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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (March 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789738228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789738226
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,119,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 20 2009
Format: Paperback
Personalize your PC. Make your email more productive. Save time while surfing the Internet. Keep your personal information safe from hackers.

Tweak It and Freak It is an amazing resource. Like other books of this type, the author shows the reader step by step how to optimize their computer. Then, it goes further to show how to truly personalize your system: be that ensuring that your children are safe online, improving email productivity, quickening start up times, or reducing those annoying animated gifs. This book also makes a special effort to show little things that can be done to improve security from potential hackers or prying eyes.
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Useful if you're somewhat experienced... Aug. 10 2013
By Sam I Am - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First, "Tweak it and Freak it" is specific to Windows XP and Vista, with far more emphasis placed on users of Vista. Most of what I read was helpful, with a few specific instances where I disagreed with the advice provided. Author Paul McFredries touts Windows Defender (a Microsoft product, which is available free with Vista) as a "top of the line antispyware program." The XP version is called Microsoft Security Essentials. While I am currently using one of these free Microsoft programs, there are high-profile critics, including "The Tech Guy" Leo LaPorte, who considers Microsoft's "free" security software programs to be less than ideal, but better than using nothing at all.

The "Vital Performance Tweaks" in Chapter 1 were extremely useful, specifically tips about maximizing the Visual Effects options, and the directions provided to make these changes were clean, simple and useful.

The author completely lost me in Chapter 16,"Speeding Up Your Web Surfing," with his suggestions to modify the Windows registry by adding keywords you use often in web searches. I know my way around a computer, networks and the internet, but I couldn't make sense of these instructions.

The tips about using Defrag in Chapter 24 will probably be most useful to more inexperienced computer users.

I would consider this book to be useful for computer users with a moderate amount of hands-on experience with operating systems. Tweaking the Windows registry can be fatal to your PC if you don't know what you're doing, so this definitely is not the right book for skittish or inexperienced computer users.
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GREAT BOOK!!! April 26 2010
By Marsha Queen of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
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I had discovered this gem quite by accident!!! As listed, the book was in EXCELLENT condition & was received promptly. I would most definitely buy from them again!!! :)

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