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Program unlikely to speed up old PC

Q. I’ve seen TV commercials for software found from MaxMySpeed.com that allegedly cures a slow computer. Could this, or competing programs, be effective for our Dell 8250 with a Pentium 4 (speed 2.53 gigahertz) 512 megabytes of memory and a 120 gigabyte hard drive?

This type of program, which cleans up malicious or advertising software, can modestly improve PC speed. But it can’t make up for the fact that your PC was introduced in 2002, and as a result runs more slowly when it uses newer software for things like Web browsing or virus protection.

If you want to see how much you can speed up your PC, there are many cleaning software programs at www.tinyurl.com/5ubdetu. In addition, I’ve been recommending the free software at www.Malwarebytes.org.

You also might make your PC run a little faster by adding more Random Access Memory (RAM). But I question whether it’s worth the investment of $80 to $160 to add a gigabyte of RAM when a new and much faster desktop PC costs less than $400.

Q. How does a person delete entries in their own name that are posted on Google?

There’s no single easy way to erase your presence on Google.

To prevent your name from showing up in Google search results of non-Google Web pages, ask the owner of those pages to remove it.

To delete your own post on Google’s blogs, see www.tinyurl.com/4zhv54l.

Deleting your name from someone else’s blog posts is harder. Google won’t delete “personal attacks or alleged defamation, parody or satire of individuals, distasteful imagery or language, or political or social commentary” without a court order.

But Google sometimes deletes posts involving hate against specific groups, pornography, dangerous and illegal activity, online crime or impersonation. To report these behaviors, see www.tinyurl.com/nkbacv.

Q. Recently I’ve been unable to delete messages from the in-box of my Microsoft Outlook Express 2003 e-mail program. Instead, I have to manually move them to the junk mail folder. How can I fix this problem?

You can solve it by getting rid of the troublesome “deleted items.dbx” file. For directions, see www.tinyurl.com/d9jg45.
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10 Windows 7 Business Tips

More businesses have taken the plunge to Windows 7 than did for Vista. Here are some pointers to make the transition smooth.
Michael Muchmore By Michael Muchmore

A little over a year after the release of Windows 7, businesses have finally started updating their PCs, which had mostly been running a ten-year old operating system, Windows XP. Several studies have shown accelerated adoption of Microsoft's latest desktop operating system. The bad rap Vista got was mostly to blame for this, but the bold few who made the move to that interim OS actually experience a smoother transition to the new world of Windows 7.

Whether your company bypassed Vista or has made (or is about to make) the jump from XP to Windows 7, you'll find plenty of new features that to smooth your workday, but some pointers on using the new OS effectively in the workplace will make it that much smoother. Many of Windows 7's conveniences are well known to anyone who's done some basic research—the ability to tone down User Account Control messages when doing things like installing software, pinning application icons to the Taskbar, and the Jump Lists that offer more choices when starting a program. But we've looked for some less obvious features.

We've already published tips for speeding up Windows 7, customizing the OS, making Windows 7 simpler, and unearthing its hidden features, which business users may find helpful. The advice that follows, however, is targeted specifically to business users. Find all these guides on our Windows 7 page.

Also helpful will be our guides to installing Windows 7 and to printing with it. If, on the other hand, you've had it with Windows altogether, see this guide on switching from PC to Mac.

Since business users are likely to be users of Microsoft Office, as well, be sure to check out our lists of tips for using Excel more effectively, for Word and Powerpoint, and general Office 2010 tricks.
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