May 2006 Newsletter

What’s New at PC Pitstop – May 2006

Your Free Source for PC Diagnostics and Tests

In This Issue (Focus on eMail)

  • Commentary: Fed up with Outlook!
  • Research: Thunderbird gaining ground on Outlook and OE
  • Windows Tip: Save time by using keyboard shortcuts
  • Research: Participate in our eMail and Keyboard Shortcuts survey
  • Windows Tweak: Speed up your PC – Disable XP Visual effects
  • eMail Advisory: Outlook Crashes without warning
The Outlook on Outlook
Are you a heavy email user? So are we. Rob gets fed up with Microsoft Outlook and does something about it. Rob analyzes the ins and outs of migrating away from Outlook. Learn More

PC Pitstop Optimize
Speed up your PC. Run our free Optimize scan and identify ways to get a faster and more reliable computer. Get better performance without the expense or difficulty of adding new hardware. Run a free scan
Thunderbird Gaining Ground on Rivals
What email applications are being used? Not surprisingly Outlook and AOL lead the pack, but Thunderbird is gaining ground. Incredimail rounds out the top four. Learn More

Windows Tip: Keyboard Shortcuts
This tip came from “Profhig” from the United Kingdom. Did you know you can hit Windows-D to close all active windows and return to the desktop? Learn all about Windows shortcuts in Profhig’s thread in our Tips N Tricks section. Learn More

Privacy Scan
Your PC is storing a mountain of personal information about you and your surfing habits. We’ve developed a free and powerful privacy scan that lets you see the personal information that is at risk. Give it a try, it’s free!
Participate in our survey and win $100
Thanks to all the participants in last month’s survey. $100 goes to Peter Herbert from the United Kingdom. This month we put together a fun survey about your preferences on keyboard short cuts and email programs. One lucky participant will receive $100, and results will be published next month’s newsletter. Participate

Windows Tip: Turn Off XP Visual Effects
XP brought many visual effects to our desktop, but unfortunately many of these ‘features’slow down your PC and use up valuable system memory. Bubba from Belfast shows us how to turn off these effects and make our systems run faster. Learn More

Free Driver Scan
Hardware manufacturers frequently update their Windows drivers to improve the performance and stability of their products. If you have a peculiar problem with your PC, quite often it canvbeen resolved by an updated driver. Check out your PC’s driver status, with a free driver scan. Scan For Free
eMail Advisory – Outlook Crashes
If you use Microsoft Outlook 2000 or earlier, there is a documented bug
where Outlook crashes and you run the risk of losing all of your precious
emails. The more you use Outlook and save your mails, the more likely it
is too happen. Learn More

Free Spware Scan
If your PC is acting strangely, or acting sluggish, quite often
spyware is the root cause. Check out this free spyware scan
from our partners at Computer Associates. Scan for free.
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