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Earlier this week, we showed you just how much of a problem spyware really is, then we showed you how to clean it up with Spybot—and in today’s lesson we’ll show you how you could have cleaned up the mess with Ad-Aware 2009.

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First we showed you how easily your computer can become infected with spyware, crapware, and other unwanted software—and today we’ll show you how to clean your system with Spybot Search & Destroy.

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Have you ever wondered how malware, spyware, scareware, crapware, or other undesirable software might get on a computer? First we’ll illustrate how easily your system can be infected, and then we’ll show you how to clean it up.

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When your troubleshooting a computer it is always nice to have a systems diagnostic tool at the ready.  Today we take a look at ESET’s SysInspector, which is an extremely detailed diagnostic tool for Windows that helps technicians diagnose problems.

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Trying to find certain files and folders on your PC can be a headache causing nightmare, especially when you need to a file in a hurry.  Today we look at an incredible free search utility from Voidtools that instantly finds…well…everything on your computer.

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VirtualBox from Sun is a great free virtual machine that lets you run multiple operating systems on your PC.  Today we take a look at installing the Guest Additions feature which provides enhanced performance of the guest operating system.

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Needing or wanting to use Incognito Mode every time you browse the internet, but tired of always having to manually switch over?  Now you can start in Incognito Mode automatically every time you open your browser.

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A lot of Windows users out there dislike Internet Explorer enough that just using a different browser is not enough, they want it gone.  Although there is not a way to completely uninstall it, let’s take a look at how to disable IE 8 in Windows 7 so you won’t have to deal with it anymore.

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There are 2 versions of XMind. One is totally free and open source and the second is a pro version which provides a number of advanced features, including presentation mode, audio notes, and is geared more toward corporations. We are going to download and install the free version of XMind which is perfect for individuals and small groups.

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Ever find yourself needing a quick unit conversion and wishing for an easy access solution?  Now you can have unit conversion goodness on your home computer and as a portable app with Convert for Windows.

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Been hearing about the freshly redesigned (and customizable) new-tab interface in Google Chrome? Now you too can start enjoying all that redesigned new-tab goodness with a simple tweak.

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If you are a busy Windows user it can get annoying navigating through menus and endless directories to get to the apps and data you need.  Executor is a free application launcher that allows you to quickly run programs and search for anything from one central location. 

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Like the new Start Menu in Windows 7, but wish that you could have the Classic Menu too?  Now you can have both with CSMenu.

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Frustrated with Windows Explorer’s lack of features or layout?  Wanting to avoid installing numerous addons just to get what you need?  Then CubicExplorer is just what you are looking for all wrapped into a single package.

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You’re excited for the Windows 7 release from Microsoft but question if you computer can run it.  Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is a free download from Microsoft that will analyze your current system and let you know what is and isn’t ready for the new OS.

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Curious about a new distribution of Linux but not wanting to do a full install or use a Live CD/DVD just to try it out? Now you can enjoy all that Linux goodness by running it “Live CD” style inside of VirtualBox.

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Need a quick and easy way to tell if a website is bad news for you to visit?  With a quick installation, WOT (Web of Trust) provides security and peace of mind while browsing the Internet.

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If you have provided computer support you know it can be a challenge to diagnose the problem a user is experiencing based on their description.  Depending on the environment doing a remote session or standing over their shoulder may not be a practical solution.  New in Windows 7 is neat utility called Problem Steps Recorder which records user actions and allows you to troubleshoot the problem easier.

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Even if you’re not much of a keyboard ninja, there are certain shortcuts that simply seem ridiculous not to know: Ctrl+V springs to mind as an obvious example. But even uber-geeks will agree that much of the time it really is a lot easier for the average user to just grab the mouse.

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In today’s tough economic times the last thing you want is to lose important data because you couldn’t afford a quality backup utility.  Today we look at GFI Backup Home Edition, a completely free professional grade backup solution.

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If you’ve used Windows Live Messenger in Windows 7, you’ve probably noticed that instead of minimizing to the system tray, the taskbar button always stays put. Luckily you can force Messenger to work the way you are expecting with a simple tweak.

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Feeling adventurous and wanting to try some extensions in Chrome? The Chromium Code developers have three fun and useful extensions that you can add to your installation of Chrome.

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Microsoft Security Essentials (previously code named Morro) beta was released yesterday and here we are going to take a look at what you can expect.  This latest security offering from Redmond is an Antivirus utility meant to run alongside Windows Defender and Firewall to take the place of their discontinued OneCare.

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Have you been bombarded with spammers on Live Messenger telling you to check out some Look9683 spammer site? The good news is that you can completely block them, but sadly they won’t actually feel physical pain.

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The backup utilities in previous versions of Windows have been less than spectacular resulting in a nice market for third party applications.  Today we take a look at the Backup and Restore feature in Windows 7  that may be their best backup tool yet.

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