. Security threats and malware lurk on Windows PCs, Macs, and Android and iOS devices.

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How to install Linux Mint on your XP PC Installing Linux Mint on a Windows 8.x PC with Secure Boot on can be a pain, but on an XP system it's easy. So, if you're considering switching out XP for Linux Mint, here's how you'd go about it.

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Windows 7 outgains Windows 8 and 8.1 in market share again, but Windows XP still above 27% The latest market share data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have gained a combined 0.62 percentage points (from 10.68 percent to 11.30 percent).

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Chrome inches past Firefox in desktop browser battle Google Chrome has snuck past Firefox to take second place among desktop browsers, at least as seen in the latest Web traffic stats from Net Applications.

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iPad: The Missing Printing Manual Have you ever wanted to print from your iPad or iPhone? Here's the skinny: It involves AirPrint, Apple's little-known wireless printing protocol, and some gotchas.

Since the release of Microsoft Office for iPad this week, there's been renewed interest in printing from iOS devices, mainly because users of Microsoft's newly released office suite for Apple's mobile platform does not have a built-in capability to print yet.

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Why Linux Mint is a worthwhile Windows XP replacement XP's support life is quickly coming to an end. Fortunately for Windows XP users, there's a Linux desktop--Linux Mint--that has the same look and feel but with far better security and speed.

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Paul Gilster: With end of Windows XP near, Linux might be worth a look Switching operating systems is no small matter, but I’ve had quite a few questions in the last few months about Linux as an alternative to Windows XP or even Windows 8.

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Download Free Google Chrome as Your One Stop Shop Traditional browsers are even struggling to keep pace with the evolution that Google Chrome has shown.

Indeed, Google Chrome has been noted for its exceptionally fast search results display. It is also one of the most widely used browsers on the internet.

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Restore the classic Firefox theme in Firefox 29 It won’t be long before Firefox 29 goes from being a beta build to rolling out to all of Mozilla’s users. When that happens, the new Australis theme will become the default — and not everyone is happy about that.

Fortunately, you’re not stuck with the new theme if you don’t like it.

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Lenovo begins global recall for fire hazard ThinkPad batteries Lenovo has recalled at least 155,000 ThinkPad batteries that it says could be a fire hazard.

Lenovo has begun a worldwide recall on lithium-ion batteries from several ThinkPad models, saying they pose a fire hazard risk

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Six clicks: Weird tricks that will actually make you happier with Windows 8.1 Beginning with Windows 8.1, Microsoft restored the Start button to the left side of the taskbar. Click it and you go straight to the Start screen, not to a Start menu.

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It's Official: Microsoft Releases Office for iPad Microsoft today announced Office for iPad, which is really a set of new mobile productivity apps—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—plus an update to OneNote, which was previously available. These apps aren't upscaled versions of the Office Mobile apps on iPhone, they're all-new apps engineered for the unique iPad capabilities and screen size.

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Windows 7 anti-malware products compared Independent test lab AV-Test Institute compared 34 anti-malware/Internet security products for home and business users on Windows 7 64-bit. Trend Micro came out on top for business; Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Qihoo for consumer.

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Goodbye Windows XP, Banks move to Linux Some financial institutions have decided to abandon Windows solutions due to high costs after Windows XP end of support, and install Linux on their ATMs.

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Learn Basic Linux Commands with This Downloadable Cheat Sheet Master the command line and you'll be able to perform powerful tasks with just a few keystrokes. This cheat sheet will help you remember helpful Linux commands, whether you're new to Linux or could just use a refresher.

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What to do if you love Windows XP and hate Windows 8 The impending expiration of support for Windows XP leaves users who still depend on the ancient OS with a handful of viable options.

Let’s take the issues most often cited by Windows XP loyalists and/or Windows 8 bashers one at a time.

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Maxthon Releases Its First Browser For Linux Maxthon has launched its first cloud browser for Linux. The release is partly in response to requests from Maxthon’s users, but also because the open-source operating system has become speedier, says Karl Mattson, the company’s vice president.

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Microsoft warns Word users of ongoing attacks exploiting unpatched bug Biggest worry, says expert, is that exploits are triggered just by previewing malicious messages in Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Microsoft today warned users of Word 2010 that in-the-wild attacks are exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in the software.

The company also published an automated tool to protect customers until it issues a patch.

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A thin lifeline for XP users: New Malwarebytes suite will support the OS The new Anti-Malware Premium suite unites five technologies under a new interface, including a behavior-based detection engine.

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Microsoft to Implement Stricter Policies for Hotmail Accounts Microsoft Corp. said it is going to implement stricter policies to protect its Hotmail account holders from spying and searching activities similar to the recent event done by Alex Kibkalo, a former senior architect in the company.

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Kaspersky’s AVZ Antiviral Toolkit is a portable second-opinion scanner AVZ Antiviral Toolkit is a free portable second-opinion scanner for Windows that you can download from Kaspersky's Support website.

It is an on-demand scanner that does not protect your system in real-time. It is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system and requires quite the elaborate setup before you can run the tool.

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Hackers are now targeting your router It's time for a router emergency call to 911. You knew about hackers stealing our credit cards from retailers, the NSA spying on anyone who picked up a cellphone or writes an email, and ad trackers watching our every move and purchase.

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Attack hits Web servers with outdated Linux kernels Web servers running a long-outdated version of the Linux kernel were attacked with dramatic speed over two days last week, Cisco Systems said on Thursday.

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Microsoft tries to tempt XP diehards with $100 discount on new PCs There's a catch: The device must be one of 24 $599-and-up PCs that Microsoft's promoting.

Microsoft yesterday began pitching another deal at pry-XP-from-my-cold-dead-hands customers, offering them $100 off a new Windows 8.1 device if they spring for one that costs more than $599.

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Review: Windows 8.1 Update offers an olive branch for mouse users Windows 8.1 Update brings a tiny handful of mouse-centric improvements and a hodgepodge of interface tweaks.

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Java 8 officially arrives at last Oracle's long-anticipated update includes addition of lambda expressions and shift to functional programming language.

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Auphonic: post-process podcasts and audio recordings to improve quality The quality of audio recordings depends a lot on the equipment that you are using for the recording.If you are using a microphone and computer, then you may have noticed that the recording quality is not optimal in many cases.

From background noise to other issues such as differences in volume or power line hum, there is a lot that can decrease the quality of the recording even if you are careful.

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SoundCheck tests your computer’s audio components and capabilities Listening to and recording sound on your Windows PC should be something that you do not really have to configure in most cases, as everything should work right out of the box here.

There are however situations where things do not work as planned. Maybe you do not hear a thing when you play audio files, cannot record voice, or get distorted recordings only.

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Start Screen Unlimited adds features to Windows 8′s Start interface The start screen interface of Windows 8, as well as the improved versions in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Featured Update, let you pin apps or programs to it so that you can open them quickly from there.

Designed specifically for touch-screen devices, it has its limitations and usability issues on devices without touch.

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ATM operators eye Linux as alternative to Windows XP End support for XP is prompting them to seek out Windows alternatives.

Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles.

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Linux worm Darlloz targets Intel architecture to mine digital currency A new variant of the Darlloz worm focuses on manipulating home systems to mine for digital currency beyond Bitcoin.

A Linux worm variant found in the wild targets routers, set-top boxes, and now PCs in order to mine for cryptocurrency.

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A guide to restoring your PC using Windows 7 Today we’re going to look at how to restore your computer under Windows 7.

Okay, so you've undoubtedly heard this a million times (probably some 900,000 of which came from us): You must back up your data! And that's advice you should absolutely follow.

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Download Google Chrome Free and get the best browser out there! Frustrated with the limitations of Internet Explorer? Looking for a faster, safer, better browser? There’s a reason so many people have switched to Google Chrome. It’s currently one of the best browsers out there, and it’s free to download and use.

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Firefox 28: Find out what is new The Firefox 28.0 update introduces several new technologies to the browser. Mozilla has added VP9 video decoding support, support for Opus in WebM, improved volume controls for HTML5 media, and its GamePad api to the browser.

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Microsoft dangles $50 carrot in front of XP users Gives gift card for its own e-store to customers who buy one of 16 new Windows 8.1 devices.

Microsoft has anted up in its attempt to convince last-minute laggards to abandon Windows XP by handing a $50 carrot to people who buy a new Windows 8.1 device.

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Google patches $310K worth of Chrome, Chrome OS bugs First browser maker to fix flaws revealed in Pwn2Own hacking contest.

Google on Friday patched several vulnerabilities in Chrome and Chrome OS within 48 hours of their disclosures at last week's Pwn2Own and Pwnium hacking contests.

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8 ways to improve wired network security These basic security precautions on the wired side of the network work whether you’re a small business or a large enterprise.

We sometimes focus more on the wireless side of the network when it comes to security because Wi-Fi has no physical fences. After all, a war-driver can detect your SSID and launch an attack while sitting out in the parking lot.

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How to remove avast! Online Security from Firefox Nowadays when you install a security suite, no matter if it is free or paid, it is likely that at least one browser extension is added by it during installation to popular web browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.

When you install the most recent version of avast! Free Antivirus, the company's avast! Online Security extension will be added to the browser (it is also added if you install a paid version).

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Government computers running Windows XP will be vulnerable to hackers after April 8 Federal officials have known for more than six years that Microsoft would withdraw its free support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Despite a recent rush to complete upgrades, hundreds of thousands of machines will continue to run antiquated software uncommonly vulnerable to hackers.

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Firefox is still the least secure web browser, falls to four zero-day exploits at Pwn2Own At Pwn2Own 2014, an annual computer hackfest in Vancouver, Mozilla’s Firefox has proven yet again that it’s the least secure major web browser.

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Prepare for Windows 8.1 with Newly Released Readiness Toolkit Microsoft is hoping that Update 1 for Windows 8.1 will be a smashing success and bring more users into modern day computing the way they've outlined it. Releasing through Windows Update on April 8th (Patch Tuesday), Update 1 brings better options for normal computer users through new right-click menus, resurfaced taskbars, and more mouse actions. The way it should have been in the first place. Microsoft is positive that the changes will make a difference.

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What you need to know about Apple's SSL bug News of a serious vulnerability within Apple’s implementation of a key encryption technology has been making the rounds this weekend. Read on to find out more about what the flaw is, and how it affects you.

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How to use Bing’s new Image Match feature If you have an image on your computer that you want to find out more about, or stumbled upon an image online, or are a webmaster or creator who wants to find out if images are used without authorization, then you can use so-called reverse image search engines for that.

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How to pin or move multiple apps in Windows 8.1 after installing the feature pack I have been running the Feature Pack update for several days now and while I like what it has added to the Windows 8 operating system, I noted that several workflows changed because of it.

As I mentioned in my review of the new features, one of the new features is a right-click menu that is displayed when you right-click the mouse on app icons on the Start Screen interface.

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Adobe patches a critical vulnerability in Shockwave Player The flaw could enable remote code execution attacks..

Adobe Systems released a new security update for Shockwave Player in order to fix a critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to remotely take control of affected systems.

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2014 is the year of the Linux desktop Linux has unexpectedly made it to the desktop through mobile and cloud, but the unintended consequences are troubling.

Wait, isn't the Linux desktop dead? As I observed last year, it all depends on how you define it.

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Windows XP Security Issues: Fact Vs. Fiction Are you prepared for the end of Microsoft support for Windows XP next month?

In less than a month, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP, still the second most widely used PC operating system in the world.

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3 easy Linux alternatives for Windows XP refugees who don't want a new PC Windows XP’s refugees have two choices on April 8, when Microsoft stops supporting the decade-old operating system (for consumers, anyway). This is assuming a new PC with a new operating system (even Windows 7) is, for whatever reason, out of the question.

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The real VLC for Windows 8 has been released Windows store is plagued by VLC Media player rip-offs and copies. If you search for VLC in store for example, you find several that use the official name and logo, but are not the real deal. To make matters worse, some of them are not free.

Videolan, the parent company of VLC Media Player, has been working on a port to Windows 8 for some time now after a Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded for that purpose.

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Many non-security updates released for Windows and Office It's Patch Tuesday, so Microsoft released many non-security updates in addition to the security patches. Windows 8.1 gets an even dozen.

In addition to releasing five security updates, Microsoft today released 16 non-security update, plus an update to their root certificate list and a new version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Microsoft also released several non-security updates for Office 2010 and Office 2013.

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For Windows XP, the end is nigh I drive a 12-year-old Ford, and why not? It’s quiet and comfy, and it gets me there.

Lots of people feel the same way about software. Almost 30 percent of the world’s desktop computers run Microsoft Corp.’s Windows XP, an operating system introduced in 2001.

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Windows XP Security Issues: Fact Vs. Fiction Are you prepared for the end of Microsoft support for Windows XP next month?

In less than a month, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP, still the second most widely used PC operating system in the world.

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IE zero-day flaw shows kinks in Microsoft patching The speed at which cybercriminals exploited an Internet Explorer vulnerability discovered in mid-February and finally patched Tuesday demonstrates the snags in Microsoft's security update system.

The critical vulnerability in IE 10, which would enable an attacker to run code remotely on a Windows PC, was first announced Feb. 13 after security researchers reported finding an exploit in the Web site of the French Aerospace Industries Association.

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Download Google Chrome – Free Guide to Make a Switch Are you tired of using the same old web browser that keeps crashing while you are surfing the internet?

You can switch to Google Chrome, a free web based browser by Google Inc. The browser is compatible with Windows, Linux, as well as Mac.

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Adobe patches two important vulnerabilities in Flash Player The vulnerabilities don't allow remote code execution, but can be exploited to bypass other security restrictions.

Adobe released updates for Flash Player that fix two vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to bypass security controls in the software.

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All you need to know about thumbnail cache files in Windows The Windows operating system creates thumbnail cache files for images and other file types to speed up the loading of folders on the system. Under Windows XP, thumbs.db files were being used and they were put into the folders the images were stored in.

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US-CERT urges XP users to dump IE People who plan to run Windows XP after Microsoft pulls the patch plug should dump Internet Explorer (IE) and replace it with a different browser, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said Monday.

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Microsoft Update Fixes Serious Internet Explorer Zero-Day Microsoft is addressing a serious Internet Explorer zero-day that was being actively exploited in a targeted attack against U.S. military personnel.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For March 2014 overview Only one month to go before Microsoft will stop releasing public security updates for the Windows XP operating system.

On this month's patch day, we have five bulletins addressing vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Silverlight.

Two of the bulletins have received an aggregate severity rating of critical, which means that at least one Microsoft product is affected this way. Other products may be affected in the same way, not as critical, or not at all.

