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Want to Change the Default Browser in Windows 11? Good Luck!

Microsoft is making it frustratingly difficult to change your browser in its latest OS.

By Matthew Humphries

What Is Windows 365 Cloud PC?

With Windows 365, Microsoft thinks it's got exactly what you need to make hybrid work simple. But it might not be as easy as it looks.

By Oliver Rist

Ditch Internet Explorer: How to Make the Switch to Microsoft Edge

It's almost the end of the line for Internet Explorer. If you want to stick with Microsoft, here's how to move your favorites, settings, and more from IE to the Edge browser.

By Lance Whitney

Microsoft Is Testing a 'Super Duper Secure Mode' for the Edge Browser

This experimental new mode turns off Just-In-Time JavaScript compilation in the name of security.

By Matthew Humphries

IDrive Review

4.5
Editors' Choice

Despite some minor drawbacks, you won't find a better online backup service than the full-featured, easy-to-use IDrive.

By Michael Muchmore  & Ben Moore

Stop Trackers Dead: The Best Private Browsers for 2021

The web is infested with marketers mining your data and targeting you for sales. Foil the snoops with the tracking protection and privacy-conscious search features offered by these secure browsers.

By Michael Muchmore

How to Disable Web Notifications

Want to receive fewer notifications in your browser? Here's how to control push notifications and block the pop-ups you don't want in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari.

By Jason Cohen

How to Prevent Web Tracking on Your Favorite Browser With Incognito Mode

You can erase most traces of your online activities by surfing from a private browsing window in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge, both on the desktop and on a mobile device.

By Lance Whitney

How to Update Google Chrome

If you want to make sure you're on the latest version of Google's Chrome browser, here's how to check and update on the desktop, Apple iOS, and Android devices.

By Scott Bay  & Jason Cohen

How to Make Sure iCloud Is Backing Up, Syncing Your Data

If you've felt the pain of losing all the photos, videos, and documents saved on your iPhone, or want to avoid it, iCloud is your friend. Here's how to make sure everything's set up and syncing.

By Scott Bay

The Best Tune-Up Utilities for 2021

Windows 10 does a good job of keeping your PC in shape, but if you want to prevent slow boot times, system crashes, or other computing ills, and add new functionality, download a tune-up utility. These tested, PC-enhancing tools inject fresh life into a well-used Windows PC.

By Jeffrey L. Wilson

How to Tune Up Your Windows 10 PC for Free

There are only three unavoidable things in life: death, taxes, and a Windows 10 PC that eventually runs slowly. Kick the operating system back into high gear with these useful tips that won't cost you a dime.

By Jeffrey L. Wilson

Ashampoo WinOptimizer Review

3.0

Ashampoo WinOptimizer is an effective tune-up utility that gives your Windows PC a shot of new life. However, Windows 10's built-in options offer tools that replicate many of its basic, tune-up benefits.

By Jeffrey L. Wilson

19 Tricks to Master Google Photos

Unlimited photo storage may be gone, but Google Photos still has plenty to offer. Here's everything you need to know about Google's photo storage and editing service.

By Eric Griffith

Iolo System Mechanic Review

3.5

Iolo System Mechanic's many tools let you clean up a lethargic PC, securely delete files, and perform other computer-related system tasks (depending on your subscription tier). That said, you can replicate many of its basic tune-up benefits by exploring Windows 10's free options.

By Jeffrey L. Wilson

AVG TuneUp Review

3.0

AVG TuneUp is a digital toolbox that improves your PC's performance and tosses in some handy bonus apps, too. Still, Windows 10 duplicates many of its most basic tune-up functions.

By Jeffrey L. Wilson

Quitting Google Photos? How to Manage Your Photos With Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive is an effective alternative to Google Photos if you already have plenty of storage space with Microsoft.

By Lance Whitney

Google Photos Kills Free Unlimited Storage: 7 Top Alternatives

Free unlimited photo and video storage from Google? That deal is over, as of June 1. Here are your best options for storing photos if you don't want to pay Google.

By Michael Muchmore

Google Delays Blocking Third-Party Cookies in Chrome to 2023

In addition, Google plans on securing clearance from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority before embarking on the cookie-blocking plan.

By Michael Kan

Microsoft OneDrive Review

5.0
Editors' Choice

OneDrive, the default online storage and syncing service for Windows 10 and Office 365, offers a wealth of powerful features, as well as apps for more platforms than any of its competitors.

By Michael Muchmore