How-To

Troubleshoot a Failed Hard Drive

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If you get a BSOD or other random error with the Windows operating system, it is usually assumed to be because of a virus, malware or other software error. If you’ve gone through all of the proper troubleshooting steps regarding PC viruses and other Windows software, but still are getting an error with the operating […]

Recover Accidentally Deleted Files in Windows

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If you’ve recently deleted a file, image, video or other data from Windows by accident, then it may still be recoverable. Using a top ranked freeware program that is not only effective but simple to use, you may be able to restore any deleted files. The above screenshot notes that I’ve moved a folder that […]

7 Ways to Backup a Computer

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Backing up your computer is mainly a safeguard that gives you reassurance that if your computer should fail, whether it be due to a virus, BSOD or even a faulty hard drive, you will still have all of your important files and data. There are quite a few options for backing up a computer. Depending […]

5 Ways to Make Sure No One is Monitoring Your Computer

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A friend recently was over and asked me if there was a way to tell if someone was monitoring their computer or not. She had a feeling that her computer-savvy boyfriend installed something on her computer to monitor what she was doing. Several years ago, I wrote an article about detecting computer and email monitoring […]

Add Shutdown and Restart to the Right-Click Context Menu in Windows 8

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In Windows 8, now that the Start Menu is now gone and replaced by the Start Screen and Charms bar. This means that if you want to restart your computer, you have to open the Charms bar, click on Settings, click on the Power icon and then click on Restart. You can read my previous […]

Create Custom Environment Variables in Windows 7

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By default, Windows uses certain environment variables to allow users to quickly access certain paths and directories within the operating system. This helps to make Windows easier to navigate. By defining and setting up your own custom environment variables, you can create direct paths and shortcuts to apps, directories, URLs and more. Environment variables in […]

Block Websites from your Router or using DNS

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Looking for a way to block websites in your home so that anyone connected to your network cannot access them? There are lots of programs out there that you can install on a PC or Mac to block or filter websites, but I don’t like these solutions because you have to manually install it on […]

Find and Fix Damaged MP3 Files

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Do you have a huge collection of MP3 files? If so, you probably have run into all kinds of issues with your music files from missing track data to unplayable songs to poor sound quality, etc, etc. There are literally hundreds of issues that can occur with MP3 files. There are lots of programs out […]

Disable the Trackpad/Touchpad on Mac and PC

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If you like using a mouse to get work done on your Mac or Windows laptop, then you might find it useful to disable the trackpad or touchpad on your system. This is really useful if you type a lot and the trackpad is located in a spot on your laptop that causes it to […]

Save Web Pages in MHT Format by Default in Internet Explorer

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So there’s one really annoying thing about the way Internet Explorer works and that’s when you try to save a web page. If you click on Save As, by default IE will choose the Webpage, complete (*.htm, *.html) format when saving. I don’t like this format when saving web pages because it creates one HTML […]