Ditch unwanted add-ons for a faster browser
October 29, 2009 – 11:20 | Comments Off on Ditch unwanted add-ons for a faster browser
Ditch unwanted add-ons for a faster browser

Browsers are made to be extended, and Firefox in particular has thousands of useful add-ons that provide you with interesting new features and functionality. But there’s a price to pay: the more add-ons you install, …

Twelve essential free Microsoft downloads
October 28, 2009 – 12:12 | Comments Off on Twelve essential free Microsoft downloads
Twelve essential free Microsoft downloads

Microsoft don’t exactly have a reputation for generous product pricing, as anyone who’s just upgraded to Windows 7 will testify. But there’s a kinder side to the company. No, really. Explore the download centre and …

How to customise an iTunes installation
October 26, 2009 – 09:35 | Comments Off on How to customise an iTunes installation
How to customise an iTunes installation

You might have installed Apple’s iTunes simply to get a new manager for your music collection, and perhaps easy access to the iTunes store. But the program installer assumes you’ll also want QuickTime, iPod and …

Keep a close eye on your hard drive health with CrystalDiskInfo 3.0.3
October 23, 2009 – 10:02 | Comments Off on Keep a close eye on your hard drive health with CrystalDiskInfo 3.0.3
Keep a close eye on your hard drive health with CrystalDiskInfo 3.0.3

When Windows¬†or your applications keep crashing unexpectedly then it’s easy to assume this must be another software problem: bugs, dodgy drivers, a virus maybe. But an unreliable system could also be showing the first signs …

How to handle REGEDIT "Access Denied" messages
October 22, 2009 – 13:45 | Comments Off on How to handle REGEDIT "Access Denied" messages
How to handle REGEDIT "Access Denied" messages

Registry tweaks are an important way to customise your system, resolve problems and make Windows Vista work the way you’d like. But sometimes, when you try to change a Registry value, you’ll find REGEDIT displays …

How to get Windows 7's taskbar working just the way you'd like
October 21, 2009 – 10:21 | Comments Off on How to get Windows 7's taskbar working just the way you'd like
How to get Windows 7's taskbar working just the way you'd like

Windows 7 features useful improvements in many areas, but its taskbar tweaks don’t appeal to everyone. In particular, it’s no longer immediately obvious whether an icon on the taskbar is a shortcut, or one or …

How to improve your Adobe Reader security
October 20, 2009 – 10:58 | Comments Off on How to improve your Adobe Reader security
How to improve your Adobe Reader security

Malicious PDF files are increasingly used by hackers as a means of infecting your PC with malware, and they don’t have to look far to find security holes in Adobe Reader. Every few months a …

Find files instantly with Everything
October 19, 2009 – 13:43 | Comments Off on Find files instantly with Everything
Find files instantly with Everything

Microsoft like to boast that the latest Windows search tools locate files right away, but, well, it’s not exactly true, is it? Even limited Vista searches for programs can take a few moments, or occasionally …

Are you ready for Windows 7? Ask the Upgrade Advisor
October 18, 2009 – 12:00 | Comments Off on Are you ready for Windows 7? Ask the Upgrade Advisor
Are you ready for Windows 7? Ask the Upgrade Advisor

Windows 7 hits the streets on Thursday, and the Microsoft publicity machine will soon be trying to persuade you that upgrading is a very good thing. We would generally agree – it’s a real improvement …

SUPER quickly converts video and audio files to the format you need
October 17, 2009 – 10:15 | Comments Off on SUPER quickly converts video and audio files to the format you need
SUPER quickly converts video and audio files to the format you need

If you really need a particular video file then the web is packed with tools to help. Install something like Orbit Downloader, say, and it’s easy to capture that movie trailer, streaming video, or whatever …

PC Tools release their 2010 range of security software
October 16, 2009 – 22:31 | Comments Off on PC Tools release their 2010 range of security software
PC Tools release their 2010 range of security software

You may not be aware that PC Tools are a relatively new company, who have achieved a huge amount of market share during a short period of time. Moving in to the security software market …