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Feb 17, 2011
Valerie Hayworth

A Guide to Choosing your Home Theater PC, or HTPC

Have you been dreaming of your own Home Theater PC (or HTPC) but don’t know what you need to get started? Has every trip to Best Buy’s electronics department left you feeling confused?  Our support manager, Wayne, has written this handy and thorough guide with you in mind. His recommendations are from first-hand experience setting up his own HTPC; we hope you enjoy it!

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A guide to choosing your HTPC home theater pc

If you are like me, then you enjoy sitting in your living room while browsing your Facebook page, reading Emails, chatting or generally updating with news, etc.; while all along wanting to switch to watching a movie and taking advantage of your home theater system to watch HD movies or streaming TV.

Jan 31, 2011
Valerie Hayworth

10 Simple Tips For Fixing DLL Errors

Knowing exactly what caused your DLL file to go missing or to become corrupted makes the process of fixing the problem that much easier. Generally, there are several ways you can repair a DLL error. Keep reading to learn how you can troubleshoot DLL errors yourself!

1) Reboot Your PC Properly

Believe it or not, this actually works in most cases, because it gives your system the opportunity to reopen necessary files, including the DLLs required by your system and the software you are running on it. Always restart your computer properly, whenever possible.

Jan 27, 2011
Valerie Hayworth

How to Check if a Website is Legitimate and Reputable

A 5-Point Checklist

1. Thoroughly Review Seals and Awards

Are there security seals? Click on them!

- Are they not clickable? – They may not be clickable in the product’s ad (a banner, etc.) -but should be on the  company’s web site.

    - Clickable?  Review the page that opens and check if it describes the certification of the exact same web site domain that you just came from.

      Do you see an award seal or is an award mentioned?

      - A company that received an important award will always be glad to give you a direct link to read more about it.

      Jan 26, 2011

      What to Do When Your PC Won’t Boot into Windows

      The Basic Guide to Troubleshooting Common Windows PC Problems

      1) Try Safe Mode First

      When your PC just won’t boot into Windows at all, you’ll probably want to start off with Safe Mode—use the F8 key right when the system starts up to access the menu and see if Windows will boot into Safe Mode. If you’re able to get into Windows, the problem is likely something that would load only when you boot normally—graphics card drivers, junk applications, or perhaps some spy ware applications.

      If Safe Mode Doesn’t Work

      Jan 26, 2011
      Valerie Hayworth

      Why You Don’t Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows

      One of the most persistent myths about Windows is that you need to reinstall the operating system regularly to keep it running at top performance. Let’s take a look at the real problem and how to fix it.

      Let’s talk a little bit about “Windows rot” and how to solve the problem. Windows doesn’t slow down or “rot” if you were to just take care of your PC a little more. Follow these tips, and you won’t have to waste your precious time spend hours backing up data, installing from disc, and re-installing your essential applications.

      Jan 20, 2011

      How to Easily Remove Spyware & Adware in 4 Steps

      Spyware and adware are notoriously stubborn to get rid of. It can be frustrating doing it yourself. However, I’ve found a few basic steps you can take to make the process easier. If your system is heavily infested with spyware and/or adware, you’ll need to have access to a clean computer to download a couple of necessary spyware removal tools. Go to the public library and use their computer, or ask a friend to download the tools for you and burn them to a CD. If you’re going to use a USB drive to transfer downloaded files, make sure both computers have autorun disabled.

      Oct 26, 2010
      Valerie Hayworth

      4 Ways to Keep the Ghouls & Goblins Away From Your PC

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      The Ghouls – Internet Hackers

      “Hackers are attacking PCs with Internet access every 39 seconds.”

      - Hackers Attack Every 39 Seconds – James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland

      The Goblins – Free Downloads

      Based on last month’s poll results, it’s pretty clear that the majority of voters, that is, 58% of you wait for feedback from trusted sources before you update your browser. But how do you decide if a “trusted source” is to be trusted? What should you look for?

      Sep 16, 2010

      How to Fix Windows without Reinstalling

      A clean reinstallation of Windows is often the recommended (and only) solution when your computer gets too clogged up to work properly anymore. However, a proper reinstall of the operating system is a time-consuming task that involves lengthy back-ups, long installations, and days to find and install all your favorite applications again.

      Reimage is a better alternative to that long, unnecessary process. You can reduce your computer’s downtime and reinstall the operating system, without resorting to an old-fashioned and often dangerous technique that’s best left to professionals.

      The Reimage process saves you the time and hassle of having to: