Most of us use the humble web browser more than any other program. These ubiquitous apps act as portals to the Internet, and because we use them daily, we want them to be reliable and easy to use, as well as secure. By far the most popular browsers on Windows are Chrome (with 57.1 percent of the market in November 2016) and Firefox (with 11.1 percent). Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has fallen from grace, but the software giant is pushing its new browser, Edge, in Windows 10, in a bid to gain its lost market share. There are other browsers, such as Opera, but we’re looking at the three major players, to see which is best.
Thursday, 2 February 2017
Take a peek at the inner workings of Windows with Task Manager
Ever wondered what goes on under the hood of Windows? If your PC is running smoothly, doing its job, then probably not. It’s when things start to go wrong — your PC slows to a crawl, or non-responsive application errors keep popping up— that you suddenly take a keen interest. There are plenty of tools out there that promise to speed up your computer, fix errors, and make things as good as new again (whatever that means), but there’s always an element of risk involved in trusting your PC to a program that doesn’t really explain what it’s doing, failing to point out that cleaning out the Registry doesn’t—on its own, at any rate — speed things up, and, more often than not, introduces problems you later can’t unpick to resolve without a refresh or, worse still, full-blown reinstall.