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Comment by Mahbub on [SOLVED] The Out of Memory Error (March 29, 2017 04:50 AM)
I often get this issue. If my laptop which has 8 gb ram is continuously open for few days and as inise lots of tabs in chrome i cme accross this issue...
Comment by Rick on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 29, 2017 12:09 AM)
Robert: In my experience, Router manufacturers - or ISPs that supply them - have stopped using short/weak passwords in lieu of long/strong ones. So.....
Comment by Robert on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 08:23 PM)
I am using the wifi password that came with the router. It is 12 characters long with multiple types of characters, caps, numbers, special characters...
Comment by Cho on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 07:34 PM)
@Perry....I had same issue....BUY your own Modem and Router...way less expensive in the long run......
Comment by Rick on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 06:51 PM)
Perry , John is correct, you opt out - see https://wifi.xfinity.com/ ...
Comment by john silberman on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 05:27 PM)
@Perry, I believe you can opt out "xfinitywifi". If not you can always buy your own cable modem and wifi router. ...
Comment by Perry on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 04:47 PM)
I use Comcast down here in Texas, and although I have always kept my WiFi secure with encryption and firewalls, I feel I am still somewhat vulnerable....
Comment by john silberman on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 04:47 PM)
What about using a WPS PIN? I thought I read somewhere that WPS PIN can be easily hacked with software such as Reaver. No need to hack WPA if the WP...
Comment by Joe M on [WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes (March 28, 2017 04:33 PM)
Er, you did what? Trusting Verizon to set up your security was your very first mistake and not one that a pro should admit to!...
Comment by jphuf on [SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties (March 28, 2017 01:04 PM)
A few years ago, purchased the Epson WF-7620 from OfficeMax. Had a 1-year plus got an extended 2-year for $35. Near end of 3-yr, I called and said the...

Software Articles

 

Do You Need a PUP Cleaner?

Today's article has nothing to do with smelly dogs or canine shampoo. In the context of software, a PUP is a Potentially Unwanted Program. Read on to learn how they can sneak into your system, what they can do, and how to find and remove these pests…

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When White Hats Collide

Has your security software suddenly disappeared? There's a nasty battle brewing among some popular anti-virus software vendors, and it's escalated to the point where they are classifying each others' products as malware, and deleting them on sight! Here's what you need to know...

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Top 10 Security Vulnerabilities of 2016

What software currently running on your computer is the MOST vulnerable to attacks by cybercrime exploit kits? Software made by Adobe Systems and Microsoft provided the most zero-day vulnerability targets during the past year, according to Recorded Future, a real-time cyber-threat detection and mitigation firm. Read on to learn which of those programs you should avoid...

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[HOWTO] Move Your Files To A New PC

So, you bought that new PC - congratulations! Now that it’s out of the box and set up, it’s time for you to move into it and make it your own. That means transferring to the new machine your personal data files, customized settings, and the applications that you have come to depend on. Here are several ways to move files and programs to a new PC…

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Can You Trust ScanGuard?

A couple of readers have recently asked me about a new program called ScanGuard. One said: “Hey, Bob. Just ran across this on the internet. Article makes it sound really good – maybe too good. Also, what other alternatives are available that do the same thing? Appreciate all the good work you do and the information you share. God bless, Elwyn.” So let's take a look at ScanGuard…

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[FREE] Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is the gold standard for business productivity suites. But it can cost a lot of gold; even today's low street prices range from $119 for the 2013 Professional version to $399 for the 2016 Pro version. Fortunately, there are plenty of good alternatives to Microsoft Office; many are free, and even those that are not cost much less than Office. Here are some of the best alternative office suites...

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Free Drawing and Graphic Design Programs

Buying a drawing or graphic design program makes sense if you draw or design graphics for a living. But for most of us, the need for such software comes seldom, and paying hundreds for a dust-collecting program is not very smart. Fortunately, there are plenty of good, free drawing/graphic design programs available to help you create a logo, brochure or website image. Here are some of the best...

