Category Archives: Information Technology

Windows won’t update? Download the Servicing Stack Update (SSU)

There are several things you can do when Windows won’t update. With Windows 10, you can open an elevated command prompt and type – DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth You can also Download the Windows Update Troubleshooter Ultimately, you can use the … Continue reading

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2018 Middle TN Cyber Security Conference

Registration and conference information: https://www.2018cyberconf.com/ThruHackersEyes  

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Cannot reset winsock, isatap yellow exclamation, no wireless or internet

Have a wireless card that doesn’t see the wireless?  Does checking the Device Manager show a yellow exclamation mark on the isatap or Teredo Tunneling Pseudo Interface? Always backup your computer before performing advanced commands. Steps Load the latest driver … Continue reading

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Privacy – Use WebRTC Network Limiter for Chrome

Other than using a VPN, you can use WebRTC Network Limiter for Chrome to help protect information that may leak on the internet. Go to IPLeak.net – Analyze your computer and follow the tips listed at the end of the … Continue reading

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Updating Drivers? Don’t forget the chipset!

While I’d like to guess that over 98% of the computers that I have worked on that are privately owned; the drivers were out of date or missing critical drivers that other drivers rely on. Here’s what I mean.  If … Continue reading

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Need to check your PC for Meltdown or Spectre?

Need to check your PC for Meltdown or Spectre?  Use  Steve Gibson’s free tool to check if you are vulnerable. https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm

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Optimize MySql with MySQL Workbench

Everyone needs to keep the integrity of their database and tables optimized. How? Start MySQL Workbench and connect the software to your MySQL server. Right click on your database and select Schema Inspector Select all of the tables. Check each … Continue reading

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Create a system image in Windows 10 on your network

Now that you have Windows 10 exactly how you want it, you need to preserve an image of your computer.  You can do this across your network which will take some time.  You can also save the image locally on … 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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Want a fast and safer browser? Try Brave

Brave browser is an excellent browser for speed and safety. Speed and Safety Blocks trackers and intrusive ads Prevents the 60% page load time latency by blocking ads Prevents the 20% load time latency from underlying code or scripts try … Continue reading

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Find rogue APs with Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector using signal strength and sound

Xirrus Wi-Fi inspector is a free tool you can use to gather information about wi-fi around you.  You can also use this tool to locate APs via sound very similar to using radar and sound.   Have an AP you … Continue reading

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SSL not showing green lock? Here’s some things to try.

Recently we did a certificate request with an IIS server and loaded the received certificates under Enterprise Trust and imported the certificate into IIS. When we visited the website, we noticed that the newly loaded server did not present a … Continue reading

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HDD drive slow? It could be your network card…

Another example of what we thought was a failing HDD, turned out to be a corrupt… Winsock?  A non-profit organization called us today and after running diagnostics on the HDD, turns out the computer lock ups and  experienced freezing along … Continue reading

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Can’t delete your printer? Try some of these tips.

Printers either install and work flawlessly or they don’t install or give constant problems.  Try these tips. Start fresh by removing the printer and following the steps below – remember, these tips are NOT just for deleting the printer but … 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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Rockwell Directory Configuration Wizard Unknown Error 0x80005000

Have the above error?  Copy and paste this in a command prompt as administrator.   This will work a majority of the time.   This configuration error re-registers the dlls that may have issues during or after an upgrade. cd\ … 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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