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Beginner Geek: Add a New User Account in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-20-[02-24-00].png" />If you're a home user who skipped the Windows Vista release and are moving from XP to Windows 7, one thing you might want to do is create new user accounts for other members of the household. Since the interface is laid out quite differently than XP, we will take a look at user accounts in the new OS.

Run Apps in Sandboxie to Keep Your System Clean and Secure

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-19-[21-11-59].png" />Are you worried about running an application on your machine because you're not sure how it will affect it? Today we take a look at Sandboxie, which lets you run your browser, email, or other apps in a secure sandbox environment without making changes to your Windows system.

How to Lock Down Your Facebook Account

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-20-01-14-55.png" />Facebook definitely allows you to easily communicate with others, but if you're not careful, certain information you would like to remain private can be exposed. Here we take a look at locking down your profile, and how to avoid other annoyances.

Help Keep Your PC Protected with Free Tools from Trend Micro

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-10-[19-50-34].png" />Finding and eliminating Spyware, Viruses, and other forms of Malware on your computer can sometimes seem like an endless battle. Today we take a look at some free tools from Trend Micro that you can add to your anti-malware arsenal.

Securely Store Your Passwords with KeePass

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-11-[18-59-48].png" />There has been a lot of attention in the news lately about email passwords being compromised. Today we take a look at using KeePass to secure your passwords in an encrypted database so no one can get a hold of them.

Get a Robust Document Editor with PolyEdit Lite

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-08-[22-48-01].png" />Looking for a good stand alone document editor that is not light on features? Then you will want to take a good look at PolyEdit Lite which is a free word processor for Windows systems.

How To (Really) Completely Disable UAC on Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-06-16-50-27.png" />One of the best feature changes in Windows 7 is the greatly improved User Account Control system, with a slider to easily control how much the security feature annoys you. But what if you want to really disable UAC entirely?

Microsoft Security Essentials is a Free Antivirus Utility

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-09-29-[21-34-01].png" />Microsoft Security Essentials is a free utility that provides real-time protection to identify and eliminate harmful viruses and other malware from your PC. Today we'll take a look at how it performs and the protection it has to offer.

Disable Program Compatibility Assistant in Windows 7 and Vista

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-09-19-[14-36-40].png" />If you’re an administrator and trying to get work done quickly, having the Program Compatibility Assistant popping up constantly can be annoying. Today we take a look at how to disable this feature if you are tired of seeing the nagging messages.

Block Those Irritating Facebook Quiz & Application Messages

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-09-10-12-14-51.png" />You know how it goes... you finally signed up for Facebook after your friends and family kept bugging you, and now your Facebook Wall is just covered in idiotic quizzes, applications, and other random nonsense. You can't block everybody, so what can you do?

Protect Your E-mail Accounts from Spam with Spamavert

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-27-[15-39-38].png" />Are you tired of websites always asking for your e-mail address and then bombarding you with high amounts of spam? Now you can get what you need and put an end to the harassment with Spamavert.

ThreatFire Provides Protection Against Malware and Zero-Day Attacks

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-29-[00-01-27].png" />A necessary security practice is having Antivirus and other Malware protection utilities installed on your Windows computer, but they need constant updating to be effective against the newest threats. Today we take a look at ThreatFire from PCTools which runs along side your current Antivirus utility to add protection against Zero-day attacks.

Own Your Domain Name & Aggregate All of Your Social Accounts with Chi.mp

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2009-08-22-[15-03-04].png" />Would you love to own your personal domain name, be able to blog, create photo albums, and aggregate all of your social accounts in one place? As impossible as it may sound, you can have all of that goodness in one place with Chi.mp (Content Hub & Identity Management Platform).

Remove Gadgets and Screen Resolution on Windows 7 Desktop Context Menu

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-10-23-54-53.png" />One of the first things you might notice in Windows 7 is the addition of the new Gadgets and Screen Resolution items to the context menu. The only problem is that you might not really want them there—so we'll explain how to get rid of them.

How To Manage UAC Notifications in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-12-[21-31-41].png" />One of the more annoying features of Windows Vista was UAC (User Account Control) popping up and asking permission for about everything. Now in Windows 7 it is a lot more manageable and today we take a look at how to manage it or completely disable it too.

Remove Stubborn Malware with SuperAntiSpyware

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-08-[18-16-57].png" />During our series about how much of a problem Malware can be, we took a look at three of the top utilities that can eliminate it. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t cover another top trusted choice out there called SuperAntiSpyware which can detect and remove over a million threats.

Shred Files Easily with Moo0 File Shredder

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-28-[14-03-19].png" />Needing a small but effective app for shredding files on your computer system? Now you can have small and effective with Moo0 File Shredder.

Remove Malware Quickly with Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-04-[19-14-58].png" />Needing an anti-malware app that runs quickly and does an effective job of removing malware? In the third of our three part series for removing malware from an infected computer, we take a look at Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware.

Remove Malware from an Infected System with Ad-Aware 2009

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-04-[15-05-05].png" />Earlier this week, we showed you just how much of a problem spyware really is, then we showed you how to clean it up with Spybot—and in today’s lesson we’ll show you how you could have cleaned up the mess with Ad-Aware 2009.

Exterminate Malware Efficiently with Spybot Search & Destroy

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-03-[23-20-26].png" />First we showed you how easily your computer can become infected with spyware, crapware, and other unwanted software—and today we’ll show you how to clean your system with Spybot Search & Destroy.

How Does Spyware, Malware or Crapware Get on My Computer?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-03-[1].png" />Have you ever wondered how malware, spyware, scareware, crapware, or other undesirable software might get on a computer? First we'll illustrate how easily your system can be infected, and then we'll show you how to clean it up.

Help Troubleshoot Your PC with ESET’s SysInspector

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/20090725htgthmb.png" />When your troubleshooting a computer it is always nice to have a systems diagnostic tool at the ready. Today we take a look at ESET's SysInspector, which is an extremely detailed diagnostic tool for Windows that helps technicians diagnose problems.

Install Guest Additions to Windows and Linux VMs in VirtualBox

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-26-[20-07-41].png" />VirtualBox from Sun is a great free virtual machine that lets you run multiple operating systems on your PC. Today we take a look at installing the Guest Additions feature which provides enhanced performance of the guest operating system.

Make Google Chrome & Iron Browser Start in Incognito Mode

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-13-[18-48-46].png" />Needing or wanting to use Incognito Mode every time you browse the internet, but tired of always having to manually switch over? Now you can start in Incognito Mode automatically every time you open your browser.