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How to Clean-install Windows without Bloatware

You can get rid of bloatware or other troublesome software by doing a clean install of Windows 10. Here’s how it works.

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How—and why—you should use a VPN any time you hop on the internet

We'll show you how to protect your online privacy as governments around the world, including the U.S., step up their online surveillance efforts.

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How to quickly check that your home IoT devices are secure

Don't let your smart clock expose you to hackers. A web app from BullGuard can help.

How to recover your system from a Ransomware attack

After infecting a system with Locky Ransomware, CSO attempted to recover it using basic tools and backups

What a Locky Ransomware attack looks like

CSO Online's Steve Ragan infects a laptop with Locky Ransomware

Google Photos tips and tricks

Google Photos has some powerful tools for tweaking and editing images. We show you how to take advantage of them to enhance and display your photos.

Facebook encrypted messages: Setting up Secret Conversations in Messenger

Even Facebook lets you have a little privacy, letting you send encrypted messages using the Secret Conversation feature in Facebook Messenger. Here’s how it works.

How to Block Ads in Windows 10

Some Windows 10 ads are pretty unobtrusive, but several get right up in your face. Here’s how to disable them with a few simple menu tweaks.

Facebook privacy settings: How to control your ad preferences

Facebook targets ads based on your activity. You can check--and change--what it thinks your interests are in Ad Preferences.

How to download and save a Facebook video

Facebook doesn’t officially provide links to videos for you to save. But all you have to do is trick your browser into thinking you’re browsing Facebook on your phone.

How to Get Windows XP's Quick Launch Bar In Windows 10

The beloved Quick Launch Bar from Windows XP lives on in Windows 10, providing easy access to specific folders and files from the taskbar. Here’s how to get it.

Disable Autoplay Settings In Windows 10

Use the AutoPlay settings to keep malicious files from downloading to your PC. Here's how.

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Primed for pigskin: The best ways to watch football this season (with or without cable)

Whether you’re a cord cutter or a pay-TV addict, we’ll show you all the ways you can watch this season’s bone-crunching action on screens of any size.

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How to use FileBot to organize your Plex video files

FileBot organizes the TV shows and movies saved to your hard drive so they are easier to find on Plex.

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How to monitor, measure, and manage your broadband consumption

Dealing with a data cap? Tired of getting dinged for busting through it? Learn how to identify the hogs on your network and how to make sure your ISP is delivering everything you’re paying for.

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How to get rid of hum and eliminate other noises from your audio and video systems

Don't let buzz, hum, or hiss ruin your AV experience. We'll show you how to solve common electrical faults and ditch the noise.

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How to uninstall QuickTime for Windows

Apple stopped supporting QuickTime for Windows, but left a couple of major security flaws unpatched. The company recommends you uninstall it, and now would be a good time. Here's how.