How to Save Battery on Android Phone

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There are steps that everyone follows in assuring long life for you battery on your Android phone. Disabling the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and lowering the screen brightness are the first steps. Fortunately there are some tricks that you can do beyond that.

On every Android Phone, the Battery Screen is a very useful tool. Here you can find what application is drawing a lot of battery power and you may want to replace or remove it.  Apps will appear every time in your Battery Screen after or in the time you use them but the secret is to go for the apps that run in the background that use the power when you aren’t using them. The rate of consumption varies from app to app. For instance a graphic game that runs in 3D will train the power even running in background.

It’s impossible to prevent some apps to run in background. For this you must disable the background sync in the application settings. If you don’t succeed in doing this the best solution is to uninstall or disable the app. If will really like the application you can always try to find one that dosen’t run in background without your approval.

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The new feature of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Doze, will help you save the battery when you are not using you device. You can also tweak it and make it better and more powerful. Doze will put your phone to “sleep” when you leave it alone thus conserving the battery life for later.

For Doze to work your phone needs to be completely still. Moving the phone even for a little bit will disable the doze effect.  The app uses data from the phone’s accelerometer to see if it’s moving, which means it really has to be sitting on a table, completely motionless, for Doze to kick in.

“High priority” notifications  from the provider, SMS messages and incoming phone calls will still came thru and even the alarms will still work, so no worries. Let us know if Doze worked for you?

What’s the best Antivirus for Windows 10?

If you already asked that question you already have installed Windows 10 and maybe it’s time to choose your best antivirus solution. You should know that Windows 10 won’t be asking you to install an antivirus solution, not like Windows 7. From Windows 8, Microsoft includes Windows Defender in his own operating system release.

We will see how Windows Defender performs on Windows 10 and how good it is in protecting your computer from threats.

How good it is Windows Defender ?

Well, Microsoft Windows 10, come with a black box antivirus solution which scans each opened software and started program. But as we know Microsoft, Windows Defender is with many steps behind other antivirus solutions from the free market (Internet Explorer anyone? ).

But Windows Defender has many advantages. First of all, is already installed on the system along with the operating system, is way much lighter than it’s competitors and won’t attempt to collect your personal data as other antiviruses do.

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A golden rule is to keep your system up to date, installing all the updates whenever they appear and using a modern browser capable of installing updates itself. Try to avoid Internet Explorer, just a friendly advice. If you can do that that, you’re ok even with Windows Defender. Windows Defender received a decent score on antivirus testing sites. If you’re paranoid about security or if you work with sensitive information, install a dedicated solution like Kaspersky or BitDefender, who gets the best score. These two antiviruses are capable to protect the system with a 100% score.

Windows 10 come with other security filter called SmartScreen filter, that shouldn’t allow user to download and run malware software. Something similar is found in modern browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

On the other hand, if you usually download torrent files or other pirated software, a good advice is to skip the Windows Defender and go for a better antivirus software.

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Still, what is the best antivirus for Windows 10 ?

It’s hard to tell. Depends a lot on user behavior. Everyone’s tolerance is different. We can make a list of what we may consider important and you can easily choose in which of these categories you belong:

  • If you want the best protection possible: You have to choose a dedicated antivirus method (Kaspersky Antivirus or BitDefender). If you want to have the best protection possible, take any of these two (not both of course 🙂
  • If you want a free protection: Avira antivirus may be the best choice for this category. Beware on installation to uncheck the Ask Toolbar. From time to time, avira will show a pop-up with advertising but if you’re ok with that, Avira it’s the best choice for this category.
  • The least intrusive and still free protection: You should be ok with Windows Defender. You won’t see any pop-up displayed by this antivirus, and the best thing of all, it’s free. Just remember to keep your computer up to date.

Combine antivirus with Anti-Malware solution.

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You may want to try using beside a standard antivirus, a dedicated software which will protect your browser file integrity, keeping it’s plugins safe. For this case you should use MalwareBytes Anti-Exploit. This software would help to block all kind of nasty attacks (even zero day exploits). Please keep in mind that any solution you choose, won’t give you 100% safety. Make regular backups and keep your computer clean and up to date. Be sure you know what kind of programs you’re running and usually don’t execute them with Administrator rights, it will keep you away from most troubles.

