Category Archives: computer troubleshooting

Need to optimize your network? Look at adjusting LocalPriority, HostPriority, DNSPriority or NetBTPriority. 

Need to optimize your network? Look at adjusting LocalPriority, HostPriority, DNSPriority or NetBTPriority.  (Host/DNS resolution) The tweak works by increasing the priority of four processes. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\ServiceProvider\ LocalPriority = 4 (DWORD, the default is 499, change to 4) HostPriority = 5 (DWORD, … Continue reading

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Export your drivers using PNPUTIL

Want to export your drivers so that you have them later? Open a command prompt or PowerShell as an administrator Next create a folder to hold your drivers Type pnputil /export-driver * c:\smalldriver   (This is my folder on a small … Continue reading

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SyMenu – Download over 1,000 utilities from NirSoft, SysInternals and more

SyMenu allows you to download utilities from NirSoft, SysInternals and more.  Download the program from here and check the programs you want. Once you download the programs, you can use SyMenu to run the many programs  (over 1200) from a … Continue reading

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Is your SSD or HDD dirty?

You can of course use the Windows GUI to check your SSD or HDD.  But did you know that you should check your drives by typing the following (you can copy and paste in a elevated command prompt and change … Continue reading

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Bad HDD? It could be your Windows Updates

Recently we had a server that kept trying to install Windows Updates AND it would attempt to do updates IF the you skipped the HDD scan.  The updates would fail and the computer would reboot to a login screen. Here’s … Continue reading

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Networking and Internet problems? Try this

Are you having problems with networking or using the internet?  Open a command prompt as an administrator.  Run the following commands (or copy and paste into the cmd prompt) – route -f ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew arp -d nbtstat -R … Continue reading

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Windows Repair Toolkit

One of the best tools that is currently freeware, Windows Repair Toolkit truly lives up to its name.   I discovered the Toolkit over at What’s On My PC and have been testing it over the past several weeks.   … Continue reading

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Speed up your network by disabling the HomeGroup

While we’ve discussed speeding up SQL connections by disabling LLMNR, there’s another way to speed up your network. If you are not using the HomeGroup feature, a quick way to speed up your network is to disable the services for … Continue reading

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Bookmark4Techs link updated

Need access to one of the largest listings of technical bookmarks? Go over and visit – https://whatsonmypc.blog/bookmarks4techs/

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Speed up Disk Cleanup loading in Windows

Want to speed up disk cleanup so that it loads quicker? Right Click your C: drive Select properties Hold down the Shift + the Ctrl key Click on Disk Cleanup

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Top Pen Testing ISOs 2017

What’s the top Pen Testing ISOs for 2017?  Here’s my ranking and download links. Kali Linux – https://www.kali.org/downloads/ Backbox – http://www.backbox.org/downloads Cyborg Hawk – http://sourceforge.net/projects/cyborghawk1/files/latest/download Parrot Sec – http://www.parrotsec.org/download/ Deft – http://www.deftlinux.net/download/ Live Hacking OS – http://www.livehacking.com/live-hacking-cd/d Samurai – http://sourceforge.net/projects/samurai/files/ Network Security Toolkit – http://sourceforge.net/projects/nst/ PenToo – http://www.pentoo.ch/download/ Knoppix … Continue reading

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World Route by Softperfect

Here’s a visual aid to tracert currently free at Softperfect.  You can use this to see where internet delays are happening with a website.  This tool comes in portable and with an installer. https://www.softperfect.com/products/worldroute/

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Change network adapter priorities in Windows 10 – PowerShell

First thing – disable network adapters you don’t use If you use Ethernet, disable everything but flow control Disable LLMNR Adjust NTLM Perform test with Totusoft’s network speed test Next, avoid latency of your network card by adjusting the network … Continue reading

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Internet or network application slow? You may need to temporarily disable Nagle’s Algorithm

With the Nagle-Algorithm, Windows takes small packets and packages them in to more manageable and efficient sizes.   If you have poor latency, you might try to disable the Nagle-Algorithm.  Nagle’s algorithm helps to control congestion when small packets are … Continue reading

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NetSpot Review – Wi-Fi survey app for Windows

In this three part series we review NetSpot a Wi-Fi survey app for Mac and Windows. In this part, we look at the Microsoft Windows version of NetSpot.  NetSpot performs accurate Wi-Fi surveys that allows you to use a map … Continue reading

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Windows Cleanup shows 3.99TB? Is my math wrong?

Apparently there is a bug that shows 3.99TB of Windows Update Cleanup when you run the disk cleanup application in Windows 10.  With the plethora of updates that Microsoft has thrown at everyone, this would seem about right, however, you … Continue reading

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OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP)- Using on your home network

OWASP -The Open Web Application Security Project is an online community which creates freely-available articles, methodologies, documentation, tools, and technologies in the field of web application security. (Wikipedia) If you have wanted to learn how to test your network and … Continue reading

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DotNet 3.5 failed or won’t install Server 2012

If DotNet 3.5 won’t install or fails to install on Server 2012 (Under Features), there is a work around. You may see this when installing – Cancel the installation Insert your Windows DVD and open PowerShell – Type the following … Continue reading

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Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller performance issues

UPDATE-2016 driver now available! (Driver number will be different than what is in this article! (Direct Link to New 12/2016 Driver) If you have the Realteck PCIe GBE Family Controller adapter and are experiencing performance issues on your network, download … Continue reading

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DHCP issues with KB3201845

If you have issues after applying KB3201845, Rick over at Whats On My PC may have first found it.  Apparently Microsoft is displaying a banner on their Windows 10 History page that says to restart NOT shutdown.   We experienced … Continue reading

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