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Learn to Hide Annoying MacOS Update Notifications

It is really annoying if you log into your MacOS Yosemite and Sierra systems and you quickly hit with an Apple notification that says “You have updates”. It seems a pain if you are in the middle of something and you need to get your work done and your computer screen keeps on displaying notifications about updates. It not only disturbs you while interacting with your device, but also wastes time and create nuisance. It is really distracting to get updates that you don’t care about.

This guide will help you in learning the ways to hide some updates which may be annoying you:

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Get rid of a few unwanted MacOS update notifications

Though you cannot hide all update notifications, but a few of them, you can hide for sure. You can hide at least a few of update notifications that Apple doesn’t think are important. To get rid of a few of those updates follow the steps given below:

  • Head to the MacOS App Store
  • Click the “Updates” tab (icon)
  • Right-click in the area next to an update when your updates are shown and then select the option “Hide Update” from the popup menu

About a few of other update notifications

Below given tricks will work only for selected update notifications. It is not known how Apple has decided which updates are necessarily important and which are not. This T may not work out for all the Mac users and all updates. Some of you may find these tricks helpful and some of them may not. This technique doesn’t work on Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Xcode, iPhoto, iMovie, etc.

You may follow these steps to hide their notifications, but it is not necessary that they will work for you:

  • Open the MacOS App Store app
  • Click the Purchased tab (icon)
  • There will be bit open area next to an app, right-click there and choose the option “Hide Purchase”

These steps don’t work on Apple apps, but may work on third-party.

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Many of the Mac users want that they get notifications if there is any update available rather than it get installed automatically. It is better to get notification about available updates as there may be updates to update those programs that you are not going to use for a long time and there may be crucial updates like security updates that you need to install immediately.

It would be better if there will be more granular notification of updates, but as of now, you can only put them off for a day at a time.

How to Remove the G-button from the Android Keyboard

If you are Android user and using the official Google Keyboard application (now called Gboard), you may have noticed that at the top of the keyboard, Google Keyboard application features a new G-button. Regardless of application you are in, you can run web searches directly in the keyboard interface just by tapping on G-button. Means if you are using WhatsApp or facebook or any other application, you can search for “funny image.”

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Though it may be useful rarely, but often it is awfully distracting especially if you accidently tap on the G-button accidentally and it brings up the search interface. So if you often don’t use G-button, you can also remove it.  As you know that as you tap on the G-icon, it opens the search interface and Google shows suggestions and an option to type custom search queries. Results are always only a tap away and displayed in the interface, with weather searches and news.

If you don’t need the functionality, you don’t need the icon. It is the icon that provides you with or gets in your way. If you don’t need G-button, you may get rid of it from the keyboard. However, there does not seem e a way to remove the full line the G-icon is placed in.

How to remove the G-button:

  • Tap on the G-button in the chat interface and then tap on the preferences icon that displays next to other icons and the search interface.
  • On the Gboard keyboard settings page that opens up, choose Search.
  • Now search for options to hide the “G” button, and to disable predictive search.
  • The button itself is removed, if you toggle the Show “G” button switch. However the main issue is removing G-button will show a line there and it will be there as the button icon is replaced by an arrow icon.
  • If you tap on an arrow icon, it does not trigger the search interface directly, but it shows options to open the settings among other things and to run searches.
  • Right now, there does not seem to be an option to remove that line completely and you are left with dead weight in the keyboard layout that is of no use for you, but you can’t remove it.

There are many Android users who find the new Gboard “G” Button useful as it enables them to run direct searches without switching to another app. That’s why Google is pushing it with the update. There is no option to completely remove it, but you can avoid it technically by installing and using another keyboard app.

Resolution of Common Problems of Windows 10/8.1/8

There is nothing perfect in this world and this is applicable to the technology as well. Windows is also such an Operating System that is not perfect has some temperament, glitches, and flaws. However, the good thing about Microsoft is that it learns from the flaws and issues and eventually and creates a super OS (near to perfect) that will be capable of beating all other OS.

