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Securely Disable Right Click On The Taskbar

The Taskbar on the Windows platform that's located (by default) at the bottom of the computer screen, displays what applications are currently running, as well as Icons for utilities such as the system clock, volume control, network Icon and more. It also allows you to perform a range of tasks, via a right-click of the mouse. This means that other users sharing your PC, can do the same. In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely disable the right click menu on the Taskbar.

How To Check Exactly What Ports Are In Use

In order for processes and applications to communicate over a network,  TCP/IP ports will be claimed In the form of a port number, thereby locking out other applications from using one that's already In use. However for diagnostic, troubleshooting or any other purpose, sometimes you'd want to know exactly what apps and processes are utilizing your ports. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to check exactly what ports are In use.

Create A Default Programs Control Panel Shortcut

There's no doubt that you'll have quite a number of programs running on your computer, and sometimes you may wish to alter their behavior. For Instance, you can change how programs open by associating a file type, choose a default web browser, and even select what action should be performed when Inserting a USB stick. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Default Programs shortcut on your desktop, thereby you can do all this with Incredible ease.

How To Create A Guest Account In Windows 10

If you're having friends or acquaintances visiting and they wish to access your computer for whatever reason It may be, It's good practice to create a Guest account, and have them use that. It's similar to a Standard local user account, but with very limited privileges, hence perfect for temporary usage. Unfortunately, you cannot enable the built-In Guest account In Windows 10, but In this tutorial, I will show you a neat little workaround to create one on your PC.

How To Check If Drivers are Digitally Signed

Computer hardware devices have device drivers assigned to them, which Is simply a piece of software to allow communication with the operating system and other Installed software. Drivers are either pre-Installed by the manufacturer, or by the end user. Those that are digitally signed, ensures their quality & Integrity, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to check If your device drivers are In fact digitally signed.

How To Backup Third Party Drivers In Windows 10

In order for hardware devices to transmit data and communicate with the operating system, drivers (also referred to as device drivers), must be Installed and fully functional. Without a given driver assigned to a hardware component, It may fail to operate entirely, hence It's vital to keep them updated. What's also Important Is to backup drivers, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to do just that, natively within Windows.

How To Save A List Of Every Installed Program

Programs that are Installed on your computer, are either done so by the manufacturer, or (obviously) by yourself and any user who's utilizing your PC. Depending on your computing habits, they can accumulate to a substantial amount and unless you physically document each one, you'll start to lose track of what's Installed. In this tutorial, I will show you how to save a list of every Installed program to a text file.

Monitor Folder & File Changes In Real Time

Be It copying & pasting files from one directory to another, renaming a folder or simply deleting files that're no longer needed, It's not possible to keep track of each and every task performed on your computer. If you have multiple users on your PC, you'd certainly like to know exactly what changes were made, and when. In this tutorial, I will show you how to monitor changes to files & folders In real time, by using a very Impressive third-party tool.

Install A Keylogger With Online Monitoring

As the name Implies, a keylogger, also referred to as a keystroke logger, Is a tool that's used to capture and record every key that's physically typed on the computer's (and associated devices) hardware keyboard. Whilst It's renowned to be used by hackers for malicious Intent, a keylogger can also be used for ethical purposes. In this tutorial, I will show you how to Install a keylogger on a computer with online monitoring.

Create An Advanced Recovery Tools Shortcut

It's Inevitable that loss of functionality, system Instability and/or corruption to your operation system, will be experienced at some point during your computing environment. Sometimes, the only way to restore the OS back to It's original state, Is to perform some type of system recovery. In such cases, having access to a set of tools at your fingertips, Is certainly welcomed. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an Advanced recovery tools shortcut on your computer's desktop.

How To Decode The Windows 10 Product Key

Every Windows 10 operating system that's Installed and activated on the computer, has what's called a Product Key, that Is either pre-Installed by the manufacturer, or added by the end user when formatting their PC. In order to have a fully-functional OS, It must contain a valid Product Key. Whilst there are many tools that can extract It from the operating system, In this tutorial, I will show you how to manually decode the Product Key.

The Best Tools To View Product Keys & Serials

When your operating system Is Installed, along with other software that require a key or serial number to register the product, each serial Is stored somewhere on the OS. If you plan to format your computer with a clean Install of Windows 10, It's paramount to grab a copy of every serial number. In this tutorial, I will Introduce you to six of the very best tools that find product keys & serials with Incredible ease.

Open The Command Prompt In Any Directory

A very powerful tool native to the Windows platform, Is the Command Prompt that allows users to perform an array of tasks, such as renaming and deleting files & folders, formatting disks and the list goes on. Sometimes, you need to navigate to certain directories by executing commands, which can be a lengthy and somewhat frustrating process. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to easily open the Command Prompt In any directory/folder of your choice.

