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Making Adobe Reader Safer

Adobe Reader is a program that many people use regularly, but we may not realize that it has serious vulnerabilities. These flaws could allow malicious programs (virus or malware program) to infect your PC. There are two settings in Acrobat Reader that should be changed – this article will tell you how.  As of this [...]

Speeding Up Internet Explorer

Microsoft’s internet browser, Internet Explorer, often begins to run slower and slower, or doesn’t work at all. This can be due to toolbars, or other add-ins.  Version 7 and 8 of Internet Explorer have a very easy method for removing these troublesome additions to IE. Even if there are no toolbars visible, there are often [...]

How to setup wireless audio / video connections

Q: I want to locate my speakers in a place where it’s difficult to run wires from the sound source. How can I do this without wires? A: Yes, here are a couple of different ways to do this.  The first uses FM radio waves, and the second uses IR, or infrared. Each has it’s [...]

The economy may be weak, but cybercrime has never been stronger. That sums up the reasoning behind Securing Our eCity, a new security initiative created by ESET to educate business and home users about the increasing need for better cyber security. http://www.securingourecity.org/ The website includes a variety of educational resources such as educational videos, podcasts, [...]

How to run ScanDisk on your hard drive.

ScanDisk is a hard drive maintenance utility that comes with every Windows XP computer.  Running it can be an important step in maintaining the integrity of the data on your hard drive.  There are other, more capable hard drive maintenance programs available, but this one is good because it’s found on every windows machine. We [...]

Protect against surges!

Power surges happen in the blink of an eye, and can do major damage to your computer, printers, monitors, external hard drives, and more. You may think you’re adequately protected, but you may not be.  Many surge protectors do not block surges well enough at all. The effect that surges have on your sensitive equipment [...]

Do you convert old movies to DVD?

We don’t, but I put together some info about how this is done.  There is a very good introductory article here: http://dvr.about.com/od/capturetvwithacomputer/bb/bybcc.htm I found this on Google using keywords: “video capture card”, targeting my search toward doing this yourself.  Then I did a google search using the keywords: “video transfer service”.  This turns up a [...]

NOD32 Antivirus: Virus Signature Update Issue

Iowa PC Services recommends NOD32 Antivirus software to it’s customers. On May 22, 2008 an antivirus update caused NOD32 to incorrectly report some Adobe software as being infected. This is known as a “false positive”. This problem also has been known to cause the PC to freeze at various times. Following is a bulletin from [...]

Should I upgrade to Windows Vista?

Question: According to the material that came with my laptop, it is windows vista capable. Whatever that means [I think I know]. What have you heard? Any suggestions? Answer: By a “new version” of Vista, the author is probably referring to Vista Service Pack 1. That was released a few weeks ago. There were no [...]

Is Microsoft dropping support for Windows XP?

Question: I read an article this week in which the author suggested people avoid Vista until the new versions comes out this summer. This writer went on to suggest that Microsoft might discontinue support to the XP program. Have you heard about this? Answer It is true that Microsoft will drop mainstream support on April [...]

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