How to turn auto updates on and off (Android)

How to turn auto updates on and off (Android)

Auto updates on Android smartphones (also known as Auto-update apps) can drain your battery, make your Android smartphone very slow and sluggish, and cause your smartphone to use obscene amounts of data. In some cases, automatic updates can cause you to exceed your phone plan’s data limit. Some Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy series (Galaxy S3, Galaxy S5, etc) are set to update apps automatically by default. This guide explains how to turn auto updates on and off on Android smartphones.

  1. Go to play store icon Play Store (Google Play Store).

automatic updates android settings

  1. Click the automatic updates settings icon menu icon (usually on the top left) and go to Settings.
  2. In the General section click Auto-update apps.

auto-update apps

  1. Select Do not auto-update apps to turn auto updates off. Select Auto-update apps at any time to turn auto updates on. Select Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only to turn auto-updates on only when your Android smartphone is connected to a WiFi service.

How to Find Your PC Info (Windows)

How to Find Your PC Info (Windows)

Your computer’s PC info contains specifications about your computer. Your PC info tells you your Product ID, Processor, Installed RAM, System type, Pen and touch availability, Windows Edition, Windows Activation, and more. Some PC info pages will additionally contain links to the manufacture’s support website and consists of other similar information.

1. Go to Windows Start screen

search pc settings

2. Go to PC Settings or search for the term “PC settings” to locate your PC settings

pc and devices

3. In the PC settings tab select PC and devices

PC info

4. In the PC and devices tab select PC info

5. The PC info page will tell you the specifications of your computer and allow you to change your product key and rename your PC

 

How to Change Account Picture (Windows)

How to Change Account Picture (Windows)

3 Solutions: From Windows Start Screen  |  From User Settings  | From Windows Control Panel

Your Windows account picture has multiple uses. It is used by applications and is shown on Windows Sign in and Star screens. The account picture is also used for email messages and will be shown to recipients of email messages you send from your account. Windows will display a default gray picture if you have not chosen an account picture. To change your Microsoft Windows account picture follow the instructions below.

From Windows Start Screen

1. Go to Windows Start screen

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2. Click on your default image or name on the top of the Start screen and select “Change account picture

your account

3. In the Your Account tab click the Browse button in the Account picture section

choose image

4. Browse OneDrive, This PC, Homegroup, and Network for the image you want to use as your account picture, select it with your mouse, and click the “Choose Image” button

From User Settings

1. Go to Windows Start screen

search users

2. Search for the term “Users” and select the Add, delete, and mange other user accounts option

account picture

3. Select “Your account” in the Accounts tab

4. In Your Account, click the Browse button in the Account picture section

5. Browse OneDrive, This PC, Homegroup, and Network for the image you want to use as your account picture, select it with your mouse, and click the “Choose Image” button

From Windows Control Panel

1. Go to Windows Control Panel

user accounts and family safety

2. Click User Accounts and Family Safety

user accounts

3. Click User Accounts

make changes to my account in pc settings

4. Click Make changes to my account in PC settings

5. Click the Browse button in the Account picture section

6. Browse OneDrive, This PC, Homegroup, and Network for the image you want to use as your account picture, select it with your mouse, and click the “Choose Image” button

How to Download SoundCloud Songs

How to Download SoundCloud Songs

3 Methods: Use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari  |  Use a Browser Extension  |  Use SoundFlush Service

SoundCloud is a popular social media platform that users can use to record, upload, and download songs in order to share them with others around the web. A lot of songs on SoundCloud are available for download directly from the site. Users are able to let others download their songs for free. However, in some cases, users will disable downloads, which means that other methods will need to be used to download a song from SoundCloud. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari web browsers have default tools that will you to download a SoundCloud song by inspecting the page and locating the correct file. There are also many free browser extensions that can be used to download songs and websites that will allow you to copy and paste a link in order to download a song.

download soundcloud songs

Use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari

Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers provide default access to developer tools. The developer tools will allow you to inspect the SoundCloud page to locate song file. Once the song file is found you will be able to manually download the song.

If you can, use the download link provided by the artist if the download is available and the download limit has not been reached yet. The download link or button can usually be found beneath the song. Using the download button will help promote the SoundCloud artist and boost their download numbers. It will also result in the high-quality version of the file. It is only recommended to follow this method if free downloads are not available and you can’t purchase the music online.

1. Open the page for the SoundCloud song you want to download. To open the page for the song you want to download go to the artist’s main page and click on the song.

2. Open the developer tools in your browser. Press the F12 button or right click on the page and click inspect.

3. Click the Network tab.

soundcloud network

4. Reload the webpage with the song you want to download. Make sure the song is playing. The Network tab will reset and various entries will begin to appear. The entries can be organized by Type, Size, and Time.