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[HANDY] Free Tools for PDF files

Adobe takes a lot of flack for its eminently hackable Flash/Shockwave animation file format. But Adobe also gave us the PDF - Portable Document Format. This handy file format was developed in the early 1990s to enable team members to share documents, including inline formatting and images, even though the members did not have the same file-handling software. Read today's issue to find some free tools to creating, managing, slicing and dicing your PDF files...

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[QUICK] Uninstall QuickTime for Windows

Windows PC users who have the Apple QuickTime video player installed should uninstall it immediately to prevent its exploitation by hackers, says Apple, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, security experts at Trend Micro, and anyone else you may ask. Here's why, and how…

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Is Desktop Software Dying?

I have noticed a disheartening trend in software development lately. New mobile apps are popping up faster than dandelions in April, but innovations for desktop computer users are few and far between. Even improvements to existing apps seem to come first to mobile versions, while desktop software gets the same upgrade “at a later date” or sometimes never...

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Voice Typing In Google Docs

Look, Ma, no hands! Google has added “voice typing” to its free, cloud-based Google Docs word processor. In addition to the speech-to-text as an alternative to typing, you now have control over cursor navigation and formatting options like text selection, punctuation, and copy/paste. All you need to use it is a Chrome browser, a Google account, and a microphone. Here's the scoop...

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ISO Means Equal

Today in the USA, we honor Martin Luther King, a man who fought for equality. I've been waiting for the right time to publish an article about the ISO file format, and it struck me that ISO means equal. Yes, it's a bit of a lexical stretch, but I like to play with words. So let's learn all about ISO files...

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PUP ALERT: Potentially Unwanted Programs

The phrase “potentially unwanted program” (PUP) is popping up more frequently in discussions of security and anti-malware protection. To me, PUP means malware; it’s software that I didn’t deliberately install, and adds no value. Here's what you need to know about PUPs, how they sneak in, how to remove them, and how to avoid PUPs in the first place...

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Is This TrueCrypt's Fatal Flaw?

For many years, TrueCrypt was the gold standard in free encryption software. But in May 2014, the software’s developers abruptly quit, warning users of unspecified “security issues” in TrueCrypt. Security luminaries declared there was nothing wrong with the last version of TrueCrypt so it has remained in use. But now, there's a problem. A big one, in fact...

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Beware the Device Driver Scam

A reader asks: “Popups keep appearing on my screen, with warnings like 'Your drivers may be out of date!' I'm not even sure what a driver is, but if everything seems to be working fine, do I really need to update them?” Here's the scoop on device drivers, and when to update them...

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Lenovo Caught Installing Immortal Crapware

Lenovo has again been caught playing fast and loose with customers’ privacy and security. First, it was Superfish. Now, it's vulnerable crapware that won't go away, even if you reformat or replace your hard drive. Read on for the full story...

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What Happened at Google I/O 2015?

Google I/O, the company’s annual software developers’ conference, is a geekfest that delves deeply into the search giant’s forthcoming products and explores some far-out tech that Google is betting will come to fruition. Here are the most interesting things that came out of this year’s I/O, held May 28-29 in San Francisco...

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7 Reasons to Use Google Calendar

Are you using Google Calendar to keep track of appointments, meetings and birthdays? I started using it a few years ago, on both my desktop computer and my smartphone. It's made a big difference in my ability to stay on track and remember important tasks. Read on for more tips on Google Calendar...

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Do You Need a Download Manager?

A reader asks: “I download files often, and sometimes wonder if I should be using one of those 'download manager' or 'download accelerator' programs that are promoted online. What exactly do they do, and should I use one?” Here's what you need to know...

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Is This The End For Crapware?

