Control your mouse with your head, voice or hand

Want to control your mouse with just your hand or voice commands?

NPointer by neurotechnology is freeware

You can also use Camera Mouse which is freeware where you can use just your head.

Camera Mouse

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Virus and Malware removal tools

Often we remember Malwarebytes, Adwcleaner, ComboFix, RKill Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) or Adware Removal Tool/TSA and forget about tools offered by Anti-virus software manufacturers.  Here’s a few links.

Kaspersky – Tools

McAfee – Tools

AVG – Tools

BitDefender – Tools

Panda Tools/Online Scan

Symantec / Norton – Tools


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Reset and Fix Windows Updates

The following commands help to reset Windows Update History along with resetting and re-registering components.  Open an elevated command prompt and type (or copy and paste) the following (in italics)-

(References below –  double check before running)

net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc
rmdir %windir%\softwaredistribution /s /q
Del “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr*.dat”
cd /d %windir%\system32
regsvr32 /s wups.dll
regsvr32 /s wups2.dll
regsvr32 /s wucltui.dll
regsvr32.exe /s msxml.dll
regsvr32.exe /s msxml3.dll
regsvr32.exe /s msxml6.dll
regsvr32.exe /s actxprxy.dll
regsvr32.exe /s softpub.dll
regsvr32.exe /s atl.dll
regsvr32.exe /s urlmon.dll
regsvr32.exe /s mshtml.dll
regsvr32.exe /s shdocvw.dll
regsvr32.exe /s browseui.dll
regsvr32.exe /s jscript.dll
regsvr32.exe /s vbscript.dll
regsvr32.exe /s scrrun.dll
regsvr32.exe /s wintrust.dll
regsvr32.exe /s dssenh.dll
regsvr32.exe /s rsaenh.dll
regsvr32.exe /s gpkcsp.dll
regsvr32.exe /s sccbase.dll
regsvr32.exe /s slbcsp.dll
regsvr32.exe /s cryptdlg.dll
regsvr32.exe /s oleaut32.dll
regsvr32.exe /s ole32.dll
regsvr32.exe /s shell32.dll
regsvr32.exe /s initpki.dll
regsvr32.exe /s wuapi.dll
regsvr32.exe /s wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32.exe /s wuweb.dll
regsvr32.exe /s qmgr.dll
regsvr32.exe /s qmgrprxy.dll
regsvr32.exe /s wucltux.dll
regsvr32.exe /s muweb.dll
regsvr32.exe /s wuwebv.dll
regsvr32 /s wudriver.dll
net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start appidsvc
net start cryptsvc
bitsadmin.exe /reset /allusers
ipconfig /flushdns
netsh winsock reset catalog


Also install this patch –


Here’s another tip – Stop Windows Update Service and Delete the contents of SoftwareDistribution under windows.  Restart the Windows Update Service

Check your date and time

Ultimately, you can run
Autopatcher found here –


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WhySoSlow Beta fow Windows

Want to know what resources are being consumed by Windows and ‘see’ why your computer is so slow?

WhySoSlow by Resplendence is in Beta and is an excellent program that can guide you to why your computer may be slow.


By adjusting the power settings on the CPU, the computer begins to run faster.   This was quickly found by looking at the picture above.


The Plugged in minimum processor state was moved to 80%.   This increased the performance of the developer’s laptop that was being tested.


By stopping and starting the program using the buttons at the bottom, the screen refreshed showing an ideal CPU optimization. (below)

Final CPU

With multiple settings, this tiny program is packed with features to help guide you on why your computer may be slow.  WhySoSlow looks at Drivers, Processes, Disk Fragmentation and several other areas that impact the performance of your computer.


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Default services in Windows

Need a quick reference for the default services in Windows?

Visit Service Defaults.


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Need the ISO for Windows 10?

Microsoft’s Techbench program  offers scripts and other tools including the ISOs for Windows 10.

