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Crash Alert

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Q:
Some of the programs I use frequently on my computer seem to crash an awful lot. Why do they keep doing this and is there anything I can do to prevent it?

A:
If you have started to see an increase in your Windows or any programs crashing, there’s a few things you can do.

First, if the problem is regularly… Continue reading

SpeedFan

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Q:
I keep hearing a strange sound coming from my computer? I don’t think it’s coming from my hard drive. Where else could it be?

A:
If your computer is making some weird noises and you’ve already checked in different places (your hard drive, boot up system, hardware, etc.), your problem may lie within your fan. If you listen closer to the fan areas on your computer, a… Continue reading

LSASS.exe

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Q:
I often see an application of lsass.exe running in my task manager, but I have no idea what it is. Should it be running or should I get rid of it? Could it be a virus?

A:
The lsass.exe file is a pretty important part of your Windows operating system. LSASS stands for Local Security Authority Subsystem Service and it is mainly used to help… Continue reading

Hard Drive Noises

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Q:
Recently my hard drive has been making some weird noises and I’m getting pretty worried about it. Sometimes my computer even locks up when it happens. Does this mean my hard drive is going bad?

A:
Obviously, if your hard drive is making an odd sound that you’ve never heard from it before (it may be some sort of a clicking sound), it could be a warning… Continue reading

Get on the Right Level

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Get on the Right Level

Have you been having trouble with your hard drive lately? Maybe you’ve been having so many problems that you’re almost ready to just give up on it and go get a new one. Before you do that, you might find this little tip a tad bit interesting.

Some hard drives are very sensitive to surfaces that are not level. Who knew?! Most have trouble functioning… Continue reading

A New Way to Open

Friday, April 21st, 2006

A New Way to Open

We all know that when we want to open a file, it is done by an application or a software program, right? Well, this is true when working with our Windows system as well. For example, when you want to listen to a music file, you click on it and your computer automatically picks a program that is designed to run music and audio files… Continue reading

USB 2.0 vs. USB 1.0 and 1.1

Friday, April 21st, 2006

John from Florida asks:

What is the difference between USB 1.0 & 2.0?

A:
As we all may know, USB ports are on your computer so you are able to connect external devices to work with your system. Most computers today come with one or more USB ports and they’re so fast and easy to use. It’s easy just to plug something… Continue reading

Daylight Saving Time

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Daylight Saving Time

Are you still manually changing the time on your computer clock each time daylight saving time rolls around? If you are, there’s no more need to do that (unless you want to, of course).

In order to catch the next time change, double click on the clock (located in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop) and select the Time Zone tab. Under the map that… Continue reading

USB Limits

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Q:
Is there a limit on the amount of power my USB ports can handle? How can I check to see if mine are being used appropriately?

A:
The general amount of power that most USB ports can handle is 500mA (milliamps). It is a good idea to check the status of your ports every once in awhile to make sure that you’re not over exceeding the power… Continue reading

XP Logo

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Q:
How can I get rid of that XP logo that comes up when I start my computer?

A:
Some may like the “pretty” XP logo that shows up, but some may not. So, if you would like to make your boot up just a little bit faster and not have to see that logo every time you boot up your computer, you can use this quick little… Continue reading

Try It Before You Buy It – Linux

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Try It Before You Buy It – Linux

If you’re one of our readers who is interested in Linux, we have another great article for you today about trying Linux out before you actually buy it. Read on!

Switching operating systems isn’t a trivial matter. Doing so generally involves the arduous tasks of backing up all of your important data and, in the case of Linux, repartitioning your hard disk… Continue reading

Get More Cache

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Q:
Is there any way I can change the size of my cache?

A:
Yes, there is. If you have a good amount of available space on your hard drive and you surf the Internet all the time, you may want to consider increasing the size of your cache. By making your cache bigger, you will be able to access recently visited Web sites quicker.

If… Continue reading

Accessibility Options

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Accessibility Options

Did you know that you can configure your Windows options to meet your needs for vision, hearing and mobility? If you need to permanently make your text bigger for your vision or if you need to hear things better, just a few clicks through the Accessibility Wizard will get the job done.

For XP, go to Start, Control Panel, Accessibility Options. Click on “Configure Windows to work for… Continue reading

Can I Disable That?

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Q:
Which services can I disable in Windows?

A:
First, you will want to have a restore point already created, so I will wait here while you do that, in case you haven’t already done so.

