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How to Get Rid Of Malware from a Brand New PC

You just bought yourself a brand new computer. You are amused with the system’s fresh-out-of-the-box newness. That’s great news! Yet, you have to take care of a few boring-yet-important tasks to save heartbreak and lots of money later. Keep reading to know more!


You must take care of a few crucial things after buying a brand new PC. Your system might be pre-installed with bundled software. These programs can be classified into the following categories:

  1. Shovelware
  2. Bloatware
  3. Crapware

These programs could be anything from adware to malware and they just offset the price of super-cheap PC in retail stores. So, to keep your device or computer in a pristine out-of-the-box condition for a long time, keep a tab on the device’s serial number. Take a backup of all the data on a recovery drive or disc. Also, keep a reminder for your warranty expiration so that the right patches and updates are installed at all the right intervals.




You must save your serial number

Every computer comes with a serial number which is written at the bottom or behind. Note it down for future reference before it wears down with time in laptops and net books. In many systems these numbers are not easily accessible in PCs. While unpacking the new device, click a photograph of this serial number and save it in a cloud drive any other storage service like a hard disk drive. Windows computer users must grab a snapshot of the license key so that there is no reinstallation issue.


Keep a tab on the surge protector

Power surges are a constant headache. To avoid damages to your brand new computing device, keep a new surge protector handy. It might lose its effectiveness with. Sometimes, special effects are needed to avoid flashing and its dangerous harmful effects.


Insurance is always a must

You can make use of insurance for a brand new device as is much more valuable than an average PC. An insurance company would let you schedule additional protection that is independent of the main policy. Sometimes, scheduling an entire item often covers the mishaps in the main policy and it is also independent &cheap.


Set a reminder for the expiration of your warranty

Computer problems can be extremely irritating when the device or software crosses the warranty time limit. In order to avoid confusions, you can put down a reminder in the calendar beforehand. In such a case, you will not get hassled anymore. Ensure that this reminder can be quickly accessed for reference.


Download a PC cleaner utility

Sometimes, a tune-up utility works wonders for it is a basic application with a user-friendly interface. Such utilities are designed by experts to carry out defragmentation of data upon the system's hard drive. These tools fix the all-important, notorious and incredibly problematic Windows registry. Reliable registry software tools from certified manufacturers basically delete all the useless and duplicate files. Some tools go a level ahead actually improve your PC’s complete performance in interesting ways. They render a boost to the PC by unlocking unreachable CPU cores and boosting overall CPU clock speed as needed. Intelligent PC tune up utilities utilize the aggregated data collected from user bases for optimizing all recommend settings is a PC.


Use a recovery disc or drive

In order to reinstall apps that get accidentally deleted while you run an effective computer cleaning software, make use of a recovery/backup drive. Store all the data in this device so that it can be restored in adverse situations. For the records, certain PCs come with reliable recovery CDs/drives, but others don’t. So you would have to order for a recovery media from the PC manufacturer. You can also create a USB stick of the OS (operating system).


Some pc tune up utilities mostly creates a save/rollback point. This point comprises of several positions of many desktop icons that can be restored at a later time so you’re your PC does not flake out.


Besides the above steps, you must carry out numerous hardware-oriented tasks. Ensure that the passwords used in all licenses and keys have been audited. Moreover, you must set up a strong antivirus so that you can prep-up your computer for heavyweight usage in the future. This step is crucial if you are an entrepreneur.

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How Different is Android Lollipop 5.1 to 5.0?

Google Android Lollipop, the most awaited software update for Android smartphones has been evolved into Lollipop 5.1 with some rectifications and bug fixes that are found to be existed in v5.0 after being released for some handsets so far.


In this article, we’re going to take a look at those holes in the new materialistic OS and how they are fixed in this 5.1 version.


#1 ‘No audio’ problem solved:

Some of the lollipop upgraders have complained that they couldn’t hear any sound from any of the internet, apps, games and music sources.


Remedies and suggestions were made on Google forums to solve this problem but failed to help the trouble facers at last.


#2 ‘No silent mode’ problem solved:

Android lollipop 5.1 comes with no silent mode option. It might be a bit hard to expect Google mixing up the silent mode option with sound options. The three None, Priority and All options does the job for you in fact. Dragging the point to None will silent the phone in lollipop 5.0.



Image source: gigaom.com


The legacy silent mode option is restored in lollipop 5.1 to avoid confusion for the users.


#3 Memory management improved:

The management of the memory of the phone is improved than in 5.0. The applications will work better and won’t eat up the RAM just as the previous versions do.


#4 System stability is improved:

The responsiveness of the phone while using heavy applications or games has been improved. The touch-now-and-respond-later issues will not be seen at most, even while using multiple applications at background.


#5 Improved battery life:

With the better memory management, the life of the battery is improved. You can notice the extended battery life in lollipop 5.1 compared to previous versions.


How to update to Android Lollipop 5.1?

This newer version of this Android operating system is only available for Google Nexus devices now. It may take sometime for the update to hit the smartphones manufactured by leading companies like Sony, Samsung and HTC and that too might be available for some high-end devices only.


Till then, all those lollipop 5.0 upgraders have to wait or degrade to the older operating systems to avoid any further risks from using it.