  • 2 Tech Bench Scripts
  • Steps for Creating an installation USB stick
  • Installation Guide for Existing PCs
  • Installation Guide for New PCs
  • User Quick Start Guide for Existing PCs
  • User Quick Start Guide for New PCs
  • End User License Agreement
  • Privacy Statement


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Different ways to optimize your internet

Want an optimal connection to the internet?  Speedguide has an excellent analyzer.  Remember don’t just use a benchmark to analyzer your connection.   It is good to look at all aspects of your connection.

You can run their analyzer and see if you need to tweak your connection.   Remember set a control by using a benchmark such as before you begin then tweak with TCP Optimizer Note: This is the best way to TRULY test your bandwidth

Then run:
Example (above)

After reading the recommendations, use TCP Optimizer .  Windows 7 users must right click and run as administrator after saving this file.  This file runs stand alone and is not installed.   TCP Optimizer makes a backup that you can restore if you forget your settings.

Testing VoiP
Need to test your network and internet connection for VOIP or other QoS connections?  Here’s a good site that checks the number of calls and the quality of each call.   Link    Alternate Link


Debug Your Internet with ICSI Netalyzr

Note: Use internet explorer and add this link as a trusted link under Java in the Control Panel

This analyzer helps you to debug dozens of features that have a direct effect on your internet connection.  From Berkeley,  this analyzer loads a small Java file to your computer.  Link

Optimizing your network speed with netsh

While this post is for advanced computer users, it shows the inner workings of how an internet connection works.

Disable Remote Differential Compression (Many users state this speeds up file transfers and network transfer speeds – although many question this)

To Optimize your internet connection –

From a command prompt (administrator) type the following commands –

netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled
netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled
netsh int tcp set global chimney=enabled
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=restricted
netsh int tcp set global congestionprovider=ctcp
netsh int tcp set global ecncapability=disabled
netsh int tcp set global timestamps=disabled

To return to your default settings, go to a command prompt as an administrator and type –

netsh int tcp set heuristics default
netsh int tcp set global rss=default
netsh int tcp set global chimney=default
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
netsh int tcp set global congestionprovider=default
netsh int tcp set global ecncapability=default
netsh int tcp set global timestamps=default

So what is heuristics?  Windows Vista/7 has the ability to automatically change its own TCP Window auto-tuning behavior.

What is RSS?  The receive-side scaling setting enables parallelized processing of received packets on multiple processor.

What is Chimney?  TCP chimney offloading enables Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7 to offload all TCP processing for a connection to a network adapter.

What is autotuning?  Uses a fixed value for the tcp receive window. Limits it to 64KB (limited at 65535)


If you have trouble navigating to sites and time out to Facebook or Microsoft for example, or you want to improve your download speeds -you may need to set your MTU settings –

So what do you set your MTU to?  Normally your MTU is set to 1500.   Every connection is different.  First log into your router if you have one and set it to 1492.  Retry the sites that are timing out.  If this did not work, you may need to set the MTU on your network card.

You can go to a command prompt (as an administrator with elevated privileges) and type –

netsh interface ipv4 show subinterface

(to see the name of your network Interface – it is important to write down the MTU settings and network interface name at this time)

To set the MTU value to 1492, type the following command at a a command prompt (Note: You MUST substitute the name of your network connection  –

netsh interface ipv4 set subinterface “The Name of Your Connection” mtu=1492 store=persistent

Many users have reported an increase in download and internet speeds after adjusting their MTU to 1492.  This setting may not be the optimal setting everyone.

Find your optimal MTU using Ping.

Connect to older SAMBA servers and older network devices (Article on NTLM)

Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

Disable LLMNR from the command line (Database connections and moving large files across a network)

Cannot access computer by NetBios name after replacing NIC card
Insure no other users are logged in –

Open a Command Prompt as an Administrator (Type CMD in the search box)
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /registerdns
nbtstat –s
nbtstat -r
nbtstat –c
nbtstat –R
nbtstat -RR
nbtstat –n

nbtstat -a      (replace the x’s with the IP address of the computer you are accessing – the computer with the new NIC card)

Also insure the NetBIOS over TCP/IP radio button is selected. (See Above)

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Best Malware/Spyware Removal Tools

Have a Windows computer with malware or spyware?  Here’s three of the best malware and spyware removal tools that are free.

