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What's New at PC Pitstop, October 2004
Your Source for Free Online PC Tests & Diagnostics
IN THIS ISSUE
PC Pitstop Optimize - Our First Product
We've taken the most common PC problems and built a product
that takes care of them: PC Pitstop Optimize. It includes four
great functions (Internet optimizer, disk space cleaner, registry
cleaner, and performance tweaker) in an easy-to-use wizard.
Optimize can simplify PC tuning and maintenance, plus it's a
great way to show your support for PC Pitstop. But don't worry,
the PC Pitstop site, our tests, and all our advice is still free!
New Home for "The Pit"
Our online forums have become so popular that we've outgrown the
shared-server setup we've been using. Now we have moved to a
dedicated server that provides much better response times.
Drop by The Pit to get answers to those tough computer problems,
help in cleaning spyware, or just to hang out with us.
What's That Running Program? We Know!
If you've run PC Pitstop's full tests, you've probably seen the
color-coded list of programs that we found running on your PC.
Now we've made that database available for searching, so you can
research the source and purpose of programs even when you aren't
able to test the system. Our list even includes important data
such as the percentage of systems that were running the software,
and whether the program is associated with a high CPU load.
We're constantly adding entries and improving the information to
make it the best source of running program data on the Internet.
The PC Pitstop Site Gets A New Look
After three years of the same old look, we've freshened up the
site and made some design changes that let our pages load faster.
Don't worry, all your favorite features are still there and we
haven't rearranged the furniture too much. If you can't find what
you need, just ask on our forums.
Windows XP Service Pack 2: Do it Now!
In August, Microsoft released Windows XP Service Pack 2. This is
a major update, and includes many critical security improvements.
It adds a popup blocker to Internet Explorer and prevents the use
of drive-by downloads that might install spyware. Broadband users
can easily download the 200-plus megabyte update, but dialup users
should take advantage of the free update CD that Microsoft offers:
Dell Recalls Millions of Power Supplies
Dell Computer and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission
have announced a recall of nearly one million AC power adapters
that have been reported to overheat and could cause fires or
injuries. Dozens of models of Dell Inspiron, Latitude, and
Precision notebooks sold between September 1998 and February
2002 are potentially affected. If you have a Dell notebook
you should check if your power adapter needs replacing:
Join the PC Pitstop Folding or SETI Team
Can a PC cure cancer? The Folding@Home project uses your spare CPU time to find proteins that might be useful in the fight against diseases. SETI@Home puts your computing power to work searching for messages in the signals we receive from space. Learn more and join the team at the Distributed Computing section of our forums! https://support.pcpitstop.com/
About PC Pitstop
PC Pitstop, LLC (https://www.pcpitstop.com) was formed in February 2000, and offers users a unique way to make sure their PCs are running fast, stable and secure--all through a free, Web-based interface.
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