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Huawei Honor 4X Review: Specifications, Pros and Cons

Huawei announced a new smartphone Honor 4X with outstanding features in budget price range, tagged with the price of 10,499 INR. Interestingly this new smartphone supports dual SIM(GSM+LTE) unlike its predecessor version Honor 6.


Honor 4X can only be purchased online, from Flipkart through pre-registration. Before you rush to the registration, take a look at the specifications, pros and cons of the device and make your move.




Branding the name ‘Huawei’, Honor 4x comes packed with regular accessories like data cable, warranty card and a traveller charger along with the handset. It accepts only Micro sized SIM with the support to GSM and LTE kind of networks.


Coming to the physical specifications, it weighs 170g which is really light and is of 8.7mm thinness. This comes in beautiful charcoal black body with light shaded buttons on the side. It looks sleek and beautiful in design and stylish in hand too.


The Honor 4x comes with 5.5 inch IPS HD display which can render the 1280x720 pixels on the screen supporting 16M colors. The hyper-viewing angle will give the best experience watching movies from any angle. One can enjoy watching videos accompanied on this big screen.


Enough with looks. The true power can only be assessed by looking at the muscles of any smartphone. Yeah, I mean the processor and chipset. Honor 4X is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad Core processor with 1.2GHz clock speed. The processor is well supported by 2 GB RAM to execute tasks in a blink.


The handset runs on Android v4.4 Kitkat yet where Lollipop 5.1 is rolling out on some devices. The user interface is a customized one, EMUI 3.0 where three newly added home screen buttons help to organize screens easier and better. It has amazing features like smart sleep mode, slide through camera effects, timeline view of gallery items and magazine unlock.


The 8 GB internal memory is a bit disappointing with only 3.7 GB user usability. Though, it can be expanded up to 32 GB through extended microSD cards.


Camera is must-look-for feature. Honor 4X is equipped with 13MP camera on the back along with LED flash and 5MP camera on the front. The video can record true HD videos of 1920x1080 resolution. Camera specifications fills the tummy well, I think so.


If we talk about the network support, 4G is a big plus for a gadget in 10k INR range. We’ve seen Micromax Yu Yureka in budget range so far in this budget range and you would have know it if you had followed my Micromax’s Yu Yureka review.


Honor 4X comes with powerful 3000mAh battery. This is really surprising to have a battery with stamina. Indeed, a phone with IPS HD display, 1.2GHz processor and 2 GB RAM needs one. Don’t you think?


  • Good specifications within budget range
  • 4G LTE network support
  • Good viewing angles
  • Good display
  • Game friendly
  • Powerful battery
  • Quad-code processor with 2GB RAM
  • Good selfie camera
  • Large screen which is difficult to fit in pocket
  • Huawei brand
  • Only 3.7 GB usable memory
  • No Gorilla screen

Over to you

If you are looking for a stylish cum powerful phone regardless of the brand value, Huawei Honor 4X is the one. The vividness of the screen is better than any other budget gadget in the market.


If you need a device with a branded logo on the back, small screen and different UI(particularly), you can turn this out and look for some other handset.

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7 Best Camera Apps for Android in 2015

People love to capture memories by taking photos. There are many different camera apps available but sometimes people are looking for unique ideas. For this reason, they search for best Android camera apps.


We're looking forward to testing out these Android Apps on the S6 camera which has a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization. So, it should be a real powerhouse.

We have selected the seven top Android camera apps to save your time.



1. Camera MX

Camera MX is no doubt one of the best Android camera apps available in Google Play. You can easily share pictures with your friends and family via Google+ and Instagram using this app. It comes free with in app purchases.


2. Camera ZOOM FX

This app is quite different from other Android camera apps. . Using this app you can select various effects to create your own filter. In case you do not like to add effects manually, you can simply use the pre-made ones. You can buy this app for $3.99 and it has no in-app purchases.


3. Camera360 Ultimate

Camera360 Ultimate is a free app and is used by many people as a replacement of the built-in Camera app. It comes with numerous different features. It is recently updated and now it includes various settings which makes the camera experience much more enjoyable than before. You can get all the regular features of the camera as well as several additional features along with many different effects and filters.


4. Camera Fun Pro

If you are a fun loving person and you like to give your photos a funny look rather than a serious look, then this is definitely the app you need. Camera Fun Pro comes with a lot of different filters which give your photos a crazy and fun look. Another advantage of this app is that it lets you apply the effect before taking the picture. So it saves a lot of time as you can directly snap a photo according to your requirement. This app can be downloaded from Google Play for just $0.99.


5. Camera JB+

This is a very popular app used by a lot of people as it is based on AOSP Jelly Bean Camera. It offers three camera modes; panorama mode, video capture and regular shot.  It also includes an image editor which makes it easy to make little adjustments to the pictures. You can buy this app for $1.99.


6. Cymera

This app is especially famous for taking face shots.  You can easily add filters and effects to your photos using the Cymera app. This app can apply different filters to your smile and bring out a perfect smiling picture for you. It is a free app with in app purchases.


7. DSLR Camera Pro

This app resembles the software of a real DSLR camera. You can change ISO settings, exposure compensation, grid and white balance by using this app. You can also add different filters and effects on your photos to give them a perfect look. DSLR Camera Pro is available for $2.99 in Google Play.

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