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Is your computer running too many processes?

Is your computer running too many processes?

Usually, computers are fun to use. However, any enjoyment quickly disappears once you start to encounter performance problems. Computers slow down for a number of different reasons, but one of the primary reasons why computers slow down is because they have too many processes running at one time. Is your computer running more processes than it can handle? You might notice symptoms like: -Slo

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Fix your Firefox browser problems for free using Firefox Health Report

Fix your Firefox browser problems for free using Firefox Health Report

Most computer problems come from the internet. Viruses are almost always spread through malicious websites, and computer slowdowns can often come from having too many temporary internet files unnecessarily stored on the hard drive. Fortunately, one Firefox plugin wants to help users fix browser problems. The feature, called Firefox Health Report, was released by Mozilla earlier today. Firefox H

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New study claims 69% of antivirus users get their software for free

New study claims 69% of antivirus users get their software for free

Over the past few years, the price of PC security has been on a consistently downward trajectory. Today, protecting a PC is more affordable than ever, and top of the line security programs are available for between $20 to $40 per year. In spite of that fact, 69% of PC users still appear to be getting their antivirus software for free. Free antivirus software includes the trial versions pre-inst

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What does a $15,000 PC look like?

What does a $15,000 PC look like?

If you won the lottery, what would you do? Would you go on a trip to Europe? Buy a condo in Hawaii? Or would you drop $15,000 on a top-of-the-line PC? Let’s say, just for fun, you choose the latter option. That’s what Maximum PC did when they put together this year’s “Dream Machine.” The Dream Machine is a combination of some of the fastest computer hardware available today. Its pr

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Speed up your computer by controlling it with your eyes

Speed up your computer by controlling it with your eyes

You’ve probably already heard of Google’s Project Glass, which aims to bring the worlds of eyeglasses and computing together. However, Project Glass might be beyond the budgets of many consumers, as it’s sure to cost hundreds of dollars while requiring a mobile prescription plan. But what if we told you how to control your desktop or laptop computer with your eyes for just $30? Yes, it

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Iranians no longer have access to Gmail and Google

Iranians no longer have access to Gmail and Google

In addition to China and North Korea, Iran is one of the most restrictive countries on the planet. But it looks like Iran’s citizens just became a little more suppressed. Today, ComputerWorld.com is reporting that Iran’s government has blocked access to Gmail and Google. Although it’s still possible to access Google and Gmail through alternative IP addresses and some mobile carriers, it

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Bad Sophos update causes false positives to appear across corporate antivirus networks

Bad Sophos update causes false positives to appear across corporate antivirus networks

One bad software update can taint the image of your antivirus company forever. Last week, Sophos found that out the hard way. It released an antivirus update that caused computers to light up with false positives. Windows computers running Sophos antivirus software automatically downloaded an update last week. Soon after the update was applied, computers started lighting up with false positives

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Is your computer fast enough to run Windows 8?

Is your computer fast enough to run Windows 8?

Windows 8 is coming out on October 26, and that means at least some users will want to upgrade their operating systems. But is your computer fast enough to run Windows 8? Or are you going to have to invest in some more powerful hardware? Today, we’re going to answer those questions for you. Any system running Windows 7 can run Windows 8 Microsoft has promised that any computer running Windows

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Microsoft Surface pricing revealed….sorta

Microsoft Surface pricing revealed….sorta

Ever since the Microsoft Surface was announced several months ago, the tech world has been wondering how much it would cost. Since the Microsoft Surface clearly has the iPad in its sights, pricing could make all the difference in terms of consumer adoption of the device. Prior to a recent interview, it was unknown whether the Surface would be priced higher or lower than the iPad’s $499+ price ta

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GoDaddy taken down by “old school” hacking tactics

GoDaddy taken down by “old school” hacking tactics

Last week, millions of GoDaddy websites went offline. This left internet users confused, but it infuriated those who depend on GoDaddy for reliable hosting. While the sites were brought back up after a few hours, the damage had already been done. So how did GoDaddy, one of the largest domain and hosting companies on the internet, get taken down? According to the self-proclaimed culprit, @Anonym

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