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This happens when you install a "Fix My PC" program

You have probably come across ads before that promise to fix issues that you are having with your PC. These ads are fairly common and often displayed on technology related websites. While […]

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How thorough is Comodo Programs Manager's installation monitoring?

You can rely on the native uninstaller when it comes to the removal of installed programs on Windows or use a specialized product to make sure that leftovers are removed from the […]

To-Do suggestions when your Internet is down

My Internet connection stopped working suddenly yesterday and did not come back up after cutting power to the router for a couple of minutes. And so began my two-hour calling technical support […]

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Program launcher SyMenu integrates Nirsoft, Sysinternals and other programs

Program launchers come in two shapes: those that integrate what is already available on the system, think Launchy for example, and those that bring with them programs that you can use directly. […]

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.1 to ship with UI changes and feature improvements

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a powerful program that you can run on your Windows system next to other security software to add another layer of protection to it. The free version offers an […]

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Why search engines are as bad as download sites when it comes to freeware

There are many free programs out there on the Internet that are great: Firefox, Thunderbird, VLC Media Player, CCleaner, Revo Uninstaller, QuietRSS, WinSCP or KeePass are just some examples of programs that […]

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Fix Add-ons not working in Firefox 35

Firefox 35 has been pushed to the Stable channel recently by Mozilla and while the majority of users did not notice any incompatibilities or issues, some users noticed that one or multiple […]

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List all recently run programs on a Windows PC

Do you know which programs ran in the past on your Windows PC? It is likely that you know at least some of them, the programs that you have started manually for […]

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WinPrivacy review: new program of WinPatrol maker

WinPrivacy is a new program by the maker of the popular WinPatrol application that has been released as a beta version today. The program, just like WinPatrol, is not free but commercial. […]

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What private browsing reveals about you

This is the third part of a mini series about privacy on the Internet. The other parts are linked below. Last time we looked at what websites and sites on the Internet […]

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DiskBoss Free, a hard drive management tool

DiskBoss refers to a line of hard drive management tools. This review looks at the freeware version of DiskBoss which is limited in comparison to the paid versions. More about that later. […]

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All the things you can use private browsing mode for

While private browsing is mostly associated with browsing the naughty parts of the Internet it can be used for a wide variety of other things as well. Private browsing refers to a […]

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Windows 10 Disk Cleanup includes file compression option

It is quite easy to fill up hard drives or partitions with data. This is true for Solid State Drives which are blazing fast but don't come close to the storage that […]

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Firefox's Interest Dashboard provides you with Internet interest information

Mozilla has released a first experimental version of the Firefox Internet Dashboard extension. First mentioned back in August 2014 it analyzes the browsing history to display information about it to the user. […]

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BeeDoctor is an all-in-one system maintenance and security tool for Windows

So-called all-in-one tools such as Advanced System Care, Slim Cleaner or Glary Utilities are highly popular on Windows thanks to the immense set of programs they ship with. These tools are usually […]

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Export your browsing history before you delete it

Depending on how you access the Internet, information about the sites you visited in the past may be available in different locations locally and also remotely. Most web browsers keep track of […]

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Check Windows folders for file signatures with SigcheckGUI

Sigcheck is one of those awesome Sysinternals programs that you can use to check signatures and other information of all files of a folder. The original program is only available as a […]

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How to display the temperature of your PC's hardware components

I tend to get more calls and emails asking for help with computer related problems in Summer than in any other season. The core reason for that -- it is not scientific […]

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GEGeek Tech Toolkit is a portable software collection for Windows

Whenever I visit a family member or friend who asked me to fix a computer issue, I take a USB flash drive with me containing dozens of tools to analyze and repair […]

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Make Firefox remember pinned tabs when it does not

If you are a Firefox user you probably know that you can pin tabs in the browser to make them sort-of permanent in it. A pinned tab is displayed on the left […]

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Privacy Eraser is a gorgeous looking cleaner for Windows

Depending on how you use your computer, you may be able to recover quite a bit of storage space when you clean temporary files regularly. The most popular program for the job […]

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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 […]

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How to make sure that ETags are not used to track you on the Internet

While cookies are still being used widely to track users on the Internet, recent privacy-related developments have forced marketers and companies to experiment with different means of tracking users on the Internet. […]

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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 […]

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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. The menu can get quite complex because of this, and when you check […]

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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. Maybe you want to hand it over to a friend or publish it on […]

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The Best Windows Software

The Best Windows Software Toplist On this page, you find a listing of the best Windows software. Most of the applications listed here are free, with the occasional commercial program added to […]

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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 […]

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How to remove LiveUpdate.exe from your computer

I check all running processes regular on the computer systems that I use to make sure that the system is safe and that nothing slipped by the defenses. While that works well, […]

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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 […]

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YAC is (yet another) Windows maintenance tool

Update: Malwarebytes discovered recently that YAC is using the malware database of Malwarebytes without proper authorization to do so. We have removed the link pointing to YAC as a consequence and suggest […]

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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. One […]

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Force Byte Detector: remove toolbars and other PUPs from your Windows PC

At least some toolbars back in the early days of the Internet offered functionality that you could not really get elsewhere. Google's Toolbar offered translation and Pagerank information for example. Nowadays, features […]

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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. It takes care of temporary files like Internet browsing caches or leftovers after Windows Updates. The effect is a […]

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Maxa Cookie Manager is a cross-browser cookie management software for Windows

All Internet users come into contact with cookies on a regular basis. That is not necessarily a bad thing, as they can be helpful in many regards, for instance to store authentication […]

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Chrome: automatically remove cookies when you close tabs

Most web browsers are configured to accept first and third party cookies by default. They will also honor the expiration dates set by the servers and websites that set the cookies in […]

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PrivaZer 2.0 improves basic user interface and clean-ups

Windows' own disk cleanup tool is not really suited for removing the majority of traces and temporary files that are created constantly on your system. While it cleans some, it ignores many […]

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FileCleaner: real-time temporary file cleaning software

When it comes to deleting temporary files on Windows, CCleaner is the go-to tool for many. The program's main features are that it is dead easy to use, extendable and highly customizable. […]

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MoveBOT automates Windows file operations

Moving or copying files around, or deleting files are standard operations that every computer supports. What is kinda strange is that most do not provide you with options to automate those processes. […]

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Recuva 1.46 update brings improvements across the board

Data recovery software can come in handy in several situations, most notably when you deleted files permanently on your system or when a third party software or even a virus did so. […]