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How to Protect an Excel 2007 Workbook

Excel 2007 includes a Protect Workbook command that prevents others from making changes to the layout of the worksheets in a workbook. You can assign a password when you protect a workbook so that only [more…]

How to Restart or Shut Down a Locked-Up Computer in Windows Vista

In some cases, Windows fails to respond to keyboard and mouse commands. This is known as a locked-up or frozenstate. To restart or shut down a locked-up computer, you can try pressing special key combinations [more…]

How to Create a New User in Windows Vista

Even if you're the only one using your computer, you can safeguard your computer by adding another standard user in Windows Vista, which operates as the administrator account. Of course, you may also want [more…]

How to Log Off of Windows Vista

If someone else is going to use your computer, you don't have to shut down your computer. You just need to log out of your user account so that another user can access his account. Follow these steps to [more…]

Examining Different Types of Intrusion Detection Systems

Intrusion detection is defined as real-time monitoring and analysis of network activity and data for potential vulnerabilities and attacks in progress. One major limitation of current intrusion detection [more…]

Understanding the Different Kinds of Intellectual Property

Licensing violations are among the most prevalent examples of intellectual property rights infringement. Other examples include plagiarism, software piracy, and corporate espionage. [more…]

How to Disable the Windows XP Guest Account on Your Laptop

The Windows XP Guest account allows anyone to use your laptop. Even considering that the Guest account is highly limited, that's just enough for a data thief to get a foothold and start hacking away. [more…]

How to Log Off or Switch Users in Windows XP

If someone else is going to use your computer, you don't have to shut down Windows XP. You just need to log out of your user account or use the switch user option so that another user can access his account [more…]

How to Disable Auto-Starting Programs with Windows Defender

Auto-starting programs can cause computer problems ranging from pain in the neck to freezing up the entire system. The best way to gain control over auto-starting programs in Windows Vista is to use the [more…]

How to Remove a Windows Patch in Windows Vista

So you got a bad patch from Microsoft? Hey, join the club. If you know you have a bad patch, you need to know how to remove the Windows Patch in Windows Vista. The first thing you need to know to remove [more…]

How to Make Windows Vista Show Filename Extensions

Windows Explorer provides the lens by which you see all the files and folders on your computer. To get the most out of Windows Explorer, you need to make Windows Vista show you the filename extensions [more…]

How to Protect Your Privacy in Windows Media Player

It’s important that you take a minute to protect your privacy in Windows Media Player. The best option is to block as many of the privacy settings as possible when you set up Windows Media Player, but [more…]

How to Set Up Trusted and Restricted Web Sites in Microsoft Internet Explorer

If you know how to set up trusted and restricted Web sites in Windows Vista, you can create an Internet Explorer zone, which is another line of defense for your computer. To keep your computer working [more…]

How to Create an Exception for the Windows Vista Firewall

Frequently, when a program on your computer can't receive necessary updates from the Internet, the cause can be as simple as the Windows Vista Firewall denying it access. To get your program running efficiently [more…]

How to Manually Add a Port Exception to the Windows Vista Firewall

Sometimes, adding a firewall exception isn't enough to allow an application to receive information, such as software updates, from the Internet. In these cases, the only way to get the program operating [more…]

How to Close the Inbound Windows Vista Firewall Fast

Although you can expect the Windows Vista Firewall to do a pretty good job of keeping out intruders, every Windows user should be able to close the inbound Windows Vista Firewall fast. There are times [more…]

How to Work with the Outbound Windows Vista Firewall

So you know that there’s both an inbound and outbound firewall, but you can’t figure out how to get the outbound firewall in Windows Vista to work. You are not alone. Working with the outbound Windows [more…]

How to Use Windows Live OneCare to Get Rid of a Virus in Windows Vista

If you think you have a virus on your Windows Vista computer that your antivirus program can't find (or if it stops running altogether), you can use the Windows Live OneCare Safety Scan to get rid of a [more…]

How to Get Rid of a Virus in Windows Vista

So you think you have a virus on your computer? If you take the time to follow this procedure, you should be able to get rid of most viruses in Windows Vista. [more…]

How to Install a Previously Declined Update for Windows Vista

Microsoft wants you to use Automatic Updates, but some of the automatic patches have caused more problems than they've fixed. To avoid these problems, you can turn off Vista's automatic updating feature [more…]

How to Remove Infected Restore Points from Windows Vista

Many times, you can simply run your anti-virus program and it will remove all traces of a virus. However, if you've removed a virus and it reappears again, you have a virus that is able to restore itself [more…]

How to Turn Off Windows Vista's User Account Control

Notice how Windows Vista is constantly asking for your permission to do things that you just told it to do? This is part of the User Account Control feature that Microsoft set in place to protect you from [more…]

When Not to Use Remote Assistance to Fix a Windows Vista Problem

Remote Assistance can be a great way to get help fixing computer problems, but it's important to know when not to use Remote Assistance to fix your Windows Vista problems. Remote Assistance is great at [more…]

A Closer Look at Windows Media Player's Privacy Options

The first time you run Windows Media Player (WMP), you have to take a couple of minutes to set it up. Part of that setup process is selecting WMP privacy options. Some of those options may seem innocuous [more…]

How to Disable User Account Control Secure Desktop mode

Windows 7 and Windows Vista ask if you want to Allow or Cancel almost every attempt to do something in Windows. It is called User Account Control (UAC) and is Microsoft’s attempt to ratchet up security [more…]

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