Use Notepad++ To Find Text In Any File On Your PC

An alternative to the native Notepad text editor on the Windows platform, Is a rather powerful tool named Notepad++. It supports quite a few programming languages, Inclusive of editing source code and as such, Is commonly used by all types of computer programmers. Whilst It serves It's purpose well In that respect, It can also be used to find text In any file on your PC. In this tutorial, I will show you exactly how to do this with Incredible ease.

Browse Safely Online With Avast Bank Mode

It doesn't matter what type of computing everyone performs on a daily basis, there will always be some element of sensitive account logins every now and then, and online banking, Is certainly part of this equation. The Internet comes packed with all types of malicious content, hence you never know for sure If and when your PC will be compromised. In this tutorial, I will show you how to secure your sensitive online navigation, with Avast Bank Mode.

How To Check When Windows 10 Was Installed

Every time an operating system Is Installed, whether you do It yourself by formatting your computer or via an OEM Installation by the manufacturer, Windows keeps an exact timestamp of when It took place. Be It for upgrading purposes or any other reason, It's handy to know precisely when your current Windows 10 OS was Installed. In this tutorial, I will show you how to check It natively within Windows, without the aid of third-party tools.

How To Find Every EFS Encrypted File & Folder

Native to the Windows 10 platform on supported editions, Is an encryption tool named Encrypting File System (EFS), that allows you to securely encrypt files and folders, thus keep them safe from unauthorized access. You can encrypt just about any file & folder In almost any directory, and physically locating each and every one, can be an arduous process. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to find every EFS encrypted file & folder on your computer.

How To View The Command Prompt History

The Command Prompt, Is a very powerful tool defaulted to the Windows platform and as It's name Implies, allows users to enter & execute commands, as well as perform certain administrative tasks. If you're an IT specialist or simply a computer hobbyist heavily utilizing the Command Prompt, It's history will continue to accumulate. If you've forgotten a command or two and wish to recall It, In this tutorial, I will show you how to view the Command Prompt history.

Stop Users Uninstalling Apps From The Start Menu

The new and Improved Windows 10 Start Menu, combines the look and feel of the classic menu In Windows 7, as well as a few bits and pieces of the Start Screen In Windows 8.1. Along with this, Is the convenience of uninstalling apps via a simple right-click of the mouse. Whilst this Is beneficial to the owner of the PC, other users sharing the computer can also do the same. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to stop uninstalling apps from the Start Menu.

Add Power Options To The Right Click Menu

On the Windows platform, users can apply a particular power plan on their computer, thereby manage hardware and system settings such as the PC's display, sleep, shutdown operations and more. Each power plan can be applied according to your usability, or you can create one of your own. Wouldn't It be handy to have the options via the right-click of the mouse? In this tutorial, I will show you how to do this with Incredible ease.

Create A Set Program Access & Defaults Shortcut

A somewhat hidden utility on the Windows platform that's been around since the official release of Windows Vista, Is named Set Program Access and Computer Defaults. As the name Implies, It basically allows users to specify the types of default programs for certain tasks, such as web browsing and sending emails. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a desktop shortcut that will directly access this utility.

Get File Checksums Using Windows Built-In Tools

Put simply, a checksum (also referred to as a hash value or hash sum) Is a unique string consisting of numbers and letters, that helps check & Identify errors In data. It's also used to determine whether a given file has been tampered with, by comparing the checksum of the original file to that of a file from another source. In this tutorial, I will show you how to generate a number of checksum algorithms natively within Windows.

Securely Disable Cortana In Windows 10

A virtual assistant created by Microsoft named Cortana, Is available on various platforms such as Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One and more. This utility Is designed to simplify your computing experience via voice recognition, set reminders, help you locate just about anything on your PC and the list goes on. At the same time, It can be somewhat annoying, namely when It's accidentally executed and performs tasks against a user's liking, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely prevent Cortana from operating In It's entirety.

How To Protect Files From Accidental Deletion

In the event you've accidentally deleted a sensitive file or two from your computer's hard disk, Inclusive of emptying the Recycle Bin, the first thing you'd do, Is try and restore It by using a third-party recovery software. All Is well and good when It succeeds, but the recovery process does fail, even In the most favorable circumstances. In this tutorial, I will show you how to protect files from accidental deletion, by using an Impressive tool named Disk Drill.

Add The Group Policy Editor To Windows 10 Home

The Group Policy Editor, Is a very powerful utility, that allows you to configure and apply an array of  advanced settings on both a network and local computing environment. For Instance, you can specify login & shutdown behavior, account password requirements and thresholds, restrict access to Control Panel applets, add users to remote desktop and a whole lot more. Unfortunately, the Group Policy Editor Is not available In Windows 10 Home editions, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to add It with only a few clicks of the mouse.