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Lubuntu might be the best Linux distro for Windows XP users Microsoft will soon end official support for Windows XP, and OMG! Ubuntu! thinks that Lubuntu could be the perfect replacement. Lubuntu is a lightweight spin of Ubuntu that provides a more traditional desktop environment and might work well for Windows XP users.

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March Patch Tuesday Updates May Fix Critical IE Flaw This month's round of Microsoft Patch Tuesday updates includes urgent fixes for most versions of Windows and all versions of Internet Explorer, plus important patches for all Windows machines and even some Macs.

The big mystery, which won't be revealed until the updates are pushed out tomorrow (March 11), is whether the Internet Explorer zero-day flaw currently being exploited by state-sponsored hackers will be fixed as well.

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A clear-eyed guide to Mac OS X's actual security risks Apple has improved its security in recent years, but is it enough?

Apple's Mac computers and its OS X operating system have enjoyed a reputation of being relatively secure over the years. But in fact, experts say, the Apple OS has had security issues that might have been downplayed only because the vulnerabilities were not exploited.

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Add a Restart button or shortcut to Firefox Whenever you install a browser add-on in Firefox that requires a restart, an option to restart the Firefox web browser is displayed.

This is also the case if you disable add-ons or enable add-ons in the extensions manager of the browser.

Sometimes, you may want to restart Firefox for other reasons, for instance when you notice that the browser's memory usage shot through the roof, or if the program becomes unresponsive.

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Fix Windows after a virus attack with Automatic System Cleaner You have two basic choices when it comes to deciding what to do after a successful virus attack on your system. You can try and repair the damage after you have made sure the virus is gone for good and has not left any nasty bits behind, or you format everything and start anew.

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A new Windows 8.1 update tries to win back desktop diehards ith its second major update to Windows 8 in less than 18 months, Microsoft is trying to ease the pain for Windows users who are befuddled by the Windows 8 interface on conventional PCs. Here's what you can expect. Will it be enough to calm the troubled waters?

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Should you upgrade Windows XP right now, or wait for Windows 9? Windows XP users need to make a decision next month. When Microsoft ends extended support for the operating system, millions of PC systems running XP will not receive any security updates anymore from the company.

While that may not be a problem depending on how the computer is used, for instance only locally, or as a better typewriter, it can be an issue if it is connected to the Internet.

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50 tips and tricks for Chrome power users Take your Web surfing experience to the next level with these 50 tips and tricks for Google's Chrome browser.

Google's Chrome browser is full of shortcuts, hidden functions, and tweaks that can save you time and improve your workflow. All you have to do is carve out a few minutes and learn how to take advantage of 'em.

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How to download and install Windows 8.1 Update 1 for free right now If you want to download Windows 8.1 Update 1 for free, ahead of its official launch on April 8, you’re in luck! Just follow these simple instructions…

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Windows XP: It's time to say good-bye Here's the deal. Microsoft is abandoning Windows XP on April 8, 2014. When you hear that euphemistic phrase "end-of-life," it means a lot of things. The big ones are no operating system fixes and no defenses against viruses and other online dangers.

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What you need to know about the GnuTLS Linux bug Flaw similar to Apples goto fail bug makes many Linux variants vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks as developers to scramble to incorporate a new patch.

A critical Linux bug that many are comparing to the \\\\

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Professional online Linux classes for all - and the first one is free Want a good-paying Linux job, but don't have the skills? The Linux Foundation is setting up a new program of online classes for you.

More than nine out of ten IT hiring managers plan to hire Linux professionals in the next six months.. That's great news... if you're a Linux pro.. If you're not, you're out of luck. But The Linux Foundation wants to help you.

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Cisco patches flaws in routers, wireless LAN controllers Cisco Systems released new firmware versions for some of its small business routers and wireless LAN controllers in order to address vulnerabilities that could allow remote attackers to compromise the vulnerable devices or affect their availability.

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Microsoft plans to patch critical under-attack IE bug next week Microsoft today announced it will deliver five security updates to customers next week, two tagged as "critical," including one that will quash the open vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) that hackers have been exploiting since January.

Four of the five updates will affect Windows XP, the nearly-13-year-old operating system that Microsoft plans to retire from patch support on April 8.

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Tablet growth slows after years of rapid growth Tablet shipments will grow by 19.3% in 2014 compared from last year, a signal that the rate of uptake of the devices is slowing.

The rate of increase in tablet shipments is expected to slow this year after unabated growth during the device's first three years of existence.

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Report: Half of all exploits target Java Java's prevalence on devices and lax defenses make it a favorite target of malware developers.

Once upon a time, Microsoft was the favorite target of malware developers. As Microsoft improved the defenses in its software, though, cybercrooks moved on to easier pickings. Adobe was a prime target for a while, but Adobe followed Microsoft's lead and made its software more secure as well.

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Avira adds Cloud Protection and Browser Safety To Free Antivirus Windows users have two main choices when it comes to that. They can select a free software, or buy a commercial product instead.

One of the free products that you can install on your system is Avira Free Antivirus. We have reviewed the premium version of Avira 2014 some time ago, and while it does not offer all features of the premium version, it shares several of the program's core technologies.

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Add a Windows XP style Start Menu to Windows 8 Microsoft changed things around quite a bit in Windows 8 in comparison to previous systems the company released. One of the major changes on the desktop part of the system was the removal of the start menu.

Seen by many as a foolish move and an attempt to force users to work with the Start Screen interface, it surely did not help convince users to upgrade to the new operating system.

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Massive Linux security flaw dwarfs Apple’s cryptography problems of just last week A newly discovered bug in the popular GnuTLS library has the potential to dwarf Apple’s SSL encryption problems of just last week, thanks to a similar error with error checks and notifications.

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Everything I know about computer security I learned in kindergarten Dying to implement the latest surefire, algorithmically infallible defense? You're better off acting on time-tested wisdom.

The secret to good computer security is to do the simple things that we all know we should be doing better.

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IE11 still zaps Windows 7 gadgets It's a common complaint about upgrading to IE11, but don't hold your breath on a fix from Microsoft.

IE11's infuriating tendency to clobber Windows 7 gadgets has come back on the radar screen.

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Malware-Lobbing Hackers Seize 300,000 Routers Hackers launch scam and malware campaigns after compromising a variety of routers running firmware with known vulnerabilities.
More than 300,000 home and small-office (SOHO) routers have been compromised by hackers and are being used to distribute massive quantities of spam and malware.

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Update: Microsoft reacts to XP upgrade critics with free file transfer tool Reacting to criticism from customers that upgrading from Windows XP was "impossible," Microsoft today announced it would give away a limited migration tool to help people move to a newer operating system.

The tool, PCmover Express for Windows XP, is one of several migration utilities from Laplink, a Bellevue, Wash. company whose offices are near those of Microsoft.

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Five things you should know about iOS security Apple has updated its iOS Security whitepaper outlining the technologies that keep its mobile platform as secure as possible.

Security is an extra-hot topic these days, as all sorts of government agencies short on letters but long on budgets keep getting accused of spying on their own citizens, and debates rage on whether what look like accidental bugs may actually turn out to be quite intentional.

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How to keep your PC secure when Microsoft ends Windows XP support If you can't cut the Windows XP cord completely, here's how to keep your computer as safe as possible once security patches go buh-bye.

The Windows XPocalypse is almost upon us. After a legendary dozen year run, Microsoft will stop providing security patches for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Without Microsoft's protection, all those WinXP PCs will have targets painted on their hard drives.

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The paranoid's survival guide: How to protect your personal data Security experts offer tips about how to retain your privacy -- as much as possible, anyway -- and how to surf the Web silently, among other things.

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Microsoft will inform XP users about end of support with a popup If you are interested in technology you know that Windows XP support will end in April. To be precise, the extended support for Windows XP with Service Pack 3 ends on April 8th, 2014.

If you are not interested in tech, you may not have heard about it at all.

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Windows XP User? Here’s 4 Reasons to Switch to Lubuntu This April Support for Windows XP officially ends on April 8, 2014. After this date Microsoft will no longer issues security updates, patch exploits or provide any other means of official, direct support to its users.

For the majority of us the axe can’t fall soon enough. At twelve-years old, XP is a crusty, cob-web laden old-codger of an OS, one that has trundled on well past its best-buy date.

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10 easy ways to protect yourself from online hackers Bank accounts emptied, credit ruined, identity stolen and lives turned upside down – without a perpetrator ever walking in your door. Anyone who goes online can get hacked.

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Mozilla to start blocking plugins by default in Firefox Mozilla planned to enable the click to play feature in Firefox 26 for all users when the browser was released back in 2013.

Click to play blocks the execution of plugins automatically so that websites cannot load contents that make use of browser plugins.

Users have then the option to keep the block in place, enable the plugin on the website for the time being,or enable it permanently on the site in question.

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Why is LastPass not being updated on Mozilla Add-ons? LastPass is a popular online password manager that is available for various web browsers. Well, it is actually more than a password manager as it ships with other features of interest, including different profiles for fast form filling, options to store files in the protected vault, and an option to create secure notes.

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Browse all images that you viewed on the Internet with ImageCacheViewer You can browse Internet caches manually, or use a program to do so. Nirsoft's newest program ImageCacheViewer is such a program that you can use for that.

The program is very similar to WebCacheImageInfo, and the core difference between the two is that it is not limited to images with EXIF information.

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Apple Admits Products Are Vulnerable to Hackers Most recent Apple Inc. products - including iPhones, iPods and iPads – have a security flaw that makes them vulnerable to hackers, according to a announcement the company made on its website Friday.
The problem exists for anyone using an iPhone 4 or a later model, the iPod touch and the iPad 2, 3 and Air.

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Scam makes 'new' iPhones made from old parts Pictures of a booming trade in 'refurbished' iPhones have emerged from south-east China, where broken handsets are cannibalised for components that are then used to create fully-working devices.

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Apple TV too big to be a hobby, says Tim Cook Apple TV set-top box, which streams content from Netflix and other video sources to a TV, racks up $1bn in sales

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Microsoft experimenting with free version of Windows 8.1 Microsoft is currently experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that could boost the number of people using the operating system. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is building Windows 8.1 with Bing, a version that will bundle key Microsoft apps and services.

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How to always show the full address on hover in Google Chrome Whenever you hover on a link in Google Chrome, the web address the link is pointing to is shown truncated in the status bar area of the browser.

While you can wait a second to see the url in its full glory, it is one of the most annoying things of the browser in my opinion.

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Gameover malware tougher to kill with new rootkit component The rootkit works on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions and protects the malware's components from being deleted. A new variant of the Gameover malware that steals online banking credentials comes with a kernel-level rootkit that makes it significantly harder to remove, according to security researchers from Sophos.

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Apple's security flaws: Are you paranoid enough yet? Apple's SSL encryption fail and iOS keylogging flaw juiced anxiety levels in an industry already reeling from security fatigue. It's hard not to be paranoid about technology these days, what with the constant onslaught of data theft, zero-day exploits, malware botnets, and run-of-the-mill security vulnerabilities.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr, Beta 1 preview: Convergence deferred http://www.zdnet.com/ubuntu-14-04-lts-trusty-tahr-beta-1-preview-convergence-deferred-7000026843/

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Apple Issues Fix for Security Problem on Macs A bug in Apple OS X Mavericks software prevented the validation of encryption certificates from supposedly secure servers.

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Internet Explorer 'SnowMan' zero-day spreading: Use alternative or patch with KB 2934088 Attack first noted on VFW website is spreading, say Symantec researchers. If you must use IE9 or IE10, get patched now.

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Apple retires Snow Leopard from support, leaves 1 in 5 Macs vulnerable to attacks Twice now Apple has bypassed Snow Leopard when it patched newer editions

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HexBrowser helps you identify file types in Windows HexBrowser is a free program for the Windows operating system that helps you identify file types properly.

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Fixes and Features Included in Office 2013 SP1 Here's a quick overview of improvements you can expect to see after installing the large update...

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Gmail hit by message delivery delay Google acknowledged the Gmail problem at around 5 a.m. ET on its Apps Status Dashboard, saying that "messages are being received with a delay."

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Microsoft releases EMET 5.0 Tech Preview One of the programs that I install instantly after setting up a new PC with Windows is Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit EMET.

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Hands-on with Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 release candidate The last "rollup" release, with the latest Update Pack (UP6 at that time) included in the ISO images, was a year ago, LMDE 201303.

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Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8 Updates Microsoft plans to update Windows 8.1 to make it friendlier to mouse-and-keyboard customers and launch initiatives to make Windows and Windows Phone devices more affordable.

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Apple finally fixes 'gotofail' OS X security hole Apple has finally fixed a serious OS X security vulnerability that had left millions of users exposed to potential eavesdropping or account hijacking.

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OldNewExplorer turns Windows 8′s Windows Explorer into Windows 7′s One of the few changes that Microsoft made to the desktop part of the Windows 8 operating system was a redesigned Windows Explorer interface.

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Display all Internet Explorer passwords with IEPasswordDump EPasswordDump is a free program for Windows that you can use to display or save all Internet Explorer usernames and passwords in one go.

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Linux Distros Gone Today, Here Tomorrow It's long been the case that the world of Linux distributions offers at least one compelling choice for virtually every taste and purpose, but --

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Windows 8.1 update coming in spring, to improve controls, allow lower end hardware Microsoft is hoping to address some of the big issues with Windows 8 and improve the customer experience.

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Apple promises SSL snooping fix for Mac OS X 10.9 users 'very soon' Apple has admitted a bug in Mac OS X 10.9.1 could allow hackers to intercept and decrypt users' SSL-encrypted connections – and has vowed to release a fix "very soon."

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Apple Admits Products Are Vulnerable to Hackers Most recent Apple Inc. products - including iPhones, iPods and iPads – have a security flaw that makes them vulnerable to hackers, according to a announcement the company made on its website Friday.

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Seven ways to set up multi-booting with Windows 8 and Linux More trial and error attempts to set up multi-boot on my new laptop. Here's what I've learned to date.

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Five Tips for Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8 Time is running out for Windows XP users.

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Microsoft releases fix for Windows Update corruption errors Non-critical patch addresses problems in the Windows Update system files which could cause errors in future updates.

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Windows XP Shutdown: 10 Facts To Know The clock ticks for Windows XP holdouts. Explore the key issues before making your next move.

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How to Deal with Windows XP Separation Anxiety The end of support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 is a serious matter.

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Windows XP Migration: User State Migration Toolkit This command-line tool makes migration quick and easy.

