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Archive for the ‘System Tune-Up Help’ Category



Troubleshooting Active Content

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Q:
Every once in awhile, I have trouble loading certain Web sites. I use Internet Explorer and it only happens with a couple Web sites I like to visit on a daily basis. What could be causing this and more importantly, how can I fix it? Please help me!

A:
Well, to answer your first question, it sounds like you’re dealing with some active… Continue reading

Will That Work?

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Will That Work?

The other day, one of our readers asked me an interesting question and I thought it was something everyone could benefit from, so I figured I should put a blurb about it in the newsletter for all to see. Here’s the question: “I think I have a virus on my computer and I can’t seem to get rid of it. If I were to format or even… Continue reading

New Release: CCleaner 2.0

Friday, September 14th, 2007

New Release: CCleaner 2.0

How many of you use CCleaner? I know there’s a few of you out there, because every once in awhile, I get e-mails from you asking me questions about it. Well, either way, I think you’ll enjoy the news I have for you today! I’m sure you’ve already figured it out from the title of this tip, but yes, CCleaner has come out with a new… Continue reading

Resize Your Vista Partitions

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Resize Your Vista Partitions

Prior to Windows Vista, the ability to shrink and extend disk volumes has only been available through third party tools, such as Partition Magic. Although it’s not as full-featured as some third party partition management applications, the Windows Disk Management console allows you to shrink, extend, create and format your hard drive partitions. The new resizing features also enable you to shrink a single partition with… Continue reading

No Need for That in Vista

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Q:
I just recently started using Windows Vista and I’ve noticed that there are some programs running that don’t really need to be, but I can’t figure out how to turn them off. I know you’ve discussed this topic for Windows XP before, but how do we do it in Vista? Please help!

A:
To begin, all computers have what are called services and those… Continue reading

Using Vista’s Cursors

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Using Vista’s Cursors

Have you tried Windows Vista yet? If you have, you’ll probably agree that the cursors it offers are pretty darn cool! They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. So, to add on to that a little more, I have something special for you today! With this tip, I’m going to show you how you can use the Vista cursors right on your own computer, no matter… Continue reading

Windows SteadyState

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Q:
What is Windows SteadyState?

A:
You know, I was wondering the same thing! I came across Windows SteadyState last week when I was writing a tip for the Windows Vista parental controls, but at that time, I didn’t have a chance to look into it more. So, when I received this question in my e-mail Inbox yesterday morning, I knew I had to write about it right… Continue reading

Explorer.exe

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Explorer.exe

Recently, there have been several people saying they have had their “explorer.exe” file hacked. What does that mean? Well, the explorer.exe file is what makes your entire desktop, including your icons and the Start menu, appear. So, if your desktop isn’t loading up right, listen to me when I tell you not to panic too much. You may think that all of your data has been lost, but it’s… Continue reading

Vista Sound and Volume Controls

Friday, August 31st, 2007

As you probably already know, Microsoft has added a number of new features and enhancements to its Windows Vista operating system, with one of those being the new sound controls. They really are a welcome addition in terms of features and ease of use. New to the Vista sound controls is the ability to individually control the volume of software applications that use sound, including

Vista Parental Controls

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Q:
What can you tell me about the parental controls in Windows Vista? I need to set them up so my kids will be safer on the computer, but I’m not sure where to start. Please help!

A:
Well, as a matter of fact, I can tell you quite a bit about them! And with kids being back in school now (or if they’re not yet, they will… Continue reading

Working with Windows Defender

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Working with Windows Defender

Before we get into the bulk of today’s tip, I’d like to go over some Windows Defender basics with you first. So, let’s check it out!

Basically, Windows Defender (found in Windows Vista) automatically blocks all startup items that require administrator privileges to run. (That is usually considered bad behavior for a startup item). There is no known easy way to automatically unblock these items though… Continue reading

A Vista Uninstall

Friday, August 24th, 2007

A Vista Uninstall

Are you among the many who are using Windows Vista now? If so, I have a question for you: When you want to uninstall something from your Vista computer, how do you do it? If you’re going off the same rules you used in Windows XP, I can probably guess what your answer is (Add/Remove Programs, right?) Well, Vista actually has a new way of doing things… Continue reading

Dual Boot to Vista

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Q:
I’m running a dual boot system with both Windows Vista and Windows XP. I would like the default setting to be Vista, but I can’t figure out how to do that. Can you please help me?

A:
Well, as a matter of fact, I can! This question is perfect for anyone out there who is running a dual boot setup on their computer. Now, I’m… Continue reading

Keep Your Drivers Updated

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Keep Your Drivers Updated

“Make sure you keep your drivers up to date” is probably something you’ve all heard before when it comes to dealing with computer problems. Am I right?

