How To Increase Your Network Speed Or Internet Speed By Over 20%

If you use Windows than it is possible to squeeze extra speed from your internet connection. By default, Windows reserve internet bandwidth up to 20% for various services such as Windows updates  and spyware checks by using QoS Packet Scheduler, it is a network bandwidth management tool that can monitor the importance of data packets and depending upon the priority of the packet, give it higher or lower priority or bandwidth levels. It's not very useful unless you're using apps which are QoS-aware or running a server, so you can gain some network overhead back by turning it off.

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How To Disable Windows Task Manager Using Registry

Note: If you are looking to enable your task manager if it got disabled by your administrator or some virus, then have a look at this post. This tip is for disabling your task manager, not enable it.

Sometimes one needs to disable the task manager to give clients limited access in a network or to prevent other users from doing a specific task. There are multiple software available for this purpose, but the best way is to disable it using Local Group Policy Editor which is build-in your Windows and does not require any software to be installed.

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How To Check The Hosting Company Of A Website Or Blog

For the past 2 months, I have received many emails asking me about my web hosting company because they found the response time of this blog to be quite fast. This is what prompted me to write a post today. You can check my blog’s hosting company without the need to contact me. Whoishostingthis is a website that makes it possible and I found it to be the most reliable out there.

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How To Prevent Firefox From Displaying Bookmarks And Web History As Suggestions In The Address Bar

Does this annoy you that Firefox displays bookmarks in its address bar along with web history? Firefox is certainly the best browser in the market but it doesn’t mean its perfect, the annoying feature of its awesome bar is that it displays the bookmarks in its address bar along with web history and suggestions. Most of the users prefer to display only links from the web history rather than the added bookmarks suggestions. To prevent this annoying feature, follow these simple steps.

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How To Start Firefox and Internet Explorer Without Add-ons

Did your browser become unstable due to a recent installation of some add-on? Sometimes when we install an add-on, it may become the root cause of crashing or slowing down of the web browser. In this situation it is better to use your browser without the add-ons. By doing this you can find out if the problem and fix it easily, or just simply remove the add-on that was causing the problem. If you are a security freak like me, you can run your browser without add-ons while making online transactions because any 3rd party add-ons could be tracking your activity.

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How To Protect USB Drive From Virus When Attached To Infected Computer

Have you ever attached a USB to a computer and later found out that the drive is infected by a virus? I have definitely faced this situation many times. If you attach your USB drive to the infected computer the virus is transferred to the drive in no time infecting all the important documents in USB drive too, depending on the nature of the virus you may loose important data from the USB drive and never recover them back. But there is a solution to protect your USB drive from virus infection when it is connected to already infected computer.

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How To Minimize Applications To Desktop As Thumbnails

If you are a multitasking monster, most of your time may surf on finding the right tab in the taskbar, because when you do multitask a lot you have more tabs in the taskbar which makes it cluttered and unorganized, even with Windows Group Similar taskbar items option, it takes time to find the right tab, there are some applications like utorrent which can be configured to move to tray bar rather than taskbar, the other solution for this is to minimize the applications as thumbnails onto the desktop.

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5 Free Online Services For Making Conference Calls – Start Calling Now !

Have you ever thought of saving time and money by replacing meetings with teleconferencing services? These are the services through which enterpretuers can control every operation of the business spread all over the globe and it can be a valuable alternative when geography and logistics make it impossible for all the participants to be in the same room. Setting up conference call services is the most effective way to arrange a trans-continental business meeting. Or you can call your friends if you are too lazy. ;) Read More

How To Recover Important System Files Without Reinstalling Windows

Have you ever faced a problem where your antivirus deleted your important system files? For me this is even worse than the adverse effect of a virus itself. The best method to offset the infection is to Clean, Quarantine and Delete but if your antivirus deletes important system files by itself without asking permission than you must consider to recover those system files to prevent data loss, performance issues and missing system files notification at startup.

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Did Your Computer Get Hijacked? Remove Hijacks From Your Computer With HijackThis

Are you fed up of reinstalling your Windows due to Malware or Spyware? Or you think that your computer might have gotton hijacked? This is where HijackThis comes in, it will Scan Your Registry and various other files for entries that are similar to what a Spyware or Hijacker Program would leave behind. Interpreting these results can be tricky as there are many legitimate programs that are installed in your operating system in a similar manner that Hijackers get installed. In TrendMicro's own words,
HijackThis lists the contents of key areas of the Registry and hard drive--areas that are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. The program is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs and URLs, only the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites.
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How To Check Your Hard Drive For Errors And Fix It

If you are experiencing hard drive errors such as Read / Write errors and noisy sounds, its time to check your hard drive because these errors may effect the overall performance of your computer. Windows comes with built-in utilities to check hard drives, scanning your hard drive using Error Checking can help diagnose and even correct a wide range of hard drive errors. Hard drives that are formatted using the FAT32 file system should be checked for errors about once a month.

