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Mon
20
Feb
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How to Fix: Disable Presentationfontcache.exe (High CPU)

Infopackets Reader Teresa P. writes: " Dear Dennis, My computer has been acting terribly slow! I pressed CTRL + ALT + DEL to bring up Task Manager to see what was going on, and I have a task called presentationfontcache.exe that is eating 25% of my ... CPU. This is an older computer, and these days I need all the CPU processing power I can get - and this definitely isn't helping! Can you please tell me how I can disable presentationfontcache.exe in Windows 7? " My response: I have not had this problem before so I asked Teresa if she would like me to look at the issue more closely using my remote ... (view more)

Fri
05
Aug
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How to Fix: Make Firefox Faster; Enable Multi-Processor Support

Infopackets Reader Jesse T. writes: " Dear Dennis, A friend of mine told me that the new version of Firefox is a lot faster, but requires special configuration changes in order to get the speed boost. Do you know what she is referring to? How can I ... make my Firefox faster? " My response: Your friend is correct - the latest edition of Mozilla Firefox (version 48) includes a major overhaul to allow for multi-processor support, though it may not be enabled by default on some systems. That is because some systems may use older add-ons that may interfere with the multi-processor support feature, ... (view more)

Mon
04
Jul
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How to Fix: Unresponsive Script Error in Firefox, Chrome, IE

Infopackets Reader Mike R. writes: " Dear Dennis, Oftentimes when I visit Facebook.com, there are several ads on the right side of the screen such as 'The Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players', or 'The Funniest Billboards Ever', or something along ... those lines. Whenever these ads are displayed, the web browser locks up and I receive an error message that there is an unresponsive script on the page. I have three options: 'Debug', 'Continue', and 'Stop Script'. Why do I keep getting the 'unresponsive script' error? I use Firefox. " My response: This is a very good and frequently asked question. ... (view more)

Mon
04
May
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How to fix: CPU Fan Stuck at 100%

Infopackets Reader 'Alan' writes: " Dear Dennis, My CPU fan is stuck at 100% full load (same as my chassis fan) - and it's very loud. The fans started running at high RPM shortly after I updated my Asus motherboard BIOS. I tried changing my BIOS fan ... controls, but that doesn't seem to work. I also downgraded the BIOS firmware by updating to my previous BIOS version, but that didn't help and the CPU fan is stuck, regardless. So, I called ASUS and they said to replace the BIOS chip. I did this and still no luck. Before all this, I could control fan speeds with Silent, Standard, Turbo, or Manual ... (view more)

Mon
10
Nov
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How to View Active and Idle Processes in Windows?

Infopackets Reader 'mg_barrett' writes: " Dear Dennis, Is there a way to show a list of running processes (programs) in Windows? Also, how do I determine if a process is active or not? " My response: A process is said to be active if there is CPU or ... memory activity associated with the process. The opposite is also true; if there is no CPU or memory activity reported by a process, then it is considered to be an idle process. Process activity can be determined using various utilities mentioned below. How to View Active and Idle Processes in Windows You can use Windows Task Manager to view all ... (view more)

Fri
16
Nov
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'All CPU Meter 4.3', and 'Cathy 2.29'

All CPU Meter 4.3 All CPU Meter can display a wide range of information about your Windows computer's processors. For example, it can provide information about your processor clock speed, the name of your processor, and how much each one of your ... processors is being used, instantaneously. Information can be displayed in percentages, if you wish, and data categories can be separated by color. http://addgadgets.com Cathy 2.29 This is an extremly small, very fast, and easy-to-use media cataloging tool. Use it to index files stored on removable media (such as CDs or DVDs), hard disks, and even ... (view more)

Fri
21
Sep
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Auslogics BoostSpeed 5 Review

Note from Dennis: At the end of the review, we're offering 20% discount for Infopackets readers. I get asked all the time "Why is my PC slow?" The answer, of course, is usually complex and may depend on a number of factors. But, for the most part, ... the culprit is due to repeated installation and removal of software programs to a system over a period of time. For example: a once pristine PC (brand new, untouched) from the factory can perform flawlessly. The same PC after a few months of use will start to lag. And, after a year or two, that same PC will surely suffer major performance ... (view more)

Thu
29
Mar
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'Hotspot Shield 2.52', and 'CPU Speed Professional 3.0.4.5'

Hotspot Shield 2.52 Hotspot Shield is a software utility that adds security to every one of your browsing sessions. It also detects and blocks malware, shields your privacy from snoopers, and still allows you to access all your favorite sites. Using ... this software, you can protect your computer and digital data from high-tech snoopers lurking at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, and airports, as well as corporate offices and ISP hubs. Note: the free version of this software is supported by advertising that displays as the software operates. http://www.anchorfree.com CPU Speed Professional 3.0.4.5 CPU ... (view more)

Mon
31
Oct
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'Firefox Portable 8.0 Beta 5', and 'CPU Speed Professional 3.0.4.4'

Firefox Portable 8.0 Beta 5 Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition is the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser bundled with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your bookmarks, extensions and saved passwords with you. For help ... getting Firefox Portable up and running, visit Firefox Portable Support. http://portableapps.com CPU Speed Professional 3.0.4.4 CPU Speed Professional will accurately benchmark your PC processor speed. It uses software records and reviews thousands of processor speeds which are added daily to the worldwide CPU ranking website. The CPU comparison ... (view more)

Sat
05
Feb
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SpeedUpMyPC 2011 Review

Update 2012/01/16: : The 37% discount expires this coming Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 @ 11:59PM EST. Reserve your copy before the deadline and you'll also receive System Tweaker software as a free bonus! Satisfaction guaranteed for 30 days or your ... money back. Details at the end of the review. Are you looking to speed up your computer, but are on a tight budget? Do you enjoy learning about computer hardware and how it interacts with software? If so, you'll find this software review highly informative. -- I get asked all the time, "Dennis, what can I do to make my PC faster?" The simple answer ... (view more)

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