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How to spot and avoid installing potentially unwanted programs

Options that trick you into installing potentially unwanted programs are common during the setup of free tools and programs. Here's how to spot them and keep them off your system.

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How to upgrade an old PC: No-brainer improvements anyone can do

Is your computer running too slow? Breathe new life into that aging PC with a few tune-ups and upgrades to get it back up to speed.

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How to create 3D Worksheets in Excel 2013

Need to summarize a set of worksheets? Excel's 3D reference feature makes it easy.

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Have operating system, will travel: How to run virtual machines from a flash drive

Virtual machines are usually restricted to a single box, but Portable VirtualBox lets you install VMs on a flash drive so you can run your PC-in-a-PC on any PC.

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How to automate basic PC maintenance tasks

You can keep your PC in ship-shape by scheduling driver updates, backups and more using Windows' own utilities, plus some other (mostly) free software.

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Why you can trust free software (or at least some of it)

Most people expect to be paid for their work. So how come there’s so much free software out there? What’s the catch?

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Beginner's guide to mining Litecoin, Dogecoin, and other Bitcoin variants

What's all the hubbub about Bitcoins and its brethren? Here's how to find out for yourself.

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Beat it, bloatware: How to clean the crap off your PC

Preloaded software bogs down your hard drive, your start menu, and worse. Clean it out with these handy tools and tricks.

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If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it?

What's it gonna take? These free backup tools are a good start.

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9 free tools that make Windows much better

Nix Notepad. Pack away Paint. These free utilities do image editing, file management, screenshots and more, much, much better than Windows’ own versions can.

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Bugs & Fixes: QuickBooks 2014 repairs this and that

By the time 2014 rolled around, this year's version had already gone through four revs. Go figure.

Bugs & Fixes: Microsoft covers remote-code execution hole in Word and Office Web Apps

Cloud-based computing carries the potential for widespread malware mayhem, averted in this case.

How to easily swap files between your PC and Android device with AirDroid

No wires, no headache: Every Android owner should check out AirDroid.