Adwcleaner is light weight and removes browser redirects, malware and spyware.
Webpage –
Approximate size- 1.7 mb


TSA Malware Removal Tool is light weight and removes browser redirects, malware and spyware.
Webpage –
Approximate size- 685 kb


BitDefender Malware Removal Tool -is a heavy weight compared to the two above but also removes browser redirects, malware and spyware.
Webpage –
Approximate size- 48 mb


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Drivers and Firmware for the Microsoft Surface

Need to get the latest firmware and drivers for the Microsoft Surface series?  Here’s the link on where to get the drivers and firmware and how to install them through PowerShell.

While the Surface will get its drivers and firmware through updates, you may need to put the drivers on in order to get the updates.   An example of this was my Surface would not connect to our wireless unless I put in a static IP address.   The surface needed an update for the wireless controller.

I downloaded the drivers to a folder on the main drive of a desktop and copied them into a folder on the Surface.   I found the wireless driver and manually installed it.   Once I installed it, I was able to connect to get updates.   To go ahead and install the drivers, I followed the blog link on Microsoft and then I wrote the PowerShell script and placed it in the folder with the drivers.

Note: Microsoft does push these drivers and firmware through updates.

Here’s how to install the drivers –  – link for drivers and firmware  – link on how-to install

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Realtek High Definition Audio Problems

Have issues with Realtek’s High Definition Audio?  Over the break I fixed three computers that showed the sound as working correctly in Windows 10 yet there was no sound.

First go to the Realtek website and download the latest drivers.  Install the latest driver.

Next, the sound may not be working but right click on the audio icon in the lower right corner of your taskbar.  Click on troubleshoot and click Apply Fix.



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Setting up a wireless repeater with DD-WRT and Tomato firmware

So you can’t cover your home or business with an adequate wireless signal. Here’s what you can do.

You can purchase a wireless router at local thrift stores for under $10.  When shopping for routers, look for Wireless N routers and try to find a router that supports tomato or DD-WRT.

A mixed network

I decided to put tomato on my main router and DD-WRT on my second router.

First Router Setup

The first router I setup with tomato, setting a SSID, turning on QoS and setting wireless security.


Second Router Setup

  1. Set your computer to a static IP of
  2. Connect your computer to the second router by one of the wired LAN ports.
  3. Open the address in a web browser.
  4. Click on  the Wireless -> Basic Settings tab
    • Under the Physical Interface Section, set the following
      • Wireless Mode : Repeater Bridge
      • Wireless Network Mode : Must Match Primary Router
      • Wireless Network Name(SSID) : This should match the first router exactly including exact the letter case
      • Wireless Channel : Match the first router’s channel
      • Wireless SSID Broadcast : Enable
      • Network Configuration : Bridged
      • Save

    • Under the Virtual Interfaces Section
      • Click on Add
      • Wireless Network Name(SSID) : Make this different from the first router’s.  Although you will connect to either, setting roaming under the advanced settings to aggressive on your laptop or other devices  will help your device go to the strongest signal.  (you should remember each connection)
      • Wireless SSID Broadcast : Enable
      • AP Isolation : Disable
      • Network Configuration : Bridged
      • Save
        Wireless Basic
  5. Click the Wireless -> Wireless Security tab
    • Physical Interface Section
      • Security Mode : Has to match the security on the main router- You must set the security to WPA2-AES
      • WPA Algorithms : Make it the same as the first router
      • WPA Shared Key : Make it the same as the first router
      • Key Renewal Interval (in seconds) : Leave the at the default
    • Virtual Interfaces Section (note if you don’t see this section your firmware should be atleast v24-sp2)
      • Security Mode : Must Match Physical Interface
      • WPA Algorithms : Must Match Physical Interface
      • WPA Shared Key : Must Match Physical Interface
      • Key Renewal Interval (in seconds) : Leave default
      • Save
        Wireless Security
  6. Open the Setup -> Basic Setup tab
    • Connection Type will be: Disabled
    • Set STP for Disabled (Enabled sometimes can cause connection problems)
    • IP Address : (Assuming Primary Router IP is
    • Mask :
    • Gateway: (again assuming Primary Router IP is
    • DHCP Server: Disable
    • Local DNS: (if IP of Primary Router is
    • Assign WAN Port to Switch : Optionally enable this to use the WAN port as another LAN port.
    • Save
      basic setup
  7. Log back into the router at it’s new IP address of
    • Open Setup -> Advanced Routing tab
    • Set Operating mode to “Router”
    • Save
      Adv Routing
  8. Open Services
    • Disable Dnsmasq
    • Save
  9. Open the Security -> Firewall tab
    • Uncheck all boxes…except Filter Multicast
    • Disable SPI firewall
    • APPLY Settings
  10. Reboot the router.
  11. Once you have it working, go to the wireless security tab, and set the same type of security AND key for both the primary and the repeater ssids and hit apply. Avoid WPA2 Personal MIXED, as it will likely kill communication between the routers (see Security section below for more on this). WPA2 Personal is fine.
  12. Set your wireless back to auto

