This half goes to get a bit techie, however you’ll be capable of deal with it,
A reader informed us about his unbearably sluggish, seven-year-old laptop computer. He questioned if he might make it like new once more. Positive.
His first concept was changing it to a Linux system. It sounded good, however he had issues. So he requested us whether or not he might nonetheless get Home windows 10 totally free. Positive we mentioned, although we secretly thought it would decelerate his PC much more. Why not restore the laptop computer to its authentic manufacturing facility situation, we requested? It had a super-fast Intel i7 processor. He admitted it was once nice.
His pc is a Lenovo Yoga 2 Professional with Home windows 8.1. When he tried to do a “PC Reset,” he acquired the message: “The system doesn’t have all of the information to re-install the system.” “With out the set up information for Win 8.0,” he mentioned, “I’m sunk so far as both a reset or refresh.”
We pointed him to an article at Forbes.com on getting Home windows 10 totally free. Following these directions, he put in it. Then got here a genius transfer. He uninstalled each program on his laptop computer besides Workplace 365. Freed from all that junk, the previous laptop computer now runs as rapidly because it initially did.
If you wish to strive putting in Home windows 10 on an previous machine, don’t be tempted by advertisements telling you to purchase it. One other reader mentioned he’s seen advertisements for a paid model. Simply Google “ Improve to Home windows 10 for Free.” You’ll get the Forbes article.
Shopping for and Promoting
Fb.com/market is an eBay competitor we by no means observed earlier than. You should buy or promote your stuff right here. A Samsung Galaxy Match, a health tracker, usually $100, was going for $40, although it had by no means been used. We noticed a Google Pixel 2 cellphone, initially $649, for $130. A lot of the advertisements you’ll see might be from your personal neighborhood or about an hour away.
Tune Your Face
The concept right here is to create a glamor shot. It really works greatest in the event you’re already glamorous.
FaceTune Video is a brand new app for bettering your look in movies. It whitens your tooth, smooths wrinkles, enlarges your eyes, darkens your eyebrows: Heck, you may as nicely make a brand new particular person. Pleasure didn’t discover a lot distinction in wrinkles, however she did get a hotter glow. That’s till she went overboard within the smoother and regarded like she’d dumped a load of beige cream over her face.The entire course of is automated although you may modify the results utilizing a slider on display. Select a video, then faucet the controls you need to strive, like “contact up.” When you change your thoughts, you may return to the best way it was earlier than.
We tried the iPad/iPhone model because it’s not out there but for Android. It’s $70 for a lifetime buy, $36 a 12 months or $Eight for month-to-month. They provide you a skimpy three-day free trial however you may maintain all of the movies you enhance, not like some companies.
FaceTune 2 does nearly the identical issues for pictures as FaceTune Video does for movies, with a number of extras. For instance, you may change the background, including a bluer sky or a dreamier sundown. It’s $5 a month or $24 a 12 months. Each apps are from Lightricks at FaceTuneapp.com.
When you’re usually passing your cellphone to others to point out off pictures, you may need to conceal some from prying eyes. For the iPhone, there’s a “conceal” choice within the Pictures app. For Android, there’s “Archive.”
To make use of the iPhone model, discover the photograph or video you need to conceal. Then faucet the arrow pointing up. Scroll down until you see the phrase “Disguise.” Faucet it and the photograph strikes into the Archive album. After all, anybody who is aware of there are pictures within the Archive album may assume to snoop in there. To get extra safety, use the iPhone’s “Notes” app. Add the photograph to a observe by tapping the digicam icon after you begin the observe. Lock it by tapping the image of a lock.
In your Android cellphone, choose all of the pictures you want to conceal out of your photograph gallery, by urgent on them till you see a checkmark subsequent to every one. Then faucet the three vertical dots and select “Archive.” That locations it in a photograph album of the identical title. Alternatively you may use the free app “LockMyPix.” It was the most effective of three we tried. One among them, “Hold Secure,” induced all our pictures to vanish from the gallery, and they didn’t come again once we deleted the app.
A reader observed a wierd file on his pc referred to as “s.yimg.” He was receiving unresponsive messages with a reference to it. After a bit web analysis, he discovered opinions about this bug starting from “dangerous to very dangerous.” Afterwards, he observed minor modifications in the best way his PC operates.
We went to Boards.Malwarebytes.org and typed “s.yimg” within the search bar. The answer turned out to be downloading the free “AdwCleaner,” which removes adware. We didn’t assume AdwCleaner was needed on our pc, as a result of we have already got Malwarebytes Premium, however it discovered three “probably undesirable applications,” and we clicked to have them eliminated. It additionally uninstalls pre-installed software program if you want. We selected that choice too, so we gained’t proceed to be bugged by HP. Such software program is usually referred to as “bloatware.”