Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Data Recovery Services Provider Discusses Notification Reduction In Latest Blog Posts

Irvine, CA data recovery services provider Hard Drive Recovery Group has published two recent blog posts discussing how users can lessen the hassle that automatic notifications provide. Nowadays, almost every application features constant user notifications, which can be distracting and make for a poor overall computing experience. The posts continue HDRG's commitment to educating customers on the ins and outs of their computers as well as protecting their valuable data.

In the post, "How To Deactivate Push Notifications In Your Browsers", HDRG discusses one of the new bugaboos of the Internet: the Push Notification. Previously known as "pop-ups", these notifications tend to be bothersome, repetitive and annoying, and recent browser technologies have made them more accepted overall. An additional problem with these browser notifications is that they tend to follow a user around, and are not delete-friendly. In fact, many people tend to mistake these "pushes" as actual Malware.

"The issue with push notifications is that they tend to pop-up when you least expect, or want them to," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. "What's worse about these things is that they aren't so easy to get rid of, as opposed to pop up ads, which tended to disappear once a new site is pulled up."

Fortunately, most browsers are automatically configured to at least ask the user if push notifications from certain websites are acceptable to them, which enables the right of refusal. Fortunately also, users that love advertisements from their favorite websites can have them in their face as much as they want by enabling the push notifications.

In a second post entitled, "How To Turn Off Or Mute Your Windows Notifications", HDRG discusses some of the most annoying - and often ridiculous - notifications in the computing world: those from Windows 10. While these notifications can certainly be informative in cases where the disk cleanup needs activation or when it is necessary to free up some additional hard drive space, often, they are repetitive and relentless.

Sadly, with Windows 10 the ability to stop updates and patches from automatically installing is greatly restrained, meaning that any hardware conflicts have to be dealt with post-installation. What this means is that often the user is notified when a new update has been installed.

"Both consumer and corporate users with older systems tend to complain the most about Windows 10's automatic updates, mainly because they tend to cripple a computer that already seemed to be performing well," said Davies. "Certainly this is probably not very intentional, but when a computer reboots every time a Youtube video is watched or freezes up when a document is being worked on, the culprit is usually a bad Windows update."

An actual benefit of Windows notifications is that in the Action Center, a user can easily tune what kind of notifications should be served up, making the system as quiet or as loud as the user requires. An option in the Windows Action Center called Focus Assist is also beneficial, as it enables the user to pause all or only some notifications during certain work-heavy periods.

"The fact is, some people are major multi-taskers that can take a lot of bells and whistles in a computer system and not be fazed," said Davies. "The majority of users, however, tend to lose productivity and focus when a system is informing them of numerous issues on their system."

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Saturday, 14 December 2019

Microsoft Edge: How To Use It

Windows 10’s default browser is Microsoft Edge. Compared to other web browsers, Microsoft Edge’s is more on the clean and minimalistic side, more so physically than technically. Because when it comes to speed browsing, Edge is up there as well. Microsoft Edge also has some great features. For example, it has an eBook and PDF reading capability that blocks out interference to give you only the best reading experience. The cons though are that some websites don’t open in Microsoft Edge. If you work with a lot of extensions, there isn’t much in Microsoft Edge. You also won’t get a history search.


If you want to find out how to use Edge if you haven’t already, this will be your tour.


But first, you will want to block cookies, pop-ups, and trackers. To do this, click the three horizontal dots at the top right corner of the screen and click Settings.

Scroll down and click 'View advanced settings'. Make sure the following three switches are all set to 'On': 'Block pop-ups', 'Send Do Not Track requests' and 'Block only third-party cookies'.



Did you know that you can import bookmarks?

Microsoft Edge should be able to import from other internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox directly (click the Hub button, select 'Favourites' and click 'Import Favourites'), but Firefox doesn't always show up.

If this happens, export your bookmarks from Firefox as a HTML file, then import them into Internet Explorer. Import them into Edge using the Internet Explorer option.



By default, Bing is the search engine in Edge. But you can always change this. Just head on to Settings again.

When you search in Microsoft Edge it uses Bing by default, but you can switch to another search engine that supports the OpenSearch standard.

Visit the search engine in question – for example, google.co.uk. Then click '…', choose 'Settings > View advanced settings' and click the Bing menu, go to '' from the menu. Select your engine and click 'Add as default'.



Not a fan of Cortana? Remove it.

