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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to secure your mobile phone

    Smartphones have grown in popularity, and now it seems no-one can do their job properly without one. However, keeping malware off your handset is one of the biggest headaches for smartphone users. We spoke to five experts to get their top tips for securing mobile phones.

  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to remove The Security Tool virus from your PC

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

  • How-Tos: How to: Get to grips with BitLocker

    Thousands of laptops are lost or stolen every year, so protecting your data is essential.

  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows Update files

    My laptop, which runs Windows 7 64bit, frequently fails to install Windows Update files. What should I do?

  • How-Tos: How to delete Registry data infections

    QUESTION I installed the free version of Malwarebytes Antimalware on my brand-new Vista PC. Every time I perform a quick scan it reports two Registry data infections. Super Antispyware Free, meanwhile, tells me the computer is infection-free. The files in question are ‘Hkey.Classes_Root\scrfile\shell\open\command\(default) (Broken.OpenCommand)' and ‘Hkey.Classes_Root\regfile\shell\open\command\(default) (Broken.OpenCommand)'. I've tried removing the files using Malwarebytes and rebooting the PC, but they quickly reappear.

  • How-Tos: How to back up speech-recognition files

    QUESTION I'm keen to back up as much data as I can on my Windows 7 PC in case the hard drive dies.

  • How-Tos: How to remove a fake Registry optimisation app

    QUESTION I installed RegTool on my PC. Startup and running speeds were greatly improved and I was initially impressed. Fast-forward a few months and RegTool is pestering me to update it at every startup. Kaspersky blocks the download, stating that it carries a known virus. What should I do?

  • How-Tos: How to use Facebook safely

    Online data thieves will jump at the chance to harvest even the most innocuous personal information. PC Advisor demonstrates how to tighten up Facebook security.

  • How-Tos: How to: Restore data from a backup

    Backing up your data is essential: the information contained in a document on a hard drive can be nearly impossible to replicate or replace. Here, we walk you through restoring your data from a backup.

  • How-Tos: How to: Back up your digital media

    Backing up your data is essential: the information contained in a document on a hard drive can be nearly impossible to replicate or replace. Here, we walk you through scheduling backups in Vista and Windows 7.

  • How-Tos: How to find love online this Valentine's

    Techies aren't known for their romantic prowess. When it comes to matters of the heart, do net addicts stand a chance at wooing their true love?


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