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Windows 7 does more than just add big, shiny new features—it also has loads of little tiny tweaks that just add a really nice touch to the overall usability of the operating system. Let’s take a quick look at one of those tweaks in the volume mixer.

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Sometimes you need a word processing application but not an entire office suite. Today we take a look at AbiWord which is a free word processor for all three major OS platforms.

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RVS 2010 is a completely new product that uses a combination of antivirus, antimalware and a virtual system to protect your computer from all types of viruses and unwanted system changes. While mainstream vendors continue to fight a losing battle against malware, Returnil has taken a completely different approach to security. RVS 2010 clones (copies) the system partition and creates a virtual environment for your PC.

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Facebook definitely allows you to easily communicate with others, but if you’re not careful, certain information you would like to remain private can be exposed. Here we take a look at locking down your profile, and how to avoid other annoyances.

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This is one of those completely pointless tricks that has no useful application whatsoever, but it’s still fun to figure out how to do. It turns out that there’s a bug in Windows 7 that launches the old XP-style Alt-Tab switcher under certain conditions.

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Windows 7 is going to be released this week, and it’s a huge upgrade from previous versions of Windows. The big question for us geeks, however, is “Will all of my favorite tweaks still work?”

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Norton Internet Security delivers fast and light online threat protection. It guards your PC, network, online activities, and your identity with innovative detection technologies optimized to combat today’s aggressive, rapid-fire attacks. It makes online shopping, banking, and browsing safer and convenient.

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Norton Antivirus 2010 defends your PC against viruses, spyware, bots, worms, and other malware without slowing things down or getting in your way. For faster, less frequent scans, intelligence-driven technology identifies and targets only files at risk.

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Let’s face it, the built-in Alt-Tab doesn’t have much going for it in the eye-candy department, but we’ve come across an excellent replacement utility with awesome, gigantic previews that show you exactly what window you are switching to. This is what Windows should have been built with in the first place.

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You are no doubt reading this article because you are wondering what on earth this conhost.exe process is doing in Task Manager, and why it’s running on your shiny new Windows 7 PC. We’ve got the answer for you.

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Finding and eliminating Spyware, Viruses, and other forms of Malware on your computer can sometimes seem like an endless battle. Today we take a look at some free tools from Trend Micro that you can add to your anti-malware arsenal.

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There has been a lot of attention in the news lately about email passwords being compromised. Today we take a look at using KeePass to secure your passwords in an encrypted database so no one can get a hold of them.

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If you’re running Vista and using Windows Mail to manage your email, you might want to back things up before upgrading to Windows 7. Today we take a look at how to backup your Windows Mail messages and contacts in Vista.

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One of the best feature changes in Windows 7 is the greatly improved User Account Control system, with a slider to easily control how much the security feature annoys you. But what if you want to really disable UAC entirely?

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Looking for a convenient and easy way to access basic settings on your Windows system? Default Programs Editor provides that access in an easy-to-use interface.

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Sometimes you may need a quick and easy way to access Internet Explorer’s cache. Today we take a look at IECacheView which is a great application to get the job done.

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If you are upgrading to Windows 7 from XP you will need to do a clean install, and installing your favorite apps again is time consuming and annoying. Today we look at a new service that will install your favorite applications while you walk away and do something more enjoyable.

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Looking for a quality all-purpose photo editing program for everyday use? Paint.NET is a free app which is a useful addition to your Windows system.

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Earlier this week, Microsoft released their completely free anti-virus/anti-spyware solution, and we already gave it a thorough review—but it deserves our official endorsement, and that’s right here.

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With this article we will take a look at creating, editing, and formatting a video to upload on YouTube.  The application we will be using is Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM) which is the new video creation application that will replace Windows Movie Maker which currently is available in XP and Vista.  Windows 7 is streamlining the entire OS and Movie Maker will not be included by default.  It will be included as part of the Windows Live Suite which includes messenger and mail applications. 

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Microsoft Security Essentials is a free utility that provides real-time protection to identify and eliminate harmful viruses and other malware from your PC. Today we’ll take a look at how it performs and the protection it has to offer.

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Sometimes when looking through a file manager, it would be nice to have more than a dual-pane view. Now you can manage your files with up to four viewing panes at once with Q-Dir.

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If you are an experienced PC power user you might be annoyed with the balloon notifications popping up and telling you what you know already. Perhaps you don’t want to see anything in the notification area at all. Today we take a look at how to disable the notifications using Local Group Policy Editor.

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The new Windows 7 Search is greatly improved over previous versions and allows you to search for data on local and networked machines. Today we take it a step further and show you how to extend the search capability to sites on the Internet.

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WordPad and Paint are often overlooked accessories included in all versions of Windows since 95. They are still included in Windows 7 and now have a new look with some enhanced features. Here we will take a look at some of the new improvements.

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