Microsoft’s Best Kept Secret

According to Microsoft: “The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software – including Blaster, Sasser, Mydoom and Confiker – and helps remove any infection found. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed.” [...]

Why Do I Have A Windows Key?

OK, those of us who use Windows based computers all have at least one Windows key (unless you have a really, really old keyboard) but what is it used for? [...]

How To Use Screen Capture

Here we are going to discuss how to get a picture of something that is on your screen into a Word document or similar application. I am sure you have seen instruction documentation which has built in screen shots of the process that it is explaining. If you were wondering how to do that, here is one simple way… [...]

Change Your Browser Start Page.

When you start up Internet Explorer, or any browser, you can have it start on any web page you like. You may have seen websites that say “click here to make this site your start-up” or something similar, maybe you (or someone else) has clicked on one of those and now you would like to get YOUR start page back… [...]

Is Your Mouse Sticky?

Does your cursor jump or stick when you move the mouse? Most computer mice now are the optical type, that is they have a red (usually) light shining out of the bottom of them and the reflection of that light is what determines the movement of the cursor… [...]

Do You Have Enough Memory?

Another thing to consider is do you have enough RAM (Random Access Memory), this is where the bulk of the hard work goes on when programs are running, if you run out of available RAM then programs start to use available space on the hard drive which is much much slower and can cause massive fragmentation. We discussed why that is bad in a previous tip… [...]

How To Defrag Your Disks.

OK, now that everything is clean and in good working order it’s time to reorganize the hard drive so that all the files that belong together are stored together… [...]

Are You Being Watched?

You need a good anti spyware program, again it should update itself or be updated by you on a regular basis… [...]

Have You Caught A Virus?

Everyone, I mean EVERYONE needs to be running a good antivirus program. It’s just too dangerous out there not to do this… [...]

What Runs At Startup?

Programmers just love to have their stuff start up in the background every time you boot up your computer. Who needs that? It’s your computer not theirs… [...]