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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Windows 7 XP Mode

Have you recently bought Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, and found that some of your applications are not compatible with Windows 7? Both Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate have the ability to run XP Mode. This lets you run older Windows XP software on your Windows 7 desktop.

Unfortunately this software does not come with your Windows 7, you will have to download it from the Microsoft website.

Download Windows XP Mode (500MB)

In Summary:
If you have any programs that are incompatible with Windows 7, download XP Mode and you will be able to run them in your Windows 7

KeePass Password Safe

In todays world you need to remember so many passwords. You have a password for your PC, email, internet, various online sites etc.. The list can go on forever. And you can't use the same password for all of those, otherwise if a hacker gets your password, he would have access to all your information.

KeePass is a free password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords on a single database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only need to remember one master key or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The database is encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms.

Download KeePass

In Summary:
Use KeePass to store all your passwords, with one master password.

Thursday, 03 December 2009

Beware of Malware

If your computer is acting strange, giving you error messages, or randomly feezing/rebooting, then there are a few things you should do before anything else. If the problem has clearly started after you installed new software or hardware, remove it. Next you should update your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs and run full scans of your computer.Every PC connected to the Internet should be running anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall utilities that are kept up-to-date.

Why Does Your PC Slow Down?

As your computer ages, it can begin to slow down and even start crashing. There are many factors that can contribute to this. Your Windows registry may be corrupt, your system may have too much junk files, your hard drive may be full, or maybe your PC just requires more RAM. Your case may be filled with dust, and your fans aren't performing as they should be be. This can slow down your processor and the rest of your PC. Your PC problems could be related to just about anything, improving the performance can be an easy job even for novice computer users.

Tip
If you are getting errors or your system is crashing, it is likely to be a problem in your registry. The registry can become corrupted very easily without you even knowing about it. You can download CCleaner (Download) . Then once you have installed and opened it, on the left hand side of the application, select Registry and the click on Scan for Issues. It will then generate a list of problems that are in your registry, when it is complete, click on Fix Selected Issues. Once this is complete, your registry will be clean!

Picking a Strong Password

In todays world, using passwords has become an everyday occurrence for most people. You username and password is sometimes the only line of defence between outsiders and your personal information. Choosing a strong password is essential to prevent hackers from breaking your password and gaining your information.Many people choose simple passwords that are easy to remember, so that they never forget. Passwords such as birthdays, anniversaries, nicknames, pets names are most commonly used. These are the easiest passwords to crack. To create a stronger password try adding capital letters, numbers and special characters to your password. Also don't use the same password for all of the places you login to. That way if a hacker is able to discover your password, they wont be able to access multiple areas with it.