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Microsoft Patches Windows 10 Zero-Day Exploit Triggered by Website Visit, Office Documents

Internet Explorer, Office 2019, and Office 365 users are at risk until the patch is installed.

By Matthew Humphries

Using Google Chrome? Install the Latest Security Update Now

Attackers can exploit a flaw in the browser to take over target systems.

By Nathaniel Mott

Google One Adds a 5TB Plan for $24.99

Google closes the huge price gap between the existing 2TB and 10TB plans.

By Matthew Humphries

Firefox Now Uses a One-Click Process to Become Default Browser

Mozilla quietly reverse engineers Microsoft's single-click method of making Edge the default browser.

By Matthew Humphries

What to Do if Your Laptop Freezes

If your computer has slowed to a near-crawl, or become unresponsive entirely, here's how to see if it's an easy fix or something that needs more attention.

By Whitson Gordon

Want to Change the Default Browser in Windows 11? Good Luck!

Microsoft is making it frustratingly difficult to change your browser in its latest OS.

By Matthew Humphries

What Is Windows 365 Cloud PC?

With Windows 365, Microsoft thinks it's got exactly what you need to make hybrid work simple. But it might not be as easy as it looks.

By Oliver Rist

Ditch Internet Explorer: How to Make the Switch to Microsoft Edge

It's almost the end of the line for Internet Explorer. If you want to stick with Microsoft, here's how to move your favorites, settings, and more from IE to the Edge browser.

By Lance Whitney

Microsoft Is Testing a 'Super Duper Secure Mode' for the Edge Browser

This experimental new mode turns off Just-In-Time JavaScript compilation in the name of security.

By Matthew Humphries

IDrive Review

4.5
Editors' Choice

Despite some minor drawbacks, you won't find a better online backup service than the full-featured, easy-to-use IDrive.

By Michael Muchmore  & Ben Moore

Stop Trackers Dead: The Best Private Browsers for 2021

The web is infested with marketers mining your data and targeting you for sales. Foil the snoops with the tracking protection and privacy-conscious search features offered by these secure browsers.

By Michael Muchmore

How to Disable Web Notifications

Want to receive fewer notifications in your browser? Here's how to control push notifications and block the pop-ups you don't want in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari.

By Jason Cohen

How to Prevent Web Tracking on Your Favorite Browser With Incognito Mode

You can erase most traces of your online activities by surfing from a private browsing window in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge, both on the desktop and on a mobile device.

By Lance Whitney

How to Update Google Chrome

If you want to make sure you're on the latest version of Google's Chrome browser, here's how to check and update on the desktop, Apple iOS, and Android devices.

By Scott Bay  & Jason Cohen

How to Make Sure iCloud Is Backing Up, Syncing Your Data

If you've felt the pain of losing all the photos, videos, and documents saved on your iPhone, or want to avoid it, iCloud is your friend. Here's how to make sure everything's set up and syncing.

By Scott Bay

The Best Tune-Up Utilities for 2021

Windows 10 does a good job of keeping your PC in shape, but if you want to prevent slow boot times, system crashes, or other computing ills, and add new functionality, download a tune-up utility. These tested, PC-enhancing tools inject fresh life into a well-used Windows PC.

By Jeffrey L. Wilson

How to Tune Up Your Windows 10 PC for Free

There are only three unavoidable things in life: death, taxes, and a Windows 10 PC that eventually runs slowly. Kick the operating system back into high gear with these useful tips that won't cost you a dime.

By Jeffrey L. Wilson

Ashampoo WinOptimizer Review

3.0

Ashampoo WinOptimizer is an effective tune-up utility that gives your Windows PC a shot of new life. However, Windows 10's built-in options offer tools that replicate many of its basic, tune-up benefits.

By Jeffrey L. Wilson

19 Tricks to Master Google Photos

Unlimited photo storage may be gone, but Google Photos still has plenty to offer. Here's everything you need to know about Google's photo storage and editing service.

By Eric Griffith

Iolo System Mechanic Review

3.5

Iolo System Mechanic's many tools let you clean up a lethargic PC, securely delete files, and perform other computer-related system tasks (depending on your subscription tier). That said, you can replicate many of its basic tune-up benefits by exploring Windows 10's free options.

By Jeffrey L. Wilson