Why does my hard drive show less space than it actually has?

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I recently got an email from my friend Preston, who had this question: “I’m wondering¬†why, when you get a new hard drive, you don’t get the full amount of space that it says on the box? When I got my PC a few years ago, it said I had that 500 GB hard drive, but […] Read more »

How to be safe on a public wifi connection

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After last week’s post and podcast about the dangers of sharing your wifi signal with your neighbor, I had several people contact me about how to keep a computer safe “the other way around”. Meaning, if you are using your neighbor’s wifi signal (with permission of course), what type of precautions should you be taking […] Read more »

Should you share your internet with your neighbor?

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Recently I got an email from Barbara in Maine, with an interesting question. She wrote: “I have a next door neighbor who wants to hook into my internet and share expenses. Is that not legal to do? What do I need to know about it?” Great question, Barbara!   I’ll tell you right up […] Read more »

Hackers’ most effective route to your computer: website ads

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There used to be a traditional set of guidelines that you could go by, and by doing so you could be reasonably sure that your computer was safe from being attacked or infected by a virus or malware. Use a good antivirus, don’t open email attachments, don’t click on a link unless you know for […] Read more »

4 ways to free up space on your Windows hard drive

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Years ago, hard drive space was an issue that I dealt with more often. Back in the days of 40 gb and 80 gb hard drives, it didn’t take a whole lot to fill one up. Then you started getting the warnings “Drive C is getting low on space”. These days, with hard drives more […] Read more »

Questions that seem to have no answer

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I have 3 mysterious questions for you this week. Don’t worry, there will be a computer-related tip before we’re done here.   Mystery number 1: Why can’t I add simple numbers in my head? This is just a simple addition problem. But you cannot use a calculator or a pencil and paper. This must […] Read more »

AVG has gone to the dark side

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There was a time when I used and recommended AVG as a reliable option for a free antivirus. I stopped using it about 4 years ago, mainly because the software itself wasn’t really compatible with all Windows computers. When I make a recommendation, I try to make sure it’s something that won’t freeze up your […] Read more »

How to convert files without getting malware

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This is a scenario that’s repeated many thousands of times on the internet, every single day. Someone has a file on their computer, and it’s in a particular format, and they need it to be in a different format. For example, they have an MP4 video, and they want it to just be an MP3 […] Read more »

Tweak your startup list to speed up your computer

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There are a lot of reasons why your computer might be running slowly. But one of the biggest reasons is that you have too many programs running at the same time. This can be deceiving, because you might look at your screen and it seems like only a few are running. It’s the ones that […] Read more »

Combine multiple browser tabs into ONE tab to save memory

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I love Google Chrome. I use it as my default web browser and it works great. Probably what I love most about it is how I can customize it with extensions. I can put on ad blockers and all kinds of things so that websites look and behave based on my personal preferences. Chrome has […] Read more »