Lincoln Spector

Contributing Editor

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the movie blog.

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How to spot and avoid installing potentially unwanted programs

How to spot and avoid installing potentially unwanted programs

The only PUP no one lovesThey're called PUPs—Potentially Unwanted Programs—and they sneak onto your system as accessories to the program you actually intend to install. They're annoying, and they can result in slower performance,...

The top 10 Windows 8 questions everyone asks

The top 10 Windows 8 questions everyone asks

We get asked about Windows 8 all the time, and some burning questions just don't die. See if you're savvy enough to answer the top 10 puzzlers for this still-new OS.

When malware strikes: How to clean an infected PC

You work hard to protect your PC from the malicious thugs of our digital world. You keep your antivirus program up to date. You avoid questionable Web sites. You don't open suspicious email attachments. You keep Java, Flash, and...

Can I recover some files and securely wipe others on a crashed hard drive?

Zeterjons asked the Utilities forum how to rescue files off of a physically crashed hard drive, while making sure that other files on that hard drive are destroyed beyond rescue.

Upgrade your laptop

You have very few options here. Laptops just aren't that upgradable. While a desktop PC is basically a collection of off-the-shelf parts in a big, easy-to-access box, each laptop model is a unique jigsaw puzzle, with many of the...

What do hard drive-related words like SATA, IDE, and RAID actually mean?

Brainout asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum to explain some of the words used to describe hard drives and storage.

Is Your ISP Spying On You?

Arcticsid asked the Answer Line forum if his ISP can "sit a screen, and see everything you are doing at any given time?"

Six Windows 7 Nightmares (and How to Fix Them)

Six Windows 7 Nightmares (and How to Fix Them)

Compared with its predecessors, Windows 7 is remarkably secure and dependable. It's far from perfect, though: An unbootable PC, a nasty piece of malware, or a single but important file gone...

The Blue Screen of Death Blues

Pcpchelp has been getting a lot of Blue Screens of Death lately. He asked the Windows forum for help.

Should I Upgrade from Windows 7 Starter?

Ericuse165 asked the Windows forum if it's wise to upgrade his netbook's OS from Windows 7 Starter to a more powerful version.

Lookeen Searches Outlook Contacts, E-mail

Lookeen is not for everyone--not even for every Outlook user. If you exchange email only with friends and relatives, and could almost keep your appointments in your head (but are glad you don't have to do so), this Outlook add-in's...

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