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How to stop ransomware: Backup can protect you, but only if you do it right

No one wants to give hundreds of dollars to extortionists. But if you take the right precautions beforehand, ransomware probably can't hurt you.

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Your Facebook account's been hijacked. Here's how to recover it and keep it safe

Your Facebook account tells a lot about you and your social circle. You need to keep control of it.

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How to recover files from a dead external drive

It's just like an internal drive, but with a case and a plug. If the files on that drive aren't backed up, you could have a disaster, but there may be some hope.

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You can dual-boot Windows 7 with Windows 10, but there's a catch

You can dual-boot old and new operating systems, but if you upgraded to Windows 10, your old Windows 7 is gone. Here's how to start over.

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Your PC has malware! Here's how to remove it

Malware is designed to stay put. You should be able to get rid of the malicious code with these steps.

Windows 10’s hidden hard drive partitions: How to find them, how to remove them

Your Windows PC came with one or two partitions you're not supposed to touch, and upgrading to a new Windows version just creates more. You might be able to get back a little storage space, if you tread carefully.

How to move an old Windows XP PC to Windows 7 or Linux

A Windows XP PC could be 10 or 15 years old, but you could still use it for something other than a fishbowl.

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3 fixes for a dead Windows 10 Start menu

We all celebrated when Microsoft brought back the Start menu. But that joy disappears quickly if the Start menu doesn't pop up. Here are three possible solutions.

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7 Windows taskbar tricks

That bar of icons at the bottom of the desktop isn't just for pretty pictures. Here are a few ways to configure the taskbar and make Windows easier to use.

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Set which program opens when you double-click a file

Every data file on your PC should be associated with an application, so that opening the file will open the right program. But the official "right" program isn't always the right one for you.

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How to make your Windows 10 user account local

The account you log onto in Windows 10 is probably connected to Microsoft. Here's why you might (and might not) want to change that and how to do it.

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Do you have bad RAM? Here's how to find out

Defective RAM can cause all sorts of problems. If you're wondering why your PC isn't behaving, a RAM diagnosis may be in order.

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How to autoload your favorite programs in Windows 10

Maybe it's your browser. Or your word processor. Or some little utility. Here's how to make a favorite program launch automatically every time you boot Windows 10.

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7 steps for setting up a new Windows 10 PC

You've got a new computer running Windows 10. Here's what to do, and what not to do, to start off right in the new OS.

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Windows 10 picture password: Draw your own conclusions about its safety

Windows 10's picture password gives you an alternative to traditional passwords and PINs that could be easier to remember. Whether it's as safe is a good question--we go over the issues here.