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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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Winsat formal – measure your computer’s native performance

Want to truly measure your computer’s native performance?  Use Winsat formal to see how the video, CPU and HDD/SSD performs. Open a elevated command prompt and type Winsat formal Want to measure just the disk?  Type the following and substitute … 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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Network Throttling Index

Did you know that Windows implements a network throttling mechanism that will restrict and slow network traffic when regular (not multimedia) traffic is transferred? This traffic can be around 10ish packets per ms which is just over 100 megabits per … Continue reading

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Keep DNS services running well on your computer

If you enter ipconfig /displaydns at a command prompt you’ll see that Windows stores successful and unsuccessful name resolutions in cache.  By default, Windows will store this cache for 24 hours.  You can adjust this by doing the following: Open … Continue reading

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Windows Updates – Double check by visiting Microsoft’s Update site

Want to make sure your Windows is up-to-date?  Here’s a tip.  You can go to setup in Windows 10 by clicking the gear and then clicking Update and Security. Once you click update and Security, you can see if your … Continue reading

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What’s On My PC has two excellent articles on utilities

WSCC finds updates to utilities (portable version) that are an excellent resource for your flash drive and repairing Windows – Go over to Rick’s to see the full review.   Use WSCC to install, update, execute and organize the utilities … 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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Private Cloud freeware? Try Tonido

Want a private cloud to sync your files, back up data and have access from outside of your home? Tonido Software for home is free.   The software is around 20+ meg to download and easy to set up.  Here’s … Continue reading

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

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog:
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…

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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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How to get OpenWRT on a Rosewill RNX-N150RT Router? Flash it to DD-WRT then flash to a TP-Link TL-WR741N. Finish with OpenWRT or Gargoyle and out perform may AC routers.

With a Rosewill RNX-N150RT router, you can flash this simple home router to OpenWRT.   While there are a few hoops to jump through, the process is easy. First flash the Rosewill to DD-WRT by downloading the firmware here. Next flash … 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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Slow performance on your HDD? It may be failing and SMART isn’t detecting the impending drive failure.

If you have enabled caching on your HDD in the device manager and defragged your HDD, you may need to try to clone the drive.  Look at Macrum Reflect for home or Clonezilla in order to clone the drive.  Taking this action … 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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RRAS unable to start service (Windows 10)

Search for “regedit” using Cortana, then run the regedit command in search results to launch Registry Editor. Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasMan Create a new DWORD (Edit > New > DWORD) Name the new DWORD SvcHostSplitDisable Open the new DWORD, set the value to = 1, then click OK Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteAccess Create a … Continue reading

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Stop! Don’t throw that USB away

You may be able to save your USB drive if it stops functioning.   Recently I had a USB drive I use to push firmware on DVRs that did not show its full capacity.   The USB drive could not … 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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