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Best AntiVirus Programs

PC Magazine has just released the results of its tests of antivirus software, both paid and free programs. Bitdefender, Norton, and Webroot all shared top honors. Among free products, Ad-Aware and AVG did well. The best malware removal tool was Malwarebytes, which is free. See the full ratings.

Can You Trust Online Service Provider Reviews?

outlet Many people turn to sites like Angie's List when they are looking for a service provider, such as a plumber, roofer, or landscaper. Consumer Reports evaluated various sites like this and has warnings about each. [A response from Angie's List is contained in this link.]

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Rental Car Companies Find New Way to Charge You for Gas

gas Always trying to find new ways to nickel and dime their customers, rental car companies have found a new way to charge you for gasoline used. Most savvy renters won't accept the rental firms' pricey gas plans, but instead agree to bring the car back with a full tank. A typical renter might fill the tank on the way to the airport because the gauge will still be on "F" by the time they get there. Now Avis and soon Hertz will be using electronic meters that can tell how much gas is missing from your tank, down to 1/10 of a gallon, and charge you at the rate of over $9 a gallon for it.


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Mouse Print* -- Sale Prices Now Only for the Diligent

mouse print Leave it to retailers to figure out a way to advertise a big sale, but charge you full price for most "sale" items. That is exactly what drugstores do these days, and it stinks! That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Bargain of the Week

Two Free Museum Tickets

Continuing last week's bargain... Smithsonian Magazine is once again promoting "Museum Day" -- Saturday, September 28 -- at museums all across the country. You can get two free tickets to any one of the participating museums by reserving and printing your tickets in advance.

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Electronics Trade-in Programs Compared

With the introduction of the iPhone 5S last week, retailers are falling all over themselves to get your business. Consumer Reports evaluates the electronics trade-in programs at various stores. Don't forget Apple also has such a program, and Gazelle.com buys used smartphones, etc.


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