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  • How-Tos: How to get 150,000 Twitter followers

    Despite sharing every banal aspect of my life in mind-numbing detail, I remain some way short of 150,000 Twitter followers. Even the mighty PC Advisor's informative feed remains a little shy. But UK design magazine Creative Review's Twitter feed has hit the magic number, off the back of a print circulation of 20,000 and a website that delivers around 1 million page impressions a month (compare that with PC Advisor's 4 million or so views, and you'll see just how impressive a stat that is).

  • How-Tos: How to choose who sees your photos on Facebook

    I signed up for a Facebook account and uploaded some photos to my profile. I was soon contacted out of the blue by someone I didn’t want to hear from and who I didn’t know could see my photos and profile. I’ve been told that I should stop using Facebook, but will I still be able to see my photos if I cancel my account, and how can I make sure no one else can see them?

  • How-Tos: How to set your PC's default search engine & web browser

    I recently installed the free email client Incredimail. It works fine but, on downloading an update, it has taken over Google Chrome, Firefox and my other internet browsers. When I try to open them via their desktop shortcut icons or the Programs menu, up pops the My Start by Incredimail page and a message stating that what I’ve tried to open isn’t my default browser. Clicking on ‘Make this my default browser’ doesn’t change things.

  • How-Tos: How to add HTML 5 video to your site

    Adobe Flash is used by the vast majority of websites as a single, consistent way to watch internet-delivered video on your PC. However, with Flash comes a whole host security and stability issues.

  • How-Tos: How to set the correct time and date on Outlook emails

    Sent messages from my Outlook Express account are being dated four days prior to their actual date of sending and filed in the Sent Items with the faulty date on them. The recipients then overlook the messages as they don’t appear at the top of their email pile.

  • How-Tos: How to use a 64-bit web browser

    My Windows 7 laptop has icons for both 32bit and 64bit Internet Explorer. I have no problems using the 32bit version, but the 64bit software wants to install Adobe Flash Player every time I visit a news site. If I click on the yellow bar at the top of the window and accept the installation, nothing happens. I’m confused about 64bit and its benefits if it won’t work with some websites.

  • How-Tos: How to change your web browser's home page

    I have a shortcut on my desktop that’s supposed to launch my web browser and navigate to my ISP’s home page, sky.com. When I click on it, an error message reports: ‘could not locate internet’. My PC launches Internet Explorer, but I have to manually browse to the ISP’s website. I haven’t knowingly changed any settings.

  • How-Tos: How to use Windows XP SP2 safely after Microsoft stops updates

    Tomorrow marks the end of patches for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). However, if you're still running the nearly-six-year-old edition of the Microsoft OS, what should you do?

  • How-Tos: How to: Add a 'Next Meeting' Box to Google Calendar

    Now that you know how to sync Outlook with Google Calendar, let's talk about some other ways to make the latter more useful.

  • How-Tos: How to fix 'URL not valid' messages

    When clicking on a hyperlink in Firefox I often get a warning that the ‘URL is not valid and cannot be loaded’, even when I know it’s genuine. My PC runs Norton Internet Security 2010 and A-Squared Anti-Malware, but I can’t find any settings to adjust to prevent this happening.

  • How-Tos: How to fix IE8 when it won't click links

    My new Windows 7 PC won’t let me navigate websites’ internal links in Internet Explorer (IE) 8.0

  • How-Tos: How to get mobile web on a Linux laptop

    I bought a Dell Inspiron Mini 10v netbook with Ubuntu 8.04 preinstalled. I'd like to use a mobile broadband dongle, such as the Huawei 160 on 3 or Vodafone, but neither supports Linux.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a home network

    A home network is a must-have in the modern house. However, it's never as simple as merely connecting device A to device B.

  • How-Tos: How to secure your network to beat copyright fines

    With the government cracking down on illegal filesharing, PC Advisor explains why securing your wireless network can help you avoid a £500 fine.

  • How-Tos: How to solve email format problems

    When I try to send an email I get the error: ‘Message not sent. Please check all email addresses. Looks like one of them may not be formatted correctly'.

  • How-Tos: How to surf safely when using public Wi-Fi

    Public Wi-Fi hotspots are brilliant for ensuring you can check your email and surf the web while on the go. However, using public wireless internet can also leave you wide open to attack. We show you the proper precautions you'll need to take to ensure you're not inviting your coffee colleagues to partake in confidential information.

  • How-Tos: How to make your Facebook profile more professional

    Believe it or not, Facebook's more than just a bit of fun. Sure, it's a way to stay in touch with friends, laugh at drunken photos and maybe waste some time playing games. However, there are other applications can add a hint of professionalism to your profile. Here's our four favourite.

  • How-Tos: How to limit the effects of the Errorfix malware

    I have a problem with Errorfix, a malicious program that was attached to a perfectly respectable download. BullGuard eradicated one virus and later scans have given the all-clear. However, when I try to install programs such as Adobe Flash, I get a warning that there’s either a malicious add-on or a malfunction, and in order to protect the PC the program has been closed.

  • How-Tos: How to update software on a dialup connection

    I bought a new PC and upgraded its operating system (OS) to Windows 7. I'm keen to continue using the McAfee antivirus software that was preinstalled, but its update download process stalls at 53 percent.

  • How-Tos: How to: Protect your Facebook privacy

    Whether you’re a committed telly addict, a tabloid aficionado or a web surfer extraordinaire, every couple of days seems to bring another security scare. Here, we show you how to protect your privacy in Facebook.


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