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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

KeRanger Virus (Removal Instructions)

KeRanger Virus (Removal Instructions)

KeRanger virus is a new type of Mac OS X (Apple) ransomware discovered in March 2015. The KeRanger virus is known to be the first real Mac ransomware that can encrypt personal files on a computer it infects and hold them for ransom.

KeRanger virus

The KeRanger virus was first spotted in compromised versions of the Transmission app (a BitTorrent client). According to a source the infected Transmission app was distributed from the official Transmission website; However, the app was distributed with a different code signature than the normal one which was previously used to sign or certify the Transmission app. This suggests that the Transmission app had been tampered and compromised by a third-party attacker.

The copy of the Transmission app that was compromised includes a deceptive executable file named General.rtf. The General.rtf file pretends to be a rich-text file (rtf) but is actually a Mach-O format executable file packed with UPX 3.91. Once the Transmission app starts, the General.rtf file is copied to another file named kernel_service, which can be located in the user Library folder. By default, this folder is set to hidden on recent Mac OS X versions.

The kernel_service process will run in the background and it will produce additional files named .kernel_pid and .kernel_time in the hidden user Library folder. One of the files contains a time-stamp, which is used by KeRanger ransomware to identify when 3 days have succeeded.

Once 3 days have gone by, the KeRanger virus will encrypt files on a Mac computer. KeRanger ransomware will encrypt everything in the /Users folder and other files that append a common document extension, rush as rt.f, and so on. It will also encrypt files found in the /Volumes folder which might affect files connected to a Mac computer by an external hard drive, server, or other storage device. This means that backups (including Time Machine backups stored on a Time Capsule) of the computer may become encrypted by the virus.

When files have been encrypted by the KeRanger virus the ransomware will leave multiple files named “README_FOR_DECRYPT.txt” in each folder it encrypts. This file contains a note and instructions on how to pay a ransom in order to obtain a decryption key to decrypt files.

Apple has added detection of this malware to XProtect and terminated the developer certificate used to sign the compromised version of the Transmission app. This is a good thing and it means that new infections will not be able to spread without an update from the malware authors.

If you have recently downloaded the Transmission app for your Mac device from the official website after 11:00am PST, March 4, 2016 and before 7:00pm PST, March 5, 2016, your Mac might be been infected with the KeRanger virus.

KeRanger Virus (Removal Instructions)

These steps will help you locate and remove KeRanger files from your Mac computer.

  1. Start your Mac computer and open Terminal or Finder. Search for these files in these paths and uninstall Transmission app if found: /Applications/Transmission.app/Contents/Resources/ General.rtf or /Volumes/Transmission/Transmission.app/Contents/Resources/ General.rtf exist.
  2. Using the “Activity Monitor” preinstalled in Mac operating systems look to see if a process named “kernel_service” is running. If you can locate the process, double check the process, select “Open Files and Ports” and check whether there is a file name similar to “/Users/<username>/Library/kernel_service.” If you find this file terminate it with “Quit -> Force Quit”. This is the main file for the ransomware.
  3. You should also check to see if any of these files are found on your Mac: “.kernel_pid”, “.kernel_time”, “.kernel_complete” or “kernel_service” existing in ~/Library directory. If you find them, delete them.

Staying Protected

It is important to protect your machine against future threats. A great program that can detect and remove KeRanger ransomware from your computer is Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac.

Apple Mac OS X Adware Is Possible

Apple Mac OS X Adware Is Possible

For the most part, adware-type programs have been pestering Windows users with unwanted pop-up and targeted advertisements. The Windows adware usually bundles with free third-party downloads. They deliver advertisements in a variety of forms, including in-text hyperlinks, banner and skyscraper ads and other commercial material. But now many Mac OS users have become bombarded with pop-up advertisements too.

How to change Mac Right Click to one finger (Instructions)

How to change Mac Right Click to one finger (Instructions)

By default you have to use two fingers to right click on a Mac computer. This can be time consuming and annoying for many Mac computer users, especially new Mac users and those in a business setting. Using two fingers on each side of the touch pad to essentially right click can take longer than using 1 finger, which results in a loss of productivity. It’s also much easier to mess up when trying to right click on a Mac computer, which may cause Mac OS X users to accidentally click the wrong hyperlink or item, and can make correcting typos a daunting task.