There are numbers of operating systems in the market, but Windows has made its special place because of various reasons that add convenience for the end users. Since the release of its first OS, Microsoft has developed various versions of Windows over the years. Today, Windows has a great significance and with the every passing day, it is becoming more popular among the computer users.

In the year 2014 in the month of September, Microsoft announced that it is going to release its new version of Windows for consumers on July 29, 2015. With the release, Microsoft also announced that the authentic and eligible users of Windows 7/8 can upgrade their editions to Windows 10 for free. Microsoft launched Windows 10 to render a harmonious experience to the Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 users. It includes the features and functionalities of both of the versions.

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a harmonious experience Microsoft developed this OS version with the expectations that it will provide a smooth and glitch free experience, but like other software programs, it may encounter some internal glitch or issues  in fewer instances. Windows 10 users have reported a few Windows related issues with their version of OS and Microsoft have taken the corrective measures for most of the reported problems that are easy to apply and follow.

Below a few of Windows 10 issues are enlisted with their solutions:

Prevalent issues of Windows 10 and their solutions

Installation Problem

Users have reported that issues encounter at the instance when they tried to install Windows 10. While installing Windows, issues encountered accompanied by a pop-up message reflecting, “Something happened.” To fix this problem the only option users have is close the window to terminate the installation process. Users reported that this problem occurs when they were using a burned USB or DVD while installing Windows 10 or trying to choose to create an ISO.

Before installing Windows 10, check the Language and Region settings on the control panel and verify that US English is selected. If US English is not selected, you need install the US English Language pack on your system again. Otherwise option you have is, use the feature “Upgrade This PC” with the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

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Unable to Find Wireless Networks

This annoying problem may not only encounter with wireless network, but it can be irksome even in wired Ethernet connections also. To fix this issue, the first recourse you can exercise to counter this problem is restart your computer first and then your Wi-Fi router. This recourse will usually work for you, but if it doesn’t resolve your issue and could not find any Wi-Fi connection, what you need to do next is see if you have installed any VPN software. Check out that your VPN software is compatible with Windows 10 or not. If it is not compatible with Windows 10, uninstall it. Another option to fix this issue is disable your firewall and see it works for you or not.

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Windows 8.1 Unusual Issues and their Resolution

Windows 8.1 is an upgrade to Windows 8 that was codenamed Blue. This better version of Windows 8 is regarded as an upgrade from its predecessor and received mixed reviews from the users. This version of Windows also has its share of issues so below a few unusual problems are discussed along with their corresponding fixes.

Start Menu

Microsoft has received many complaints from Windows 8.1 users that their Start Menu is missing. The most effective solution for this problem is use the 3rd party apps. This solves your issue of missing Start Menu.

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One File Saved with Multiple Copies

If you have saved multiple copies of same file, this will consume space on hard drive and will show many issues in Windows 8.1. What you can do as a solution to prevent occurrence of this issue is, use a 3rd party service to disable the default back up service.

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Windows 8 Common Concerns and Fixes

Windows 8 launched with the major changes specifically in terms of the user interface as well as the OS’ platform. It was launched to provide a good experience to the Windows users. In fact, it was built to give the user a better touch experience on desktop computers and laptops. Like other two of its versions, Windows 8 also has its share of problems. So here is the fix for a few common problems.

Apps do not Close

Once a user launches an app, it will remain running until the operating system decides close or stop it. The OS do so to save CPU cycles mainly. The common fix for this problem is use ALT + F4 to close apps. However, with regular builds, this command does not work.

Turning the Device off

Clicking the Start button brings the shut down or restart option to the Windows 7 user, but due to different setup, Windows 8 gives you shut down or restart the computer options when you click on the Power button to. Another technique to restart or shut down the computer is hover the cursor over the Start button, go to Settings, Power and then choose the option.

If you still face any problem with Windows 10, then you contact Windows 10 Technical Support Services to their respective service provider or any third-party service provider and in case if you have any problem with Windows 8 then you contact Windows 8 Technical Support Services to their respective service provider or any third-party service provider .

 

Probable Things, You May be Doing Wrong on Your Android Device

You can do so much on your Android smartphones from texting to your friends using chat applications, writing down the notes, clicking selfies with the camera, preparing for a board presentation, or much more tasks. You can do so much with your Android operating smartphones so it is a great idea to keep the track of what all mistakes you may be doing on your device.

