Optimize Windows 10 & Windows 8 (8.1)

We show you how to Optimize Windows 8 (8.1) & Windows 10 for Best performance on your aging desktop or laptop PC.


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How to Protect Your System against Viruses

Regardless of your specific objective, keeping your computer safe from all malware is a crucial step towards PC optimization. Malware is a malicious software designed specifically to disrupt computer operations, and unsettle system processes considerably. In direst circumstances, these unwelcomed guests can go on to manipulate sensitive computer files and break down the host machine almost entirely. Therefore, it is of foremost importance that you realize the gravity of this issue and perform counteractive procedures right away.

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Accordingly, this article mentions effective security tips that deal with combating one of the more infamous types of malware, i.e. Virus, and prevent your system going berserk anymore.

Viruses

While there are different types of viruses, such as worms, macro-viruses, Trojans, or back-doors, each are consumed by the same motto; damage system information. These harmful elements enter the device largely through Internet and Removable Storage Media, and work by reading, corrupting, and deleting data. Eventually, the machine chokes on limited system resources and “dies out”.

To keep your computer healthy by fighting these enemies, the most proven method is to use Anti-Virus software.

This is a computer program that specializes in identifying, preventing, and removing malicious software from the PC. They have the ability to perform an in-depth computer scan, and eradicate any threatening menaces instantly. However, to gain full advantage of this tool, you should follow these tips that guide you for a proper usage:

  • Do not run multiple anti-virus software simultaneously. This can not only conflict with their individual operations, but also burden your PC significantly. Consequently, you will start experiences countless system lags, extending to sudden crashes. If you have two security tools, immediately uninstall one
  • Make sure you register your software or purchase full version (if necessary) to allow it receive updates. However, it would be recommended that you install one that supports free updating
  • Ensure your virus-fighting is enabled to check for updates automatically. New viruses are scripted every day, exposing your computer to unknown threats with every fresh release. Updates will allow it to equip itself with better information and greater strength to remove malware
  • Always keep you software in the ON state. This ensures real time protection throughout the day, destroying any encountered danger, at any time
  • Perform regular scans, preferably once a week to obliterate any buildup of harmful ingredients
  • After scanning and removing viruses, do not forget to run a registry scan through reliable registry software to remove remnants and empty keys of viruses. For that purpose, you can use Registry Recycler, which is free to use and fix registry issues.
  • Download only the most trusted security software from known developers. Among the list of famous programs, Avast has certainly gained more respect from anti-virus experts. However, you can also use alternative programs including programs among which  Norton Anti-Virus is considered the best.

Appreciating the phrase, “prevention is the best medicine”, it would be my recommendation that you adopt certain precautionary guards, and block any infections entering your system in the place. These steps include:

  • Verify source of content before downloading
  • Refrain from opening ‘fishy’ emails
  • Scanning USB for any infections before opening the application

Prevention is better than cure which is why you are requested to keep your pc up to date to prevent any sort of threat entering the system.

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How to Remove Ribbon Interface from Windows 8 (8.1) File Explorer

Unveiling itself in Microsoft Office 2007, the Ribbon Interface has marked its entry in Windows 8 File Explorer, but with mixed reviews. While some may like the quick-access functions provided by this menu, others criticize its “messy” nature. If you belong to the latter and want to manage this cluttered tool better, I’ve got good news! Mindful of your concerns, Microsoft has made the Explorer Ribbon optional in Windows 8, throwing the ball at your court. Want to learn more? Read this article and create a cleaner, neater File Explorer look. First, let’s familiarize ourselves better with this thing we’ve been talking about.

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Windows 8: Basic Ribbons

  • By default, Ribbon view consists of four tabs, namely File, Home, Share, and View.
  • The File menu gives the user additional options of opening up a new window, navigating to command prompt screen, deleting file navigation history, asking for Help, or closing the opened Window.
  • The Home ribbon gives the user instant access to various commonly used commands such as copy, paste, move, rename, and numerous other handy options.
  • Next in line is the Share ribbon. As the name suggests, this allows for sharing files and folders with multiple users.
  • Finally, the View tab lets you customize how you view data. For example, you could opt for thumbnail instead of details view, choose larger tile size in place of smaller, etc.