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Google moves Gmail 'unsubscribe' tool out of the weeds An 'unsubscribe' link would appear prominently at the header of some emails.

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IRS warns of 'Dirty Dozen' tax scams for 2014 Identity theft, phone scams, and phishing lead the dirty list of tax scams.

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Ubuntu desktop moving application menus back into application windows Ubuntu 14.04 will let users switch from global menus to local ones.

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Keep Learning Linux—It's The Future Linux may be 20 years old, but it's as hot as ever in terms of job creation, a new survey finds.

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Microsoft Issues Emergency Fix For Internet Explorer Zero-Day Microsoft has released a temporary workaround tool for a newly discovered zero-day flaw in Internet Explorer that has been spotted being abused in at least two targeted attack campaigns.

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Microsoft Stops Hiding Office’s Free Online Edition A useful service gets a new name and better promotion.

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If you use IE9 or IE10, Security Advisory 2934088 says get patched now Microsoft has released a 'Fix it' for the Internet Explorer zero-day used in Operation SnowMan attack on VFW's website.

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Adobe Flash exploit targets security, public policy sites The attackers appear to be gathering broad intelligence about visitors to three websites, FireEye says.

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Hekasoft Backup & Restore backs up browsers and other program data Hekasoft Backup & Restore is a backup software for Windows that you can use to back up profile directories.

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ShazzleMail aims to re-invent email by making it surveillance-resistant Emails are probably one of the easiest data types that third-parties can monitor. There are plenty of reasons for that, from being stored on third-party servers to the lack of proper encryption.

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FreeFixer helps you detect unwanted software on your Windows PC FreeFixer is a free program for the Windows operating system that helps you detect potentially unwanted software that runs on it or has made modifications to it.

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Speed up your web browsing in Chrome I can't stand taking my hands off the keyboard. Mice and track pads are great tools, but they aren't always an ideal (or speedy) solution for navigating the Web. That's where keyboard shortcuts come in.

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Review: Google Chrome wants to be your OS Chrome is not just the cure for slow browsing.

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Demand for Linux skills rises Demand for people with Linux skills is increasing, a trend that appears to follow a shift in server sales.

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Google eyes 34 cities for gigabit fiber expansion Google has chosen 34 cities across the U.S. as the next sites for possible expansion of its gigabit-speed Fiber Internet service.

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Microsoft rolls out OneDrive to all users This is a staged rollout, which means that you may not see the new interface yet on the web. If that is the case, you may still be taken to the OneDrive preview page.

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Dear Adobe: Make Software for Linux Too Adobe doesn't have any specific plans to share at this time, but is constantly evaluating new hardware and software capabilities, and designing and building features to take advantage of the latest technology.

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Another Day a New Router Vulnerability Discovered Ten models of the ASUS wireless routers are vulnerable to unauthorized access if the AiCloud feature is enabled.

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Protecting your computer from hackers that want to hold it hostage How could someone get into your computer, when they've never been in your house?

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Soon, sign your Microsoft Office documents digitally! Microsoft has reportedly signed a partnership deal with DocuSign that would allow users of the Office suit to digitally sign documents from within Microsoft's desktop apps.

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How to block IP ranges in Windows Firewall If you are using Windows and have not installed a "complete" security suite for the operating system, you are likely using Windows Firewall to protect the operating system.

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After Linux civil war, Ubuntu to adopt systemd After months of often bitter debate, Ubuntu will follow Debian in using systemd instead of its own Upstart for Linux start-up and shutdown routines.

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Microsoft sets Oct. 31 as stop date for Windows 7 consumer PC sales But extends end-of-sales date for business PCs running Windows 7 Professional.

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Update on the Linksys Router Worm, a Fix, and Further Actions Linksys is aware of the malware called “The Moon” that has affected select older Linksys E-Series routers and select older Wireless-N access points and routers.

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Six Clicks: 2014's top Linux desktops After years of talk about the Linux desktop becoming important, it finally is. But thanks to Chromebooks and Android PCs, it's not the Linux desktop we expected.

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How to download Google Chrome extensions from the Chrome Web Store If you are a user of the Google Chrome web browser, you may have read here on the site or elsewhere that Google plans to introduce changes in regards to extension installations for Chrome Stable and Beta versions that run on Windows systems.

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Do this if a company’s user database got hacked and your account is in it There are several ways how attackers gain access to Internet accounts. One common attack form is to attack servers on the Internet directly, to download the user database

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Microsoft zaps Skype IM bugs Microsoft has fixed a variety of bugs that affected people's ability to use Skype's instant messaging feature across different devices.

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The sorry state of Windows 8.1 Update 1 If you're hoping for some relief with Windows 8.1 Update 1, you're in for a not-very-pleasant surprise.

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Top Ten: Making Windows 8.1 Work Like Windows 7 Ten tips to recapture everyone's favorite Windows OS.

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Microsoft Extends Windows 7 Availability for Businesses Microsoft would love it if businesses were choosing Windows 8 as the goto migratory destination, but they aren’t. Instead, businesses are migrating in droves to Windows 7.

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China switches on to Ubuntu in hunt for Windows XP successor The Chinese-language Ubuntu Kylin OS has been downloaded more than one million times since its launch last year as the country looks to replace the soon to be unsupported Windows XP.

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IE10 under attack as hackers exploit zero-day bug FireEye uncovers attacks emanating from a U.S. website just two days after Microsoft issued huge IE patch collection.

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'The Moon' worm infects Linksys routers Self-replicating worm program infects Linksys routers by exploiting an authentication bypass vulnerability.

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Update: Third of Internet Explorer users at risk from attacks Microsoft confirms both IE9 and IE10 contain vulnerability, urges customers to upgrade to IE11; leaves Vista users out in the cold.

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Scorecard: Windows 8.1 Update 1 fails the Windows Red test In the battle of Windows 8 fixes, Microsoft falls far short of InfoWorld's expectations in its latest OS update.

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If UK health service can get XP extended, why can't we? England's National Health Service is negotiating with Microsoft to extend XP support by at least a year. Can we get in on that?

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TThrottle prevents CPU and GPU overheating by limiting processes automatically The overheating of PC components can lead to serious issues: from crashes and data loss to damaged components that need to be replaced entirely.

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Pennsylvania High School Rolls Out 1,700 Linux Laptops to Students Every student, grades 9-12, came away with an Acer TravelMate laptop pre-loaded with Ubuntu 13.10.

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Hackers Break Into Comcast E-Mail Servers Some Comcast e-mail users are seeing the apparent aftermath of a reported hacking incident that resulted in dozens of the broadband giants’s e-mail servers being compromised.

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Hackers Mount Denial-of-Service Attack With Computer Clock Tool An expert warned the latest attack is only the start of ugly things to come.

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Windows XP Isn't the Only Software Getting the Knife in 8 Weeks Microsoft will call it quits not only on Windows XP in less than two months, but will also pull the plug on Office 2003 the same day.

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Microsoft adds critical IE, XP fixes to Tuesday's patch slate Two more updates boost the total for today's security patches to seven -- four of them with Microsoft's highest-level threat rating.

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Adobe patches two critical vulnerabilities in Shockwave Player The flaws could allow attackers to execute malicious code on computers remotely.

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Install TrueCrypt encryption in Ubuntu 13.10 Keep your private information safe with encryption in Ubuntu 13.10

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Buying a new Windows 8.1 laptop – and getting it ready for Linux Getting a new laptop ready to dual boot with Linux.

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Find the best desktop Linux distributions for new users Which desktop Linux distros are best suited for new users?

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FileSearchy is a fast Windows Search alternative Depending on what you search for, Windows Search can either produce the result in record time, or not at all.

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The Firefox NoScript guide you have all been waiting for NoScript does what the name implies, it blocks scripts from running automatically on all most websites.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For February 2014 overview Microsoft has just released this month's security bulletins for its Windows and Office products.

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DNS Switch: change DNS servers with the click of a button The domain name system (DNS) is one of the core systems that make the Internet work even though most users probably never come into contact with it at all.

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The future of the desktop is a tabletop One day, the future of Intel's desktop business will lie within something that looks like the Microsoft Surface. No, not the tablet, the older, tabletop version. Remember that?

In a world increasingly defined by mobile devices, one might think that Intel's desktop business would be the equivalent of Siberia. In fact, the opposite is true, according to Lisa Graff, the vice president of the PC Client Group and general manager of the Desktop Client Platforms Group.

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Windows XP gained market share in January (or did it?) Microsoft is almost ready to put Windows XP out to pasture, but the popular operating system refuses to die. The latest worldwide numbers from Net Applications show Windows XP market share actually grew by 0.25 percentage points in January, compared to the month previous.

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Easy Context Menu adds dozens of commands to Windows Explorer’s context menu Applications that you install on your Windows PC may add context menu items of their own to Windows Explorer.

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5 Ways In Which You Can Try Out Ubuntu On Your Computer 'Hassle-Free' Here's how 'new' users can try out Ubuntu Linux on their computers...

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Java-based malware turns Mac, Linux machines into zombies Users of computers running Apple's Mac OS X and Linux were advised over the weekend to watch out against a new Java-based malware that can turn their machines into zombies.

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Top 10 Uses For Linux Even If Your Main PC Runs Windows Even if you’re a Windows (or Mac) user, knowing how to use Linux is a valuable skill and it can run a bunch of awesome things in your home, even if it isn’t your main desktop OS.

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Microsoft: Why the Windows XP show is finally over It's easy to get sentimental about Windows XP and forget the hostile reception the OS received at launch, but the fact is, it's simply not cut out for the modern world.

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How to enable HTTP 2.0 in Firefox If things go as planned, HTTP 2.0, the next version of the HTTP network protocol, will be submitted for consideration as a proposed standard in late 2014.

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Test your network with Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics Google's Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics app helps take the guessing game out of network troubleshooting.

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Microsoft finds a few XP bugs to crush in next week's short slate of security patches Three of the four updates for Windows will affect Windows XP, while IE is AWOL from the patch list for the second month in a row.

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Adobe Flash: Insecure, outdated, and here to stay Given its lax security and incompatibility with mobile, Flash should be gone -- but it lingers for reasons that are tough to get past.

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Disable or customize Windows’ Internet Connection test to improve privacy Whenever you start a PC running Windows, an Internet connection test is run automatically to test the Internet availability.

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Pro tip: Remove product suggestions from Ubuntu Unity search results Jack Wallen explains how to completely or selectively disable the online search results from the Ubuntu Unity Dash.

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Find duplicates in iTunes Instead of finding all potentially similar songs, you can find multiples of identical recordings to help clean up your library.

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Create a list of all installed Windows software It can sometimes be useful to create a list of all software programs installed on a Windows PC.

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Still on Windows XP? Give Ubuntu Linux a go After April 2014 Microsoft Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft. It is definitely time to consider what to transition to and how. It is time to check out Ubuntu Linux.

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Let's talk Linux, but in a language we can all understand Jack Wallen believes that a language barrier is preventing Linux from being adopted, en mass, on the desktop.

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A last reprieve for the enduring Windows XP? By now, every Windows XP user and his third cousin should know that on April 8, the clock runs out on the venerable OS.

But recent developments might give XP users a bit of a reprieve. When and how Microsoft will blink are the open questions.

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HP pushes Windows 7 in the US 'by popular demand' In an effort to bash flagging PC sales, computer giant HP has begun promoting in the US Microsoft’s four-year-old operating system Windows 7 on a number of new consumer machines alongside the brand spanking new Windows 8.1

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95% of the world’s ATM machines still on Windows XP While Microsoft ends support for Windows XP in April this year, Businessweek reports 95% of the world’s ATM machines still run on the operating system.

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Windows 9 coming in 2015, will try its hardest to distance itself from the Windows 8 train wreck To distance itself from the Windows 8 snafu, Microsoft’s next major update — Threshold — will reportedly skip Windows 8.2 and jump straight to Windows 9.

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UK's security branch says Ubuntu most secure end-user OS CESG, the UK government's arm that assesses operating systems and software security, has published its findings for ‘End User Device’ operating systems. The most secure of the lot? Ubuntu 12.04.

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Malicious Java app infects Mac, Linux systems with DDoS bot Criminals are once again using Java’s cross-platform design to add Linux and Mac users to their usual Windows target list, Kaspersky Labs researchers have discovered.

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Reportedly Pushed Back To April Windows 8.1 Update 1 will ship not in March, but in April.

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Simple solutions to fix Flash crashes when using Firefox Both Firefox and Flash are complex programs, which means that there is not a single solution that fixes the issue for all users experiencing crashes or hangs.

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Should you worry about memory-only malware? Some malware disappears when you reboot, but returns if you haven't plugged the hole where it came in. Is this scourge worse than others?

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Suspected data breach at Holiday Inn, Marriott hotels A large hotel management company says attackers may have compromised its point-of-sale devices.

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Windows XP support cutoff poses data breach risk for retailer Symantec said retailers running Windows XP-based POS terminals will soon face an increased attack risk.

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Google tackles top security complaint among Chrome users Users say browser settings are being hijacked by malicious code hidden in free downloads.

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Firefox 27: Find out what is new A new stable version of the Firefox web browser will be released by Mozilla in the coming 24 hour period.

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How to uninstall Nvidia or AMD graphics drivers completely It is not really necessary to install the official Nvidia or AMD graphics drivers on modern versions of the Windows operating system.

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Oops, Windows XP gains in January but so does Windows 8.1 The staying power of the aging-out Windows XP was evident in January, according to Net Applications. The much maligned Windows 8.1 gained some ground too, though.

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How to sort Firefox bookmarks by age or visit count Whenever you save a new bookmark when you are using the Firefox web browser, you can keep or change the name of the page, select a folder you want the bookmark saved to, and add one or multiple tags for easier identification as well.

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MSVCR80.dll errors and other problems plague iTunes 11.1.14 on Windows Windows-based iTunes customers report problems with the latest update, and solving the issues can be a complex process.

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Will my XP computer cease working? Rest assured that on April 8th your PC and those belonging to the estimated 20 to 25 percent of PC users still using XP, will not suddenly stop working.

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Popular antivirus tools for OS X tested, again New testing outlines which Mac malware tools detect known threats the best.

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Chrome fights back against settings hijackers Google makes it even easier to reset your browser settings. Apparently, it's the No. 1 Chrome complaint.

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How to secure your Yahoo Mail account properly Yahoo released a statement yesterday in which it notified users of its mail service Yahoo Mail that it noticed a coordinated "effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts".