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These days, you may have received many advice from tech experts like how to improve your Android device’s performance, battery life, avoid threats, etc. However, do you know that every change may not be compatible to your devices and may do more harm than improvements? Here are some probable mistakes that you might be doing unintentionally for optimizing Android smartphone:

Using Task Killers or Killing Apps Manually

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Most of the users don’t know or don’t realize that killing apps through third-party task killer apps or using the recent apps button might be worsening for your Android device’s performance. In the recent versions of Android, these apps are not necessary, but because of the misconception, current version users also use these apps without knowing that Android has evolved a lot and now it can handle those tasks more efficiently which are running in the background.

In Android, it is important to note that idle sitting RAM is just wasting your resources. Means it is not useful if it 600 MB of free RAM with no background apps. Actually, it is worse than 200 MB of free RAM along with running apps in the background. It is because the RAM management is different in Android in comparison to Windows. When required, Android automatically kills less priority background apps to feed RAM.

So, in Android, always kill only those apps, which are misbehaving or draining too much battery and do not use various task killer apps on the Play Store. It will make sure that you will experience better performance of your Android device.

Using More Than One Security Applications

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Your Android phone may not required antivirus app on your Android phone because it take a lot of resources on the phone and always work in the background. It drains considerable battery also. Google has already covered you against viruses or malware.

The fact is, if you are installing apps from Play Store and no third party apps are side-loaded on your device, Google has you covered against any malware or viruses. However, if you are suspicious about the by default safety provided to your device, use single antivirus app instead of multiple applications. Otherwise, you will face many complications because one antivirus app detects another as a potential threat.

Use a security app on your Android device definitely, if you are not using an antivirus app because it brings features like anti-theft, app permission manager, VPN, etc.

Side-loading Apps from Untrustworthy or Unknown Sources

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If you do not have antivirus protection, and download, and install application from untrustworthy or unknown sites, you Android device may give you tough time. But if you do so, security protection is necessary because Android APK files can be easily tampered malicious codes can be injected to them. Once your device catches the infection, it can easily invade your privacy and you may be victim of identity theft. So, before installing any application, verify that you only install it from trusted sources.

No Rebooting

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Rebooting your phone once in a while may be a good step. Some of the smartphone vendors have already introduced this as a new feature. Otherwise, the better option is schedule your phone to reboot automatically, at the time when you are go to sleep. This will clear up the entire mess holding on to your memory and give almost a fresh start to your device. It will be better that you reboot your phone once in a fortnight or every week.

Use of App Cleaners for Cache Clearing

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It is a good practice that you use app cleaners occasionally, but it is important to limit the usage of such app cleaners. It is enough to use them once in a week to delete unnecessary photos and videos from the gallery and leftover-cached data from uninstalled apps. But don’t use these apps to clean app cache to release just a few extra MBs of data because it will leave you in more troubles if you delete some important cache data that makes an app to function.

For snappier performance, apps keep a local copy of frequently used data. For instance, social media applications caches data like the media shared to contacts and profile picture of contact is saved in the cache to make sure users don’t need to load it up every time if they open the app. So, to keep the apps snappy on your smartphone, stop deleting cache data and start rebuilding cache again if you have cleared it.

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Directives to Use Mac’s Safe Boot Feature

Sometimes your Mac computer shows problems even if it’s one day old. Although most of you may be fortunate that your Mac is running fine for years without causing any serious problem and there is no difficulty to start it up. But sometimes you may struggle with your machine if it refuges to finish booting and you’re against a deadline to finish of some crucial work.

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So here are a few important tips which may help you to solve your issue and make your Mac work again. These points include the solution of some general and address specific problems. But before moving forth, it’s advised to create a backup of all your data and then apply your steps for fixing the issue.

Apple has offered a Safe Boot (also referred as Safe Mode) option ever since the launch of Jaguar (OS X 10.2.x). Safe Boot enables the Mac to start up with the least system extensions, preferences, and fonts it needs to run.

