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A Handy Guide To Microsoft's Free Security Tools

Microsoft publishes a range of free security-related software.  One of the best-known is Security Essentials, the excellent antivirus/antimalware product which was recently updated to version 2.0.

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Gizmo's Freeware 2010 Product of the Year

Here at Gizmo's Freeware we have been selecting an annual freeware product of the year for the last six years. Normally we make the selection ourselves but this year we asked our readers to nominate their choice for the best freeware product of 2010. 

The voting results are in; we have a winner.

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The Easy Way to Repair Your Internet Connection

Sometimes, Windows loses its connection to the internet.  This happens regardless of whether you're using an ADSL modem, an ADSL router, a cable router, a dial-up modem, or any other hardware device to connect.  And it happens regardless of whether your connection is cabled or wireless.

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Get a Free Year's Licence For This Recommended Security Program

Over at there's a round-up of some of the best products available to help protect you when surfing online.  One of the recommended products is from Returnil.

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Download a Free Office Suite And Help a Charity Too

If you need an Office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics) for your PC but you don't want to fork out hundreds of dollars/pounds/whatever for Microsoft Office, then there's a handful of well-known free alternatives.  Probably the best-known is Open Office, but in recent years it's become big and slow.

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Edit PDF Files Online, For Free. No Download Required.

There are plenty of free programs around for reading PDF files.  There's Adobe's official app, of course, as well as lightweight alternatives such as Foxit Reader.  But if you want to edit a PDF file, your choices are much more limited. 

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A Very Handy List of CPU Rankings

I'm typing this on a PC which, according to Windows, has an Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q8200 running at 2.33 GHz.  I can easily find this out, by right-clicking on the My Computer icon and choosing the Properties option.

But just how good is a Q8200 compared with, say, an AMD Athlon 2800+? 

With so many hundreds of processor options available, how do you know whether the new machine you want to buy is actually faster than your current one?  And, if so, by how much?

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Add Album Cover Images to Your MP3 File Icons

If, like me, you prefer to store your music collection on your PC, you've probably got a load of MP3 files in a handful of folders which look, frankly, ugly.  All those hundreds of filenames, but they each have the same boring icon that consists of a blue musical note. 

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