In the wake of Lenovo's Superfish disaster, the company has vowed to “become the leader in providing cleaner, safer PCs,” by significantly reducing the number of “preloaded applications” -- what everyone else calls crapware or bloatware. Are they serious, and will the trend catch on with other vendors?

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Keeping Software Updated Simply

Many computer problems can be avoided or cured simply by keeping all of your software up to date. Updates include patches for security vulnerabilities as well as fixes for bugs, new features, and improvements of existing features. Check out these free programs that will do the job for you...

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REVIEW: Advanced System Care Pro 8

Version 8.0 of Advanced SystemCare (ASC) by IObit Software, one of my favorite system maintenance programs, was released in mid-November. After running this major update for a couple of weeks, I am pleased to report that it is a significant improvement of an already great program. Here's my review of this free PC maintenance tool...

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Get Organized With Evernote or OneNote

Often in your online travels, you'll finds bit of information that you want to save for later use or sharing. Cutting and pasting into a word processor file works fine for snippets of text, but not so well when you want to annotate, categorize, search and share. Read on to learn how a “personal information organizer” can help...

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Seven Free PC Maintenance Tools

A reader asks: 'I know I need to clean up my hard drive every once in a while. Are there any other regular PC maintenance tasks you recommend doing on a regular basis?' Yes! Here are seven free programs you can use to clean up and tune up your Windows computer...

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TrueCrypt Is Dead -- Long Live TrueCrypt!

A shockwave rolled through the Internet’s cryptographic community on May 28. TrueCrypt, a highly respected, open-source, on-the-fly encryption program, was abruptly abandoned by its developers. It’s not unusual for programmers to give up on their free software. What shocked everyone is the going-away present that TrueCrypt’s parents gave to the world.

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Learn More and Become Dangerous

Over the last few decades, one piece of software has stood out – head and shoulders – over any other piece of software. In fact, for many people this software has been the first thing installed on any new computer and is often used every time the computer is turned on. Can you guess what it is...?

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Time to Boycott Java?

In January 2013, a reader asked me if Java was safe to use. My answer then was somewhat equivocal; yes, Java complicates PC security, but you may want to keep it – carefully – if you run into situations where you need it. Basically, I felt the risk/reward ratio of Java was a toss-up. But my assessment is changing now. Read on to find out if you should keep Java or dump it…

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GO FREE! Replace Your Paid Software

In a previous article on saying goodbye to Windows XP, I mentioned that my strategy was to move away from commercial software to free alternatives, either open source or web-based. I'll share my reasons for doing this, and some free software that you can explore. Read on!

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Beware of Key Generators

Twenty years ago, a key generator was a machine in the hardware store that made duplicates of your house keys. Today, a key generator (or keygen) is a tool that software pirates use to illegally activate or unlock commercial software. Aside from the obvious ethical issues, there's another reason why you should steer clear of these things. Read on to learn about the hazards of keygens…

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Free Microsoft Office Online?

A reader asks: 'Can I really get Microsoft Office online for free? I bought a new computer that has no word processor or spreadsheet program, and I don't want to pay $250 for Office 2013 if that's true. Please tell me if this online version is the real thing.' Read on for the answer...

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Seven Reasons Why Computers Crash

It’s a real pain when your computer just stops working, locks up, freezes or crashes. This sort of problem can be devilishly difficult to diagnose, because many things can cause a computer to crash. Here are seven common causes of computer crashes and some tips on how to deal with them...

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HOWTO: Make a System Repair Disk, NOW!

When something goes horribly wrong with your hard drive, a system repair, recovery or rescue disk can get you back up and running. But there are several types, and vendors don't always provide these when you buy a new PC. If you don't have one handy for your Windows operating system, now is the time to make one. Read on to learn how...

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Downloading? Watch Out For These Danger Signs

A while ago, I wrote about the problem of foistware, software that sneaks in during a download, without your knowledge or explicit consent. I fingered CNET for their Six-Part Horror Story that downloaders must endure. Today we'll look at two other popular download sites, to see if they are guilty of the same shenangigans...

