Like Google Chrome, if you just go directly to the Mozilla Firefox website, you’re directed to download the Firefox Stub Installer, which is essentially a file that detects your operating system then downloads the most appropriate version of Firefox from the web then installs it. While this works fine if you’re planning to just use Firefox on one computer that has internet access, if you’re trying to deploy Firefox on multiple machines that may or may not have internet access, using a stub installer is a massive waste of time and bandwidth.
Like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is available as standalone offline installers, but finding them is a bit [...]
One of the easiest yet least known ways to drastically improve any PC’s ability to defend itself against malware such as adware or spyware is to simply redirect malicious websites using the hosts file.What is a hosts file and how does editing it block malware?
Before we begin, let’s first talk about what a host file is. When a PC accesses the internet, it uses a DNS server to resolve domain names to IP addresses. Your PC then follows the IP addresses to the servers that will serve you a webpage or provide you with another service.
For example, when you type in Google.com, your PC will ask a DNS server what the IP address of Google.com is. The DNS [...]
Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators Update back in April of this year, but many still haven’t received the update yet. The reason for this is because Microsoft is pushing the update in a staggered approach first to newer OEM systems followed by everyone else later in the year.
However, if you’re one of those who want access to all the new features the Windows 10 Creators Update without having to wait in line for Microsoft to push it to you, Microsoft has also provided an alternate way for you to get the Creators Update immediately.
Today we’ll show you how to update to the Windows 10 Creators Update using Microsoft’s Update Assistant [...]
If you recently upgraded to Windows 10 or you recently downloaded a major update for Windows 10, you may have a massive space sucking folder called Windows.old. As the name suggests, this folder contains information about the old operating system or the pre-update operating system before you updated it. This is useful in the event that the new update causes issues as the contents in the folder will allow you to roll back the upgrades if necessary.
However, if the upgrade isn’t causing any issues and you could use the 25GB+ of disk space back, you can delete the folder. Here’s how.
Delete Your Windows.old Folder
Click on [...]
As someone who often gets tasked with IT jobs to deploy software across a number of systems, one of the most annoying things to do is to deploy Google Chrome. If you just visit Google Chrome’s normal website, the only way to download Chrome is by downloading Google’s Chrome web installer utility which then connects to the internet to download the full copy of the software for installation. While this is fine when installing Google Chrome on one system, when you’re tasked with updating 10 or 20 or more computers, having to connect to the internet individually for each machine to download Google Chrome is way more time consuming than it needs to [...]
Spyware, adware, ransomware, rootkits, worms, viruses, trojans, keyloggers, hijackers and more. These days, there are literally millions of ways your computer could get infected by some sort of malware and generally speaking, dealing with this stuff is a massive pain in butt. Many of these malwares not only attempt to look legitimate, but they also embed themselves by modifying registry keys and other system settings to ensure that once they’re in a system, they don’t leave.
Luckily, there are some great people who have developed some effective tools to remove that malware so you don’t have to figure out how to do it manually. Here are some of the best [...]
Google Chrome’s built-in internal PDF viewer is pretty good. It’s fast and it’s not a bad PDF viewer for basic PDF viewing. However, if you need to do more advanced things such as saving forms with pre-filled fields or digitally signing documents, Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer falls flat on its face. As a result, you’ll have to save each PDF to the system, then re-open them up with something like Adobe Acrobat Pro.
If you’re a PDF power user, this is obviously not ideal. So, how do you have Chrome automatically launch Adobe Acrobat Pro to view your PDFs? Simple. By disabling Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer. Here’s [...]
Chances are, you probably don’t want to remove Microsoft Office, but sometimes Microsoft Office decides to be a buggy mess and you may need to remove it for diagnostic purposes.
Normally, you’d remove Microsoft Office by simply using the un-installation utility. If removing Microsoft Office this way doesn’t work or you simply want a super clean un-installation, Microsoft also offers a less advertised Office Removal Tool that works much, much better. Here’s how to use it.
Using Microsoft Office Removal Tool
Download the Microsoft Office Removal Tool. The Office Removal Tool should work for any version of Microsoft [...]
For those who are particularly security conscious, any sort of potential vulnerability is worrisome. Within browsers, a functionality called WebGL allows web developers to run code directly on the video card which of course isn’t exactly something you’d want to let web applications do. While web browsers attempt to protect against major security vulnerabilities by sandboxing the webapps, having the functionality to begin with could become a vulnerability.
While WebGL vulnerabilities are still a debated topic among security researchers, the easy way to prevent any issues is just to disable it. Here’s how.
Disable WebGL in Chrome
If you’ve spent any time on YouTube, you know that YouTube’s video recommendation algorithm is pretty good and it’s this good because it analyzes every video you’ve watched previously to make recommendations on what you may want to watch in the future.
The only problem is that when your 8-year old niece comes over for the weekend, you always end up with recommendations for Frozen and when your buddy comes over for dinner, you always end up with recommendations for the Top 10 Hottest Women. If only there’s a way to clear the YouTube watch history….
Lucky for you there is and it’s really, really easy. Here’s how to do [...]