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LibreOffice 4.2 released, brings new Calc engine and new start screen LibreOffice 4.2 has just been released. The new version of the open source Office suite introduces several changes and improvements that improve the functionality, usability or performance of the application.

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Opera 19 Stable is out: find out what is new Opera Software has released Opera 19 Stable today, or more precisely, Opera 19.0.1326.56.

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Edit Your Browser's AutoFill or AutoComplete and Protect Your Credit Cards Luckily, you can delete/edit AutoFills. Here's how to do so in the current versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer

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Cache Killer forces Chrome to bypass the cache when loading sites The browser cache is a useful feature of every modern web browser.

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Pale Moon 24.3 introduces Intel Atom optimized builds Pale Moon is based on the Firefox web browser but specifically optimized for the Microsoft Windows operating system.

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An open letter to Microsoft's next CEO: 12 wishes from the Windows faithful We billion-plus customers would like the next head honcho in Redmond to address these dozen action items.

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SkyDrive is no more: long live OneDrive The new name for SkyDrive has been announced, and it is: OneDrive.

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How to turn off Bitdefender blocked this page notifications If you are using a Bitdefender security product, such as Internet Security 2014, on your system to protect it from harm and the many dangers of the Internet, you may have come upon the "Bitdefender blocked this page" message when trying to access websites in your browser of choice.

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Remove personal information from your digital photos Whenever you take digital photos, be it with your smartphone or digital camera, meta information are automatically added to it in most cases.

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Aggressive new virus invades computers You may believe you're safe at home, but if you're using a computer, danger is lurking.

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Millions impacted as Gmail suffers outage The outage was caused by a software bug, which “generated an incorrect configuration” within Google’s internal system.

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Google fixes Gmail after brief outage around the world Google Inc suffered a service outage on Friday that briefly took down Gmail, the email service used by hundreds of millions of people and many businesses across the globe.

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New Windows malware tries to infect Android devices connected to PCs Researchers from Symantec found a Windows Trojan program that uses ADBto install online banking malware on Android devices.

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Authentication bug exposes webcams to unauthorized access Remote users can access the video streams of many Foscam wireless IP cameras without a username and password.

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Replace Genius: automate the editing of text If you need to modify text in a document, you may do so manually or use automation.

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How to reset the Windows Store cache Resetting the store cache can also resolve issues that you experience in store.

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Microsoft finally makes it easier to shutdown your PC in Windows 8.1 Update 1 Microsoft is readying a number of improvements to win over desktop PC users with Windows 8.1 Update 1.

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Want a new PC but hate Windows 8? Here’s where you can go to find Windows 7 machines A big fuss was made over HP’s recent declaration that Windows 7 computers were “back by popular demand.”

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Apple is working on a fix for random iOS 7 reboots Apple is aware of these random home screen crashes and is working on a fix.

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LogMeIn Free users: a free alternative is just around the corner LogMeIn announced that it will retire LogMeIn Free, a remote access product that has been available for a decade, in January 2014.

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Chrome exploit can secretly listen to oblivious users Google has been pushing hard to incorporate speech recognition features into Web apps.

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Patching has failed, so it's time for Java to go Oracle pushes out Java patches promptly, but organizations don't install them; wholesale removal of Java is the only sensible answer.

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The ultimate guide to making Firefox slower: speed up myths Firefox is not a slow browser. While your experience may differ, I think that Firefox is loading the majority of web pages and sites as fast as Google Chrome.

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Java's security dilemma: Old, vulnerable versions won't go away There are some ways to get rid of older Java versions, but there's no easy path to doing so.

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Microsoft publishes new Windows 8.1 how-to guide The downloadble PDF is touted as an "advanced guide to Windows 8.1 for business," but it offers tips for any Windows 8.1 user.

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How to backup and restore Google Drive files If Google Drive is your file synchronization service of choice, or one of them, then you probably have installed the Drive application on all of your devices and systems.

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How to print documents faster Printing faster is a question of the printer, as much as it is one of tweaks that you can apply.

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How to protect your Windows XP system after April 2014 You know by now -- probably - that Microsoft will retire the Windows XP operating system for good come April 2014. It is also likely that you won't notice lots of changes after that day, at least not initially.

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Neverquest Trojan infiltrates banks, Kaspersky warns Kaspersky Lab has recorded thousands of attempts to infect computers used for online banking with a malicious program that its creators claim can attack “any bank in any country.”

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines While Microsoft continues to push its less-than-beloved Windows 8, HP is citing "popular demand" in opting instead to flog its machines equipped with Windows 7, an operating system that will turn five years old this year.

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How to back up and restore your Windows 8 Start screen layout If you've taken the time to carefully customize your Windows 8 Start screen layout, backing it up might be a good idea.

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Google discards extensions that force feed users ads in Chrome Two extensions disappear from the Chrome Web Store after their code is altered to display pop-up ads to users.

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The Mac Turns 30! How Much Is the Original Computer Worth Today? Steve Jobs ­unveiled the first Apple Macintosh computer, with its nine-inch screen and $2,500 price tag, on Jan. 24, 1984.

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Six more US retailers attacked like Target, security firm says Cybercriminals have stolen payment card data from six more U.S. retailers using similar point-of-sale malware that compromised Target, a computer crime intelligence company said Friday.

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Don't believe the lies about Windows XP's imminent death On April 8, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP, but XP-based PCs will continue to work just fine.

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How to monitor extension updates in Chrome and Firefox You have two options here. The first is to block extensions from updating automatically. This can be done quite easily in Firefox, as you have full control over each extension individually in the browser.

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How to restore scroll bar arrows in Google Chrome Google removed the scroll bar arrows from the bar. This may not seem like a big deal to you, especially if you are using a drag motion to scroll, the keyboard, or something fancy such as mouse gestures.

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A disaster in the making: 95% of ATMs still run Windows XP As we’ve mentioned multiple times, now is really the time to upgrade from Windows XP if you haven’t done so already.

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Microsoft employees reportedly call Windows 8 ‘the new Vista’ We’ve argued in the past that it wouldn’t be fair to compare Windows 8 to Vista, in part because Vista was widely hated by many Windows users while Windows 8 is merely polarizing.

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Find out which Microsoft .Net Framework version a software requires The Microsoft .Net Framework is a highly controversial software framework that makes available a large library of classes to developers which they can make use of when they code applications.

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Dropbox glitch makes a strong case for encryption by default It's easy, it's powerful, and it'll give users that much less to worry about. So why isn't it happening?

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Did Microsoft finally fix Windows XP's SVCHOST redlining problem? XP users have complained for months about a bug that slammed Windows update to 100% utilization. January's Black Tuesday patch might solve the problem.

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Windows XP users will still get some security-related updates after April 8, 2014 Microsoft announced yesterday that it will continue "to provide updates to antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users". The new deadline is July 14, 2015, 3 months after the rumor says it will release Windows 9 to the public.

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Process Piglet: monitor running processes for high memory usage Depending on how much memory (RAM) is installed in your computer system, the programs you run, and the requirements of those programs, you may not think a single second about high RAM usage, or all the time.

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Who’s On My Wifi notifies you about freeloaders If your router supports wireless Internet and if WiFi is enabled, then it is theoretically possible that others connect to your network to use your Internet connection.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For January 2014 overview Welcome to the overview of Microsoft's January 2014 patch Tuesday. Microsoft has released a total of four bulletins on the first patch day of the year 2014, all of which have received the maximum severity rating of important.

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Full speed ahead: Oracle to ship Java 8 in March, even with bugs Company to focus on 'showstopper' bugs between now and then in JDK 8, and wait to fix lesser bugs later.

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4 Questions Parents Should Ask About Student Data Security Student data has the ability to transform education, experts say.

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Rumor: Windows 9 to be released in April 2015 If you compare how Windows 8 has been doing until now to how Windows 7 did in its first two years of existence, you will come to the conclusion that it did not do as well.

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Google account features that you need to know about You probably have a Google account, just like anyone else on the Internet. While that statement is oversimplified, it is without doubt that Google is one of the most popular Internet companies out there.

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Fix “The following feature couldn’t be installed” errors on Windows 8 When you try to install programs on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 that depend on an older version of the Microsoft .Net Framework, for example .Net Framework 3.5, you will get a Windows Features dialog the first time.

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With the new year comes a new wave of ransomware Ransomware has been around for a few years but it has become increasingly sophisticated. It’s broadly known as Cryptolocker.

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Microsoft readies urgent patch for Windows XP next week Microsoft is patching Windows XP on this month’s Patch Tuesday, shoring up a vulnerability that can lead to computers being taken over entirely by attackers.

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Microsoft's late fixing Windows, but ahead on the cloud Rumor has it Microsoft is in full retreat on Windows 8 as outlines of a new version emerge, but the company is already a step ahead as we move into a cloud-centric world.

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Review: Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps Web browser or Office suite? Microsoft's and Google's office productivity and collaboration clouds pit rich and complex against simple and lean.

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Microsoft Corp Confirms the End of Windows XP Security Essentials Updates in April Microsoft Corp has confirmed that it would cease updating its anti-malware tool for Windows XP users in April.

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Intel announces death of McAfee brand Three and a half years after Intel acquired McAfee, the chip giant looks set to ditch the famous brand that still bears the name of its fabled founder, John McAfee.

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Default settings leave external hard drives connected to Asus routers wide open Files on thousands of hard drives connected to broadband routers from Asus are easily accessible over the Internet due to unsecure default settings, according to industry experts and tests conducted by PC World Norway and TechWorld Sweden.

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Google Chrome: delete individual cookies without opening the cookies manager If you want to remove individual cookies set by websites that you have visited in Chrome, you either have to use the program's own cookies manager which you can access directly by opening chrome://settings/cookies in the web browser, or a browser extension that lets you do so.

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Check your Internet connection with Chrome Connectivity Diagnostics If websites do not load in the Google Chrome browser or another Internet browser, or if Internet connectivity appears limited in other ways, it is sometimes difficult to find out why that is the case.

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What Does Jelly Mean For Businesses? As you may know, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launched a new app called Jelly this week after about a year in stealth mode. It’s billed as “a new way to search,” but is essentially a Q&A service that lets you take pictures and tap into your Facebook and Twitter networks to seek answers.

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Yahoo Malware Turned European Computers Into Bitcoin Slaves As many as two million European users of Yahoo may have received PC malware from virus-laden ads served by its homepage over a four-day period last week.

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Ultimate Windows Tweaker for Windows 8 lets you customize the operating system The programs allowed me to make a lot of changes in a matter of seconds, something that would have taken a lot longer if I would have used the Registry for that.

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Block websites from reading or modifying Clipboard contents in Firefox Depending on how a website is configured, it may be able to read or modify Clipboard events that happen on it.

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Yahoo Mail: How to filter and block email addresses The difference between filtering emails and blocking them is easy to explain: A filter moves the messages to another folder on the site, e.g. a custom folder that you have created, or the trash.

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Hell Freezes Over in Linux Land as Red Hat Makes Nice With Its Clone Today, Linux vendor Red Hat announced that it’s entering a partnership to help develop CentOS, the project that cloned its flagship software in an effort to get around its license fees.

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Cybercrooks developing dangerous new file-encrypting ransomware, researchers warn The new threat from PowerLocker might be even more difficult to remove than CryptoLocker, which plagued users in recent months.

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What's the Best Way to Sync Music Between My Computers? I've got a great big music collection on my desktop and I want it on my laptop, too.

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Find out if your router is listening on backdoor port 32764 Some days ago it became public knowledge that some routers, that's devices used for establishing Internet connections among other things, are listening on the undocumented port 32764.

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How to restore deleted Dropbox files f you have deleted a file by accident, or if a file got deleted by a program automatically, then you may have options to restore it after all.

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Hackers easily hijack Windows crash reports, report says Windows’ error- and crash-reporting system sends a wealth of data unencrypted and in the clear, information that eavesdropping hackers or state security agencies can use to refine and pinpoint their attacks, a researcher said.

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Yahoo says some ads on its European sites spread malware Some advertisements on Yahoo Inc's European websites last week spread malicious software, Yahoo said on Sunday, potentially infecting thousands of users.

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To detect 100 percent of malware, try whitelisting 'lite' Few want to live with whitelisting's overhead and restrictions -- so run it in audit mode to detect all malware coming your way.

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My 3 favorite tools for migrating to Office 365 More users are moving to Office 365, but they're finding a few areas that require some help. These three tools can bridge the gaps.

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How to diagnose and fix Windows 8 apps crashes Crashes can occur at different times. Sometimes, you start the app, it appears for a moment before it crashes to nirvana nowhere to be heard or seen from again.

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How to prevent Google from linking you to your searches If you are using Google Search, and chance is you are as it is the dominating search engine by a mile in most parts of the world, then you probably know -- or maybe not -- that your searches get recorded by the company.

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Microsoft bets on Windows XP disaster "This venerable platform, built last century, will not be able to keep pace with attackers, and more Windows XP-based systems will get compromised," prophesied Tim Rains, director of Trustworthy Computing, in a long post to Microsoft's security blog on Thursday.

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Windows 8 regains uptake mojo, XP restarts death slide After a two-month pause, Microsoft's newest and oldest operating systems return to trend form.

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More Microsoft exec departures mark end of a Windows era With Jon DeVaan and Grant George officially retired and most of rest of Windows 8 team out to pasture, Microsoft silently acknowledges complete lack of faith in Windows 8.

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NoTrace for Firefox protects users against privacy threats on the Internet Chance is, that if you are using the Internet, that you are tracked on it to a certain degree.

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Firewall App Blocker simplifies the configuration of Windows Firewall If you are running Windows Firewall on your operating system, and most Windows users probably are, then you know that the firewall is not the easiest to configure.

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Chrome vs. Firefox: where Firefox beats the Google browser You may have heard that Chrome is a lot faster than Firefox or more secure, and while there is some truth to that, I'd like to list areas in which Firefox is superior to Google Chrome.

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The NSA developed software for backdoor access to iPhones The software being developed in 2008 would let the agency locate phones and remotely turn on cameras and mics, Der Spiegel reported.

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Unencrypted Windows crash reports give significant advantage to hackers, spies Windows' error- and crash-reporting system sends a wealth of data unencrypted and in the clear, information that eavesdropping hackers or state security agencies can use to refine and pinpoint their attacks, a researcher said today.

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Chromebooks sales surge through November, outsell Macbooks Year to date figures through November 2013 of Google Chrome OS-based laptops saw a total of more than 21 percent of all notebook sales through commercial channels.

