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Like many people, I have a home PC, a work PC, a tablet, and a smart phone. With all of the websites I use that require passwords, I’m losing my mind trying to remember and keep track of dozens of passwords that I have created. Can you tell me if there’s a tool out there to help me remember all of my passwords, or better yet, just store them so I don’t have to remember them?
– James C., Cedar Rapids, IA

There are many programs that will do what you are looking for. In our opinion, the best password manager is RoboForm Everywhere. RoboForm Everywhere makes the process effortless by saving all of your login information and then with one click of a button can fill out entire web forms automatically. Roboform Everywhere securely stores your name, address, email, credit cards, and all other personal information. You’ll be able to access this information on all of your devices – PCs, tablets, or mobile phones. You'll never need to remember or type another password again!

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I’ve heard that you can change the Windows Logon screen to whatever you want. I’d like to customize mine, can you tell me how?
- Tom S., Denver, CO
There are various methods to accomplish this, with and without third-party software. I understand many people might not want to rely on a third-party application, while others would appreciate a quicker, safer route. This method will require you to modify the registry:
  • Step 1: Open the Windows Start menu and enter regedit into the search bar.

  • Step 2: Right click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and select Find.

  • Step 3: Search for OEMBackground, which should be in Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
    If the key does not exist, add a new DWORD value with the name OEMBackground.

  • Step 4: Double click on the entry OEMBackground, and change the value from 0 to 1.

  • Step 5: Open Windows Explorer and go to the following path: %windir%\system32\oobe.

  • Step 6: Create a new folder named info, and open it.

  • Step 7: Create a new folder within info named backgrounds.

  • Step 8: Rename your desired wallpaper as backgroundDefault.jpg and place it inside the folder backgrounds (images must be less than 245KB in size).
That should do the trick, now just log your PC, log off or reboot and enjoy.
Some of my Windows file associations have changed. How can I change them back?
– Julie T., Buffalo, NY
Sometimes this indicates that your system is infected with a virus. Run a virus check on it to be sure. Otherwise it could just be a simple glitch. To re-associate your files with a specific application, it is simple enough to do. In Windows XP or Windows 7 simply right click on the on the file and select Open With, select Choose Default Program. Select the correct program to open the file, and then check the box that is labeled Always Use The Selected Program To Open This Kind Of File. Now the files should open using the correct program.

Driver Tip: Resolving Driver Issues

Whether you have recently installed a device or it came pre-installed, you will definitely have problems if the right driver isn’t installed, or has become corrupted. Here are some of the things you can try to resolve a driver related issue:
  • Restart the computer – Before you do anything, try a simple restart of the computer. Sometimes the computer freezes or gets overwhelmed, and restarting the machine may resolve the problem. Bear in mind that most operating systems require that the computer be restarted after a new installation; otherwise the connected device will not work properly.

  • Disconnect and reconnect the device – Especially if the device is connected via a USB (universal serial bus) port, disconnect it and then plug it in to a different USB port. This will allow the operating system to automatically resolve problems related to minor resource conflicts. If all goes well, the OS will detect the device (assuming it is plug-and-play) and install the correct drivers.

BIOS Tip: How to Speed Up Your PC through BIOS

By properly adjusting the BIOS settings, you can actually make your PC perform more efficiently! There is, however, a catch. Unless you know precisely what you're doing when you start tinkering with your PC‘s BIOS settings, you can cause some real harm to your operating system. If, once you get into the BIOS setup and have a look around, you decide that your tech skills are up to the job, simply exit without making any changes. Following are a few basic BIOS adjustments which can be performed with a minimum of risk.

Disabling Unnecessary Ports - It's your BIOS’ job, every time your computer is loading, to examine each port on your motherboard and determine which hardware devices you have installed. Even if the ports are vacant, they still have to be checked, and doing so will extend the time it takes for your computer to fully load. You can hasten the loading process simply by going into your bios set up and disabling the Auto setting. Be sure, however, with each installation of the new hardware device to re-enable the Auto setting so your BIOS system detects the new device.

Disable Your PCs Built-In Features - Almost every PC has a motherboard into which certain features are factory-integrated. Your PC probably has video, sound, RAID, or/or network cards. Each one of these cards will claim its share of your system's resources, costing you efficiency when you may seldom or never use them. You can disable these cards and improve the speed at which your PC loads through the BIOS setup, just as you do when disabling your unused ports.

Keep Your BIOS Updated - Your PC motherboard’s manufacturer may issue updated BIOS versions, so you should run BIOS Agent Plus from time to time and install any necessary updates. They will be designed to automatically overwrite your current settings, and are essential to keep your computer running at its best.

» Perform a BIOS scan now!

PC Performance Tip: Skip the "Use The Web Service to Find the Correct Program" Box

If you’ve used Windows for any length of time, you’ve likely tried to open a file with an unknown extension. Instead of getting a list of programs to open the file with, you get an annoying dialog asking you to use a web service to find a program. If you selected “Select a program from a list of installed programs”, you would get this much more useful dialog box with a list of program to choose. So how do we change this so that you only get the second dialog box?

The registry tweak will show you the second Open With dialog instead of that irritating first one:

Open regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key (create the key if it doesn’t exist)


Create a new 32-bit DWORD value on the right-hand side with the following values:
  • Name: NoInternetOpenWith
  • Value: 1
The change should be immediate, no need to restart anything. To reset back to default, set the value to 0 or delete the key.

» Perform a registry scan now!

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Tech Tip
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Global PC Unit Shipment and Year-Over-Year Percentage Growth Forecast
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Source: IHS iSuppli Research
October 2012

Vocab Test


Derived by combining Video and web LOG, a "vlog" is a blog that provides a video journal on a subject rather than just text entries.

Browser Add-On

Hover Zoom

Enlarge thumbnails on mouse over. Works on many sites (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Reddit, Amazon, Tumblr, etc).

SmartPhone App


A popular app that conserves battery life by disabling the most draining components, specifically 3G/4G connectivity, when your phone is idle.

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