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Why is my computer so slow?

September 10th, 2012 By acebyte 636 views | Write a Comment

Why is my computer so slow? There are many possibilities for a computer to run slowly. Some of them are:Not enough hard drive space.Left over programs and bad files.Data Corruption.Missing Windows updates or outdated drivers.Computer is overheating.Corrupt OS.Bad Hardware.There are several causes for windows to slow down.  If you can remember a time when your computer ran faster, it is most likely due to program build up over time.  A lot of software, especially the kind that is downloaded, like to run “in the background”, meaning that every time you boot your system, it starts up.

And this is not just Trojans or spyware, but “legit” software like QuickTime or RealPlayer.  This inevitably leads to a slow computer. “Program buildup”, “fragment buildup” and “file buildup” eat up your system resources.  Here are some things you can do to help your system.Be very wary about installing more software to speed up your computer.  Because it is software that bogs down a computer, you should be very hesitant about installing yet more in order to help it.  Only install programs that you absolutely trust.

It’s possible that your computer may have so many background programs running that there is not enough main memory to run your main programs. All icons in your computer’s system tray are background programs using memory. To see and remove all running background programs: a. Press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time. b. Click any program or task except Explorer or Systray. c. Then click End Task. Repeat steps b and c to quit all programs except Explorer and Systray which are necessary components of Microsoft Windows.

Reboot your system. If your computer has not been rebooted recently make sure to reboot it.
Run ScanDisk or something equivalent to verify there is nothing physically wrong with the computer hard drive.

If you’ve got an antivirus scanner on the computer, spyware protection program, or other security utility make sure it’s not scanning your computer in the background. Often when these programs begin to scan the computer it can decrease the overall performance of your computer.
Hardware conflicts. Verify that the Device Manager has no conflicts. If any exist resolve these issues as they could be the cause of your problem.
Make sure you’ve got the latest drivers for your computer. Especially the latest video drivers. Having out-of-date drivers can cause an assortment of issues.

Update Windows. Make sure you have all the latest Windows updates installed in the computer.If you are on the Internet when your computer is slow also make sure all browser plugins are up-to-date.
If you have 256 MB of free system memory or less, or you like to play games, you may not have enough system memory to run your software efficiently. You should probably upgrade to 512 MB or more of system memory. Newer systems running Windows 7 should have 1-2 GB of system memory as a minimum.

Clean out your internet temporary files (tools–>options).  Search for and delete all temp files on your hard drive “*.tmp”Double click the ‘my computer’ icon and run a defrag on your hard drive.  Make sure your drive is not compressed (this increases time to read/write files)Cleanup your disk by using:  Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Clean-up.

 

Acebyte Inc Launched New Acebyte Registry Cleaner for Windows PC

September 10th, 2012 By Ivy 1,393 views | Write a Comment

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, September 10, 2012 – Acebyte today announced the availability of Acebyte Registry Cleaner for Windows PC Specially designed for Windows Registry issues, Acebyte Registry Cleaner can easily scan and find out the invalid or unused Registry entries, fix error messages, prevent PC from crashes, and speed up your computer. Acebyte Registry Cleaner can run more perfectly on Windows 7, Vista and XP, including both the 32bit and 64bit versions or the ealier.

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Driver Updater

September 8th, 2012 By acebyte 791 views | Write a Comment

Driver Updater: You must be wondering whenever a techie says update your drivers. What is this driver now? Lets have a tour with the drivers!

What Are Drivers?

Drivers are computer programs that allow the Windows and other applications interact with a hardware device. The computer is unaware of how to use all the features of a video card it needs a driver to do so. Just like computer programs have updates and service packs to fix bugs and add features, drivers also have them as well.

When Should We Use Update Your Drivers?

In case you have got a problem with a device, you should think about upgrading the drivers. If you are upgrading from one version of a driver to another, chances are good that the only things included in those updates are bug fixes for specific scenarios, and may be some minor performance increases. There are more chances of breaking something than anything else, so if everything on your PC is working just fine, you can skip the driver updates for the most part.

