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  • How-Tos: How to repair a dodgy Windows update

    My desktop PC, my laptop, my partner's laptop and my mother-in-law's laptop have all started freezing just after startup. We haven't installed any new software on any of them and they are in separate locations. The only thing they all have in common is the Windows updates that have been applied. Any idea why this should be or how to get around it? I've resorted to manually powering down and rebooting the computers.

  • How-Tos: How to delete a quarantined file

    Microsoft Security Essentials has quarantined ‘VIR Tool:JS/Obfuscator.P'. The program advises me to 'Remove this software immediately'. How do I do this?

  • How-Tos: How to install a second hard drive

    I want to install a second hard drive for backup purposes. I think I have a SATA drive at present. How can I be sure, and how do I go about installing a new drive?

  • Video: Introducing the mCube Slim universal charger

    Innergie universal charger replaces bulky power bricks

  • How-Tos: How to play iMovie videos on a PC

    I created a DVD using iMovie HD6 on a MacBook. How can I get it to play in Windows XP? The disc isn't recognised in either of my PCs or laptop, but plays fine on my TV

  • How-Tos: How to fix a Yahoo Mail script error

    I access my Yahoo Mail account via a dialup internet connection on my Windows XP computer. When I try to log into the webmail interface, IE reports script errors '871' and '865' on the page. These errors started to appear after I upgraded from IE 7.0 to Internet Explorer 8.0. I have since reverted to the earlier browser, but the error messages still appear. Is IE 8.0 safe to use??

  • News: New Arm chip stretches from phones to servers

    Arm Holdings has taken the wraps off its next major chip design, promising a five-fold increase in performance that the company hopes will take it beyond smartphones and into new types of equipment such as high-performance routers and servers.

  • News: Apple, Google & others are logging wireless data

    Four months ago, amidst a backlash from government regulators and privacy advocates, Google stopped collecting Wi-Fi data with its Street View cars. But that doesn't mean Google has stopped collecting wireless data altogether, and neither have other companies such as Apple.

  • News: Google Instant could be killer mobile app

    Google officially introduced its new 'Instant' search for desktop search at an event yesterday in San Francisco, and promised that the service will become available on mobile devices.

  • News: Parliamentarians criticise anti-piracy deal

    The proposed multilateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has hit a stumbling block over the liability of ISPs in allowing customers access to peer-to-peer file-sharing sites and the inclusion of geographic indicators.

  • News: Google Instant brings faster results

    Google now refreshes search results while people type queries, which could usher in major changes for end users, advertisers and publishers

  • News: Opera Mini 5.1 launched for Windows Mobile

    Opera has made its Opera Mini 5.1 mobile browser available for Windows Mobile handsets.

  • News: BBC iPlayer could hog 630MB bandwidth per user

    License payers love the BBC’s iPlayer, the new version of which is formally launched today. Network admins, however, are being warned to beware of its ability to eat bandwidth at a fearsome rate.

  • Opinion: Final Third is absurd

    Seven years ago this month, for the 100th issue of PC Advisor, we reflected on the technologies and products that had been launched within the life of the magazine. We each made a case for the one we thought had had the biggest impact. Digital photography was – and probably remains – my favourite, but the most disruptive technology was, of course, broadband. So vital has the web become to our everyday lives that lack of connectivity significantly affects our ability to get things done.

  • News: Poll: 60 percent of web users visit social networks

    More than six out of ten web users (61.1 percent) visit social networks, according to a PC Advisor survey.

  • How-Tos: How to get more life from a Commodore 64

    QUESTION My Commodore 64 is outperforming my Windows XP PC. I thought I'd take advantage of this and get to know its ins and outs. Where can I find a program for writing Basic and a book of operation codes?

  • How-Tos: How to virtualise Windows XP

    I was very interested to learn that it's possible to run older programs in Windows XP Mode on my Windows 7 PC. However, I've been unable to make this work on my Acer Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit laptop. Can you tell me where I'm going wrong?

  • How-Tos: How to clean up a congested hard drive

    The C drive on my Toshiba laptop is nearly full with music, photos and other downloads. I'd like to redistribute some of this data on two other available hard drives. I also want to edit some photos and mini-DVD videos, so advice on storage issues would be welcome.

  • Sennheiser HD 598 headphones

    Sennheiser has taken the wraps off its latest luxury headphones. The speaker and headphone specialist has added three new headphones to its 500 series of luxury earcandy this summer.

  • How-Tos: How to clean a virus off a USB stick

    As a regular speaker at conferences, I carry my presentations on a USB memory key and plug it into the organiser's laptop to access them. In doing so, I believe my USB drive has picked up some malware. In Windows it appears on the desktop as a green icon with 'Keygen' written on it. It also creates a message box saying 'UpdateNetFramework'. If I delete the file it simply reappears. Norton Antivirus 2009 hasn't managed to eradicate it, and I now have the same message on all the USB drives I use.



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