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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Why Are There So Many "Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables" Installed on My PC?

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AV Killer

An AV Killer (short for Anti-Virus Killer) is a malicious tool that is capable of disabling or removing virus protection programs on a user’s computer. An AV Killer may also have the capability to not only work its way around firewalls, but disable them as well.

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How to Reset Notepad to Its Default Settings on Windows

Notepad is a basic but useful text editor that's been included in Windows in some form since the beginning. You've probably customized Notepad for the way you work, but now you want to reset Notepad to its default settings. No worries. It’s easy, and we'll show you how.

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Google Will Make a Custom Case for Your Nexus, But It’s Not That Great

Everyone who uses a phone case wants something they actually like. So a customized phone case with the image of your choice sounds like a no brainer, right? That's exactly what Google is doing with "Live Cases," a new $35 product for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P that allows users to completely customize the look of their phone case with a photo or map. It’s…okay.

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How to Monitor Your FPS in UWP Games on Windows 10

Tools like FRAPS and NVIDIA’s ShadowPlay are great for monitoring your game performance on Windows, but they don’t work with Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games. Thankfully, a few tools will let you monitor your framerate and benchmark games made for Windows 10’s new application platform.

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Why Are There So Many “Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables” Installed on My PC?

If you’ve ever scrolled through your list of installed programs in Windows, wondering why there are so many versions of the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable on there, you’re not alone. Join us as we take a look at what these things are and why there are so many installed on your PC.

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How to Enable (and Troubleshoot) Remote Access to Your Plex Media Server

Plex Media Server’s remote access function is usually so smooth to set up that it’s practically magic. But if you’re having trouble accessing your movies from afar, we’re here to help.

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How to Control Your Amazon Echo from Anywhere

If your Amazon Echo can’t hear you from the other room, or if you just want to control it when you’re away from home altogether, you can do so with a handy third-party app.

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How to View a List of Extensions Installed in All Your Browsers

Installing extensions in web browsers can provide some very useful features. However, if you install a lot of extensions in multiple browsers, you might forget which you installed in which. We have an easy solution if you use Chrome, Firefox, and/or Internet Explorer.

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Fix Slow-Loading Windows Icons by Increasing the Icon Cache

The icons for your files and programs are stored in a cache, so that Windows can display them quickly instead of having to load them from source files every time. If you’ve ever noticed that Windows Explorer loads icons slowly, especially when you first start your computer or open a folder with lots of files, increasing the size of the icon cache might help. Here’s how to do it with a simple Registry hack.

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How to Snap Apps and Multitask on Your Xbox One

The Xbox One allows you to play a game and use an app–or just use two apps–at once. You just “Snap” an app to the right side of your screen. With Windows 10 apps debuting on the Xbox One this summer, Snap will only get more powerful and useful.

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How to Remove the “Get Windows 10” Icon from Your System Tray (and Stop Those Upgrade Notifications)

Ever since Windows 10 came out, Windows 7 and 8 users have been bombarded with upgrade notifications, thanks to a little Windows icon in their system trays called GWX (“Get Windows 10”). Here is how to remove that icon and avoid the pushy notifications.

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