Which programs can you safely remove from your PC? Find out with ‘Should I Remove It?’

should-i-remove-it-logoIf your PC is like most others out there today, it probably has tons of programs, apps, toolbars and small utilities running in the background.

And it’s quite possible that all of those running processes are causing your system to run about as fast as a snail fitted with a full body cast.

You have probably read somewhere that removing unused programs can help speed up your computer, but which of the programs listed in the Control Panel’s “Uninstall a program” list can you safely remove?

That question has puzzled computer users since the early days of Microsoft Windows, but there’s a handy free download that can help you answer it with confidence. [Continue Reading]

How to adjust the brightness of your screen with just two mouse clicks

Do you wish there was a faster and easier way to adjust the brightness of your computer screen?

Well, there is, and it’s a real time-saver!

A nifty free utility called ClickMonitorDDC lets you adjust your screen brightness by simply clicking an icon in the Windows notification area and selecting a new value.

Alternatively, you can save even more time by hovering your mouse over the icon and rolling the mouse wheel to change the brightness level. Either way is fine – whatever works best for you.

ClickMonitor DDC is a tiny portable utility that doesn’t have to be installed, and it couldn’t be easier to use. Here’s how: [Continue Reading]

Lookout Mobile Security – Quality free malware protection for smartphone and tablet

lookoutHackers have been relentlessly attacking PCs that run Microsoft Windows with viruses and other forms of malware for years while largely ignoring computers running other operating systems.

Why? Because they enjoy inflicting misery and financial loss on as many people as possible while expending the least effort.

It’s simply the age-old principle known as economy of scale at work. Since there are more Windows PCs out there than anything else, they aim their malicious snippets of code directly at them in order to get the most “bang for their buck”.

While PC’s are still their primary targets, now that smart phones and tablets are in virtually every pocket in America the hackers have turned their attention to those devices as well. [Continue Reading]

Remotely control when and how your children can use their mobile phones

Do you wish you could control when your children can use their mobile phones and which apps they can use at what times, even when you aren’t with them?

Well, thanks to a great free app called DinnertTime Plus, you can. Simpy install the app on both your child’s phone and your own phone, then link the two phones via a text message. [Continue Reading]

Parted Magic – An awesome free bootable CD for testing, partitioning and cloning hard drives

parted-magic-logoThe hard drive is arguably the most important part of your PC since it’s the piece that stores all of your valuable programs, data files, music and other miscellaneous pieces of your digital life.

Parted Magic is a powerful suite of Linux-based utilities for testing, partitioning, formatting and cloning your hard drive(s). Most computer techs (including Yours Truly) use it fairly often for setting up and maintaining the drives in our own PCs as well as those of our customers. [Continue Reading]

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