 

Hiberfil.sys – What is it and how to delete it

Ok ok, I got it. You have some issues with Hiberfil.sys which is taking too much of your precious SSD
space. I’ve said already that it take too much space ? Well, this file can become a gigantic pain
for your SSD. You’ve tried already to delete the file but you end up reading this article, that’s
something.
Well, the thing is you can delete the file and I’m gonna show you how to achieve this goal.
My system is a Windows 7, but you can delete the hiberfil.sys on each system even if your system
is Windows 8, Windows Vista or even the worst – Windows 10.

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If you have a lot of memory on your PC, the file will be bigger.

But what is hiberfil.sys ?

Windows itself has two modes of power management. First one is Sleep Mode, which maintain your PC
running in a lower power state. Restoring from this mode is almost instantly, and you can resume
your work asap without waiting for the entire boot process to finish. All your documents will be
exactly in the same state, all windows in the same place and so on.
The second one is Hibernate. This power state wrote to hard drive entire memory content when PC is
going to Hibernate. On this mode, you can take off the power entirely. When the power is back on,
you will have to wait a few seconds until the memory is filled with the previous content and you
can resume the work from where you left.

Hibernate Hiberfil.sys
The “culprit” for this file is hibernate mode. As you already know, if this file is managed by
Windows (and hiberfil.sys it is) you cannot JUST delete it.
If you’re sure you won’t use this mode (personally I recommend Sleep Mode instead of Hibernate),
you can disable it.

 

How to disable Hibernate in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Press START button, type CMD but don’t press Enter, not yet. Right click on found CMD and select
“Run as Administrator”. When the window opens, type the following command:

powercfg -h off

Delete Hiberfil.Sys

When the prompt appear again, you can close that black and scary window.
Now, if you want to check, you should see that the Hibernate option doesn’t show up anymore in Shut Down menu.
Another thing, the hiberfil.sys disappeared too.

Disable Hiberfil.Sys

How to disable the Hibernate mode in Windows XP?

If you’re a dinosaur 🙂 , or just a simple XP lover, you should know that you can disable hibernation mode from XP much easier.

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Just go to Control Panel and select Power Options and find the Hibernate tab. You can now uncheck the “Enable Hibernation” box and you’re done. Reboot the PC and you can delete the hiberfil.sys file.

Samsung Smart Switch for Samsung S7 and Edge

Samsung Smart Switch, S7, Edge After the launch of the Samsung S7 and Samsung Edge, many of us opted for an upgrade from our old phones. After getting a new phone the realization of getting the old information to the new phone sets in and we start by finding different solutions. Well here comes in handy the new Samsung Smart Switch application. This comes build in the Samsung Galaxy devices. Some of the information are fairly easy to move or exchange from a device to another through different cloud services as Google or Apple’s iCloud, only by logging in a new device.

Samsung Smart Switch, S7, Edge The hard part is when you are trying to synchronize you SMS conversation, not to say if you decide to change your device from iOS to Samsung Galaxy S7.

Very important note is also that you will find a USB adapter in the box of your new Samsung Galaxy S7 or EDGE, do not lose it because even if it looks like a ordinary piece of plastic this is an important part of the  Samsung Smart Switch.

Samsung Smart Switch, S7, Edge In the initial setup of your Samsung Galaxy S7 you will be prompted if you want to use the Smart Switch to speed up your process. If you decide to select this you will need the have the old device by hand with the additional USB cable required.

Samsung Smart Switch, S7, Edge From now on there are some easy steps to follow. Connect the adapter in to the new device and the cable in to the old one. The USB transfer accept older Galaxy devices from Android 4.3 and up, iOS 5 and up, and BlackBerry OS 7 devices or lower. The new Samsung Galaxy will recognize the device and it will guide you through the process. It will take several minutes until the Galaxy will gather all the information from your old device and then will prompt you for what you will want to move. Select the desired apps, SMS and miscellaneous and start the transfer. Be sure that the devices have battery and do not disconnect them until finish. All the process will take some time depending on the amount of date you will transfer.

