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Should you leave a hard drive running when it's not in use?

From what I can tell, regularly turning a hard drive on and off can wear it down. But so can running it around the clock. For that matter, you can kill a drive by leaving it off and untouched for

Actived: Wednesday Feb 19, 2020

URL: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2030997/should-you-leave-a-hard-drive-running-when-its-not-in-use-.html

Should I Turn Off My Router? | PCWorld

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Keith Stanley asked if turning off his router will protect his computer from malware. If there's a router between your cable or DSL modem and your PC, and the router is turned off, you cannot

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/205564/turn_off_router.html

How to disable your laptop touchpad | PCWorld

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The PC might also offer a keyboard shortcut (such as pressing Fn and F7 simultaneously) to disable the touchpad, or perhaps pressing a certain area of the touchpad itself will turn it off. Check

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/241048/how-to-disable-your-laptop-touchpad.html

How to Eliminate Eyestrain From Your Big, Beautiful PC

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- Actived: Thursday Feb 20, 2020
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4 ways to turn off annoying notifications on your Android

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4 ways to turn off annoying notifications on your Android phone or iPhone Weed out the random calls, messages and alerts, and focus only on the ones that really matter to you.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2978403/4-ways-to-turn-off-annoying-notifications-on-your-android-phone-or-iphone.html

Turn a PC Off or Leave It On? | PCWorld

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Atrrocket asked if it's best to shut off a PC ever y night or leave it on.. Call me a tree-hugger if you must, but I see no reason to keep a computer on when it's not in use.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/240118/turn_a_pc_off_or_leave_it_on_.html

Speed Up Windows by Stripping It Down | PCWorld

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By turning off unnecessary programs, processes, and services, you can unburden Windows and help it live up to its full potential. Some of the following suggestions may not produce a noticeable

- Actived: Monday Feb 17, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/218323/speed_up_windows_by_stripping_it_down.html

IPv6: Five Things You Should Know | PCWorld

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IPv4 and IPv6 are not directly compatible, but researchers realized that they couldn't simply flip a switch and turn off IPv4 while most of the world still depended on it. IPv6 devices are built

- Actived: Thursday Feb 20, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/257037/ipv6_five_things_you_should_know.html

A beginner's guide to BitLocker, Windows' built-in

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A beginner's guide to BitLocker, Windows' built-in encryption tool If your version of Windows supports this feature, disk encryption is free and fairly easy to implement.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2308725/a-beginners-guide-to-bitlocker-windows-built-in-encryption-tool.html

Quality of Service explained: Routers with QoS improve

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Bandwidth is the precious currency of networks. A router with good Quality of Service technology makes sure all devices get their fair share.

- Actived: Wednesday Feb 19, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2689995/quality-of-service-explained-how-routers-with-strong-qos-make-better-home-networks.html

How to back up files with Windows 10's File History | PCWorld

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An on/off slider will now appear under a new heading called “Automatically back up my files.” IDG Click on More options to change File History’s defaults.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2974385/how-to-use-windows-10s-file-history-backup-feature.html

How to disable Cortana in Windows 10 | PCWorld

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Killing Cortana isn’t as easy as it used to be. When Windows 10 first released, turning off Cortana was as simple as flipping a switch in the digital assistant’s settings, but Microsoft

- Actived: Thursday Feb 20, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2949759/killing-cortana-how-to-disable-windows-10s-info-hungry-digital-assistant.html

iCloud vs. iTunes backups: The crucial differences that

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It will show you how much total storage you have in iCloud, and how much is still available. At the bottom there is a toggle to turn iCloud Backup on or off. When activated, it will perform the

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2154792/backups-via-icloud-or-itunes-the-crucial-differences-that-affect-your-data.html

Tested: Windows 10's Game Mode makes unplayable games

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Tested: Windows 10's Game Mode makes unplayable games playable—sometimes Windows 10's Game Mode won't improve performance on every PC, but when it does, it can make a massive difference.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3187171/tested-windows-10s-game-mode-makes-unplayable-games-playable-sometimes.html

5 vital Android settings that save your apps, data

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Once you're done installing, make sure to switch off Unknown Sources again. To toggle the Unknown Sources setting on or off, tap Settings > Security. You'll find the Unknown Sources setting about

- Actived: Sunday Feb 16, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3198515/5-vital-android-settings-that-save-your-apps-data-battery-and-more.html

Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The best hidden features | PCWorld

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Focus Assist is Windows’ answer to that, but until now you’ve had to manually toggle it on and off. A recent release automatically enabled it when playing a full-screen game. Now, if you so

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3359186/windows-10-may-2019-update-hidden-features-raw-image-support-bold-new-cursors-and-more.html

6 gotta-know Spotify tips for Android and iOS | PCWorld

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6 gotta-know Spotify tips for Android and iOS Save Spotify radio stations for offline listening, snip out the gaps between songs, keep the music playing when your playlist runs out, and more.