While it all seems too ‘quit’ at the moment, things get dirty when you start surfing through different files and adding up extra ribbons as you proceed forward. Some of these can hinder your view completely owing to their larger size, making your tasks increasingly unpleasant/slow requiring you to find some tweaks to run Windows 8 (8.1) faster . If you are caught up in a similar situation, customize your Ribbon Interface and enhance your viewing point.

Steps to Clean Up Ribbon Interface

  • Firstly, open your File Explorer by clicking the Folder icon from the taskbar menu.
  • Next, notice a set of icons displayed either above, or below the Ribbon menu depending upon your enabled settings. This small set of icons is known as the Quick Access Toolbar, or simply QAT. Click the downward arrow shown on this menu, and notice a list of available options. These include incorporating various functions into the toolbar, specifically Undo, Redo, Delete, Properties, New folder, and Rename.
  • In addition, see the option Minimize the Ribbon. Go ahead and click this choice. And there you go! You have banished the extra wordings, extra tools, extra functions, and shortened the menu to a more “viewable” state.

Enjoy the cleaner environment and customize your Explorer to the fullest. However, if at any point of time you want to revert to the older settings, don’t fret! You can still bring back the menu simply by deselecting Minimize the Ribbon. Yes, it’s that easy.

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Speed Up Windows 8 (8.1) By Stopping Programs at Startup

Note: This tutorial Also Works for Windows 8.1

Windows 8 is undoubtedly a faster operating system when compared with previous Windows versions. It boots up quickly and offers an optimized platform to work with. However, with time passing by, when you load it with various needed programs and apps, the speed starts to stumble a bit and then slowdowns rapidly with more programs coming in.

This fact is illustrated not to prevent or warn you to stop installing new apps and programs on your system because it might run as slower as turtle. The point to bring it into discussion is to let users know how these apps suck memory even when you are not using them.

Most of the software and apps on your system are often set (by default) to start automatically when Windows boots. So, if you have a number of programs that start at startup, you are likely to face slow startup. In addition, these programs will consume a considerable amount of memory, which would not let Windows 8 to perform to its fullest potential.

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Therefore, you are advised to stop these speed absorbers in at startup so you can enjoy a maximized system performance. While there are many ways  to disable Startup Applications,  a simple way is to use Registry Recycler which also offers you to disable Startup apps in a single Click. In general it is a registry software, which is best when you need to fix your windows registry errors to optimize its performance. However, it does offer an additional feature i.e. Disable Startup Programs. Let’s have a look at it how you can use it to stop startup apps.

  • Once installed, double click the icon to open it
  • Go to its Startup section

How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 8

  • You will see a list of programs that start automatically when your system starts.
  • You can either Disable All or Disable Selected programs as per your preference.
  • This will make your Windows 8 run faster.

Once done with using its Startup feature, you are recommended to try Defrag and Scanner as they both are necessary in order to keep your registry settings aligned and optimize the system performance. Watch Registry Recycler tutorial to see how you can use it to fix your registry errors.


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6 Useful Tips to Defend your PC Against Deadly Viruses

You must be aware about rising potential threats to computer. Internet is going crazy about viruses and malware. Users are unable to stop of all of them. It will be less likely to attack by viruses and threats if you follow some precautionary measures, which are describe in this article.

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It is stated in a report that annual expense of malware increased by $10 billion over the decade. According to Google 1 in every 10 website infected by a malware named ‘drive by’, even some seemingly safe websites were victim.

We have a list of precautions that a user can follow to prevent against viruses.

