Turning Off the Windows Vista Account Control Feature

March 10th, 2011 by lance

The Windows Vista User Account Control feature has been designed to stop your computer being affected by malware and prompts you for authorization before carrying out things such as putting on new software or making a change to the computer’s settings.

While the idea behind this is sound enough, in reality it can get a bit annoying after a while and will cause you to spend more time doing simple things than you would otherwise take.

To turn off this feature go into the Control Panel and then go into User Accounts and Family Safety followed by User Accounts. Here you will see the option to Turn User Account Control On or Off. A click here take you to the place where ticking or unticking the box will change the settings.

The official Microsoft advice is not to take turn off the User Account Control, but there are some parts of it you can deactivate without fear. For example, you can stop it blacking out your screen before it does some tasks. This is an option on Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions and you do it in the following way.

Go into group policy by choosing Start then Run then gpedit.msc. Now you need to go to Computer Configuration followed by Windows Setting and then Security Settings followed by Local Policies and then Security Options. Here you can look for the policy called User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation. If you put this to disabled then you will get rid of the rather annoying black out feature.

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Improve your Performance with ReadyBoost

March 10th, 2011 by lance

If your PC could do with a bit of an extra performance boost but you don’t really want to go out and buy an expensive memory upgrade you can still do it by plugging in a USB flash device and using the Windows ReadyBoost facility.

This is a feature which is available on Windows Vista and Windows 7, and while it won’t give you all the benefits of a memory upgrade in aspects such as gaming speed it is still a clever and pretty inexpensive way to read information a lot quicker than straight from the hard drive.

The ReadyBoost feature works by speeding up access to data by caching it on the USB drive, and it is encrypted so that if you lose the flash device no one can find out the information on it.

You can find flash drives which are ReadyBoost compatible pretty easily online, and a good tip is to look for one which matches as closely as possible the amount of RAM which your computer has. After you plug it into your USB port you will be asked whether you prefer to use the device as a ReadyBoost driver or as an external memory drive. Choose the ReadyBoost option. After this is done your computer will suggest the amount of memory to be used in order to give you the best performance. Click on ok if you are happy with this suggestion and it will start working without you doing anything else.

As mentioned earlier, this isn’t going to give you the same effect as adding more memory to your PC, but for the cost a USB flash drive it is a pretty good investment which will give you a noticeable improvement with no hassle.

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The Benefits of Google Chrome

March 10th, 2011 by lance

What do you look for in your web browser? If you are like the majority of internet users then you value speed, security and simplicity over most other factors.

These are the three main reasons why a lot of people have already switched to the Google Chrome browser. Chrome was launched in 2008 and has cemented its position as the third most popular browser behind Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. However, it has been steadily been gaining market share and recently passed the 10% share milestone. It has also been voted as being the most user friendly of the browsers currently on offer and seems certain to continue its climb in the popularity stakes.

The reputation of Chrome as arguably the safest browser around is in part based on the blacklists for phishing and malware which are constantly updated by Google and which let users know when they are entering a potentially dangerous site. There is also the fact that malware is stopped from doing any damage by the fact that each tab is individually separated and malware on one tab cannot find the information on another.

The speed which Chrome operates at is another of its big selling points, and it has repeatedly beaten the competition in speed tests. The interface is simple and rather basic, adding to the feel that it has been designed for speed and functionality rather than looks. You get just back and forward buttons, refresh and cancel and menu as standard.  The tab control is one of the main aspects of the browser, and these are highly useful ways of controlling and administering your browsing.

A recent change to the browser has also been designed to make it easier for businesses to use by letting system administrators oversee the process of updating and installing the software onto their computers.

There are versions of Chrome available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and it is well worth looking at if you fancy changing your browser and want to find the best one around.

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How to Use Windows Update

January 11th, 2011 by Steven Jones

It is really important that you keep your PC up to date with all the latest advances and security features which have been released since you bought your computer.

The main reason for doing this is to keep your machine working effectively and safely. Having old drivers is one sure way to have problems with system crashes, slow running applications and issues with other vital aspects of your computer’s performance.

The first step towards keeping your system as up to date and protected as possible is by using Window Update. There are really two ways to do this:

Automatic updates. You can set your PC to automatically scan for updates and then download them onto your system. This is the recommended way of doing it as there is no risk of the task being forgotten or carried out the wrong way. The way to set this up is to go into the control panel and then “automatic updates”. Here you can choose the option which best suits you. Read the rest of this entry »

The Danger of Using Old Drivers

January 11th, 2011 by Simon Phillips

When you buy a new mobile phone or a television it can pretty quickly be replaced in the market by better and more efficient models within a matter of months. The same happens with computers but the big difference is that instead of buying a new PC you can often simply update your current model’s drivers to maintain a good performance and get it working as new again.

The main problem is that most computer users are unaware of how to update their drivers, and a lot of the time they aren’t even aware that what they are using isn’t the current model. Because there are few visible signals that you are using an out of date driver – no smoke rising from the machine or alarm bells flashing – it is probably something which you would never really think about checking on your own.

However, if you are having recurrent problems with your machine then there is a pretty good chance that old drivers have something to do with it. The three main problems with not keeping your drivers up to date are listed below. Read the rest of this entry »

Protect your Computer with Driver Commander

January 11th, 2011 by Richard Wright

A new piece of software which is simple to use, reliable and does a good job is always going to cause a stir in the computer market. This is the case with the Driver Commander product, which has gained a number of high ratings and awards for its simple approach and effective results.

It is a program which is compatible with Windows NT / 2000 / XP / Vista and 7 and lets you keep your PC working the way it should do with no hassle. Many computer owners continue to use a PC with out of date drivers – usually because they don’t know how to update them manually – and this program lets them do a 30 second scan to find and then immediately and automatically update anything which is old and potentially dangerous.

When you are looking for a maintenance program like this then there are really three main points to look for:

Speed. No one wants to have a clean up or update program running for hours on their computer, and one that takes a long time usually ends up getting cancelled and never run again. Read the rest of this entry »

Spotting Fake Anti Virus Programs

December 3rd, 2010 by Steven Jones

A recent Google study found well over 10,000 sites offering products which are fake antivirus programs and which actually cause damage to your computer and can cause it to become locked or damaged. This is a relatively new type of computer malware but already accounts for an estimated 15% of all malware infections. These figures show that it is a serious risk and one which all Internet users need to be aware of and take seriously.

It can be very difficult to spot the arrival of this kind of nasty program on your computer because as well as those sites which Google found it can also get into your computer through a Trojan horse program. This involves you receiving something which appears innocuous, such as a normal looking file, plug in or software, but which actually contains the bug hidden within it. In fact, you can even receive the Trojan horse without having accepted any kind of document, as some hackers make use of gaps in users’ security to get their malware on board.
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Using Google Instant Preview

December 3rd, 2010 by Richard Wright

Sometimes when you are looking for something on the internet you get back so many results that clicking in and out of each site to check if it is what you are really looking for would be very time consuming.

This is where the new Google Instant Previews features is going to come in handy. What you need to do is make a search on Google and then, once the list of results comes up, roll your mouse icon over the little magnifying glass which you will see next to each page. This gives you a reduced size image of the site in question, to let you decide very quickly if it is what you were looking for or not.
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6 Ways to Speed up Your PC

December 3rd, 2010 by Simon Phillips

It is a fact of life that even the best and most expensive computers slow down a good bit over time. The addition of new programs, the ageing process and the fact that new technology has been introduced since you bought it are some of the factors for the slowing down of your machine. However, some of these of these issues can be resolved with just a little bit of simple, regular maintenance which anyone can carry out.
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