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Lock Prying Eyes Out of Your Minimized Windows

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-01-19-[22-35-34].png" />If you’ve ever let someone borrow your computer you might not want them to open your active minimized windows. Today we take a look at a free utility that will allow you to lock them down so they can’t be opened.

Protect Your Computer from “Little Hands” with KidSafe

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-01-19-[19-58-58].png" />Are you looking for a way to keep your computer, settings, and files safe around young children that love to “play” with the keyboard? Then you will want to take a look at KidSafe.

SUPERAntiSpyware Portable is the Must-Have Spyware Removal Tool You Need

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-01-19-[22-06-35]-[1].png" />If you've got a PC infected with malware, spyware, or rogue/fake antivirus applications, the best tool for removing them is the free SUPERAntiSpyware Portable edition. Here at How-To Geek HQ, this is the tool we use to clean nasty infections like Antivirus Live.

Fix the Fake UPS Tracking Number Virus Rebooting Your Machine

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-01-18-[16-02-46]-[1].png" />If you or somebody you know was recently infected because they were tricked into opening a fake shipping label in an email, there's a quick and easy way to get rid of it. At least, these are the steps that worked on our test machine.

Use a Web OS to Get Work Done and Store Files In The Cloud

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-01-05-[17-46-40].png" />There are a lot of services these days that let you store files in “the cloud” and access them from virtually anywhere. These services are extremely handy, but what if you need a mobile operating system as well? Today we take a look at a couple of online operating systems that let you store your files and work on them as well.

How To Restrict Access To Drives In My Computer In Windows

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-26-[02-17-22].png" />If you have a shared or public computer that several people use, you might want to restrict access to it’s drives to prevent users from deleting important data. Today we look at restricting access to some or all drives on the machine using Local Group Policy.

Disable JavaScript in Firefox the Easy Way

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-18-[23-02-14].png" />Want a quick and easy way to toggle JavaScript on and off in Firefox? Then you will definitely want to take a good look at the JS Switch extension.

Verify the Destinations of Shortened URLs the Easy Way

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-10-[21-51-26].png" />Frustrated with never feeling quite certain where a shortened URL is pointing? Now you can see just where those links are directing you with the Verify Redirect extension for Firefox.

Remove or Block Cookies Easily in Firefox

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-07-[00-20-44].png" />Do you want an easy way to deal with all the cookies in your browser? See how quick and simple it can be with the CookieKiller extension for Firefox.

Rename the Guest Account in Windows 7 for Enhanced Security

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-26-[03-46-03].png" />To help secure your new Windows 7 machine, you might want to take a look at changing the Guest account name. Today we take a look at how to rename the Guest account which will help prevent unauthorized access to your machine.

WOT Rankings, the How-To Geek Newsletter, and You

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-03-13-11-49.png" />Over the last few days, we've had a bunch of readers email us complaining that WOT (Web of Trust) is rating the How-To Geek Newsletter with a warning message. But it's a lie! And we've resolved it...

Delete Flash Cookies to Stop Web Sites from Secretly Tracking You

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-01-[22-53-15].png" />If you like to keep your browsing private, you probably already clear your history and cookies after a session, but your tracks are not completely gone. There’s also another type of cookie to get rid of called Flash Cookies or Local Shared Objects (LSOs). Today we take a look at how to get rid of these pesky files and improve your privacy.

How To Delete a VHD in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-22-[00-54-55].png" />Windows 7 has a neat feature where you can create Virtual Hard Drives and even encrypt them. Today we show you how to delete it if you no longer need the drive and regain local hard drive space.

Windows SteadyState Returns Your PC to Normal

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-19-[21-56-38].png" />If you have a shared access computer, it can be aggravating when other users make a bunch of changes to the settings. Today we take a look at SteadyState for Windows Vista and XP which lets you return the computer to the original state after a user session.

Restrict Access to Programs with AppLocker in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-11-[19-45-45].png" />If you share a computer and don't want other users accessing certain applications, there is a new feature in Windows 7 that allows you to block them. Today we take a quick look at restricting what programs other users can access using AppLocker.

Avoid Crapware with Giveaway of the Day Free Software

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-10-23-08-59.png" />Giveaway of the Day is an interesting site and sometimes they offer some decent programs for free. However, there is always a catch, they try to include crapware during the app install. We'll show you how to avoid the extra junk during the install process.

Don’t Pay for Windows Security When You Don’t Have To

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-10-16-43-00.png" />Over at Lifehacker, I've written an article of interest to How-To Geek readers, about how well the default Windows security tools work if you just use a little common sense (and install Microsoft Security Essentials).

Rants: We Hate the Scam of Bundled Crapware

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-05-01-31-57.png" />One of the things we hate most is all the free software applications scamming less knowledgeable users by trying to sneak extra toolbars or other software onto their computer. Sadly, the practice is getting even more common, and we're going to rant about it.