Options that trick you into installing potentially unwanted programs are common during the setup of free tools and programs. Here's how to spot them and keep them off your system.
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Mae Watson's aging computer still works fine. She asked if she should give up XP before next spring.
Symantec has updated its Norton Ghost image backup program, and the new version reflects technology in Drive Image from PowerQuest, the former rival Symantec acquired last year.
You can already view Adobe Systems' Acrobat PDF files on Windows PCs, Macintosh systems, and Unix and Linux computers. You may soon be able to see them on your cell phone and your car's dashboard.
Iomega is releasing in the US this week a new all-around backup solution: It uses hard drive technology, but is packaged in removable cartridges so you can buy one drive yet swap media.
I have attached my two computers to my cable modem through a router. Both PCs access the Internet just fine, but neither sees the other one. What can I do to fix this situation?
SAN FRANCISCO (03/18/2004) - Digital photos aren't meant to fit on the 3-by-5-inch or 4-by-6-inch photo papers traditionally used for 35mm film prints. Photo-printing Web site DotPhoto.com's solution: Offer prints based instead upon the dimensions of the digital image itself. DotPhoto Inc. began offering the service this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (03/10/2004) - Toshiba Corp. has released three new notebooks in its Satellite line, all targeting price-conscious shoppers, and has updated its Portege 205 Tablet PC.
SAN FRANCISCO (02/06/2004) - Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. has announced new digital cameras for both ends of the user spectrum: Two entry-level models and two for professional photographers. None will be available before March, however, and one is barely off the drawing board.
SAN FRANCISCO (01/22/2004) - The venerable .zip file format may survive, after competing companies that market compression products have reached an agreement to support each other's improvements--sort of.
SAN FRANCISCO (11/24/2003) - Sometimes I empty Windows' Recycle Bin before I realize that I shouldn't have deleted a particular file. And if I delete a file through the command line or if the deleted file is too big, the files might never get to the Recycle Bin. How do I get these deleted files back?
SAN FRANCISCO (11/17/2003) - If you get an e-mail message warning you that your PayPal account is about to expire, don't open it. If you open it, don't double-click the attachment. If you double-click the attachment, don't complete the form asking for your credit card information. And if you do fill in the form, call your credit card company immediately.
SAN FRANCISCO (10/27/2003) - Windows XP won't load on my computer. What should I do?
SAN FRANCISCO (10/27/2003) - Like a small town in a Dashiell Hammett novel, the Internet can be a dirty and dangerous place. The biggest movers in the PC protection business, Symantec Corp. and Network Associate Inc.'s McAfee business unit, sell software to protect your computer from various online thugs. Now, both companies have updated their suites so that one installation routine delivers better antivirus programs, spam filters, and firewall protection.
SAN FRANCISCO (09/26/2003) - Californians will soon start paying some of the recycling costs for monitors and TVs up front.
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