In case you are trying to increase every tiny bit of performance out of your system, you should make sure that your video card drivers are updated using the manufacturer’s drivers, if you probably want to upgrade your chipset, networking, and sound card drivers as well. Switching from the built-in Windows drivers for your video card to the official NVidia or ATI/AMD drivers will make a lot of difference, and keeping them updated can yield huge increase in speed.

In case, you have got an AMD/ATI or NVidia video card, and you are using the built-in Windows drivers, its advisable to switch drivers. Otherwise, you can just skip the process entirely.

Which Are The Drivers You Should Update?

When you purchase a new PC, reload Windows on an old PC, or build a new PC, to make sure that you are using the correct drivers. It is not mandatory that you will need to keep the drivers updated to the very latest version all the time. It’s just that you don’t have to be using some generic driver when you could be using a real driver itself. For instance: video card drivers included in Windows rarely include all the features of the drivers you can download from NVidia or AMD/ATI, and they definitely don’t include the same speed enhancements.

Be cautious in picking a update software, when you can manually pick it.

Off the Shelf PC

If you are running an off-the-shelf PC or laptop and haven’t reloaded Windows manually, chances are that most of your drivers are already using the manufacturer’s approved drivers. These include the chipset, motherboard, sound card, and so on. There’s also a chance that you have some onboard generic video card. The best thing you can do is just upgrade your video card drivers by heading to the manufacturer’s site.

Updating Your Drivers

In case you are having a problem with a particular device, you can quickly upgrade to a newer version by opening the Device Manager, right-click on the device, and choose Update Driver Software.

This will pop up a wizard that lets you to search Windows Update or for the latest drivers or you can manually install the drivers by using the Browse option. If you let Windows automatically update, it will install right away and ask you to reboot the system. If it doesn’t fix your problem, you can always roll back the driver.

 

Recover formatted files

September 8th, 2012 By acebyte 1,409 views | Write a Comment

Recover formatted files: Hey! Why are you looking so panicked? Why! what happened? Is there a serious problem? Let me just know if I can help you some way.

Yeah dear I’ve deleted some of the important project files, which I had to submit to Boss just after two hours. I’m totally blank dear, it took me around three days to prepare those files. Come on now cheer up! You don’t at all have to worry for that, Undelete in Acebyte utilities is the perfect solution for all your problems.

Acebyte Utilities gives the best Windows data recovery software to restore the deleted files

Undelete in Acebyte Utilities is a free and easy to use file undelete feature for FAT and NTFS file systems. It is a powerful Windows data recovery software helping you to recover all deleted files of all kinds very quickly. Undelete in Acebyte Utilities can recover files directly from hard drive as well as from other removable devices even if you have emptied the Recycle Bin.

Features:

It supports the file systems: FAT, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 , NTFS + EFS

It quickly recovers all the files including those emptied from the Recycle Bin

It powerfully recovers all kinds of files such as documents, photos, videos, music as well as email, and so on.

Undelete in Acebyte Utilities restores the files on removable devices including SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MemorySticks, USB Thumb Drives, Camera Media Cards, Floppy Disks and  many other storage devices

Its filters the files by file name, file date, size, file path

It executes batch file recovery

It gives a simple and user friendly interface

Undelete in Acebyte Utilities supports all Windows operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

When the file is still in your recycle bin just follow these simple steps:

Click on the “Recycle Bin” icon on your desktop.

Select the file you want to restore. Right-click on it.

Click on “Restore” from the drop-down menu list.

Look for the file in its original location.

Isn’t that simple?

 

SYSTEM ERRORS

September 8th, 2012 By acebyte 1,046 views | Write a Comment

SYSTEM ERRORS: System Error is a term for a software failure that causes the computer to malfunction. A system error, if it occurs while the user is busy on a project, will usually cause the user to lose some of their work.

