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Wipe, Delete, and Securely Destroy Your Hard Drive’s Data the Easy Way

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-26-[22-29-10]-[1].png" />Giving a computer to somebody else? Maybe you're putting it out on Craigslist to sell to a stranger—either way, you'll want to make sure that your drive is completely wiped, scrubbed, and clean of any personal data. Here's the easy way to do it.

Make Browsing Safer for Children in Google Chrome

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-22-[15-38-16].jpg" />If you are worried about the websites that your children could accidentally visit while browsing, then you may want to have a look at the Kid Safe - LinkExtend extension for Google Chrome.

Use an Ubuntu Live CD to Securely Wipe Your PC’s Hard Drive

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-16-[17-17-58].jpg" />Have you ever given or sold a PC to somebody else, but really wanted to completely wipe the hard drive first? Today we'll show you how to use an Ubuntu Live CD to get your personal information off your PC.

Scan a Windows PC for Viruses from a Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-05-[16-36-29].jpg" />Getting a virus is bad. Getting a virus that causes your computer to crash when you reboot is even worse. We’ll show you how to clean viruses from your computer even if you can’t boot into Windows by using a virus scanner in a Ubuntu Live CD.

Setup Remote Access in Windows Home Server

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-30-[02-19-46].jpg" />One of the many awesome features of Windows Home Server, is the ability to access your server and other computers on your network remotely. Today we show you the first steps to enable Remote Access to your home server from anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Change or Reset Windows Password from a Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-04-[15-15-41].png" />If you can’t log in even after trying your twelve passwords, or you’ve inherited a computer complete with password-protected profiles, worry not – you don’t have to do a fresh install of Windows. We’ll show you how to change or reset your Windows password from a Ubuntu Live CD.

Add SiteAdvisor to Google Chrome

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-24-[16-40-20].png" />With the continued increase in malware knowing when a website is trouble can save you from a painful experience. If you are looking to add a bit more security to your Chromium-based Browser then join us as we look at the SiteAdvisor for Chrome extension.

Map a Network Drive from XP to Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-18-[15-22-02].png" />We’ve received a lot of questions about mapping a drive from XP to Windows 7 to access data easily. Today we look at how to map a drive in Windows 7, and how to map to an XP drive from Windows 7.

Use Autoruns to Manually Clean an Infected PC

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-14-[18-22-19].png" />There are many anti-malware programs out there that will clean your system of nasties, but what happens if you’re not able to use such a program? Autoruns, from SysInternals (recently acquired by Microsoft), is indispensable when removing malware manually.

Share Folders & Files Between Vista and XP Machines

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-06-[01-03-57].png" />Since Microsoft has three operating systems in use, chances are you’ll find yourself needing to share files between XP, Vista, Windows 7, or some combination of the three. Here we take a look at sharing between a Vista and XP on your home network.

Find your computer’s location with Windows 7 and Geosense

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-02-[22-34-05].png" />GPS enabled smartphones make it easy to get directions, weather, and many more location based services since they automatically know where you are. With Geosense, you can bring this functionality to any Windows 7 computer even if it doesn’t have a GPS chip.

Setup Parental Controls in Windows 7 Media Center

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-28-[20-52-24].jpg" />If your family uses Windows 7 Media Center to watch a lot of Movies and TV, you might want to block certain programming from your younger ones. Today we take a look at the Parental Controls feature in Windows 7 Media Player which will let you block certain TV and movie ratings.

Understanding User Account Control in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-28-[18-32-38].png" />User Account Control, otherwise known as UAC, was regularly cited as one of Vista’s problems and was even the subject of an Apple advertisement. However, this feature has greatly increased the security of Vista computers, and today we’ll see how it’s been improved in Windows 7.

How to Add and Manage Shared Folders on Windows Home Server

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-24-[18-52-31].jpg" />Windows Home Server comes with some shared folders in different categories by default, and chances are you’ll want to create your own as well. Today we show you how to create your own shared folders, manage permissions, enable folder duplication, and more.

How To Use Parental Controls in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-09-[23-42-40].png" />The Parental Controls feature in Windows 7 is a valuable tool for controlling the amount of time your children spend on the computer and the programs they’re using. Today we take a look at how to setup and use Parental Controls in Windows 7.

Protect Yourself from the Latest Internet Explorer Security Hole

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-04-[13-46-48]-[1].png" />Sure seems like you hear the words "IE Security Hole" a lot, doesn't it? Now there's yet another security hole, and a malicious website could use it to get access to your files—it's not a good thing, but here's some quick tips to protect yourself.

Manage User Accounts in Windows Home Server

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-03-[23-41-37].png" />Once you have your Windows Home Server set up, you’ll want to add users and control the content they have access to. Here we take a look at how to add a new user, determine their access to shared folders, and how to disable or remove a user.

View and Manage Flash Cookies the Easy Way

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-01-31-[19-19-33].png" />Do you need an easy way to view the Flash Cookies on your computer? See how easy it is not only to view those cookies but manage and/or remove them with Flash Cookies View.

Disable and Remove Suggested Sites From Internet Explorer 8

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-01-25-[17-58-51].png" />If you’re a user of Internet Explorer 8 either by choice or due to work requirements, you might be tired of seeing the annoying Suggested Sites feature in the Favorites Bar. Today we show you how to disable Suggested Sites and remove it from the Toolbar.