Thursday, September 11, 2014

How to Speed Up Windows 8.1?

Today we’re going to share a detailed solution which will help you in improving your PC’s performance and giving boost to Windows 8.1
Check Performance Settings
There are many eye candy effects, such as shadow effects, animations displayed to improve the user interface. This kind of animations and effects make your Windows run slower. Review your performance-related settings from System Properties dialog.

1. Right click the Computer desktop icon.
2. Select Properties.
3. System dialog will be displayed.
4. Click “Advanced system settings” link.
5. System Properties dialog will be displayed.
6. Click the Advanced tab.
7. Click Settings button under Performance frame.
8. In the Visual Effects tab, select “Adjust for best performance” option.
9. All checkboxes will be unchecked automatically.
10. Click OK | OK  to speed up Windows 8.1// 8.

Clean Boot your System
Clean Boot refers to disabling all startups and services except Microsoft items and highly recommended basic drivers.

1. Press Windows Key + X.
2. Click Task Manager.
3. Click “More details” link.
4. Click the Startup tab.
5. Right click a startup entry, select Disable. Do the same for all those startups that you would like to block, especially all Non-Microsoft programs.
6. Exit Task Manager.
7. Press Windows Key + R.
8. Type “MSCONFIG”, and press ENTER.
9. Click the Services tab.
10. Check-up the box labelled “Hide all Microsoft services”.
11. Uncheck all items.
12. Click Apply, and then OK. Restart the machine.

Uninstall Windows Features
When Microsoft Windows is installed, bulk of components comes with it. This list may contain some which you actually won’t need. For example: if you’re using a PC, you won’t have to keep Tablet PC related components installed, as doing so unnecessarily occupies your disk space, and so on. Here’s how to speed up Windows 8.1

1. Press Windows Key + X.
2. Click Programs and Features.
3. Click “Turn Windows features on or off” link on the left panel.
4. Windows Features dialog will appear.
5. Uncheck the features you would like to uninstall, click OK.

Note: Removing a shared component which is used by one or more programs may cause respective programs to stop functioning. Reinstallation of that component requires Windows installation disc.

Clean Duplicates and Temporary Files
Delete all sorts of unnecessary files, viz. temporary files and duplicate files. This is a very essential task. Hopefully you’ll recover 10s of GBs of disk space which was previously occupied by clone and junk contents.

Cleaning temporary files:
1. Double click Computer desktop icon.
2. Right click a disk partition.
3. Select Properties.
4. Click Disk CleanUp button.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Cleaning junk contents:
1. Download Clone Files Checker.
2. Install the program.
3. Scan duplicate files, and remove them.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MEMORY_MANAGEMENT Error in Windows 8.1

Follow the below guidelines to resolve MEMORY_MANAGEMENT error in Windows 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista operating systems.

Disable the Windows Defender
Turn off the Windows Defender security protection in Windows 8.1. This security protection might be conflicting with one or more applications installed on your PC.

For Windows 8.1/ 8:
1. Press Windows Key + X.
2. Click Search.
3. Type “Windows Defender” in the Search Box.
4. Click the Apps icon.
5. Open it from the Search Results.
6. Click the Tools menu, and then select Options.
7. Click Administrator.
8. Uncheck the checkbox labeled “Use this program”.
9. Click the Save button.
10. Type your administrator account password for confirmation, if asked to do so.
For Earlier Versions of Windows:
1. Click the Start button on your Taskbar.
2. Type “Windows Defender” in the Search Box.
3. Press ENTER.
4. Refer Steps # 6-10 from Windows 8.1/ 8 user’s paragraph.

Troubleshoot Memory Issues
Using the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool troubleshoot memory problems. Fix MEMORY_MANAGEMENT error in Windows 8.1 as shown below:

For Windows 8.1/ 8:
1. Press Windows Key + X.
2. Click Search.
3. Type “Diagnose” in the Search Box.
4. Click the Settings icon.
5. Open “Diagnose your computer’s memory problems” from the Search Results.
6. Click “Restart now and check for problems” button.
7. Your computer will be restarted automatically.
For Earlier Versions of Windows:
1. Click the Start button.
2. Type “memory” in the Search Box.
3. Click “Windows memory Diagnostic” in to the Search Results.
4. Refer Steps # 6-7 from Windows 8.1/ 8 user’s paragraph.

Increase the Virtual Memory Size
Increase the size of your virtual memory, i.e. paging file size. Your computer might have insufficient physical memory (RAM) to meet the requirements of the running application(s). Increasing the virtual memory size to meet the memory requirements.

