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    How to Manage Windows 10 Startup Programs

    The programs that load automatically when your computer starts are one of the most common causes of frustration for users – if a user is complaining about a slow computer this is the first place to look. It is common knowledge among techie types that each program which starts as your computer loads the operating […]

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    How To: Disable Startup Programs in Windows 8

    Whenever I am called out to a client’s machine which is running very slowly, one of the first things I check out is the list of programs auto-starting with Windows. It seems to be a pretty common practice these days for software developers to include auto-starting in their products. In many cases this is totally unnecessary, the software can […]

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    Slow Computer? Check Those Start-up Programs

    I’ve written about this before but I just read a comment from an elderly gentleman in response to Sherri’s excellent article, Too old for technology… NOT!, who in part asks: I get a lot of tips online, but what I would like to know is what programs I could stop from starting up without putting […]

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    Soluto – A startup manager for everyone

    I have been mentioning Soluto free startup manager fairly regularly over the past 6 months or so and that’s simply because the software really impresses me. Yes I know there are already lots of free startup managers available but Soluto is different to the norm and really like no other. The problem with the majority […]

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    6 Steps To A Faster Computer

    A system running like molasses is one of the most common complaints among my clientele and, in most cases, one of the easiest to fix. There can be multiple reasons why a system is running slow, including anything from malware infections to a lack of regular maintenance, and the following steps constitute the process I […]

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    Windows 10 Quick Tips – System Tray Icons

    System Tray The System Tray is what we used to call what is now officially known as the Notification Area. That has too many syllables and sounds too high-brow for my tastes, so System Tray, it is. The System Tray is that part of the Taskbar which displays the time and date, and also shows […]

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    Windows 10 Quick Tips – Faster Boot Times

    Faster Boot Times Everybody likes a speedy computer. I remember the days when you could hit the power button on a computer, then go make a pot of coffee. When you returned, your computer would hopefully be displaying the Desktop signifying it was ready for you to get some work done. Even today, with much […]

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    20 Tips & Tricks to Make Windows 10 Easier

    Whether just getting started with Windows 10 or looking to improve your experience, here are links to 20 tips and guides to help you get to know the new operating system better, all in one place for your convenience: 3 Must-Do Things: Three essential steps for getting started with Windows 10. 2 Ways to Safe […]

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    How To Speed Up Your PC

    If you do a search on-line for tips about speeding up your computer, you’ll find a ton of tips, tweaks, and programs claiming to help you speed up your system. Most programs that you download which promise to speed up your system are crap. Especially if they insist on running in the background all the […]

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    13 Best Reasons For Using Autoruns

    Autoruns is just one of Windows many Sysinternal programs. It is used by many if not most professionals when troubleshooting a computer but it is by no means difficult to learn and with a little practice it can be mastered. This post refers to version 13.5. Earlier version do not have all the same features. […]

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    How to Fix a PC that’s Running Slow

    As a computer repairer I’ve come across plenty of PCs over the years that are running like molasses, in fact, it’s one of the most common complaints I encounter. The causes are diverse – I’ve even come across PCs with two or more antivirus products installed, which is almost guaranteed to slow down any computer […]

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    Learning Computers: Computer Optimization

    Links to all articles included in this series: The Beginning: Opening introduction to the series Browsers: What are they? How to make them a safer door to Web. Search Engines: The Good, Bad and Ugly. Understanding search results. Malware and Virus: What is Malware? – What is a Virus? What is the difference in their types? How […]

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    11 most useful sites you might like to check out

    Over the years we all collect links to sites we consider might be useful or helpful, and I am certainly no exception. These are not sites we would necessarily visit regularly or often but, just as with physical ‘treasures’ we tend to hoard, we know they are sure to come in handy one day. What […]

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    New WinPatrol 25: This terrific security software just got even better!!

    Bill Pytlovany has just released (today) the first updated version of his terrific WinPatrol software to include new major features. These new features have been introduced to thwart common methods utilized by malware, such as Stuxnet and Flame, to hide and disable security programs, and are specifically designed to prevent malicious software from sitting undetected […]