Keep your Vista PC safe with this hidden security setting
November 25, 2009 – 11:35 | Comments Off on Keep your Vista PC safe with this hidden security setting
Keep your Vista PC safe with this hidden security setting

The holy grail of hackers comes in finding a way to make you run their code without even realising, and that often requires considerable low-level knowledge of how Windows works. For example, every program has …

How to speed up Adobe Reader
November 24, 2009 – 11:49 | Comments Off on How to speed up Adobe Reader
How to speed up Adobe Reader

Adobe’s PDF is the web’s format of choice for exchanging documents, and so every PC needs the ability to view them. But opting for the obvious choice of Adobe Reader has a cost: it’s slow …

Quick Tip: How to save a little Vista RAM
November 23, 2009 – 13:10 | Comments Off on Quick Tip: How to save a little Vista RAM
Quick Tip: How to save a little Vista RAM

Windows Vista is a resource hog, but turning off unnecessary features can help make a difference.  Do you really need the network icon in your system tray to flash whenever you send or receive information, …

Is PeaZip the best portable file archiver?
November 23, 2009 – 12:37 | Comments Off on Is PeaZip the best portable file archiver?
Is PeaZip the best portable file archiver?

There are plenty of free file archiving tools around – you can even use Explorer, if you’re really desperate – but we think the latest release of PeaZip shows it’s still the one to beat.
There’s …

Combine all the most useful Control Panel applets into one simple tool
November 20, 2009 – 12:44 | Comments Off on Combine all the most useful Control Panel applets into one simple tool
Combine all the most useful Control Panel applets into one simple tool

Finding the Control Panel applet you need can be difficult, even in Windows 7. First you’ll browse through the categories, then you’ll display the individual applets. Then you’ll try the search, and discover it only …

Speed up Firefox in seconds
November 19, 2009 – 10:46 | Comments Off on Speed up Firefox in seconds
Speed up Firefox in seconds

Firefox stores bookmarks and various other sets of data in small self-contained databases. This works well for performance at first, but over time, as you add new bookmarks, delete and rearrange others, so the database becomes …

Monitor your PCs open internet connections with TCPView
November 18, 2009 – 11:24 | Comments Off on Monitor your PCs open internet connections with TCPView
Monitor your PCs open internet connections with TCPView

At any one time a typical PC will have a host of applications trying to get online. There might be a browser, perhaps; an email client checking your Inbox; an antivirus program downloading the latest …

Automatically set your wallpaper to the daily Bing image
November 17, 2009 – 21:57 | Comments Off on Automatically set your wallpaper to the daily Bing image
Automatically set your wallpaper to the daily Bing image

Microsoft have finally launched Bing in the UK, clearly hoping that goodies like visual search,web page previews and Ciao-powered price comparisons will win your search business. But the most immediately obvious feature remains the spectacular …

Instantly locate and launch your favourite apps with MouseExtender
November 16, 2009 – 14:38 | Comments Off on Instantly locate and launch your favourite apps with MouseExtender
Instantly locate and launch your favourite apps with MouseExtender

Windows provides many ways to launch your favourite applications, but they all have their problems. The Start menu is a little slow, and cluttered; searching for the program name forces you to start typing, and …

Speed up your home server in seconds
November 13, 2009 – 16:00 | Comments Off on Speed up your home server in seconds
Speed up your home server in seconds

The standard (client, not server) versions of Windows are designed to deliver fast, responsive user interfaces, and generally they do a very good job. But this very much depends on what you’re doing with the …

Panda Cloud Antivirus finally out of beta
November 12, 2009 – 11:51 | Comments Off on Panda Cloud Antivirus finally out of beta
Panda Cloud Antivirus finally out of beta

After seven months of upgrades, tests and tweaks, Panda Cloud Antivirus can now at last drop the beta tag: it’s finally made it to version 1.0.  The program is still free, though, and that’s just …