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  • How-Tos: How to run multiple security software products

    I've been told that I shouldn't have more than one antivirus program running on my PC. Can I use both McAfee and Microsoft Antispyware (or another spyware application), for example? I want to be extra safe online, and I know that security suites are often good in some areas but not in all. Is there a list that will tell me what I can and can't use together?

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  • 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 use Gmail to safely access email from abroad

    If you can't bear to be parted from your email inbox when you venture abroad, it's important to ensure that the wireless connection you're using to get online is secure.

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  • How-Tos: How to delete fake antivirus

    Our son's laptop has started throwing up virus alerts for Antivirus 7.0. We've searched online for a solution, but can't differentiate between genuine advice and yet more scareware.

  • How-Tos: How to deal with a malware false positive

    Kaspersky is reporting that an ‘action similar to a PDM.Keylogger has been detected’. A virus scan finds nothing, but Detected Threats reports: ‘Type Path Name Criticality F C:\Program Files\Apoint\Apmsgfwd.exe Medium’.

  • How-Tos: How to fix Backup & Restore when it won't start

    QUESTION When I try to start the Backup & Restore utility on my new hard drive I get the error message: ‘The backup application could not start due to an internal error – Server execution failed (0x800800005)’.

  • 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 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 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.

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    Please advise me how to remove the Security Tool virus from my Dell laptop.

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