First of all, “Thank you very much”. Your faith that PC Pitstop will keep your systems running clean and fast is our reward for 2010. We respect this trust and want to tell you about some of the improvements and additions that were made to PC Matic this past year.
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Cut out the middleman with your online searching with Context Menu Search! Veronica shows you how to get search shortcuts directly in your context menu.
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Want more options when you right click a file in Windows Explorer? Try FileMenu Tools! Veronica shows you how to add any command you can think of to your context menu on today’s Tekzilla Daily.
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By Harry McCracken
If you think the whole Web is suddenly looking more like Facebook, you’re not imagining things. At its developer conference last week, the 800-pound gorilla of social networks made a bevy of announcements — and all the biggies involved intermingling your life as a Facebook user with other activities around the Internet.
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By Steve Bass
I know you’re not always happy with your PC, so here are three
fixes to some of the annoyances you’ve sent to me.
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What is PC Matic?
PC Matic is a collection of PC Pitstop’s award winning technologies (OverDrive, Optimize, Driver Alert, Disk MD & Exterminate) – all under one hood and one integrated architecture.
With PC Matic, computer users can now have security, speed, stability and performance all in one product. (learn more).
RUN A FREE PC MATIC SCAN NOW!
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All NEW. Finally a product that downloads and installs drivers automatically.
Check out the all new Driver Alert — now featuring DriverMatic technology that allows you to automatically install most new drivers at the click of a button.
Run a Free Driver Alert Scan Today
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Have a problem that’s been bugging you for some time? Need a detailed account of RAID? Ask The Pros is the place for those questions you’ve had nagging you for a while. This is the place to send them in and see them in the next newsletter. Give it a go!
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Donâ€™t believe it? Check out this link to see the past winners of PC Pitstopâ€™s Tips and Tricks section. Iâ€™m showing some tweaks that I use to give you an idea of what weâ€™re looking for. Jump in and grab an extra $100.00.
Get your name in the hat by heading over to our Forums and posting up your submission or just enter them here and if your tip is chosen you’ll be the lucky winner for that month. Weâ€™ve had well over 100 people who have contributed and won prizes for their efforts. Why shouldnâ€™t you be one of them?
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At 11:00 AM on Monday August 25th, I decided to try IE 8 beta 2. I did some reading to become familiar with the included features and catch-up on the opinions of others, then I downloaded IE 8. During the download I choose not to install updates to Windows. The download took less than 15 seconds. I clicked the install icon and after a quick reboot it was done.
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We spend a lot of money on advertising and a lot of money in search. Just got off the line with our advertising guru, and in rough numbers, we burn over 6 times as much money with Google than we burn with Microsoft and Yahoo COMBINED. That’s an astronomical difference between Google and the rest. Furthermore, we have tried to spend more money with both Yahoo and Microsoft, and neither has enough relevant search results to allow us to increase our spend.
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Just when I was becoming accustomed to using spyware removal tools and running the occasional Pitstop virus scan (few people keep their antivirus current these days), something new comes along.
Have you ever wondered why your machine seems like it’s operating in mud or is just ignoring you? Well that’s probably because it’s operating just fine for someone else. Yep, we’re talking Botnets. Botnets are using your CPU, draining your memory, just waiting to be told what to do by someone making money from your investment. You don’t mind do you?
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Everyone knows it’s a problem. A zillion articles and lists on how to extend laptop battery life dot the Internet. The problem is that most are just vague lists … I’m going to tell you what I found that works and how to set it up. These tips are not for using the laptop around the house. This is for when you must get the absolute most from your current battery charge. How much will it get you? How about a whopping 58% more use time?
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An analysis of click thru rates for our newsletters in 2007 reveals the 10 most popular Articles/Videos and Tips of the past year.
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Your kids are being targeted by spyware and other Internet-based threats. What can you do to help them surf safely?
In the first installment of this series, we showed how various Web sites and software publishers target your children and teenagers with threats such as spyware and adware. Now let’s look at what you can teach your kids about how to surf more safely in spite of the dangers. We’ll highlight some of the danger signs that can provide a tip that something is amiss, and show how to respond in a way that can protect your kids and your computer.
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Our survey found that an astounding 74 percent of Gator users did not know that a Gator or GAIN application had been installed on their system, and an additional 15 percent had not read Gator’s license agreement. Compare those results to Gator’s assertion that users are “inviting” Gator onto their PC’s. We decided to take a look at several ways in which Gator gets “invited” onto a PC, and whether the process may be confusing users into making an uninformed choice.
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A recent article estimated that Gator made $100M in revenue in 2002. That’s a lot of dough. And it got me wondering, how one goes about making $100M in a year. Here’s my back of the napkin math.
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