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Everything you need to know about 64-bit versions of Firefox for Windows First, it needs to be mentioned that most 32-bit applications run fine on 64-bit operating systems, but that no 64-bit application will run on a 32-bit system.

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More About Google Hummingbird and What It Means To You You’ve probably searched on Google before. If you’re like me, you do it at least 50 times a day.

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How to find your Mac's serial number There are several approaches you can take to find your Mac's serial number.

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9 apps to help you get acquainted with your new Android tablet So you just fired up your brand new tablet, and while it comes with a few apps—a number of them likely provided by Google—you want to know what others you should grab.

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Security industry takes a hit after latest NSA disclosures Trust in the security industry has taken a blow with a recent report that RSA was paid by the U.S. National Security Agency to provide a way to crack its encryption.

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The 10 best new features in OS X Mavericks The latest version of the Mac OS is no transformative update, but it includes several key changes that most users will like.

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How to Erase Your Data From an Old Computer or Phone Before you dispose of an old personal computer, the experts recommend that the very least you do is reformat your hard drive and reinstall the operating system.

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Clean up your public Internet profile Removing your private information from one site isn't particularly difficult, but it can be a hassle.

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How to bypass damaged-application warnings in OS X If OS X is falsely identifying a program update as being "damaged," here's how to make an exception to allow this program to run.

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Three privacy-focused browsers compared SRware Iron, Comodo Dragon, and Dooble use the Chromium browser engine but promise to protect your privacy better than Google Chrome.

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Mozilla fixes text rendering issues for Windows users with AMD cards Windows 7 or newer users who run Firefox may have noticed text rendering issues in the web browser for some time now.

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New Evidence That Computers Change the Way We Learn People who use computers regularly are constantly mapping the movements of their hand and computer mouse to the cursor on the screen.

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New DDoS Botnet Infects Windows along with Linux Computers; Poland CERT According to Poland Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), its security researchers recently discovered one fresh DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) botnet that spread a kind of malware which contaminated Linux as well as Windows computers.

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What is the best free System Cleaner for Windows? A system cleaner removes unnecessary files from the PC when it is run.

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Google recalls melting HP Chromebook 11 chargers Google and HP have recalled power chargers sold with the HP Chromebook 11, after reports of overheating and subsequent injuries to consumers.

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iOS 7.1 Launching in March Following Lengthy Testing Period? Apple has seeded a new build of iOS 7.1 to its "testing partners" or carriers, reports BGR, with a public release of the software set to come in March.

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Goodbye, Win XP - Hello, Linux? Microsoft will stop security support for Windows XP this coming April, meaning that more than a few remaining users of the long-standing OS need to come up with an alternative plan.

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Ubuntu's Lonely Road Though not currently in the No. 1 spot on DistroWatch -- for whatever that's worth -- Ubuntu is often credited with having achieved more mainstream acceptance than any other Linux distro so far.

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Windows XP to Become a Hacker's Dream in 2014, Experts Warn Is your older computer a ticking time bomb?

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Tech Tuesday: Time for Windows XP users to move on I understand not everyone has the time, money or interest for switching to the latest and greatest when their current devices work just fine and the first versions of new software can be buggy.

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How to check for hackers With all the security breaches we're having these days, it doesn't hurt to be vigilant for any suspicious activity.

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Protect bookmarks in Chrome with Secure Bookmarks Bookmarks in Chrome are not protected, which means that anyone with local access to the browser or PC can access them.

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How to add program shortcuts to the Windows Run box If you are using the run box regularly, you may be interested in finding out more about its inner workings.

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Windows 8.1 Preview will die soon, Microsoft warns Microsoft is reminding customers that the Windows 8.1 Preview will conk out on January 15, and it's time to shell out for the full edition.

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Change Internet Explorer’s Look and Behavior with Quero Toolbar The Quero Toolbar is a browser bar for Internet Explorer that adds appearance and customization options to the web browser that would not be there otherwise for the most part.

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Winamp not yet gone as acquisition becomes likely TechCrunch, which is owned by AOL, reports that the shutdown may not happen after all, as AOL appears to be in talks with another -- unnamed company / buyer -- interested in acquiring the brand and all assets that go along with it.

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CryptoLocker ransom Trojan infected 250,000 PCs Dell SecureWorks estimates at least 0.4 percent of victims of the malware paid up, generating millions of dollars in ransom payments.

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Older Mac webcams can spy without activating warning light Researchers from Johns Hopkins University created an application that can disable the LED on first-generation iSight cameras while in use.

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Apple issues EFI Firmware update for 2013 Mac Pro The first update for the new Mac Pro offers stability and power management improvement during the boot process and when using Boot Camp.

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How to restore Basic HTML View on Gmail Up until now, Gmail users had the option to switch between Basic HTML View and Standard View using a small link displayed on the site.

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Always display full details when copying or moving files in Windows 8 Microsoft has modified the dialog that is displayed when you copy or move files in the Windows 8 operating system.

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Tabs are back! Yahoo restores Tabs on its email service Yahoo Mail Yahoo announced today that it made the decision to restore the tabs functionality on Yahoo Mail.

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Lini PC offers small Linux computers with Haswell chips One of the nice things about Ubuntu and most other Linux distributions is that you can install them on pretty much any PC without paying a penny.

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Frustrated users complain about SkyDrive problems after Windows 8.1 update As people have moved to Windows 8.1 in the past two months, the drumbeat of reports that the OS update has affected the SkyDrive cloud storage service has grown louder.

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Botched Black Tuesday patch KB 2887069 freezes, fails to configure, triggers a BSoD, and/or zaps sound drivers KB 2887069 patch went down the Automatic Update chute last week with an array of problems, but there are workarounds.

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Microsoft promises to fix Windows XP SVCHOST redlining 'as soon as possible' Microsoft finally posted explanation for the redlining, 100% CPU utilization lockup frustrating many Windows XP users.

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Decorate your Windows desktop for Christmas If you like to decorate your house or apartment for Christmas by adding a Christmas Tree and another decorations around the house, you'd probably also like to do the same for your computer screen.

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RamExpert reveals information about your PC’s RAM capabilities RamExpert has been designed to display all there is to know about your PC's RAM and its capabilities.

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Bogus antivirus program uses a dozen stolen signing certificates A fake antivirus program in circulation uses at least a dozen stolen digital code-signing certificates, indicating cybercriminals are increasingly breaching the networks of software developers, Microsoft wrote on Sunday.

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Mozilla advises webmasters to implement X-Frame-Options security header In light of overall low adoption of HTTP security headers, Mozilla is advising webmasters to at least implement X-Frame-Options on their sites, arguing that this header can prevent several types of attacks.

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Windows XP retirement nears Microsoft introduced Windows XP in 2001, and it became an instant success.

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Mozilla updates Firefox, adds click-to-play and patches Mozilla last week released Firefox 26, which kicked off a limited form of click-to-play function and patched 15 security vulnerabilities, six of which were marked “critical.”

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Yahoo Mail Woes Only Continue People are becoming increasingly frustrated with Yahoo Mail, and it’s no longer simply about the recent redesigns it has forced on users. Now, it’s experiencing actual service disruptions, and lengthy ones at that.

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Adobe patches critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player, Shockwave An exploit targets one of the vulnerabilities by using Flash content embedded in Microsoft Word documents, Adobe warns.

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Windows 7 gets reprieve for PC makers If you’re still in the market for a Windows 7 PC, you can breathe a sigh of relief. They’re still available.

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Firefox 26: Find out what is new Firefox 26 introduces several new features and changes to the Firefox web browser, of which some will affect a lot of users.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For December 2013 overview The last Microsoft patch day of 2013 is here and Microsoft has just pushed the new updates to Windows Update.

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Microsoft beefs up account security Microsoft is adding a few new security features to provide more peace of mind for Microsoft Account holders.

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Report: Windows Start menu to return in Windows 8.2 In what could be one of the more startling reversals since New Coke, a report released Monday claims that Microsoft will bring back a Windows 7-style Start menu to what is being called Windows 8.2.

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How to make sure you do not miss emails in the new Gmail interface The new Gmail interface that divides emails into different groups such as primary, promotions, social or forums has been up for some time now.

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Sky takes on Blinkbox: Now anyone can stream films from its online store - and rentals start at just 99p Film fans can now rent movies from Sky without paying a hefty subscription.
From today, movies available on the Sky Store can be streamed by anyone through a browser, as well as through the Roku and YouView set-top boxes.
New releases, including Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger, cost £3.49, while older titles such as Austin Powers start 99p and classics including Top Gun and The Godfather cost £1.99.

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Google's secret project: Android founder Andy Rubin reveals he is building robots Aside from launching a range of new phones, building its latest operating system and even setting up a barge off the coast of San Francisco, Google has been stealthily building a robotics empire.
Over the past six months Google has bought seven technology companies that each specialise in robotics or automated systems.
These include Meka, which makes humanoid robots, and Industrial Perception, which specialises in machines that can package goods and load up lorries, for example.

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Hackers could steal personal data from computers using SOUNDWAVES - and even the most secure PCs may be at risk In the future, computer hackers could steal sensitive data from people’s computers using nothing but soundwaves, experts have warned.
German computer scientists have proved the idea is possible by developing a new type of malware that can travel between machines using sound waves that are inaudible to unsuspecting humans.
Using built-in microphones and speakers in laptops, the researchers managed to transmit passwords and small amounts of data between machines 65ft away from each other.

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Revealed: The hidden feature that lets you UNSEND a Gmail (but you have to be quick) Everyone has experienced that sinking feeling after sending an email to the wrong person, clicking on 'reply all', or bashing out a message in the heat of the moment that you wish you could take back.

But now there is a tool hidden away among other Gmail settings that allows users to unsend emails.

However, there is only a 30-second window of opportunity for hasty senders to realise their email mistake as after that time the message cannot be unsent.

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'Out of the office FOREVER: 'Digital will' lets you control what happens to online accounts - and sends emails - after you die With more of us sharing almost every aspect of our lives online it raises the serious question about what happens to all of this data when we die.
Facebook posts and tweets may seem mundane or trivial but, along with emails, online photos, contacts and even the login details for online banking, they create what’s called a ‘digital legacy.’
The latest company to let users create a will for these online accounts is Perpetu and it differs from most other services because it lets its members hand-pick exactly which information from which sites go to which people.

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At last! Infuriating USB plugs set to become reversible so they fit BOTH ways round It may not be the world's greatest problem but jabbing at computer ports, when trying to insert USB cables that are almost always the wrong way up, can be very annoying.

However, this frustrating pitfall of modern life is set to become a thing of the past as work has begun on the next generation of reversible USB connectors – making it possible to insert a plug into a socket both ways up.

The new USB Type-C connector is being designed to be used in thinner and sleeker products like tablets and ultrabooks.

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Know this about Windows 7 sales, support cutoff dates Don't worry, Windows 7 fans: There's still another year until PC makers must stop selling new machines with that OS preloaded.

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Microsoft's last Patch Tuesday of 2013 will be huge Microsoft is wrapping up the year’s Patch Tuesday bulletins next week with 11 more fixes, pushing the total for 2013 to 106, up from last year’s total of 83.

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Improve the start screen search on Windows 8.1 with this handy tip When it comes to features of the Windows 8.1 operating system, one that I really like is the new and improved Windows Search.

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Metro haters beware: 2014 will be the end of new Windows 7 PCs If you’re looking to buy a new PC and you hate the idea of looking at Live Tiles, then you’d better get a new PC within the next year or so.

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You don’t have to wait to buy USB cables that fit both ways The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced on Wednesday that it had finalized a new type of connector for USB cables that would fit into your PC no matter which way the cable is oriented.

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Microsoft to encrypt services, notify customers of government data requests The company is encrypting information traveling on its services, which will be completed by end 2014.

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protonic.com Industry News will now be published to Twitter. protonic.com Industry News will now be published to Twitter.

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Microsoft leads disruption of largest infected global PC network Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it had disrupted the largest network of compromised personal computers...

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Microsoft blasts government "snooping", pledges to enhance encryption Xbox maker says it is "alarmed" by recent allegations of government's attempts to collect private customer data, vows to expand encryption for products and services.

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Another reason to ditch Windows XP: Admin rights loophole Some of us spend a lot of time trying to elevate our status in life and accumulate more privileges.

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How to switch tabs in the Internet Explorer app on Windows 8 If you want to run a web browser on Windows 8's start screen (Windows 8 is used to describe all versions of the system, including windows 8.1), you do not have much choice.

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Is your browser ready for shopping season? The holiday season is officially underway. Your good cheer could quickly turn sour, though, if you don’t secure your browser before shopping online.

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Cryptolocker: The evolution of extortion Cryptolocker, the latest ransomware, may be newsworthy, but it's been hyped, too, says expert.

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8 Important Things You Can Do With an iPad There are over 475,000 apps for the iPad. If you include iPhone apps, that number rises to about a million.

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How to stay one step ahead of phishing attacks Phishers are upping their game, so end-users need to respond accordingly.

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Google Chrome gets Master Password protection Google Chrome, just like any other modern web browser, offers to store passwords that you enter while using it to improve future access to websites or services on the Internet.

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D-Link issues fixes for firmware backdoor in routers Firmware coding goof means an attacker could change a router's settings and steal information if remote management is enabled.

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Quick tips to secure passwords One of the more frustrating exercises in using anything online is keeping your passwords safe. They have to be easy to remember and hard to guess.

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Windows XP flaw allows attacks via Adobe, security firm says A new zero day flaw in Windows XP and Server 2003 is being exploited in the wild to bypass the sandbox on unpatched versions of Adobe Reader, security firm FireEye has reported.

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So You Got A New iPad. Here’s Some Free Stuff to Read If you’re like me and you took advantage of the rare deals offered on a new iPad yesterday, then you’re probably playing around with the new device today, and finding interesting things to do with it.

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Microsoft said to beef up its Internet encryption Edward Snowden's NSA leaks have caused Google, Yahoo, and Facebook to pledge stronger Internet encryption. Is Microsoft next on the list?

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Dell Launches its Third Sputnik Ubuntu Ultra- Book Looking for a new notebook with Ubuntu already installed? Dell announced the availability of its third XPS 13 Developer Edition, codenamed Sputnik 3, over the weekend.

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New Windows privilege escalation flaw exploited in active attacks Attackers are exploiting a new and unpatched vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that allows them to execute code with higher privileges than they have access to.

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WebCacheImageInfo is a cross-browser image cache explorer for Windows WebCacheImageInfo serves several purposes. It can be used to check whether browser caches leak information about visited websites on the local system, and to browse images that you may want to save to your local system for safe keeping (since the cached versions will get deleted eventually).