Safe Boot is an option that make the Mac run again when any problem encounters caused by corrupt apps or data, damaged fonts or preference files, and software installation issues. In most of the cases, the issue you may experience is either a Mac computer which can’t boot completely and freezes at some instants along the way to the desktop, or a Mac which boots successfully, but as soon as you undertake specific tasks or use specific applications it freezes or crashes.

Safe Boot and Safe Mode

Both these terms may sound similar and most of the users think that both mean same. Technically, they’re different and can’t be interchanged, but most of the people don’t care while using them. Both define different operations and situations like Safe Boot is the process of forcing your Mac computer to start up using the bare minimum of system resources whereas Safe Mode is the mode your Mac machines operates in once the Safe Boot is complete.

What Happens while a Safe Boot?

A Safe Boot will do the following while the startup process:

  • Carry out a directory check of your startup drive.
  • Load only the bare minimum of kernel extensions OS X which are required to run.
  • If there is any other located at /System/Library/Fonts disable them all. Because sometimes it may be possible that third-party fonts are causing issues so enable only those fonts that are supplied by Apple.
  • Move all other font caches to the trash.
  • Disable all login or startup items.
  • A dynamic loader cache (OS X 10.5.6 or later) can cause problems like a blue screen freeze at startup, so, deleting it can fix problems. 

Some Features Will Be Missing

Once the Safe Boot is finished, and you’re at the Mac desktop, your system will be operating in Safe Mode.

But remember that not all Mac OS X features operate in this special mode. Specifically, the following written capabilities will either won’t work at all or be limited.

  • DVD Player may not work.
  • iMovie may not be able to capture video.
  • Devices connected to the audio in or audio out may not function.
  • Internal or external modems may not operate.
  • AirPort cards may not work and this depends on which version of the OS and the card is in use.
  • Quartz Extreme can’t run. Applications that use Quartz Extreme features, like translucent windows, may not work properly.
  • Network file sharing will be disabled in the OS X 10.6 and later versions.

How to Initiate a Safe Boot and Run in Safe Mode

Do the following to Safe Boot your Mac with a wired keyboard:

  • Shut down your Mac computer.
  • Press and hold the shift key.
  • Start up your Mac machine.
  • Release the shift key once you see the desktop or the login window.

Do the following to Safe Boot your Mac with a Bluetooth keyboard;

  • Shut down your Mac machine.
  • Start your Mac computer up.
  • When you hear the sound of your Macs startup, press and hold the shift key.
  • Release the shift key once you see the desktop or the login window.

You can troubleshoot the issue you are having with your Mac running in Safe Mode, like by deleting an application that’s creating problems, launching Disk First Aid and repairing permissions, or removing a startup or login item that’s causing issues.

How to Install (Direct Download) OS X El Capitan on Mac

It’s a matter of no doubt that the OS upgrade is highly recommended because it greatly improves the performance of Macs. Installing OS X EI will also do so provided they are capable of running Yosemite. While installing this version, you may come across some interruptions and issues. If this happens in your case also, in most of the cases, you need to restart it all over again.

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Although you can’t download OS X El Capitan official from any other site other than the Mac App Store. So here is a reliable workaround for those who are experiencing similar problems with the OS X upgrade.

Installing El Capitan

While downloading OS X El Capitan through the Mac App Store, a raw package (.pkg) file gets downloaded from the Apple server. MAS process this file to download it and then convert it into an executable (.app) file, while downloading the package.

Start with downloading the raw package directly from the Apple server with the help of an appropriate manager. Because it will minimize the risk of download errors and speed up the download process. Then configure the system and customize its settings in such a way that the MAS download and install the latest version of OS X from the locally downloaded raw package, not the one version available on the Apple server.

At the end of the download, the result will be the same as you would get if you had downloaded OS X El Capitan directly from MAS. This only thing has been performed to skip the annoying download disturbances which cause the slow download speeds.

Just follow the below mentioned instructions to make a successful OS X El Capitan [Direct Download] download:

The very first step to start the process is, download the El Capitan package (.pkg) file from the Apple server with the help of a suitable download manager. Also ensure that the version you’re downloading is the latest version of El Capitan which has been released on the MAS prior to download the package.