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Five Things You MUST Do On a New PC

A brand-new computer is something to get excited about. It’s tempting to plug it in and just start exploring. But a new computer requires some initial fine-tuning in order to optimize performance and avoid problems later on. Here are five things every user should do to a new desktop or laptop PC as soon as it comes out of the box...

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Seven Free Software Downloads

A reader asks: 'I just got a new laptop, and I want to do two things. First is to remove all the non-essential programs that came preloaded. Next, I want to load the best freeware for everday computing. I'd love to know what free software you recommend and use on your own computer.'

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Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is the gold standard for business productivity suites. But it can cost a lot of gold, even at today's low street prices. The Office Home and Business edition costs $219, and the Professional edition goes for $399. Fortunately, there are plenty of good alternatives to Microsoft Office; many are free, and even those that are not cost much less than Office. Here are some of the best alternative office suites...

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Free Desktop Publishing Tools

Desktop publishing software makes creation of printed materials easier and enables professional-grade design, layout, and printing. But leading commercial software DTP is expensive. Fortunately, there are free and budget-minded desktop publishing programs for non-profit and low-budget publishers. Here's a roundup of your best options...

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Online Computer Repair and Fix-it-Yourself Options

A reader asks: 'My computer is running slow and I think it might have a virus. What do you think of those online computer repair services? Are they reliable, or should I take it to a local computer repair shop?' Here's the scoop on remote computer repair services, and some free alternatives...

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GOING FREE: Replacing Your Paid Software

In a recent article on migrating away from Windows XP, I mentioned that my strategy was to move away from commercial software to free alternatives, either open source or web-based. I'll share my reasons for doing this, and some free software that you can explore. Read on!

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Ten Free Tech Support Tools

A well-prepared scout never goes anywhere without his trusty Swiss army knife. Similarly, you need a portable arsenal of troubleshooting tools to solve common computer problems. You never know when your laptop, or a friend's computer, may start acting up. Load up these free tech support utilities onto a USB flash drive and they'll think you're a tech support superhero!

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Finally: The End of Next, Next, Next...

When installing new software, you're often presented with a seemingly endless series of 'Next' or 'OK' buttons. Most of us mindlessly click through them, just to get it over with. But that can lead to some nasty surprises. Here's a tool that makes it super simple to safely install new software, and keep it all up to date...

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Office 2013: Fear, Loathing and Misinformation

An alarming story about Office 2013 is flying around the Web: Once you install a retail copy of Microsoft Office 2013, you can never install it on another PC without paying Microsoft for a whole new license. And the reason, the pundits say, is to herd the masses into a "software rental" mindset. Is it true? Read on...

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DOWNLOAD ALERT: Foistware Warning

A reader asks: 'My browser is filling up with unwanted toolbars, and I can no longer search with Google. I have anti-virus protection, but these things still creep in somehow, and I don't recall ever asking for them. Where do they come from, and how can I avoid this problem?'

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Seven Reasons For Computer Crashes

It’s a real pain when your computer just stops working, locks up, or crashes. This sort of problem can be devilishly difficult to diagnose, because many things can cause a computer to crash. Here are seven common causes of computer crashes and some tips on how to deal with them...

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Is Software Piracy Really a Crime?

A reader asks: Some of my friends are using commercial software without paying for it. They say it's no big deal to get pirated versions of games from 'warez' sites, and that I'm a fool to pay for Windows7 or Microsoft Office, when I can download them for free. Software piracy seems like one of those 'victimless crimes', so why is it illegal?

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Fix and Optimize Your PC with Free Glary Utilities

Many of my readers have recommended the free Glary Utilities suite of computer maintenance tools, so I decided a review was in order. Glary Utilities does all the maintenance chores that you'd expect to find in such a package, is free for personal use, and throws in some non-standard functions as well. Here's the scoop on what Glary does well, its limitations and some pointers to other 'one-click fix' tools...