The router should now be connected to the main router.   This will extend your wireless across your home.  Why?   Your router is more powerful than wireless cards and can ‘reach’ the main router.

Credit – DD-WRT wiki

Note:  This is in a lab at my home and the mac addresses and IPs have been changed.

Use SoftPerfect’s Wi-Fi Guard to keep an eye out on what is connected to your network.

Soft Perfect Wi-Fi Guard


Looking for free wireless software?  

Amped Wireless, Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector, NetSurveyor, Acrylic Wi-Fi Scanner, Homedale, Lizard Systems and Vistumbler is the top free software to perform a basic wireless survey.

Many of these offer GPS support and allow the exporting of a survey to a KML file.  This can then be imported into Google Earth.

1 Acrylic

2 Xirrus

3 Lizard Wi-Fi Scanner

4 Netsurveyor A

4 Netsurveyor B

5 Amped Wireless Analytics

6 Homedale Portable

7 Homedale

8 Homedale

9 Homedale Location

10 Homedate options

11 Vistumbler

Wireless Surveys/Spectrum Analysis
It is important to perform a wi-fi survey so that you can determine not only the perfect place to locate your access point or bridge but to gain an understanding of the channel co-existence challenge you may face.  With wireless access points in surrounding neighborhoods and businesses, you will need to  perform a survey by walking around and mapping out the BSAs (Basic Service Area) of wireless that surrounds you and your organization.

Below is an example of our school’s perimeter.  Matt, Chris and James, students in the Computer Information Technology, class performed a survey using a Microsoft GPS and Vistumbler.  This survey revealed access points and their channels of current wireless at our institution and  includes APs in surrounding businesses and neighborhoods.  These were mapped using Google Earth after exporting their KML file from Vistumbler.

This type of survey allows IT professionals to analyze data exported to ensure the correct channels can be used at their organization.

Miller Goodroe Felts

After exporting the wireless information, you can analyze each access point or wireless device by clicking on it.  Below is an example of the information exported into Google Earth.   Each device shows SSID, Network Type, Mac Address, Channel, Security, Encryption Type, Data Rates, Latitude, Longitude and Manufacturer information.   Analyst using this information can also determine the best placement of wireless devices along with channel information.

ESSID Expanded

Channel co-existence is when access points share channels that are very close to one another.

802.11 wireless on 2.4 Ghz has three non-overlapping channels.  These channels are 1, 6 and 11.  The closer channels are, the more likely interference will take place.  With the amount of wi-fi in use today, IT professionals have to chose between 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz and and try to select channels that are not in use if possible.   Professional access points and bridges can also adjust power as necessary.   A dense population can make this very challenging.

If you look at the students’ survey by zooming out to see how many access points can be seen, this is what you are looking at!  Now you can see why site surveys are important at your organization.


In addition to this survey, a secondary survey using a spectrum analyzer is very important to search for interference from other sources.  (See our review of the Airview Spectrum Analyzer)


Channel information (Chart from Wikipedia)


Here’s another look at a wireless survey showing vertical lines and signal strength.