5. Sort the Network tab by “Size” so that the largest objects are shown at the top of the list. The SoundCloud song file is usually near the top of the list and should be the largest file. The “Type” column should indicate that the song is, media, audio/mpeg, or mpeg. You can also sort the Network tab by “Type” to locate the particular type of file.

6. Right click the SoundCloud song in the list and select “Open in a new tab.” If you opened the correct file you the song will begin to play and you will notice media playback buttons. If the song does not open in a new tab then you have selected the wrong entry in the Network tab.

7. Right click the page and select Save as… to save the song file to your computer.

Use a Browser Extension

There are many free browser add-ons and extensions that can be used to download SoundCloud songs in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Internet Explorer, and more. A suggested browser extension for Google Chrome is SoundCloud Downloader Free.

Use SoundFlush Service

1. Open the SoundCloud page for the song you want to download and copy the song’s entire URL from the address bar to your clipboard.

2. Go to soundflush.com and input the song URL into the text field.

3. Click the Download button.

soundflush

4. Right-click on the link and select “Save link as“. This will open a window allowing you to save your new MP3 file to your computer.

What is VC_RED File in Windows? Should I Delete it?

What is VC_RED File in Windows? Should I Delete it?

We were recently asked a question by one of our readers:

What is VC_RED file in Windows? I did not download it and it randomly appeared on my external drive with other files? Is it a virus? Please help.

The VC_RED file (or vc_red file) is a harmless and vital file associated with the VC_RED program on a Microsoft Windows based personal computer. VC_RED. The file and associated files are installation files for the Visual C++ Redistributable. When you install some software, they will need Microsoft Visual C++ which is already installed on a Microsoft Windows computer.

vc_red

If you delete VC_RED file from Windows it can render some applications unusable. However, if you notice these files have randomly placed themself on your external drive they are safe to delete because they are simply installation files and not the actual program. It is unknown how these files may have been placed on an external drive. If you suspect that your computer is infected with malware or some sort of potentially unwanted program (PUP) it is recommended to scan your computer with an Antimalware program such as Malwarebytes to locate and eradicate malicious files from your computer.

Associated Files

  • install.exe
  • install.res.1028.dll
  • install.res.1031.dll
  • install.res.1033.dll
  • install.res.1036.dll
  • install.res.1040.dll
  • install.res.1041.dll
  • install.res.1042.dll
  • install.res.2052.dll
  • install.res.3082.dll
  • vcredist.bmp
  • globdata.ini
  • install.ini
  • eula.1028.txt
  • eula.1031.txt
  • eula.1033.txt
  • eula.1036.txt
  • eula.1040.txt
  • eula.1041.txt
  • eula.1042.txt
  • eula.2052.txt
  • eula.3082.txt
  • vc_redist.msi
  • vc_redist.cab

How to select or highlight text in Microsoft WordPad

How to select or highlight text in Microsoft WordPad

Microsoft WordPad is insufficient when it comes to highlighting text with your mouse. It often seems like the WordPad program for Microsoft Windows Operating Systems has a not-so-smart selector feature enabled that chooses whichever text it wants you to highlight with your mouse. Even if you did not particularly hover over certain text it will still automatically force you to highlight words and spaces that you did not intend to.

To make matters worse, there is no option to disable the text section feature on Microsoft WordPad; However, there is a solution to select and highlight text in WordPad using your keyboard and mouse.

1. Place your cursor to the starting point or end point of the content you want to highlight

wordpad select text cursor

2. Hold the Shift button on your keyboard and use the right or left arrow key to begin selecting content

wordpad highlight text

How to stream video from Windows to Xbox 360

How to stream video from Windows to Xbox 360

The instructions on this page explain how to stream video from Windows to Xbox 360. These instructions are compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and other Windows Operating Systems that have Windows Media Player installed.

1. Connect your Xbox 360 to your home network and turn it on

2. Open Windows Media Player on your Windows computer

stream video from Windows to Xbox 360

3. Click Stream and select Turn on media streaming…

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4. Click the Turn on media streaming button on the Media streaming options window

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5. Click Allow next to your Xbox 360 device and click the Next button

stream video from Windows to Xbox 360 3

6. Choose the Shared permission for the Videos library or folder

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7. Click the Finished button

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8. Click the Xbox Guide button on your Xbox 360 controller and go to Media

stream video from Windows to Xbox 360 6

9. Select System Video Player and access your computer from the list

10. Go to your Video folder and select the video you want to watch on your Xbox 360

How to remove everything and reinstall Windows

How to remove everything and reinstall Windows

The instructions on this webpage explain how to reset Windows 8, 9.1, and 10. If you remove everything and reinstall Windows all your personal files and apps will be removed and your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults. This is also called a reset or factory reset.

