There was a time I swore by AVG as an antivirus. Though I have Nod32 installed on my laptop, I installed AVG on any and every computer I came across. Sadly, v8 is a total mess and I quickly switched over to Avast which is really excellent.
A while back I covered Three Freeware Tools to Defragment your Windows Registry. These tools are just a subset of a huge variety of tools available to clean and optimize your registry.
The Windows registry is an integral part of your computer and is also the most used portion of your computer. Over a period of time the registry collects a lot of junk entries and gets bloated. A direct result is the slowing down of your computer.
So, what causes these problems?
A regular computer user would open documents, Excel sheets, text files etc. during normal usage. You would occasionally move these files to different locations of your computer, or delete the ones your don’t want. All these actions leave stray entries behind in the registry.
If you’re into testing software which requires installing and uninstalling software regularly, then you’re going to find another set of stray entries left behind.
So, how does one clean the registry?
Cleaning the registry manually is a tedious, if not impossible process. Hence, over the past few years, we’ve seen a series of both free and paid software being written for this purpose. In this post I’ll cover five completely freeware applications that you can use to clean up all obsolete and junk entries from your registry. These need to be run at regular intervals, maybe, weekly or fortnightly, depending on your computer usage.
If you are a Ubuntu newbie and want to learn how to install, configure Ubuntu etc, this free e-book is for you. It is written by Keir Thomas and is one of the best books for people who are new to Ubuntu and want to learn the basics. It’s a 170 Page ebook which covers everything from installation and configuration to security and command-line tricks.
Have you ever seen the screen above? The screen above is shown to Windows users, primarily Windows XP whenever you’re using a wallpaper and your explorer crashes. If you’re facing this problem repeatedly, you can either manually make changes or with a single click set everything to default.
If you have lost your password for any MS Word or Excel document and are unable to recover it, try using this Free Word / Excel Password Recovery application. It’s a freeware product and all you need to do is install it, open the file that you need to recover. Choose the character set “a to z” and the expected lenght of your password and click GO.
A while ago, I wrote about Ten Tools to Defragment your Hard Disk. Like your hard drive the windows registry is also prone to defragmentation because it is constantly accessed by programs. Fortunately, we have tools that help you clean up your windows registry and defragment the same.
Hit that delete button, only to find out that you needed that important file? Stop! don’t panic.
GParted is the Gnome Partition Editor application. GParted is an extremely feature rich software. It supports several different types of file formats through the use of their equivalent support programs.
Keeping your files safe is one worrisome issue. I have multiple backups of my files, both on an external hard disk as well as on two online file backup services. When you have a few hundred megabytes to backup, you can just replace the folder time and time again.
Frequently accessing the same folders? Or maybe you have a game or software copied to a folder that needs to be installed. Visual Subst is a small tool that allows you to associate the most accessed directories with virtual drives.