Question: My PC is beyond slow. Is there a trick to speeding it up or should I get a new one?
Answer: If you're still running Windows XP, it's time to get a new computer. Otherwise, you can try speeding up the one you have. Use a program like Autoruns to weed out unneeded startup programs. This will help your system boot faster and run a bit smoother. See if your hard drive is full and what is filling it up with a program like WinDirStat. You can move large files to an external drive or delete them. If you're running with two or four gigs of RAM, considering adding more as well.
Add Internet to TV for $35
Q: What do you think of Google's Chromecast?
A: At $35 or less online, I think it's an easy, inexpensive way to add streaming Internet video to an older TV. That assumes the TV has a free HDMI port, of course. Still, if you're buying a new TV, most have an Internet connection and apps for popular streaming video services built in. In that case, you don't really need a third-party gadget like Chromecast. Don't forget that Chromecast isn't the only streaming gadget on the market.
Avoid tricksy hack attacks
Q: I heard that Yahoo was hacked and served malicious ads to visitors. How do you protect against something like that?
A: The Yahoo hack, which ran from Dec. 31, 2013, to Jan. 3, 2014, is a perfect example of a watering-hole attack. Hackers slip malicious code into a legitimate site and sit back while visitors are infected automatically. The best defense is running an up-to-date browser and keeping your operating system and security programs updated. This will close most of the holes hackers exploit.
Buying a TV for Super Bowl
Q: I'm thinking about buying larger TV for the Super Bowl. Is this a good time?
A: You bet. Retailers generally knock prices way down just before the Super Bowl. Just be sure to check a TV's normal retail price online before buying. You want to make sure you're really getting a good deal.
Keep snoopers off your Mac
Q: My roommate keeps getting on my Mac without my permission. How can I stop her?
A: It sounds like you have a larger problem in your future, but it's a cinch to lock down your Mac. Go to System Preferences>>Security & Privacy. On the General tab, check the “Require password” option and set it to “immediately.” Now whenever your Mac sleeps or the screensaver kicks on, it will require your password to get back in. While you're there, you want to check the “Disable automatic login” option. This means when you restart your Mac, it asks for your password before it loads up your account.
Email Kim Komando at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 2 top technology officers leave UPMC
- Highmark denies premiums in federal insurance marketplaces affected by level of competition
- Burger King to buy Tim Hortons for $11B, move headquarters to Canada
- Experts divided on Yellen strategy
- Hewlett-Packard recalls power cords
- PPG research helps vehicle, plane makers cut pounds from products
- UPMC to help China build private medical center to boost public care there
- Study: Consumer confidence near 7-year high
- Feds close probe into Camry hybrid brake problems
- Home price gains slow in June
- Argentina kicks out BNY Mellon