Month: August 2011

Latest Symantec Report Warns of Increase in MBR Malware

An infographic summary of MBR malware

According to the newly released August 2011 Symantec Intelligence Report, there have been as many MBR (Master Boot Record) malware threats in the first 7 months of 2011 as there were in the past 3 years combined!

If you are unfamiliar with the name, MBR malware infects the area of your computer’s hard drive that is first run when you turn on your PC. For this reason, it’s also known as boot time malware.

A recent story by Security Week Magazine stated that in June, “Microsoft warned Windows users about a bootkit Trojan …

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3 Easy Ways to Speed Up Your Slow PC

It’s inevitable. Over time, as you use your computer, you will gradually notice a decrease in performance. Especially if you never perform any sort of maintenance.

It’s a lot like your car. The more you drive it, the more maintenance you will have to perform. You get oil changes every 3000 miles, replace filters, replace and rotate tires, and many other things. If you don’t regularly perform this maintenance, your car’s performance will degrade to the point where you can no longer drive it.

Similarly, if you don’t perform regular maintenance on your computer, its performance will degrade to the …

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Fix Software Install/Uninstall Problems with Microsoft’s New Utility

If you have been experiencing issues with installing or uninstalling software on your Windows computer, your solution may now be in sight.

Microsoft has now released a Fix-It to diagnose problematic installing and uninstalling issues. Although it is usually not a problem to install or uninstall most Windows software, problems can occur during this process, causing programs to not install or uninstall properly.

“Installation issues are often caused by missing dependencies, for instance when a program that requires the Microsoft .NET Framework needs to be installed without the proper Framework version installed on the system, states Windows 7 News.…

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How to Password-Protect Your USB Flash Drive

USB flash drives are so inexpensive now that everybody has one. We use them to store family photos and videos, important documents from work, and just about any other type of file that we need quick and easy access to.

But what if you lose your USB flash drive? Or it ends up in the wrong hands? USB drives lack the password protection of cloud storage, so how can you be certain that your private data is not being accessed by meddlesome individuals?

Luckily, with the help of the BitLocker Drive Encryption utility in Windows 7, you can secure and …

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What Do Windows Registry Cleaners Do?

Across the web you will find many different registry cleaners for Windows PCs. Some are free and some charge a small fee. But what exactly do these registry cleaners do to your computer? How do they help keep your PC performing its best?

To put it simply, registry cleaners are designed to help achieve better computer optimization. It is important to understand that not all registry cleaners are built equal, and it’s even more important to know exactly what you are installing on your PC.…

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