Install a good anti-virus

Many users have anti-virus that came free with a bundle of other services. Such programs are good to protect your PC but growing numbers of threats someone become uncontrollable. These free programs are not much dependable and it is good idea to have a pro version of anti-virus. It does not only update frequently but also provide better security against malware and viruses. It allows you to use additional features.

Install anti-spyware

Many users believe that anti-virus is responsible for all the threats in computer and its enough. However, internet is full of spyware and adware. For this sake, some users have free anti spyware, which is good. It detects spyware but could not remove them efficiently. It is recommended to have professional version of anti-spyware. This software required to remove infections that already present.

Keep anti-malware

To work anti-malware fine, anti-virus, and spyware needs to regular updates. Four years back AVG release a report on fast moving anti-virus stated that 10,000 to 30,000–malware move on web every day.

Computer users must keep licenses updated and ensure anti-malware programs are running smoothly. These threats are now been moving fast due to social media.

Routine scans

To restrict virus and threats actively, computer must scan on a routine. Increasing number of viruses and make it difficult to live perfectly. Daily scans or routine scans add a layer of protection to computer that restricts damages.

Disable auto run

Many viruses made to spread if your computer is on auto run mood. Disable automatic run of CD’s, flash drive and other devices. Microsoft article is available on this. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967715

Beware of anonymous emails

Do no open emails other than your friends and colleagues. Whenever, you open an email a threat enter into your computer and start biting it inside. Use reliable email servers that have anti-virus installed.

There are lot more precautions you can follow. However, doing these simple tricks you can prevent yourself.

Recommended: Every once in a week, you must scan your system with a safe anti-virus system, which will clean your system. Besides, do not forget to use reliable registry cleaning software, which will clean the viruses’ entries from Windows registry.


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How to Optimize Hard Drive to Speed up Windows 8

It is obvious that as time goes on, PC performance slowdowns. We can improve PC performance in several ways. Out of which, one is hard disk optimization. It is not much difficult but Windows enable users to optimize hard drive by using utilities programs such as disk optimization and free registry cleaner. You do not need to bother what type of hard disk your system has but Windows will automatically adjust.

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Previously, this tool called ‘Disk defragmentation’ but now ‘Optimize Drives’. You also have an option to optimize drives manually.

How to optimize manually

Follow simple procedure to optimize drives manually in Windows 8:

Open optimization tool by swiping from right edge of screen and tap search. If you are on mouse, then point to the upper right corner of screen and click search. Now type ‘Defragment’ and tap or click Settings and then ‘Defragment and optimize your drivers.

Tap or click drive you want to optimize under Status. First, you have to analyze that whether drive needs optimization. To do so, click ‘Analyze’ if prompted for passwords, type and confirm. Once analysis completed, click on Current Status to see need for drive optimization. If it is fragmented more than 10% then you must go for optimize drive.

Now tap or click on optimize, you may be prompted for password. Disc optimization may take from few minutes to several hours; it mainly depends on disc size and space. You can work on PC while optimization takes place.

Notes

If another program currently uses drive, it cannot be optimize or formatted using NTFS, FAT and FAT 32. You cannot optimize network drives. Moreover, if you cannot see a drive in optimization tool, it is possible that drive has some errors. In that case, you need to repair hard disk.

How to prevent hard drive from failure

There are several ways you can prevent hard drive from failure. You must turn on regular scan disk for errors. Windows will try to fix errors if they are not big. You must have a schedule for defrag hard drive. It will keep your PC running and prevent chances to get an error.

Moreover, you must have a regular data backup of your hard drive. You can even use online services for backup such as ‘Google Drive’ or ‘Sky Drive’.

Scan your computer regular for anti-virus. Once it overwhelm with viruses it will create lot of errors that will become irrecoverable.


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Protecting Your PC from Trojan Virus, Worm, and Malware

Trojan is malicious software, which appear to act as an automated application that access your system unauthorized. In this regard, it injects itself into other files to augment its population in your system. Trojan horse is malicious program that infects your computer in various ways. Moreover, it place undesired, non-removable icons on your desktop and drive your computer. Once it harms your computer, you may later on need to recover your system by using a registry cleaner to repair registry and installing an anti-virus. It is necessary to remove this virus from your computer immediately. We can say it is an infection that can be categorized in general category of Malware.