You need to configure your Mac once you have got the raw package (ftk3252456602304584541.pkg), because the MAS use your Mac as the source for downloading OS X El Capitan. To do so, first of all you have to edit the hosts file and point the root domain of the download URL (osxapps.itunes.apple.com) to localhost (127.0.0.1). Follow the steps below, to modify the hosts file as required:

  1. Open Terminal from the Applications list or Launchpad.
  2. Type “sudo nano /etc/hosts” and click the return key. You’ll be asked to enter your password, input your admin password. Now the hosts file is open in editable mode within the Terminal window.
  3. To the end of the file, add the following line: “127.0.0.1 osxapps.itunes.apple.com”.

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  1. Press control + X (^X), then Y and click on the return option to save the file and return to Terminal prompt.

It’ll point the root domain osxapps.itunes.apple.com to localhost IP of your computer.

Important Note: Sometimes, for the changes to take effect, you might need to flush the DNS cache. Type “sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder” in the command line and click on the return option to flush DNS cache.

Next, you have to replicate the path of the source package on your machine in the same way as it is delineated in the original URL. Only then, the MAS will be able to download the package from localhost server.

You need to build the same directory structure on your system within a specific folder, and then assign that folder as the root of the localhost server to replicate the original download URL on localhost,.

Important Note: Python id preinstalled in OS X, which natively includes a SimpleHTTPServer by default. This server may turn any directory on your Mac computer into a web server directory (on localhost).

For instance, create a folder named “osxapps_local” on the Desktop, and delineate the directory structure of the package URL under it. Follow the below written steps to create the directory structure and, then host “osxapps_local” as the root directory on localhost.

  1. Open Terminal from the Applications list Launchpad.
  2. To enter the Desktop folder, type “cd Desktop” on the command line and click on the return button.
  3. To create the root directory of the same name on the Desktop, type “mkdir osxapps_local” and click on the return option.
  4. Type “cd osxapps_local” and hit return to go to the newly created folder.
  5. Enter the following command: “sudo mkdir -p ./apple-assets-us-std-000001/Purple3/v4/74/d2/82/74d28291-9db9-7ae2-305d-9b8b3f5fd463/” to create the relative path inside the root folder. Type the admin password when prompted for the password.
  6. Copy the source package (ftk3252456602304584541.pkg) file which you have downloaded before and paste it in the last folder of the directory tree that was created within the root folder. Click on Authenticate when prompted, and enter the system admin password.
  7. The Terminal prompt points to the root directory inside Desktop. Now, you have to host this folder on localhost and in order to do so, run the following command in the Terminal prompt: “sudo python -m SimpleHTTPServer 80”. Enter the admin password and click on the Allow option when the the subsequent message prompt. It’ll start the localhost server in the Terminal window, and do not close the terminal window until the process is not over.

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Enter the URL of the original package in your browser to check the status of the local server setup, and it’ll also help you to check the download speed. The speed will be high because it is downloading from the localhost server.

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Now, launch the Mac App Store and install OS X El Capitan in general way. Now the MAS will download it at a high speed from the local server. You may proceed with the installation once the download is complete by clicking on Continue button while the setup launches.

Important Note: During the installation process, your Mac may request resources from the “osxapps.itunes.apple.com” domain. Thus, it is recommended to remove the entry from the hosts file before proceeding with the installation.

Is this method Genuine or not?

You might be thinking if this workaround to install OS X El Capitan is genuine enough or not. Have trust bacause it’s as genuine as the official method. Because here you’re downloading the same raw package that Mac App Store requests while downloading OS X El Capitan. You are using MAS to convert the raw package into the executable app file. The only difference between the two methods is the location of the raw file that Mac App Store downloads from (localhost instead of Apple server).

Mac App Store downloads the update from a distinct URL, and there is only one directory structure (with only one file in it) which you have replicated on the localhost server. You’ll not be able to download the package from localhost if Mac App Store’s target URL did not match the relative path on localhost. You may verify its build number (15A284) by clicking on “About This Mac” from the Apple Menu once El Capitan has been installed.

