Computer and mobile technology can be tricky at the best of times, and you’ll often run into issues. We offer basic tutorials for installing and using various programs, as well as some possible fixes to problems. There’s also tips for various apps.

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Create custom bookmarks for individual videos in VLC

One of the few things that is still lacking in the popular media player VLC is support for playback resume. While there are some extensions available that add it to the player, […]

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Interesting information about Audio CD .cda files

Have you ever opened a music CD on your computer to play it using the computer's optical disc drive? This may be an automatic process depending on how you have configured your […]

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How to fix video playback errors on Kindle devices

I don't own a Kindle but my mother does. She uses it mainly to read some books, listen to audiobooks and watch movies when she is traveling. I'm the one who is […]

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Enable new clock experience in Windows 10

Whenever a new Windows 10 build gets released, new tricks and tweaks come to light shortly thereafter that reveal additional features that are not available by default. The most recent build of […]

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Prevent your PC from waking up automatically

I have configured my desktop PC to go turn off the monitor after 5 minutes and to go sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity. While I don't have to worry about battery […]

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Save data on Instagram by changing preload settings

I have to admit that I never quite got the world's fascination with services like Instagram. While I do have an account, I only use it when I write about the service. […]

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Transfer files directly between servers with FTP Rush

If you need to copy files between two servers, you have a couple of options on how to do so. Many users may download the files from the originating server to the […]

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How to measure actual hard drive usage on Windows

If you are using a computer with a Solid State Drive you may have wondered how long it will last. Solid State Drives, unlike regular platter-based hard drives, have limited write capabilities. […]

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Fix Udemy videos not loading

As you may know, I started taking courses on the Udemy website recently. They had a black Friday sale recently where you could get hundreds of courses for $10 each. When I […]


How to convert WebP images to other image formats

Depending on your web browser of choice, you may have encountered webp images before or not at all. The main reason for this is that the format is not supported by all […]

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How to keep programs up to date without automatic updates

Automatic updates can be quite helpful at times. While some users prefer to download and install updates manually as it gives them more control over the process and options to test an […]

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How to stop Dropbox permanently from autostarting on Windows

I run the excellent Autoruns regularly to block programs, services, drivers and whatnot from starting automatically on the system. While I do take good care of that usually during installation, there are […]

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Export your browsing history before you delete it

Depending on how you access the Internet, information about the sites you visited in the past may be available in different locations locally and also remotely. Most web browsers keep track of […]


How to add custom filters to Chrome ad-blocking extension µBlock

I have reviewed the Chrome extension µBlock a couple of months ago here on Ghacks and liked it a lot as it offered the same level of advertisement and nuisance blocking that […]

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Why are nvbackend.exe and nvstreamsvc.exe running in the background?

Video card driver packages ship with a truckload of programs and drivers of which only some are required to operate the card at maximum performance. When it comes to Nvidia cards, it […]

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Save eBay searches for fast future access

I'm currently researching video game listings on eBay for a new project that I'm writing a project plan for right now. The searches that I run are targeted and use several of […]

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Modify the Windows taskbar to show icons for each program instance individually

Microsoft changed the way the taskbar works in Windows 7. Among the many changes were options to pin programs and files to the taskbar to improve their accessibility on the system. Part […]

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How to deal with Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP)

If you are running a modern security suite, chance is that you may have received notifications about so-called PUP or PUA on the PC. Companies use their own definition and list of […]

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How to analyze a program's Internet connections in a minute

There are times where you want to monitor if a program connects to the Internet. Maybe you have just downloaded it and want to check if it connects to servers on the […]

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How to disable the webcam on a Windows PC

Many mobile computers have webcams built-in nowadays so that users can use it for communication. Webcams can be used to video chat for instance using programs such as Skype. While that is […]

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AVG's Browser Configuration Tool undoes browser changes by AVG software

Nowadays whenever you install a security software on your Windows operating system or another software there is always the chance that third-party software is installed along with it. These offers don't have […]

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How to remove cloud features from Office 2013

If you are using Microsoft's most recent desktop version of Office, Office 2013, you may have noticed that the company has integrated several cloud features in it. You can sign in to […]

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How to rip audio CDs with Windows Media Player

If you are using Windows Media Player as your default audio and video player on Windows, or do not have a third-party CD ripping program at hand, you may use the program […]

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How to play local media on Chromecast

Google's Chromecast is a $35 device that provides you with the means to stream media contents to supported devices such as televisions or audio receivers. While Google makes available a lot of […]

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How to remember the media position when using VLC Media Player

I was asked some time ago why I'm using two media players on my system, SMPlayer and VLC Media Player. VLC Media Player is an excellent cross-platform program that plays nearly any […]


How to mute a Windows PC automatically when it gets locked

Locking a PC can be useful to protect it from being accessed by bystanders while you are away. If you take a break in a work environment for instance, it is always […]

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How to fix "Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware. (Code 37)"

I experienced issues connecting my smartphone to my Windows 7 PC ever since I replaced my Samsung Galaxy Note II with the Motorola Moto G. Nothing happened whenever I plugged the USB […]

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Fix Error: Could not create the Java Virtual Machine on Windows

This tutorial explains how you can fix Java virtual machine creation errors on Windows. Every now and then I like to play a relaxing computer game, and the excellent strategy game TripleA […]


Making sense of how windows are opened on Windows

One of the things that has been annoying me for a long time -- ever since I started to use the first public beta versions of Windows 7 -- is how the […]

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How to add custom user variables to Windows to load folders faster

This guide explains how to set up custom variables in Windows that you can use to open or reference folders faster. Windows makes use of several preconfigured variables like %tmp% or %userprofile% […]

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How to avoid the Ask Toolbar offer when you are installing Java

When you are installing Java on your Windows system or update the application when a new version is released, you may receive an offer to install the Ask Toolbar along with it. […]

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How to upload select Gmail attachments automatically to cloud storage

It can be quite beneficial to move select Gmail email attachments directly to a cloud storage provider such as Google Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft's OneDrive. The reason is simple: usually, you get […]

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How to log out of Facebook and Google on other devices

Did you ever check your Gmail messages on a friend's computer only to forget to sign out again? Or your Facebook news stream on a public computer in a library, or forgot […]

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How to disable the internal pdf reader in Firefox and Chrome

Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome ship with built-in pdf reader applications that will display documents in the browser when you click on them. While some may like that as it may be […]

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What you can do when uTorrent loses all torrent information

I started some torrent downloads late last night and knew that they would not complete before bed time. That's usually not a problem as uTorrent, my torrent client of choice, restores the […]

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How to enable Windows sound loudness equalization

When you play different types of audio in Windows, you may have noticed that some are louder than others, while others may be quieter. This can be an extremely frustrating experience that […]


How to open files and folders in Windows Explorer faster

Most Windows users that I know use the mouse to navigate in the operating system's default file manager Windows Explorer (called File Explorer in Windows 8). While that is comfortable, it is […]

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Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit Driver Error Code 20026 message

I have updated the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installation to version 2.0 during the beta trial that the company ran, and upgraded to the final version using my own license once it was released. […]

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All you need to know about thumbnail cache files in Windows

The Windows operating system creates thumbnail cache files for images and other file types to speed up the loading of folders on the system. Under Windows XP, thumbs.db files were being used […]


How to create a Windows library folder on your desktop

The Library feature that Microsoft introduced in the Windows 7 operating system is not an entirely new concept. It creates virtual folders that can contain files and folders of multiple sources on […]



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