System Restore snapshots or volume shadow copies contain registry hives as well as critical system files. Sometimes you may need to extract individual registry keys from an earlier restore point but don’t want to do a complete System Restore rollback.Read more
Malwarebytes Premium is an all-in-one security suite which guards the system from ransomware, exploits, malware and also provides web protection. The current version of Malwarebytes, v3.0.5, has an small issue where it shows the message Real-Time Protection layers turned off in the notification area at every startup. This issue is reportedly fixed in v3.0.6 which would be released soon.Read more
Windows 10 comes with a hidden, built-in setting to increase the taskbar transparency using the UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency registry value, as you may have already known. Here are two new third-party portable tools using which you can make your taskbar translucent, set gradient color, or make it fully transparent.Read more
If you’re a regular Skype user who finds the Skype chat window ads to be distracting, here is a neat way to disable the ads and the ad placeholders. The instructions apply to Skype 7 desktop app for Windows.Read more
TidyTabs is a program that brings tab support to all of your programs. You can add tabbed browsing capability to any program window, including File Explorer, Office applications, Wordpad, Notepad, etc.Read more
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) is a post-infection removal tool which is updated every month and rolled out through the Windows Update channel. Malicious software scanning runs as you install MSRT from Windows Update. You can also initiate scans manually whenever needed by running mrt.exe in the Windows\System32 directory.Read more
Windows Spotlight brings some amazing wallpapers for the Lock Screen, which you can save and use as your desktop background. By now, I’m pretty sure most users know how to view and store the lock screen images collection from the Assets folder.
Then I made a post on how to find the exact file name of the current lock screen wallpaper image in use, using the Registry Editor or a script to find the image file and save it to your Pictures folder automatically.Read more
When you attempt to delete a file or folder which is in use by a process, the File In Use dialog appears showing the name of the program that has locked the file. However, there are cases where the “File In Use” dialog doesn’t show the name of the process that has a lock on the file you’re trying to delete.
For investigating processes and locked files, Windows Sysinternals Process Explorer is probably the first option that comes to mind, for most users. There is, however, a built-in solution to display the current open files list along with corresponding process names.Read more
uBlock Origin is a widely used and recommended Chrome extension to filter bad ads and scripts. Due to its popularity (installed by 5,228,612 users, as of this post), some fakes (mis)using the name of uBlock appear in Chrome Web Store.Read more