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Create custom searches in Firefox for speed and convenience

We spend a lot of time in web browsers searching for information such as news, hobbies, research projects, work and so on. Anything that can make searching quicker and easier is welcome and here is a clever trick for Firefox that you may not be [...]

2015/02/03 // 0 Comments

Monitor your laptop battery and extend its life

Inadequate battery technology is one of the biggest problems we face these days and despite all the research and money thrown at the subject, they still run down far too quickly. How healthy is the battery in your laptop computer? Does it still hold [...]

2015/01/31 // 0 Comments

Is the internet too slow? Try this speedup trick

Right from the start, the internet was very slow today. Instead of the fast responsive world wide web, pages were appearing noticeably more slowly in the browser window and some websites were even producing errors. It would sometimes take two or [...]

2015/01/30 // 0 Comments

Add Google Clock to your Windows desktop

Remember Windows Vista? It was not a pleasant memory for some, but it did introduce the concept of desktop widgets. There was a nice clock that you could place on the right side of the desktop and it was permanently visible and showing the time. You [...]

2015/01/29 // 0 Comments

Search the disk at lightning speed in Windows

Windows has a built in search engine that can be used to find documents, apps, settings and other files on the disk drive. It is actually quite good at finding Windows settings and apps, but it is quote poor when it comes to finding files on the [...]

2015/01/26 // 0 Comments

Customise Chrome’s address box and add new features

The address box in Google Chrome performs two functions and it is used to enter and display website addresses and it is used to search the web. Instead of the normal address box, it can be customised to make it simpler and clearer to use. It just [...]

2015/01/23 // 0 Comments

Clean up Chrome by removing the profile manager

  Google Chrome has supported multiple users for a long time and you could add users in settings and then switch from one user to another. It wasn’t very convenient for people that switched profiles a lot, so recently Google added a profile [...]

2015/01/22 // 0 Comments

Don’t fall for this web scam – here’s how to avoid it

  There are lots of scams on the internet and it isn’t difficult to find them. A recent search for Windows 8 tips at Google led me to a website that demanded instant payment from me or suffer dire consequences. Needless to say, I didn’t hand [...]

2015/01/19 // 0 Comments

Hidden features of the Windows Control Panel

  The Control Panel provides access to a lot of Windows configuration settings and it is frequently accessed. It is on the Start menu in Windows 7, but you must right click the Start button in Windows 8 to see the menu with it on. Then you must [...]

2015/01/18 // 0 Comments

Create and share Windows themes with friends

  It is easy to change the Windows theme and give it a makeover. New desktop wallpaper and colours can be selected, new mouse pointers assigned, a different sound scheme selected, and so on. If you have created a great theme, did you know that you [...]

2015/01/15 // 0 Comments

Automatically shut down or sleep on a schedule

  Have you ever wanted to perform some action on the computer automatically? Shutter Lite is a utility that enables you to monitor events and define actions that are automatically performed. Using these facilities it is easy to automatically shut [...]

2015/01/11 // 0 Comments

Make Windows SmartScreen work the way you want it to

  There is more malware for Windows computers than for any other operating system or device. That is because it is so popular and there are so many Windows PCs around – it’s a big target that attracts malware writers and scammers. To help [...]

2015/01/05 // 0 Comments

Monitor your internet data usage in Windows 8

  Some people have unlimited internet access, but not everyone does and for those that don’t, the question is, how do you monitor the amount of data you have uploaded and downloaded? If you have Windows 8.1 then this is easier than you might [...]

2015/01/04 // 0 Comments

Clean the disk with an Advanced Uninstaller

  Uninstalling Windows software using Programs and Features in the Control Panel frequently does a poor job of removing all the files and settings. It is not Windows fault and the uninstaller is provided by the software, not Windows. Uninstalling [...]

2015/01/02 // 0 Comments

Create encrypted containers to keep your files private

How do you protect the files on the computer’s disk drive so that only you can access them? One way is to encrypt them on a file by file basis and there are several utilities that can do this, but it is slow and tedious. A better method is to [...]

2014/12/29 // 0 Comments

Browse the disk with four times the power of Explorer

  There is no doubt that Windows Explorer is a useful tool and it enables you to browse the disks, folders and files on a Windows PC. You can view thumbnails of images, run programs, open documents, play music and much more. Is it the best way to [...]

2014/12/27 // 0 Comments

Discover the secrets of the PC’s hardware

  How much memory is in your PC? What type is it? What processor is on the motherboard? Which type of graphics is used? Who made the motherboard and what is the model number? All these questions and more can be answered by special utilities that [...]

2014/12/19 // 0 Comments

PrivaZer is the only privacy clean up tool you need

  I have looked at a lot of privacy and clean-up tools for Windows computers and some of them are pretty good. However, they are all very similar and they usually offer the same features. Apart from ease of use and a nice interface, there is little [...]

2014/12/17 // 0 Comments

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