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Safe Place to Buy a Windows PC

The Only Safe Place to Buy a Windows PC is the Microsoft Store – How-To Geek by Chris Hoffman 

Lenovo’s been shipping Superfish on their PCs for months. This is a security disaster, and it shows how little PC manufacturers actually care about your PC’s security. There’s only one way to ensure your new PC is actually safe to use.

When you buy a computer from the Microsoft Store — either one of Microsoft’s physical stores, or the Microsoft Store website online — you’re guaranteed to get a “Signature Edition” of that computer. 

If you want a safe Windows PC, buy it from the Microsoft Store. Microsoft offers a wide variety of Windows PCs, not just their own Surface line.

Print Pages as PDFs

Print Pages as PDFs Without Installing Extensions. 

  • ​Open any web page inside Google Chrome, press Ctrl+P to open the Print dialog.
  • Change the destination printer to “Save as PDF.”
  • Hit the Print button and the current web page, document or Email will instantly download as a PDF document. 

This is useful for downloading PDF copies of web pages that involve transactions, airline boarding passes, or a checkout page on a shopping website. 

Send downloaded PDF via Email as a attachment, great for having a friend or hotel front desk print your boarding pass when you don't have a printer handy.

Download Sites Serving Crapware

Yes, Every Freeware Download Site is Serving Crapware (Here’s the Proof) by How-To-Geek
When we wrote about what happens when you install the top ten apps from CNET Downloads, about half of the comments were from people saying, “Well you should download from a trusted source.” The only problem is that there isn’t a freeware download site that is free of crapware or adware. And here’s the result of our investigation to prove it.

Here’s What Happens When You Install the Top 10 Download.com Apps

How to Remove the Awful ShopperPro Adware / Malware by How-To-Geek

Spread the Word: Ninite is the Only Safe Place to Get Windows Freeware 
Ninite is a free tool that automatically downloads, installs, and updates various Windows programs for you, skipping past the evil toolbar offers. For Windows users, Ninite is arguably the only really safe place to get freeware.

This application is far more than a tool for tech support people to easily set up PCs. It’s a place you can get safe Windows freeware without trawling the usual download sites full of harmful garbage.


Software Solutions to De-crapify the Crappiest PCs – by Rod Trent Feb 28, 2015

​Thanks to the recent Lenovo debacle, more of the consumer industry has become aware of the unwanted applications that come preinstalled on almost every available PC. This is not a new thing.

Prevent Identity Theft

How to Prevent Identity Thieves from Opening Accounts in Your Name (Especially after the Anthem Hack) by How-To-Geek

The news that Anthem got hacked and 80 million people’s identities were stolen wasn’t very surprising — everybody is getting hacked these days. Last week, TurboTax had to temporarily shut down nationwide because of identity theft fraud. So how can you protect yourself from criminals opening accounts in your name?