How to Setup Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Edge

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to enable or disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10.

The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base and offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.

Microsoft Edge browser is cross-platform, which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. If you’re currently using Edge and want to learn how to configure Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, and help protect your computer, the steps below should show you how to do it.

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen provides warning messages to help and protect you from potentially untrusted and phishing websites and malicious software. SmartScreen filter can also help you from downloading and installing malware (malicious software) on your computers.

By default, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is turned on, and it’s recommended to leave on to protect your computer and privacy.

Although Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is helpful, it can also be annoying in some environments. In cases where you already have robust protection in place, you can disable SmartScreen to help mitigate some of the issues users face with SmartScreen being on.

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How to Reset Windows Hosts File to Default

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to reset Windows 10 local hosts file to the default settings.

When you think of a local computer hosts file, think of it as plain-text, human readable file created for an operating systems to map IP addresses to host-names on an IP network. The hosts file has priority over domain name systems (DNS).

When you type a domain name in your browser to go to a website, there’s a file or system somewhere that has the domain name mapped to an IP address that your computer can read. Your computer use the mapped IP address to connect to the website.

While translating the name to IP, the local hosts file is the first file your operating look at. If the IP to domain mapping isn’t included in the host file, then it looks up a DNS server online. This is how the process works.

When you’re dealing with hosts file, the IP address and the domain or hostname should be separated by at least one space or tab. The lines starting with are comments and are ignored.

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How to Flush or Clear DNS Cache in Windows

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to flush DNS Resolver cache in Windows 10.

Once in a while Windows behaves strangely and stops resolving or opening up websites you want to visit. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, flushing Windows DNS resolver cache might help in this situation.

A DNS resolver is a temporary database that contains websites and other network resources that you have visited or opened on your computer. When you first visit a new website or a site you haven’t visited before, Windows, sends a request for the site’s details, including unique IP addresses.

These records are kept temporary in the DNS resolver so that the next time you which to visit the same site you visited previously, your computer will already have a record in its database. This help speed up the process of your computer connecting to the websites you want to revisit.

Sometimes, this temporary database gets corrupted and stops processing correctly. If that happens, you may want to clear out its temporary cache of all the records so that it can start rebuilding with new records.

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Disable Remote Assistance Connection in Window

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how disable or enable Remote Assistance Connection in Windows 10.

Windows remote assistance connection feature is there to allow someone you trust, could be a technical person, a family member of friends to connect to your computer and help resolve issues.

This feature is enabled by default and could be a security risk in some environment. Keeping connection opened to everyone from anywhere might not be the best way to run a secured environment.

Some Windows might want this enabled temporarily to help friends and others connect to troubleshoot and fix problems, and then disabling or turning it off when not in use.

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How to turn on Random Hardware MAC Addresses in Window 10

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to turn on or off Random Hardware MAC addresses in Windows 10 computers.

Windows 10 has a feature that allows users to use random hardware MAC addresses when connecting to a Wi-Fi network. This can come in handy especially when connecting to a public Wi-Fi or networks that are not trusted.

Before your computer connects to a Wi-Fi network, it sends a request to join. The request your computer sends will include the unique physical hardware address (MAC) of your machine. This unique number can be used to track your computer location and activities.

If you want to add some layer of security to prevent tracking your computer MAC addresses and stop tracking you, you can enable random hardware MAC addresses if your computer supports it. Use random hardware addresses to make it harder for people to track your location when you connect to different Wi-Fi networks.

This settings can apply to all Wi-Fi networks or can be applied to a single Wi-Fi network you’re connecting to.

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How to Install PrestaShop on Windows WSL

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install PrestaShop eCommerce platform with Apache on Windows 10 WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) 2 with Ubuntu OS.

PrestaShop is an eCommerce solution with all the features you need to create an online store and grow your business. It lets you create your own online store in your own environment with your own servers.

Now that you can install Linux OS inside Windows via WSL, the steps below show you how to install PrestaShop in Windows with Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

With WSL, you can install and run full Linux operating system inside Windows. So get Windows, enable WSL, install a Linux OS and run PrestaShop.

Back in 2017, Windows released the original WSL version. WSL 2 is an improvement over version 1 and comes with performance boost, full system call compatibility, and built with a new architecture and that delivers features that make WSL an amazing way to run a Linux environment in Windows.

If you have a machine that meets the requirements above to run WSL 2, then continue below.

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How to Install Nextcloud on Windows WSL

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Nextcloud with Apache on Windows 10 WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) 2 with Ubuntu OS.

Nextcloud is a true open source, self-hosted file syncing and sharing platform similar to Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive. It lets you create your own cloud in your own environment with your own servers.

Now that you can install Linux OS inside Windows via WSL, the steps below show you how to install Nextcloud in Windows with Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

With WSL, you can install and run full Linux operating system inside Windows. So get Windows, enable WSL, install a Linux OS and run Nextcloud.

