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    Avast security software users

    Last year, when Avast added its Hardened mode to its antivirus software, the default was to have it disabled. You had to go into the software to enable it. I donít know if thatís still the case, so...
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    Some internet service providers offer Norton...

    Some internet service providers offer Norton antivirus for free, so you could check with yours and see if they have that offer. I've used the free Avast antivirus software (https://www.avast.com) for...
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    The typical, standard mouse creates a slight...

    The typical, standard mouse creates a slight twisting stress on my wrist that becomes uncomfortable after awhile, so several years ago I searched for something more ergonomic. I looked at many...
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    Modern antivirus software is designed to handle...

    Modern antivirus software is designed to handle all malware, including spyware, so thereís no need for separate antispyware. Bloating up a computer with every manner of security software doesnít mean...
  5. For Autoruns, I only pay attention to what is...

    For Autoruns, I only pay attention to what is under the Logon tab. Here's a screenshot of my settings, which are rather lean:

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    I use the free avast antivirus software on an eight year old...
  6. When I design a custom computer, my first...

    When I design a custom computer, my first priority is reliability. My current computer, which I designed myself, is seven years old and runs like it was brand new. So, how do I predict reliability? I...
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    I haven’t had great success downloading videos...

    I haven’t had great success downloading videos with a Chromium based browser open. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I have better success downloading videos with Firefox or Internet...
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    I block websites with the free avast! antivirus...

    I block websites with the free avast! antivirus software (http://www.avast.com) using the wildcard method mentioned above (*facebook.com). Using the software like this eliminates the browser as a...
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    Check your homeowners insurance policy. Some are...

    Check your homeowners insurance policy. Some are now including identity theft insurance. Others are offering it as a policy rider for an extra fee. Here's an example from State Farm:...
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    You might find these web sites helpful: ...

    You might find these web sites helpful:

    http://www.free-webhosts.com/user_reviews.php

    http://www.freehostsfinder.com/top-10-user-rate-hosting.php
  11. The limited account with guest level status...

    The limited account with guest level status described in post #19 is a great way to accomplish what you want. I have this type of account on my XP Pro computer as a Visitor account. If anyone...
  12. This may answer your question: ...

    This may answer your question:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems
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    For most of its life, Opera was based on its own...

    For most of its life, Opera was based on its own proprietary software called Presto. But, over the last couple years it transitioned from Presto to a version of Chromium.
  14. I have an HP Deskjet 970Cxi. Initially, I used HP...

    I have an HP Deskjet 970Cxi. Initially, I used HP ink cartridges, but during its 14 year life I have primarily used recycled cartridges from a variety of suppliers. Using recycled cartridges is not...
  15. There are nonprofit organizations in some states...

    There are nonprofit organizations in some states that provide low income people with a free used computer that has been refurbished. Which state do you live in?
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    I’ve always had trouble with Vimeo videos and...

    I’ve always had trouble with Vimeo videos and have used a couple solutions. First, after the video begins to play, select the pause button immediately. This will allow the video to fully load. After...
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    Poll: My present computer, at seven years old, is...

    My present computer, at seven years old, is turned off and on once a day, with no known ill effects. Same was true for my previous computer, which was retired to back-up status after eight years of...
  18. Satya Nadella's email to Microsoft employees

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/ceo/index.html
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    I added Cyberfox to the ranking. Thanks for the...

    I added Cyberfox to the ranking. Thanks for the tip.
  20. I don’t know if this applies to all motherboards,...

    I don’t know if this applies to all motherboards, but if physical access to a computer is available, it’s easy to defeat pre-boot security passwords on my Intel desktop motherboard by opening the...
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    Ranking the web browsers

    This is a list of web browsers ranked by highest to lowest user scores from various websites that compile those scores, such as cnet, softpedia, etc. Such a ranking is mainly based on usability,...
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    Web Browser Trends

    Some interesting charts and statistics:

    http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-monthly-200807-201405

    http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php
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    Perhaps one of these might help: ...

    Perhaps one of these might help:

    http://nanacast.com/features.php

    http://www.dlguard.com/dlginfo/index.php
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  24. I've read about too many burglaries where a...

    I've read about too many burglaries where a computer was stolen along with its attached external hard drive, so a portable drive is a wise choice. Mine is always separated from the computer and...
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    The last time I reinstalled my Windows XP Pro was...

    The last time I reinstalled my Windows XP Pro was about five years ago. Since then, perhaps once every year or two, I sense something isn't quite right, so I run the system file checker with the...
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