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August 2016

Recover Some Storage Space with a Few Useful Tweaks

recover-some-storage-space-with-a-few-useful-tweaksIn the period of modest 2 terabyte hard drives, a couple of gigs won’t not make any difference, but rather there are circumstances where you may require that additional space. Case in point, in the event that you buy a strong state drive to contain your working framework, applications and amusements, you’ll develop to love each salvageable gigabyte. There are a couple of straightforward modification you can make inside Windows to recapture some drive space.

Disable Hibernation

For starters, you can disable hibernation. Hibernation basically writes your current system state to a non-volatile memory source, such as your primary HDD or SSD, allowing you to turn off your system and restore your progress at a later date.

This feature is beneficial because turning on a system from hibernation is generally faster than starting from a cold boot, and it doesn’t require a constant power source like sleep, which stores data in RAM.

That said, if your operating system is on a decent SSD, load times should be drastically cut and cold booting won’t be as much of a chore. Desktops are usually connected to a power source anyway, and sleep is typically adequate.

Your hibernation file (hiberfil.sys) is probably about the size of your system’s RAM (so at least a gigabyte or two) and can be easily purged:

Windows Vista and 7

Open the Start menu and type cmd. Right click on cmd.exe and choose Run as administrator. Enter the following command: powercfg.exe -h off

Windows XP

Open the Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > Power Options > Hibernate > Uncheck ‘Enable hibernation’.

Manage System Restore

To save a little more space, you could also reduce the size (or entirely disable) system restore. Granted, it’s better to be safe than sorry, but there are better backup solutions out there.

Windows Vista and 7

Right click Computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings (on the left) > System Protection > Select your OS drive > Configure. Within this window you can turn off system restore for ultimate storage savings, or allocate a percentage of your drive to storing system restore data.

Windows XP

Right click my Computer > Properties > System Properties > System Restore. Within this window you can turn off system restore for ultimate storage savings, or allocate a percentage of your drive to storing system restore data.

Additional Notes

While not encouraged, some folks opt to shrink or disable their virtual memory page file (pagefile.sys). If you have tons of RAM or are confident that your system’s performance won’t be affected, that can be changed here: System Properties > Advanced > Performance Settings > Advanced > Change.

It’s also worth noting that you should never underestimate the power of programs like CCleaner if it’s been a while since you last wiped your temp files.

Finally, if you are in the mood of downloading some software freebies — ironic, isn’t it? — some time ago we featured a few disk usage analyzers, which can give you a better overall perspective of what’s taking up the most space and where there is room for saving some.

Free Cloud Music Player For Your Smartphone with Soundweaver

It is safe to say that you are a partner of music? Do you require a tune to jive to at the most peculiar hours of the day and do you have a music library that is spread over various music players and applications? What’s more, do you get pointlessly worried from the consistent exchanging between one application to the next to get the best experience? All things considered, no more! SoundWeaver is a unique music player application that you can use to consolidate the best of all your most loved music applications! Be it SoundCloud, iTunes or perhaps a live stream on YouTube – Sound Weaver will give you a chance to take advantage of your best melodies at whatever time and anyplace!

Here are some of its features
# Modifies all your music-player apps and turns them into one giant library that has all your soundtracks.
# Clubs all your favorite music found on YouTube, SoundCloud, and iTunes
# Background play of music for YouTube songs. There’s also an added in repeat button to listen for user friendliness.

These inherent features make sure that you can have the best and the most fun playlist to go with you at all times.And if you are running out of phone storage – don’t panic! You don’t have to pick and choose the songs you like best – you can have them all!

Find new songs from Youtube & SoundCloud and add them all with just a tap. You can stream them anytime!

The look, the feel and the design of Sound Weaver have all been modified to suit the needs of the music lover – it has bright and colorful display, a font size and type that pleases your eye and is a cloudapp that is absolutely user friendly and easy to work your way around! No more worrying about shifting between iTunes and SoundCloud, no more getting your phone stuck mid song because you have too many apps running open and no more worrying about having to choose between your beloved soundtracks because your phone storage is running out. Simplify your life by modifying the way you listen to your groovy tunes – SoundWeaver is your mp3player, your cloudapp and your cloud-player, all in one!

With all the features from a music player and with several additional features to add music from other applications, SoundWeaver does make it easier for audiophiles to rock the floor. So, turn up the bass, tap on the app, plug in your headphones, tune your mind to the song, and break the dance floor with music to your ears.

Secure Technology Several Ways For Your Kids

secure-technology-several-ways-for-your-kidsAs innovation keeps on developing into a bigger part of out kids’ lives, Pediatricians are seeing increasingly youthful patients for monotonous anxiety wounds. Experiencing these sorts of intricacies at such an early age being developed can prompt much more serious issues not far off. Here are a couple of safety measures for guardians to take to guarantee their children computer¬†or gaming propensities don’t prompt wellbeing issues.

1. Have Children take 10-15 minute breaks for consistently they are on the PC or playing computer games. Invest that energy extending, circling, doing hopping jacks, or taking part in some other type of physical action.

2. Support right stance with youngsters by showing them to sit up straight, with the T.V. On the other hand PC screen at eye level.

