April 2010

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Multiplier Math

Ask the Doctor LogoI built a computer a month ago that’s running Windows XP on a 2.6GHz Pentium 4 CPU. For some reason the computer thinks it is 1.3GHz. I’ve tried to change it in the BIOS but it will only let me overclock it to 1.54GHz.

—Daichi Tang

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Microsoft Security: Essential?

Ask the Doctor LogoAfter reading the Ultimate Malware Removal Guide, I have a question: Do you recommend using SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, and an antivirus program like Norton Internet Security, or is Microsoft Security Essentials a good enough antivirus/spyware/malware solution on its own?

—David Boerner

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Free Backup?

Ask the Doctor LogoI have Windows Vista on my desktop computer and I’m stuck on what to do about backing up my more than 500GB of videos and music. I’ve read that external is the way to go, but I’m a little iffy because of expense and the fact that the backup drive can crash. DVDs are not a bad idea, but it takes forever to back up that much data. I use these files every day and want easy access to them. The most reliable method, plus easiest to access, would be an online site, but that costs a lot of money. Please help me make a decision so I can install Windows 7 worry-free.

—Tony Fugate

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Eject! Eject!

Ask the Doctor LogoIs it necessary to eject a USB flash drive, or can I just yank it out? They’re called flash drives, so shouldn’t they be like SWAT teams or something: Get in and get out, job done?

—Jamie Mack

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