In this post, Matías Porolli looks at how to configure an environment with WinDbg and virtual machines in order to debug drivers or code running in Windows kernel space.
Do you have a spare room that you don’t need right now? Why not transform this room in a huge 3D printer by using the “Hangprinter”? Thanks to the Swede Torbjørn Ludvigsen, this might become possible very soon. What’s a Hangprinter? A Hangprinter is a 3D printer which can create furniture-sized objects in any room – and […]
A lot of people get down to work although they’re not in the office. With a smartphone or tablet it’s easily enough and although they’re on their vacation, on the toilet, or in a restaurant people are still reading their working related stuff. That’s not healthy — do you need a digital detox, too?
In this feature, ESET’s Denise Giusto Bilić offers a detailed overview as to how to avoid certificate pinning in the latest versions of Android.
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Make traveling this summer a cool breeze by preparing your tech gadgets for the trip. A few actions prior to leaving will ensure you can enjoy the hard earned vacation.
If your carry-on luggage is like mine, you have a lot of thing that need connecting to the internet. Between my wife, son and myself it is not unusual for us to carry 3 laptops, 3 phones, an iPad and a gaming tablet – and that doesn’t even include our wearables! That’s at least 8 devices I need to think about charging and that’s also the first thing I think about when booking a hotel. I look for those magic words, “unlimited free WiFi”.
Having a safe vacation isn’t just about going online safely but it’s also about securing your finances and your family’s digital life. And it doesn’t start when you arrive. See below for my safety tips from start to finish:
Before you go…
Once you’re there…
The minute the plane lands, the mad rush to switch on the phone begins. What did you miss while flying? Probably not much. Airport, coffee shops and hotels are the destinations of choice for those needing a vital connection. How do I stay safe on public WiFi?
And possibly the best tip of all – disconnect and enjoy your vacation without the interruptions of technology! Last year, this was forced upon me when we found that the national park we stayed in had no cell service and the nearest WiFi was 50 miles away. It was frustrating to start with, but great once we got used to it.
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No one likes a computer that takes forever to start up. Don’t settle for less when it comes to performance – find out how to improve your boot speed now.
Do you wait ages for your PC or laptop to boot? Then there’s clearly something wrong. We’ll show you the most likely causes and the steps you can take to fix them easily!
Why is your PC slow at startup?
First of all, out of the box, Windows should boot blazingly fast, no matter whether you’re using Windows 7, 8, or 10. It’s what you do with your PC that actually causes it to slow to a crawl over time. The top causes of long boot times include:
To figure out what’s causing your PC to boot up slowly, use a Windows tool called Event Viewer. It documents all apps that drastically add to your computer’s boot time. You can then turn off the worst offenders using the Windows startup manager or Task Manager.
All these tools are built in. But using them can be a bit complicated, as you’ll need to jump between them to get what you want. It can be far easier to use a more integrated start-up manager, like the one in AVG PC TuneUp , that shows the impact of all automatically running startup apps and allows you to turn off these resource hogs with a simple click. (Yes, this is a shameless product plug; but our engineers put blood and sweat into this – and we want you to know about it and check out the trial version.)
We’ll cover both methods below.
The do-it-yourself approach
For those who want to get their hands dirty with systems admin tools, figuring out how to speed up boot time can be a great way to better know your PC. Basically, you need to:
Identify slow-boot up times
Hold down the WINDOWS key on your keyboard and press R. This will bring up the Run menu:
Type in Eventvwr.msc and click OK. Expand the following folders: Applications and Services Logs, Microsoft, Windows, Diagnostics-Performance and Operational.
Watch for an event ID called 100. This one shows how long your computer takes to start up. In our example, it is 35 seconds. The 101 IDs then show you which applications slow down your computer. For example:
Here we can see that NVIDIA software took 6.5 seconds to load. This is 1.5 seconds longer than on the last boot, so there’s clearly something wrong. NVIDIA drivers just give you access to some advanced graphics options which can be useful for intensive tasks like gaming. In most cases, you won’t need it at startup, so you can safely turn it off by using the built-in startup manager.
To do that, hold down the WINDOWS key and press R again. This time, type in msconfig, hit ENTER, and go to the Startup tab. Now you can uncheck items or, if you’re running Windows 8 or 10, go to Task Manager and right-click on an item to disable it.
As you can see here, there may be dozens of entries that you’d have to manually research to determine if they’re important or not.
The automated (and easier) approach
Using Event Viewer and the old-school “msconfig” tool may work, but it’s far from convenient and user friendly. So it takes time. That’s why we built an easier way to turn off slow moving applications when you boot your PC. It is a core part of our AVG PC TuneUp suite (try the trial version and see for yourself).
1. Once you’re running AVG PC TuneUp, head over to the Speed Up section and look at the total optimization progress bar.
You should see a slice of the bar that says Disable startup programs. Clicking on Show will give you an overview of all startup applications that slow down your computer, including whether they’re actually necessary or optional. Moreover, instead of complicated file names, it shows you full product names, such as Microsoft Office or Skype. It also highlights new applications you may have recently installed.
2. Flip off the switches. Easy.
And now some bonus tips
Upgrade to Windows 10
If you’re still running Windows Vista, 7, or 8, we recommend moving to Windows 10. In the new OS has managed to reduce boot times by a few seconds when compared to its predecessors.
Install an SSD or move to a laptop with flash storage
If you’re in the market for a new computer, just make sure that it’s got flash-based storage (SSD, solid state drive), and not a traditional mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). Computers with SSD start dramatically faster and retrieve information that is in regular use almost instantly. The difference in boot times between SSDs and traditional hard disks can be night and day; so this is perhaps the biggest thing you can do to reduce your boot time.
These days, price declines mean even some low-end laptops come with an SSD. If you are bold (and tech-savvy), you can also grab an SSD and install it in your PC or laptop yourself. (But that is another post.)
Steps you should take to fix a Java SE security risk on your computer, a message from Oracle, broadcast by ESET, as requested by the FTC.
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Spring is here! Out with the old and in with the new – a new opportunity to put winter clothes away .Why not clean up your digital life as well?
In my previous blog, I talked about cleaning up your cell phone. How about cleaning up your online identity? It’s an important piece of your digital life. Here are 5 steps to scrubbing your online identity:
Even though your online identity is squeaky clean, don’t wait until next spring to do a digital clean up.
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