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Microsoft Windows 7: Your questions answered

About Windows 7

Windows 7 is an operating system released by Microsoft in 2009. Active development ended in January 2015, so there will be no further service packs, but Windows 7 security updates will continue... Read More »

Topics: Utilities & Operating Systems , Windows Software , Operating Systems & Updates

Tags: Guides , Windows 7

The hottest games of winter

This time of year brings all kinds of reasons to stay in and play a video game, whether you prefer console or computer. As the nights grow longer, we'll be firing up the hottest games of the season: Here are the four you won't want to miss this month and next, three more coming at the top of 2017, and the holiday deals and discounts to watch for.

Dishonored 2 Release date: November... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , games , shopping

Find, download, and install Android apps safely

Android users have over 2 million apps to wade through when they visit the Google Play Store. And lots of third-party websites, including Download.com, also offer app downloads. How can you find the right app in a reasonable amount of time, make sure it's compatible with your device, and figure out whether the app and the store are legit? Here's how to safely and efficiently find, download, and install Android apps.

Where to get Android... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software

Tags: Guides , security , Android apps , shopping

Stop or roll back a Windows 10 upgrade

Update (May 24, 2016): On July 29, 2016, Microsoft will stop offering free upgrades to Windows 10. The company's attempts to get Windows 7 and 8.1 users onboard have become increasingly, shall we say, enthusiastic. When you are confronted with the pop-up window telling you that Microsoft has taken the liberty of scheduling an upgrade, it's disappointingly difficult to figure out how to block the process. Can you spot it in the image below?

Give up? It's the word... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows 7 , Windows 8 , updates

Optimize your Windows storage and recover data

As much as technology changes, one thing remains the same: Given enough time, you eventually run out of room for your files. Whether you've downloaded too many apps or you're an avid photographer, you'll need more space. Start by getting rid of the stuff you know you don't need, then read on for more space-saving tips. Another rule of tech is that eventually your storage device will kick the bucket, taking important files with it. We have... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Cloud , Files

What to look for in an Android antivirus app

Malware has definitely gone mobile. According to report from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Android was the second most targeted platform by hackers (behind Windows) in 2015. The report warns that hackers are increasingly targeting financial transactions, such the recent attack on social-media apps designed to steal banking information.

How to protect your phone

You should take preventive measures: Set a screen-lock password, for example, and keep your apps up to date. See our tips for securing your Android phone.

A... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , Android , antimalware , Internet security , anti-virus

How to choose an antivirus app for Windows and Mac

Some argue that you don't need antivirus software if you just stay away from sketchy websites and email attachments. Unfortunately, there's a large cottage industry dedicated to deceiving people into inviting malware onto their computers. Think of antivirus software as your digital seatbelt: You don't strictly need it most of the time, but if you ever do, it can really save your bacon. And usually it has a negligible impact on your computer's performance. Here's how to evaluate your Windows... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , antivirus , antimalware , Internet security

Find and recover Windows files

Even computer experts with brand-new equipment have days where a storage device dies, we accidentally delete an important file, or we run out of disk space. If your Windows files are giving you fits, we have fixes. In this article, we address how to find files and recover deleted info. Stay tuned for another piece on how to recover from damaged or reformatted drives and how to optimize storage.Finding your files

There are two common scenarios where you need to find... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , utility , Files

Celebrate Safer Internet Day with 2GB of Google Drive storage

Happy Safer Internet Day! While the world today is acting in a possibly irresponsible manner to celebrate Mardi Gras, Google would like to take a moment to make your piece of the Internet a better, safer place.

First, log in to your Google account and a do quick security check on your settings.

As part of your checkup, you can add a recovery phone number for your account and review the strength your password. If you complete the Security Checkup... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides

Troubleshoot your Windows laptop

Laptops liberate us from wires and desks, but they have quirks and pitfalls that you have to remain vigilant about. Battery issues, overheating, and unresponsive input can make your liberation feel like tribulation, so here are solutions to those issues and other common problems with Windows laptops.

Turning on your laptop

Can't turn on your laptop? Most of the time, the issue is just a drained battery. First, check for a bulge on the laptop's underside. This is the hallmark of a... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

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