Back in 2017, Windows released the original WSL version. WSL 2 is an improvement over version 1 and comes with performance boost, full system call compatibility, and built with a new architecture and that delivers features that make WSL an amazing way to run a Linux environment in Windows.

If you have a machine that meets the requirements above to run WSL 2, then continue below.

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How to Install ownCloud on Windows WSL

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install ownCloud with Apache on Windows 10 WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) 2 with Ubuntu OS.

ownCloud is an open source, self-hosted file syncing and sharing platform similar to Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive. It lets you create your own cloud in your own environment with your own servers.

Now that you can install Linux OS inside Windows via WSL, the steps below show you how to install ownCloud in Windows with Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

With WSL, you can install and run full Linux operating system inside Windows. So get Windows, enable WSL, install a Linux OS and run ownCloud.

Back in 2017, Windows released the original WSL version. WSL 2 is an improvement over version 1 and comes with performance boost, full system call compatibility, and built with a new architecture and that delivers features that make WSL an amazing way to run a Linux environment in Windows.

If you have a machine that meets the requirements above to run WSL 2, then continue below.

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How to Install phpMyAdmin on Windows WSL with Apache

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install phpMyAdmin on Windows 10 WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) 2 with Apache HTTP server and Ubuntu OS.

phpMyAdmin is an open source PHP application built to manage MySQL and MariaDB databases servers via intuitive web interface. All database tasks and queries can be handled by phpMyAdmin.

With phpMyAdmin, you can manage MySQL databases, user accounts and privileges, execute SQL queries and statements, import and export database content and much more.

Now that you can install Linux OS inside Windows via WSL, the steps below show you how to install phpMyAdmin inside Windows systems.

With WSL, you can install and run full Linux operating system inside Windows. Let’s get Windows, enable WSL, install a Linux OS and run phpMyAdmin.

Back in 2017, Windows released the original WSL version. WSL 2 is an improvement over version 1 and comes with performance boost, full system call compatibility, and built with a new architecture and that delivers features that make WSL an amazing way to run a Linux environment in Windows.

If you have a machine that meets the requirements above to run WSL 2, then continue below.

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How to Install the LEMP Stack on Windows WSL

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install the LEMP stack on Windows 10 WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) 2 with Ubuntu OS.

LEMP is an acronym for Linux (Ubuntu), Nginx [engine x] HTTP Server, MariaDB or MySQL Database Server and PHP Scripting Language. It is a group of open source software and building blocks of many of the web applications and majority of the content management systems (CMS) in use today.

Now that you can install Linux OS inside Windows via WSL, the steps below show you how to install the LEMP stack in Windows.

With WSL, you can install and run full Linux operating system inside Windows. So get Windows, enable WSL, install a Linux OS and run LEMP.

Back in 2017, Windows released the original WSL version. WSL 2 is an improvement over version 1 and comes with performance boost, full system call compatibility, and built with a new architecture and that delivers features that make WSL an amazing way to run a Linux environment in Windows.

If you have a machine that meets the requirements above to run WSL 2, then continue below.

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How to Install the LAMP Stack on Windows WSL

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install the LAMP stack on Windows 10 WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) 2 with Ubuntu OS.

LAMP is an acronym for Linux (Ubuntu), Apache2 HTTP Server, MariaDB or MySQL Database Server and PHP Scripting Language. It is a group of open source software and building blocks of many of the web applications and majority of the content management systems (CMS) in use today.

Now that you can install Linux OS inside Windows via WSL, the steps below show you how to install the LAMP stack in Windows.

With WSL, you can install and run full Linux operating system inside Windows. So get Windows, enable WSL, install a Linux OS and run LAMP.

Back in 2017, Windows released the original WSL version. WSL 2 is an improvement over version 1 and comes with performance boost, full system call compatibility, and built with a new architecture and that delivers features that make WSL an amazing way to run a Linux environment in Windows.

If you have a machine that meets the requirements above to run WSL 2, then continue below.

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How to Install Magento 2 on Windows WSL

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Magento eCommerce platform on Windows 10 WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) 2 with Nginx HTTP server on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04.

Magento 2 is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in use today to run very successful online stores. It’s an open source platform and works great in Linux systems, including Ubuntu.

If you’re running Windows and want to use Magento, using Windows with WSL 2 might be your best option and the steps below will show you how to do that.

With WSL, you can install full Linux operating system inside Windows. So get Windows, enable WSL, install a Linux OS and run Magento.

Back in 2017, Windows released the original WSL version. WSL 2 is an improvement over version 1 and comes with performance boost, full system call compatibility, and built with a new architecture and that delivers features that make WSL an amazing way to run a Linux environment in Windows.

If you have a machine that meets the requirements above to run WSL 2, then continue below.

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