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Here’s a Super Simple Trick to Defeating Fake Anti-Virus Malware

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/image22.png" />You might be wondering why we have a screenshot of what appears to be AVG Anti-Virus, but is in fact a fake anti-virus malware that holds your computer hostage until you pay them. Here’s a really simple tip to defeating these types of malware, and a quick review of other options.

Are You Using Facebook with an Encrypted Session Yet?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/facebook-logo.png" />If you’re geeky and keep up with all the tech news, you probably already know that Facebook added an SSL feature, but for everybody else: You can make your Facebook profile more secure by turning this option on, and here’s how to do it.

How to Turn Your Home Ubuntu PC Into a LAMP Web Server

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/banner.png" />Got a Linux PC you want to put to work? Maybe you’re not comfortable with the command-line only version of Ubuntu Server Edition. Here’s how to keep the standard Ubuntu desktop and add web-serving capabilities to it.

How to Upgrade Windows 7 Easily (And Understand Whether You Should)

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/sshot-12.jpg" />Just the other day I was trying to use Remote Desktop to connect from my laptop in the living room to the desktop downstairs, when I realized that I couldn’t do it because the desktop was running Windows Home Premium—that’s when I realized we’d never covered how to upgrade Windows, so here you are.

Network Your Computers & Devices: Step by Step

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4d25992e5d529.jpg" />If you’re looking for a great book to help you learn more about Windows home networking, there’s a new book on the market by our good friend Ciprian, and published by none other than Microsoft Press.

How To Access Your eBook Collection Anywhere in the World

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/bigpictureebookserver.jpg" >If you have an eBook reader it’s likely you already have a collection of eBooks you sync to your reader from your home computer. What if you’re away from home or not sitting at your computer? Learn how to download books from your personal collection anywhere in the world (or just from your backyard).

VirtualBox 4.0 Rocks Extensions and a Simplified GUI

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/2010-12-23_1114351.jpg" />If you’re a fan of VirtualBox you’ll definitely want to grab the new 4.0 update; it comes packed with an extension manager, a fresh and user-friendly GUI, live virtual machine previews, and more. Check out our screenshot tour for a closer look.

The Beginner’s Guide to Pidgin, the Universal Messaging Client

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/image168.png" />If you find chatting with multiple chat clients troublesome, then Pidgin is the tool for you. In today’s article, we’ll show you how to connect to popular chat networks, encrypt your conversations, and render mathematical formula in Pidgin.

How to Make Your Verizon FIOS Router 1000% More Secure

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4d0c0a9b5a8ed.jpg" />If you've just switched to Verizon FIOS and they've installed the new router in your house, there's just one problem: it's set to use lousy WEP encryption by default, instead of the much more secure WPA2. Here's how to fix it.

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Kills Viruses Dead. Download It Now.

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/image131.png" />Microsoft’s Security Essentials has been our favorite anti-malware application for a while—it’s free, unobtrusive, and it doesn’t slow your PC down, but now it’s even better with the new 2.0 release, which adds network filtering, heuristic protection, and more.

The Twelve Days of Geekmas

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4d0888a80e06e.jpg" />Looking for some last minute shopping for your favorite geek? We put a few holiday shopping items into the form of a song to show off just how geeky your Christmas can be.

How to Choose a Partition Scheme for Your Linux PC

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4ce42cb187ecd.jpg" />Afraid of the dreaded “p” word? You’re not alone. Partitions can get complicated, so here’s an explanation of what they are, how they’re used, and a simple template to use for your own Linux installation.

Antivirus Slowing Your PC Down? Maybe You Should Use Exclusions

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Retro-Virus.png" />Protecting your computer with an antivirus solution is par for the course when you’re dealing with a Windows PC, but unfortunately it slows you down at the same time. Here’s how to improve your performance, at least a little bit.

How to Setup a VPN Server Using a DD-WRT Router

We have previously covered how to set up a PPTP VPN Server using Debian Linux here on Sysadmin Geek, however if you are already utilizing a DD-WRT firmware based router in your network then you can easily configure your router to act as the PPTP VPN Server.