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System performance, optimisation and cleaning 

(The following works on xp, vista, win7, win8 – untested on win10) 

1. Improve running performance
Go to “Power Management/options” in control panel 

set your power scheme to
portable/laptop
(this scheme actually tells windows to use your processor more efficiently) 

Options leave monitor power down after 15 minutes (optional)
Then disable all other options
(noticeable improvements on processor management straight away) 

2. Improve start-up
navigate to your windows folder
then find a folder called Prefetch
open this folder and delete the contents
(DO NOT delete the folder)
Prefetch stores information needed for software applications to start quicker, clean this out once and a while. However, there are very conflicting opinions on this technique and whether it actually does anything worthwhile. There is no harm done either way. 

3. Maintenance CCleaner is a Freeware system optimisation, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history and temporary files. Additionally, it contains a fully featured registry cleaner that really works, this is the only cleaning and registry software tool you will ever need. 

Download the FREE version from here
https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
Be CAREFUL: when installing the FREE version deselect any options regarding 'toolbars’ etc... 

4. Basic System Checks
Defragmenting your main system hard drive at least once a month will improve software running performance. Only use the built in windows defrag tool. 

5. To regain hard drive space reduce the size of the recycle bin to about 10% for each drive, also try reducing System Restore to about 5% or 12% and see the difference with your hard drives new free space. 

This topic could put you and your device(s) at risk; please seek out further assistance before attempting any of the methods describe herein. You use this information at your own risk, this topic is not continued further here! Please DO NOT contact us about this topic as we DO NOT offer support.

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terrywebbs ADMIN


DATA RECOVERY FOR FREE

(The following works on xp, vista, win7, win8 – untested on win10) FREE software for recovery of deleted files and pictures 

PC INSPECTOR File Recovery is a data recovery program that supports the FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems.
more information and download here: http://www.pcinspector.de/default.htm 

PC INSPECTOR smart recovery is the new data recovery program from CONVAR for Flash Card, Smart Media, SONY Memory Stick, IBM Micro Drive, Multimedia Card, Secure Digital Card or any other data carrier for digital cameras.
more information and download here: 
http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/smart_recovery/info.htm?language=1 

Recuva - File RecoveryRecuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses! 

more information and download here: http://www.piriform.com/recuva

This topic could put you and your device(s) at risk; please seek out further assistance before attempting any of the methods describe herein. You use this information at your own risk, this topic is not continued further here! Please DO NOT contact us about this topic as we DO NOT offer support.

terrywebbs ADMIN


VIRUS & SPYWARE PREVENTION 

(The following works on xp, vista, win7, win8, win10)
Spyware Blaster – removes spyware from your internet files and keeps you safe 

https://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html 

MalwareBytes - removes Malware and pop ups from your internet files 

http://www.malwarebytes.org/ If you want to use the FREE version DO NOT enable protection mode!

As for AntiVirus Software I would have recommend AVG Technologies or Avira antivirus but these of recent time are now slowing computers down. Bitdefender and Avast are my top list of recommendations for any computer even the iMac, they run in the background and you do not loose any performance.

If your computer is running slow and you have AVG or Avira installed, remove it and try one of the others listed above!!!

If you use your computer/laptop for internet banking and want an extra layer of security install Rapport by IBM. It is a security standard recommended by all the banks to prevent keystroke captures, plus it puts another layer of protection between you and the bank

 https://www.trusteer.com/en/support/rapport-installation-links - if the link fails search for trusteer rapport.

Always keep the following software’s updated and patched: 

Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download
Java: https://java.com/en/download/
Adobe: Flash and PDF viewer/readers http://www.adobe.com/uk/downloads/updates.html 

This topic could put you and your device(s) at risk; please seek out further assistance before attempting any of the methods describe herein. You use this information at your own risk, this topic is not continued further here! Please DO NOT contact us about this topic as we DO NOT offer support!

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terrywebbs ADMIN


BATTERY SAVING TIPS FOR IPHONE 

The three main areas are as follows:

Use only 2G where possible

Disable WIFI and Bluethooth

Disable GPS and positioning 

There are a few pages of extra tweaks you can apply by reading the article below: 

http://ipod.about.com/od/iphone3g/tp/iphone-battery-life.htm 

With moderate usage you could get 5 days battery life! 

terrywebbs ADMIN


BATTERY SAVING TIPS FOR MOBILES MAINLY ANDROID 

1) Add the power widget to desktop (already part of MOST software) with this you can enable or disable wifi, bluetooth, data transfer, screen brightness and gps. You will need to disable data traffic manually from Settings > Wireless controls > Mobile networks > Network mode, remember to re- enable when you need to use the internet when away from a wireless point. 

2) Turn down screen brightness
Go to Settings > Sound and display > Brightness and deselect the Adjust automatically tick box and lower the brightness of the display to save on battery life.

3) Lower screen timeout time
Go to Settings > Sound and display > Screen timeout and lower the time interval before your display locks out.

4) Use 2G when a 3G/4G connection is not needed
Click on Settings > Wireless controls > Mobile networks > Network mode, and select only select GSM. This will turn off the 3G connection on your phone and hopefully improve battery life. You can always switch it back on when you needed. 3G is also called WCDMA. 

5) DO NOT Use Task Killer/ TaskControl to switch off apps not in use, one of the big benefits of Android is the ability to multi-task. 

6) Uninstall google MAPS, it comes with preinstalled crap and will always run, if you need MAPS and turn by turn navigation without data costs install Navmii from the app store instead, it runs offline and it is FREE. It may take ages to download UK MAPS, be patient. 

