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.
It will happen to you one day: You’ll try to uninstall a software program and then discover that no uninstaller is provided.
Thankfully, it’s usually possible to manually remove programs lacking their own uninstall option.
One of the most frustrating experiences for a Windows user is when an installation fails — you often can’t delete the fragments or restart the install process, leaving you with nowhere to go.
Don’t give up hope; I’ll show you how to overcome this sticky stalled-installation situation.
You no longer have to choose between Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome as your browser of choice.
A new contender in the increasingly crowded field combines all three engines behind one easily customizable interface.
With all the hype about the upcoming release of Windows 7, it’s easy to lose track of the fact that Windows 7 is not really a new operating system but rather Vista with many of the bugs fixed — Vista Mark II, if you like.
What most people don’t realize is that it’s possible to tweak Vista to offer a number of the most important benefits of Windows 7 without spending a cent.
In my June 18
I pointed out the advantages of using portable applications to replace installed programs on your desktop PC or laptop.
By carefully organizing the portable applications on your hard drive, you can make the programs much easier to access.
Every PC slows down over time, compared to when it was brand new — but you can avoid a good deal of this slowdown by replacing some of the programs installed on your hard drive with portable versions.
You’ll end up with a system that’s not only faster but quite possibly safer and more stable as well.
One of the most common ways of getting a malware infection is by downloading and installing a seemingly legitimate program that has actually been tampered with.
You can seriously reduce the risk of this kind of infection by using a free checksum program that makes it easy to validate files before you open them.
A common cause of poor-quality digital photos is the lighting conditions present when the photos were taken.
While there’s no magic solution for photos that are already ruined, with the help of some clever software you can get superb digital photos from near-impossible lighting conditions that would normally be regarded as impossible.