 

 

How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux

How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux without running into a problem or let’s say error. And by error we mean this message: “The NTFS partition is hibernated”. This actual error will prevent you from accessing its files.

If you are not expecting this message, you will surely be confused.

By shutting down Windows normally, Linux will claim that it is currently hibernating. And now comes the confusing part for you, because you didn’t hibernate it. The explanation is that the Windows system actually hibernates whenever you perform a normal shut down.

The Windows system does not fully shut down by default, but instead it hibernates, and when you boot it again, it just reloads the initial state of the system. By doing so, the start-up process is sped up, but it has the above mention downside if you use Linux.

There is a way around this problem, but the Windows system will boot a bit slower (let’s say Windows 7 boot speed). What you need to do is to disable the “hybrid boot”.

Unlike exFAT file systems that require additional software, Linux distributions like Ubuntu include NTFS-3g, and can mount NTFS file systems normally.

By restarting your PC, Windows won’t use the “hybrid boot”, so if there is an operating system problem, the restart procedure will fully erase that initial system state and generate a new one.

So, when you are dual-booting Linux, make sure that you restart Windows instead of shutting it down, when you want to switch to Linux.

You can also force the Windows system to do a full shut down by pressing the Shift key while clicking the “Shut down” button.

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Whatever option you choose, you can then boot back into Linux and mount the Windows system partition. You can access its files by clicking on Linux’s desktop file manager or in Nautilus.

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To make things even easier, you can disable the “hybrid boot” entirely. But keep in mind that by doing so the Windows system will boot a bit slower. Once disabled, you will be able to mount its partition.

To disable the “hybrid boot” you will need to boot into the Windows system, launch Control Panel and click on the “Hardware and Sound” button. Then, under the Power Options, click “Change what the power buttons do”. A new window will appear, where at the top you will see “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. Click this button to. Then scroll down and uncheck the “Turn on fast start-up (recommended) option. After you do so, click the “Save Changes” button.

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Windows will now perform a full shut down, just like Windows 7 did, every time you shut it down.

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If you’re dual-booting and want full read-write access to your NTFS partition, this is necessary.

If you only want to access and view the files in the Windows partition, you can mount the Windows system partition in read-only mode. By choosing this option you need to know that you won’t be able to change or write anything on this partition. And also know that, Linux can mount Windows system drives in read-only mode even if they are hibernated.

How to Mount and Use an exFAT Drive on Linux

How to mount and use an exFAT Drive on Linux? Well, first of all let’s see what exactly is exFAT.

The exFAT file system is like FAT32 file system without the 4 GB file size limit. The exFAT file system is ideal for SD cards, microSD card and flash drives.

To be able to use exFAT drives on Linux with full read-write support you will need to install some packages first.
Without installing the necessary software you will always get messages like: “Unable to mount” or “unknown file type system:’exfat’ ”, when trying to connect an exFAT drive.

The first thing you need to do is to open a Terminal window from your applications menu, then type the following command and press Enter to install the necessary packages:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

You will also need to enter your password.

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This command works on Ubuntu and similar Linux distributions.

On other Linux distributions you will need to open the user interface and search for “exFAT-fuse” and “exFAT-utils” packages. It is possible that these packages could have other names, so we recommend that you search for “exFAT”.

After the software is installed, you can simply connect the exFAT drive to your computer and it will be mounted automatically.

Once the necessary software for mounting exFAT drives is installed, you can connect removable devices and they will automatically work and you will have full read-write support, without ever having to pull up the terminal again.

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The steps presented above should work with modern desktop environment, but if you are using a Linux distribution that doesn’t mount the exFAT file system automatically then you will need to mount the file system yourself the old-fashioned way.

You can do this like you would mount any other partition, by using the “-t exfat” switch to tell the mount command to mount a file system as exFAT.

First you will need to create a directory that will be the “mount point” for the exFAT file system.
The following command creates a directory at /media/exfat:

sudo mkdir /media/exfat

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Next, use the following command to mount the device. Let’s say for example that the device is located at /dev/sdc1. This is the first partition (1) on the third device (c). If you have a single drive in the computer and you just connected a USB drive to it, there’s a good chance the exFAT file system will be /dev/sdb1 instead.

sudo mount -t exfat /dev/sdc1 /media/exfat

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Now, you can access the contents of the mounted drive in the specified mount point (/media/exfat).