Recover Unsaved Notepad Text Files

If you're planning to work with text files on the Windows platform without the need for any type of  special formatting, the first thing that comes to mind, Is the built-In text editor named Notepad. In terms of simply entering and saving plain text, It serves It's purpose well. That's provided the data Is saved. If you've forgotten to save an Important Notepad (or any) text file, In this tutorial, I will show you how to try and recover It.

How To Create A Virtual Machine Using VirtualBox

When performing certain tasks on your PC, such as downloading and executing applications from various and unknown sources, you never know for certain whether It will be Infected by a virus. Having a virtual machine up and running, whereby everything Is executed on that rather than your physical computer, significantly minimizes the risk of Infection. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a virtual machine using VirtualBox.

Prevent Your Desktop Background Being Changed

We all personalize our computer to some degree such as applying custom themes, organizing folders with dedicated Icons that represent It's contents and the list goes on. Having an attractive desktop background, Is certainly part of this equation and If you have multiple users on your PC, they can alter It at any time. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent changes to your desktop background In It's entirety.

How To View And Save Every MAC Address

Every network Interface card, be It a wired or wireless connection, has what's called a MAC address (also known as a physical address or hardware address) that's assigned to It by the manufacturer, and Is unique to each network adapter. This allows devices to transmit data and communicate over a network. Sometimes, It's necessary to know the MAC address of your network adapter(s), and In this tutorial, I will show you how to view and save the MAC address of every adapter/device.

Remove Bloatware Apps In Windows 10

Upon purchasing your new computer, manufacturer's make sure they bundle It with what's called bloatware (pre-Installed apps), all for the glorification of adding extra dollars Into their yearly profits. Sure, many Windows 10 built-In apps are quite useful to the end user, however there's just as many that're not needed. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to remove bloatware apps from your Windows 10 operating system.

Monitor Connections On Your Wireless Network

When you setup a wireless network for the very first time, It's paramount to secure It, by Implementing an encryption key In the modem/router, thus help prevent unauthorized connections to the network. Without the key, access Is denied. Well, to a certain point, meaning anyone with the know-how can circumvent It. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to monitor the connections on your wireless network.

How To Remove Wi-Fi SSIDs From The Network

On the grounds that you're connected to a wireless network, be It at home or at work, when you click on the wireless Icon on the Taskbar, the network flyout will open displaying the SSIDs of all connections that your wireless adapter has picked up.  Depending on the availability and range, the list can become somewhat congested, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to remove the Wi-Fi SSIDs from the entries In the Taskbar.

How To Create A Virtual Machine Using VMware

A virtual machine, often abbreviated as a VM, Is a software program containing an operating system that's Installed on the physical machine (PC), and operates In It's own Isolated environment. Every task performed In the VM, remains there, without affecting the main computer. Every user should have a virtual machine up and running, so In this tutorial, I will demonstrate a detailed guide on how to create & Install a virtual machine on your computer, namely VMware Workstation.

How To Rename Files & Folders With Emojis

When you rename a file or folder In Windows 10, provided you're using any of the allowable built-In characters, the process Is extremely simple and at the same time Is somewhat boring, namely being limited to the type of characters that are accepted. You can however, put some variation Into your file & folder names by using emojis, and In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to do this natively without the aid of third-party tools.

Print All Running Processes To A Text File

Among many other settings, Windows Task Manager has a list of processes that're currently running on your computer. Some are executed by the operating system, whilst others are automatically launched during boot up, or manually when you open applications, tools etc. It's very handy to print a list of all running processes to view and analyze, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to do this with Incredible ease.

Check The Health Of Your Laptop's Battery

When you first purchase your laptop and fully charge the battery thereafter, It runs at It's optimal state for quite a while. However, over time, It Inevitably decreases In performance, and does not hold It's charge capacity as per It's brand new state. This Is due to wear & tear, and a few other factors. It's very Important to know the condition of your battery, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to view the current status and health of your laptop's battery.

View In Depth Ram Information On Your PC

Your computer's Ram (Random Access Memory), Is a storage area where the operating system, data and applications are stored and accessed as needed. Each time your PC starts, they're loaded from the hard disk Into Ram, hence readily available when booted Into the Windows environment. It's very handy to know the details of your Installed Ram, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to view In depth Ram Information, by using a couple of native Windows utilities.

How To View Clipboard History In Windows 10

The built-In Clipboard utility on the Windows platform, Is a temporary holding area In memory (Ram), that stores data that you've recently copied from a document, program or any other source. You can then paste It Into It's respective destination, and view the contents thereafter. Prior to Windows 10 version 1809, there was no way to view your clipboard history, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to do exactly that, regardless of the Windows 10 version you're running.

