SpywareBlaster is a great freeware utility to add to your arsenal to combat evilness on the Internet. SpywareBlaster is a shield against harmful malicious software that can cause problems with your PC. While nothing is 100% effective … using this light utility and keeping Spybot Search and Destroy’s Immunization Database current will protect you very well.
I’ve received dozens of emails asking how to restore the show desktop icon once you’ve deleted it, so I have a solution for everybody: I’ve zipped up a copy of the shortcut, and you can download it here.
If you switch resolutions a lot you’ve probably experienced the problem with Windows moving your icons around every time it switches to a lower resolution, such as when playing a video game or hooking up your laptop to an external display.
If you are a blogger that doesn’t want to show off your subscriber numbers, take note: Even though you aren’t displaying the Feedcount widget, if you’ve enabled it at any point we can still see your subscriber numbers if we just know the right URL to go to.
If you’re a guitar player practicing with a metronome is very important in improving your timing and rhythm. If you don’t own one or do not always carry it with you, emusicinstitute.com has a very cool free online Metronome you can use. Just make sure your speakers are hooked up and your off to practice land.
Our motto here has always been “Computer Help from your Friendly How-To Geek”, and we try to provide help in the friendliest mode possible. Since we’d like to be more efficient in helping you I decided to write up some tips on the best way to get help.
A number of people have written in asking about a Vista Sidebar gadget for our latest articles feed. I finally got some time today, so I’ve thrown one together that isn’t exactly feature-rich, but does get the job done.
As you install ever more software on your computer, your startup entries become littered with applications that slow down your boot time and typically waste your computer’s memory.
This will liven up your week a bit. You may be thinking… “oh another web browser … big deal”. Well, Opera has a lot of interesting features to play with. Right now I don’t see it replacing Firefox by any means, but it is a fun toy none the less. The people in the opening install screen are having fun! What more evidence do you need??? Let me show you.
Thanks to The Geek’s bounty program we now have an incredibly useful application to increase the Taskbar Preview Pane in Vista. But what if you don’t like the preview panes? To keep everything fair and balanced I will show you how to disable the panes entirely.
Throughout my years of working IT I have come across some very unique user setups in Outlook. Some users will tweak every thing to the point it is barely useable, at least if you’re not familiar with how they set it up. If you need to use a co workers computer or a “spare’ while you’re waiting on IT to fix your machine, here is an easy way to at least get the reading pane familiar.
Collecting responses from a group of people is something very common in an office environment. Whether you are trying to ask what type of pizza to order for a meeting, or taking a vote on who’s going to quit next, what you need is a poll.
Most of you who are running Vista should know by now that Microsoft introduced major updates for Vista. For a full detailed summary of what is included read The Geek wrote a great article reviewing the updates. One of the updates includes better Vista Aero performance with NVIDIA graphics cards.
One of the more advanced options for resizing your Windows Vista partition is to use the GParted Live CD, a bootable linux CD that takes you straight into GParted, the great linux utility for managing partitions. The problem is that if you resize your boot/system partition, you will be completely unable to boot without repairing windows.
The Shrink Volume feature in Windows Vista has some serious limitations, which we’ll try and explain and then suggest a few workarounds that might help you out. Be careful when following these steps, because they could leave your system unable to boot… advanced geek level required.
Technology in our world is constantly evolving at an incredibly rapid rate. The consensus in the IT industry is to stay ahead of the curve. If you misstep the IT bus leaves you behind with the Pentium II’s. It leaves you stuck, trying to achieve the unachievable… stuck in a horrifying downward spiral… a desolate void… or a classic?
Microsoft has just released a set of updates for Windows Vista, divided into two separate update packs. One deals with performance and the other with reliability, and seems to fix quite a few issues with video drivers and hibernation.
We’ve always been fans of the free Foxit PDF reader here, but when I came across an open-source PDF viewer that was even more lightweight and simple, I immediately switched.
For those of you joining us in progress we’ve started something new here called the How-To Geek Bounty Program, where we sponsor software projects based on ideas suggested by the readers.
I personally cannot stand the “bread crumb” toolbar Microsoft makes us use as a default. I really wish this was an option to enable or disable. I see a lot of praise for this new feature with people saying “it makes navigation extremely fast” … Am I alone here? Am I the only one who sees no benefit to this? When i am navigating an OS I get there via a straight line .. I have no reason to go back somewhere else along the journey. I am a proponent of shortcuts for frequently used paths. When I want to view the traditional path of a certain location, it actually requires an additional mouse click! How is this more efficient? How does that speed things up?
Many people like myself don’t completely trust the various WordPress spam filters and elect to moderate all comments before they show up on the actual site, which ends up flooding your email with moderation notices.