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It’s hard to say, on a global basis, which is better: Cable or DSL. There
are going to be differences related to the number of users on the line and
distance from your ISP’s equipment.
Replacing the CPU for Windows 8 requirements could easily cause you to
replace much more than just the CPU. There may be other alternatives.
Paying someone to remove a virus may be okay depending on how you found that
person. If they found you… don’t!
Anti-virus tools won’t catch all malware, all the time – especially in
real-time visits of questionable sites.
Disk cleanup and CCleaner can both be run on your computer – but do you need
to keep them both?
If spam has increased in your Gmail account.. it’s just a fact of life. The
question is whether or not Gmail’s spam filter is catching it.
If you get a message, “Your computer is at risk,” it’s a scam. The solution
is to follow computer safety (so you know you are not at risk) and then
determine where the message comes from.
If your speakers don’t work, and you’ve checked all software settings, then
it might be a very simple, even silly, solution.
We’ll start with a thorough malware scan.
Cloud printing may allow you to print to your printer at home while traveling.
But is that really going to be trustworthy?
You don’t need a new recovery disc after each backup you make. Same is true
of those rescue discs you make when you first boot Windows.
WPA2 and MAC address filtering offer security to a home network. For ease of
use, however, WPA2 is probably enough.
A computer acting erratically after a clean install indicates a deeper
problem – perhaps static electric or hardware.
A computer locked by cyber cops means a virus is on your machine. In this
case it’s ransomware and specific steps need to be taken to free the
It’s not surprising to have an email account hack after your computer is
stolen. There are several ways the hackers could have gained access.
Anti-malware doesn’t always stop infection – especially if it is not
up-to-date. It’s all about keeping yourself safe on the
Deleting cookies will make online accounts forget who you are and cause you
to answer all your security questions again.
If you’ve lost your original product installation product key for Windows XP
you may be out of luck. There are a few work-arounds you might try
You can save Yahoo email to DVD in relatively simple steps, depending on
what part of the email you are wanting to save. The good news is that this gets you backed up!
It’s fine to turn off your router when gone, and equally fine to leave it
on. There are advantages to both.
Copy/paste vs. copy-to-folder are only two ways to move files around in
Windows. But which is better?
Setting up a Microsoft account with Windows 8 is probably the easiest way to
manage Windows 8. There are several reasons why.
Going back to Windows 7 from a Windows 8 upgrade requires a full system
reinstall – unless you have an image backup prior to the upgrade.
Legitimate work-at-home sites probably do exist. Finding them is the trick. However, you
may want to look at making money online in a different way.
Showing dates in search engines results can be tricky, though Google does
make an attempt at it with their advanced search tools.
CAPTCHAs can be case sensitive, or not, depending on which program is used
to supply the test on a website. There are a few options to help pass the
“The XML page cannot be displayed” is an error indicating that something is
wrong with your Windows installation. There are several directions to go to look for a fix.
If Thunderbird PDFs don’t open it might be related to the anti-virus
software running on your computer. One particular setting may be the
Hotmail logs you off if it can’t find a cookie on your computer to identify
your login information. To stay logged in you must keep the cookie.
A laptop monitor started showing turquoise after getting cold out in the
car. Sounds like a hardware problem.
Macrium asks for your username and password when scheduling backups because
it needs to know how to log into your computer.
Programs cause Windows to wait on exit because they have something else to
do. A clean shut-down requires that all documents on the computer be properly
Problems reading CDs in a DVD drive could be because the CD is faulty, or your
drive is incompatible. There is an easy way to tell which it is.
Android firewalls are still not necessary. Both because of the way the
device interacts with the outside, and the (still slight) prevalence of
You will not be able to determine the administrator password on your computer because it
is encrypted. There is a possible hack to reset it.
A router will not improve an internet connection speed, but it could be a
necessary addition to your computer safety.
If you clicked on a link in a spam email, you should immediately do a
thorough scan of your computer. Unless you are not running a Windows
Hotmail logins will not be remembered if cookies are deleted or turned off.
Your computer’s cookie settings need to be reset.
Awful progress bars can drive us crazy, but there’s a good reason for it.
Progress bar software is difficult to write.
A computer with no CD drive still needs to have software installed on it. It
can often be done through your USB drive.
Deleting history to free up space depends on what kind of history you are
talking about. But it probably won’t be much space.
You should update drivers only when you are having a problem with your
computer. Driver update utilities, that update regularly, are not
CHKDSK will not run on DVDs because it is a hard disk repair and checking
utility. DVDs are not hard drives.
System restore can disappear from the Start Menu for many reasons. It’s easy
to search for it, but learning to back up your computer is a better idea.
Too much bandwidth seems like a misnomer, but if you are not using it, why
pay for it?
To convert wpg files you’ll need a graphics program that can understand Word
Perfect graphics files.
Seeing only half a picture in Thunderbird seems odd. Perhaps the preview
screen is cutting it off.
One sound working is good news. Sounds like you are plugged in! Setting the
rest of the sounds can now be done through the Control Panel.
Sometimes quick launch shortcuts stop working after a software upgrade. The
solution is kind of a hack.
A missing driver for a camera can very often be found on the website of
the company that manufactured the product.