PC Pitstop – Newsletter – June 2009

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This Month


World’s Most Popular Freeware

We read your comments & suggestions with great interest and updated our tracking of these popular freeware titles.


Must Have Windows 7 Links

Don’t start on the installation and operation of Windows 7 without these links.


Mark Your Calendars Now!

Windows 7 is coming! Microsoft aims to launch the new version of Windows sooner than you think.


Windows 7 Pricing Leaked

A memo from Best Buy reveals Windows 7 pricing plans and a stunning admission about Vista.


Ask the Pros – What is Bing?

Is this the beginning of the end for Google or just another ‘gotcha’ from MSFT.


PC Pitstop

Guest Columnists


Ask the Pros – PC Speed Boost

by Chris Pirillo

Chris answers an Ask the Pros question about speeding up your PC.


Solving Mystery Filenames

by Bill Pytlovany

Many file names make no sense. How do you find ‘human readable explanations’?


Computer Patents of the 80’s

by Harry McCracken

Travel back in time and explore the biggest PC flops of the 80’s.


Pry Loose Stubborn Programs

by Steve Bass

Can’t find the uninstaller for a program? Drop the crow bar and try this…


The Netbook Rainbow

by John Dodge

Manufacturers are expanding the color palette for netbooks.

Free Scans



Faster 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 Task Manager FAST

No more bumbling for Ctrl+Alt+Del. Open Task Manger in Two clicks with this tip from Adamsappleone.


8 Step PC Tune Up

Speed up your PC in 8 simple steps provided by rapido. Anyone can do it.


Better Firefox Privacy

Delete super cookies in Firefox with this excellent tool. Thanks to paulfromhawaii2nd.


20 Free OS downloads

No Windows 7 here. These Operting Systems are free, and work just as well for many. Thanks flyfishingrules2.


$100 goes to the best tips each month.

Top 5 Drivers

The 10 drivers most recently added to our
Driver Alert database.

Click here for the full library
Product Date
Realtek High Definition Audio 6/2/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G 5/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 5/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 5/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS 5/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT 5/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS 5/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS 5/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G 5/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GE 5/27/2009






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“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


Get a New Skin for Your PC

Skinit has hundreds of designs, famous brand names in sports, entertainment, and art, and the special Customizer tool that lets you use design elements, select text, and upload your own images to create an entirely personalized skin for your PC, cell phone, MP3 player, laptop, PDA device, camera, or gaming device


Free Trial!

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


Synch Your Files Automatically – Try Free!

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.


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.


Free Photo Morpher Download

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.


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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


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.

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

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