There are many System errors that you encounter in your daily PC usage some of them are as follows:

Bus Error: One of the most common indications of a memory related error. It means that you tried to access a non-existing or inaccessible memory address.

Causes: Control Panel conflict. insufficient memory for the operation being attempted.

Solution: you should try allotting more memory to the application.

Address Error: Some piece of information must have been written to the wrong place in memory. Attempting to access data larger than a byte on an odd address (68000 processor) or an instruction at an odd address.

Common causes: Control Panel conflict. Insufficient memory for the operation being attempted,    Solution: you could try allotting more memory to the application. The instruction being requested may not be supported on the CPU. I.e. a 030 request on a 68000 processor.

Bummers: This particular file is having difficulty while either reading from the drive or writing to the drive. The file may have improperly written data to the drive or the hard drive or disk may be damaged.

Solutions: Try copying the file to another drive. Use a disk recovery software. You can try rebooting with all extensions off. Once in a while this will allow you to read the data. The file in question should be restored from a backup that was stored on a different disk. Regular backups can reduce the time to recover from this error.

File not found, Folder not found

The item that the program was looking for is not in the location that it was supposed to be. Often this error is in reference to a translator that cannot be found.

Some symptoms of system errors:

A blank or flickering dialog box

A frozen cursor or screen

A blue screen

An unexpected restart

An error message

For best results, perform the below tasks:

Back up your files

Check system requirements

Some common solutions:

Install current Windows service packs and other updates.

Re-create the preferences files.

Update the video card driver.

Remove third-party plug-ins.

Disable extensions using Extensions Manager.

 

Free Registry Cleaner

September 8th, 2012 By acebyte 2,462 views | Write a Comment

Free Registry Cleaner: A registry cleaner tries to get rid of all unwanted data and restore your PC to full speed. The problem is that the cleaning process is less than perfect. In particular, there is always a small risk that the registry cleaner may incorrectly remove data that is actually needed. In the worst case scenario, your PC may become unusable as a result.

The Windows Registry, usually referred to as “the registry,” is a collection of databases of configuration settings in Microsoft Windows operating systems. The Windows Registry is used to store much of the information and settings for software programs, hardware devices, user preferences, operating system configurations, and much more. In many ways, the registry can be thought of as a kind of DNA for the Windows operating system.

Free registry cleaners should only be used as troubleshooting tools for specific kinds of issues. Registry cleaning should NOT be a part of your regular PC maintenance.

List of some of the Registry Cleaners:

CCleaner: CCleaner is one of the best free registry cleaner program I’ve tested. It’s easy to use, prompts you backup the registry before it makes changes, and includes a number of other useful tools. The CCleaner registry cleaner work on Windows 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008/2003, and older Windows versions like 2000, NT, ME and 98. 64-bit Windows versions are also supported. Piriform provides both installable and a portable versions of their free registry cleaner.

Cleanersoft Free Registry Fix: Cleanersoft Free Registry Fix is suspiciously similar to Eusing Free Registry Cleaner. Free Registry Fix program works on Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98, and 95.

Auslogics Registry Cleaner: Auslogics Registry Cleaner is another great registry cleaner program – it’s probably one of the easiest registry cleaners to use when compared with others. Auslogics Registry Cleaner is compatible with Windows 7, Server 2008 & 2003, Vista, XP, and 2000. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows are supported.

JetClean: JetClean, a free registry cleaner by BlueSprig. The JetClean registry cleaner supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

Wise Registry Cleaner: Wise Registry Cleaner comes in both installable and portable versions and can be used on Windows 7, all the way back through Windows 98. 64-bit Windows versions are supported.

Advanced SystemCare Free: Advanced SystemCare Free from IObit is another excellent free registry cleaner program. Advanced SystemCare Free is very easy to use, has an excellent interface, and includes several other “system care” capabilities, including the ability to remove some malware, clean junk files, and more.

Advanced SystemCare Free works in Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, and 2000. According to IObit, both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows are supported.

Registry Repair: Registry Repair works in Windows 7, Vista, XP, Server 2003, and older Windows operating systems like Windows 2000, NT, ME and 98.

