PC World July 2003 contents

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Stealth mode: Step-by-step guide to protect your pc

There are many reasons for making things secure, and keeping important details tucked away on your PC can certainly help. However, the fact that something is stored on your computer does not mean it’s safe. Most PC users worry about the possibility of viral infection and how to store sensitive information away from prying eyes. We bring you are some practical, relatively painless steps you can take to protect your private PC life.


Web and you: The users’ guide to user reviews

All over the Web, all kinds of people write real-world reviews of tech products. Should you rely on them? Does the reviewer have any real knowledge of the area he or she is writing about? Could a sly company submit top reviews about itself to drive up its own score? We went behind the scenes to check how much you can depend on user reviews.

Cheap tweaks: 35+ ways to boost your pc

Whether your system’s chronic complaints are traceable to a hiccuping hard drive, a recalcitrant operating system, or a sputtering Internet connection, we have the low- or no-cost cure for what ails it. This month, we present 35+ underpriced, overperforming ways to get more from hardware, software, and the Web.

Natural-born spam killers: Defend your inbox

Everybody gets too much spam, and nobody likes it. But you don’t have to eat any of it. Top utilities promise relief from the junk-mail onslaught. We put six leading spam fighters through our torture test and found that, after some customisation, the best filtering software can keep at least 90 per cent of the junk you receive out of your inbox.


AMD Athlon XP 3200+
Fujitsu Lifebook L2010, BenQ PB8220 projector
PowerColor Radeon 9700 All-In-Wonder, ASUS SpaceLink WL-300 wireless access point
Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router, WPC54G PC Card

Corel Designer 10.0
Adobe Acrobat 6, Macromedia FreeHand MX
Intego NetBarrier 2003, Trend Micro PC-cillin 2003

Quick Takes
Hardware: Nokia 3650, JNC SSF-11 voice recorder and MP3 player, SkyHawk Matrix case, Disk Steno CP100, NEC MultiSync 1760NX 17in LCD monitor, Palm Zire 7.1, Dymo LabelWriter, GN Netcom 9120 cordless telephone headset; Software: Intellisync 5.1, Goldmine 6.0 Business Contact Manager, Business Plan Pro 2003


UPGRADER: Set antivirus software for maximum protection
IN DEPTH: Surviving a virus attack
WINDOWS XP home: Getting that game to play
WINDOWS XP pro: Using multi-channel sound
MAC OS: Get more from iCal
LINUX: Send off spam
AUDIO: Mixing 5.1 audio
GRAPHICS: Finding and using anti-alias
PHP: Dates and time in PHP
DIGITAL VIDEO: Set your movie making to auto


To find out more about how we test and rate products for the Best Buys section, check out the PC World Best Buys Legend.

Choosing the right PC components
New Intel-based motherboards

Sweet Spot
Graphics cards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Astra H31
Xenon Atomic 675x
Plus Corporation Astra H11
Australia IT AIT T5
Acer Veriton 7500G
PCs: $1500-$3500
Trinity International AMD Pro Pack
Plus Corporation Inspire A36
Infocom Gaming Beast
Trinity International P4 Super Deluxe
Acer Aspire T300
Infocom Infomod
AcerPower ST
Infocom M-100
PC-XITE Xtreme Pro Series
Plus Corporation Stealth G14

PCs: Sub-$1500
Hotmicks Value 2083
Trinity International P4 Dream Pack
APUS Universe 2200
Trinity International TI AMD Pack
PC Direct Budget System

Notebooks: Over $4000
Hi-Grade UltiNote M6600
Hi-Grade Notino W6700
Dell Latitude D600
IBM ThinkPad T40
Toshiba Tecra S1

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Hi-Grade Notino C1000
Dell Inspiron 5100
Hi-Grade Notino R5400
Protac Excel G551
Twinhead Efio! 2620 WiFi PTK

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Hi-Grade Notino 4400
Acer TravelMate 234XC
Twinhead Efio! 2B18 Series
Sony Vaio PCG-FR700
Toshiba Satellite 1130

Multifunction devices: Workgroup MFDs:
Brother MFC-9660
Canon ImageCLASS D320
HP LaserJet 3330MFP
Samsung Digital Laser MFP SCX-5312F

Multifunction devices:SOHO/Personal MFDs:
Brother MFC-5100C
Brother MFC-5200C
Canon ImageCLASS MP700
Epson Stylus CX5100
HP Officejet 6110
Lexmark X5150


  • NEWS: Broadband
  • READERS’ FORUM Plus Dilbert
  • BACKBYTES: Book Review, Skills, Web Review, Gadgets and Gizmos, Games, Bytesback

Coming up in the August issue:

  • PC troubleshooting: how to deal with the worst disasters
  • Strategies for sharp shooters: get your digital pics sorted!
  • Web and you: optimise your site for better performance — and lower costs
  • Digital video superguide: DV editing and authoring software reviewed
  • Test centre: external storage

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