- Actived: Friday Feb 14, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3169679/6-gotta-know-spotify-tips-for-android-and-ios.html

How to remove your login password from Windows 10 | PCWorld

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- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
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Intel: You don't need to disable Hyper-Threading to

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If you’re in a panic to figure out how to turn off Intel’s Hyper-Threading feature to prevent ZombieLoad, the latest Spectre-like CPU security exploit, then take a deep breath: Intel’s

- Actived: Thursday Feb 20, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3395439/intel-hyper-threading-zombieload-cpu-exploit.html

Amazon Kindle or Kindle Fire: How to remove ads and

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If you buy an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (for instance) with Special Offers, the cost is $119.99—$20 off the list price.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3306265/amazon-kindle-or-kindle-fire-how-to-remove-ads-and-special-offers.html

When your computer won't turn on | PCWorld

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- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
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How to turn on System Restore in Windows 10 to protect

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How to turn on System Restore in Windows 10 to protect against bad updates Home users can't refuse updates, so it pays to make sure System Restore is active in case disaster strikes.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2955023/how-to-turn-on-system-restore-in-windows-10-to-protect-against-bad-updates.html

How to remove malware from your Windows PC | PCWorld

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Though you can try some tricks to get around this malicious technique, you might be better off reinstalling Windows after backing up your files (as discussed later), in view of the time and effort

- Actived: Tuesday Feb 18, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/243818/how-to-remove-malware-from-your-windows-pc.html

Why You Should Use Sleep Mode | PCWorld

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My high-end system uses some 120-130 watts just sitting at the desktop (not including monitor), and uses 1 watt when powered off (most computers draw a very small amount of power, even when off

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/169941/Why_You_Should_Use_Sleep_Mode.html

Why you should turn off your PC, laptop, modem, router

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Why you should turn off your PC, laptop, modem, router, and other tech routinely Why leave stuff on? Why not? This has been debated since the birth of tech.

- Actived: Thursday Feb 20, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3006911/why-you-should-turn-off-your-pc-laptop-modem-router-and-other-tech-routinely.html

How to remove Bing from Edge or Internet Explorer | PCWorld

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How to remove Bing from Edge or Internet Explorer Maybe you like Google. Or Yahoo. Or DuckDuckGo. Choosing your own search engine just takes a few steps.

- Actived: Thursday Feb 20, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2993839/how-to-remove-bing-from-edge-or-internet-explorer.html

7 ways to curb your iPhone's cellular data use | PCWorld

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Flick off the “Smart Auto-play” switch, then pick a new setting—ideally, either “Use Wi-Fi Only” or “Never Play Videos Automatically.” Use a browser with a mobile-friendly mode

- Actived: Thursday Feb 20, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2938566/7-ways-to-curb-your-iphones-cellular-data-use.html

Should You Use Standby or Hibernate? | PCWorld

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It's an age-old question: When you're done using your laptop, or just taking a break from work, should you put it to sleep, let it hibernate, or turn it all the way off?

- Actived: Wednesday Feb 19, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/181649/Should_You_Use_Standby_or_Hibernate.html

How to track changes in Microsoft Word without going

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Now you can review the document with the multi-colored edits on or off as you prefer. Click the track lines to toggle between Simple Markup (red) and All Markup (gray). In fact, this is the

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2861859/how-to-track-changes-in-microsoft-word-without-going-insane.html

7 AMD Ryzen tips and tricks to maximize your PC's

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7 AMD Ryzen tips and tricks to maximize your PC's performance Ryzen chips offer killer performance out of the box, but these tweaks push the processors even further.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3180511/7-amd-ryzen-tips-and-tricks-to-maximize-your-pcs-performance.html

How to stretch the life of your SSD storage | PCWorld

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To turn off your disk defragmenter, uncheck the Run on a schedule box in the defragmenter program. If you have hard disks that would benefit from a good defragging, you can run the defragmenter on

- Actived: Tuesday Feb 18, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2043634/how-to-stretch-the-life-of-your-ssd-storage.html

Android 10 tips: Getting started with the best new

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Unlike app timers, it’s an on or off thing, so you’ll need to disable Focus Mode on your own when you’re ready for a break. Thankfully, Google has made it easy with a Quick Settings shortcut

- Actived: Tuesday Feb 18, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3435858/android-10-best-new-features-how-to.html

How to Tell If the Windows Firewall Is On | PCWorld

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In today's world of Web threats, firewalls are a critical part of your system--yet software, malware, or even people turn off this important part of the PC.Most third-party firewalls will let you