Little Registry Cleaner: Little Registry Cleaner is an open source registry cleaner that works on Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000 – on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Installable and portable versions are available.

EasyCleaner: EasyCleaner is one of the oldest and most trusted free registry cleaners out there. The interface is a bit dated but it’s a solid registry repair tool. EasyCleaner works in Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98, and 95. Both installer and portable versions of this registry cleaner are available.

Comodo System Utilities: Comodo System Utilities is yet another good freeware registry cleaner program. It’s simple to use and scanned the registry in a reasonable amount of time.The Comodo System Utilities tool is designed for Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, and XP. It works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.

Eusing Free Registry Cleaner: Eusing Free Registry Cleaner is a free registry cleaner. Eusing Software says that their free registry cleaner works on Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98, and 95. Portable and installable versions are available.

Free Window Registry Repair; Free Window Registry Repair is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000, NT, ME and 98.

 

PC Tools Antivirus

September 8th, 2012 By acebyte 898 views | Write a Comment

PC Tools Antivirus: Anti-virus is the name given to software that detects and (wherever possible) removes viruses from messages. By removing viruses at the email server, all internal mail clients are protected and all customers are protected from receiving viruses too.

If you don’t use anti-virus software, you’re putting your PC’s health at risk of becoming infected. Once infected, hackers can easily access files and personal information, and also use your computer to send mass spam email or emails with virus-laden attachments to your mailing list. One way of protecting your PC’s health and the personal information you have stored on your PC is by using PC Tools Antivirus Free Edition.

PC Tools Antivirus protects the valuable data and personal information you have stored on your PC from ongoing cyber-threats. With the advancements in software comes the wrath of new viruses, worms, and Trojans, which can infect your PC when you least expect it. Making it extremely important that you properly install anti-virus software and regularly update it.

Four basic levels of antivirus products exist: free, paid antivirus, suites, and “premium” suites. As you move up the ladder from free antivirus to premium suites, you typically get more features, such as identity theft protection, firewalls, parental controls, and system performance tools.

Antivirus softwares are programs which can detect, prevent and clean up computer viruses which may attempt to infect your computer system. It will scan downloaded files as well as your entire computer system in order to detect the presence of an infection.

Free antivirus software usually provides a bare minimum level of protection. It will scan for malware, and often can perform automatic scans, too. Some free apps may have additional protection tools such as a browser add-on that checks for bad links–and Comodo’s free Internet Security Premium has a firewall. But such features are usually limited to paid antivirus products. Some free apps offer behavioral malware detection, which finds malware based on how it acts on your PC–a good way of detecting brand-new malware outbreaks.

Paid antivirus straddles a middle ground between the basic freebies and the feature-packed security suites: They typically offer more comprehensive security tools (such as parental controls and identity theft protection) and more flexibility than a free antivirus package, but they have fewer additional features than suites, which are intended to be one-stop security shops.

One of the biggest drawbacks to going with a free product is the lack of technical support. While most companies offer some sort of phone support for paying customers, free antivirus users usually must fend for themselves. So it is better to go with good Antivirus in order to protect your PC from virus.

Computer Maintenance Software

September 7th, 2012 By acebyte 1,142 views | Write a Comment

Computer Maintenance Software
SlimCleanerSlimCleaner is PC maintenance software that offers access to several maintenance related tools. The program is currently offered as a beta version, with PC cleanup and optimization modules, a software uninstaller, file shredder and HiJack this log generator.

The cleaner resembles the popular program CCleaner. It divides the data that can be cleaned into the three tabs Windows, Applications and Browsers. These tabs are further divided into sections such as Windows History, Productivity or File Sharing.

Each section lists multiple program or data locations that can be cleaned by SlimCleaner. The Analyze button starts a scan of the system for the selected entries and displays the results in list form at the end. SlimCleaner shows a lot of promise. The program could use some polishing; the uninstaller for instance crashes the application on one of our test systems. All other sections worked fine though.