Apply PowerShell To The Right Click Menu

The Windows PowerShell, Is a very powerful command-line tool that allows users to automate and troubleshoot an array of administration tasks, such as terminating non-responding processes, working with Active Directory, filtering computer network Information and a lot more. Having It accessible via a click of the mouse, Is certainly beneficial so In this tutorial, I will show you how to apply PowerShell to the right-click context menu.

Create A Shortcut To Device Manager Settings

As the name Implies, the Windows Device Manager, Is a native utility that allows you to view the hardware devices (Inclusive of their drivers) Installed on your computer. You can check whether they're functioning correctly, or If Issues are Identified, you can rollback, uninstall or update the problematic driver. It's a very beneficial tool to keep on hand, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Device Manager shortcut on your desktop.

Direct Download For Windows 10 ISO Files

Whether you're planning to perform a clean Installation of Windows on your computer, or Install an operating system on your virtual machine, a Windows ISO file Is needed to carry out the task. It must also be In a bootable ISO format. Locating one on the Internet In It's original form, can sometimes be a difficult task. In this tutorial, I will show you how to download an official Windows 10 ISO file with a few simple steps.

Change System Fonts With A Single Click

Every user customizes their computer's settings to some extent, some more than others, and the display Is one of the most customizable features on the Windows platform. The system font sizes, Is certainly part of this equation. However, It does take a number of steps to change each and every one In Windows 10, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to change them, as well as the font weight with a simple click of the mouse.

Encrypt Your Keystrokes & Prevent Being Logged

No matter what type of protection you have Installed on your computer, such as an up-to-date premium antivirus software and the same with an anti-malware, It will not stop a malicious user from Installing a keylogger and recording every keystroke you type. This applies to both programs you use on your PC, and online activity. In this tutorial, I will show you how to encrypt your keystrokes, thus prevent them from being logged.

Prevent Users From Creating Microsoft Accounts

When created and applied, there are two ways you can sign In to Windows 10- either with a local user account, or a Microsoft account. The former generally uses a username & password, and the latter Is In the form of an email address & password. Whilst a Microsoft account does have It's benefits, given It's an online service, If It's compromised, the PC on which It's created on can also be affected. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent users from creating Microsoft accounts on your computer.

Secure Your Files With VeraCrypt Encryption

Everyone who utilizes their PC, regardless of their computing habits, will have sensitive files stored to some degree. This also applies to removable media, such as USB flash drives or external hard disk drives. The best method to secure your files, hence prevent others from gaining access, Is to encrypt them. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a secure encrypted volume, by using a very powerful encryption software named VeraCrypt.

How To Securely Disable BitLocker On All Drives

Starting from Windows Vista, Windows has a native encryption utility named BitLocker, that allows users to encrypt their entire OS drive, as well as partitions and removable media such as USB flash drives. This prevents unauthorized access to sensitive data stored on the drives. This also means that anyone with physical access to the PC, can encrypt the drive(s) and lock the rightful owner out of their very own device. In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely disable BitLocker on every drive.

Prevent Pinning & Unpinning Apps On Taskbar

By default, the Windows Taskbar Is located at the bottom of your computer screen that displays the date, system time, volume control, system Icons and so forth. It also allows you to pin your favorite apps, hence they're readily available at all times with a simple click of the mouse. Other users on your PC, can do the same and unpin your apps as well, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely prevent this In It's entirety.

Create A Desktop Theme Settings Shortcut

Everyone personalizes their computer to a certain degree, ranging from screensavers, desktop background & Icons, mouse pointers, colors and so forth. And all this Is accessed and achieved via the Windows built-In Theme Settings. If you're the type who switches from one theme to another quite often, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Theme Settings shortcut on your computer's desktop.

Add The Win+X Classic Menu To The Right Click

When you hit the Win+X keys simultaneously on your keyboard, a Quick Link menu Is displayed, that contains quite a few shortcuts such as (but not limited to) Task Manager, Command Prompt, Device Manager etc. This actually originates from the Windows 10 Start Button, and Is a very useful tool to have at your fingertips. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the Win+X Quick Link menu, In the form of a Classic menu to the right-click of the mouse.

Prevent Users Disabling The Windows Firewall

The Windows Firewall (formerly known as "Internet Connection Firewall"), Is defaulted to the Windows platform from Windows XP/Server 2003 to where It stands today at Windows 10. It's an essential tool that monitors Incoming & outgoing traffic, and blocks unauthorized attempts from unknown networks and other Intrusions. It's paramount to keep It enabled at all times, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent users from disabling It.