PC Tips from Past QBS Newsletters

PC Tips newsletter

My free PC Tips newsletter has been published for more than three years.

It has always provided valuable computer tips and up to date news on the latest happenings in the tech world.

Here's just a few of the many PC Tips published over the last 12 months or so. Why Not Sign up right now?

1. How to Enter Your PC's BIOS

On Windows 7 and previous builds you start your PC and pay really close attention to the first screen that appears. Look for a notification that tells you which key or combination of keys to press to enter the BIOS settings. If you miss this notification the first time, just simply restart your computer again.

2. Keep checking your Hard Drive for errors

Chkdsk inspects the physical structure of a Hard Drive or SSD's to make sure that they are healthy. It can then repair any drive problems that it finds, related to bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files and directory errors.

3. Try The Windows 10's Timeline

The Timeline feature can track what documents and Web pages you have been working on over the past weeks and months, organizing them into a collection of documents you can quickly open to pick up where you left off.

4. How to Use the Free Version of Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes is a first-rate anti malware tool that finds most of the nasty malware infections that may be lurking inside your Windows PC. This programme is well worth downloading so you can use it daily or weekly to check for any Malware intrusions.

5. Set your power button to turn off your PC's displays

Have you ever wanted the power button on your PC to do more than just turn off your computer? Fortunately, the Control Panel's Power Options lets you change what the power button does, it can even let you shut off all the displays in a multi-monitor setup without your PC going to sleep or logging out.

6. Windows 10 Shutdown Problems

If you are having issues with your computer and it is not shutting down properly, there are a number of different reasons why this situation could have occured.

7. How to Delete and Disable Location History in Windows 10

Your devices collect all kinds of information about you to provide helpful services and deliver so called targeted advertising. To help reduce the impact of these less than helpful services you may want to restrict your personal location information that's stored in Windows 10.

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8. Use the Windows 10 Calendar App to Look up Days and Dates

In the Creators Update of Windows 10, Microsoft has finally included a fully featured Calendar App. They have also redesigned the taskbar so that clicking the clock at the right side (which shows the date and time) pops up a usable calendar.

9. Move your default Windows 10 data folders to a different drive

When you add a new user account, during initial setup or even sometime afterward, Windows 10 creates a user profile folder in C:\Users, with your username as the name of the profile folder. In some circumstances it makes perfect sense to move one or more of these subfolders to a new location.

10. How to Get Out of Windows Safe Mode if you're stuck in this Mode

What if you find yourself stuck in Windows Safe Mode after having been in Safe Mode to fix some problem or run your antivirus and malware programmes. If you first entered Safe Mode by using the System Configuration tool, this could well be your problem as your PC may keep booting into Safe Mode every time your PC starts up.

11. When is an email a phishing attack?

One of the biggest problems in online security is the phishing email. So many unsuspecting people fall pray to this sort of attack that the incidence of phishing is actually on the increase. Phishing for financial gain is certainly on the rise and you could even be the next victim of this sort of phishing attack.

12. The Danger of Rootkits

A rootkit may consist of spyware and other malicious programs that monitor traffic and keystrokes, create a "backdoor" into the system for the hacker to use, attack other machines on a network and alter existing system tools to escape detection.

13. How to remove Malware from your Windows 10 PC

Is your PC running slower than usual or are you getting lots of unwanted pop-ups? If so, your computer may be infected with Malware.

14. How to deal with Ransomware Like Petya or WannaCry

Ransomware does not sneak into your PC like ordinary malware does. It suddenly appears and demands cash, otherwise it may encrypt all the files on your Windows PC.

The next issue of the QBS Free PC Tips Newsletter will be sent on 12th April 2019.

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