Specialized tools like CCleaner or Revo Uninstaller offer additional features that SlimCleaner in its current state is not offering. The cloud based rating system however is an excellent feature, even though many programs are not rated yet. This should change soon with the distribution of the software, as every user is able to rate software directly in the program.

Computer Hardware Preventive Maintenance SoftwareComputers often break down at the worst of all times. These problems can be averted, or at least minimized with preventive maintenance. Several methods of keeping computer hardware in good working order deal with the external components of the computer, such as the keyboard and monitor. For example, it is important to keep the processor away from excess heat and moisture. There are also computer hardware preventive maintenance software programs that can help with the upkeep of other internal aspects of a computer.

Computer hardware preventive maintenance software is necessary to keep personal computer (PC) s in good working order. This software manages aspects of personal computer (PC) hardware that would be difficult and time-consuming for even the most personal computer (PC) savvy users.

While it is rare to find a CMMS that works on all of a personal computer (PC)’s hardware, many different programs can be utilized simultaneously. Some personal computer (PC)s have periodic automatic updates available that can be downloaded and used to improve the personal computer (PC)’s performance. Other software programs, known as disk defragmenters, manage hard drive space so that software programs take less time to access.

Programs known as hardware diagnostic utilities can check the personal computer (PC)’s hardware components and alert the user about any potential failures. Since some new hardware will not always work on all personal computer (PC) s and could cause existing hardware to malfunction, it is important to have a CMMS program to ensure that the new hardware is compatible with existing hardware.Antivirus programs are another important component of personal computer (PC) hardware preventive maintenance software. Computer viruses have become increasingly common in recent years and can render a good personal computer (PC) useless. While personal computer (PC) viruses mainly attack software programs, they can ruin hardware as well. Several manufacturers make reliable antivirus software.

couple of well-known companies are Norton and McAfee. As with much preventive maintenance software, these programs are usually available for a free trial period before the user must pay a subscription fee.

 

PC Speed Booster

September 7th, 2012 By acebyte 816 views | Write a Comment

PC Speed Booster
Want to speed up the PC! This is the question PC owner asks from time to time. You can speed up your PC by using free speed up software’s but replacement parts aren’t free. Best of all, our CPU upgrades were affordable. The Core 2 Duo upgrade rated as one of our best values in the entire study, costing for each percentage point of general performance improvement.

CPU Upgrading: Bumping our Polywell’s processor from a Pentium D to a Core 2-class chip yielded instant and obvious performance improvements across the board. Moving to a 2.67GHz Core 2 Quad prompted a 36.8 percent jump in performance on general apps. Using an older 3.0GHz Core 2 Duo was even more effective, with a boost of 52.6 percent–probably due to the speedier front side bus in the Core 2 Duo over the Core 2 Quad. Graphics performance improved even more for both upgrades.

Hard drive Upgrading: Solid-state-drive technology promises a dramatic decrease in hard-drive latency. And in our tests, moving from a 7200-rpm, 500GB traditional hard-disk drive to a 120GB SSD resulted in an 8.0 percent boost on general apps and an 18.4 percent speed jump on gaming.

Upgrading RAM: Conventional wisdom has always held that upgrading your system’s RAM will give it an instant boost. The upgrade is easy to perform, and it makes sense because RAM is cheap. But if your PC already has even a moderate amount of RAM, you likely won’t see much of a speed increase from adding more. For example, when we bumped our 2GB system up to 4GB, we got a paltry 1.3 percent improvement on general apps and virtually no improvement on games.

Upgrading the graphics board: No mystery here. Upgrading to newer graphics will do wonders for your gaming. When we upgraded our old Polywell to an ATI Radeon HD6870 card, gaming performance improved 14.9 percent. With our newer Dell, an ATI Radeon HD6850 gave us a 117.2 percent boost in gaming on the machine. But neither improved general application performance.