Additionally, for the original disk image file (InstallESD.dmg) found within the processed OS X El Capitan app package, there have been MD5 and SHA1 hash values provided so that you can erify the authenticity of the file using its MD5 or SHA1 (provided below) if you want to download the raw package (ftk3252456602304584541.pkg) from alternate sources, such as torrents.

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InstallESD.dmg

SHA1: 5e21097f2e98417ecc12574a7bb46a402594ea4a

MD5: d54b388282228df41f40e95649e8bc32

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SHA1: 8ff3e26ec16aece573b3cea680b0df67f85ccd8a

MD5: f46f412a5a74b0122ac1a317d604758a

El Capitan – Single Download Multiple Installations

If you or any of your friends has already downloaded the raw package on any other device, you can simply upgrade to El Capitan using the above method. For that you just need to copy the file to your own Mac. Moreover, you can directly use the processed app package created by Mac App Store on a single device, to install El Capitan on other devices if you have multiple Macs registered with the same Apple ID.

Once MAS has completed downloading the setup, go to the Applications folder and take a backup of the “Install OS X El Capitan.app” file. Copy the file to the Applications folder of that computer and double click it to run the setup to install El Capitan on other Macs registered with the same Apple ID. From the installer app package, you may also create a bootable USB installer for OS X El Capitan.

How to Settle the Issue if Mac App Store not Working in OS X Yosemite

Have you upgraded your Mavericks to OS X Yosemite on your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac, and it has made your system critical for you? Are you facing a problem because your Mac App store not working completely in OS X Yosemite or it’s showing blank pages in Yosemite? Many of the Mac users have stated a problem about Apple Mac app Store that it’s not working in OS X Yosemite.

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Usually users face this issue after they Click on the OS X Update button. , Actually this is a kind of bug which causes this problem. It’s a very puzzling situation that you can’t access your App store on the device, because in such situation you will not be able to download by required apps on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or iMac. So there is a need to solve this issue.

If your Mac app store becomes unresponsive, you can’t download several Good software programs, Utility apps and many more on your own Mac computer. There are two possible solutions explained and one of the two may resolve your concern if your Apple Mac app store not working in OS X Yosemite (10.10).

Solution 1

The issue may be because of Third party NTFS software on Mac or Connected partitions with versions of Microsoft Windows which includes NTFS file system. You may resolve it through below written steps:

  1. Choose the Apple menu
  2. Select the option “System Preferences’.
  3. Choose the option “View menu” and select “Spotlight”.
  4. Click on the Privacy tab, then click on the “+” Sign to add your NTFS system, partitions or connected devices.From the folder selection pan, select your BOOTCAMP partition or drive from the sidebar if you’re using Boot Camp, then click choose to deter this issue from occurring again.

There are a few third-party NTFS Software’s which have their own System preferences that will also allow you to execute the Similar action as using the Privacy tab of the Spotlight preferences, or it will give you the permission to temporarily disable them.

Once you exclude the connected NTFS resource in the Spotlight preferences, the Mac App Store will become responsive when you click the Updates icon.

Solution 2

Otherwise, you may downgrade your Mac OS until the issue doesn’t move off.

One Sign Which Indicates that your Android is Infected

As you know that it’s not just a computer that can get attacked by nasty viruses, hackers always try to figure out new methods to break the protection of your digital devices like smartphones and tablets also. Cyber criminals know the potential of these devices; they know that these machines are capable of handling a huge amount of data and a lot of confidential information is stored on them. These flexible gadgets store your bank accounts, passwords, emails, and social media derails. And because of this reason Android devices have become the next target after computers.

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Crooks knows that these devices are equally potential and can perform a lot of functions of a computer so they try to get the access of your smartphone and tab and try to steal the important information like banking details, email accounts passwords, social account login details, and probably more. The very big reason of being so vulnerable to risk is that Android is open source. It gives equal opportunities to users and developers.

Android users have the flexibility to download any application directly from the Internet and the sites which are offering the application of their interest. Hackers take the undue advantage of this flexibility and attach their tools with the third part software to monitor the behavior of the mobile user. Infected apps installed on your Android break the security barriers and steal your personal information. So you need to be careful before installing any app from third party site as these pesky programs often bundle viruses.

