Don’t throw in the towel just because your Windows PC has gotten slow. Here are ways you can speed up its performance. Is Windows feeling a bit slow and drowsy lately? Are you constantly yelling at your computer, telling it to hurry up? Then it’s time to check your Windows setup. You’ll be able to see if something is troubling it. And — bonus! — you may be able to squeeze more speed out of it. Several factors could be causing your PC to behave more slowly. We’ll look at them and see what you can do in response. Culprit Number One: Low Disk Space Despite today’s large capacity disk drives, you may be surprised how quickly space can fill up, especially on laptops or tablets where real estate is often more limited than on a desktop. Windows needs space not just for itself and your applications and files but for a page file that’s used for swapping data between memory and your disk drive. So, Windows can get cranky if it doesn’t have enough room to play. You can check your available disk space by opening File Explorer in Windows 10 or 8.1 and Windows Explorer in prior versions. Click on … Read More
A recent Adobe blog reported that one of its code-signing security certificates had validated malicious code. This episode puts the security-certificate system under the spotlight once again, and it should prompt many of us to check the status of our Adobe software.Read More
In the brave new world of huge software packages and gigantic memory requirements, capacity counts. Here’s what you need to know about upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit machines — because sooner or later, upgrades will happen to you.Read More
It seems like just a few years ago, getting rid of old computer equipment meant giving it to someone else who would use it or (I hate to admit) putting the old printer out with the trash — a bad practice, we know now.
There are many good reasons to recycle your electronics — and it’s relatively easy to do. Here are some of the better choices.
Office 365, the cloud-based offering from Microsoft that gives users access to Office and other applications for a small monthly subscription fee, launched last week to a modest amount of public acclaim.
From a computing vantage point, cloud services such as Office 365 look quite promising. But are they the smart choice for saving energy?Read More
A year after I first looked at Facebook privacy for Windows Secrets, some safeguards of user privacy have improved slightly.
But by other measures, user privacy on Facebook is worse — here’s what’s changed.
Microsoft’s Web site often bears end-user license agreements (EULAs) that differ from the ones displayed to users during software installation, as described in a Feb. 4
by WS senior editor Woody Leonhard.
Whatever your feelings about EULAs in general, the idea that a EULA might change after that fact sparked a lively discussion among members of the Windows Secrets Lounge.Read More
There’s a window of vulnerability between the appearance of new malware and the updating of anti-malware tools against the new threat; you may fall victim in that interim.
That’s what happened to one Windows Secrets Lounge member, whose well-protected system appears to have been subjected to a questionable download in his browser.Read More
Here’s a secret that vendors don’t want you to know about: rebate terms are sometimes negotiable.
You may be able to avoid the hassle of submitting rebate documentation via mail by asking for the rebate amount to be deducted from the price at the time of purchase.Read More