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Craplets & Bloatware
What is causing your PC to feel bloated?
What's New at PC Pitstop, May 2005
Your Source for Free Online PC Tests & Diagnostics
IN THIS ISSUE
Now Open: PC Pitstop Privacy Center
There's a lot of information on your PC that someone would love
to have. Your PC remembers where you've been on the Internet
and often keeps important financial data. With problems such as
phishing on the rise, it's even more important to be aware of
what information you keep and give out when you're using your
PC. Our Privacy Center aims to help you do that, and offers
specific tips on how to clean your PC and protect yourself.
MAX PC: System Cooling
When it comes to making faster PCs, heat is performance enemy
number one. Every winner of our first Top Dawg Challenge used
a high-tech cooling system to keep the heat off their CPU, and
there are several different technologies available: heat pipes,
Peltiers, water cooling, and refrigeration. Even if you're just
using run-of-the-mill air cooling, we've got some tips on how
to keep your PC out of the hothouse.
Notes from the CNet Antispyware Workshop
On May 3rd, CNet hosted an antispyware workshop in San Francisco.
It was unique because it was the first forum to host all sides of
the issue including spyware/adware makers, antispyware product
vendors, and independent spyware opponents like Ben Edelman, Eric
Howes, and of course PC Pitstop. Will this get-together help to
solve the spreading spyware problem? Dave Methvin's Tech Notes blog
hints that some of the players aren't ready for change.
What's Up with WhenU?
One year ago, we published our first report on the awareness level
of WhenU adware products based on a survey of user that visited the
PC Pitstop site. The results were eye-opening; about 80 percent of
users could not recall installing the software. Over the past year,
that number has come down slightly, but the number of users that
have WhenU has plummeted. Why? Check out our article.
Performance Tip: Paging File Myths and Facts
No, you shouldn't turn off the paging file just because you have a
lot of memory installed. Yes, you should have a paging file on
the system drive even if you have one on a second drive. Yes, having
the paging file in a separate partition is a good idea. These items
and many more are covered in the Microsoft support articles on how
to set up paging files.
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