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You might be wondering why we have a screenshot of what appears to be AVG Anti-Virus, but is in fact a fake anti-virus malware that holds your computer hostage until you pay them. Here’s a really simple tip to defeating these types of malware, and a quick review of other options.

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If you’re geeky and keep up with all the tech news, you probably already know that Facebook added an SSL feature, but for everybody else: You can make your Facebook profile more secure by turning this option on, and here’s how to do it.

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One of the very few complaints anybody has about Amazon’s Kindle is the lack of real page numbers—and the latest version of their software finally supports them.

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Google Cloud Print is finally becoming fairly useful, thanks to a third-party Chrome extension that lets you print any .txt or .doc file, and now it has updated with support for Gmail and Google Docs.

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If you were saddened by Google’s decision to remove H.264 video support from Google Chrome, you can get it back using Microsoft’s Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome.

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Firefox has always had the edge when it comes to using custom CSS to customize web pages to look differently, but Google Chrome has caught up with Stylebot, an extension that lets you easily customize any element on any web p...

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The iWork apps are some of the best apps on the iPad, and each show just how powerful a touchscreen device can be with the most basic of computing functions. In fact, there’s not much to dislike about the iWork apps, except for one thing: importing and exporting files.

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve always got a Terminal window open, and you probably have even assigned a hotkey to bring it up anytime. So why open up the boring calculator when you can solve equations right there on the command line?

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If you’re a recent Mac OS X convert, you might be wondering how to force a particular file type to open in a different application than the default. No? Well, we’re going to explain it anyway.

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The idea behind Google Cloud Print is great—being able to print to your home printer from anywhere, but it’s not supported everywhere yet. Here’s an extension that helps fix that problem, slightly.

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Now that’s one anti-spam solution I’d gladly pay for. I’ll take a 5-year subscription, if you’ve got it!

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Have you ever accidentally deleted a photo on your camera, computer, USB drive, or anywhere else? What you might not know is that you can usually restore those pictures—even from your camera’s memory stick.

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Work is boring, what can I say? Usually I was up way too late every night, making the whole situation much worse. It got so bad that one of my co-workers took pictures for blackmail. =)

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I remember the first time I tried to explain desktop wallpaper to my mom—totally blank stare. I imagine this is what she was thinking.

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At least it’s better than getting spyware in your food.

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Today Google announced that they are partnering with a number of Chrome web application developers to distribute a number of their Chrome OS Notebooks to lucky fans. That’s when we noticed something interesting that can...

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Fixing people’s computers usually makes them appreciate you more, though this might be a little too far.

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Sometimes computers just get the best of us. Of course, if computers were easy, nobody would read How-To Geek, so we can’t complain too much!

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Over the last couple of days, my cell phone has been inundated with text message spam. Yes, it’s suspicious timing, considering that Facebook just started giving out our phone numbers to app makers—but either way, here’s some tips for how to block annoying SMS spam.

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If you want to make the switch from Outlook Notes over to Evernote, there’s now a tool to help ease the process. It does run on the command line, but since you only need to use it once, that shouldn’t be a problem.

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If your Evernote installation has become sluggish after adding thousands of notes, you might be able to speed it up a bit with this great tip from Matthew’s TechInch blog that uncovers a secret debug menu in the latest Windows client.

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Over the years, we’ve written about loads of ways to disable features, tweak things that don’t work the way you want, and remove other things entirely. Here’s the list of the 50 best ways to do just that.

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Just the other day I was trying to use Remote Desktop to connect from my laptop in the living room to the desktop downstairs, when I realized that I couldn’t do it because the desktop was running Windows Home Premium—that’s when I realized we’d never covered how to upgrade Windows, so here you are.

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Everybody that’s ever used Windows has at least heard of the Blue Screen of Death, even if they have been lucky enough to never encounter one themselves. Here’s how to make a BSOD in any color you want, using a couple of clicks.

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The How-To Geek has won a Microsoft MVP award for the second year in a row, and it’s all thanks to you, our great readers that keep the site going. Join us for some mutual back-patting and some terrible photography of all the award stuff.

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