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What's New in Microsoft Office 13?

Windows 8 is not the only radically different product coming from Microsoft. The company’s cash cow productivity suite is also getting a major revamp. Here are some of the new features you’ll find in Office 13...

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Five Free PowerPoint Alternatives

If you have to make a presentation, you probably want to supplement it with visual aids. The standard for creating graphic presentations – usually slideshows – is the Microsoft Office PowerPoint application. Many business users are familiar with PowerPoint, and they either love it or hate it. But there are alternatives to PowerPoint. Here are some of the most popular ones for Windows and other platforms...

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Is Chrome OS the Next Big Thing?

Did you know that Google has two operating systems? Android, of course, is Google's well-known mobile OS which powers most of the world's smartphones and quite a few of its tablets. The other Google operating system, Chrome OS, is not so popular. And depending on how you see the future, it will either take over the world, or disappear entirely within three years. Learn more about the Chrome operating system...

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Do Those 'Speed Up Your PC' Programs Really Work?

I see commercials everywhere for products that promise to speed up my computer. Are they legit? If so, can you recommend any specific product?

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Will Slimcleaner Optimize Your PC?

There has been a lot of buzz about Slimcleaner, a free system cleaning and optimization suite developed by Slimware Utilities. Slimcleaner has received editor's choice awards, five stars, and other high honors from a number of well-respected computer publications. But I really don't understand why. Here's my take on this free download...

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Free Tech Support Software Tools

A well-prepared scout never goes anywhere without his trusty Swiss army knife. Similarly, you need a portable arsenal of troubleshooting tools to solve common computer problems. You never know when your laptop, or a friend's computer, may start acting up. Load up these free tech support utilities onto a USB flash drive and they'll think you're a tech support superhero!

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Microsoft Word vs Google Docs

Is Google Docs a good alternative to Word? My new computer has no word processing software, and I'm thinking about just using Google's online word processor instead of spending the money on Microsoft Word. Are there are significant features I'd have to live without, or other factors to consider?

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Why Does Free Software Exist?

I've used Open Office and other freeware programs for a long time, and I think they're brilliant. But I'm still not sure why they even exist! Can you tell me why all of this this good software is free, and what is the motivation for those who create free software?

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Seven MORE Free Software Downloads

Recently, I recommended seven of my favorite free software packages, and many of you chimed in with suggestions of your own. But as I mentioned, I wasn't done; here are seven more must-have software freebies...

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Free Anti-Virus Programs

I've been using the free Norton antivirus package that came with my computer, but the subscription will expire in a few days. Are the free anti-virus programs any good? What do you recommend?

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Free Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

I need to do some graphics editing and make relatively simple updates to photos. My friend is an art professional and swears by Adobe Photoshop. But the price tag is outrageous! Can you recommend some low-cost or free alternatives?

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Do Download Accelerators Really Work?

I've heard about download accelerator programs that claim to increase download speed by 300 percent or more. Are these scams, or for real? And if they can do that, how does it work? I'd like to know your advice on whether to use one or not.

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Free PC Maintenance Tools

I know I need to defrag my hard drive every once in a while. Are there any other regular PC maintenance tasks you recommend doing on a regular basis?

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Free Word Processing Software

Microsoft Word is the standard word processor of the business world. But with a list price of $140, MS Word is rather pricey for students, nonprofits, and casual writers. Here are some very capable word processor programs that are priced right for consumers - in fact, they're free...

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Microsoft Office 365

I've been hearing some buzz in online forums about a new product from Microsoft called Office 365. It sounds like an online version of Microsoft Word and other Office programs. I'm interested in your opinion of this product, and what type of users it is intended for.

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Discounts on Software

I need to purchase software for graphic design and word processing. But it's so expensive! Where can I find discounts on popular software packages?

