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  • Tie me down: The ultimate guide to proper PC cable management

    Posted April 23, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    With a little planning and lots of twist ties, your cluttered PC can be transformed into a clean, crisp computer with wonderful airflow.
  • When malware strikes: How to clean an infected PC

    Posted May 31, 2013 - 2:38 pm

    Snuffing out viruses and malware is serious business. Here's how to diagnose, treat, and protect an ailing PC.
  • Three New Year's resolutions for PC users

    Posted December 27, 2012 - 8:24 am

    Want to keep your computer running smoothly in 2013? Make these tasks part of your regular routine.
  • Review

    Free Wise Registry Cleaner defrags the Windows registry

    Posted May 23, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    Every once in a while, I run across a program that seems too good to be free--but truly is. Wise Registry Cleaner 7 (WRC 7 from here on in) is such a program. Actually, it's a bit more than a registry cleaner. It also defrags the registry and offers quite a few system tweaks under its System Tuneup tab.
  • Smart Defrag 2 keeps a hard drive running smoothly

    Posted March 30, 2011 - 8:59 pm

    If, while troubleshooting your PC, a tech-support person says you need to defrag your hard drive, you have our permission to laugh directly in his or her face. Of course, that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it once in a while.
  • Defragging: Why, how, and whether

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    Rasha1997 asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum if he should use Windows' own defragging tool, a third-party defragger, or just not bother.
  • Banish Seven Bad Tech Habits

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 1:22 pm

    You floss daily, rotate your tires regularly, file your taxes on time, and exercise at least twice a week. In other words, you have lots of good habits. But when it comes to technology, well, we need to talk. You know all the icons cluttering your desktop, and the passwords you keep in Notepad, and the half-baked backup you make once a month? Those are the results of bad habits--and they're not the only ones.
  • Caring for Your Laptop

    Posted March 8, 2010 - 2:07 pm

    Jeremy Sutherland wants advise on keeping his laptop healthy
  • PC Maintenance: What Tasks When?

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:33 pm

    Ruption18 asked the Answer Line forum what regular chores will keep his PC healthy.

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