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Can I tell when someone logged into my machine, and what they did?

It may be possible to determine when someone has logged into your machine, but knowing exactly what they did while there is more difficult.

Do we still need that same old Recycle Bin?

Recycle Bin is still a very handy service on Windows computers. It is used very often to recover from a quick mistake, and is integral to the way we use our computers.

How can I recover files encrypted with Windows filesystem encryption?

The Windows encrypting filesystem ensures that only you can access your files. However if you lose your login account you could have a serious problem.

How do I edit the hosts file in Windows 7?

Windows 7 hosts file can only be edited with specific administrator privileges starting with the Vista operating system.

How do I tell what svchost is doing?

Svchost.exe is a Windows component that can do many, many things. We'll look at how to identify exactly which services svchost is hosting.

How does Windows delete files, and what can I do to keep my files secure?

Windows file deletion can be a complex process that might not work as you expect. If you need to keep data secure, extra steps are likely required.

I accidentally deleted my Recycle Bin, but got to thinking: do I even need a Recycle Bin?

The Recycle Bin is a convenient safety net for accidental deletions. The cost is low, and the value can be very high. But it's not required.

I have multiple winlogon.exe files on my machine, and one's taking up a lot of memory - what do I do?

It's quite possible to have more than one winlogon.exe, but knowing which are good and which are suspect isn't always clear.

Svchost and Svchost.exe - Crashs, CPU maximization, viruses, exploits and more.

Svchost (and Svchost.exe) is a required Windows component that often shows up in errors caused by viruses. Review Svchost, Svchost.exe, and how to stay safe.

What is "LSA Shell" and why is it an "Export Version"?

LSA Shell is an important Windows component that unfortunately shows up in some virus related error messages. "Export Version" has a murkier history.

What is Remote Desktop?

Remote Desktop allows you to use your Windows machine remotely, almost as if sitting in front of it. Coupled with a VPN solution, it's very powerful.

What is svchost, and why is there more than one copy running?

Svchost.exe, or just "svchost" is a Windows component. It's quite normal to have more than one copy running. Unfortunately, it's also the target of malware and often shows up in malware-related problems.

svchost.exe error: svchost.exe has generated an error - now what do I do?

Svchost.exe is a Windows component that often shows up in error messages. Unfortunately, quite often when it does the news isn't good.