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Lazy Mirror backs up old file versions for safe keeping on Windows Making sure that you have a backup of important files -- for instance photos, documents or code -- is one of the most important but yet overlooked computer related tasks.

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Worm targets Linux PCs and embedded devices A new worm is targeting x86 computers running Linux and PHP, and variants may also pose a threat to devices such as home routers and set-top boxes based on other chip architectures.

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Unchecky protects you from unwanted third-party offers during software installations Free is not always that, as you often pay with something else to make up for that. Most of the time it is information about yourself that you are paying with, but sometimes, it is third party software that you install unintentionally on your system while installing a free product.

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Google maps airports, train and subway stations with Street View update Google is taking its cameras indoors in an effort to map international transit hubs, starting with 16 airports and more than 50 train and subway stations.

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Mozilla plans tour to guide Firefox users when Australis comes around Australis is a major redesign of the browser. It is only natural that some users will feel lost after their version has been updated to the browser.

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Researchers: Trojan program 'Neverquest' a new threat to online banking users A new Trojan program that targets users of online financial services has the potential to spread very quickly over the next few months, security researchers warn.

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Malware: War without end After decades of fighting off viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malware and cyber attacks, total victory remains beyond reach.

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PCLinuxOS Makes Desktop Linux Look Good PCLinuxOS is as close as a distro can get to masking all the technical things that scare people away from the Linux OS.

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How to Protect Your Android Device from Malware If you're in the majority of Android users, your smartphone or tablet isn't protected from malware attacks.

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Secunia fixes PSI to work with Windows 8.1 and IE11 Secunia has just released an update to its popular Personal Software Inspector that works with IE11 on any version of Windows.

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How to clear app notifications in Windows 8 on shutdown One of the new features of the Windows 8 operating system is the new start screen interface.

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How to display hidden files in Windows 8 Select files and folders of the Windows 8 operating system are hidden by default so that users of the system can't see them in File Explorer and most other programs that they run on the system.

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How to find out how much RAM your motherboard supports You can use Speccy or any other system information program to display the model of the Motherboard.

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How to find everything in Windows 8.1 It’s inevitable that upgrading to a new version of an operating system or application comes with a bit of a learning curve.

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The end of an era: Winamp's shutting down After more than 15 years, the famous Winamp media player will shut down on December 20, its makers announced Wednesday.

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Display the Advanced Boot Options in Windows 8 when you hit F8 The advanced boot options have been an integral part of all recent versions of the Windows operating system.

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Google strengthens its SSL configuration against possible attacks Google replaced the SSL certificates for its online services with new ones that use stronger, 2048-bit RSA keys, making encrypted connections to its sites safer against so-called brute-force attacks.

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'Blurry fonts' bug KB 2670838 persists with IE11 and Windows 7 Six-month-old 'fuzzy fonts' bug that hit Firefox and Chrome is still around -- and may now ensnare Windows users upgrading to IE11.

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How to shut down Windows 8.1 The new version of Windows offers at least one new trick over its predecessor when you want to power down.

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Fix for Gadget display issues after IE11 Installation on Windows 7 Several users reported that desktop widgets were missing or not displaying properly anymore after the browser was updated to Internet Explorer 11.

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Use AVG Downgrader to turn trial versions into AVG Free Antivirus Anyone still using AVG for antivirus protection on their Windows systems?

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Microsoft Office HopTo app hops onto the iPad The new and free app lets you view and edit Microsoft Office documents and save them to the cloud.

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Laptop buying guide 2013: How to find the right notebook for you Anyone in the market for a new laptop this year has a lot to consider before parting with some cold hard cash.

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Microsoft to fix Windows XP update SVCHOST redline issue 'soon' Microsoft has identified why using Windows Update to install patches on Windows XP may lock up users' machines for hours on end.

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How to reload in Firefox now that View Reload (Alt-v-r) is gone Removing an option from one of Firefox's menus may seem like a straightforward thing to do if you believe that no one is using it anymore, or if you think it is for the good of the majority of Firefox users

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Things to consider before heading out and buying a notebook What you find below are things that you need to be certain about before you buy a laptop. Some may be obvious, others not so much.

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How to find out if your email provider leaks your IP address to recipients Sending an email to someone can reveal more information about you than you may want to reveal. Whenever you send an email to someone, so-called header information are send along.

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Adobe patches critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player, ColdFusion Adobe Systems released security updates for Flash Player, AIR and ColdFusion to fix critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to take control of affected systems or read information from servers without authorization.

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Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 4.1 released One of the security programs that I can wholeheartedly recommend is Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or short EMET.

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Google adds more shortcuts to Gmail In its ongoing efforts to simplify Gmail’s inbox management, Google has rolled out more buttons to let people perform common actions without having to open messages.

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MozCleaner for Firefox cleans up some harder to delete information All you have to do to clear the browsing data in Firefox is to press Ctrl-Shift-Del to bring up the cleaning dialog, select the items that you want deleted, and click on the clear now button afterwards.

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Update: Microsoft to patch just-revealed Windows zero-day tomorrow Memory-resident malware triggered when users running IE browsed to 'watering hole' website

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Bing amps up its music video search function Bringing in more than 1.7 millions songs from YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, and more, Microsoft's search engine wants to make searching for videos and discovering new artists more straightforward.

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Chrome 32 lets you easily find and close those noisy tabs From finding noisy tabs to Windows Metro to protecting you from malicious downloads, the latest Chrome Beta has solutions for several browser problems.

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Microsoft fixes Windows 8.1 mouse issues, but not for all games Microsoft appears to be getting a handle on Windows 8.1’s gaming problems, releasing a fix for mouse-pointer issues in certain games.

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How to fix Firefox annoyances Mozilla Firefox is my main web browser and even with Australis looming over it, it is likely that this is not going to change.

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Google's dangerous bots put the whole Web on edge Google's Web crawlers were tricked into spreading SQL injection attack -- and reflect badly on search giant's security practices.

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How to disable privacy sensitive features in Google Chrome It is likely that one of the core reasons for creating Google Chrome in the first place was a desire to use it to collect user data.

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Reduce the size of pdf documents with Free PDF Compressor PDF document sizes can vary a lot, from Kilobytes to Megabytes. It largely depends on media that the author of the document adds to it.

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Bugs and Fixes: Firefox 25 fixes security holes and adds web audio Securing browsers is a full-time occupation, and someone (likely a small army of them) was busy at Mozilla before releasing Firefox 25 on October 29th.

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Microsoft books critical IE, Windows fixes for next week Microsoft today said it will deliver eight security updates next week to patch critical vulnerabilities in Windows and Internet Explorer (IE), as well as others to plug holes in every supported edition of its Office suite.

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Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 Microsoft has just released the final version of its web browser Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7.

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Deciphering Microsoft Security Advisory 2896666 on Word zero-day exploit The straight story on Microsoft's uninformative, poorly worded security advisory about attacks delivered via a bug in the TIFF codec shipping with Office.

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Google dumps Windows Vista support from Google Apps Google’s policy of discontinuing support for aging versions of Internet Explorer will nearly cut out businesses and consumers who run Google Apps on Windows Vista.

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Google to drop support for Internet Explorer 9: what it means Google published a reminder today on the Google Apps blog that it has ended support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9. What this means is that the company will not test existing or new features on Google Apps or Gmail for compatibility with the web browser.

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Botched Windows USB driver patch KB 2862330 triggers BSOD 0x000000D1 or 0x000000CA Last month MS13-081/KB 2862330 went down the automatic update chute, triggering blue screens and endless re-installs. It still isn't fixed

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Microsoft rushes out fix to prevent attacks on Office PCs Microsoft Corp released an emergency software fix on Tuesday after it learned that hackers had exploited a previously undiscovered security flaw in its widely used Office software to infect the PCs of its customers with tainted Word documents.

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How to disable SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 If you do not use SkyDrive on the system, you may want to consider disabling its functionality completely to free up space in File Explorer and hide it from dialogs in the operating system.

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Microsoft warns Windows XP users that malware will jump Microsoft yesterday again put the scare into Windows XP users, telling them that after April 8, 2014, the chance that malware will infect their PCs could jump by two-thirds.

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Microsoft to Windows XP users: your operating system is a major security risk Microsoft isn't kidding when it says that people need to ditch Windows XP and has released alarming security numbers to prove its point.

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Chrome browser will block malware downloads The new security feature is being tested publicly in a pre-release version of the browser

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JavaScript Popup Blocker for Chrome takes care of popups on sites like LiveTV The majority of modern web browsers come with popup blockers that take care of several common types of popups that you may run into on the Internet.

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Firefox 25: Find out what is new Another 42 days have passed which means that Mozilla will release the final version of Firefox 25 today if everything goes along as planned.

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Diagnose why you can’t connect to servers or sites Most programs that you use to connect to servers or site on a local network or the Internet display only basic information when a connection attempt fails.

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PC Sales Taking a Nose Dive, While Tablet Sales Soar, Says Report The future may be bleak for PC computers.

New data published by technology research firm Gartner shows that tablet sales are skyrocketing while the PC market is plummeting due to consumers demanding lower priced, all-in-one devices.

Of the 2.32 billion devices – including PCs, tablets and mobile phones – projected to be sold by the end of this year, 184 million of those will be tablets, while another 1.8 billion will be Smartphones.

While PCs still account for more 303 million units, analysts predict an 11.2 percent decline over sales last year, while tablet shipments are forecasted to grow 53.4 percent. By 2014, it’s expected that tablet sales will creep even closer to overtaking the PC market.

One trend that’s clear is buyers want small and sleek, yet powerful, devices. While Smartphones still dominate the market, well-priced tablets are looking more appealing.

“While consumers will be bombarded with ads for the new ultramobile devices, we expect their attention to be grabbed but not necessarily their money,” said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. “Continuing on the trend we saw last year, we expect this holiday season to be all about smaller tablets as even the long-term holiday favorite — the Smartphone — loses its appeal.”

In a survey that spanned eight countries, 47 percent of the 21,500 consumers surveyed said they owned a tablet device with a display of eight inches or less.

Ultramobile devices shouldn’t be under estimated either, says Gartner. In 2013, sales are projected to double from last year, and double yet again by 2014.

“Although the preference is for dedicated devices, we see the opportunity for hybrid ultramobile to marry the functionality of a PC and the form factor of the tablet. Users that have to balance work and play will find that the advantage of buying and carrying one device outweighs the compromise in the full experience that single devices can deliver,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. “Users who are not limited by their disposable income will likely have a basic tablet as a companion device to their ultramobile on which most of their consumption activities will take place.”

In the world of Smartphones, Android will continue to reign supreme, as sales are expected to come from mid-range phones and low-end phones running Android.

“Android will remain the leading device operating system, as it is on pace to account for 38 percent of shipments in 2013. The Windows OS is projected to decline 4.3 percent in 2013 as a result of the decline in traditional PC sales, but will return to growth in 2014 with device OS shipments increasing 9.7 percent,” according to the report.


Source: Gartner (October 2013)

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Vulnerabilities in some Netgear router and NAS products open door to remote attacks Attackers can compromise the devices with a single HTTP request that doesn't require authentication

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4 Reasons to Give Linux Mint 10 a Try Canonical's newly released Ubuntu 10.10 -- or "Maverick Meerkat" -- may still be dominating the headlines in the Linux world these days, but it's by no means the only excellent distribution of the open source operating system.

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Deep inside Windows 8.1's hidden new features Let’s start with something basic, but far from obvious.

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11 Uses for an Old PC You can do plenty of things with an old PC besides sending it to the recycling heap. Let's take a look at a few ways you might put that old system to work.

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How to Reset Your Wireless Router Forgot your Wi-Fi password? Having mysterious networking problems? Here's how to reset your Wi-Fi router to its factory default settings.

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Microsoft rolls out 'reliability' patch for Internet Explorer 11 The new update improves the reliability of IE 11 in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2, says Microsoft.

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How to fix mouse lag in some games under Windows 8.1 If you are a gamer and have recently upgraded your Windows operating system to version 8.1, you may have noticed that some of the games that you play on your PC have started to lag considerable after doing so.

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Safari sandboxes Flash Player to protect OS X Mavericks The Flash Player plug-in has more restrictions on it, and thus better security

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Cisco fixes serious security flaws in networking, communications products Some of the company's new updates address a known vulnerability in Apache Struts

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Beware: Chrome’s Auto-complete feature may send Credit Card information to web servers The auto-complete feature in web browsers such as Google Chrome can be a very convenient time-saving feature, as it enables you to fill out forms with data that you previously entered in the browser.

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How to prevent Cryptolocker Ransomware to hit your PC Cryptolocker is a relatively new kind of ransomware that was first detected in the wild in September 2013.

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Primg improves image printing on Windows Primg -- which stands for Print Images -- is a lightweight program that uses less than 2 Megabytes of storage space on the hard drive after installation.

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Manage System Restore quickly with System Restore Point Creator The System Restore feature in Windows can be a handy feature, as it enables you to rollback recent changes made to the system. It can be used to remove recently installed Windows Updates or software installations.

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It's a trap! Malware disguises itself as Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC gamers After hitting more than $1 billion in sales in a scant seven days, Grand Theft Auto 5 is officially a cultural phenomenon

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How to change and add search providers to Internet Explorer 11 Depending on which web browser you are using, it is either difficult or relatively easy to switch search providers.

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The Best Firefox Security Add-ons 2013 The guide provides you with an overview of the best Firefox security add-ons.

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Microsoft repairs glitch in Windows RT 8.1 update The update, which was causing installation issues for some Surface RT users, is back in the Windows Store.

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Defraggler 2.16 update brings Windows 8.1 support, SSD optimizations Data is written, moved, edited and deleted regularly over the course of a hard drive's lifetime. While that is usually not a problem if the hard drive is pristine, fragmentation can become a issue over time.

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Protect your Dropbox account with two-factor authentication You may have to put in two passwords, but it keeps prying eyes out.

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Apple's claim of unbreakable iMessage encryption 'basically lies' A famed iPhone jailbreak software developer says Apple could easily decrypt iMessages, despite the company's claims.

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Hard numbers, chilling facts: What the government does with your data The Brennan Center for Justice lays out what the NSA does with your data. The news is worse than you think.

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Google guarantees Chrome support for Windows XP through April 2015 Windows XP users will get another 18 months free of worry from security holes in Google’s Chrome browser.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit update improves exploit protection Malwarebytes recently released a first public beta version of Anti-Exploit, an exploit mitigation tool for Windows that works very similar to Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit.

