We started reviewing the 2012-2013 lineup of security products a couple of months ago. Even though we are note done with our reviews, we would like to centralize the results of our testing and create a live chart that includes the best internet security suites of 2012-2013, as well as the worst. Before you purchase any of them, do yourself a favor and read our reviews.
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Windows 7 introduced a brand new Windows Explorer that is very different from the version found in Windows XP or Windows Vista. Windows 8 continues this trend and not only renames the product to File Explorer but also introduces a ribbon based interface. Even though these products have lots of new features, as with any piece of software, you can customize and improve their functioning, using the Folder Options window - the place where all the important settings are found, related to how Windows Explorer and File Explorer work. Let’s see which settings are worth improving and where to find them.
Computers on a network can be part of a workgroup or a domain. The difference between them is how resources are managed on the network. While domains are fit for enterprise networks, home networks can work very well with workgroups. In this article I will explain the difference between domains and workgroups, show how to access your workgroup settings and how to change them, both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Sharing folders from Mac OS X with Windows computers and devices, is a lot easier than it used to be. Thanks to OS X’s built-in support for the Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol, allowing read/write access to Windows computers can be done with just a few tweaks in System Preferences. After completing the steps in this tutorial, your Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers should be able to see your Mac on the local network. You’ll be able to setup multiple shared folders, each with different read/write access. Let’s see how it is done.
An early build of Windows "Blue" - the next update to Windows 8 (more of a service pack if you wish), expected to arrive in the second half of the year, has leaked on the web. We downloaded this leak and took it for a quick test drive. Here’s what we learned about what’s new, the changes and improvements that are coming to Windows 8 later this year. The list is longer than you might expect and it includes some interesting surprises.
What do you do when you have to insert special characters that can't be found on your keyboard? You use the Character Map tool found both in Windows 7 and Windows 8. It allows you to insert scientific notations, mathematical operators, currency symbols and characters from languages like Japanese Hiragana , Katakana, Korean Hanji and others. In this tutorial, I will show how to find the Character Map, share a few ways of searching for a character and how to copy characters to any Windows application.
Network locations were first introduced in Windows Vista. At that time, they somehow managed to feel half-baked and confusing to users. They were improved in Windows 7 and later on in Windows 8. Now they have a simple implementation and they are a very useful way to manage network connections and network sharing. Let’s learn together what they are, how they work and why they are useful.
We have created the biggest library of Windows 7 and Windows 8 shortcuts. We have almost everything you need and we are willing to expand our collection, which now includes 139 shortcuts for Windows 7 and 137 shortcuts for Windows 8. They are created in such a way that they all work on every Windows computer. Also, if you want a shortcut that is not included our collection, leave a comment and we will try to add it to the package.
I would like to help you decide which Windows 7 and Windows 8 services are safe to disable and when. While disabling unneeded services can have a positive impact on performance, disabling the wrong services can have a big negative impact on the overall performance and stability of your system. I will do my best to guide you and provide balanced and useful advice.
Even though System Information is a tool that shows all there is to know about your system’s components (hardware and software), I don’t like the way it displays the information. Personally, I prefer a much simpler tool, named Device Manager. Why? Because, with very few clicks, it allows you to see and manage the devices installed on your system, view devices for which you did not install their drivers, view and manage "hidden" devices, etc. If I made you curious to learn more, read this tutorial, as it shows all you need to know about using the Device Manager in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Taking screenshots in Windows Phone has been problematic, at least until the recent release of Windows Phone 8. Now this task can be done with ease, by pressing two buttons on your phone. To learn how it is done, read this quick tutorial.
We were asked to provide a simple solution to the problem of removing obsolete notification icons (i.e. icons for programs that are no longer installed) from the notification area on the Windows taskbar. While you can do this with dedicated software tools, a simple trick is to remove two registry values and then restart the explorer.exe process. Doing this will basically reset the icons cache for the notification area and keep only those icons used by active applications. Since editing the registry is a rather complex task, we decided to provide a simple tool to assist all our readers.