PC Pitstop April 2009 Newsletter

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This Month


Guide to Choosing a Processor

A must have companion for rookies or veterans – shopping for that perfect processor.


Restaurants Yes, Processors No

Intel has introduced a new rating system for its processors, but will it just confuse consumers?


Ask the Pros: Booting, Burning

Your questions about bootable disk burning and motherboard startup issues are answered.


March Madness Winners

The Winners of our March Madness Contest have been announced. Check out the final standings and prizes.


Optimize ‘On Computers’

‘On Computers’ authors visited PC Pitstop and took OverDrive and Optimize ‘around the block’.


PC Pitstop

Guest Columnists


What is Twitter?

by Bill P.

Have you been seeing little blue birds everywhere? Bill explains what they are and why people want to Tweet.


Posterous: a Cool Web Repository

by Steve Bass

They’re out to get you: Sleazeballs writing sneaky programs that load your system with junk.
Protect yourself.


My Most Memorable Computer…

by Harry McCracken

Harry’s fellow tweeters shared their most memorable computers, from Ataris to Osbornes. What was your favorite?


How to Find Duplicate Files

by Chris Pirillo

Got too many files? Find duplicate files and compare them with this awesome free tool.

Free Scans



Speed your PC

Save money, maximize performance.

Driver Alert

Driver Alert

PC Update

Improve system functionality & stability.

Free Malware Scan



Stop Malware from slowing your PC.

Disk Health

Disk MD

Drive Refresh

Keep your Hard Drives working at full speed!

Personal Data Profiler


PC Profiler

Learn what others may discover about you!

Full Test


PC Checkup

Most complete
PC analysis available.

Tech Tips


30 Tips for Windows 7

Adamsappleone points us to this valuable list of tips and tweaks to get the most out of Windows 7.


How To Tweak Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer shows your My Documents folder tree by default. Customize w/ help from morbidbutterfly.


Descriptions of Crash Errors

Get a blue Screen of Death? These are the common errors and causes of the dreaded BSOD. Thanks to LA8490.


5 Tips For Video Conversion

If you’re curious about video conversion, this thorough tip from Krandoth will give you a crash course.


$100 goes to the best tips each month.

Top 5 Drivers

The 10 drivers most recently added to our
Driver Alert database.
Click here for the full library .
Product Date
Realtek High Definition Audio 3/30/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 3/27/2009
NVIDIA Geforce 9800 GT 3/27/2009
NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405 3/27/2009






Other Newsletters



The Lockergnome family of sites is growing by leaps and bounds.
Lockergnome is a blogging network, where you’ll find blogs about
everything from computer security to dog training. Geeks.pirillo.com
is a social network, with over 17,000 members. Geeks features blogs,
forum discussions, video and photo uploads, and a whole lot more. The
community newsletter, Pirillo’s Picks, features links to the best
discussions and blogs found around our various sites. Signing up is
free, and simple. Just send an email to: [email protected]



Tiplet.com offers expert computer tips & tech support.
Computer performance,security, and social networking are among the topics
tackled by Tiplet’s team of expert technology writers.
(Subscribe to the free newsletter, too!)


Techbite Newsletter

TechBite’s columnist Steve Bass and PC World Contributing Editor publishes a free weekly newsletter with commentary on the
technology products he loves, the strategies for getting the most out of them,and the gotchas that can cause computing misery. Sign up for the newsletter here.


New! Technologizer T-Week Newsletter

Technologizer’s T-Week is Harry McCracken’s weekly e-mail newsletter (delivered on Friday) with
highlights from Technologizer and original items. It’s timely, fun, and free–and you can
sign up to receive it right here.

Special Offers


Get a New Skin for Your PC

Skinit, Inc. is the industry leader in consumer personalization for electronic devices. Their online ordering and customization tools allow you to make your cell phone, MP3 player, laptop, PDA device, camera, or gaming device as unique as you are. Show your style, support a sports team, or truly express yourself with customized skins that you design.
Skinit has hundreds of designs, famous brand names in sports, entertainment, and art, and the special Customizer tool that lets you use design elements, select text, and upload your own images to create an entirely personalized skins.


Roboform – Top Rated Password Manager

FREE TRIAL! Still logging in by hand? Let Roboform log in for you! No keystrokes to track, no hassle for you.



From the makers of Roboform, GoodSync synchronizes files between desktops, laptops, and external drives, and works over a network or the Internet.


Save Money, Ink & Trees!

GreenPrint has designed software to save paper and ink which not only helps you with your printing costs but saves trees and resources to boot.


Crucial Technology – Best Memory Prices & Selection

Nothing improves system performance more than more memory. Crucial makes the right memory upgrade easy to find, easy to buy, and easy to install.
Check out their memory now.



Morpheus Photo Morpher – Morph 2+ photos into one another. Transform pets, politicians, celebs, friends, etc. It’s hilarious! FREE DOWNLOAD.



Have a PC Problem that Nothing Else Will Fix?
Reimage.com’s instant, online, PC repair tool is a revolutionary new concept in PC repair. Run this Free Scan Now!


Think Geek – Stuff for the Smart Masses

T-Shirts, Gadgets, Gifts and more for those who are passionate about technology.


15% Off Compatible Inkjet Cartridges

123inkjets is a leading provider of discount printer ink and toner for
virtually every inkjet or laser printer on the market. They carry a
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