You can securely wipe your files, hard drive or SSD with one of these free utilities

You delete a file, then empty the recycle bin. But the contents of that file remains on your drive. Here's what to do about that.

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When 'error 404 file not found' strikes: How to remove broken browser bookmarks

You've been using the same browser for years. You have no idea which bookmarks work anymore. A utility can help clean out the dead wood.

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Why your PC has two Program Files folders, and why one of them is (x86)

Windows installs each program into one of two folders. Here's why they don't all go to the same place, and what the number 86 has to do with it.

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Your house is filled with vampires that suck $100s from your wallet annually

Blame all those devices operating on standby mode even while they’re supposedly “off.” We’ll show you how to put a stake in their hearts.

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What to do when the PC turns on but the screen remains black

You turn on your PC. The lights come on. The fan spins. But the screen remains black. Here's what you should do about it.

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5 things you can do with a second internal drive

Sure, you could just store more stuff, but other options range from virtual machines to games.

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The file manager that Android forgot: How to find photos and other data on your device

Android lacks tools for managing folders and files, but a handy app fills that gap.

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3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC

It really doesn't take much to set up a solid backup protocol for your PC. Here are the basics, with pointers to more details.

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The art of Windows file search

Arnoldas Zdanevicius needed help finding a file. Windows' built-in search tool can be a powerful ally--if you know its tricks.

How to bypass Windows AutoPlay when you plug in an external drive, and go straight to Explorer

The AutoPlay menu gives you lots of options, but if you always want just one, you can customize it.

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Small movies are opening in theaters and online at the same time, but blockbusters aren’t (and they won't)

The Internet is bringing bigger audiences to independent films, but it doesn’t work that way for tent-poles and franchises.

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How to clean a touchscreen: All you need is a simple cleaner and a special cloth

Thanks to your greasy fingers, touchscreens get dirty quicker than old-fashioned monitors. Here's how to clean off the schmutz.

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Dropbox vs. Carbonite: The difference between cloud-based storage and backup

You can use a cloud storage and syncing service like Dropbox or Google Drive for backup, but you have to understand the limitations.

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How to install two or more operating systems on one PC

Sure, you can run Windows and Linux, or two versions of Windows, all on the same PC. Just follow these steps to do it right.

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Maximize your SSD's lifespan with the right maintenance

SSDs differ significantly from the hard drives they're replacing, including care and feeding. Follow these do's and don'ts to keep your SSD in shipshape.