They can also drain your Android’s battery life and decrease its performance. So it becomes important necessary to take the security issue seriously. You can detect the symptoms if your gadget has attacked by viruses and got infected. And this document is about how you can figure out that something is suspicious with your phone:

Annoying and Unwanted Apps

There are many adware and software applications which bundle unnecessary apps with them. They get installed with third party apps without asking for your permission. And these unwanted apps become the carrier of viruses and malware. If you suspect that you have installed any malware or malicious program by mistake you can remove it from your device. Just open your Settings page, then tap on Applications>>All Apps, and scroll through the list of installed applications installed on your device.

At the upper right-hand corner, there is delete option located there, click it and verify your action if you want to delete the app. If it doesn’t work out for you, you need to boot your gadget into Safe Mode and try once again. This will help to stop infectious apps if they are defending or hiding themselves.

Excessive Data Usage

Often people ignore it as they don’t know that it may be an act of hacker or malicious program. If you find that your data is being consumed more than expected, it’s advised to track that consumption. Because hackers or snoopers may be misusing your bandwidth to accomplish their evil acts. So look and compare table or graph which displays the data usage of previous months also.

You can also track your data usage on your Internet Service provider’s website. If you notice a spike in usage, it may be an indication that you have been attacked by hackers or cyber criminals. Often pop-up ads and unwanted programs installed by a virus run in the background and eat up the data.

It’s not only about the data usage which indicates that you got an infection, but some malware target the users through SMS text messages. Hackers wrap legitimate apps with a virus that prompts Android users to subscribe to the paid text message. Once the installation process is completed you won’t find the virus, but it’ll be a hidden risk for your bank accounts if you don’t unsubscribe the subscription.

 To check that if your Android device is compromised, check your cell bill for any unusual cost under the “SMS” category. Otherwise, they may be a costly mistake for you which will be billed at different prices. To troubleshoot this problem, uninstall the problem causing and reinstall it without selecting the option “Subscribe to SMS Updates”. To stay safe, don’t subscribe to text alerts from dubious sources. It’s a better option that you select for email subscriptions or pop-up notifications.

Jessica is an expert tech writer and work for computer repair service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software and always discuss about latest tips and tricks about virus removal and data recovery services. In this article she discuss about android infected issues.

3 Excellent Online Backup Services

Today your personal as well as well professional life is very much dependent on computers and mobile phones. There are so much of your lives that are stored in the folders of your mobile phones and computers. All the information and content you have stored on either of the devices may be gone in the blink of an eye. There may be many reason of this los, such as physical damage to your systems, theft, virus attacks, etc. and it can result in the permanent loss of personal files and photos. An online backup service protects you from the permanent loss this irreplaceable data. Online backup services allow users to store everything in your system to a remote location, so that it never truly lost. Most of the people are waking up to the risk saving their files only in one place and hence the need of online backup services becomes extremely prevalent.

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To make your job easy among multiple options to choose from, here is a list of the three best online backup services on the web to save your important files and folders:

IDrive

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It’s one of the most comprehensive cloud based backup services as far as protecting your files and photos are concerned. iDrive has the absolute features and its software is compatible with every major operating system. Its mobile apps allow you to sync and access your files anytime, anywhere. You can even keep the backup of your entire data stored on your mobile devices, including photos, apps, videos, contact, and more without paying additional fees. It gives their customer 1 TB (1,000 GB) of storage space. Plus, it also offers a plan to backup your external hard drives. It has features like file versioning and file recovery to recover previous versions of altered and deleted files from their online storage. It has a file sharing tool to take automatic continuous backups and the option to create a private encryption key. Plus, it has a sweet remote wipe feature to protect your files in case device is stolen.

CrashPlan

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CrashPlan is another worth to keep option if you need unlimited storage capacity. It doesn’t backup your mobile data. Although it’s not as feature rich as IDrive, but its unlimited storage space is definitely a convincing deal for various users. It is compatible with all major operating systems and also allows mobile applications to access files and account on the go. However, don’t forget that it can’t backup the files and folders on any of your mobile devices with this service. Its feature list includes various extensive benefits also like you get unlimited storage space for unlimited period of time to recover lost or deleted files and folders from your online backups. It has an optional scheduling tool, but it isn’t as easy to use. Its storage is not geo- redundant, so all of your backed up files are lost forever, if their data center goes down. However, this is the only shortfall with military grade encryption and an optional private encryption key, if it’s compared with iDrive.