When Cortana is enabled, she's automatically integrated into Edge too, providing suggestions based on your current browsing and searches.

If you'd like to disconnect Cortana from Edge without disabling her completely, click the '…' button in Edge and choose 'Settings > View advanced settings', then flick the 'Get Cortana to assist me in Microsoft Edge' switch to 'Off'.



Love reading online? Then Microsoft Edge is for you.

Microsoft Edge's distraction-free Reading View displays pages on a pale yellow background with a large, readable font. Want to change this? Click the '…' button, choose 'Settings' and scroll down to the Reading section.

Click 'Reading view style' to choose a background colour (light, medium or dark – or white, grey and black) and 'Reading view font size' to select a different sized font.



Take control of what you read.

Edge features a button that allows you to bookmark interesting articles for reading later via the star button on the main toolbar (select 'Reading List', rename it if necessary and click Add).

Review your reading list via the hub button – choose 'Reading List' to browse the list, then when you're finished with a specific article, right-click it and choose 'Remove'.



Make the bookmarks bar and home button more accessible.

Store frequently accessed bookmarks in the Favourites bar folder, then open Settings and flick the 'Show the favourites bar' switch to On.

Restore the Home button by switching 'Show the home button' on at '… > Settings > View advanced settings'. Change 'about:start' to 'about:blank' for a blank page or your desired home page's web address, then click 'Save'.



Share what you have just read.

Edge allows you to both annotate and then share web pages with others. Click the 'Web note' button and use the various tools to frame and annotate your page.

Once done, click 'Save' to save the note in OneNote or place it in your Favourites or Reading List. Click 'Share' to share it using a supported Store app like Facebook or Twitter, which you should install separately.



Some websites will not open in Edge. That is because it only has one plug-in. And that is when you can open it through Internet Explorer. Remember Internet Explorer?

Edge only supports one plugin – Adobe Flash – so some websites may not work properly. If this is the case, click '…' and choose 'Open with Internet Explorer'.

And if you'd rather make IE your default browser click 'Start > Settings > System > Default apps'. Scroll down to Web browser, click 'Microsoft Edge' and choose Internet Explorer (or another installed browser) instead.



Microsoft Edge can still make your surfing and browsing experience great. To make your computer usage better for your data, take action when you experience problems in your hard drive or other storage. Visit https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/clicking-hard-drive/ and this site for more details.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Data Recovery Expert Discusses The Power Of Google Drive, Computer Efficiency

Southern California data recovery services expert Hard Drive Recovery Group has published two recent blog posts, one on the Google Drive application sphere, and one on the parts of personal computers that can make a performance difference. The posts continue the company's goal to keep customers well informed not only on protecting their data, but also on operating a computer efficiently.

In the post, "Why Use Google Notes When Taking Notes", HDRG discusses Google Docs, which are an exemplary option for almost anyone working on the web today. While certainly it isn't the best way to keep deeply private notes, as with anything on Google, it does have a number of solid features that make stand alone desktop word processing programs not only obsolete, but often irrelevant.

Organization is the key to operating with Google Drive, but fortunately the best feature of storing any kind of document, presentation or note there is in fact the search function. The Drive feature also allows users to share documents with only specific users, which makes for an excellent collaboration tool.

"While it's unlikely Google Docs will ever supplant Microsoft Office, it does a lot of things that the latter program does, except free of charge," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. "This seems to follow Google's pattern of offering free products in exchange for access to personal information. For some people, this is quite worth it."

The post also mentions the Google Docs research tool, which unsurprisingly integrates with search functions to enable a user to research terms and ideas while documents are being prepared. It too is available freely to anyone that has an Internet connection and a Google account.

In a second blog post, entitled, "What Influences Computer Efficiency", HDRG references the key components of any personal computer, and discusses the speed factor for each.

"Every once and a while it's important to put out a blog post that explains computers at their most basic level, if only because there are a lot of people out there that do not understand them," said Davies. "When it comes to maintaining a computer system over the long term, knowledge is definitely power."

The article (read more here) notes some of the bottlenecks in most computer systems when it comes to speed and data processing performance. Easily the most important bottleneck in any computer tends to be the hard disk drive. These drives tend to be much slower than solid state drives, or SSD, and can greatly affect the computer's overall speed.

"When a computer is using an older hard disk drive, it is almost automatically slower than a system that uses an SSD," said Davies. "In terms of overall performance boost, nothing is better than to upgrade from HDD to SSD."

