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Hot Hardware readers take internet computer security for granted, because they understand how it works. But the internet is a complicated and risky place if you don't know how to configure your Hot Hardware. IT Security has a handy summary of what it takes to keep from becoming a zombie bot penniless spam freak from hell. With over 140,000 known computer viruses and 85,000,000 spam emails sent out each day, the likelihood of your PC coming into contact with malware such as virsues, worms, and spyware is almost guaranteed. And once your computer becomes infected with malware, simple tasks such as browsing the web can be very frustrating as... Read more...
Hello everyone!  We've just posted a Holiday Buyer's Guide here at HotHardware.com, outlining what we think are some of the best components for a no-holds-barred, high-performance Flagship system, an Overclocker's Dream Machine, and a Low-Budget Screamer. Click the link below and check it out... Read The Article Right Here. Please Digg This Article To Share With Others.... Read more...
As the holiday season approaches its peak and minds rush to conjure up the ideal gifts, we here at HotHardware have taken the liberty of creating three ideal system configurations to illustrate the best way to spend your holiday budget. Although we are confident in the performance offered by each system listed in this guide, we are in no way trying to say that the budget system will compete with the flagship configuration where money is no object. However to many, the performance offered by the budget system will be surprisingly high despite the reasonable price-tag. Admittedly, we even shocked ourselves when we realized the level of performance which could be purchased for under $1,000. For... Read more...
With the summer coming to a close, you may find yourself inside a bit more, and thus in the need for a new computer to get through the winter months. Those of you heading back to school may also find yourself in the same situation. Students aren't usually known for their large bank accounts though, but fear not, as you can still build yourself a decent machine without breaking the bank. Madshrimps will help put some ideas in your head with their latest budget system building guide for the summer of 06. "Value for the money, bang for the buck and good price/performance ratio are expressions which describe what this article is all about: getting the best hardware with your money. To broaden... Read more...
I'm sure many of our readers are fully aware of what it takes to maintain a safe level of privacy while using the Internet, but on the other hand, I'm sure there are many of you out there who think having a firewall is all you'll need. Privacy and Anonymity can't just be found in a program, you need to practice it on a daily basis. Don't expose your personal information, unless absolutely necessary. Even printing your full name and address on an internet forum could open up a can of worms if the wrong person were to view it. Keep personal information off public profile sites such as MySpace. These are just a few basic tips, as there are many areas of the internet that allow... Read more...
Which GPU is for you?   How many pipes?  What's the core and memory speed?  All of these mysteries solved and more in the latest installment of the GPU Comparo Guide over at ARP.  This update is for Mobile products...  What no GeForce Go 7950 GX2?  There's a thought...   " These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various mobile GPUs in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete."... Read more...
Madshrimps have posted a short over-clocking guide for the X1900 series of cards. The article goes over the different software tools, cooling, basic and advanced over-clocking options. The guide should be useful for anyone starting out in over-clocking. You currently own an x1900 series video card but you are now itching to compete and get the maximum out of your card. Some would wonder at this fact simply because this is arguably the fastest GPU available (when this guide was written). But we all want the most out of our investments and this is one way of doing it. But it does come with a risk.... Read more...
Another game, another guide. If your a fan of the new Ghost Recon demo, TweakGuides.com will provide all the tweaking goodness you'll need. Being just a demo, there isn't a whole lot you can with it, but there are a few commands to play around with. "I've put together a four-page Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Tweak Guide, based on the demo of the game. It provides the known methods of optimizing and customizing the game. Note that the demo and the retail version are essentially identical in terms of performance and tweaking, and as such download the demo and tweak it using the guide, as this will give you a genuine idea of how... Read more...
The Oblivion tweak guide from Tweakgudies.com is finally out. Mr. Ghazi has been hard at work, trying out just about every option in the ini file, and has delivered a very comprehensive guide on how to tweak it. There's no miracle tweak to dramatically boost performance without reducing image quality, but you'll find some decent ones that will boost performance and still leave the game looking beautiful. "However, by the same token given how beautiful and complex Oblivion is, it is only natural that it be a very demanding game on most systems. There are a wide range of people experiencing performance issues, and there's been a mad scramble by... Read more...
You know it folks, sooner or later your VHS tapes will degrade to a point where they're no longer enjoyable to watch. The technology to port them over to your computer has been around for a while now, but if you've never taken the time to learn how to do it, then PCStats will help get you started. "As you may have noticed, the VCR is a dying technology. DVD players are now equivalent in price, and their disks have practically crowded VHS tapes right off the shelves of your neighborhood video store. Give it another three years and you may be hard pressed to find a new release on tape. So what happens when your VCR finally breaks? In this PCstats... Read more...
The one stop shop for all your tweaking needs has updated it's Tweaking Companion guide. Actually shop is a bad word, since the knowledge your looking for is provided free by Mr. Koroush Ghazi over at TweakGuides.net. This was a good guide to begin with, so Version 3.0 is certainly welcomed. "After many hours of revising and rewriting, the new TweakGuides Tweaking Companion Version 3.0 is out. It is now possibly the most comprehensive free Windows XP/System guide available. The entire layout has been rearranged to be much more logical and easier to read. There are links to dozens of new free applications and sites, tons of new advice scattered... Read more...
With the holidays looming around the corner, and a bit of money burning a hole in your pocket, we here at HotHardware.com thought we'd do what we could to ensure that you spent your hard-earned cash in the most appropriate manner. Before we begin, it makes sense to outline our approach and illustrate what we're trying to accomplish. It is critical to have reasonable expectations here, as no $1,000 system is going to compete with a $4,000 SLI monster. However, as you will see a budget system does not necessarily mean lackluster performance. In fact, every system we reference in this article would be more than capable of playing any game or running virtually any business/professional application... Read more...
The TechZone has pulled together a guide on making personal home movies.  Just in time for the holiday season, they lay out the steps to making home movies that'll impress.  Marrying a camcoder, PC and other hardware, they break it down so you can make movies with panache that'll last years."It has only been within the recent past that digital cameras and camcorders, DVD burners and high-powered PCs have become fast enough and cheap enough to make consumer digital video editing/production feasible. Let's look at some real examples." ... Read more...
How would a well lit Doom 3 run on your average computer? Well, we found the answer to that with Quake 4. Unfortunately, many of us also found our FPS slowing to a crawl. If you're looking to get the most out of your Quake 4 experience, FiringSquad's Quake 4 Optimization Guide will help narrow down the right balance between performance and image quality. "Disappointed with your performance in Quake 4? If so, today's Quake 4 Optimization Guide may help. Stathi goes over all of Quake 4's video settings with a range of budget, mainstream, and semi-high-end PCI-E and AGP graphics cards. See the performance impact of each setting, as well as screenshots... Read more...
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