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11 Avast Free Antivirus 2014 tips to get you started Avast has just released the 2014 update to all of its security products.

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Backdoor found in D-Link router firmware code The backdoor could be used to modify a router's settings -- a dangerous vulnerability.

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How to stretch Microsoft's Office 2013 free trial offer Perhaps you're a student who only needs Microsoft Office for a limited time. Maybe you want to kick the tires on Microsoft's office suite for more than 30 days or just don't want to plunk down the money for it yet.

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Google defends Chrome browser's security settings Google has responded to assertions by data management firm Identity Finder indicating poor security design of its Chrome browser -- flaws that could expose a user's personal information to data thieves.

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Security tips for digital nomads I'm a digital nomad. You're a digital nomad. According to my own definition, anyone who is able to work in various environments because of digital and mobile technology (home, office, Starbucks, plastic lounge chair by the pool while on vacation) is a digital nomad.

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How to access Yahoo Mail using Pop3 or Imap Yahoo! launched a redesigned version of Yahoo Mail two days ago and it caught part of the user base of the service by surprise.

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Microsoft reportedly wants to replace the cookie The company is working a tracking technology that would extend to mobile devices and the Xbox, says AdAge. But will the cookie crumble away without a fight?

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How to change back the style of text on the new Yahoo Mail Yahoo rolled out a new mail interface yesterday that brought several Mail Plus features to free account users. That's a good thing for the most part, but with every update there are things that existing users do not like.

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Microsoft finally fixes critical Internet Explorer vulnerability The tech giant issues a permanent patch for a known exploit that was possibly used by cybercriminals and hackers over the last few months.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For October 2013 overview Today eight bulletins have been published by the company that fix security vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Office, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Server Software, the Microsoft .Net Framework, and Microsoft Silverlight.

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No Audio on YouTube? That’s a bug! Fix inside If you have been to the popular video hosting website YouTube recently you may have noticed that audio is not working on the site while videos are just playing fine on it.

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How to use a site’s search engine in Chrome Google Chrome's address bar, called Omnibar by its developers, offers powerful search options.

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Microsoft to patch zero-day IE bug now under attack Microsoft today said it will ship eight security updates next week to patch critical vulnerabilities in Windows and Internet Explorer (IE), with the one aimed at IE plugging the hole attackers have been exploiting for months.

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Public Internet Explorer exploit released; Fix-It available to protect your PC A vulnerability, first announced by Microsoft on September 17, 2013, has been released to the public which may increase attacks that exploit that vulnerability significantly.

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Microsoft admits Security Essentials offers bare-bones protection by design The company has exerted little effort in advising vulnerable users to look to third-party offerings for greater protection.

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How to optimize your PC so that games run great on it So you have installed the latest and greatest game on your PC only to notice that the performance is not great, or that the game does not start up at all?

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Manage browser extensions, toolbars, home pages and search engines with Auslogics Browser Care If you are running more than one web browser on your system, you may have noticed that it is not that easy to manage all plugins, toolbars and browser extensions.

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Upcoming policy changes to Google Chrome’s certificate handling Most financial websites and many popular services and sites offer SSL connections exclusively or in addition to regular connections. Whenever a browser connects to a website via SSL, it will download a certificate that it verifies to make sure the connection is legit.

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IE zero-day vulnerability exploited more widely than previously thought Security researchers identify attacks that exploited the yet-to-be-patched vulnerability to target organizations in Taiwan since at least July.

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iOS 7 security update patches lockscreen flaw Tricky swiping maneuver exposes users' email, popular online accounts.

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Oracle: We're getting Java security under control Most problems date back more than a decade and resulted from old versions of Java being run, a company official insists.

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Get more out of VLC Media Player with these tips VLC Media Player is without doubt one of the most popular free video players. Much of the appeal comes from the fact that it plays nearly any audio or video file that you throw at it without having to deal with codecs at all.

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Firefox and Chrome give browser plug-ins the cold shoulder All of a sudden, the browser plug-in as we know it is starting to look mighty unpopular.

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Read and convert Excel spreadsheets with Excel Reader How do you view a Microsoft Excel document without Office installed on your computer? You have quite a few options at your disposal to do that.

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Google begins barring browser plug-ins from Chrome Reliant on plug-ins like Silverlight, Unity, and Java? Make plans to move on or change browsers, because most plug-ins will be banned from Chrome in the next year.

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How to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 Internet Explorer 11 is a big step forward for the default Windows system browser. It is faster and more standards compliant than any other version of IE. That makes it a prime candidate for an update.

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Patch Monday: A way to avoid more Microsoft Automatic Update fiascos This month's Black Tuesday -- Sept. 10, 2013 -- enters the record books as Microsoft's most patch-botching month in history.

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How to fix Java issues in recent Firefox versions Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox browser, has been making use of the click to play feature recently to block plugins with known security vulnerabilities or stability issues from being loaded in Firefox automatically. These plugins have been added to a global blocklist that Firefox retrieves automatically.

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How to get an extra 10GB of Google Drive space for free From now through Sept. 26, you have the opportunity to score an extra 10GB of Google Drive space, no extra charge.

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6 basic tips for better online security Security is becoming a very complex topic with many different actors and issues — the recent NSA revelations adding to the pile of discussion. But an astonishing number of cybercrime attacks still play on some basic — and preventable — failures to protect personal data.

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Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7 Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7 is an update for the Developer Preview version that Microsoft released back in July.

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Macrorit Disk Scanner checks your hard drives for errors and issues The Windows operating system ships with a native disk scanner that you can use to scan a hard drive partition for errors and issues.

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Old Compose for Chrome restores Gmail’s old compose interface Google, back in April 2013, changed the Gmail compose interface in a significant matter.

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PickMeApp: deploy installed software on other PCs without reinstallation If you ever had to switch computer systems, say from a PC running Windows XP to a shiny new one running Windows 8....

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Where do you go for (official) Firefox support? Web browsers like Firefox or Chrome sometimes behave in a different way than expected, may throw error messages your way, or may look or function different than before.

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Disable the help stickers in Windows 8.1 One of the things that Microsoft has improved in terms of teaching users the new functionality of the Windows 8 operating system are tutorial arrows that the operating system displays to the user (Microsoft calls them help stickers).

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Here's how to use Outlook.com's long-overdue IMAP support More than a year after Microsoft introduced its revamped, modern-style webmail service, Outlook.com finally—finally!—supports IMAP.

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Thunderbird 24 Is Days Away, Mozilla Gets Back To Work Thunderbird, the mysteriously abandoned (sort-of) open source mail client makes its return on September 17th.

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Apple issues final non-security update for OS X Mountain Lion Patches 30 vulnerabilities, also ships updates for Lion and aged Snow Leopard

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Adobe issues critical security updates for Flash Player, Reader and Shockwave Player The new updates address vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to compromise computers

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday brings critical Explorer, Outlook fixes Microsoft has shipped fixes for critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Outlook as part of September's round of vulnerability fixes.

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LookDisk: a multi-purpose search program for Windows LookDisk is a multi-purpose search program for the Windows operating system that is not a replacement for Windows Search. It instead lets you search for duplicates, specific files, or text in files.

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Force Byte Detector: remove toolbars and other PUPs from your Windows PC The free program Force Byte Detector combines cleanup and protection. You can run the program right after you have downloaded it to your system.

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Microsoft to patch dangerous Outlook hack-by-preview bug next week Patch Tuesday has a slate of 14 updates, including critical fixes to IE, Windows, Office, and SharePoint.

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Here's how to best secure your data now that the NSA can crack almost any encryption Reports suggest the NSA is capable of cracking many of the encryption protocols being used today. Here are tools that minimize that risk.

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Apache Software Foundation may have hit a midlife crisis Since its inception, the Apache Software Foundation has had a profound impact in shaping the open source movement and the tech industry at large.

Founded by the developers of the Apache HTTP server and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1999, the ASF has served as an incubator and support structure to dozens of projects that range from the modest to the massive. Subversion, OpenOffice, Tomcat, newcomers Cassandra, Lucene, Hadoop—all have come of age under the aegis of the ASF and its core principles, informally known as "the Apache Way."

But tensions within the ASF and grumbling throughout the open source community have called into question whether the Apache Way is well suited to sponsoring the development of open source projects in today's software world.

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Almost 90 percent of Internet users have taken steps to avoid surveillance, survey finds Hackers, criminals, and advertisers are at the top of the list of groups people wish to avoid, the survey showed

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Swiftsearch is one of the fastest non-indexing search programs for Windows SwiftSearch is an Open Source search program for the Windows operating system that works on all hard drives that uses the NTFS file system.

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How to uninstall the Delta Toolbar and restore Firefox’s search and homepage When you look at Alexa's list of Internet top sites, you will notice that three companies associated with toolbars and the modification of browser search engines and homepage settings are among the top 102 sites

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Resolve Firefox bookmarks and history issues with Places Maintenance The Firefox web browser stores information about bookmarks and the browsing history in a database file called places.sqlite.

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Microsoft acquires Nokia Microsoft is to acquire Nokia’s mobile phone business, including its patents and mapping services in a $7.2bn deal.

Analysts believe the deal is aimed mainly at speeding up innovation within Windows Phone and protecting its future through Nokia’s valuable patents.

The companies said in a joint news release that the deal – which is still subject to approval by Nokia shareholders and regulators - will be finalised in early 2014, when about 32,000 Nokia employees will transfer to Microsoft.

The move comes two and a half years after the companies announced a strategic partnership in an attempt to regain market share lost to the rival iPhone and Android smartphone operating systems.

Android dominates with a 79% share of the market in the second quarter of 2013, followed by iOS with 14.2%. Windows Phone is third, yet had only 3.3% market share in the quarter, according to Gartner.

"It's a bold step into the future - a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies," said Steve Ballmer, CEO at Microsoft.

He told staff in an email that it was time to build on the momentum of the growth yielded by the partnership so far to accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and described it as the next big phase of the transformation that was announced on 11 July.

Ballmer also highlighted that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who is widely tipped to be the next CEO at Microsoft, is to return to the company and will lead an expanded devices team, reporting to Ballmer.

Nokia said its board chairman, Risto Siilasmaa, would take over CEO duties while the firm looked for a new CEO.

Some analysts said the deal between the two companies will help Microsoft to be more competitive in the mobile market by enabling tighter integration between the hardware and the operating system.

Microsoft has also agreed to a 10-year license arrangement with Nokia to use the Nokia brand on current mobile phone products.

In announcing the deal, Microsoft said that it needs "first-rate Microsoft phone experience for users" to compete, which according to Engadget, suggests that its portfolio of devices is not quite complete.

The company has also been quick to attempt to allay the fears of its other mobile phone partners. Terry Myerson, executive vice president, operating systems took to the official Windows blog to say Microsoft will continue to license Windows phones to other manufacturing partners.

"Acquiring Nokia's Devices group will help make the market for all Windows Phones, from Microsoft or our OEM partners," he wrote.

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Windows 8 beats Vista's adoption rate in its first year Microsoft got some good news this week when metrics company Net Applications said Windows 8's user share in August is now larger than Vista's at the same point in the latter's post-launch timeline.

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Windows XP's user share nose-dives Maybe people are listening to Microsoft’s demand that they ditch Windows XP.

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Developers hack Dropbox and show how to access user data The cloud storage provider's two-factor authentication was bypassed to gain access to user data

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Chrome, Firefox edge IE in browser reliability test Recent versions of Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox are measurably less prone to crashes and errors than Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10, a new analysis by applications testing firm Sauce Labs has found.

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Microsoft needs your help to fix botched patch KB 2859537 The company is actively seeking users affected by one of last week's six problematic patches that freezes some Windows 7 and Vista machines.

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Why you may want to enable Firefox Telemetry data Mozilla some time ago implemented options in the Firefox web browser to collect anonymous telemetry data about browser usage and customizations.

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Windows 8.1 update will be available in October Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers with Windows 8 or Windows RT devices through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. So mark your calendars

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Chrome challenges Firefox, may become No. 2 browser Mozilla's Firefox browser has lost more than 11 percent of its user share in the last two months, giving Google's Chrome another shot at replacing it as the world's No. 2 browser, according to new data.

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Cyber criminals add new exploit for recently patched Java vulnerability to their arsenal Newly released exploit for Java vulnerability patched in June was added to the Styx exploit toolkit, researcher said.

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Zero day forever--move away from Windows XP, now Microsoft has reminded, cajoled, and pleaded with users to move off of Windows XP before support for its old OS expires next year.

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Windows XP users: what will you do on April 8, 2014? So what is happening on April 8, 2014 that is affecting all Windows XP users?

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A first look at Avast Free Antivirus 2014 Companies that produce security software release new versions of their products in yearly cycle. That’s not only done to increase revenue, but also for marketing to highlight that products are always up to date and able to face any new challenges that may arise.

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday: The Ping of Death returns, IPv6-style Internet Explorer proved to be the biggest security concern for Microsoft in the last month, with the browser spurring 11 of the 19 critical vulnerabilities the company issued in August's "Patch Tuesday" set of software fixes.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For August 2013 overview Microsoft has released a total of eight bulletins this time that patch vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Server Software, and Internet Explorer.

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Dangerous Linux Trojan could be sign of things to come 'Hand of Thief' Trojan specifically targets Linux but operates a lot like similar malware that targets Windows machines.

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Google Chrome exposes user passwords: Here's how to prevent it Google's browser displays user passwords in plain text in its settings -- and it isn't the only one

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Software to run when your antivirus solution fails Running up to date antivirus software on your system is one of the best protections against threats that you encounter locally or on the Internet. While it is highly recommended, it does not offer 100% protection regardless of which programs you are using to protect your computer and its data.

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USB 3.1 spec finalized with speeds up to 10 Gbps The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has completed its specification for USB 3.1, paving the way for the faster format.

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Google Bringing Faster Free WiFi to 7,000 Starbucks Stores Google is replacing AT&T WiFi in Starbucks stores as the coffee chain works to increase network speeds for its customers.

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Researchers demo exploits that bypass Windows 8 Secure Boot The attacks are possible because of UEFI security oversights by PC manufacturers, researchers said

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How to roll your own VPN With free open source OpenVPN and a low-cost VPS, you can have a secure connection from any location

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WordPress 3.6 released: find out what is new WordPress 3.6 was pushed to the public yesterday after having been available as beta and release candidate versions for a while. The WordPress team calls it an enhancement and bug-fix release so that it is less likely that you will run into any issues updating your blog to version 3.6.