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Document Management Solutions

Many businesses generate and receive documents in lots of different formats: paper, email, PDF files, graphic image files, faxes, HTML, etc. Document management solutions have never been more important, or more complex. Here's an overview of the various types of document management systems available to home users, businesses and webmasters...

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Internet Meeting Software

Internet meeting software allows a group of people to interact almost as if they were in the same conference room, no matter where they are. Depending on its features, Internet meeting software may support text-only chat; audio/video conferencing; whiteboard-style presentations of graphics to all participants; and even the ability to edit or mark up other participants' presentations. What more could you want in a meeting?

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What is Virtualization?

Virtualization is a computer term you may hear often, if you're in the IT business. Small business and home computer users are exposed to virtualization rarely, if at all. But virtualization can come in handy for even casual computer users under certain circumstances, so here's a simplified explanation of the term...

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Computer Repair Software

Does your computer seem to be slowing down? Does it freeze unexpectedly, or give you cryptic error messages? Do you suspect malware is hogging some of your Internet bandwidth? Computer repair software offered on many Web sites promises to fix some of these problems. But do they really work?

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Change Screen Resolution

The fonts and icons on my new computer are so small that I have trouble seeing them. How do I adjust or magnify my screen for easier viewing?

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Shopping Cart Software

Some e-commerce ventures need shopping cart software, while others don't. If you sell only one product or service then you just need a buy now button. But if you plan to sell multiple items in your online store, you probably need a shopping cart. Here are some of the best options for free shopping cart software and commercial offerings as well...

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What Is Picasa?

Picasa is a free photo editing and management application offered by Google. It offers many photo editing, organization and online storage features that photo buffs will find useful. Here's my review of Picasa...

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Free DVD Burning Software

I want to create a backup of my photos and home videos, but I have several gigabytes of data, so I want to put it all on DVD discs. Can you recommend any free DVD burning software?

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Microsoft Office Web Apps

Office Web Apps is Microsoft's answer to Google Docs and other online office apps. Even if you don't have MS Office installed on your computer, you will be able to create, edit, save, and share Office documents with other people - all in your web browser...

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Piggyback Downloads

Suddenly my web browser is cluttered with toolbars that I never asked for. I delete them, but sometimes they come back. Why is this happening, and how do I get rid of all those unwanted toolbars?

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What Is Silverlight And Do I Need It?

Whenever I go to Microsoft's website, it nags me to install a thing called Silverlight. What is Silverlight, and do I really need it on my computer?

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Alternatives to Adobe Reader

I have to deal with a lot of PDFs, and Adobe Reader just takes too long to open. Are there any good, free alternatives for PDF viewing?

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Note Taking Tools

When I was a kid, research meant spending hours in the library, poring over dusty tomes, making notes on index cards, and then trying to organize it all. Today the wealth of information on the Internet can be tapped, annotated, and organized with easy-to-use web research and note taking tools. Here's how...

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Portable Apps

Did you know that you can load up a flash drive with your favorite programs and run them on any computer, without installing, directly from the portable drive? Here's the scoop on portable apps...

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Parental Control Software

I have pre-teen children who are just starting to get interested in the Web. What parental control software do you recommend?

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Free Registry Cleaners

I've heard conflicting stories on the effectiveness of registry cleaners. Do they really help? If so, which registry cleaner do you recommend?

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Cloud Computing

I'm hearing the term Cloud Computing more and more. One friend told me that it means computers will soon not need a hard drive. Is that correct?

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Accessing Blocked Websites

If you are a student, employee, or part of the military, you've probably experienced the frustration of not being able to access certain websites or even your webmail. Fortunately there are some things you can do to access these blocked sites. Here's how...

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My Favorite Software

In the course of doing my job, I use certain programs on a regular basis. On any given day, I might be doing word processing, web design, programming, image editing, trouble shooting, and of course email and web surfing. Here are some of my favorite software applications to get the job done...