1. Go to Windows Start Menu or Tile Screen and partially search for the phrase “remove everything and reinstall Windows.” If you search this phrase on the tile screen click Settings on the right side of the display once you have performed the search.

remove everything and reinstall windows

2. Click Remove everything and reinstall Windows.

reset your pc

3. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to reset your computer.

How to play Pokémon Go on your computer

How to play Pokémon Go on your computer

Did you know that you can play Pokémon Go on your computer using an Android emulator called BlueStacks and Fake GPS app called FakeGPS Free? It’s true; However, your phone would be the preferred choice. The difference between Pokémon Pokemon Go on your computer and playing on your phone is a wide one.

play pokemon go on your computer

There is really only one better option that can be fulfilled by playing Pokémon Go on your computer compared to playing the game on your phone. Playing Pokémon Go on your computer allows you to teleport (something Pokémon Go game developers could penalize you for). If you use the Fake GPS app you can chose a location anywhere in the world that the app enables you to. For example, I wasn’t able to teleport to Antarctica, but I was able to teleport to North Korea. In North Korea I did not find any Pokémon or monuments so I then went to the Grand Canyon and the Phoenix Zoo where I was able to hunt many pocket monsters. Using the Pokémon Go teleport option by utilizing the Fake GPS app is a risk that can get you penalized if you plan to play Pokémon Go on your computer.

Other issues with playing Pokémon Go on your computer are that you cannot really walk around to hunt because you can only go as far as your wifi or internet connection cable allows. In order to hunt while playing Pokémon Go on your computer you have to switch screens on the emulator and manually let the Fake GPS know where you want to go. Even if you want to take 3 steps in one direction to catch a Pokémon out of your range you will need to switch back to the Fake GPS app and tell it where to go. Furthermore, the Fake GPS app displays advertisements once in a while, so moving between the Fake GPS app and Pokémon Go app on your computer can be disrupted with full-screen advertisements you have to click out of.

Playing Pokémon Go on your computer is also plagued by horrid functionality and performance. The Pokémon Go game for your computer is very slow and very laggy. Moving around and simply clicking on a Pokémon is a task, but it’s achievable.

I would recommend to play Pokémon Go on your phone as opposed to playing Pokémon Go on your computer. The Pokémon Go game on your computer is very limited compared to the Pokémon Go phone application and there is always the risk of getting banned. You will have a much better playing experience if you play the app on your phone and not on the computer. However, it might be fruitful for Pokémon Go users who have existing accounts and want to teleport to random locations. You can even stand outside a gym and wait for someone to attack it so you can immediately take it back if they are able to infiltrate it.

How to download and play Pokémon Go on your computer

1. Download and install an Android emulator app called BlueStacks on your Windows or Mac computer.

pokemon go computer settings

2. Once BlueStacks is installed click the Settings icon in the top menu bar and click Settings in the list.

add account

3. In the Accounts section of the settings page click + Add account > Google and sign into your Google account.

fakegps free app

4. Once you have signed into your Google Account go back to the Android page and use the search option. Search for an app called FakeGPS free in the app store and install it.

pokemon go for computer

5. Once FakeGPS Free has been installed go back to the Android page and search for Pokémon Go in the app store and install it. *You can also open the Fake GPS app and chose your location by double clicking anywhere on the map and clicking the arrow/play button on the bottom right of the screen. But, this will cause lag between the Fake GPS app and the game if you allow BlueStacks to have the two windows open at the same time.

pokemon go teleport

6. Open Pokémon Go on your computer once it has been installed. The Pokémon Go game might ask you to download or use GPS. If this is the case you can open the FakeGPS Free app and teleport to your location by double clicking anywhere in the world on the provided map and clicking the orange arrow/play button on the bottom right of the screen.

7. Once you chose a location on the FakeGPS Free app the app will suddenly close and you should automatically be taken back to Pokémon Go.

change location

8. To move again or simply teleport in Pokémon Go, slide your mouse (or finger if you are using a touch screen computer or device) down the top of the game window as you would if you were looking at notifications on your phone and click FakeGPS Free. This accesses the FakeGPS Free app interface and allows you to manually move your location or perform a Pokémon Go teleport to anywhere in the world. Once you double click the location you want to be in Pokémon Go on your computer click the arrow button at the bottom of the screen and you will be brought back to Pokémon Go. In order to move around using the FakeGPS Free app and Pokémon Go you will need to employ this method.

How to uninstall a program from Mac

This guide shows you  how to uninstall a program from Mac.

1. If the program you want to uninstall does not contain an uninstaller: Go to Finder > Applications and find the application you want to remove. Some programs can also be found in other locations, such as the Desktop.

2. Drag the application’s icon to the trash located at the end of the dock.

3. To empty the trash, right click on the trash icon and select Empty Trash.