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2008 Most Popular Questions

Here are the most popular questions, as measured by Google


  1. How do I make a new MSN Hotmail account? Making a new MSN Hotmail account isn’t as obvious as many think. First you need to make the option to make a new MSN Hotmail account visible – by signing out.

  2. How do I delete history items from my Google tool bar? Deleting Google history takes a few steps, depending on what Google history you mean. Here are step-by-step instructions for deleting Google history.

  3. How do I put a picture in a comment on Step-by-step instructions to put a picture in a comment on Putting a picture in a comment isn’t that hard with some simple HTML.

  4. How do I change my MSN Hotmail password? Change your MSN Hotmail password with step-by-step instructions. Changing your Hotmail password is easy, and you should do it regularly.

  5. What are MSN HotMail’s POP3 and SMTP settings for Outlook Express? MSN HotMail POP3 and SMTP settings are a common request. MSN HotMail provides no POP3 and SMTP servers for free accounts, but third party services might.

  6. How do I hack into someone’s account? I cannot, and I will not, retrieve a password for you … Hacking into someone else’s account without their permission would be wrong.

  7. Svchost and Svchost.exe – Crashs, CPU maximization, viruses, exploits and more. Svchost (and Svchost.exe) is a required Windows component that often shows up in errors caused by viruses. Review Svchost, Svchost.exe, and how to stay safe.

  8. What are the POP3 and SMTP settings for Hotmail? Free email services like Hotmail don’t have mail servers that you can plug into just any email client. They are typically web-only services.

  9. My desktop Recycle Bin has disappeared – why, and how do I get it back? While there are many reasons as to why your Recycle Bin can disappear, there is a fairly easy way to get it back.

  10. How do I put a picture into the caption of a picture on Putting a picture into the caption of a picture on MySpace sounds kind of funny, but it works. In fact, you can put a picture into the caption, and you can use other HTML as well.

Hotmail, security, malware and of course the ever “picture in a MySpace caption” continue their run. New this year is the Recycle Bin issue, who’s popularity is likely to continue as the issue applies to both Windows XP and Vista.

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