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Driver Tip: How to Disable Digital Driver Signing

Have you ever tried to install some device drivers on Windows 7 and received a warning message that those drivers should be digitally signed? You can disable this driver signing warning message in Windows 7 with a simple procedure.

Go to the Start menu and type cmd.exe in the Search Bar. Right click on cmd.exe and choose Run as Administrator.

If you have the UAC turned on, choose Yes to proceed. Otherwise, you should see the command windows opened already. In the shell window, copy and paste the following and hit Enter.

bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON

You'll get a confirmation that the operation completed successfully. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect. You've just disabled digital driver signing in Windows 7.

BIOS Tip: Tweaking BIOS to Improve Boot Speed

Tweaking your BIOS settings can be a good way to get your system to boot faster. Just a simple change of some of the key settings can make dramatic differences in how fast your system boots up.

Enable the "Quick Boot" Feature: Many newer PC's have a special BIOS setting, usually called "Quick Boot" or "Quick Power On Self Test" that can be enabled to make the boot take less time. Try enabling this setting; this will cause the BIOS to skip some of the normal test routines that it performs at boot time, speeding up the boot process.

Remove the Boot Delay Setting: Some PC's have a BIOS setting that you can use to intentionally delay the boot-up of the PC by several seconds. This setting is often called "Boot Delay" or "Power-on Delay". This can be useful when the BIOS is booting too quickly, causing hard disk drives to be booted before they are ready. However, it also slows the boot process down, so make sure that it is only enabled if it is needed.

Disable Floppy Drive Seek: Also called "Boot Up Floppy Seek." Most PCs have a BIOS setting to disable floppy drive seeking, which is the short access the BIOS makes to the floppy disk just before it boots the system. This seek (unless disabled) is performed regardless of whether the system is being booted from the hard disk or floppy disk. Disabling the seek speeds up the boot process by a couple of seconds. This doesn't really have any negative impact on the system, although if you are having problems with your floppy drive you will probably want to re-enable the seek as this makes troubleshooting some types of problems easier.

» Perform a BIOS scan now!

Registry Tip: Show Super Hidden File Extensions

Even when you have configured Windows to display all file extensions, there are still some which remain hidden. This allows potentially dangerous files to be masked as safe files, fooling the user into executing them. This tweak helps expose those file extensions.

It is possible for a malicious user to name a file so that it looks safe to open, when in fact it may be executable containing dangerous content.

For example, a file could be displayed as "readme.txt" in explorer, when it fact it is really name "readme.txt.shs" but since the ".shs" portion of the filename is hidden it is impossible to tell it apart from a simple text file. Then once a user double-clicks to open this file, instead of seeing a text page as expected, the file will be executed by Windows as a scrap object and potentially harm the system.

To remove the potential to hide files, open your registry and using the search function find each occurrence of a value named "NeverShowExt".

When this value is present the associated file extension will not be shown. To display the file extension highlight the "NeverShowExt" value and press Delete. Repeat this process for each extension you want to display.

» Perform a registry scan now!

Question and Answer
Something bad has happened to my computer! Over the past few days, my Dell Inspiron notebook crashes 3 to 4 times a day and appears to be running slow. What could be causing this problem? How can I fix it?
- Danielle T., San Diego, CA

Blue screens and Windows crashes can be caused by a variety of different things. You can try to do a repair of Windows or in worst case scenario, reinstall Windows all together. However, before you do that we would suggest trying a program called Reimage. Reimage repairs & replaces corrupted files, removes virus damage & more.

First, the Reimage preliminary scan will detect all errors on your PC's Operating System. The repair process removes and replaces damaged files found during the scan.

During repair, Reimage not only removes damage, but also reverses the damage done to your Windows OS by replacing corrupted and deleted files with fresh Windows files and components from their continuously updated online database. Your PC's performance, stability and security will be restored and improved.

Speed up your PC today!

» Download Reimage
In Windows on my All Programs menu section of my Start Menu, I have a lot of folders and items that make the menu very cluttered. Is there a way I can condense these items in All Programs?
- Ellen S, Scranton, PA

This can be managed very easily. In the Search box in the Start menu, type: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and press ENTER. This programs folder contains only shortcuts to the real programs and folders, so you can move them around. You can use the left pane, which displays the folder and lets you expand subfolders to help as well. To avoid confusion, restart the computer afterward.

Can I run two security programs on my PC?
– Tammy R., Providence, RI

Yes, you can. However many error messages and system glitches we run across are caused by software conflicts, particularly between security programs. For example, if you run two antivirus programs, you'll likely encounter problems when the programs attempt to use the same resources. A good rule of thumb is to run a software firewall, an antivirus program, and an antispyware program. You can always buy multiple programs, but in most cases you'll get better deals from buying the programs in a bundle.

Tech Tip
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Displays a country flag depicting the location of the current website's server and provides a multitude of tools such as site safety checks, whois, translation, similar sites, validation, URL shortening, and more.

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SidePlayer searches and plays over 2 million audio tracks. This gadget will play any audio right from the desktop.

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Have a blog? Then post to Twitter when you have a post that will interest your niche. Have a Facebook profile? Then ask people to add you. Twitter is really a vital part of web 2.0. It can serve as the core. It can let you build relationships that can branch out to other social networks.

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