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How to Completely Reset Firefox to Default in Windows

You can completely reset Firefox to default like when it was first installed. Resetting Firefox will include resetting all Firefox settings to default and deleting your profiles, themes, extensions, bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, and web form auto-fill information.

This tutorial will show you how to completely reset Mozilla Firefox back to default for your account in Windows.

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How to Reset All Local Security Policy Settings to Default in Windows

Local Security Policy (secpol.msc) is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in with rules that administrators can configure on a computer or multiple devices for the purpose of protecting resources on a device or network. The Security Settings extension of the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) snap-in allows you to define security configurations as part of a Group Policy Object (GPO).

This tutorial will show you how to quickly reset all Local Security Policy settings back to default in XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Screen Saver Grace Period to Bypass Password Protection in Windows

When you turn on password protection of a screen saver, it is not effective immediately. There is a 5 second delay by default between the time that the screen saver locks the computer and the time that the password protection is established. During this screen saver grace period interval, you can use a key press or mouse movement to unlock the computer without having to type the password. This screen saver grace period is designed to minimize the disruption that results when the screen saver starts while the user is working.

This tutorial will show you how to change the screen saver grace period to how many seconds you want for all users in XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Use Malicious Software Removal Tool in Windows

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) helps remove malicious software from your computers that are running Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows XP.

The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool does not replace an antivirus product. It is strictly a post-infection removal tool. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you install and use an up-to-date antivirus product. If you like, Windows 10 already has Windows Defender included for antivirus.

The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool differs from an antivirus product in three key ways:

•The tool removes malicious software from an already-infected computer. Antivirus products block malicious software from running on a computer. It is significantly more desirable to block malicious software from running on a computer than to remove it after infection.
•The tool removes only specific prevalent malicious software. Specific prevalent malicious software is a small subset of all the malicious software that exists today.
•The tool focuses on the detection and removal of active malicious software. Active malicious software is malicious software that is currently running on the computer. The tool cannot remove malicious software that is not running. However, an antivirus product can perform this task.

This tutorial will show you how to open and use the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) to scan and remove specific prevalent malicious software in Windows.

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How to Transfer Data from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8, or 8.1

After April 8, 2014, your Windows XP computer will no longer receive automatic updates that help protect your personal information. Even if you have anti-virus software, your computer will still not be fully secure. If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer should still work, but it will become five times more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. And as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, a greater number of programs and devices like cameras and printers won’t work with Windows XP.

Microsoft as worked with Laplink to provide you with a free data transfer. Laplink PCmover Express for Windows XP is an easy way to move your files, settings, and user profiles from your old Windows XP computer to your new Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 PC.

This tutorial will show you step by step on how to use Laplink PCmover Express to move your data from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 over a WiFi or wired network.

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