Another view James Miller KML

Netgear Used in the above repeater/bridge modification
The Netgear WNR2000v2 is an excellent router to modify if you want a router that supports DD-WRT.  Although the router has reached its end of life, you can modify the router by flashing it with DD-WRT.   How much did I pay for this router? $3 at a thrift store.

Flashing with DD-WRT

  • Flashing with DD-WRT – Link
    • You must flash with .chk file first
    • Flash of .bin file must be <4mb
    • Follow the instructions thoroughly
      • After flashing with the initial and the firmware, you can upgrade the firmware again here.

The router can also be modified with antenna wires from an old laptop screen and wireless card.





Did you brick it?  You can easily unbrick it by downloading the TFTP utility from DD-WRT and TFTPing the original firmware back on the router.   Remove the two screws at the bottom of the router and follow the steps below.

Original Netgear Firmware


TFTP utility (GUI)

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FastCGI error – PHP and IIS

If you have recently upgraded to PHP 7.0 or any version of PHP, you may need to reinstall your C++ Redistributables.    If you have moved your PHP.ini and restarted IIS, try to install these and rebooting.  Make sure you register the new PHP in IIS.


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A few freeware picks from an excellent source

First, go visit Rick over at What’s On My PC.  An excellent blogger I have followed for years, Rick can find some of the best freeware out there. Here’s just a few picks of some really good software that he’s featured.

Win Network Tools (from his November 30, 2015 post) –

 “If you manage a network, Win Network Tools may be helpful. The program provides a graphical interface (or launcher) of common command line tools that are built into Windows (that are typically run from the command prompt) and some other options (such as Speed Test) that will launch a site to test out your connection speed.”

Win Net Tools

From November 16, 2015

A tool to reset Windows Updates –


Credit – What’s On My PC, Site2Unblock, the Windows Club and TechNet


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Tomato firmware themes

Want to make your router’s theme where it is easier to read?  Tomato has the ability to download themes under  Administration and TTB ID. You can view a gallery of different themes you can download by clicking on the themes gallery.   All you have to do is type in the theme you find in the gallery and save.

1 Display2 Administration Themes from TTB themes gallery

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Wireless Dropping? Change your Scan Valid Interval

Is your Wireless dropping?  Update your driver of course and then try changing your Scan Valid Interval.   By default, most wireless cards are set to 60.   This is the amount of time before your wireless ‘looks’ for other access points (for roaming).   Try changing the interval to 120.

Open the device manager, double click on the wireless adapter, under advanced, click on Scan Valid Interval – change this to 120.   If you have a card that has roaming under advanced, select the lowest option.

1 Device Manager


2 Scan

Note:  If you have a laptop and are moving around in an area, you may need to lower this number.

Also, you may want to lower the Beacon Interval in your router if your signal is low or if you have drops.  This sends beacons more frequently and can help with your signal.   This may slightly decrease your bandwidth (wireless) and use a little extra battery on mobile devices.

While the default is 100, did you know if you increase this time (assuming you have a great signal in your home or business) that you can increase wireless bandwidth (slightly) and even increase your battery life of devices?

Got Atheros? Follow this link to drivers.

Also, do a quick survey of your entire home.  As you can see, one side of our house has interference on channel 11.   Because the ‘user’ of the other wireless is using Channel 6 + 10 (40 mhz ) spread, Channel 6 and 11 are NOT optimal.  Therefore, channel 1 is the optimal channel (you can see two devices – my AP and printer)

Left – host computer  Right – TightVNC into another computer in my home.

Avoid Wireless Interference

Remember, router position and direction matters.  As you can see below, repositioning the router got rid of “Saw Tooth” (signal that goes up and down).

Less Saw Tooth

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Check for suspicious certificates

After the recent certificate incident, you may want to check your certificates.

RCC is an excellent program to check for those certificates.
“Scans and audits the trusted root CA stores in Microsoft Windows and Mozilla Firefox. Highlights potentially rogue root certificates based on trusted baselines and timestamp metadata.”

1 Certificate


Recent manufacturer’s explanation.