Multiple upgrades: You’re likely to fare even better if you upgrade components in combination. Performing all four of the upgrades on our list–CPU, RAM, hard drive, and graphics board on our old Polywell desktop improved its system speed by 67.1 percent and boosted its gaming performance by 166.3 percent. We also spent more, but the overall improvement was far greater than the sum of the improvements from the individual upgrades.

 

Pc repair software

September 7th, 2012 By acebyte 1,554 views | Write a Comment

Pc repair software
Computers are complex pieces of electronics and, unfortunately, they tend to go astray quite often. If you are ever faced with the task of repairing computers, either professionals or as an amateur, it’s important to have the right tools. This includes software that can help you pinpoint and solve system errors.

PC Wizard This software scans a PC and returns detailed information about the components inside. This includes everything from the audio controller to the motherboard chipset. You’ll also be able to see the temperature of the processor, video card, and hard drive (provided the system has those sensors installed).

CCleaner CCleaner makes your computer faster by finding and removing all the junk that accumulates over time – stuff like temporary Internet files, Windows temporary files, cookies, browsing history, etc. CCleaner also has a registry cleaner, a startup manager, and an uninstall manager. All of them work well enough and can be used for quick PC maintenance.

Auslogics Disk Defrag One of the most popular defragmenters out there. It’s free, a lot faster than the Windows inbuilt utility, and can even perform hard drive optimization. With its help you can defragment files and free space to speed up file access and move the system files to the beginning of the disk, so that your computer will boot faster.Another nice addition to all its functions is the ability to personalize Disk Defrag by using its color themes.

Foxit ReaderStrictly speaking, Foxit Reader is not a speed-up tool at all. Nevertheless, it will greatly improve your productivity, especially if you work with PDFs a lot. Unlike the bloated Adobe Reader, Foxit is lightweight, fast, and has some useful features like multimedia support, tabbed PDF browsing, and content-sharing options.

Revo UninstallerRevo Uninstaller is a small, but powerful utility that ranks number 1 in the Uninstallers category on Download.com. It’s a lot faster than the Windows Add/Remove tool and has a lot more features, like the ability to remove traces that some software uninstallers leave behind and 8 additional cleaning tools.

Auslogics Registry Cleaner Auslogics Registry Cleaner is a tool that will find and fix most registry errors, thus making your computer faster and more stable. Unlike some registry cleaners, it’s absolutely safe to use, because it backs up the registry before making any changes and scans only safe categories unless you specify otherwise.

Driver Sweeper Driver Sweeper is a tool that will help you to update or remove your device drivers. Currently the software supports NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound) Realtek (Sound), Ageia (PhysX) and Microsoft (Mouse). Driver Sweeper comes in two versions –classic one with an installer and portable.

Auslogics Duplicate File Finder If you are an active computer user, then most likely you have a lot of duplicate files that could be deleted to save disk space. Auslogics Duplicate File Finder is a lightweight free utility that can do just that – find and delete unneeded copies. One of the best features of Auslogics Duplicate File Finder is that it can match files by content. This ensures that you won’t accidentally delete a file that is not a duplicate.

Chrome If browsing the Internet isn’t as fast as you want it to be and you feel that your browser is to blame, it’s time to consider switching to a faster browser Google Chrome. Because bother Internet Explorer and Firefox can be pretty slow on startup and consume a lot of RAM. So if your computer is not very powerful, Chrome is the browser for you.

Autoruns Autoruns is a terrific utility that shows you which programs are configured to run during system boot up or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include the ones in your startup folder, Run, Run Once, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Win logon notifications, auto-start services, and much more.

Secuina Personal Software Inspector (PSI)Secunia PSI is a very handy tool that will help you keep your computer secure and potentially speed up applications. The software detects vulnerable and outdated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks. The solution is to apply patches, but going from website to website and downloading patches for numerous applications can be a tedious job. Secunia PSI automates this and alerts you when your programs and plug-ins require updating to stay secure. Patching software can also help you fix a slow computer because outdated programs often cause your software to become slower and less stable.

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