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Malware is a program intended to harm your computer. Thus, it includes various type of computer virus, Trojan horse, worms, spyware, Adware etc.

We will focus on precautions of such undesired malware. Instead of going in depth details of any malware, we will focus on overview and guide to get rid of that particular malware.

I have list down multiple face of malware.

Adware A program that generates pop-ups on your screen prompts advertisement to display in front of you. Not necessarily, every program is malware because there are many free programs that display ads in in their applications to generate revenue. If they are working under premises, it is not malware.

Backdoor Such programs that allow remote users run any program without consent of actual user. This kind of software usually employed to infect other program and infringe copyrights.

Trojan Programs that pretend to be not harm your computer but steep into as a silent killer and indulge in malicious activities so vigilantly.

Virus A program that is capable of infected other files and increase in number. It harms your computer in multiple ways like damaging your hard drive, infecting files and replicates itself. This type of virus cannot be transfer to another computer without consent. It has become a general term known for such activities in your computer.

Worm A program that has ability to spread itself to another computer by using internet connection. It can be through mass mailing technique or other means on internet.

Spyware A program that silently monitor your activities then, send it to another computer using your internet connection without your knowledge.

Protect yourself

First thing first, protect yourself from anything that may cause serious damage to you. Potential reasons are through internet. Following tips may be helpful for you to protect yourself against above-mentioned Trojan, virus, malware.

  1. Install operating system updates
  2. Keep all your applications up to date
  3. Avoid using same password on multiple websites
  4. Install an appropriate Anti-virus and update regularly
  5. Turn on firewalls
  6. Back up your data
  7. Don’t open unidentified attachments
  8. Ignore web pop ups that prompt you to click


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How to Solve Photoshop CS3 Compatibility Issues with Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 8 is the new generation operating system released by the tech giant. It has a number of improvements over its predecessors like Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. Windows 8 startup time and booting time is very fast as compared to previous operating systems. It also features rich functions as compared to the previous versions. It has introduced a number of new features like sky drive, Metro UI, and touch mode, new task manager, Hyper-V client, Windows to go and much more. However, as there are Pros and Cons of every system, Windows 8 has compatibility issues with different standard programs, which the computer users use most widely. Therefore, people now are finding ways out to optimize Windows 8 for their desired programs.

PhotoShop is among those programs which is not showing really any great compatibility with Windows 8. A number of computer users are facing Photoshop cs3, cs4, and cs5 and cs6 compatibility issue with Windows 8. When you try to install Photoshop CS3 on Windows 8 at the beginning of installation process, there is no problem at all and it install smoothly on your computer. However, when someone tries to open it and do some work it shows you error message and operating system says, “Adobe Photoshop CS3 has stopped working.” Now what one can do to fix this problem? One can optimize Windows to fix Photoshop cs3 Compatibility Issues with Windows 8:

Windows 8 has a built-in feature to remove and fix the compatibility issues “Troubleshooting Compatibility.” Open it and run it. I hope that it will fix this problem. However, if it is unable to fix the compatibility problem follow the next step.

  1. Go to adobe website and look for an update to your version of adobe Photoshop, find it. It probably is name as “Application Patcher.”
  2. Download the Adobe Photoshop update file (Application patch).
  3. Before installing, make sure your Windows registry is clean and free of errors. For that, download and use this free Windows 8 registry cleaner to fix registry errors and proceed to next step.
  4. Turn off your internet connection and your Anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Do not get worried file download from official adobe website is safe. Install the patch application on your computer. Right click to open it then click on run to start its installation. When the installation is completed, restart your computer, as the update file requires a boot to get started.
  5. Now we are done, Adobe Photoshop is running on your Windows 8 computer without any problem.