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Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.2

“The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) helps raise the bar against attackers gaining access to computer systems. EMET anticipates the most common actions and techniques adversaries might use in compromising a computer, and helps protect by diverting, terminating, blocking, and invalidating those actions and techniques. EMET helps protect your computer systems even before new and undiscovered threats are formally addressed by security updates and antimalware software. EMET benefits enterprises and all computer users by helping to protect against security threats and breaches that can disrupt businesses and daily lives.”  Link


After downloading and installing EMET, type EMET after clicking the menu.    This will open up the Toolkit.


Clicking on Trust allows you to add or take away websites.

3 Add website

Clicking on App allows you to add and adjust App settings for enhanced security.

4 Clicking App

Technet Security Center information on EMET – link


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Remove Viruses with Boot Utility

If you work on computers, you need to be aware of SARDU and its ability to download recovery ISOs.   This utility can create a boot DVD or USB to remove viruses, recover Windows or break passwords (legally if the true owner has forgotten the password).

SARDU allows you to click the utility you want, download it and then places the ISO into the SARDU folder.  The download manager is on the top tab and you must click on Start to download the file you want.   The file is placed in a queue until this action is taken.

Once the ISO is in the folder, SARDU reads the ISO and places a check in a box beside the download you have available.  You can then burn the utility to a DVD or USB.

Note:  If you have any ISOs that are currently in the menu, copy them to the ISO folder in SARDU and refresh the program.   This will add check marks to the available ISOs.

There are dozens of options available with this great utility.

Note: Sardu has updated since this post.  Visit the Sardu website at –


Download screen

Saved ISOs

Another great review.

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Remove default Apps with PowerShell – Windows 10

Want to remove some of the default apps in Windows 10?  You could take the time to right click the app and uninstall.   You can also copy the script below and paste into PowerShell.

Note:  Remove any line for apps you want to keep.

Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage

1 Removing Apps

To reinstall the apps, open PowerShell and paste the following as one line-

Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

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Tomato Cache Optimization with DNSMasq and DNS Benchmark

Want to speed up your internet’s resolution of websites?  One way is to flash your router with Tomato (Tomato is Linux core firmware for many routers that provides advanced features.) or other open source firmware.  Below is an example of how to cache DNS queries using Tomato’s firmware.

So what is DNSMasq?

DNSMasq a lightweight DNS, TFTP, PXE, router advertisement and DHCP server. It is intended to provide coupled DNS and DHCP service to a LAN.

Dnsmasq accepts DNS queries and either answers them from a small, local, cache or forwards them to a real, recursive, DNS server. It loads the contents of /etc/hosts so that local hostnames which do not appear in the global DNS can be resolved and also answers DNS queries for DHCP configured hosts. It can also act as the authoritative DNS server for one or more domains, allowing local names to appear in the global DNS. It can be configured to do DNSSEC validation. ~Read more at –

So how can you make the internet faster?  During name resolution, your router can act as a small DNS server with DNSMasq.  Optimizing the cache and webpages will resolve almost immediately.

First, download DNS Benchmark from GRC and find the fastest DNS servers in your area.

Next, click on Basic and Network.   Enter the DNS servers that you found best for your area.


Click save when you finish.

Next click on Advanced and enter the following information under Custom Configuration.


By default, 150 queries can be cached by default but with dozens of devices in homes today, this allows for 2048 queries (below).   The maximum is 10,000.

4 DNS Script

Once you click enter the information, click on save.   To fully flush the DNS information, reboot the router and on your computer, go to a command prompt as an administrator and type ipconfig /flushdns.

For Mac OS X El Capitan, Mavericks and Mountain Lion, go to a terminal and type:
sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder
For Mac OS X Yosemite, type:
sudo discoveryutil udnsflushcaches

To verify my settings, I connected by telnet into the router.  (I also changed my cache to 4096 on my router).  If you decide to telnet into your router, you will have to enable telnet on the router and add telnet to your computer under program and features (you will have to add telnet).

By typing cat /tmp/etc/dnsmasq.conf, you can verify the information was programmed into the router.

1 Telnet2 telnet results

Want to make sure your router is answering and resolving names?  Go to a command prompt and type nslookup  You should see your router and the IP address information for the domain.


You can also see the mail server for the domain by typing something like this –

set type=mx
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