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With the powerful and free disk cleaning up software such as CCleaner, hardly anyone really uses the Windows Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files anymore. You can run Disk Cleaner by clicking the Start button, Go to All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and click the Disk Cleanup shortcut. By default it is able to clean Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files, Offline Webpages, Recycle Bin, Setup Log Files, Temporary Files, Thumbnails, Per user archived Windows Error Reporting File, Per user queued Windows Error Reporting Files and System queued Windows Error Reporting Files.

There is a trick on how you can add 10 more extra items to the disk cleanup making it a total of 20 items. The extra 10 items are Temporary Setup Files, Debug Dump Files, Old Chkdsk files, Previous Windows installation(s), System error memory dump files, System error minidump files, Temporary Windows installation files, Files discarded by Windows upgrade, System archived Windows Error Reporting Files and Windows upgrade log files.

You will need to run command prompt as Administrator, and then type the following command:

%SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

Disk Cleanup Settings will then appear with 20 items in total for you to clean up. Just select the items that you would like Disk Cleanup to automatically clean up and click the OK button. This works with Windows XP as well but it only adds 3 more extra items making it a total of 15 items.

Mac OS vulnerabilities have increased by over five times in less than a year, according to Panda Security figures.

In 2009, 34 vulnerabilities were detected in the Mac OS and thus far in 2010 this has risen to 175.

The platform can also be affected by 170,000 macro viruses for Windows, Panda said.

Furthermore, there are 5,000 classified strains of malware that specifically target Apple systems and the increased focus of hackers on the Cupertino company’s products has led Panda to launch its Antivirus for Mac.

It offers protection against all kinds of malware that can affect Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux, protecting the Apple OS itself and preventing users from transmitting malware to other operating systems.

“Mac security was something Panda had to address,” said Ivan Fermon, senior vice president of product management at Panda.

“We believe this is the right time to launch a product like this, given that Apple is becoming globally more popular for various reasons (among others, due to the success of other devices, such as iPad) and could now start to be targeted by hackers.”

Two different scan engines have been included in Panda Antivirus for Mac, one being an on-access scan, designed to protect the computer at all times and alert to any security incident.

The on-demand scan allows users to launch scans of the complete system or specific components and the anti-virus product can also scan Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod.

“We would even say that today, the Windows operating system is more secure than Mac, simply because Microsoft has been working proactively on security for many years,” Fermon added.

“As the Apple system has yet to be seriously threatened, it may contain more vulnerabilities than those we are aware of, which could be exploited to launch zero-day attacks similar to those against Windows.”

At the time of publication, Apple had not given a statement on the Panda figures.

This week saw the launch of a range of new Apple systems, including the new MacBook Air.

Via ITPro

If your Windows 7 computer seems to shut down slowly or start up slowly, or if it doesn’t enter power-saving modes, it’s possible that a program or device driver is interfering with Windows power settings. You can use Performance Information and Tools to try to detect these programs or device drivers.
To check for performance issues, go to Control Panel and open Performance Information and Tools. Now, in the left pane, click Advanced tools.

In Advanced Tools, under Performance issues, click any issues that are listed. Read the information in the dialog box that appears to learn which programs or drivers are causing problems.

If a program or driver prevents your computer from turning on quickly. You can try the following tasks to fix the problem:

•Manage the programs that run at startup: Some programs start automatically when you start Windows. Too many of these programs opening at the same time can slow down your computer. To disable these programs from startup and improve performance, use Windows Defender or run MSCONFIG from start menu.
•Check with the manufacturer of the program or driver for an update. A newer version of the program might include a resolution to the problem.
If a program or driver prevents your computer from turning off quickly. You can try the following tasks to fix the problem:

•Close the program before shutting down: It’s possible that the problem occurs only if the program is running. Try closing the program before shutting down Windows, and then see if your computer turns off properly.
•Check with the manufacturer of the program or driver for an update. A newer version of the program might include a resolution to the problem.

If these options don’t solve the problem, then the program or driver might be incompatible with Windows. If you installed the program or device yourself and you no longer use it, consider removing the device, or uninstalling the program or driver.