Keeping Programs Up to Date with Tech Tracker

In the past, programs were released and wouldn’t be updated until a new version was made. Today, new versions of programs are constantly being created to introduce new features, patch vulnerabilities, and increase the ease of use of the program. With the dozens of programs that are installed on every computer, it is difficult and time consuming to spend the time to update each one individually. Tech Tracker, available from download.cnet.com, is a simple utility which will Read the rest of this entry »

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Backing Up and Restoring Critical Files

If you use a computer, one of the most important things you can do is to create backups of your files and software. This is the best and smartest thing you can do just in case you have a problem with your computer, such as a virus or if it gets stolen. With backups, you can always later restore critical files to your computer, whether you revert your hard drive to its original factory settings or if you end up purchasing a new one altogether.

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Most Popular Uses for Adobe Flash

With compatibility issues for mobile platforms, many would expect Adobe Flash to have been on the decline in recent years, but without a clear contender offering an alternative, Flash is often a non-choice.

Even with HTML5 on the scene, Flash still dominates the media industry. Whether tech fiends love Flash or love to hate it, the program is here to stay.

Video streaming remains the most popular use for Adobe Flash. Developers hoping to steer their audiences away from the program often find themselves at a loss, having to instead support multiple file formats, Flash included.

YouTube videos nearly all use Flash, and even though Microsoft created Silverlight in the hopes of knocking Adobe’s grip from the industry, Silverlight has largely been abandoned and had stability issues long before Microsoft pulled the plug.

Streaming may be one reason sites like Hulu appreciate Flash, but it isn’t the only reason. Flash allows for seamless advertising, which means more money for streaming platforms.

Flash also supports digital rights management, which makes it an appealing choice for companies concerned with copyright infringement. Although there are tools that can break Flash encryption, users can be sued for their efforts.

As always, protection against copyright infringement is never a failsafe, but precautions like the ones Flash supports help make it a more attractive choice to big developers.

Finally, Flash is used by developers for games and animation. Most 2D animation produced via Flash is fairly low-budget, but some major shows like “My Little Pony” and “Squidbillies” use Flash for their animation.

Though Flash is rarely used in feature-length films, The Secret of Kells used Flash in conjunction with its hand-drawn scenes. As for games, Adobe boasts that nine out of 10 games on Facebook use Flash.

Considering how easily Flash connects users on any platform, it’s unlikely the media giant will disappear any time soon.

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Identifying and Cleaning Out Evil Cookies

It is important to maintain a computer in order to keep it running smoothly and free from any devastating viruses. This includes cleaning the computer of any cookies that may be taking up space and slowing down the processing speeds. Here is quick look at how to remove these small files in order to keep the computer running optimally.

Cookies are small files that one’s computer and browser create in order to make the loading of web pages slightly quicker. Many of the most commonly-visited websites will have generic templates and other bits of information that the Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Find Unknown Devices on Your PC

One of the most annoying problems that a user can come across on their computer is the “unknown devices” error located on the device manager. This issue occurs when the computer can’t read a peripheral that is currently connected either through the USB ports or the motherboard. If you have found that you came across the problem, there are some simple steps that you can take in order to resolve the issue.

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Cleaning out Dead Files and Registry Entries

Much of what happens on a computer is the result of a file that is stored on the hard drive. When you make a change in the operating system or in any other software application, Windows records that change in a file. These files might only contain a miniscule amount of data such as the number one or number zero, which generally represents true and false throughout the computing world. Some files are much larger, sometimes encompassing kilobytes and megabytes of data, such as when you edit pictures or video using a PC. No matter the size or nature Read the rest of this entry »

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Know Your Computer Using the Free Belarc Advisor

The Belarc Advisor utility can take inventory of nearly every software and hardware component on your computer. Many people who own a home, rent an apartment or drive a car are familiar with having to take a generalized inventory of furniture, appliances and other accessories for insurance claim purposes, in the event of theft or a devastating natural disaster. Similarly, households and businesses, alike, can use Belarc Advisor to take inventory of the PC.

If you own a desktop computer, you might have added expensive software and hardware components to increase both the use and value that you get Read the rest of this entry »

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How to do a Complete Uninstall

A computer can quickly be overwhelmed with software and if you’re looking to get rid of it for good, you’re going to want to make sure that you get rid of it the right way. If you fail to uninstall it properly, the files can just linger around, making you stress out even more. In order to uninstall a program completely, here are the steps that you’re going to want to take:

First, check the program’s file folder on your computer. Most Read the rest of this entry »

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Protecting Your Computer from Hacker Attack

Protecting your computer from hackers can be a tough task. The first line of defense for any computer user is an up to date virus protection suite. There are two reputable free services, Avast and AVG, and several good pay services including Norton Antivirus and Kasperksy. It is important that these services be updated daily to keep up with the proliferation of new viruses out there. Just having an updated anti-virus suite doesn’t mean that you can browse willy nilly across the internet. There are several other things that a computer user has to Read the rest of this entry »

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