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Free Online Word Processors

Microsoft Word is so expensive... are there free alternatives? I'd really like a full featured web-based word processor that allows me to access and store documents online, instead of my hard drive.

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What is GnuCash?

I've heard that GnuCash is a free accounting program, similar to Quicken. So it's free, but how does it compare with Quicken or Microsoft Money, for basic household or small business accounting?

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Office Format Converters

I recently upgraded to Microsoft Office 2007, and I have a problem. When I save a document or spreadsheet in an Office 2007 program, other people cannot open it. It seems the file is incompatible with other versions of Office. Do they need a converter to open my files?

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Instant Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) services allow you to connect directly with other computer users and engage in text, audio or video conversations. Unlike email, blogs or chat rooms, instant messaging provides real time one-to-one conversations. Here's the scoop on the most popular IM software packages...

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Burn ISO Image

I just downloaded an ISO image file for a Linux install, but I can't figure out how to burn the ISO image to a CD. Can you help?

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Photo Editing Software

I take a lot of pictures with my digital camera, but the photo editing software that came with the camera is pretty lame. I looked into Adobe Photoshop but WOW it's expensive! Are there some good photo editors that are more affordable?

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Voice Recognition

Didja ever notice that Captain Kirk never had to fuss with a mouse or keyboard to communicate with the computer on the Star Trek? He simply spoke direct commands at the machine, and the computer complied. Happily, voice recognition technology has moved from the bridge of the Enterprise to your home computer. Here's how to get started with voice computing...

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Run Windows On Mac

Why choose between Windows and Mac? Now you can run BOTH operating systems side-by-side on your Mac desktop. Here's the scoop on how to run Windows on your Mac...

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Switching From Windows to Mac

Devoted fans of Macs and PCs have been in heated debate for years, even before those I'm a Mac, I'm a PC commercials ever appeared. Let's set aside the question of which camp is right and focus on the reasons why some people choose a Mac over a PC, and the major differences between the two operating systems, for the benefit of those who are considering a switch from Windows to a Mac...

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Convert WMA to MP3

I have lots of music in WMA (Windows Media Audio) format but I want to convert it to MP3 for my iPod. How can I convert WMA to MP3?

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Free Office Software

I just got a new computer but it doesn't have Microsoft Word. And the Microsoft Office package is WAY expensive... are there any good alternatives for cheap or free office software?

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Convert iTunes Videos to MPEG

I purchased videos on iTunes, but I can't play them on my video player, because they are in some 'protected' M4V format that only works on iPods. How can I convert iTunes videos to MPEG or WMV format so I can play them on MY portable video device?

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LimeWire - File Sharing

My kids are using something called LimeWire to download music and videos. They call it a a P2P file sharing program. Can you explain what that means, and how safe it is to use?

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Missing or Damaged DLL files

When my uncle's PC is powered up he gets message CAN'T LOAD MSMGR32.DLL -- I have to click on it three times until the message no longer displays. Is there a way to keep the message from displaying, or do I need to reload the whole system?

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Best and Worst Video Games

My ten-year-old son is excited about video games, both online and offline. Like any good citizen of the planet, I want him to have fun and learn to kill aliens, but I worry about some of the graphic violence and objectionable themes in today's video games. Can you recommend some GOOD games, and tell me which ones we might want to avoid?

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Free Internet Software

So, you've got a web browser and an email program... Is that all the Internet software you'll ever need? Maybe, but first take a look at some of the nifty tools that are reviewed in this article. I think you'll find something here to make your online experience even better!

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Remote Access to Your Computer

I carry a laptop when I travel, but I always seem to forget some important files at home on my desktop PC. Is there some way I can access the files on my home computer through the Internet?

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What is RSS?

I keep hearing about RSS, XML and RSS feeds. I have only a vague idea of what they are, but then people start talking about RSS aggregators, and I get really confused. What are they talking about and why would I want one? Should I use an aggregator, and if so, which one?

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