Why Lenovo's PCs have less bloatware or spyware than ever before

Bob is considering buying a new laptop. He wants a Lenovo, but he’s worried that the company—or the Chinese government (Lenovo is a Chinese company)—might plant spyware in his new PC.

We’re all paranoid these days, and with good reason. Corporations treat your tastes, preferences, and lifestyle as valuable commodities. Governments (and not just the Chinese) gather information from everywhere for top-secret purposes. Criminals look for leaks (often created by corporations and governments) to steal your identity.

[Have a tech question? Ask PCWorld Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector. Send your query to answer@pcworld.com.]

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How to remove Bing from Edge or Internet Explorer

Peter Jones asked me a question about Internet Explorer: “How do I get rid of Bing?” My answer also covers the new Edge browser that comes with Windows 10.

Microsoft, of course, would rather you used its Bing search engine in its browser running inside its operating system. But you don’t have to. Even if you'd prefer to stay with Microsoft’s browser, you can change that browser’s default search engine.

I’ll give you instructions for both Internet Explorer 11 and Edge.

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How to stop Windows 10 from saving files to OneDrive

Joyce Shue bought a new computer running Windows 10. After transferring data files from her older PC, she discovered that “it placed all my files and folders in OneDrive. How can I transfer these files and folder back to my PC?”

Joyce used Laplink’s PCMover to move her files, but I doubt it was that program’s fault. I simply dragged and dropped, and my data files also ended up in OneDrive (this was in a new Windows 10 environment; not an upgrade). I get the impression that Microsoft wants you to store your data in the company’s cloud-based storage service. Given that the company recently reneged on its promise of infinite OneDrive space--and of 15 free gigabytes--the more you store there, the sooner you’ll hit a paid tier.

If you prefer to stay local, you need to do two things: You have to move the files back to the traditional library folders. And you have to change some settings to avoid this problem in the future.

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Sharing passwords: One way to save a lot of heartache in case of senility, accident, or death

Marisa Taylor cares for her elderly father, and has run into problems with his forgotten passwords.

At some point in your life, you will have to take care of a spouse or close relative who no longer remembers passwords or other information. Or you will have to put that person’s things in order after they pass on. It’s going to be hard either way, but the more information you have, the easier it will be.

[Have a tech question? Ask PCWorld Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector. Send your query to answer@pcworld.com.]

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5 ways to diagnose a website that's not working

Ian M. Wright asked why a particular website wouldn’t load for him, while others did without fail.

When something gets lost in that complex communication mishmash that we call the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out who is to blame. But you need to know. Because if the problem is yours, it’s not going to go away until you’ve fixed it.

Try these tests to solve the problem.

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How to back up Gmail to your computer or local drive

Karicharla Venugopa asked for a safe way to back up a large collection of Gmail messages to a local drive.

I’ve been using Gmail for nearly a decade. Within the 40,000-plus messages I’ve sent or received, I have important professional correspondence and personal messages from loved ones who have since passed on. I really don’t want to lose them.

I know that Google backs up its servers. But I still feel better with all those messages stored locally.

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