The article also references RAM (Random Access Memory) and video cards, which tend to round out the components most responsible for performance increases and decreases. These components are particularly important when the computer is required to do high-intensity processing tasks such as editing video and playing today's serious video games. And while upgrading a video card is critical mostly for game play, RAM is something that very few systems can get enough of.

"While personal computers have greatly increased the level of performance and speed they offer a typical user over the past 10 years, typically software has not necessarily kept up," said Davies. "But, with Windows 10 having such a large footprint, and the multitasking needs of many folks, you really cannot get enough RAM."

Hard Drive Recovery Group does not repair computers per se, but the company offers emergency data recovery in cases of physical hard drive failure or hard disk clicking scenarios. They offer free hard drive evaluations over the phone, as well as at their Irvine, CA laboratory.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

How To Secure Windows 10 From Viruses

What’s yesterday’s spyware protection has now become an even better security and protection for your computer. We’re talking about Windows Defender. It first made its debut in 2006 and since then, Microsoft has made it even better, making Windows 10 even more secure not just from internet threats, but also from viruses and malware.


To keep your Windows 10 running free from all the bad things that can harm it, there are other precautions and actions you can do to further safety and security. This includes the free tools that you can download to prevent computer or data damage.


First up is the trusty Windows Defender. If you have turned on your Windows Defender, it automatically runs a security check in the background to make sure everything is safe and sound. But if you want to double-check, you can always run a scan.

Select 'Quick' and press 'Scan now' to sweep your files and folders. For a deeper scan select 'Full'.



Scan a specific folder if you don’t want either Quick or Full scans.

If you want more control over what Windows Defender scans select 'Custom', then click 'Scan now'. A window will appear with a list of hard drives you can choose to scan.

If you want to scan one, check the box (all sub folders included will be ticked as well). If you want to go deeper, click the '+' symbol to view the folders on each drive, allowing you to customise what scans.



If there is one thing you need to know about viruses, it’s that they keep up with technology. Always update Windows Defender.

The reality is new threats regularly crop up, which means its essential Windows Defender is kept updated so it has the tools to combat the latest attacks.

You can manually update Windows Defender, or check it is updated, by clicking 'Update'. However, it's best to update automatically, and by default its updates will be included with Windows 10 updates.



View quarantined files before taking any actions.

When Windows Defender finds an infected file it quarantines it, so you can safely check the file before deleting it. Sometimes quarantined files are, in fact, harmless.

To check quarantined files, click the 'History Tab' in Windows Defender, then click 'View Files'. If you think it is a virus, click 'Remove all', if not select 'Allow item' – but only if you're sure it's safe.



For increased control, go to Settings.

For even more control over how Windows Defender operates, click 'Settings'. This gives you access to further advanced settings. You can turn real-time protection and cloud-based protection on and off (though we'd recommend leaving both on), and you can add exclusions.

If you are certain a file is not a virus, add it here and the scanning process will speed up.



We all want options options. So if you want a different protection for your computer, Avast can be a great option.

Windows Defender is good, but for even more security there are alternatives you can install. Windows Defender will pause if you install another antivirus, so no conflicts will occur.

Avast Free Antivirus is a popular free anti-virus software alternative. If you want more tools there are paid versions that offer additional features.



And of course, you have to be cautious with what websites to visit, files to download and open, and external storage devices to connect in your computer.

The best way to keep your PC safe is by following some best-practice advice. Be wary of sites you've not visited before, and take notice of pop-up adverts that appear. While most are safe, some will try to trick you into downloading files.

Be careful opening attachments sent via email or instant messaging, especially if you don't know the sender. If something seems too good to be true, there's a reason.



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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Speed Up Your Windows 10 System

By being around for 4 years now since its release, Windows 10 proves that it is unquestionably a proficient operating system from Microsoft. Compared to previous versions though, updates are now mandatory. You can always pause them, but keep in mind that they are important for the system to keep running smoothly.

While the actual update itself can cause lag, they won’t take eternity to finish. Unless you’ve delayed your updates far too long. These updates are the ones that address system bugs and errors that can cause your computer to slow in its performance. Along with start-up apps and temporary files in your system, there are other things that cause slow computer performance. Here’s what you can do to fix them.


