Author: Summer Powell

System File Checker (SFC) is a powerful tool embedded within the Windows operating system aimed at maintaining the integrity of system files. It plays a crucial role in diagnosing and resolving various issues that may arise due to corrupted or missing system files. Introduction to System File Checker (SFC) What is SFC? System File Checker, commonly known as SFC, is a utility program provided by Microsoft Windows. It scans and verifies the integrity of all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with the correct Microsoft versions. Purpose of SFC The primary purpose of SFC is to ensure the stability…

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Back in the day, Ask.com (formerly known as Ask Jeeves) was primarily a search engine and even rivaled Google and Yahoo. Sadly, in the years since then, Ask hasn’t aged so well. In 2005 Ask was acquired by a company named InterActiveCorp, an umbrella organization that owns many other popular websites like Dictionary.com, Match.com and About.com. InterActiveCorp is also notorious for pushing toolbar downloads through many of its properties, the most well known of which is the Ask.com Toolbar. While this toolbar is not technically malware, since it does ask permission to install, it is most commonly installed as part…

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Today, I will show you how downloading a single program and spending just 2 minutes setting it up can significantly improve your computer’s security. By installing this software, your PC will be almost completely protected from hackers. First, you’ll need to download the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) from Microsoft and install it. It’s best to use the Recommended Settings option. This will enable recommended settings designed to protect against the exploitation of the most commonly vulnerable programs. These program include Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook Adobe Reader, the Java plug-in, and Wordpad. Next, open the EMET GUI (which…

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I was a bit surprised to find out that iTunes is one of the top searched programs for assistance with uninstalling. But after thinking about it, it actually makes sense. iTunes is installed on a vast number of computers, and one of the first and easiest troubleshooting steps for fixing an iTunes error is to uninstall and then reinstall the program. It’s a simple enough solution. Actually, it is pretty simple, but if you’re trying to uninstall everything that is installed with iTunes it’s not quite as straightforward as you might think at first. Here’s how to completely uninstall iTunes:…

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I had intended to provide an extensive explanation on the significance of private search results, but I now realize it may not be needed. We all know that the NSA and possibly other government entities gather private and public discussions. Moreover, major internet corporations such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, focus on advertising and acquiring extensive user data. Presently, it seems like everyone is striving to discover as much as possible about one another. The phrase “Knowledge is Power” is more relevant than ever, as information holds great importance. But as all of these organizations have built themselves around collecting as…

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I assess a significant number of software programs. A LOT of software. Literally hundreds, maybe even thousands, of programs both for my professional work and because I really like playing with computers. But installing  and then uninstalling hundreds of programs on a single computer can cause unintended consequences. I really don’t like having a cluttered PC, and doing all that software testing is a good way to cause a lot of clutter. Fortunately there is a way to run two (or even more) completely different operating systems on your computer at the same time using a technology called “virtualization”. Virtualization…

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Online advertising is a trillion-dollar industry. It is widely considered to be the backbone of the internet and a key factor in the success of many of the most visited websites on the web. Google alone is valued at nearly $400 billion and the vast majority of that is from online advertising through its AdWords platform. Facebook, Twitter, and most other search engines are also backed almost entirely by the advertising revenue they generate. If online advertising were to disappear tomorrow, most of the internet as we know it today would disappear with it. Except maybe Wikipedia. With that in…

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Imagine having a friend on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media platform who always posts funny pictures. These pictures are so horrible hilarious, in fact, that you’d like to find out where your friend is getting them from. A couple years ago this meant you’d have to randomly surf the internet looking for pictures similar to the one your friend posted, hoping you’d eventually find the right website. But now many search engines have added a “reverse image search” feature. This feature actually lets you search the web using an image instead of a search term. It works…

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The operating system is essential software for your computer. All other programs rely on the operating system to work correctly. Most people know Windows is an operating system, and many also know Macs have their own operating system that is not based on Windows. But did you know there are a lot of other operating systems available for your computer, most of which are completely free? You’ve probably heard of Linux at some point. It’s the operating system that most servers on the internet use, and a lot of other connected devices like routers and even TVs and other appliances.…

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Google’s recent mandate for YouTube users to link their accounts with Google+ has caused a significant number of people to stop using YouTube altogether, as they are not enthusiastic about the social networking platform. To that end, here’s a short description of how to delete your YouTube account. How To Delete a YouTube channel connected to a Google+ page or not connected to Google+: Make sure you’ve logged in to the channel you want to delete. Go to Advanced Account Settings. Click Delete channel. You’ll be asked to re-enter your login information to confirm that you really do want to…

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