This week, a Windows Secrets reader learns what has been hogging his computer’s resources and causing sluggish performance.
In this article — the fourth in a series of eight on my Housecalls with readers — we identify the Symantec/Norton security suite as the main culprit responsible for a PC’s drastic drop in performance.
This week, I travel through the Wild West to help our second Housecall winner hunt PC space hogs in Tacoma, Wash.
My trip west took me from dramatic, wind-sculpted landscapes, whose colors ranged from deep red to muted adobe, to the lush green of the Pacific Northwest.
In this second of eight installments about my travels, I finish helping a Windows Secrets reader decluttering his Startup folder, sorting out an IP address issue, and testing his laptop’s firewall.
In Part One last week, I described the beginning of my first Housecall (a free, day-long PC tune-up and tech session given to four contest winners).
In the first of eight columns on my motorcycle tour of the U.S. and Canada, I describe my
findings with a reader in the American West.
Unfortunately, this reader had a problem with his Temp folder.
There’s some highly questionable advice about Vista out on the Web. Take it
with a grain of salt.
You’ll get a much better idea of what Vista’s really like ignoring the most
extreme commentaries for and against the new operating system.
readers are talented ghostbusters!
proven time and time again in the Windows Secrets reader mail, and
was shown once more in the discussion on preventing and removing
A little ghostbusting is all it takes to free your system of nonexistent
Windows sometimes displays USB drives and other removable devices that are no
longer connected to your system. Here’s how to cure the problem and prevent it
from happening again.
Having hard-drive trouble? Don’t panic! Odds are, there’s a fix.
If the CPU is your PC’s brain, then the hard drive is its heart,
pumping necessary data throughout your system. Hard drive troubles
are the PC equivalent of a heart attack, but the tips
below will ensure that your data has a long life!
Free online tools can help speed your downloads and Web browsing.
First, use a free connection analyzer to find out exactly what your optimum settings
should be. Then, use a free tweaking tool to actually make the changes.
For some, Windows Registry cleaning is a waste of time. For others, it’s
Here’s how to tell if your PC might benefit from a thorough cleaning of its