If your computer has a few “extra” software, uninstall them. You can download for free or buy just about anything on the web, including software. But if you don’t use them often, it’s better to just remove them. You may have also noticed these extra programs when you first purchased your laptop or computer. These vendors partner with other software companies. But sometimes, they are unnecessary as well.

Redundant programs take up space on your hard drive and can reduce performance. To check your installed apps go to 'Control Panel'>'Programs'>'Programs and Features'>'Uninstall a Program'.

Right-click on any programs you no longer need and select 'Uninstall'. Windows 10 will ask for permission to make changes to your system. Click 'Yes' to continue.



In order to show everyone it is superior, Windows 10 has impressive graphics and animations. They do look great but they can be inessential when it comes to performance.

To take your PC back to basics, open the Windows menu and search for 'System', then go to 'Advanced Settings' tab and select 'Performance Settings'.

Under the 'Visual Effects' tab, click the radio button for 'Custom'. From here, you can uncheck the tick boxes next to any visual affects you want to disable. Click 'Apply' to confirm your changes.



The same goes for transparency effects.

To disable transparency effects, open the Windows menu and type 'Make Start, taskbar and Action Center transparent'. This will pull up the 'Color' Settings. From here you can choose to switch off transparency.

You can also change the default app mode here between 'Light' and 'Dark'. This won't affect your system speed, but may make your Desktop easier on the eye.



If real speed is what you’re after, you can choose to upgrade your RAM.

Your PC's overall speed can be hugely improved by increasing the amount of virtual memory (RAM). Windows 10 requires a minimum of 4GB to run smoothly, although this does not take into account resource hungry applications such as video games.

The easiest solution to this is to install more RAM. Your PC has a certain number of RAM 'slots' into which you can insert chips. To determine the type of memory your machine uses, open Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Del), then click 'Performance'. The system will display any memory slots in use as well as the type use e.g. DDR4.



If you don’t mind spending a bit more for optimum speed, get yourself a Solid State Drive (SSD).

SSDs (Solid State Drives) use Flash memory, the same kind found in USB sticks. They allow for much faster access and writing times then traditional mechanical hard drives which use magnetized disks.

SSDs do cost much more per GB than regular hard drives, but if you're are willing to pay the cost, you'll notice a huge improvement in boot time, files access times and overall system responsiveness.



And last but certainly not least, run routine maintenance.

Windows 10 has a built-in utility which performs routine system maintenance tasks such as defragmenting the hard drive, scanning for updates, and checking for malware.

These tasks usually run in the background while your PC is idle but if you have noticed an issue with system performance you can run maintenance manually if you wish.

To get started, open Control Panel, select 'System and Security' then choose 'Security and Maintenance'. Click the arrow to expand the maintenance options. From here you can select 'Start Maintenance'. Close and save any open files before going ahead.



So basically, every part of your computer needs care and attention. There are things you can buy to make your computer faster, and there are also those that you can do yourself. If you happen to run into problems with your hard drive, address it with https://www.harddriverecovery.org/external-hard-drive-recovery.html. You can also click here for additional information.

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Data Recovery Services Expert Publishes Blog Posts On Computer System Care

In a recent blog post, Irvine, Southern California's Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses tips and tricks to keep one's computer - whether desktop or laptop - well cared for and maintained to ensure the longest life possible. One of the long term killers of many computer systems - particularly desktop computers, which can last for extremely long periods of time - is poor maintenance. Poor computer maintenance can also contribute to the possibility of physical hard drive crash and full hard drives, which can typically only be addressed by professional hard drive data recovery specialists with access to a clean room.

In the post, "Are You Destroying Your Computer", HDRG talks about how it is quite easy to keep a computer clean with the correct tools. One of those tools, a computer technician's best friend, is a can of compressed air. While people tend to use these to blow out the interior cabinet of desktop computers, one of the tricks that many people do not know is that compressed air can also help a lot when it comes to laptops.

"Most people do not consider that compressed air can be critical for laptop maintenance, mainly because the heat driven by these devices has a higher potential of hurting the electronics within the system than with a desktop," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. "Additionally, laptop computers have a variety of ports that are continually exposed to the elements, including dust and dirt which can easily hurt connectivity. Users are encouraged to not only blow out vents with compressed air, but also ports such as USB and HDMI, which can also get clogged up."

Another point the blog post stresses is the fact that laptop computers are often extremely fragile over time, particularly when the system uses a classic spindle and platter HDD drive. The issue here is that these drives were not really initially constructed to handle a mobile computer's daily movements, and they do have a high potential of failure, even with what seems like careful use.