7) Restart the Mobile every few days - this clears memory and refreshes services. 

Additional tweaks:
Use only 2G where possible (y
ou can text, make and receive calls with just 2G the only thing is you won't have internet) Disable WIFI and Bluetooth, Disable GPS and positioning.

ONLY charge the battery once it has passed below 20% - charging it often without letting it discharge properly may cause a shorten life span of the charge it will hold!!!! 

With the above settings you could achieve on average 5-7 days battery life with moderate usage.

terrywebbs ADMIN


REPAIRING WINDOWS SYSTEM FILES 

(The following works on xp, vista, win7, win8 – untested on win10) 

Windows system files are often replaced with non-healthy files when you install software or a virus/spyware takes hold. To fix these missing system files and repair system stability, click on START > Run and type this command and press enter 

sfc /scannow
(put one space between each of the commands)
Make sure you have your Microsoft windows CD's to hand
This procedure may take a while to complete – do not turn off the computer! 

Other system instabilities are caused by corrupt files or bad data on the hard drive, non-booting systems, loss of data, erratic software behaviour are some of the symptoms. One of many fixes is to click on START > Run and type cmd and press enter.
(or in the search window type cmd and press enter) 

Now type the following and press enter 

chkdsk /r /f
(put one space between each of the commands) 

when prompted press the Y key and then press the return key
reboot and wait for it to scan
This procedure may take a while to complete – do not turn off the computer! 

Alternatively use the recovery console from a windows boot-able CD go to recovery, follow the screen prompts
type this command and press enter 

chkdsk /r /p
(put one space between each of the commands)
This procedure may take a while to complete – do not turn off the computer! 

IMPORTANT Footnote:
Due to system changes between vista, win7, win8 if you get an error using the commands /r /f 

try using this combination instead /r /p

terrywebbs ADMIN


Still the best all time game ever, massive multiplayer maps, single player is okay. Multiplayer just blows you away, more players per map than on the xbox. Better maps, more destructive objects, all vehicles available to drive. Earn rewards for playing the game in multiplayer and rank up quicker, earn better guns and attachments, or just kill kill kill, what ever your skill. So many different game modes available, Conquest: the definitive Battlefield mode that take place across land air and sea. Domination: an infantry only game mode. Obliteration. Defuse. Team Death Match. Rush. Squad Deathmatch., Multiplayer gaming just went to another level!!! Nothing like the COD franchise, no comparison!!!SaveSave


https://www.game.co.uk/en/battlefield-4-261854


http://www.argos.co.uk/search/battlefield/

terrywebbs ADMIN


Transferring contacts from Android to iPhone:

On the Android mobile goto contacts>settings and select export as a Vcard or CSV

Open your email app on Android and attach the file you exported and send it to your new iPhone email account.


Once you open the email on the iPhone you will be prompted if you want to add the contacts

simply select YES and your sorted


To transfer contacts from iPhone to Android:

Using a computer sync/backup and then export the contacts as a Vcard


terrywebbs ADMIN


PLAY ANY PC GAME WITH A GAMEPAD 

(The following works on xp, vista, win7, win8 – untested on win10)
You have played the game on the Xbox, playstation, you have the game for the PC, however, the gamepad will not emulate the mouse/keyboard keystrokes or worse still gamepad support is not available!? Xpadder is HERE, it simulates the keyboard and mouse using your gamepad 

What does Xpadder let you do?
- Play PC games with poor or no gamepad support
- Add gamepad support to emulated, internet and DOS games
- Play multiplayer games with each player using a gamepad
- and its FREE (if you use the alternative links) Download from here 

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Xpadder.shtml 

To get it working you will need to spend some time mapping the keys on the controller. We are unable to advice you further on this project. 

terrywebbs ADMIN

   

Fantastic product, easy to use - great pictures with any lens

This camera just blows me away every time I pick it up

It is a no brainer to choose anything else, this camera packs all the features you need to start taking great pictures either as a beginner or a pro
The only real choice you will need to make is which lens to use!
For me there is only one lens you ever need on a great camera like this and that is the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens
It's so sharp it easily can excite aliases, it focuses fast and accurately and does everything well, the same can be said for the camera too!
It takes great pictures in any lighting situation and has some wonderfull apature settings to play with to get great depth of field effects.

It does come with some fancy effects, what camera doesn't?
But that isn't why we buy a camera, it's about the feel, the look and most of all the final output image.
This camera ticks all the boxes and some!

If your still itching I would recommend you go along to any independant retail camera shop and test one out first.
That's what I did, the store wasn't very helpful and to be honest I wasn't there for the customer service.
I was there to try out a few cameras and get a feel for what was best for me.
I tested a Canon that was a little heavy and cumbersome and then two other Nikons before falling for this beauty!

I am now learning all my photography skills over, not used a proper camera in 20 years and depth of field and f stops is all coming back slowly
Taking some awsome creative pictures now with the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens a seperate purchase. Camera available in RED or Black

View the Nikon D3300 Digital SLR Camera on Argos


 

Learn to move in and out and you don't need a zoom

For many photographers, including myself, I could quite happily shoot with nothing but this lens on my camera forever. Learn to move in and out and you don't need a zoom. The 35mm f/1.8 AF-S is great.

It's so sharp it easily can excite aliases, it focuses fast and accurately, and does everything well.

Personally, I usually shoot with only the 35mm f/1.8 and leave the rest at home. I move a few steps closer or further away to frame, and I'm good. The 35mm f/1.8 is a tougher, faster lens than the basic 18-55mm zoom.

All lenses should be this good at this low a price.


See the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens on digitalrev

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