3. Have youngsters extend their arms and fingers before beginning. Similarly as with any physical activity, issues happen when you simply bounce into it without warming up.

4. Show kids legitimate writing methods. Energize this from a youthful age. Does it stay away from anxiety wounds, as well as it will be an aptitude they utilize whatever is left of their lives.

5. Urge youngsters to utilize diverse hand positions on their controller when playing computer games.

While innovation for children isn’t leaving, it ought not supplant conventional adolescence play. Innovation is a great added substance to youngsters’ lives just when utilized as a part of balance. On the off chance that you have a little innovation addict in your home, you’ll have to discover approaches to support him (or her) in different boulevards of play. Ensure the proportion of innovation time to play time is no less than 50/50.

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On the off chance that your kid whines of hand, wrist, or neck torment, treat it genuinely. The more it is disregarded, the more awful it will get and if not tended to, the issue can prompt enduring conditions.

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Some Tips You can Maintain Clean Without an Antivirus Guarding System

some-tips-you-can-maintain-clean-without-an-antivirus-guarding-systemThe vast majority rest better during the evening knowing their PC is all around prepared to frustrate approaching malware assaults. Out of distrustfulness some really introduce various antivirus programs – despite the fact that that is excessively counterproductive.

To be sure, with everything that you do on your PC and the data that lives on it, the security of your touchy information ought to be top need. So, with a little ordeal you can navigate the World Wide Web in peace with insignificant security on dynamic watch.

Many readers will probably say “no thanks” and slip out the back door, which is totally understandable. I will tell you flat out that most people are better off with some form of antivirus watching over their shoulder. But regardless of whether or not you keep one on guard, having safe browsing habits is essential to keeping your computer malware-free.

To elaborate on that briefly, “safe browsing habits” means that those who spend their days on shady porn and warez sites need not apply. Recognizing the nefarious from innocuous is your greatest line of defense. Typically, malware gets onto a computer by being bundled with seemingly legitimate software, media, email attachments, and so on; so if something infects your system it’s likely you’ve unknowingly let it mosey through the front door.

So why go antivirus-free then?

Call me reckless and lazy, but I’ve found that dealing with antivirus software can be quite a nuisance. You have to come out of pocket for most decent products like NOD32 or Kaspersky, while free alternatives are often less equipped and bombard you with ads or other nags. Many are resource hogs, some will result in incompatibility crashes, and others can be annoying to keep up to date — even more so when it comes to scheduling scans.

All of this is emphasized by Apple’s TV adverts, which place a lot of weight on their alleged no-frills antivirus and malware-free computing experience. Now, I know I’m painting with a broad brush here and that many security products offer good enough protection and few to no quirks. But even when I had an antivirus on duty, it only popped up to warn me twice over the span of years, so worrying about active protection has become an unnecessary burden to me.

Obviously you can’t catch it all, though, and that’s ok. The portal you use to access the Web has changed significantly over the years. Most modern browsers will warn you of a suspicious site, web-based email services scan email attachments, and there are plenty of online utilities that can help you keep safe. In other words, you’re probably more safe online now than ever before, if you just adhere to some common sense guidelines.

How to kick your desktop antivirus software to the curb

As mentioned, visiting trustworthy websites and relying on your instinct is essential, but there are a few tools to help you along the way.

Software updates: Keeping your operating system and applications up to date is vital. This is true regardless of how much protection you have, so be sure to watch for the latest security patches.

Periodical online scans: ESET offers a pretty decent online scanner you can use free of charge (it temporarily installs a small piece of software which you can remove after the scan). Additionally,Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a very straightforward and hassle-free utility that is worth keeping installed.

I would suggest setting both up before bed every few weeks or as you deem necessary. Running a fine-toothed comb through your system now and again will ensure that nothing has flown under the radar.

Network traffic control: Using the standard Windows firewall in combination with a router that features NAT is generally more than enough to keep your network activity on lockdown.

General maintenance: In between scans, if you feel uneasy about a particular file simply upload it to Virus Total for analysis. Virus Total is a free service that will scan a file with around three dozen mainstream antivirus engines and then show you detailed results for each of them.

Additional protection and final tips: If you happen to use Firefox and want to keep your browser as secure as possible, NoScript allows you to control which sites have permission to run JavaScript, Java and other executable web content. This helps prevent things like XSS and Clickjacking attacks. I find NoScript to be more bothersome than it is worth, but to each his own.

Finally, it’s no secret that avid users of file sharing technology are at a greater risk of being infected. However, there are reputable faces in the torrent and other communities — find them, and stick with ’em. Also, be sure to read comments, as many downloaders will report back with their antivirus’ findings so you don’t have to scan anything yourself.

By taking these precautions, I have kept clean since day one. If you’ve also abandoned the use of real-time protection, tell us how you stay malware-free in the comments.

Did you know?

Having the most commonly targeted operating system, Microsoft recently stepped up its efforts to make the Windows ecosystem a safer place by introducing the free Security Essentials. This anti-malware scanner replaces the now defunct “OneCare” security suite. Looking at early reactions around the web, it actually seems to work pretty well. If you are intent on using desktop antivirus protection you might want to give it a try, or check a few other recommendations here.