"Older laptop hard drives are something that HDRG sees a lot of, whereas there tends to be a lot fewer requests for SSD data recovery," said Davies. "The best advice we really can provide is to try to keep the system cool whenever possible, and if the disk light indicator is flashing, ensure the system is in a stationary place."

On the desktop side, compressed air plus a good vacuuming once in a while can do wonders, particularly as many desktops are on the floor or hidden away where dust can gather at high levels. Desktops run hotter than laptops, but most store bought computers have enough fans to properly move air through even a partially clogged system. Meanwhile, self built systems should always have at least one case fan added in order to move air.

Fortunately when it comes to desktop computers, it is rare for all major components to fail, which is different than laptops. The power supply, as an example, tends to be a common failure for desktop computers. These units can additionally be subject to power surges, which can not only weaken, but destroy them.

"With a desktop, by far the most common failure computer repair companies and data recovery services see is power supply failure," said Davies. "Fortunately, these repairs are usually easy enough that almost anyone with a screwdriver can perform them."

In the end, today's computer systems are built to last a lot longer than those even 10 years ago, but maintenance should never be neglected. Part of a smart computer maintenance program also includes, of course, backing up important files. When backups are available, failures won't be so stressful.

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Easy Ways To Fast-Track Your Windows 10

Among all the Windows operating systems that Microsoft has released, Windows 10 is by far the most capable and competent. Debatably. But it truly is a notable and impressive operating system from Microsoft. Do note that it will take up much space and other things on your PC or laptop. But Microsoft always has succeeded in making operating systems efficient. More so with the Windows 10.


Some time ahead, you will feel your computer slowing down. A lot of things can cause it to slow down. But the good thing is that along with it are the fixes and other things you can do to turn things back to how they were, and even make the speed faster.


Who knew restarting your computer can actually be a good thing? If your computers are constantly on and working, the actions that were started before will still continue. This can actually slow down the computer.

You can fix this issue by shutting down your PC each day once you have finished using it, by clicking on the Windows button and selecting the 'Power' button.

Make sure to close any running programs and save your work before you do so. If your PC has slowed down to the extent that you can't display the Windows menu, manually hold down the Power button until the computer is fully powered off.



It’s no news that Windows 10 has constant updates. These updates are aimed at fixing errors and issues within. These updates can be minor while others can make major changes in order to give you the best user experience.

If machine performance is lagging, open the Windows menu and type 'Update' in the search bar and click 'Check for Updates' to access your settings.

If a major update is available, then make sure to save and back up your personal data before continuing. Your PC may need to restart several times to apply all available updates. If it's been a while since your last update, make sure to click 'Check for Updates' again after restarting to make sure no more are available.


Major updates can take time. If you are going to have a busy week, make sure to pause the updates. But always remember to check back for updates.


Have you experienced starting your computer and opening a browser only for it to open slowly (more like lagging) and you having to wait for a good couple of minutes? This is because some applications and programs installed on your computer run right after turning on your computer. This causes lower speed and efficiency.

To check your startup programs, open Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Del), then click the 'Startup' tab. Pay close attention to the 'Startup Impact' values for each program e.g. 'High' as this is a good way to spot apps that are likely to slow your system down.

To prevent a program from launching on login just right-click and choose 'Disable'.



Another thing you can do is have a Disk Cleanup. This is actually an embedded tool by Windows to help clean out temporary and unnecessary files that can collect in your computer overtime such as thumbnails.

Click the Windows menu and type 'Disk Cleanup' in the search bar to get started. The utility will offer you a choice of files to remove. Simply mark the check box next to each option. Click 'Clean up system Files' to begin. Disk Cleanup will calculate the amount of space you will save.

This is also a good opportunity to delete any files on your hard drive which you no longer need. An easy place to start is your 'Downloads' folder.



A fast computer is synonymous with faster work done. If you are fixing errors in your computer, remember that your hard drive needs the same treatment as well. For lost data, our team at https://www.harddriverecovery.org/data-recovery-services.html can assist you. Click this link if you are using Mac.


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Data Recovery Expert: How To Celebrate A Holiday In Lockdown

Irvine, CA-based Hard Drive Recovery Group (HDRG) is encouraging their community to avoid being disheartened by the fact that they have had ...