Google Chrome add Application Shortcut

Microsoft seems to be conflicting with certain popular Google Chrome features. Namely Application Shortcuts or shortcuts to sites where you can open as a window. These are convenient for Gmail and Calendar as it helps find these quickly without having to sort through...

Windows 7 Updates Searching For Updates Forever

It seems that all fresh installs of Microsoft Windows 7 fail to successfully update using the built-in Windows Update. Some manual intervention is needed. The issues are not always the same and this fix won't work for all such issues, but I have had success with this...

Avoid Socially Engineered Infections

These days computer users have to think suspiciously to avoid infecting their computers. Especially if you use Social Media sites like Facebook. Even if you take precautions on Facebook by only "Friending" people you know personally anyone of your friends can make an...

Reset Local Account Password in Windows 8(.1)

A long used tool for recovering client computers when they lose their passwords has been the ntpassword tool. Windows 8, including 8.1, causes a problem with the use of this tool. There is a fast boot setting that causes the partition not to mount in a Linux...

Browser Zoom Shortcuts

Have you ever been using the Internet and all of a sudden everything got minuscule or huge? Every page you go to is the same - either too small or too large. How did that happen? Even more importantly, how can you fix it? Most of the time a user on the computer has...

I Do not recommend AVG Free.

Originally posted on PCMag.com (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424175,00.asp#comment-1633904157) I have been using AVG Free for home computers for more than a decade. Reasonably good anti-virus, but as with all the others in this lot, save for MalwareBytes, not...

Don’t Trust Your Phone

Okay, don't trust your phone. I just heard of a problem where a printer manufacturer (a big one) had their phone system hacked and the calls were diverted. It happened multiple times over a few days. The people who answered pretended to be support for the big printer...

Laptop Computer Buying Guide

Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 If you are thinking about buying a new laptop you couldn't have picked a better time. With a new Windows version shipping soon retailers typically want to unload all the systems preloaded with the previous operating system (OS). This means...

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