Unexpected disk and processor activity on your PC is worrisome, but unexplained Internet activity is more troubling.
When a PC suddenly starts uploading or downloading data from the Internet, a bit of paranoia is perfectly reasonable — possibly your system is infected with a virus or other malware. In this report, I’ll give you some tips and tools for diagnosing unexplained Internet traffic.
When your PC suddenly starts churning away on its own without obvious cause, you probably wonder: Just what the heck is going on in there?
The possibilities range from the benign to the nefarious — from normal background maintenance to a hacker mining your system for whatever he can find. Here are some tips and software that can help you know exactly what’s happening.
High-end digital image editors such as Adobe Photoshop and the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) are overkill for someone who simply wants to enhance digital snapshots.
Two less-complex photo editors, targeted at average snapshooters, are much easier to use and produce outstanding results — for free!
Modern digital cameras take great photos, but the multi-megabyte size of each digital image often makes the photos too large to send as e-mail attachments.
Free software can work just as well as commercial tools for reducing the size of the photos and, with just a few mouse clicks, can prepare hundreds of images for easy e-mailing.
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column, I showed you how to work more effectively by using keyboard shortcuts.
Now I’ll tell you about some operations you can perform with your mouse that can help you work faster with less effort.
Today’s PC-purchaser can choose to buy up to a quad-core processor, and soon this choice will extend to eight or more cores.
These multicore processors seem to offer the potential for greatly improved performance, but you may not get the speed you expect.
If you’re thinking this column is going to be yet another one of those long, dreary lists of keyboard shortcuts, think again.
Rather than bore you with a comprehensive listing of key combinations, I’m going to show you just the seven most-important and least-known shortcuts that I use to get more work done in less time.
The difficulties experienced by users of the 64-bit version of Windows XP and Vista cause most users to believe it’s too early to make the shift from 32-bit to 64-bit.
However, the release of Windows 7 has convinced many people that this is the right time to change — but is it, really?
series on program uninstallation, I recommended free program uninstallers from Revo and ZSoft.
I’ve had a clutch of subscriber e-mails asking me to explain the difference between these two products and to name the one I prefer.
Even when you obtain a new program from a trusted source, there’s always a nagging doubt whether the file is really clean.
You can use the following techniques to check files for any possible malware infection before you start opening them.