Done? Okay, great, let’s get going on disabling some of the services on your computer so you can save some disk space and allow… Continue reading

Hibernation – The Positive Effects

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Hibernation – The Positive Effects

Some of you may know about hibernation techniques in Windows, but let’s take a look at the positive effects of using hibernation in your computer’s life. You might know that each hard drive has an optimal life of some thousands of hours and each time we restart our computers, the hard drive gets exhausted. The hard drive dies down a bit each time, because although… Continue reading

Hibernation – The Positive Effects

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Hibernation – The Positive Effects

Some of you may know about hibernation techniques in Windows, but let’s take a look at the positive effects of using hibernation in your computer’s life. You might know that each hard drive has an optimal life of some thousands of hours and each time we restart our computers, the hard drive gets exhausted. The hard drive dies down a bit each time, because although… Continue reading

You Might Be Low On Resources: The ZoneAlarm Firewall Factor

The topic I am going to talk about relates to all of us, because we simply just want our computers to run applications and software as fast as possible, right? As you might know, ZoneAlarm is a powerful security software package that is recommended to everyone to protect his/her computer from threats like viruses. ZoneAlarm protects our PCs from people… Continue reading

Create a New Account in XP

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Q:
Can you please tell me how to create a new account for my computer under XP? I want to make a separate account just for my children to use.

A:
User Accounts are very important for the operation of Windows XP. They allow certain users to access authorized files and prohibit others from using the important files. They are important, even if you don’t share a computer… Continue reading

Password Protected

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Is your computer password protected? Have you ever wanted to lockdown your desktop with a password that only you or your family members know, just in case? Well, here’s a short guide to help you do so.

In Windows XP, go to Start, Control Panel and click on User Accounts. Next, you’re going to click on Change an Account, because you’re modifying the account you have already created. Choose the… Continue reading

Keep It Regular

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Keep It Regular

You’ve probably heard over and over again the things you should do or actions you should take to keep your computer safe and secure. That’s all great, but aren’t all of those things a little hard to remember on a day to day or a month to month basis? Wouldn’t it be nice to just have a list to print out to remind you when those things… Continue reading

Pre-installation Cleanup

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Pre-installation cleanup

Yesterday (Catch up). Read yesterday’s Tip of the Day to learn how to check if your system can handle that new program or download you want to install. Just use the scrolldown box to view the newsletter for 11/1/2005.
http://www.worldstart.com/php/newsletters.php?cthtml

Before installing software, it’s a good idea to do an extra round of the usual maintenance tasks. Think of it like vacuuming the… Continue reading

Weekly Download: Windows Startup list

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Weekly Download: Windows Startup List

Everybody wants their system to operate responsively, boot quickly, and run applications immediately with no errors. Pruning your Startup List can be one of the greatest ways to help your system run without the burden of unnecessary programs.

Startup items are the programs that run when the PC first starts, using up system resources (usually unnecessarily). A couple of examples would be QuickTime… Continue reading

Stop lengthy Autochck at startup

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Q:
Every time I start up my computer, it says Check Disk and takes forever. How do I stop it?

A:

This seems to be going around. I’ve had several letters with this repetitive checking problem in the last two weeks. Sometimes this is the result of a previous improper shutdown, sometimes this is the result of an error on your disk. To find out if your disk is… Continue reading

Break in that new PC

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Everyone loves getting a new PC. Why not? It’s exciting and fun. However, there are a few things you might want to do before you plug it in and start surfing the web. These good practices include backing up data, taking care of online and physical security, and a few other ideas to help make the migration to your new system as seamless as possible.

According to Swedish security company… Continue reading

View the Scheduled Tasks Log

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

What has your PC been doing automatically?

Sometimes, it’s just easier to schedule tasks to happen when you’re not using your computer, especially routine PC maintenance jobs. Don’t remember what you’ve instructed your PC to do on its own? Want to see if those tasks are actually being performed or if your PC was turned off at the scheduled time? XP users, just look at the Scheduled Task log!… Continue reading

Weekly Security Tip: Setting an Administrator Password

The Administrator account is actually the default account on a new install of Windows XP. It has no restrictions on changing any facet of your system, giving this user full control. Sometimes a computer will come with a guest or a general account created for the initial user. This is typical if you buy your PC from one of the larger companies. Otherwise… Continue reading

Checking up on kids’ web use and clearing your web history

Want to know what sites the kids (or your spouse) have been visiting on the internet? Besides the #1 rule of internet parenting (No child should use the web without at least periodic living human supervision), you can check the sites in History. In Internet Explorer, the icon looks like a clock with an arrow going counter-clockwise.

The… Continue reading

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