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View a Website’s Security Level in Firefox’s Address Bar

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-06-[18-21-30].png" />If you run a minimal UI and hide the status bar then you do not have access to the security level lock icon. View the security level using colors in the address bar with the Glassy Urlbar extension for Firefox.

Keep Google From Tracking Your Every Move Online

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2010-06-28-[21-46-54].png" />Google offers many helpful web tools that make our lives easier, but it also collects an enormous amount of data about its users. Here’s how you can opt-out of some automatic data collection and preserve a bit more privacy.

How To Change the User Agent String in Firefox

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-24-1-21-27-02.png" />Do you need a quick way to change the user agent string in Firefox for a specific website? Here is the easy way to do it in Firefox.

Create Enhanced Bookmarks with Diigo

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-20-[17-56-48].png" />Do you want more than just tags and a few notes to go with your bookmarks? With Diigo you can add tags, personal & sticky notes, snapshots, comments, and share your new bookmarks with ease.

Microsoft Desktop Player is a Valuable Tool for IT Pro’s

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-06-[22-09-40].jpg" />If you are an IT Professional, a new education tool introduced by Microsoft is the MS Desktop Player. Today we take a look at what it has to offer, from Webcasts, White Papers, Training Videos, and more.

Beginner Geek: Scan Files for Viruses Before Using Them

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-04-[22-01-30].png" />To help avoid getting your computer infected by malicious software, it’s a good idea to scan files before executing them. Today we take a look at a couple of options that will let you scan files easily from your desktop.

How to Browse Without a Trace with an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-31-[22-25-37].png" />No matter how diligently you clear your cache and erase your history, web browsing leaves traces on your computer. If you need keep your browsing private, then an Ubuntu Live CD is the answer.

Control Sysinternals Suite & NirSoft Utilities with a Single Interface

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-25-[17-30-18].png" />Sysinternals and NirSoft both provide helpful utilities for your Windows system but may not be very convenient to access. Using the Windows System Control Center you can easily access everything through a single UI front end.

Scan Your Thumb Drive for Viruses from the AutoPlay Dialog

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-24-[21-35-33].png" />It’s always a good idea to scan someone’s flash drive for viruses when you use it on your PC. Today we look at how to use Microsoft Security Essentials to scan thumb drives via the AutoPlay dialog.

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.