When you have finished, and you want to unmount the partition, all you have to do is to run the following command, while specifying the device:

sudo umount /dev/sdc1

The installed “exfat-utils” contains the “mkfs.exfat” command with which you can format any partitions with exFAT file system from Linux. For an easier way, you can just format them with the exFAT file system from Windows, Mac or any other device that supports exFAT.

How to boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox

How to boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox on Windows may come in handy if you don’t have a CD or a disk image. VirtualBox can be a lifesaver for anyone willing to experiment with different OS.

 

For starters to boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox you’ll evidently need a bootable USB drive. The second thing you need is to be able to use command prompt, but no need to worry because it only involves a couple of steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu and search for Disk Management. Once found, launch it. Then find the disk number of you USB Drive (for example if it says “Disk 2” the number you are looking for is 2).
  2. Open the Start Menu again and search for Command Prompt. Choose “Run as administrator” by right clicking the icon.
  3. Navigate to the VirtualBox installation directory by running: cd %programfiles%\Oracle\VirtualBox
  1. Enter this command to create a .vmdk file in your C drive, which will point to the USB drive:

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename C:\extdisk.vmdk -rawdisk \\.\PhysicalDrive#

You’ll need to replace # with the disk number found in step 1.

  1. Open the Start Menu again and search for VirtualBox. Right-click the icon and select “Run as administrator” so you can run the program with administrative rights.
  2. In the window labelled “Hard Drive”, select “Use an existing hard drive file”, and select the .vmdk file you just created as your new virtual hard drive.
  3. Finally select the new virtual machine that will appear, and VirtualBox will boot the operating system found on the USB Drive.

Make sure that you keep the .vmdk file so you don’t have to repeat all the steps every time.

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The steps presented above are specifically for Windows. For other OS’s the steps might differ.

 

How To Watch Netflix And Many More Through A VPN

How to watch Netflix and many more through a VPN without being blocked? If you have already tried to watch Netflix or other similar site you’ve  probably seen this message “this show is not available in your country”. The solution is to use a VPN.

What is a VPN you ask? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a method used to strengthen security and to add privacy to private and public networks. VPN’s are used mostly by corporations to protect sensitive data.

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In recent years however, personal VPN‘ s are becoming more popular. Privacy is increased when you use a VPN because your IP address is replaced with one from the VPN provider. This method will allow you to obtain an IP address from any gateway city the VPN service provides. For example, you live in Europe or Asia, but with VPN you can appear to live in the US or Canada.

Considering that Netflix, Hulu and other similar sites are trying to block VPN’s, it may be a bit more difficult, but not impossible.

One of the easiest solutions is to use a VPN service that offers “dedicated IP address” or a “static IP“.

VPN services like TorGuard, Hide My Ass and PureVPN all offer this feature, at a cost.

For site like Netflix, detecting and blocking VPN’s would be very simple. All they have to do is to track where its users are connecting from and check if a large number of users get connected from the same IP address. Once the IP address is found it can be blocked or blacklisted. The VPN service can switch to a new IP address which Netflix or any other similar service can detect and block it again. It is a never-ending cat and mouse game. But ultimately, Netflix or any other service you want to connect to can’t see if you are connected through a VPN or not. All it can do is keep blocking IP addresses.

So keep enjoying your favourite show…for the moment.

How To Backup Your PC For Free

Free PC backup software may come in handy sometimes. Could be because of hardware failure, viruses or bugs, or human error. That’s why it is always a good idea to back up your PC regularly.

Worst case scenario – your photos, files, documents could be gone forever.

This is why we made a list of the best free PC backup software.

AOMEI Backupper Standard

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a backup tool that’s very easy to use and has many features such as: file sync, partition, dick cloning, disk or system image backups, easy browsing of your backup images and a bootable rescue disk in case of an emergency.

