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Help! How do I Remove All These Toolbars?

Take a good look at your computer screen. How many toolbars are on the top? If the answer is more than three, it's time to take control and delete some of them. What is a toolbar? A toolbar is a row of small icons at the top of the screen that activate the various functions of the software. All


Fun Twists for Everyday PC Peripherals

Whether you have a new computer or an old one that you want to spruce up, ever-evolving technologies mean that there is always a new way to make your computer peripherals more interesting or useful. You don't have to be a techie to make great use of some fun and functional peripheral devices for


PC Options That Are Worth the Money

You can spend from $400 to $4,000 on a new computer, and even the cheapest model will work perfectly fine. So what's the price difference all about? For the most part, it's in the options. No matter where you buy your new PC, whether it's from a big box chain store or you're having it


The Most Important Data to Backup

When considering which computer files you absolutely couldn't live without, what comes to mind? The photos of your baby's first birthday? Your tax returns for the last three years? The resume you just spent hours updating? Actually, it's none of those things. It's the Windows Registry.


How to Reduce Your Computer Energy Usage

Do you care about energy consumption? Some think that energy conservation is a fad, or perhaps something in which only the "green movement" people are interested. However, whether you're environmentally conscious or not, there are good reasons why it's smart to reduce your computer's power use.


How to Prolong the Life of Your PC

Are you feeling like your PC has become a little sluggish? Is a new system just not in the budget right now? There are things you can do to prolong the life of your PC. One of the most important things you can do is a good computer cleanup.


Crowdsourcing Computer Processing Power Through PC Utilities

Do you have some CPU cycles to spare? Of course you do. Most modern computers have far more processing power than the average user needs. Unless you're running a game or some high-end video editing software, chances are you'll never even hit the limits of your processor - and if you leave your


History of Encryption

What makes a password secure? The concept of encryption (converting information into code) is not new. In fact, as you can see below, it started with the Spartans in 500 BC; they would rearrange the position of letters within a text. Through the years, this process has become more sophisticated,