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Why Do Adobe Reader and Java Update So Often?

The frequent patches for Reader and Java may seem like a hassle, but installing them is important.

The 21 Greatest PC Mysteries--Solved!

Find out why your documents won’t print, where your downloads disappear to, what a .dat file is, how those infernal toolbars invaded your browser, and much more.

Free Tools Consolidate Reward Cards, Share Files, and More

These free online services and apps let you create one reward card to rule them all, share huge files, and use Windows as your weather service.


How to Negotiate Better Business Software Deals

Tough economic times, and the availability of more software licensing models than ever before, have combined to shift more negotiating power into customers' hands.

Sync a Network Folder

Brandon Elmo LaLonde wants access to a folder on his school's network when at home

How To "Tether" Your iPhone For Free Without Jailbreaking

Last week, the Internet connection in my building went out for what seemed like forever. Really it was only three and a half days but with my ever-escalating habit, three and a half hours can be the onset of dangerous withdrawal symptoms.


Keep Your Hard Drive Defragmented with Defraggler 2.0

From the same folks who brought you CCleaner 3.0, this slick "defrag" utility beats Windows' own tool at every turn.

Eliminate Duplicate Files with Free Utility

It's called Fast Duplicate File Finder, and it does exactly what it promises: locates and, if you wish, deletes duplicate files.

Get Classic Start Menu Pro for Free (Today Only)

Who says you can't get something for nothing? Today only, this $20 utility can be yours free of charge, no strings attached. (Well, there's one tiny one.)

Laptop Gaming: Optimize Performance on Portable PCs

Most mainstream laptops have modest CPUs and weak graphics cards. Here's how to tune your games for the best laptop gaming.

Ditch Your Keyboard With Windows Voice Commands

Keyboards and mice are so 20th century. Here's how to drive your Windows 7 PC by voice alone, and dictate all your text.

How to Remove 'Crapware' and Other Unwanted Software From Your PC

Removing junk software is like uninstalling any other program, but here are a few hints that can make the process much smoother.


15 Awesome Things You Probably Shouldn't Do

Want to unlock your iPhone, download YouTube videos, or hack a stranger's Facebook account? It's all possible, but it's also all against the rules.