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/211221/windows_firewall.html

How to disable Flash Player: Why now's a better time than

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- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
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4 ways your Android device is tracking you (and how to

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You can turn off "Location History" for some or all of your Android devices, so Android can't keep track of where you've been. Here's perhaps the creepiest way in which Android keeps track of what

- Actived: Monday Feb 17, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2907061/4-ways-your-android-device-is-tracking-you-and-how-to-stop-it.html

How to uninstall programs and apps in Windows 10 | PCWorld

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After using Windows 10 for a while it becomes pretty clear that Microsoft is slowly moving as many former Control Panel functions as possible to the new Settings app.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2954296/how-to-uninstall-programs-and-apps-in-windows-10.html

How to Disable Windows Startup Programs | PCWorld

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When you start your computer, Windows isn't the only program that loads. For instance, you may have noticed icons in the notification area (also known as the system tray) in the far-right portion

- Actived: Thursday Feb 20, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/241049/how_to_disable_windows_startup_programs.html

How to remove Live Tiles from the Windows 10 Start menu

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How to remove Live Tiles from the Windows 10 Start menu Say you're just not feeling Windows 10's Live Tiles, it's possible to banish them from the Start menu for a minimalist vibe.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3051121/remove-live-tiles-from-the-windows-10-start-menu.html

How to reclaim your privacy in Windows 10, piece by piece

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How to reclaim your privacy in Windows 10, piece by piece Windows 10 has deep cloud hooks and shares a lot of data with Microsoft in order to create a smart, seamless experience across devices.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2971725/how-to-reclaim-your-privacy-in-windows-10-piece-by-piece.html

How to disable Windows 10 automatic updates | PCWorld

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If you have a Professional, Enterprise, or Education edition of Windows 10, you can turn off automatic updates. But the option is hidden. Here's what to do in version 1703, if you have a later

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3085136/two-ways-to-control-or-stop-windows-10-updates.html

The ultimate guide to proper SSD management | PCWorld

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You’re probably better off sucking it up and accepting the greater amount of writes for the increased performance. DON'T defrag your SSD! You shouldn’t defragment an SSD.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2110095/the-ultimate-guide-to-proper-ssd-management.html

The 10 best hidden features of Windows 10 | PCWorld

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Yes, there's a toggle to turn off Cortana. And you'll probably want to ensure your information is erased from the Microsoft cloud, if you decide you want Windows 10 to preserve your privacy wholesale.

- Actived: Wednesday Feb 19, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2952717/the-10-best-hidden-features-of-windows-10.html

Long Live Your Laptop Battery! | PCWorld

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Be sure to follow the directions on the can, and do this only when the notebook is off. Give It a Rest. If you're going to be working exclusively on AC power for a week or more, remove the battery

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/191574/long_live_your_laptop_battery.html

Cloud storage vs. external hard drives: Which really

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By now, you know the basic arguments in the on-site versus off-site storage debate. External hard drives are fast (everything backed up in minutes!) and safe from hackers (you control the data

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2451774/cloud-storage-vs-external-hard-drives-which-really-offers-the-best-bang-for-your-buck.html

Should I Turn Off Automatic Updates? | PCWorld

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Westpark asked the Windows forum if it's advisable to turn off Windows' automatic updates.. There are good arguments both ways. Personally, I keep it on, and I think that for most people, that's

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/254647/should_i_turn_off_automatic_updates_.html

Should I Remove My Laptop Battery to Increase its Life

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How to delete, disable, or limit your Facebook account

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How to delete, disable, or limit your Facebook account If the news of Facebook's data handling has got you spooked, here's how you can limit third-party access to your account.

- Actived: Tuesday Feb 18, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2050324/how-to-delete-or-disable-your-facebook-account.html

How to get past Windows Defender SmartScreen in Windows 10

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The SmartScreen filter in Windows 10 can sometimes stop you from downloading the app you want. Here's how to get past it, and why sometimes you should think twice before doing so.

- Actived: Thursday Feb 20, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3197443/how-to-get-past-windows-defender-smartscreen-in-windows-10.html

How to turn off web notifications in Chrome, Edge, and

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How to turn off web notifications in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox Web notifications are great, except when they aren't. Here's how to turn them off on a site-by-site basis.

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3099172/how-to-turn-off-web-notifications-in-chrome-edge-and-firefox.html

Kindle vs. Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kindle Oasis: Which is

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Here’s a breakdown of the features you can expect to gain with a bigger investment, or to trade off for a lower price. [ Further reading: The best universal remote controls ]

- Actived: Friday Feb 21, 2020
- Link: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3454300/kindle-vs-kindle-paperwhite-vs-kindle-oasis-which-is-best.html

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