Some of the software running in the background on your PC does nothing but unnecessarily bog down your system.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to prevent needless processes from tying up your machine’s resources, so let me show you a method that won’t bring you grief.
Malicious files — and even some benign ones — can sometimes be very hard to remove from your system.
Don’t take no for an answer when Windows tells you it can’t delete a particular file.
They may be rare, but Windows’ delayed-write errors can mean immediate data loss.
These glitches can also be a bear to sort out, but I’ve found a bunch of first-rate troubleshooting resources for the problems.
Keyloggers quietly keep a record of every keystroke you make on your PC — usually without being spotted by your security software.
While there are some aboveboard and totally legitimate reasons to use keyloggers, there’s also a world full of illicit and unethical reasons for doing so.
A bad naming decision by Microsoft means you have two different “Explorers” on your XP system.
Here’s what to do when the lesser-known one starts causing trouble.
Don’t tell PETA, but there’s more than one way to skin the XP SP3 cat.
When a service pack breaks your software, sometimes you have to work the solution from the other end.
You know that you have to keep your PC up-to-date, but what do you do when Windows Update is unavailable or broken?
Here are some easy alternatives to use when you can’t use Windows Update — or if you simply choose to update your PC on your schedule, not Microsoft’s.
Why do some Windows XP installations lose their ability to format a floppy while others don’t?
There are three likely culprits, but (fortunately) fixing them is usually fast and free: even a worst-case fix costs only about $10!
Which of the many thousands of Web and e-mail hosting services is right for you?
If you work the problem two ways, you can find a good answer in just a few minutes.
After more than 30 years of battling tech-writing deadlines, I found last May that it was time for something completely different.
A hair-raising encounter with a tornado is just one of the adventures I’ve experienced since then.