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Norton Removal Tool

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Norton Removal Tool is a portable application that removes files and registry entries from your computer related to Norton products.

Norton Anti-Virus and Internet Security uninstaller program can leave various files and registry entries behind after an uninstall. Badly uninstalled antivirus program means that your computer still thinks Norton is partially installed, even though it is gone.  This can cause conflicts if you try to re-install Norton again or if you try to install another anti-virus program.

The Norton Removal Tool uninstalls all Norton 2003 and later products, Norton 360, and Norton SystemWorks 12.0 from your computer.Always try to uninstall the program using its own uninstaller first. From Windows Control Panel, go to Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features depending on your version of Windows, select the Norton program and click Uninstall.

Read more about the Norton Removal Tool at the official Norton site.

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November 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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McAfee Removal Tool

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McAfee Removal Tool is a portable application that removes files and registry entries from your computer related to McAfee products.

McAfee Anti-Virus and Internet Security uninstaller program can leave various files and registry entries behind after an uninstall. Badly uninstalled antivirus program means that your computer still thinks McAfee is partially installed, even though it is gone.  This can cause conflicts if you try to re-install McAfee again or if you try to install another anti-virus program.

Always try to uninstall the program using its own uninstaller first. From Windows Control Panel, go to Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features depending on your version of Windows, select the McAfee program and click Uninstall.

Read more about the McAfee Removal Tool at the official McAfee site.

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November 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm

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AVG Removal tool

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AVG Removal Tool is a portable application that removes files and registry entries from your computer related to AVG products.

AVG Anti-Virus and Internet Security uninstaller program can leave various files and registry entries behind after an uninstall. Badly uninstalled antivirus program means that your computer still thinks AVG is partially installed, even though it is gone.  This can cause conflicts if you try to re-install AVG again or if you try to install another anti-virus program.

Always try to uninstall the program using its own uninstaller first. From Windows Control Panel, go to Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features depending on your version of Windows, select the AVG program and click Uninstall.

More details about the AVG Removal Tool at the official AVG site.

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Download AVG Removal Tool (32 bit version)
Download AVG Removal Tool (64 bit version)

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November 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

HD Tune: Check your hard drive health

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HD Tune is a great tool for checking the general health of your hard drive.  Its reading the S.M.A.R.T. data off your hard disk and displays it in a table format.  You can use it with internal or external IDE (ATA/PATA) or SATA hard disks. It also works for hard disks plugged in via USB.

S.M.A.R.T. parameters has a threshold, beyond which it could indicate a drive starting to fail.  If HD Tune determines potential problems, it will highlight that row in the results table.

It shows you such information about your disk as temperature, which can be a good indication about whether your computer system is running too hot.

Go to Error Scan to test the surface of your disk and look for so called bad sectors. If HD Tune finds any, it will mark broken blocks in red. Data on a bad sectors cannot be red or written so basically hard disk need a replacement.

Download free trial version here

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November 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Create a System Restore point in Windows 7

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System Restore is turned on by default, creating restore points regularly for you. In case you want to create your own System Restore point, here’s how to do it.

Click on the Start button and right click on Computer.  Select Properties from the context menu and the System window will open.

Click on System Protection and the System Properties window will open, with the System Protection tab automatically selected.

Click Create and you will be asked to provide a name to this System Restore point.  Use a meaningful name so if ever you need to restore your system, you will recognise the name you used.

Finally, click Create and the System Restore point will be created.

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November 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm

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Should shut down your computer properly

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Sometimes we are asked by customers what is right: shutting down their computer by just pressing the power button for a few seconds, rather than going through the Windows shutdown procedure. Holding the power button for a few seconds appears to shut down the computer immediately, whereas a proper Windows shutdown takes maybe 20 to 30 seconds.

Basically it is a very, very bad idea to shut down a computer by holding the power button.

What effect does this have?
Any files that Windows was writing to may now have incomplete or corrupt data, because you didn’t allow it to finish writing properly.
If Windows was writing to the registry, the system registry may now have incomplete or corrupt data because you didn’t allow it to finish writing.
The hard disk arm, not being allowed to park by the side of the disk, may scratch or damage the spinning disk, causing data to become corrupt.

So if you care about your data and want to avoid a costly repair, take a few seconds at the end of the day to shutdown Windows properly.

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November 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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When operating system fails

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There are always those times when you’re in a really bad spot – you can’t boot up properly, and what you really want is something you can quickly use to get at a command prompt so you can properly troubleshoot. Windows 7 now includes the ability to create a system repair disc, which is essentially a CD-bootable version of Windows that just includes the command prompt and a suite of system tools. Just type “system repair disc” in the Start Menu search box, and you’ll be led to the utility.

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November 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm