Tip & How-To about Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

Ensure upto date applications using the FileHippo Update Checker

I have been using FileHippo for years now it will tell you when new Windows applications,programs and plugins become available online and allow you to download them also includes beta versions.


Never be short of the latest bug fixes and improvements for all you most important software also use Software Informer


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Would like to order Printmaster 18.1, compatible with Windows 7 but as I live in Australia I am unable to order online as your orderform does not cater for sahipping to my country. I have used Printmaster for many years but with the purchase of a new computer I need to update my programe, Helen James

Not compatible or not working well with windows 7?
(make your program/application run with windows 7)

Maybe, It doesn't work because the driver/application you installed is for other versions of operating system. I am also using windows 7 like you so don't you worry, You can still use your old installer/driver from other versions of operating systems. Just remember that before installing any program in a windows 7 Operating System Computer, Use "troubleshoot compatibility". Right Click the Icon of your program installer/application first, then choose "troubleshoot compatibility". This will allow you to choose on what type operating system your program will run. Just reply back if it still doesn't work.:D rate and vote for me:))


Nov 16, 2010 | Broderbund PrintMaster Platinum 18 for PC

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my laptop is very slow

I have listed the most obvious reasons why a computer may be running slow, some of which you may have already tried but for completeness they are mentioned here.

As a reminder, if you are using a laptop it will be running slower on the battery as opposed to running on the mains power.

First of all make sure you do not have any viruses or spyware. Run your anti virus and anti spyware programs in order to clear out any beasts. Spyware is becoming more and more of a problem because some spyware is extremely difficult to identify and even more difficult to remove.
If you do not have any protection these applications are exceptional and available for free download:
Anti spyware:
Anti virus:

Remove junk & temporary Internet files that may be cluttering your system by running Ccleaner – free for download from:

You may have too many programs kicking off at start up. These two free downloads allow you to easily take control what applications run at start up. The applications are not deleted they are just prevented from running at start up.

Your hard disk may be getting full. You need at least 15% of free space for it to operate efficiently. Go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs & remove any applications you no longer use. How about removing a lot of the videos, music and photos that are filling up your hard drive?

Your hard disk(s) may be fragmented. Windows has a built in defragmentation program but you can download a quicker third party program for free:

Your registry may be cluttered or corrupt. Ccleaner mentioned earlier also has a registry cleaner and so I have linked it again but how about downloading another very good free registry cleaner:

Finally, after you have done all the above may need to upgrade your computers memory. Normally Windows XP is quite happy with 1GB but for Windows Vista I suggest upgrading to 2GB to get equivalent speed and efficiency. In order that you get the right type of RAM for your system do a free scan at Crucial to determine your RAM.
http://www.crucial.com/ for USA
http://www.crucial.com/uk/ for UK

Now that you have attempted to improve performance what about some maintenance to hopefully prevent overheating? Clean all the vents on your computer with an air duster (can of compressed air). If a laptop, operate it on a hard surface so that air can flow freely around it. For a desktop, open it up and clean inside with the air duster.

Aug 04, 2010 | Samsung Computers & Internet

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m3plugin.dll missing module at startup

Your web browser has been hijacked by "adware" called "My Web Search"... The fix is involved, but not impossible.

First, uninstall the My Web Search program using standard Add/Remove Programs. Also uninstall any of the following items associated with FunWebProducts.
  • My Web Search (Smiley Central or FWP product as applicable)
  • My Way Speedbar (Smiley Central or other FWP as applicable)
  • My Way Speedbar (AOL and Yahoo Messengers) (beta users only)
  • My Way Speedbar (Outlook, Outlook Express, and IncrediMail)
  • Search Assistant - My Way
Download a free copy of a program called HijackThis.

Reboot your Computer and run the HijackThis program.

Scan for and fix any of the entries shown below.

  • R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {00A6FAF6-072E-44cf-8957-5838F569A31D} - C:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\SrchAstt\1.bin\MWSSRCAS.DLL
  • O2 - BHO: MyWebSearch Search Assistant BHO - {00A6FAF1-072E-44cf-8957-5838F569A31D} - C:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\SrchAstt\1.bin\MWSSRCAS.DLL
  • O2 - BHO: mwsBar BHO - {07B18EA1-A523-4961-B6BB-170DE4475CCA} - C:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\bar\1.bin\MWSBAR.DLL
  • O3 - Toolbar: My &Web Search - {07B18EA9-A523-4961-B6BB-170DE4475CCA} - C:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\bar\1.bin\MWSBAR.DLL
  • O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MyWebSearch Email Plugin] C:\PROGRA~1\MYWEBS~1\bar\1.bin\mwsoemon.exe
  • O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MyWebSearch Email Plugin] C:\PROGRA~1\MYWEBS~1\bar\1.bin\mwsoemon.exe
  • O4 - Startup: MyWebSearch Email Plugin.lnk = C:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\bar\1.bin\MWSOEMON.EXE
  • O4 - Global Startup: MyWebSearch Email Plugin.lnk = C:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\bar\1.bin\MWSOEMON.EXE
  • O8 - Extra context menu item: &Search - http://bar.mywebsearch.com/menusearch.html?p=ZWYYYYYYYYUS
  • O16 - DPF: {1D4DB7D2-6EC9-47A3-BD87-1E41684E07BB} - http://ak.imgfarm.com/images/nocache/funwebproducts/ei/MyWebSearchInitialSetup1.0.0.8-2.cab
Next, open My Computer, Drive C, and double-click on the Program Files folder
Right-click and delete the folders for:
  • FunWebProducts
  • MyWebSearch
MyWebSearch should now be completely uninstalled from your computer.
There will be some minor registry entries left behind by the uninstall, however these can be cleaned up by running SpyBot Search and Destroy. SpyBot is also available online as a free download.

Good luck!!

Sep 11, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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