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Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is the free anti-malware utility of choice here at How-To Geek because it is light on system resources and effective. Here we have a quick tip which will allow your MSE scans to execute more quickly by excluding certain file types.

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You might be looking for a way to try out Ubuntu Linux but don’t like the idea of creating a partition, using a slow live CD, or don’t have enough resources to run a virtual machine. Today we take a look at using the Wubi installer to get Ubuntu running on your computer with very little effort.

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According to this Microsoft knowledge base article, if you’ve set your desktop to use a solid color background instead of a wallpaper, your system will hang for 30 seconds during the logon process.

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In XP you probably already know how to manage the power settings for your system on a laptop or desktop. Today we take you through how to manage power settings and create custom plans in Windows 7.

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Have you been waiting for that “Read It Later” extension goodness in Google Chrome? Now you can create “Read Later Lists” with the Local Read Later extension.

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I really like the idea of stacks on the taskbar in windows using programs like StandaloneStack to have quick access to files and avoid opening explorer windows again and again. But what I don’t like about stacks is that you have such limited interaction with the files in the stacks; really all you can do is launch files. Sometimes I’d like to either open an explorer window of a specific folder, copy/move/delete a file, look at the properties of a file, or any other thing that you need explorer for. This is where the ability to add toolbars has come in handy, but this method also has shortcomings. Long folder names and multiple toolbar separators can crowd the taskbar quickly, and taking away the folder name makes the toolbar just appear as multiple items, which is impractical if you have a populated folder. Here is the method I used in order to get the attractive and easy stack interface as well as the explorer functionality in the stacks.

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If you experience a problem with the graphics with Ubuntu not displaying correctly, go back to the start screen, hit F4 and select Safe graphics mode.

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Are you sick of seeing This Device can perform faster balloon message pop up every time you are using an older flash drive or other device? Here we’ll show you what to do to get rid of it once and for all.

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With three different versions of Windows being used now, you’ll probably find yourself trying to share files or printers between them. Today we take a look at how to share files and printers between Vista and Windows 7 machines.

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If you use Windows Media Center in Vista or Windows 7, it can sometimes be annoying when it decides to download updates and waste bandwidth while you’re working on other things. Here we take a look at scheduling the updates for a specific time.

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You might not be a Keyboard Ninja, but would like to be able to navigate through Windows with the mouse more quickly. You can make mouse navigation faster by increasing the pointer speed and using the “Snap To” option  available in XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

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If you’re moving from XP to Windows 7, you’ll notice that Windows Media Player 12 is a different than previous versions. Today we will take you through the process of managing your music collection in Windows 7 with Windows Media Player, and look at some of the new features.

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If you use the Compressed Folders built into Windows to create zip files, you might have noticed that it creates the file with the same name as the selected file, which gets weird when you select multiple files. Here’s how to make it choose the right name.

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Are you looking for a great way to access Remember The Milk in Google Chrome? See how easy it can be with the ChromeMilk extension.

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When getting a new Windows computer, the first thing many people do is tweak the background and themes to change the look and feel. In this article we will show you how to change themes and backgrounds, find hidden themes, and create a background slideshow on your desktop.

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Everyday Malware is continuing to evolve to be more deviant and cause damage your system. Before making any changes to your computer, it’s always a good idea to create a restore point in case the changes break another app or make Windows unstable. Let’s take a look at making Microsoft Security Essentials create Restore Point before removing any infections.

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If you have extra drives like media card and optical disc drives, you might want to do a bit of renaming to keep them straight. Type Disk Management into the search box in the Start menu.

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One of the biggest annoyances for those going straight from XP to Windows 7 is that the backspace key no longer moves you Up a folder like it used to—now it moves you Back in the folder browsing history.

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Have you been waiting for IE Tab integration in Google Chrome? Now you can easily add it in with the IE Tab Classic extension.

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Is your computer in an odd place where you sometimes find yourself accidentally hitting the power button and it shuts down in the middle of using it? Here we take a look at how to remedy the problem by instructing the power button what to do when it’s pressed.

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Does single click access to your browsing history in Google Chrome sound great? Then you should take a look at the History Button extension.

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So you got your shiny new pre-installed Windows 7 computer over the holidays, but you want to have trusty XP standing by in a dual boot setup. Today we’ll walk through creating a new partition in Windows 7 then installing XP on it.

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If you have been waiting for the official WOT extension for Google Chrome, Iron Browser, & ChromePlus then your wait is over. Now you can enjoy the full power of WOT in your Chromium-Code based browser.

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If you have a shared or public computer you might want to allow users to use only specified programs. Today we take a look at a setting in Local Group Policy that allows you to set only specified programs to run.

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Have you been waiting to get Firefox’s Auto-Paging extension goodness in Google Chrome? Well your wait is over. Now you can enjoy skipping those Next Buttons with the AutoPager Chrome extension.

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