Here are three helpful tools that should help you keep your PC stay out of trouble.

This article appears in the May 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents.

Windows maintenance

Windows Live OneCare is Microsoft's attempt to manage security settings and keep threats at bay. It combines antivirus, antispyware and performance tweaking, thus offering dual-purpose protection and maintenance. You can download a 90-day trial for free from the link below.

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Password protection

The shady underworld has noticed that many of us use the same password to access multiple websites. If a low-security site is hacked, these passwords can often be reused on e-commerce sites. Password Hash lets you use a single phrase but generates a unique passkey from it at each website.

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Ad extinguisher

Users of Mozilla's FireFox web browser should install the intelligent advert-blocker Adblock Plus. Instead of downloading and disabling advertisements locally, Adblock blocks the adverts at their source – which saves you both valuable bandwidth and even more valuable time.

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