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Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

Normally we wouldn’t write about some random web service shutting down, but we know some of our readers use the drop.io service to share files, so we figured we’d mention it.

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The latest version of system cleaning application CCleaner is out, with a lot of new changes under the hood like 64-bit support, cleaning HTML5 local storage, a drive wiper tool, and better support for Internet Explorer 9 and Google Chrome.

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We’ve already shown you why so many geeks hate Internet Explorer, and since it’s almost Halloween we figured we’d show you something really scary—how to crash any version of Internet Explorer with nothing more than HTML and CSS.

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There’s nothing more frustrating than finally getting the screenshot or image you asked for, but the sender dropped them into a Word or Powerpoint document, and you don’t have Office 2007 or 2010 installed. Here’s how to view the screenshots anyway.

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Anybody who has a Windows 7 laptop is going to be concerned with how to make the battery last longer, but did you realize there’s a built-in troubleshooting wizard in Windows 7 that helps you maximize your battery life?

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Looks like Apple’s unearned security reputation is going to take a hit with this new trojan attacking Mac machines.

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Mozilla has announced that the final versions of Firefox 4 won’t be out until early next year instead of next month as originally planned—while Google Chrome is releasing new versions faster and faster, with lots of new features.

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If you’ve got one of the newer Kindle devices, you’ve got the ability to read PDF files built right in—very convenient, but how does it work? Let’s take a quick look at how to get them on the Kindle.

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YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps might have come bundled on your Android phone, but now Google has been separating them out and adding them to the Market so you’ll get quicker updates. And now YouTube has a new version.

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Have you ever had dozens of application windows open and wanted to just close them all? There’s a bunch of freeware apps that will close them all for you, but you don’t need extra software—and here’s how to do it.

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If you’re tired of the default Music application for your Android phone, now you’ve got another option to play all those MP3 files—and it’s Winamp.

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If you’re tired of all the Facebook “Like” buttons and widgets on every web site (including this one), you can get rid of them entirely with a simple extension for Google Chrome.

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Rainmeter skins are great—you can use them to display all sorts of system stats on your desktop, but unfortunately they are too easily moveable with an accidental click of the mouse. Thankfully we can easily fix this.

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If you’re having boot problems on your Windows PC, it’s often helpful to repair the MBR (Master Boot Record) to restore the Windows 7 boot loader—and you can do it easily from the Windows installation disc.

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If you’ve ever had problems with your PC starting up or shutting down slowly, there’s lots of different troubleshooting techniques that you can use—today we’ll talk about how to enable verbose messages.

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Want to upgrade to a massive internal hard drive? Western Digital has just announced their next drive, with a capacity of three terabytes.

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If you’re a Google Chrome user that also uses Google Docs, you can save yourself a lot of time by adding Docs to the search bar so you can easily search all of your documents with just a few keystrokes.

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It’s common knowledge that almost every single geek hates Internet Explorer with a passion, but have you ever wondered why? Let’s take a fair look at the history and where it all began… for posterity, if nothing else.

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Over at Search Engine Land, they’ve figured out that if you have a Google Profile setup with your birthday, you’ll see a custom logo for your birthday. Neat!

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Today Adobe finally announced the newest version of their Reader product, with a new sandboxing technology to help solve the security problems.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that there’s yet another breach in privacy over at Facebook, and this time it’s games like FarmVille leaking your information to advertisers.

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While most of us here prefer Google, Windows Live does have one great feature that Gmail doesn’t yet provide: a single-use security code that lets you login on a public computer without having your password stolen. Here’s how it works.

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If you’ve ever seen any of the Animator vs Animation videos, you know how entertaining they are—and now there’s a fun third part to the series to watch.

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The new version of the Firefox browser changes the user interface dramatically, and even removes the status bar just like Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 9—but if you’re afraid of change, there’s a browser ex...

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Google’s new Highlight to Search extension helps you search keywords in any page by simply highlighting text on the page.

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