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Extensive MacBook Pro Review

The one question I’ve been emailed the most is what computer I use for my tutorials and posting. My answer is the MacBook Pro. A lot of the time, after answering, the person asks me what I think of it. So for this post I decided to write an extensive review of my #1 computer of choice, the MacBook Pro. I will be going over many features of the MacBook Pro, and will review them on a standalone basis.

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Blue Screen Of Death – BSOD Error Codes, What they are and how to fix them

When you see a blue screen pop up on your windows computer, you know something bad is going on. A blue screen, commonly known as the blue screen of death, appears when a critical system error has occurred. The blue screen is a stop error, which means it makes the system stop responding and dumps the memory in order to prevent damage to the hardware of the computer.

As intimidating as it may seem, the blue screen is not as bad as it looks. Luckily, most blue screens do not mean there is permanent damage to your computer. Most can be fixed by identifying the error and then doing simple steps to resolve the problem. If you are having problems with bluescreening on your pc, read on, as this article may be able to help you. Continue reading Blue Screen Of Death – BSOD Error Codes, What they are and how to fix them

Why Your PC Is Crashing And How To Fix It, Stop Computer Crashes

My computer crashes, what should I do?

If your computer is crashing, there is something wrong. This post will help you identify what is wrong with your PC computer, and what can be done to fix it.

The first thing you want to do is figure out how your computer is crashing.

Is it crashing with a stop error (blue screen)? Is it overheating and shutting off? Or is it shutting off when a specific action is done (e.g.) running a certain program. Or maybe, it’s just shutting off at random times, and is not happening in any pattern? If one of those four things is happening to you, read on, we may be able to solve your problem. Continue reading Why Your PC Is Crashing And How To Fix It, Stop Computer Crashes

How To Stop Your Computer From Falling Asleep – Windows And Mac

If you’re downloading a large file, or just want to keep a program running while you go somewhere, or sleep, you don’t want your computer going into its sleep mode, because that would stop it from continuing. Fortunately its quick and easy to make it so your computer will not automatically sleep on both Windows and Mac OS. Continue reading How To Stop Your Computer From Falling Asleep – Windows And Mac

25 Things You Can Do On A Computer

1. Play Games

There is an endless amount of games on the internet. Playing games on your computer is a great way to pass time.

2. Type Documents

If there is something you need to type, whether it be a letter, an article, or even just a shopping list, it can be done on a computer quickly and easily.

3. Listen To Music

If a song is out, you can find it on the internet and listen to it on your computer, even while you’re offline. I recommend iTunes for managing your songs. Continue reading 25 Things You Can Do On A Computer

How To Defrag Your Pc Quickly And Easily

If your computer is running slow it may seem like a good idea to defrag your computers drive. But maybe you were told that it needed to be done by someone else, and you don’t know what it means. That’s okay.

Basically, when you defrag your computers hard drive, your computer moves files around so they are easier to access. Because the files are easier to access it makes the computer quicker to find them and use them. Think of it this way. Lets say I had a list of 1000 names for guests at a party of mine. I had to have someone check someones name to see if it is on the list. However, all the guest names are in random order. It’d be much quicker for me to move all the names around until they’re in alphabetical order, so when the time comes that I need those names I’ll be able to find them much faster.

So now that you hopefully understand the importance of defragging and what it does, I can show you how it’s done. It’s very simple actually.  Continue reading How To Defrag Your Pc Quickly And Easily

7 Things Google Knows About You

1. Google know what you search:

They keep track of everything you search. They used this in their Adwords program.

2. Google Knows What Videos You Watch:

They use this information to recommend you videos on YouTube.

3. Google knows every webpage you visit:

If you use Google Chrome internet browser, every page you view in that browser can be shared with Google. Google has confirmed that they do not use this information to display ads on your computer.

