Even the best-protected computer can contract a virus, but it goes without saying that an unprotected computer is far more vulnerable. Many users only see the light after spending long hours in the dark, trying to cure an infected PC. Many tools can remove viruses and other malware from your PC, but it's not uncommon for one or two bugs to resist eradication. Reboot, and they're back. Symantec's Norton Power Eraser is a free tool that targets stubborn files and forcibly removes them. Because it cleans aggressively, it can delete critical system files, so it must be … Read more
Temporary files tend to become permanent residents of your system, unless you clean them out regularly. Many cleaners miss some of the out-of-the-way places temporary files are cached, though. Nodesoft's EraseTemp is a simple, portable tool that scans your PC for temporary files and folders and deletes anything older than one day as well as old dump files. It ignores necessary files in temporary directories that might cause programs or your system to misbehave if you delete them. It requires .NET Framework.
EraseTemp's user interface is a plain dialog with a log view and basic menu bar. The … Read more
Erasing free disk space is an easy (albeit not quick) way to help prevent the recovery of files you have erased from your system. Conventionally when files are deleted from storage device, the system only removes their entries from the file system's directory, thereby flagging blocks containing the data as being free to use. While this offers a quick way to delete files from the drive, the data is technically still intact on disk and thereby leaves open the possibility for recovery using special software.
To prevent this from happening, one option that Apple has offered in OS X … Read more
No matter the reason, if you're seeking a fresh start on Twitter, this is the way to get it done.
While deleting your account and creating a new one is a viable solution, it comes with the added consequence of also making you lose all of the people you follow and your own followers. Enter TwitWipe. This is a Web-based application that will delete all of your tweets for you. Follow these easy steps to fresh and clean start for your Twitter account.
Before you start, please note: This service is a 100 percent final and does NOT back … Read more
First, you'll want to make sure all of your personal and account information has been erased from the system. And that's what this blog brings to the table: instructions on how reset your Kindle Fire back to factory settings.
Before we get that far, though, it's probably a good idea to make sure you've backed up any absolutely crucial files that have … Read more
There's one thing you can do to avoid being the victim of identity theft: follow this 10-step PC security plan.
Encrypt your network connection Most popular sites offer HTTPS connections at least some of the time. In Gmail, click the gear icon in the top-right corner and select "Always use https" under the General tab.
To select Facebook's HTTPS setting, click the down arrow in the top-right corner and choose Account settings. Select Security in the left pane and Edit in the Secure Browsing section of the main window. Check "Browse Facebook on a secure … Read more
Erasing an SSD (solid-state drive) not only sanitizes the drive, but recovers lost performance on systems with inefficient garbage collection. Utilities like CCleaner or DBAN are made for magnetic disk drives and won't work on SSDs. Fortunately, there are two free secure-erase utilities that do work with SSD drives.
The first utility is named Secure Erase (HDDErase.exe), and was developed by the Center for Magnetic Recording Research at the University of California, San Diego. It's free and effective, but requires DOS boot media. The biggest problem with Secure Erase, however, is that development ended in 2008, thus … Read more
Tablets running Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb software do an amazing job connecting you to all of your personal online accounts. But how do you remove all of that personal information once you're done with it? How do you literally wipe the slate clean?
In this How To, you'll learn about erasing an Android Honeycomb tablet and restoring it to its factory settings.
When you delete a file from your hard drive, the system will by default just remove that item's directory entry but will leave its data structure on the drive intact. This allows the file's data to be overwritten, but it also means that until this happens, the file's data can be read and reassembled if needed, as is done by various file recovery utilities. To prevent files from being recovered, OS X comes with a secure erase option that overwrites the location of files on the disk with random data, which interferes with the file's data … Read more
Google Maps is a superconvenient tool for locating, getting directions to, and curiously exploring places around the world. Enter an address and soon the cross-streets and other local venues can be seen with just a few clicks. However, if you've done a lot of exploring on Google Maps, chances are your search history is relatively large. Having so many locations in the history can be cumbersome when entering new addresses or when simply trying to protect your privacy. Follow the steps below to clear out your Google Maps search history.
Step 1: Head to Google Maps http://maps.google.… Read more