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  Supplemental Update for OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Rele...

Apple has released a supplemental update to OS X 10.10.3, aimed at resolving startup problems encountered by users who happen to be running some apps that capture video.

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  How to Disable the New User Profile Menu in the Ch...

Google has recently added a menu to the upper right corner of Chrome that provides for management of profiles. It displays an avatar or picture and your profile name. If you are the only user of the browser, you might consider removing it.

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  How to choose the right Linux distro

Unlike most other desktop and server operating systems, Linux comes in a wide variety of flavors, each based on a common core of the Linux kernel and various GNU user space utilities.

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  How to increase the maximum volume in Windows 8: m...

If you're struggling to hear the audio in Windows, here's how to make sure all your volume levels are set to maximum, as well as how to enable loudness to increase the maximum volume to make your speakers or headphones louder.

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  Re-start System without Rebooting

If you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, Linux Mint brings you a menu to log out your system. But for some reason you might encounter that the system freezes, the mouse cursor can't move, neither pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete can work.

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  How to Turn Off or Disable the SmartScreen Filter ...

Windows 8 has a new layer of security that builds in the SmartScreen filter from Internet Explorer right into Windows itself. If you don’t like that idea, here’s how to disable it.

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  Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice F...

The intention of this article is to provide Windows users with some basic information about why and how they might choose to move to a Linux based operating system instead.

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  Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC

In today's climate what is the best approach to avoiding getting your PC infected with malware? Gizmo lays out some simple steps you can take to ensure viruses, trojans, keyloggers and other nasties don't take control of your PC.

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  IE11 patch KB 3038314 blocks search engines and ma...

The latest IE11 patch prevents some Windows users from adding Google as a search provider -- if it finishes installing at all.

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  How to blur out personal details on Google Maps

Was your window open when Google took photos for Maps street view? Check out these steps to remove the details and regain your privacy.

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  Russian hacking group reportedly exploited Flash, ...

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

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  How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Window...

Microsoft will ship Windows 10 later this year and with it comes an offer to upgrade existing versions of Windows to the operating system for free. Since the majority of Windows users probably does not know about that offer as they may not read tech sites at all or only sporadically, Microsoft pushe... Show More

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 - What is IE on Windows and how do you disable it


IE is Internet Explorer, a web browser like Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc. Browsers allow you to explore the web. To disable it check out: http://www.wikihow.com/Disable-Internet-Explorer-in-Windo...

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