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Remove a Virus or Other Malicious Infection

A particularly malicious program infected Kentuckyearl's computer. He asked the Answer Line forum how to get rid of it.

Why Can't I Boot From a Burned CD?

Isabel Berney downloaded and burned the Vista Recovery Disc. But her PC wouldn't boot from the disc. I offer some advice.

Resize Vista's Alt-Tab Thumbnail Previews

Tired of squinting at Vista's tiny thumbnails when you hit Alt-Tab? This simple Registry hack makes them larger.

Google Sync Uses Microsoft Technology To Take On Apple

Microsoft ActiveSync powers Google's new syncing service to keep iPhones in the loop.

How-To: Use Your iPhone as a Wireless Laptop Modem

The next time you’re stranded without an open WiFi network (but your 3G signal is going strong), you’ll be glad you installed Addition’s iPhoneModem 2 (free to try, full license is $9.99).

How to Improve Windows Vista's Performance

These tips and techniques make your OS go faster.


Efficiency Tips for Digital Photographers

Here are some tips to save you time and get you back to shooting photos rather than fiddling around with pixels in an image editor.


Keep Networked PCs in Sync with SyncToy

Microsoft's free (but unsupported) tool does a great job keeping files and folders in sync across multiple PCs.

Copy Everything From Your Old Drive to Your New One

Whether you need to replace your old hard drive or add a second drive to expand your storage, the right software tools will make it easy to put all your files where you want them.

iPhone PowerPoint Remotes Give Perfect Presentations

Control PowerPoint from your iPhone, with previews of the current slide, notes, and more.


Give Vista a Windows 7 Makeover

Want the bells and whistles of Windows 7's new interface without having to wait for the real thing? These easy tweaks will make Vista look and act like the next generation of Windows.

Find Out If Your ISP Is Throttling Your Internet Service

Are you really going to trust that your ISP isn't throttling your Net connection? These tools will let you find out for yourself.