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You can also set the scheduler to run your backups automatically at any interval you choose: daily, weekly or on a certain day of the week, and so on.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free

EaseUS Todo Backup Free is like AOMEI Backupper standard but with extras.

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And by extras we mean: Smart Backup system – it checks the folders you select and backs up anything that has changed.

There is also support for saving anything to Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.

Other extras include: pre-OS boot  – to recover backups without a disk, backup encryption, a Windows PE and a Linux rescue environment, network throttling to reduce performance impact.

Macrium Reflect Free

Macrium Reflect Free is not for your average PC user. File-based backups are not available. Image-only backups are available and the interface is not what you would call friendly or easy to use.

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On the other hand, experienced users will find may features to like: compression, image>VHD conversion, in-depth control over how long backups are kept, differential imaging.

Select the “Differential Backup Set” and the program sets up a monthly full backup and a differential backup every day – backups can be set to match your requirements.

FBackup

FBackup is a backup software with a focus on keeping everything as simple as possible.

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With a couple of clicks you can backup key data as: Chrome and Firefox profiles, IE favorites, Outlook mail, pictures and documents.

The software simply copies your files from one location to the other. No compression or imaging tools are available.

There is no support for incremental or differential backups.

 

BackUp Maker

BackUp Maker is a simple file-based backup tool for everyone.

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It has many features that can be useful for experienced users also, such as: ecryption, excluding files by size, password protection, send backup reports  by email, run backups when a USB device is plugged, backup to CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/FTP/FTPS and more.

Unfortunately, locked files can be backed up at an extra cost.

Areca Backup

Areca Backup software is targeted at the advanced users, offering expert-level options which include filtering by extension, folder, date, size, and regular expression, AES and AES256 ecryption, Zip and Zip64 support, backup to local or network drives, FT, FTPS or SFTP servers, and many more.

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Areca Backup also has: delta backup technology which can save only the modified parts of files, and can also recover files by a specific date.

As with BackUp Maker, backup for locked files comes at a cost.

So if you’re an experienced user this is the tool for you.

 

Paragon Backup and Recovery

Paragon Backup and Recovery  is image-based only but lacks many features, reason being that it hasn’t been updated of a while now.

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Still, this backup software has a save option to a “capsule”. Which means that your image will be saved in a secure area where it will be less likely to be lost if your partition is damaged.

A bootable rescue disk is also available.

QILING Disk Master Professional

Last but not least, the QILING Disk Master Professional is a backup tool that has more features than just about any other backup program.

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You get file and imaging backups, with full incremental – differential support, password protection, scheduling, compression and full or partial restoration from a Windows PE rescue disk or a pre-boot environment on your drive.

You also have the ability to clone a drive, to migrate your system, to create, format, delete or recover disk partitions and many more.

How to copy a large file to an SD card

How to copy a large file to an SD card or microSD card. Sometimes you really need to copy a large file and when you do, most of the times you will get this message: “the file is too large for…”

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If you’ve seen this message, and you’ve already checked that you have enough storage space for the file you are trying to copy, then you know how frustrating it is to have an SD card or microSD card with enough storage space – let’s say 16GB – and to not be able to copy a file – that takes up only 5GB of that storage space.

 

SD cards come preformatted as FAT32 file system which has a 4GB file size restriction.

So what do you do when you find yourself in this situation? The answer is very simple.

All you have to do is format your SD card from FAT32 to exFAT. The exFAT file system does not have the 4GB file size limit.

How you ask? Well that’s simple too.

 

  1. Connect the SD card or microSD card to a PC. You can connect the SD card directly if your computer has SD card slot. If not then you need an external USB SD card reader that you can plug into any USB port on your computer.

To connect the microSD card to your computer you need is an adapter to allow it to fit into a standard SD card port or externat USB SD card reader.

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  1. Right click on the SD card icon

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  1. Left click on format

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  1. Change the file system from FAT32 to exFAT

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  1. Make sure “Quick Format” is selected

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  1. Click Start

 

Note: Formatting will delete all existing data on your SD card or microSD card. Be sure to save all the files that you need before formatting. Also check your device specifications to make sure that it can read exFAT formatted cards.