For Windows 8.1/ 8 and Earlier Versions:
1. Right click the Computer icon on your desktop.
2. Select Properties.
3. Click the “Advanced system settings” link on the left hand side panel.
4. Click the Advanced tab.
5. Click Settings under Performance.
6. Click Advanced tab again.
7. Click Change button under Virtual Memory frame.
8. Uncheck the box named “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”.
9. Select your system drive, usually drive C:\
10. Select “Custom size” option.
11. Specify more paging file size, and then click Set button.
12. Click OK | OK | OK.
13. Restart your computer for the changes to take effects.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Top 5 Things to Do after Your Email Account is Hacked

Email account theft is rising. Fortunately, there are different techniques that might be helpful for you if they are followed immediately.

Email theft means someone has unauthorized gained access to your email account without your consent. In most cases, the hacker sends a spam link to your contacts requesting them to click. It could be a malicious link intended to trace confidential data, hack their accounts or steal money through credit & debit cards, PayPal or other money transfer services. When an email account is hacked, the hacker generally gets access to the websites where that email id is used for log-in purposes. For him it’s quite easy to recover the data of associated websites and services- including social media websites, domains, money transfer services, forums, and so on.

It is important to understand that recovery information, such as security answers, is sometimes changed, sometimes not. Sometimes traces are left, for example, sent emails. Sometimes everything on the email account is removed. It depends. However, in most cases your contacts would get emails from you that you actually didn’t sent them at all.

So far we discussed what could happen with your account if it is hacked. Now let’s discuss the top 5 things that you can do after your email account is hacked.

Tip 1: Use the Recovery Information to Gain Access to the Account
The recovery information consists of security answer, secondary email id, backup phone, password hint, and so on. Try all these options one by one until you find a way to recover your stolen account.
You can find links something like “I forgot my password”, “Can’t sign in? Need help?” or “Having trouble signing in?” Follow the on-screen instructions. You may find different alternative ways mentioned above.

Tip 2: Change the Password after Gaining Access to your Hacked Account
Once you gain access to your hacked account, immediately change its password. Make sure the password strength is strong. Be sure to use special characters (@, $, !, &, %, #), numbers, combination of capital & small cases, and so on. Do not use common and easy to identify words (apple, keyboard, computer, for example).

Tip 3: Change the Secondary Account, Backup Phone & Password Hints
Now it’s time to change your secondary email account, backup phone and password hint. I always recommend setting a secondary email account which is either a premium email account that you own, or hosted on your own domain. The former will come up with additional security measures, real-time support from the company; and the latter will help quickly gaining access even if everything ends in frustration, as you can use the CPanel password resetting feature or make a phone call to your domain holding company.

Tip 4: Inform your Contacts once you’ve Recovered your Account
It’s good to inform your contacts that your email account was hacked, and if in case they receive any suspicious emails not to click any link. Some may disagree with me on this, but in particular, your contacts will know they should not pay attention to any suspicious emails sent from your account.

Tip 5: Backup your Emails & Contacts
In some cases, the hacker erases everything that he finds in your email account, say contacts, emails (inbox, sent emails & trashes). You may miss important business emails or clients data. Thus I recommend you to backup your emails, contacts list on a particular schedule.

iTunes Match Crashing

Follow below steps if you’re receiving this error on Windows 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista.

Resolve Problem with Erroneous Music
Some music files displayed in the Library may have “Error” status. Move those files to a temporary location, remove them from the Library and then start the iTunes Match process. This will solve iTunes match crashing issue.

1. Create a new folder on your desktop and name it “Test”.
2. Open iTunes.
3. Click the View menu.
4. Select View Options | iCloud Status.
5. The specified object will be displayed. You’ll find certain music with “Error” status.
6. Select the music files with “Error” status. Drag the music file to newly created folder (Step # 1).
7. Remove music files with “Error” status from the iTunes Library.
8. Now resume iTunes match.
9. After the iTunes Match process is successfully completed, simply copy the files you moved in Step # 6.

Downgrade Intel HD 4000 Graphics Drivers
If you’re using an Intel system board and have Intel HD 4000 Graphics Driver installed, please downgrade it. Downgrading is a process of uninstalling the latest driver version and installing an earlier older version. iTunes match crashing occurs due to driver-related conflicts. Downgrade the driver through Device Manager.

1. Press Windows Key + X.
2. Click Device Manager.
3. Device Manager tool will be opened. Expand the top node, i.e. your computer name.
4. Expand “Display Adapters” node.
5. Right click your display driver, select Properties.
6. Click the Driver tab, and then Roll Back Driver button.
7. Follow the on-screen instructions, reboot your PC.

Modify the System Variables
iTunes Match crashing occurs due to incorrect system variables. Change the values of your system variables.

1. Press Windows Key + X.
2. Click Control Panel.
3. Click “Advanced system settings” link.
4. Click the Advanced tab.
5. Click Environment Variables button.
6. Select “Path” variable under “System Variables” section.
7. Click the Edit button.
8. Move the mouse cursor at the end of the existing “Variable Value”.
9. Copy/ paste the following query without replacing the existing value:
;C:\program files (x86)\common files\apple\apple application support\
Note: There is a semicolon at the starting of the path.
10. Click Apply | OK | OK.
11. Reboot your machine.