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  • How-Tos: How to Keep Your PC Safe With Sandboxing

    If viruses and malware are a regular problem for you, or if you're simply worried that your antivirus program isn't sufficient, you can add an extra layer of defense to your PC by setting up a sandboxing application. A properly sandboxed set of Windows programs can protect you from malware that your antivirus utilities miss, keeping your PC and your personal data more secure while you're shopping online, say, or visiting potentially dicey Web sites.

  • How-Tos: How to adjust UAC settings in Windows 7

    User Account Control (UAC) was a feature first introduced by Microsoft in Windows Vista.

  • How-Tos: Play Hard, Stay Safe

    You might think that you don't have to worry about security while playing games--after all, that activity is about as far from online banking as you can get--but as the PlayStation Network data breach last spring and the more recent hack into the servers of the Steam gaming platform both show, you are vulnerable, even when you're at play.

  • How-Tos: How to use Facebook Timeline

    Facebook has made its Timeline feature available to all members across the world.

  • How-Tos: Uninstall entries from your PC's Registry

    Just because a Registry Cleaner tells you to remove entries from your PC's Registry, you may not want to. However, reader Edward wants to get rid of three entries that CCleaner regularly picks out, and our Helproom Expert is glad to show him how to permanently uninstall entries from your PC's Registry.

  • How-Tos: Use System File Checker to recover from a virus

    When programs vanish from your PC, there's every chance you've been hit by malware. When a system scan found and removed a virus from one of our readers' PCs, it was only the start of his problems. Our Helproom Expert showed him how to use the System File Checker to get things back to normal.

  • How-Tos: How to change the screen saver in Windows 7

    If you're working at your PC and you want to step away from your machine but don't want prying eyes to see what you're working on, then a screen saver is the ideal time-saver

  • How-Tos: How to securely set up a new computer

    PC ownership is rewarding, but it requires vigilance to stave off threats.

  • How-Tos: How to set Parental Controls in iTunes

    Apple's iTunes is great software for organising your digital music collection.

  • How-Tos: Help! My PC won't let me install software from a DVD

    A reader found he couldn't install software from the PC Advisor cover disc. Our Helproom Expert explains the problem, and how to solve it.

  • How-Tos: Help! An unknown program is trying to connect to the internet

    A reader was warned by his security software of a 'rogue program' attempting to connect to the internet from his PC. But is it a virus, or a false positive? Our Helproom Expert outlines how to approach the problem.

  • How-Tos: How to stay safe when shopping online

    Online shopping across Europe in the eight weeks to Christmas looks set to hit €52bn (£44.98bn).

  • How-Tos: How to secure a smartphone

    Antivirus is one thing, but much more important is to make sure you can remotely locate, lock and wipe your smartphone.

  • How-Tos: How To Lock Down Your Wireless Network

    If you operate a wireless network for your home or business, it's important to ward it against opportunistic hackers seeking to steal your data or hijack your Wi-Fi for their own nefarious purposes. We spoke to Steven Andrés, CTO of security consulting firm Special Ops Security, to learn about the best ways to lock down your Wi-Fi. To get started, you'll need to log in to your router's administrative console by typing the router's IP address into your Web browser's address bar. Most routers use a common address like 192.168.1.1, though alternatives like 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.2.1 are also common. Check the manual that came with your router to determine the correct IP address; if you've lost your manual, you can usually find the appropriate IP address on the manufacturer's website.

  • How-Tos: How to protect a smartphone against malware

    Smartphone malware has surged by 800% in last four months. PC Advisor explains how you can secure you mobile phone against future attacks.

  • How-Tos: Protect a wireless network without using a password

    One contributor protects his Wi-Fi network without using a password.

  • How-Tos: Can I use an older software licence key with a newer product?

    A reader wanted to know if she could use her older BullGuard Internet Security licence with an updated version of the software. Our Helproom Expert explains.

  • How-Tos: Speed Up Windows on What Should be a Fast PC

    LiveBrianD asked the Windows forum for advise on improving performance on a slow PC. Given the PC's hardware, Brian feels that it should be faster.

  • How-Tos: How to remove an autorun worm

    If your Word documents suddenly have the file extention .exe, rather than .doc, and other files have been converted to link files, your PC has probably been infected by an autorun worm. Our Helproom expert explains what you should do.

  • How-Tos: How to remove your general location from Facebook posts

    Following changes rolled-out on social network Facebook in September this year, you may have noticed that some of your posts, or those of friends, feature a location next to the timestamp.


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