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Recover your email password with MailPassView

How to recover your email password from Outlook or practically any other email program.

It has happened to all of us for one reason or another.  You need your email password but you don’t have it, you have lost it.

The good news is that if you have used your email password when setting up an email client program on your computer, like Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail or anything like that, you can get it back.

Instead of spending time and money on the phone to your internet provider, recover your email password with MailPassView.

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McAfee Removal Tool

The McAfee Removal Tool 2012 is another handy software repair tool to have in your arsenal, usable by both computer repair professionals and home users alike.

The McAfee suite of security products, including McAfee Anti-Virus, McAfee Internet Security and the rest of the range, often leave various files and registry entries behind on your computer after an uninstall. This could be because of a crash during the uninstall, a conflict with another program, or just that the uninstaller program does not remove everything that it originally installed.

When one of these products is not fully uninstalled, your computer can still think that the McAfee product is installed, even though most of the files and registry entries are deleted. This can cause problems if you try to re-install the McAfee product again or if you try to install another anti-virus program. Continue reading

Clean Up Your PC with CCleaner

CCleaner is a fantastic, free tool that is really effective tool to clean up your computer.  There are a number of excellent features that can be safely used by anyone, including file clean-up, registry clean-up and startup program checking. Continue reading

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

For a free anti-malware tool, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is as good as you can possibly get.  It is so easy to use and it can pick up threats and potential issues that can be ignored or missed by your anti-virus program.  I would thoroughly recommend this tool to anyone, from computer novices to computer repair experts. Continue reading

Defragment your hard disk easily using JKDefrag

Over time, the hard disk on your computer can become very disorganised.  Files get written to the disk, some get deleted, more files get written, and so on.  Every time a file gets deleted, the space it occupied is available to be reused.  But if the new file you want to write is too large to be written to that space, what happens is that a piece of the file gets written there, and another piece gets written somewhere else.  This process of breaking files up into smaller pieces when writing them to the hard disk is known as Fragmentation.  The files are said to be Fragmented.

As more files get written and deleted, this fragmentation of the hard disk increases.  More files are being broken up into smaller chunks, making the hard disk work harder trying to read back all the fragments. Continue reading


CrystalDiskInfo is a great little free tool for checking the general health of your hard drive.  It works by reading the S.M.A.R.T. data off your hard disk and displays it in a simple graphical format.  It can work with internal or external hard disks, with either IDE (ATA/PATA) or SATA connectors, and it even works for hard disks plugged in via USB.

Each of the S.M.A.R.T. parameters has a threshold, beyond which it could indicate a drive starting to fail.  If CrystalDiskInfo determines that any parameter is showing potential problems, it will highlight that row in the results table. Continue reading

Finding drivers for unknown devices

After installing and setting up a fresh copy of Windows, there are times when you check the Device Manager and you see the little yellow exclamation point meaning a driver hasn’t been installed for a device.

If the driver isn’t on a driver disk, and maybe you don’t have a copy of the driver because your original hard disk was broken – what do you do? The device just shows up as unknown modem, or unknown media device or something similar.

What you can do is check the properties of the device, find out its signature and look it up on a great little website Continue reading

Norton Removal Tool

This article continues our series on anti-virus removal tools – standalone programs that are designed to completely remove an anti-virus program when it’s own uninstall goes wrong.  This week we cover the Norton Removal Tool 2012.

It should be noted that the Norton Removal Tool is much more that just a remover for Norton Anti-Virus and Internet Security. Continue reading

AVG Removal Tool

The AVG Removal Tool 2012 is another handy tool for computer repair professionals and home users to tidy up after an AVG uninstall. AVG Anti-Virus and Internet Security programs, like lots of similar software from other manufacturers, can leave various files and registry entries behind after an uninstall. This can happen for many reasons, like a crash during the uninstall, a conflict with another program, or sometimes the uninstaller program just doesn’t remove everything it installed. Continue reading