Remove Pop-Ups and Ads from Google Chrome on Windows 10

If you’re frequently seeing pop-ups and ads or being redirected to web pages you didn’t ask for, you might have unwanted program or malware installed on your computer. These pop-ups won’t go away on their own. In fact serious malware software will change your default homepage and search engine on Chrome.

To avoid these things, you should watch out for things that look too good to be true. Winning a sweepstake or seeing expensive items for free is sometimes a trick to get you to download malware.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to remove unwanted malware programs and pop-ups from Google Chrome on Windows computers.

Step 1: Reset Chrome

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Access VirtualBox Host Folders from Ubuntu 17.10 Guest Machines

From VirtualBox’s guest machines you can directly access the host computer shared folders. This is made possible by VirtualBox host folder sharing feature. With shared folders, you can easily share files among virtual machines and the host computer. Folder sharing exposes the host computer files and folders to the virtual machines.

To use shared folders, you must have the current version of VirtualBox Guest Additions. installed on the guest operating system and you must configure your guest machines settings to specify which directories are to be shared.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to enable VirtualBox host folder sharing so guest machines can directly access folders shared on the host computer. Without this folder sharing feature, it would be very difficult getting huge files or folders to the guest machine.

With it, all you have to do is share the folder to the guest machine and from the virtual machine access the folder content easily.

Step 1: Installing VirtualBox Guest Additions.

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Change Windows 10 Display Language Preferences

You can use Windows 10 desktop and applications in dozens of languages around the world. The translations into other languages may be incomplete and some applications may not provide full support, but the list of languages Windows 10 supports are growing.

Any untranslated text will appear in the language the program or software was originally developed in, usually American English.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to change the display language on Windows 10 desktops. Not all language packs are installed and available on your desktop. but don’t be surprised to see Windows 10 support for your native language.

Changing your display language allows you to change the language your entire Windows 10 operating system will use. After installing the language pack, set that language as default to change the Windows 10 display language.

Changing to Windows 10 Language

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Schedule Windows Defender Antivirus Scans on Windows 10

Windows Defender Antivirus scans your computer regularly to keep your device safe from viruses and malware. The scan takes place while your computer is not being used or when it’s idle so not to interfere with your work.

If you want Windows Defender scan as a specific time, this brief tutorial is going to show you how to schedule that. When scheduled, Windows Defender will always run during that time you defined and scan at a time and frequency that you choose.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to schedule Windows Defender Antivirus scan at specific times instead of randomly scanning your PC. This will mean less interference with your work.

Schedule Windows Defender Scan

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Backing Up Important Files on Windows 10 Desktop

To backup your file in Windows 10 simply means making copy of your file and storing them somewhere for safekeeping. In the event you lose the original file on the computer, you can go to restore the file from the backup location.

It’s always good to have a backup copies of your important files. Keep copies of your files on another drive in case something happens to the originals — on an external hard disk, for example. A good location to store backup file is on a USB drive, external hard drive, CD/DVD or an online storage.

This brief tutorial show students and new users how to backup your important files on Windows 10 computers

How to Back up your Files

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How to Access Windows 10 Notifications and Quick Action Center

Windows 10 puts notifications and quick actions in the action center at the bottom right of the taskbar. From this location you can quickly access systems’ notifications like printer issues, Wi-Fi connection errors, app settings and more.

This can also serve as a shortcut to many of the app settings on your Window 10 computer. The action center can be accessed on the taskbar to the right. On touch screen computers, simply swap to the left from the right to show the action center.

Not only can you access notifications and jump to the settings’ page, you can also quickly turn on or off features from there. If you want to disable bluetooth, simply click the bluetooth block to turn on or off.

This brief tutorial show students and new users how to access the action center and how to shortcut to other settings like network, bluetooth and more.

Windows 10 action center can quickly take you to settings and apps you’re likely to use often, from wireless to screen brightness settings. To access the action center, look at the image below to find on the taskbar on the right.

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Automatically Delete Trash and Temporary Files on Windows 10

Regularly deleting trash and removing unwanted temporary files from your Windows 10 computer helps improve its performance and can also free up more space on your hard drive. Although it can be done manually, it’s better to just set it and forget it so that you don’t have to keep being reminded of emptying the recycle bin and temporary Internet files.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to configure Windows 10 computers to automatically clear out the recycle bin, downloaded folders and temporary files, including Internet files. These files are created automatically by applications in the background. these temporary files are then used by applications to improve performance by using the downloaded data.

However, these downloaded files can also create problems if not regularly removed.

To automatically empty the recycle bin and clear temporary files, follow the steps below

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How to Make Windows 10 Computers Start Up Fast

If your Windows 10 computer is not starting up quickly there may be a reason. When you turn on your PC, some programs start up automatically and run in the background. If there are many of these programs, your computer may boot slowly.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to disable some of there programs from starting up automatically so they don’t slow down your computer. Software manufacturers often setup their programs to open in the background so they can open up quickly when you need to use them.

This is helpful for programs you use a lot. however, those that you don’t use regularly, you can disable so they don’t slow down the time it takes for Windows to start.

One quick way to find out some of the programs that starts up automatically is by looking at the notification area. If there are lots of icons there, then it means, a lot of applications are starting up automatically.

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Fix Windows 10 PC Sluggish Performance by Restoring

Do you feel like your Windows 10 computer is sluggish all of a sudden? If so you might want to try the following steps to restore it and undo changes that may be causing the problems. If a change was recently made knowingly or unknown to you, it may be that.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to restore Windows 10 PCs so that changes that were made that is slowing down your computer can be undone. If you think an app, system drivers or an update for Windows is making your computer perform worse, restoring it to an earlier point in time might fix the problem.

Restoring your computer to an earlier point in time won’t affect your files and documents, but remove apps, systems drivers, updates and undo recent changes after the restore point was created. A new restore point takes place between 7 to 14 days.

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Create Shares with Full access on Windows 10

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to create shares on Windows 10 and servers for everyone to have full access. When Windows shares are created with Everyone having full access, everybody will be able to access the shared location without prompting for passwords or logins.

This also gives everyone rights to create, delete and modify folders and files. This setup is perfect for locations where users are given access to temporary store content and quickly remove to a secure location.

Since everyone has rights to delete, create and modify, it’s not a suitable place to store content for a long.

In part two of this post, I’ll show you how to configure a Linux machine to mount the shares created on the Windows machine.

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Manage Linux Server via SFTP and Notepad++

Managing Linux servers remotely via SSH can be daunting for new users and students. When you connect via SSH to a remote server, all you see is a terminal screen that allows authenticated users to run commands. For those afraid of Linux terminal, a better way is to connect via SFTP and use a code editor.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to easily manage Linux server files via SFTP (FileZilla) and Notepad++. SFTP is when you use a FTP client over SSH or port 22. This provides encryption and security over plain FTP.

Notepad++ is an alternative to Windows’ Notepad with lot more features and support several programming languages. FileZilla is a great FTP client that allows user to transfer files between networked devices. It also support SFTP. So, to manage Linux servers like a pro remotely without the skills to use the terminal console, follow the guide below.

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Installing Windows 10 on VMware Workstation Pro

We previously talked about using VMware Workstation Pro and VirtualBox virtualization software to run multiple operating systems from a single computer, and the benefits they provide especially for IT students and professionals.

With these virtualization software, you can run multiple lab environments running on virtual guest machines without the additional cost of getting hardware for each guest machine running individual operating system.

After setting up VMware Workstation Pro, the steps below show you how to create a virtual guest machine and install Windows 10 on it.

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