Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

You can safely use Windows 7 until 2020, but I won't be answering your questions

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 in January of 2020, but I'm turning over Answer Line to Josh Norem today.

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Removing Windows 10's default apps isn't easy, but CCleaner can help

Microsoft makes it hard to remove its built-in apps in Windows 10, even if you really don't want them. CCleaner gives you a way, though, and we'll show it to you here.

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How to get out of Windows Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a useful tool, but it's not a desirable working environment. If your PC only boots into that limited environment, here's your way out.

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2 ways to control Windows 10 automatic updates

Previous Windows versions let you update manually or automatically. But Windows 10 updates whether you want it to or not…unless you know the trick.

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How to fix a dead key on your keyboard

If you have a dead key on your keyboard, you probably need to clean whatever is under that key. Here's how to do it with a regular keyboard and a laptop keyboard.

Why you should use two-step verification even if it's a hassle

No one really likes two-step verification. It's annoying. And yes, it can be hacked. But you're still far safer with it than without it.

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How to run a DOS program in Windows 10

There are some old DOS applications that you just can't afford to lose (or games you still like), and Windows 10 lets you keep them. Here's how.

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How to tell if your Android phone has spyware

You know that Google, your service provider, and Facebook follow what you do on your phone. But what about your employer, your spouse, or a criminal? Find out if you have spyware on your Android phone and what to do about it.

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3 alternatives if you don't want to enter a password on your Windows machine

You boot your PC; you enter your password. You come back from a break; you enter your password. You open your laptop; you enter your password. Let's make this easier.

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The problems with using Dropbox for cloud-only storage

Dropbox, primarily used for syncing, can also be used for online-only storage. But I don't advise it.

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POP3 vs. IMAP: Which protocol lets you get all of your email on any device

When some of your email messages appear on one PC, and other messages on another, you're using the wrong protocol.

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Stop videos from autoplaying in your browser

When you go to a website to read an article, you want to read the article, not listen to a video.

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When to choose a password, when to choose a PIN

You understand that you need to protect your PC, phone, and online accounts. But do you always have to use a long and complex password?

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Remove that extra operating system and the dual boot

If you're only using one of the two operating systems on your PC, why bother with that menu every time you boot?

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5 ways to stop spam from invading your email

We're all sick of spam, whether it's Nigerian banking scams, pseudo-sexy invitations, or click-for-malware buttons. Here's how to get them out of your life.