PC Pitstop Newsletter – April 2009

PC Pitstop Newsletter

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This Month


Netbooks: The Way of the 8 Track

We compare small netbooks to traditional notebooks in our OverDrive tests. Do these mini PCs pack any power?


Ask the Pros: Backup Drivers

From backing up current drivers to tweaking memory, the Pros at PC Pitstop answer your questions.


Conficker Worm Removal

Find out what the symptoms of a Conficker Worm infection are and how to remove it from your PC.


PC Pitstop on Facebook

Join the PC Pitstop group to share your experiences with our products, content, services and more.


Follow us on Twitter

Are you on Twitter and want to stay current on all of the latest happenings here at PC Pitstop? Follow us on Twitter.


PC Pitstop

Guest Columnists


I Don’t Want Your #^$% Toolbar

by Bill P.

Ask.com is everywhere, and it may install itself without you realizing. Bill refuses their overtures yet again.


10 Super-Duper (and Free) Tools

by Steve Bass

The latest and greatest free software finds from Steve Bass. Plus, the always amusing Time Wasters.


Is the Mac Tax Real?

by Harry McCracken

Harry compares the 17″ MacBook Pro to 4 Windows PC systems with similar specs to see if there really is a “Mac Tax”.


Do You Use a KVM Switch?

by Chris Pirillo

If you have a notebook and a PC without its own monitor, a KVM might be for you. Learn why a KVM switch is so cool.

Free Scans



Speed your PC

Save money, maximize performance.

Driver Alert

Driver Alert

PC Update

Improve system functionality & stability.

Free Malware Scan



Stop Malware from slowing your PC.

Disk Health

Disk MD

Drive Refresh

Keep your Hard Drives working at full speed!

Personal Data Profiler


PC Profiler

Learn what others may discover about you!

Full Test


PC Checkup

Most complete
PC analysis available.

Tech Tips


Open,view, and print Excel files

Even if you don’t have Excel, you can view Excel files for free with this tool tip from bicycle bill.


Defragment Your Page File

Defragment the immovable areas of your harddrive and speed up your PC with this free tool tip from Corpsecrank.


Lost User Manuals

If you’ve lost your user manual, you may be able to download it at Diplodocs.com. Thanks to stormy13 for the tip.


Router with USB, Modem, Dialup

Network your computer even if you don’t have ethernet. This tip made possible by duanester.


$100 goes to the best tips each month.

Top 5 Drivers

Through our millions of scans we have unconvered the 10 Most Recent Driver changes.

Click here for the full library .
Product Date
Microsoft High Definition Audio Controller 4/4/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 4/2/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 4/2/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 4/2/2009
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 4/2/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+ 4/2/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS 4/2/2009
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 3/31/2009
Realtek High Definition Audio 3/30/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 3/27/2009






Other Newsletters



The Lockergnome family of sites is growing by leaps and bounds.
Lockergnome is a blogging network, where you’ll find blogs about
everything from computer security to dog training. Geeks.pirillo.com
is a social network, with over 17,000 members. Geeks features blogs,
forum discussions, video and photo uploads, and a whole lot more. The
community newsletter, Pirillo’s Picks, features links to the best
discussions and blogs found around our various sites. Signing up is
free, and simple. Just send an email to: picks@lockergnome.com



Tiplet.com offers expert computer tips & tech support.
Computer performance,security, and social networking are among the topics
tackled by Tiplet’s team of expert technology writers.
(Subscribe to the free newsletter, too!)


Techbite Newsletter

TechBite’s columnist Steve Bass and PC World Contributing Editor publishes a free weekly newsletter with commentary on the
technology products he loves, the strategies for getting the most out of them,and the gotchas that can cause computing misery. Sign up for the newsletter here.


New! Technologizer T-Week Newsletter

Technologizer’s T-Week is Harry McCracken’s weekly e-mail newsletter (delivered on Friday) with
highlights from Technologizer and original items. It’s timely, fun, and free–and you can
sign up to receive it right here.

Special Offers


“Very Powerful Protection”

“And here’s a tip: WinPatrol offers very powerful protection …
popular with techies since it was created 10 years ago by Bill Pytlovany, one of the original
designers of AOL and a longtime open-source practitioner. The premier version, called WinPatrol Plus,
costs just $30 for a lifetime subscription, which includes all updates, and is designed for the average consumer.
WinPatrol takes a snapshot of your Windows run registry, and from then on blocks and
alerts you to any new executable program, such as a malicious backdoor, that tries to install itself on your hard drive.”
USA Today, March 2009


Roboform – Top Rated Password Manager

FREE TRIAL! Still logging in by hand? Let Roboform log in for you! No keystrokes to track, no hassle for you.


Try Goto Meeting Free for 30 Days!

•Demonstrate, present, collaborate – right from your PC.
•Save money with free VoIP and integrated phone conferencing.
•Hold as many meetings as you want for as long as you want – for one low rate.
•Take advantage of the easiest and most affordable Web-conferencing solution available.



From the makers of Roboform, GoodSync synchronizes files between desktops, laptops, and external drives, and works over a network or the Internet.


Save Money, Ink & Trees!

GreenPrint has designed software to save paper and ink which not only helps you with your printing costs but saves trees and resources to boot.


Crucial Technology – Best Memory Prices & Selection

Nothing improves system performance more than more memory. Crucial makes the right memory upgrade easy to find, easy to buy, and easy to install.
Check out their memory now.



Morpheus Photo Morpher – Morph 2+ photos into one another. Transform pets, politicians, celebs, friends, etc. It’s hilarious! FREE DOWNLOAD.



Have a PC Problem that Nothing Else Will Fix?
Reimage.com’s instant, online, PC repair tool is a revolutionary new concept in PC repair. Run this Free Scan Now!


Think Geek – Stuff for the Smart Masses

T-Shirts, Gadgets, Gifts and more for those who are passionate about technology.


15% Off Compatible Inkjet Cartridges

123inkjets is a leading provider of discount printer ink and toner for
virtually every inkjet or laser printer on the market. They carry a
full line of printer inkjet cartridges, inkjet refill kits, laser
toner, fax toner and countless other printer supplies that allow you to
save money, without sacrificing quality.

If you find our newsletter interesting, perhaps a friend or colleague would as well.
Refer a friend.

© 2008 PC Pitstop, LLC
was formed in February 2000, and offers users a unique way to make sure their PCs are running fast, stable and
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3 thoughts on “PC Pitstop Newsletter – April 2009”

  1. I have a problem–My computer recently crashed and I lost all my downloads including PC-PITSTOP’S programme.
    can you help me get it back —please

  2. The subject of the email was “Conficker Awakens”. I am looking at the ‘PC Pitstop Newsletter – April 2009’, but I don’t see anything about Conficker awakening. Thank you for Bill’s article on unwanted toolbars. Excellent! I sure hope PC Pitstop doesn’t resort to deceptive email subject lines to mislead us about the content of the monthly newsletter!


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