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Run Application Or Program Which Is Incompatible With Windows 7 / Vista

Have you ever encountered a program or an application that just won’t run in Windows 7 / Vista? Either it gives a Blue Screen of Death(BSoD) or prompt a windows error, whenever this problem arises, a window pops up and informs that you can no longer run the program as the “.dll” files are not available in System 32 which is quite annoying when you want to run the application under tight circumstances. Luckily,Windows 7 / Vista has a compatibility feature to address this issue. Read More

Remove Program Shortcut Or Desktop Shortcut Arrows In Windows 7 / Vista

Honestly speaking, I do love Windows 7 / Vista but there are so many small awkward stuffs around that makes it look just stupid. Desktop shortcuts is one of them. Have you ever noticed a large arrow on lower-left corner of the icon in every desktop shortcut program? I hate this arrow, and if you have same feelings like me, welcome to the post where I am going to teach you how to remove it in the most easiest way. There are two methods, tweaking the registry and through a software. Read More

Blogging Tips: How To Keep Your Blog Secure By Hiding Your WordPress Version Number

Note: This tip is for those who wants to take extra precautions, otherwise if you keep your wordpress up-to-date, you will remain secure as far I know.

I know that the title of this post is a bit comprehensive, but it pretty much explains what I am talking about. Hiding your wordpress version is the first step in keeping your blog secure and I recommend that everyone should do this to keep themselves safe from amateur hackers. Forget Professional hackers, they can hack into anything(even Pentagon). Anyway this is how you can prevent your blog from small hacks.

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What Is Data Execution Prevention(DEP) And How To Disable It In Windows 7 / Vista

What is DEP ?

In Microsoft’s own words,
Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a security feature that can help prevent damage to your computer from viruses and other security threats. Harmful programs can try to attack Windows by attempting to run (also known as execute) code from system memory locations reserved for Windows and other authorized programs. These types of attacks can harm your programs and files. DEP can help protect your computer by monitoring your programs to make sure that they use system memory safely. If DEP notices a program on your computer using memory incorrectly, it closes the program and notifies you.

Why disable DEP ?

I was running multiple processes on different tabs in Firefox 3,  finally my Firefox crashed and Microsoft gave a very beautiful reason for the crash which you have read above. Actually it happened the moment I clicked on a YouTube video, it sounds weird, right? If you are a heavy geek like me, who works on multiple Firefox tabs and also use online services that need to access your system memory, then your Firefox is definitely going to crash unless you don’t disable DEP. Another reason to disable it is when it does not allow you to open Executable files that needs to access your system memory. Read More

How To Get Vista Thumbnail Preview In Windows XP

There are plenty of people who cannot upgrade to Windows Vista but would love to have cool looking Aero feature in Windows XP. One of the coolest feature in Vista is the thumbnails previews that comes when you roll over your mouse on a particular taskbar element. With a tiny application called Visual Tooltip you can get them in Windows XP too. With a few changes in settings you can make it work just like it does in Vista. Read on to find out how, after the jump.

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How To Check If Your Antivirus Software Is Working Correctly

Note: This tip is for beginners who want to test their antivirus software. You will have to create your own virus. Don’t freak out yet, just read the post carefully. There are no doubt plenty of free antivirus software out there, half of which don’t even detect important viruses. If you think your computer has a virus, but your antivirus software is not detecting it, then the best way to test it is to create your own virus and then scan it. If virus is detected then it means your antivirus is just okay, if not, this means you need to download a new antivirus software. I am using AVG Free Antivirus and I will recommend this to everyone,keep it updated and I can guarantee that no virus will ever infect your computer again. Read More

Fixing ‘Cannot Play This DVD’ Error Message In Windows Media Player

How many times have you seen that whenever you play a DVD movie it gives the following error, “Cannot Play This DVD” in Windows Media Player? It is the most annoying message I have ever seen in Windows and to be honest, I really hate it when this message pops up. No, I am not an old fashioned person and I don’t use Windows Media Player anymore. The best way to fix this problem is to download VLC player(I use this media player personally, since it plays all formats). The problem arises when my family members still prefer Windows Media Player due to it’s ease of use and also because they are reluctant to move to a new media player, so I have to fix this error for them. Read More

How To Combine Multiple Links Into One Shorter Link Using Shrink2One

How many times did you send friends or family a couple of links to various sites like your online photo album, a YouTube video, a funny news article, etc? It’s a pain having to copy and paste multiple links in email or in Instant Messenger. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could convert all of those links into just one simple link! If you are sick of pasting multiple links like me, then you should try definitely Shrink2One. It is a free web service that allows you to convert multiple URLS into one smaller URL. Read More