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How Microsoft blundered with the SkyDrive brand Microsoft must rename its SkyDrive online storage service after losing a trademark infringement case in a U.K. court.

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How to disable JavaScript in Firefox Up until Firefox 22, the current stable version of the web browser, JavaScript could be turned off in the content tab of the browser's options.

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So this is your idea of a great user interface, Mozilla? I'm a Firefox user, have been for years and even the rise of Google Chrome did not change that fact. I like Mozilla a lot, how they have turned the browser around technology-wise, the organization's stance on privacy, and how everyone can chime in and help out, or voice concern.

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Bitdefender Safepay offers secure browsing for online banking, shopping Bitdefender has released a Windows application designed to help users secure sensitive Web-browsing sessions, especially when they shop or bank online. The application is called Safepay and a free version is available to home users.

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Why Internet Explorer 11 is the right browser for business Today, Microsoft released a Developer Preview version of IE 11 for Windows 7. Newer doesn’t always equal better, but IE 11 has some power under the hood that business users will benefit from.

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Microsoft readies IE 11 for Windows 7, too Internet Explorer 11 ships by default in Windows 8.1, and a developer preview of the browser for Windows 7 confirms that the older OS won't be left behind -- for now.

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Two days after OpenOffice 4, LibreOffice 4.1 is released The popular Microsoft Office alternative OpenOffice was updated two days ago to version 4 bringing along with it interoperability improvements and other feature additions and bug fixes.

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Password manager KeePass 2.23 update released The password manager KeePass has been updated today to version 2.23. The update shipped roughly a week after the legacy version of the program got updated to version 1.26.

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Recharge your energy with these relaxing sites It is usually not very pleasant to go to work after a tough night. Maybe you could not find any sleep, partied all night long, or had a heated argument with your spouse that seemed to drag on forever. What is clear is that you are tired which in turn means that work will suffer.

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Does your IP address betray you to data-harvesters? In today's world of hackers, stalkers, and cybercriminals, not to mention government spy programs and commercial sites that collect information about you for advertising purposes, is there a way to surf the Web and keep your privacy intact?

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Apple browsers targeted by simple JavaScript ransom scam Ransom attackers have finally made the jump from Windows to the Mac with news of a stunningly simple hack that tries to trick browser users into paying a $300 fine using a simple JavaScript routine.

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Fixing distorted sound while playing some videos on YouTube For the past few days or so, I have been experiencing a issue on the video hosting site YouTube.

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HP admits to undocumented backdoors in two separate storage lines Malicious hackers could exploit the backdoors into StoreOnce and StoreVirtual hardware to gain root access.

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New Mac malware confuses users with right-to-left file name tricks The malware is digitally signed and is probably used in targeted attacks, researchers from F-Secure said.

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Unusual file-infecting malware steals FTP credentials A new version of a file-infecting malware program that’s being distributed through drive-by download attacks is also capable of stealing FTP (File Transfer Protocol) credentials, according to security researchers from antivirus firm Trend Micro.

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How to fix Flash Player issues in Firefox I guess we all come to points where the web browser we are using is not providing us with the desired results.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For July 2013 overview On today's patch day, Microsoft has released seven security bulletins fixing a total of 32 different vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, the Internet Explorer browser, the Microsoft .Net Framework, Silverlight, GDI+ and Windows Defender.

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July's Patch Tuesday fixes 6 critical Microsoft flaws If you use the Windows operating system, or just about any of the core products offered by Microsoft, it's time to install some crucial updates.

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Patch Tuesday: Malicious fonts bedevil Microsoft Windows Of the six critical security bulletins Microsoft issued in its Patch Tuesday monthly release of software updates, three address a vulnerability in how Microsoft software renders fonts.

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The Hard Drive Buying Guide for Students When you’re putting big projects together, megabytes can turn into gigabytes and even terabytes before you know it, especially if you’re studying a visual arts field like film making, animation, or photography.

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Advertisers can pay AdBlock Plus to look the other way ABP is a browser extension available on Firefox (where the company claims it is the browser’s most used and downloaded extension) as well as Chrome, Opera, and Android, though it is not available via Google Play as Mountain View claims the software interferes "with another service or product in an unauthorized manner."

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Microsoft aims to fix trackpad behavior in Windows 8.1 A joint effort with Intel, Synaptics, and Elan will try to correct some of the limitations in today's trackpads for Windows 8 notebooks.

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RIP, WebTV: Microsoft to shut down MSN TV on Sept. 30 Microsoft is pulling the plug on MSN TV, a service formerly known as WebTV, as Apple ramps up its set-top box efforts.

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Top 10 home Wi-Fi network errors (and how to fix them) The chances are pretty good that you have a wireless home network, or you've been asked by friends, family, or co-workers to help install one in their home.

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Internet Explorer pegged for critical fix on Tuesday Microsoft's monthly patch release for July will cover seven security issues, six of which could be remotely exploited by an attacker.

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Opera 15 final has been released The final release of Opera 15 may come as a surprise to many Opera users as only a month has passed since Opera Software released the first preview build of it to the public.

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Two malware programs help each other stay on computers Microsoft says the Vobfus and Beebone malicious programs are proving difficult to remove with antivirus software

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10 Windows 8.1 Tips to get you started Microsoft released a preview of Windows 8.1 yesterday which interested users can install on their systems.

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Don't forget to back up your PC before trying Windows 8.1 Release previews are never for the faint of heart. Trial software is prone to dealing out all sorts of bumps and bruises, and if something goes really, truly rotten, you could wind up with a complete (and inadvertent) system wipe on your hands.

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Citadel malware variant uses content localization to target users in different countries A new variant of the Citadel financial malware uses in-browser injection techniques combined with extensive content localization to steal log-in credentials and credit card information from users in different countries, according to researchers from security vendor Trusteer.

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WordPress 3.5.2 update fixes security issues WordPress 3.5.2 is a maintenance and security release that fixes several issues in the blogging software. The development team suggests strongly that site admins and webmasters update their blogs immediately to the new version.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Beta is now available When ZeroVulnerabilityLabs' ExplotShield was first released back in September of 2012 it made quite the big splash on the Internet. The application shields core applications and processes like Java, web browsers, and system components such as Windows Help against exploits.

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Java 7 Update 25 fixes 40 security issues, enables certificate revocation checking Some of the vulnerabilities Java 7u25 fixes also affect sever deployments of Java

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Oracle to ship 40 security fixes for Java SE Oracle has pledged to improve Java's security features in the wake of high-profile vulnerabilities

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How to fix Web pages that print too small Let me be the first to note that Internet Explorer can be terrible when it comes to printing. ...

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Top 10 IT security myths putting businesses at risk When it comes to information security, there are a lot of "misperceptions" and "exaggerations" about both the threats facing businesses and the technologies that might be used to protect their important data assets, according to Gartner analyst Jay Heiser.

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Microsoft patches critical IE vulnerabilities and actively exploited Office flaw A new batch of security updates released by Microsoft on Tuesday address a total of 23 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Windows, and Microsoft Office, including one that is actively exploited by attackers. The handling of digital certificates in Windows was also improved.

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How to securely wipe sensitive files--or your entire hard drive When you delete a file, it doesn't actually go away--even after you've emptied the Recycle Bin. The actual bits remain written on the drive until some other disk activity writes over them. Even when you format a drive, the files are still there for those who want and know how to read them.

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Boost your Internet security with DNSSec DNS has been around so long, opportunities to use it as an attack vector are rife. Here's how to lock it down painlessly.

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June Patch Tuesday Fixes 'Downright Scary' IE Flaw Microsoft's June 2013 Patch Tuesday security update includes a fix for an Internet Explorer flaw that could allow hackers to remotely take control of a system.

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How to protect your PC from PRISM surveillance Thursday afternoon, a bombshell dropped: Two leading reports claimed that the U.S. government has been spying on emails, searches, Skype calls, and other electronic communications used by Americans for the last several years, via a program known as PRISM.

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Microsoft's Windows XP is still kickin' -- do you use it? Think Windows XP dead and buried? Think again.

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Spam catchers catching spammers better After a decline in the capabilities of spam-catching software, it's heartening to see that the good guys are getting better.

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Best free stuff, 2013 edition What makes the Internet the extraordinary resource that it is? Some people say it’s the way the Web seamlessly connects all of us; others value its role as a limitless data repository; still others are just there for the cute animal pictures.

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Five steps to ultimate Firefox security Follow these five steps to lock down Firefox. Start with the essentials in the browser’s own settings, then choose some useful add-ons.

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DNSQuerySniffer records all DNS requests on your PC DNSQuerySniffer is a brand new utility created by Nirsoft that records all DNS queries that are made on your PC.

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U.S. power companies under frequent cyber attack Legislation that would give the federal government power to oversee the protection of utilities has stalled

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Researchers find more versions of digitally signed Mac OS X spyware The malware is connected to Indian cyberespioange operation and has been active since at least December 2012, researchers say.

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Considering a Linux career? Four tips for new college grads Those in IT would be hard-pressed to come up with a better area to focus on than Linux, which is consistently shown to offer higher salaries and more opportunities than do other parts of IT.

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With an SSD, backups are more important than ever Welcome to the dawn of the SSD age. Solid-state drives now offer great performance at affordable prices, which is why more and more users are choosing them in new PCs and adding them to older ones.

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Researchers find more versions of digitally signed Mac OS X spyware The malware is connected to Indian cyberespioange operation and has been active since at least December 2012, researchers say.

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NetChecker: repair Internet connection issues It can be a frustrating experience if your Internet connection is not working when you need it the most, or if it dies quite often and especially in situations where it is inconvenient. Troubleshooting the Internet connection can be quite the daunting task.

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Hack Attack From China – Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) Capability Used American officials and computer industry security experts say that hackers working for China’s People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) have resumed their attacks on U.S. companies and government agencies.

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Pushdo botnet is evolving, becomes more resilient to takedown attempts A new Pushdo malware variant uses domain generation techniques to call home if normal communications fail, researchers say

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Researchers uncover new global cyberespionage operation dubbed SafeNet The attack infected computers belonging to companies, governments, and other organizations from more than 100 countries, Trend Micro says

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5 Gmail tips for power users While there's no shortage of email providers, Gmail's simple design, ease of use and cool features continue to attract users.

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Oracle renumbers Java patch updates, confuses users even more New numbering scheme was necessary to take into account the increase in zero-day patches, Oracle said

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7 steps to securing Java Java, the popular OS-independent platform and programming language, runs on just about every kind of electronic device imaginable, including computers, cell phones, printers, TVs, DVDs, home security systems, automated teller machines, navigation systems, games and medical devices.

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In a sea of malware, viruses make a small comeback Microsoft has noticed a small uptick in viruses that infect files

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Just Manager is a promising, portable Windows Explorer alternative The default Windows file manager Windows Explorer has not really changed that much in all its years of existence. Microsoft made only marginally changes to the program and while it is sufficient for basic file related operations, it lacks several features that third party tools offer.

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Phrozensoft VirusTotal Uploader: check files for viruses online Virustotal is without doubt one of the go-to services when it comes to scanning a file for viruses online. Its appeal is mainly based on the fact that it is using dozens of antivirus engines in file verifications.

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Windows Start button could make a comeback, Microsoft exec says Julie Larson-Green, corporate vice president of Windows, says the company is having "meaningful discussions" about bringing older features of Microsoft's operating system to Windows 8.

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Reduce Computer Eye Strain With Flux If you are finding yourself in front of the computer too many hours at night or when it’s dark, you may find that bright light from the display may be impacting your sleep and causing eye strain. Fortunately, there is a free utility that minimizes this problem. The program is called f.lux and is from the same company that brought you Google’s Picasa.

F.lux works in the background and adjusts your computer monitor's color temperature throughout the day. This is different than an ambient light sensor which looks at the brightness of light in your environment. According to the developers, the program makes “the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day." The result is the monitor better mimics the natural environment. and you are less likely to experience eye fatigue. There is also research suggesting that the bright lights from the computer monitor can interfere with your sleep. In the screen snap below, you can get the idea of the wave-like movement over the day.

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Send mails faster with Auto Compress File for Thunderbird Improvements have been made in recent time to tackle what I call the attachment issue in emails. Mail servers limit the maximum size of emails, and every email that exceeds that size is bounced back to the sender.

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Resize YouTube’s video player to full screen automatically It is quite surprising that the video hosting site YouTube does not offer better video player controls.

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Microsoft admits zero-day bug in IE8, pledges patch Microsoft late Friday confirmed that a "zero-day," or unpatched, vulnerability exists in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), the company's most popular browser.

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Complexity of Windows 8 OS makes it vulnerable to attack: Kaspersky The complexity of the Windows 8 operating system has increased its vulnerability, according to Kaspersky Lab A/NZ product specialist, Wayne Kirby.

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Internet's Very First Website Brought Back to Life Twenty years ago this week the World Wide Web's technology became publicly available. To mark the event, the first-ever website has been recreated and republished.

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Windows XP at risk as antivirus vendors jump ship Virus Bulletin VB100 report, focused on fully updated Windows XP systems, shows antivirus manufacturers are giving short shrift to XP, despite its popularity

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Microsoft Set To Redesign Bing, Skype, And Xbox Microsoft is reportedly working on rebranding some of its products soon.

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Ubuntu 13.04 released: how to upgrade Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" has been released today as part of the usual six month release schedule of the Linux distribution.

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How to make the most out of Chrome’s and Firefox’s bookmarks bar Are you using the bookmarks bar in your browser of choice or do you use another method to access bookmarks in the browser (or maybe none at all)?

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Firefox prefetching: what you need to know The basic idea behind prefetching is to speed things up for the user. An algorithm is involved that guesses which resources are likely to be accessed by the user in the recent future.

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Don’t like Skype? Revive Windows Live Messenger Microsoft some time ago announced the retiring of Windows Live Messenger (formerly know as MSN Messenger) in favor of the communication software Skype.

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Online security: Your two-factor authorization checklist Twitter reportedly is getting ready to roll out two-factor authentication in the coming weeks -- a development that comes not a moment too soon as the company's current security efforts fall short.

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Sizing your disk backup and deduplication system to avoid future missteps Correctly sizing a disk backup with deduplication to meet your current and future needs is an important part of your data protection strategy.

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Know thy cyber enemy: Who's attacking and what they want Verizon security study shows most attacks made by external parties, primarily based in China and Romania, using wide variety of threat actions.

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Microsoft’s Embarrassing Change To Windows 8 Microsoft’s new operating system has not been well received, and they may be planning to change some fundamental pieces – like reinstating the missing start button and getting you to your desktop as soon as you boot up.

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