Well, it makes sense (you can check out WorldStart’s article on it here for some further verification), especially if you’re having performance problems. In that case, at least getting the latest drivers will eliminate that aspect of… Continue reading

Boost Your Wireless Connection

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Q:
On my laptop, I use a wireless router for my high-speed Internet connection and I connect it through a WiFi signal. Most of the time, the signal is rather strong, but other times, there’s hardly anything there at all. Do you have any tips on how I can boost my WiFi signal? Please help!

A:
That’s an excellent question! Plus, I’m willing to bet that you’re not… Continue reading

The Uninstallers

Friday, August 17th, 2007

The Uninstallers

Usually, when most people want to uninstall a program for some reason or another, they usually go to Windows’ own Add or Remove Programs utility right within the Control Panel. (If you’re not sure how to use that, here is an article you can read that will help you).

But, oh boy! Isn’t it a pain?! I mean, it takes forever to load up, it doesn’t… Continue reading

Vista Startup Sounds

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Vista Startup Sounds

So, tell me, are you a new Windows Vista user? Or maybe you’ve been using it for awhile now. Either way, do you like the way the Vista operating system sounds when you boot up your computer. You know, it plays that little song for you. All the Windows operating systems do it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we have to like it, right? Well, if you’re… Continue reading

Temporary Vista Files

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Temporary Vista Files

Are you one of the many users now using a Windows Vista computer? If you said yes, then answer me this: do you use Internet Explorer 7 as your main Web browser? If so, are you having a little trouble figuring out how to delete all your temporary Internet files? We have preached on this topic before for Windows XP and it’s just as important with Vista… Continue reading

Reliability Monitor

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Do you have any information on the Reliability Monitor? I think it’s something I would be interested in using, but I don’t know a lot about it yet. Anything you can tell me would be a big help. Thanks!

The Reliability Monitor is designed to track down any malfunctions that may be occurring within your Vista or Windows 7 computer system. It pinpoints any problems you may be… Continue reading

The PC Decrapifier

Friday, July 27th, 2007

The PC Decrapifier

I know that name sounds a little funny, but make sure you keep reading, because I think you’re really going to like this one. Trust me!

Why, oh why do computer manufactures load their new machines with so much garbage?

You know what I mean. Thirty day trials of this, cut down versions of that, advertisements to buy other programs, a whole host of utilities, nameless toolbars… Continue reading

Adjusting Font Size

Friday, July 27th, 2007

If you want to increase the size of your font in Vista or Windows 7, it’s just a couple clicks away. To do so in Vista, right click your desktop and choose Personalize. Then in the left pane, click on the Adjust font size (DPI) link.

After you do that, a User Account Control warning might pop up asking for your permission to… Continue reading

CCleaner

Friday, July 13th, 2007

CCleaner

We all have junk on our computers, whether we like it or not. Maybe they’re Internet files or files that have been left behind from uninstalled programs, but either way, I have a program that will clear all of them away! I can almost guarantee that you’ll love this program. It’s called CCleaner and I think it’s a must

More on .DLL Files

Friday, July 6th, 2007

More on .DLL Files

Often times, the different programs you install on the Windows system share one or more .dll files between them. Now, in case you’re not sure, .dll files contain code and data, which are used by multiple programs on any computer. This is a very smart way of doing things, however, at times when you uninstall one particular program, a .dll file that it shares with another… Continue reading

Undo the Dual Boot

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Undo the Dual Boot

Have you ever tried to put two different operating systems on your computer, but you either A.) changed your mind or B.) failed for some reason or another? If you have, I bet you have run into something new and possibly confusing when you start your computer up the next time. Am I right?

It will probably go to a new screen. This screen can say… Continue reading

Adding Memory – Part 3

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Q:
Now that you’ve told us some basics on adding memory to our computers, how do we actually get it in there? You promised you would tell us!

A:
You’re right, I did promise you that and if you know anything about me, you know that I always keep my promises! So, that’s exactly what I’m going to do for you today. If you read yesterday’s newsletter, you… Continue reading

Adding Memory – Parts 1 & 2

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Q:
I think I need to add some memory to my computer, but I have no idea where to start. Can you give me some basic information on where to get it and how to install it? It would be greatly appreciated!

A:
Well, I sure can! That’s no problem at all. We’ve all run into this predicament before and believe me, if you haven’t yet, you will… Continue reading

Run With Vista

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Run With Vista

Have you made the switch to the new operating system of Windows Vista yet? If you have, are you getting a little frustrated with being away from everything you knew in XP? I mean, going from XP to Vista is an extreme change and it can be very difficult getting used to all the new features. I know I felt that way when I first started working… Continue reading

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