Acronis

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It is an okay option which is packed with a few useful features like unlimited storage space, and the whole shebang. But security is an issue as you can’t know how private your files are with them. They also collect a lot of your personal information to create an account. It’s not compatible with all Operating Systems but it does allow to sync and access files on the go with your mobile devices.  It also comes with unlimited file versioning and external hard drive back up, but you can’t recover a file if it’s been deleted from your backups, it’ll be lost forever. Unlike two other online backup services, it has zero geo-redundancy to their backup system. Their single data center is the only choice you can count on to keep your data safe. However, it offers security features like a private encryption key and ensures that third parties remain out of the mix.  But to deal with the case of device stolen, it doesn’t have a remote wipe feature.

Jessica is an expert tech writer and work for computer repair service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software and always discuss about latest tips and tricks about virus removal and data recovery services. In this article she discuss about online data backup software.

4 Best Free Digital Image Stitching Applications

Image stitching is a term which used as an analogy for the process of merging and combining several digital images together and turning them in to a single image at the end. It doesn’t sound so tough, yes of course, it’s not tough with the help of good stitching software which is expert in “sewing” multiple photographs together without leaving any obvious trace of the seam. And at the end you get only a great single panoramic view of what you have combined.

Digital Image Stitching Applications

So here 4 best photo stitching applications are discussed:

Microsoft Image Composite Editor (abbreviated as ICE)

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It’s a very impressive image stitcher developed by Microsoft which is a free tool. It works very well to combine different images and results in the amazing panoramic pictures, whether it was vertical or horizontal. It’s compatible to open various formats like JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG and HD Photos.

To stitch the sequence of images, there are four modes of camera motion. Out of four, three are fixed and can be adjusted. You can adjust the distortion and its ‘Rotation motion’. In this mode to make alterations, you just need to click the 3D icon on the top taskbar, which will allow you to tilt, zoom in and out. When you are satisfied with your alterations and construction, you can auto crop the image or leave this job to another imaging application.

You can export finished images into multiple formats like JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, Adobe Photoshop, HD Photo image, HD View Tileset and Deep Zoom Tileset. Plus,.psd is an added bonus which allows to export the image in layers including other alterations with the help of your image software. You can save your project as a .spi file in order to enable quick access if you want to return to return to the picture and alter it again.

Panorama Perfect Lite

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Panorama Perfect is available in two versions free and paid and Panorama Perfect Lite is its free version. Between these two choices, there is only one major limitation only on the size of the produced panorama pictures which is not a big a constraint for most users.

The most useful ability of this application is to match up photos taken without a tripod. You can match each structure (tree, building, etc.) by using nodes in the blending area of every photo, to make sure that there is no distortion when you are combining. Although this process is more complex, but allows a better stitch without the distortion and bending which you may get even use excellent programs sometimes.

Windows Live Photo Gallery 

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It’s an all rounder if the concern is to manage your photos, but in the Make Menu, there is a little-publicized feature “Panorama Stitcher” available. It doesn’t not demand to be brainy and you from the thumbnails viewer you can simply select the photos, and let the program do the rest. Under the Fix menu, cropping and adjustment is immediately at hand. It shows superior blending results, as compared to other purchased programs.

Autostitch

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Autostitch is a very imposing program which comes with nice features. The application completes with some sample pictures for you to play with. To select your images, you need to choose the option Select File/Open then choose your pictures, and then just wait for a while. It automatically formats the photos into a single combined panorama. It does all lighting corrections and blending for you by itself. The only con of this program is some arcing in the panorama leaves black edges which you need to crop to get clean edges.

Jessica is an expert tech writer and work for computer repair service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software and always discuss about latest tips and tricks about virus removal and data recovery services. In this article she discuss about how to play YouTube video in android mobile background.