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Welcome to today's Help Me! (Wednesday, April 16th). Need a little, or maybe a lot, of help through a PC problem? Make a new comment below with all the details you have and I'll do my best to help. +Paul Schneider & +Rob Nanney are usually around to help out too.
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+Antonio Cerda  I would download and install malwarebytes first:

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

install, update definitions, temporarily suspend your anti-virus, run quick scan, the run full scan, delete what it recommends you delete, reboot if prompted to.

then download and run superantispyware:

http://www.superantispyware.com/

same thing - update it, run a scan, follow instructions.  Run another one to make sure it finds nothing else

After that follow up with ccleaner -

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

 in the utility, run the registry cleaner and have it remove unnecessary startup and temp files.
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Happy Tax Day?! Here are some tax day freebies that may make the day a little bit better for you.
Tax day freebies 2014 includes free curly fries, cookies, entrees, massages, and more. Tax day freebies are available on Tuesday, April 15.
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Welcome to today's Help Me! (Sunday, April 13th). Need some help with a computer issue you can't figure out? Leave a new comment below and I'll work through it with you. +Rob Nanney & +Paul Schneider are usually around to help out as well.
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+Rob Nanney I got the computer open and the fan was dustier than imaginable but that didnt seem to be the problem it sounds like its coming from somewhere else im not too sure but its an annoying beading buzzing type sound
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Welcome to today's Help Me! (Friday, April 11th). Need some help working through a PC problem? Just leave a new and very detailed comment below and I'll do my best to help. +Rob Nanney & +Paul Schneider are usually around to help out too.
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Hard to argue with that!
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Had the great benefit of seeing this from my car window yesterday. Tech is great and all, but be sure to see beautiful things outside every so often.
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+Ángel Gutiérrez Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
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Welcome to today's Help Me! (Tuesday, April 15th). No one should be forced to pay taxes and deal with a computer problem. I can help with one of those. (Just to be clear, I'm referring to the second!) Just leave a new and very detailed comment below and I'll see what I can do to help. +Rob Nanney & +Paul Schneider are usually around to help too. Unfortunately, I'm guessing they won't pay your taxes either.
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+Tim Fisher
Thank you so very much!
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Welcome to today's Help Me! (Monday, April 14th). Starting the week off wrong with a PC problem? Leave a new comment below with all the details and I'll see what I can do to help. +Paul Schneider & +Rob Nanney should also be around to help out as well.
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+Margo Lipari Just about any printer you look at will probably work fine. Just look for a "Windows 8" logo or check online first (like on Amazon or on the printer's product page at the manufacturer's site).
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Welcome to today's Help Me! (Saturday, April 12th). Working through a harder-than-you-thought-it-would-be computer or tech issue and need some help? Leave a new comment below describing the problem and I'll try my best to get you through it. +Paul Schneider & +Rob Nanney are usually around to help too.
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+Khurram Ali Acer is usually very good about standards - I'm pretty sure it's a CR2032.
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NEW: This has been a long time coming, but I finally finished my list of the best free backup software for Windows. I've included 29 of the best completely free programs you can use to back up your important data to disc, external drive, etc. Larger reviews for each are on their way...
A list of the best free backup software programs, updated April 2014. Use free backup software to automatically back up your important data for safe keeping.
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Welcome to today's Help Me! (Thursday, April 10th). Having some PC or other technology related issues and need some help? Just leave a new comment below with all the details on the problem and I'll see what I can do. +Paul Schneider & +Rob Nanney are also usually around to help out (and they're very smart).
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+Rob Nanney the model is Sony Vaio VGN-FS415M and it's running Windows XP Home Edition (service pack 3)
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Have him in circles
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  • About.com
    PC Support Expert, 2006 - present
    I write original content as the expert for the About.com PC Support site. My main focus is on computer and technology support topics in the form of troubleshooting guides, tutorials, and reference material. I work for About.com on a freelance basis.
  • Target
    Systems Engineer, 2004 - 2009
    At Target, I provided 1st and 2nd level support to 500+ local distribution center (DC) clients. I administered and supported Cisco-based network devices, Windows and UNIX servers, wireless equipment, and several related technologies. I helped implement and author the DC-level IT support knowledge base system and also developed a SharePoint-based self support system. I assisted with roll-outs of new technology including wireless systems, Windows-based tablet devices, and similar upgrades. I also pulled and terminated new low voltage wiring on occasion.
  • Birch Telecom
    IT/Telecom Technician, 2000 - 2004
    At Birch Telecom, I installed and provided on-call, on-site, telephone, and remote support for PBX, voice mail, router, switch, VoIP, and other network and telecommunications hardware. I also provided computer and network training to telephony technicians. Far more often than I would have liked, my job was to pull and terminate CAT6/5 and CAT3 cable in both residential and business environments.
  • Paradigm Digital Systems
    IT Technician, 1998 - 2000
    At PDS, I built and serviced Windows-based desktop computers for home and business clients. I was also involved in several large networking wiring jobs.
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I write about computer support and other technology issues on my PC Support site on About.com, as well as on some other websites and print publications. I'm also the author of Windows 8 Basics In 30 Minutes.

I also run a local technology support/consultation business that services small companies in my area but I'm not taking on any more clients right now.

Before that, I worked in technology support and maintenance at my previous careers in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries.

Feel free to email me with feedback on my About.com site, but please comment on my Help Me! post here on Google+ to get help with a computer problem or ask a tech related question. I post a new one almost every day and it's a great way to get personal help.
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Spent a month in Colombia adopting my son. Go there if you ever get the chance - it's beautiful!
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Timothy Fisher
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Find the Linksys E1000 default password, default username, and default IP address here, plus more help with your Linksys E1000 router.

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Forget a Password? Hack Your Own PC!
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Few will admit it openly, but forgetting the password that gets you in to your PC is a popular problem. In the

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Looking for the RP114 default password? Find the NETGEAR RP114 default password, the RP114 default username, and the RP114 default IP address here.