Cool Cyclone Screensaver

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As you can see this screensaver looks great and is appropriate for any PC location. Download it for free here.

How to install:

Extract the .scr file from the .zip file.

Place it into your system folder. For XP it is located here:


Then right click somewhere on the desktop, click properties, display properties window and activate the screensaver called Cyclone. Enjoy


Make Regular Backups of your important data!

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Imagine the thought of losing all the data and files on your computer. It’s a pretty scary situation for some people. Luckily, there are some precautions you can take to make sure you don’t permanently lose your data.

Firstly, consider buying an external hard drive. These come in all sizes and prices. All you have to do it plug it into your computer via USB and copy over the files you want to backup. Now if your computer gets infected by a bad virus or you accidently delete something, you won’t lose all your data.

The same can be achieved by using multiple CDs (700mb each) or DVDs (4.5gb each), but note these are not rewriteable, so make sure you try and fill them with as much data at once.


Fixing a Corrupt File in iTunes

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If you’re having trouble with playing songs on iTunes because they have an exclamation mark next to them, it means the file has been moved from the previous location. There is an option to locate the files one by one, but the easiest way is to just remove all the affected files from iTunes and re add them. The only downside with this is you will lose the play count of the songs.

The easiest way to remove the files is to highlight one file, hold down Shift and select another file. This will highlight all the files in between and let you remove them all at once. (right click and Delete). Also you can select files one by one by holding down CTRL and selecting the files you want.

Guide on Anti- Virus/Spyware Software

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Anti- Virus software is a necessity for Windows computers surfing the web these days. The internet contains a large potential of viruses that can harm your computer, and you need a way to stay protected.

For free protection against viruses, try ONE of the following programs. These are the best free applications available.
AVG Free Edition


PCTools Anti-Virus

For free anti-spyware software try any of the following. These are all very successful with removing spyware.

AVG Anti Spyware

Spybot Search and Destroy

Windows Defender

No matter what program you use, remember it is important to update the software as much as possible. This is because new viruses are released all the time and your program needs to update with new defenses against them.

Running a scan on startup is not recommended because it can be very frustrating and slows down your boot time. Try to run a scan every few days to a week to keep your computer clean.

Best DVD Burning/Movie Editing Software

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For video editing, Windows Movie Maker is very appropriate for most people, however it does have glitches and can be very laggy/slow when working with large files. There are not many other free video editing programs. So if you are looking to pay you could try; Pinnacle Studio, ULead Video Studio or Vegas. Nero has great video editing features, however you may only be able to save your work as a DVD format. Nero costs money but I recommend you try out their 30 day trial, and test out how useful their software is.

Nero can also burn DVDs, but it recommended you have a lot of RAM in your PC, otherwise Nero will take hours and hours to copy one disc. For backing up DVD discs, DVD Shrink is the way to go. It is a great tool, it’s small in file size and easy to use.

Download Nero trial version here.

Best Media Players

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Windows Media Player is one of the best and most widely used media players. It has a great interface and very attractive visualizations. It has a library feature for organizing music files etc.

iTunes is used best when organizing music as it allows you to arrange songs by artist, album, song name etc. Although it can, it is rarely used for playing other media files like videos. iTunes is the only software that can be used to sync songs to an iPod.

VLC Player is a great little program that plays the widest range of file formats. If you ever download a song or video in a format that won’t open with Windows Media Player or any others, there’s a good chance VLC Player will be able to play it. It’s free so give it a go.

Winamp is a popular media player with a lot of good reviews. It has a variety of cool looking themes and skins for it and is free to download.

How to Take Screenshots

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Many people need to take screenshots of their computer screen for many different purposes.

To take a screenshot of your current screen, no external program is needed. Just press the Print Screen button on your keyboard, open up Paint and click paste.

This method will not work for video because it shown on another layer and the screenshot will come out blank. To avoid this, follow these steps.

For Windows Media Player 11, right click somewhere on the outside of the video, go to tools, options, performance, advanced. From there deselect the overlays option and you will be able to take screenshots of video.

Taking this step with the disabling of the overlays, you will also have the power to watch TV and use full screen games/apps and media players at the same time.

Free Tips to Improve the Performance of your PC

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1. Defragment.

Defragmenting is a process that organizes contents of a hard drive to store files closer together. It also attempts to create more free space. After completing, you should notice immediate improvements in your computer’s speed and start up time. Defragmenting is free and can be done very easily using the following steps on an XP computer.

For Windows XP; Go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragment.

2. Anti – Virus

There are a lot of viruses on the internet and internet users need to protect themselves. Viruses can do harm to your computer and data, and they can slow down your system. This is why it’s important to regularly update your anti-virus program, and perform regular scans. However you must keep in mind it is not beneficial to install too many anti-virus programs. These programs can be helpful but the main problem is they take a lot of power to run, and you will be slowing down your PC unnecessarily. Always try to stay with one program at a time, and uninstall any others you are not using.

3. Delete Unnecessary Files

Freeing up space can improve the speed of your PC. Delete all the files you have downloaded and no longer want. Then remember to empty the recycle bin. Try a disk cleanup, which is located in system tools (same place as defragment). This will delete temporary internet files, empty the recycle bin for you etc. Lastly, you may want to download and install a program called CCleaner, it is free and is great for clearing internet history etc.

4. Uninstall Unused Programs

Most people install a lot of programs over time. If not used, these become a waste of space. Scroll through these often and uninstall the ones you do not plan to use in the near future.

For Windows XP; Go to Start, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs.

5. Disable Auto-Starting Programs

Disabling automatic opening of programs on startup will assist in a smoother startup of your PC. Nobody likes to turn on their computer and have to wait for it to open up programs and start doing virus scans. It is best to go into the options of a particular program and disable it to open at startup.

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