4. Google may know when you’re going to be sick:

If you search for illnesses using Google search, it is being recorded by Google. For example, if you search up keywords relating to how to cure a flu illness, Google keeps track of that. It is rumored they use that information to keep track of where illnesses start and where they are spreading to, and they can estimate when a virus will reach a certain area.  Continue reading 7 Things Google Knows About You

7 iPad Tricks You Might Not Have Known

1. You can take a screenshot of your iPad by pressing the homebutton and then quickly the lock button. The screenshot will automatically be saved to your photos.

2. You can undo your last paste (when you copy and paste things) by shaking the iPad and then press the “Undo Paste” button.

3. You can go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility and set your iPad so pressing the home button three times quickly will make everything go to inverse colors.

4. You can hold a letter on a keyboard to see more options for it (for example, if you held down the “a” key, it would give you an option for “a” with all of the different accent variations)

5. In Safari or Mail, if you tap the top bar at the top of the page, it will automatically scroll up to the top.

6. While typing, if you tap the space bar twice quickly, it will put a period and then a space, which saves you some time if you are typing a lot of sentences.

7. When typing on the iPad 2, you can quickly type an apostrophe by clicking the comma key and flicking up.

How To Connect To The Internet On A Mac

As we all know, switching to a different operating system can be a tough experience. If you just got your new Mac, and don’t know how to connect to the internet on it, this article will be very helpful to you.

 

 

Start out at your desktop:

Look at the top, then look for the icon that looks like a wireless bar signal

 

Click it, and choose the network you want to connect to. If none are listed, make sure AirPort is on

 

 

If the network has a wifi block, enter in the password required to connect. If you are trying to connect to your home network, and you have internet access on another computer, go to your default gateway (router address) and you can view your security password there. If you have a security block, and you don’t have internet access on any other machine, you can do a hard reset on your router to remove the security block.

 

Virus Terms

Has your antivirus told you that you have a certain type of virus on your computer, but you didn’t know what it means?

Here is a list of most virus terms, and types of viruses.
Malware:
Any type of malicious coding, scripting, programs etc.  Designed to cause harm to you in one way or another.(Virus)

Trojan:
A trojan is a program that appears to be legitimate, but actually has a virus attached to it.

Adware:

Adware is a type of virus designed to display ads to you, usually so a third-party can make money. If you are getting a lot of pop ups, or being redirected to sites that are trying to advertise to you, you probably have adware on your computer.

Drive-By Downloads:
Every internet browser has flaws. That’s why they’re being constantly updated. What a drive-by download does, is it takes advantage of those flaws or errors in the web browser, and uses that flaw to download malicious (virus) programs to your computer and runs them.

Keyloggers:
Keyloggers are malicious programs which are run on your computer, which send all your keystrokes, (basically everything you type) to a server, or email, usually to the person that gave you the keylogger. This is commonly used to steal people’s passwords.

RAT:
A RAT, (or, Remote Administration Tool) is a virus which gives the person that gave it to you total control over your pc. These are very hard to get rid of, because they can reinstall themselves after you remove them. However, if you believe you have a RAT on your computer post here and we can help you. Some ways to tell you have a RAT on your computer is if you are being sent to random sites, your webcam light comes on, you see your mouse or keyboard taken control of, your computer shuts down randomly, or if you get constant popups.

Scareware: Viruses that try to scare you into giving them your credit card number. Fake antivirus programs, which will tell you that you have a lot of viruses (you really don’t, the only actual virus is the program itself) in attempt to scare you into “buying” their fake antivirus software, which will usually end up with your credit card being stolen. Never fall for these scams.

Spyware: A type of virus that spies on your computer, and sends personal/confidential information to a third-party.

Worms: A worm is a type of virus that is designed to send itself out to other computers, most commonly through email.

Trackware: A type of virus that tracks you, such as what websites you go to, how long you spend online on certain sites, etc.

Phishing: Phishing is where you are tricked into entering your password, where it is sent to the phisher to be stolen. When you enter in a password, always make sure the link at the top of the page is the legitimate one, to avoid being phished.

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