PC Pitstop Newsletter – May 2009 #2



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This Month


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Introducing Optimize 3.0


Rob introduces you to the newest member of the PC Pitstop product family and its incredible new features.

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Is your PC ready for Windows 7?


With one simple test, find out if your system can handle the latest and greatest from Microsoft.

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World’s Top Free Software


Our research engine is now tracking & ranking the best free software in the world.

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Must Have Windows 7 Tweaks


Already playing with the new OS? We have unearthed a few valuable tweaks that you shouldn’t miss.

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Encryption’s Achilles Heel


The secret code the world uses to transmit & store sensitive data is only as good as…

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$100 Newsletter Survey


We want to know what you think of our newsletter. Share your thoughts for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.


MAY 2009 NEWSLETTER


PC Pitstop


Guest Columnists


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Steep Price of Windows 7

by Bill Pytlovany


Multiple sources suggest the pricing for Windows 7 may give us all sticker shock.



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Have a question for AMD?

by Harry McCracken


Harry needs your help in posing questions to chipmaker AMD.



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Save your PC’s Bacon

by Steve Bass


Steve has given up on System Restore and replaced it with this Free tool.



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What are Tags?

by Chris Pirillo


Should anyone other than Chris’s dogs care about Tags?



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Windows 7 on a Netbook

by John Dodge


Windows 7 is put to the test on John’s netbook.


Free Scans


Optimize



Optimize


Speed your PC

Save money, maximize performance.


Driver Alert



Driver Alert


PC Update

Improve system functionality & stability.


Free Malware Scan



Exterminate


Anti-Malware

Stop Malware from slowing your PC.


Disk Health



Disk MD

Drive Refresh

Keep your Hard Drives working at full speed!


Personal Data Profiler



Erase


PC Profiler

Learn what others may discover about you!


Full Test



OverDrive


PC Checkup

Most complete
PC analysis available.


Tech Tips



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156 Run Commands


156 shortcut commands that execute straight from the Run dialog in your start menu. Thanks to morbidbutterfly.


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15 Great Tips for Windows 7


This month it’s all about Windows 7 and badbinary has even more tips to make it a great experience.


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Networking Windows 7 and XP


If you have two PCs that need to be networked, Ykawika has some great intel on a solution.


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Protect Your Homepage


Hate having your homepage hijacked? hyperbyte has a way to get around that for good.



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$100 goes to the best tips each month.


Top 5 Drivers

Through our millions of scans we have uncovered the 10 Most Recent Driver changes.
Click here for the full library .
Product Date
Realtek High Definition Audio 5/15/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 4/30/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS 4/30/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 4/30/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 4/30/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE 4/30/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 4/30/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 4/30/2009
NVIDIA Geforce 9800 GT 4/30/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G 4/30/2009


Special Offers


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“Very Powerful Protection”


“And here’s a tip: WinPatrol offers very powerful protection …
popular with techies since it was created 10 years ago by Bill Pytlovany, one of the original
designers of AOL and a longtime open-source practitioner. The premier version, called WinPatrol Plus,
costs just $30 for a lifetime subscription, which includes all updates, and is designed for the average consumer.
WinPatrol takes a snapshot of your Windows run registry, and from then on blocks and
alerts you to any new executable program, such as a malicious backdoor, that tries to install itself on your hard drive.”
USA Today, March 2009


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Get a New Skin for Your PC


Skinit has hundreds of designs, famous brand names in sports, entertainment, and art, and the special Customizer tool that lets you use design elements, select text, and upload your own images to create an entirely personalized skin for your PC, cell phone, MP3 player, laptop, PDA device, camera, or gaming device

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Free Trial!


Still logging in by hand? Let Roboform log in for you! No keystrokes to track, no hassle for you.

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Synch Your Files Automatically – Try Free!


From the makers of Roboform, GoodSync synchronizes files between desktops, laptops, and external drives, and works over a network or the Internet.

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Save Money, Ink & Trees!


GreenPrint has designed software to save paper and ink which not only helps you with your printing costs but saves trees and resources to boot.

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Best Memory Prices & Selection


Nothing improves system performance more than more memory. Crucial makes the right memory upgrade easy to find, easy to buy, and easy to install.
Check out their memory now.

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Free Photo Morpher Download


Morpheus Photo Morpher – Morph 2+ photos into one another. Transform pets, politicians, celebs, friends, etc. It’s hilarious! FREE DOWNLOAD.

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Have a PC Problem that Nothing Else Will Fix?


Reimage.com’s instant, online, PC repair tool is a revolutionary new concept in PC repair. Run this Free Scan Now!

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Think Geek – Stuff for the Smart Masses


T-Shirts, Gadgets, Gifts and more for those who are passionate about technology.

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15% Off Compatible Inkjet Cartridges


123inkjets is a leading provider of discount printer ink and toner for
virtually every inkjet or laser printer on the market. They carry a
full line of printer inkjet cartridges, inkjet refill kits, laser
toner, fax toner and countless other printer supplies that allow you to
save money, without sacrificing quality.

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Try Free for 30 Days!

•Demonstrate, present, collaborate – right from your PC.
•Save money with free VoIP and integrated phone conferencing.
•Hold as many meetings as you want for as long as you want – for one low rate.
•Take advantage of the easiest and most affordable Web-conferencing solution available.


Other Newsletters


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Lockergnome


The Lockergnome family of sites is growing by leaps and bounds.
Lockergnome is a blogging network, where you’ll find blogs about
everything from computer security to dog training. Geeks.pirillo.com
is a social network, with over 17,000 members. Geeks features blogs,
forum discussions, video and photo uploads, and a whole lot more. The
community newsletter, Pirillo’s Picks, features links to the best
discussions and blogs found around our various sites. Signing up is
free, and simple. Just send an email to: picks@lockergnome.com

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Tiplet.com


Tiplet.com offers expert computer tips & tech support.
Computer performance,security, and social networking are among the topics
tackled by Tiplet’s team of expert technology writers.
(Subscribe to the free newsletter, too!)

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Techbite Newsletter



TechBite’s columnist Steve Bass and PC World Contributing Editor publishes a free weekly newsletter with commentary on the
technology products he loves, the strategies for getting the most out of them,and the gotchas that can cause computing misery. Sign up for the newsletter here.

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New! Technologizer T-Week Newsletter


Technologizer’s T-Week is Harry McCracken’s weekly e-mail newsletter (delivered on Friday) with
highlights from Technologizer and original items. It’s timely, fun, and free–and you can
sign up to receive it right here.



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