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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner

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Introduction

Almost everyone who cares about security runs some kind of basic antivirus protection. Traditional antivirus protection works great for most users but no software is perfect. We live in a world full of security holes and bugs where patches and updates try to come to the rescue at the end of the day.

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Windows 7 Startup Detail

Want to follow a detailed example of what happens when Windows starts?

In this article you will find the following detail about Windows startup:

  • Descriptions of the major components.
  • Detailed sequences of activities for each process.
  • Example registry keys and values.

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Windows 7 Startup

Want to know what happens when Windows starts?

This article is an overview of Windows startup with a flowchart and a couple of examples of the startup phases for immediate user logon and delayed user logon.

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How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup

Microsoft just updated the Windows 7 system utility Disk Cleanup. It can now remove the old system update files that accumulate in the hidden system folder WinSXS. These files can take up a lot of space. For example, I just removed 4 GB worth.

The new version of Disk Cleanup is part of today’s (8 October, 2013) monthly Windows update and is described at this Microsoft page . Here is a review of how to use the Disk Cleanup utility:

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New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities

There are a number of freeware suites for system maintenance chores like cleanup, optimizing, and so forth and here is a new  one. Its name is the simple “System Utilities” and it comes  from a company in Hawaii called Synei.

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Best Free Spam Filter for the Average User

 

Introduction

Email spam pertains to unsolicited commercial messages sent in bulk by people you don't know, such as those in marketing, advertising, really any one with a direct monetary gain to be had by sending spam.

The aim of a spam filter is to reduce the appearance of junk and spam emails. This makes the inbox cleaner and thus, it is easier to check email. The productivity time savings with the addition of spam filters is significant.

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Best Free Disk Space Analyzer

Introduction

One way to find out which files are hogging disk space when your hard drive fills up is to use a specialist utility that displays your disk space usage. There are a number of excellent free utilities that differ mainly in the way the disk space usage is portrayed.

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