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How to Stop Vista Objecting to Programs at Startup

Oh the joys of Vista.

One of its many "charming" characteristics is that it will fail at startup to run certain utilities you have installed.

It does this for your protection but when you have deliberately and consciously installed a program and it won't run, it is a total pain.

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How to Suggest a New Software Category

The best way to suggest a new category is to create a software stub for that category.

A stub is a blank review.  The advantage of creating a stub is that it get the software category onto our website and this encourages our users to offer suggestions or even take over the editing of that category by writing a full review.

It is remarkable how many suggestions some stubs get via the Comments section at the end of the stub. 

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HIPS Explained


This is my attempt to clarify what a HIPS is, what it does and how best to incorporate a HIPS program into your security protection.


What does "HIPS" mean?

It stands for Host Intrusion Prevention System. In essence it's a program that alerts the user to a malware program such as a virus that may be trying to run on the user's computer, or that an unauthorized user such as a hacker may have gained access to the user's computer.

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How to rip DVD movies using freeware HandBrake

HandBrake is a free tool which comes with plenty of features for beginners and intermediate users alike. This free cross platform, open source program can *convert a DVD into formats such as MP4, MKV, AVI or OGM that can be played on your PC, Mac, Linux box, iPod, PSP, Apple TV, Television, iPhone, or mobile phone. Just follow this guide.

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Tweaking and performance guide for XP, Vista, and Windows 7

After stumbling around the internet looking for ways to optimize and tweak my PC, I found this fantastic guide.

"Quote from tweak guide's website"

"The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion

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