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The Best Android Tips and Tricks

 

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How to Find Stuff on Your Windows 7 PC

A typical PC has many files –  thousands and thousands of them. If you are like me and you collect a lot of stuff, you may even have several million. So what do you do when you want to find one of those files? If you know the name or part of the name of the file, you can just stick that in Start- Search. Or if you know the folder location, you can use the Windows Explorer search bar and enter the file name and search through the folder.  Depending on your settings for indexing, Windows 7 can be pretty good at turning up the file in those cases. 

A Novel, Easy-To-Remember Technique for Creating Strong Passwords

The ever-increasing power of computers keeps making passwords more vulnerable. Passwords that were once too strong to crack in a practical amount of time are now fair game. That makes longer and more complicated passwords with a variety of character types a necessity. It also means having a collection of passwords that most people can’t remember.

How to Tell If A Website Is Dangerous

 

These days it can be very difficult to tell if a site is trustworthy or not. Many nefarious sites are being designed to look respectable. Thus you should always make sure that a site is not dangerous by using multiple approaches. This is especially important to consider before providing a site with sensitive information such as credit card numbers, banking information, your email address, etc...

 

How to Clean An Infected Computer

 

How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up

Not too long ago I bought a new desktop PC. Whenever I put it to sleep, in no time flat it was awake again. A little research revealed that this is not an uncommon problem and can have several possible sources. Malware infections are sometimes the cause but more often it is some device that is waking the machine up and that was the case for me. In this tip, I will describe several settings in your system that may keep waking up your PC. The discussion is for Windows Vista/7. You will generally need administrator privileges to make system changes.

How to Get the Best Use from the 7-Zip File Archiver Program

Just about every PC user encounters compressed files in formats such as ZIP and RAR at one time or the other. The most common format is ZIP and Windows has a built-in function for managing ZIP files. However, it is a pretty minimal feature. You don’t have to be a power user to find that you prefer to install and use one of the free multi-featured file archivers.

Understanding The Windows 7 UAC

Understanding and optimizing the UAC in Windows 7

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. How and why a UAC prompt might occur

How to Easily Insert Special Symbols and Characters in Windows - Part II

The procedure in the preceding Part I is limited to inserting something over a hundred characters. But there is a much larger universe of symbols and characters available if you use hexadecimal as input. The Alt key, the numeric keypad, and the regular keyboard are involved in this particular procedure. (You may have to first make a very simple Registry edit for this to work. See the section below.) Here is how to to insert a hexadecimal coded character:

How to Easily Insert Special Symbols and Characters in Windows - Part I

Did you ever want to put a special character like the cent sign (¢) or the British pound sign (£) into a document or email? Or use the correct symbols for Spanish or other languages? Regular users of word processing programs like Microsoft Word probably already know how to do this but many average PC users are not aware that easy methods of inserting special characters are readily available.

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