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  • How-Tos: How to remove troublesome Internet Explorer add-ons

    QUESTION My Windows XP PC is experiencing problems with Internet Explorer 8.0 add-ons. Microsoft’s Mats Run program shows that the browser is running 36 add-ons. I don’t recognise most of these items and would like to remove them, but they aren’t listed in Manage add-ons. Can you help?

  • How-Tos: How to stop Windows Mail asking you to compress the database

    A message appears on startup and on closing down Windows Mail that reports: ‘Windows Mail can compress the message store. This may take up to a few minutes’. It’s becoming annoying. Could you help me get rid of it please?

  • How-Tos: How to stop your boss spying on you

    If you use a company-supplied PC on a corporate network and carry around a company smartphone, you're almost certainly being watched. But with a bit of forethought and these tips, you can enjoy a little digital liberty in the workplace.

  • How-Tos: How to tell if you have a freeloader on your Wi-Fi network

    If a stranger successfully gets onto your Wi-Fi network, they may be stealing more than bandwidth. After all, they have access to your computers. Your home network should be more secure than the café's down the street. But how you can tell if you have a freeloader on your home network?

  • How-Tos: How to monitor your employees' PCs

    Do you know what your employees are doing on the web? At a minimum, they're probably goofing off watching YouTube videos. At worst, they could be steering your company toward financial ruin. In this quick guide, I'll show you how to keep an eye on employee internet use and monitor just about everything else they do with their PCs.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a project plan using AceProject

    A great idea is only the start of a new business venture. We look at how to keep a project on track at all stages of its development using a free online planner.

  • How-Tos: How to claim your brand on the social web

    Facebook, Twitter and other social sites now play an integral role in the marketplace, connecting businesses with customers, partners and industries at large. We show you how to quickly establish your social presence and get more out of any social media efforts you may already be making.

  • How-Tos: How to back up your webmail account

    It's hard enough to remember to back up your PC, your laptop, your smartphone, and your tablet, let alone your cloud-based email account, too. However, after a recent Gmail glitch left thousands of users unable to access their inboxes, anyone who relies too heavily on the cloud, would do well to back up their web-based email.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid POP3, IMAP email clashes

    When I boot up the XP PC, it downloads every email I’ve received since the last switch-on – even if I’ve already read and replied to them on the other machine. How do I arrange things so that Windows Live Mail becomes my primary email account, and messages aren’t stored up to be downloaded by Outlook Express?

  • How-Tos: How to view HTML emails in Windows Live Mail

    I’m running Live Mail 2011 on my Windows 7 computer. I receive email in plain text format by default, and open HTML messages only from senders I trust. In Live Mail I must click a large ‘E’ symbol to access the HTML version, but with some messages this appears only when I click the Reply button. How can I get around this?

  • How-Tos: Internet Explorer 9: Getting started guide

    The revamped browser warrants taking another look at Internet Explorer. Here we show how to get started with IE9.

  • How-Tos: How to back up your email

    My PC has so many programs installed that it’s running very slowly. I’m happy to restore it to its factory settings and reinstall only the programs I need, but how can I back up my email?

  • How-Tos: How to secure your smartphone and tablet PC when travelling

    We've become accustomed to having ready access to the internet just about anywhere. The problem is, it's easy to forget how vulnerable that makes us to security threats. We show you what's secure and what's not, and how to make sure your smartphones and tablet PCs don't get hacked the next time you step out of the house.

  • How-Tos: How to build apps for iPhone, Android and the web

    We look at five new services for building mobile applications and web services that were unveiled at the recent DEMO Spring 2011.

  • How-Tos: How to choose the right antivirus software

    PC Advisor has updated its chart of the best antivirus programs. Read on for buying advice, and how we test and rank the latest antivirus products.

  • How-Tos: How to speed up your network

    Not all varieties of slowness are created equal. If computer-to-computer file transfers or web page loads are bugging you, consider focusing on your wireless network configuration instead of mucking about in Windows or inside your computer case.

  • How-Tos: How to do an online background check for free

    There are plenty of reasons for doing an online background check - and not all of them are dodgy. So here's how to do a thorough online background check without spending any cash.

  • How-Tos: How to save time with hotkeys, macros and gestures

    Want to automate your most frequent PC tasks? Here's how to map common actions to keyboard buttons or mouse gestures

  • How-Tos: How to purchase, maintain & secure technology for an SMB

    Securing technology for your business can be confusing and alarming. Though you may have a pretty good idea of what you should do, what about what you should not do? Everything from not backing up your data, to using social networking tools incorrectly (or not at all), to working with pirated software can affect your bottom line in a bad way. Here are 15 tech mistakes that small businesses frequently commit - and what you need to do to prevent them.

  • How-Tos: How to leave a job with your personal tech intact

    The ability to switch ethically and legally from one job to another has always been something of an art.


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