Why it matters: Occasionally someone finds a way to lock up a device by sending a certain message to it. Usually these messages contain text or special characters that the machine just can't understand, and it gets stalled. Over the weekend, PS4 users were experiencing such a bug and thought it was bricking their console. Fortunately there is a fix. Last Saturday VG24/7 reported that a malicious PlayStation 4 messaging bug had been discovered and was “bricking consoles.” It urged users to change their privacy settings to either Friends or No One for messages until Sony could fix the problem. Today Sony announced that it had squashed the bug and clarified that affected consoles were not bricked. The malicious messages were actually sending PS4s into a “crash loop,” the company tweeted. This non-functioning state is straightforward to fix so don’t throw out that console just yet. According to Sony’s advice, you first have to delete the offending … [Read more...] about How to fix your PlayStation 4 if it was locked up by the messaging bug
Defrag the hard drive
Disk fragmentation is generally main cause of slow and unstable computer performance. Smart Defrag helps defragment your hard drive most efficiently. Smart Defrag not only defragments computer deeply but optimizes disk performance. With 'install it and forget it' feature, Smart Defrag works automatically and quietly in the background on your PC, keeping your hard disk running at its speediest. Smart Defrag is complete free for home, organization, and business. Extremely Easy to Use Install it and forget it. This powerful, free defragmenter works continuously, automatically and quietly in the background on your PC. Its intuitive interface makes Smart Defrag the ideal utility for complete computer dummies. Exceptionally Efficient Defragmentation Smart Defrag has the world’s fastest defragmenting engine. It’s been specially designed for modern, large hard drives, so it eliminates long waiting times. Optimize Disk Performance Smart Defrag doesn’t just use simple … [Read more...] about IObit Smart Defrag
Is your Windows PC running a little slowly? It's not your imagination: over time hard drives accumulate all kinds of things that slow things down. PC optimization software can't solve obsolescence – if your computer is struggling to meet the system requirements for your OS or apps that's a job for more RAM or the addition of an SSD – but if the slowdown is software-related, it can really help.It's worth noting that you can do much of what these PC optimization apps do yourself using Windows' built-in system maintenance tools, but that's time consuming; what's really being sold here is convenience.1. Iolo System MechanicEnjoy a faster, cleaner PC with the best free PC optimization tool aroundIolo System Mechanic removes junk files and unwanted apps, blocks bloatware and unwanted auto-run settings, clears out RAM and wipes various logs, browser histories and caches.Not only does this free up key system resources, it also eliminates traces of your browsing activity to protect … [Read more...] about The best free PC optimization software 2018: boost performance with a click
Macs are complex machines, but in some ways they’re a bit like people. Everything they can do relies on a healthy, uncluttered hard drive; the “brains” of the operation. But you can’t take your Macbook to a psychologist (unless that’s your thing), so instead you’ll want a utility app like Drive Genius.Drive Genius 5 is a suite of 19 different diagnostic and repair tools for your Mac’s drive. It scans and addresses a whole range of potential issues, even while idling. So if there’s a potential problem, you’ll get a warning before it becomes a real one. Easily create secondary boot drives, optimize performance, remove duplicate files and lots more. Additionally, you can personalize icons to make drive ID and organization easier. This is a solid app that’s been the Genius Bar’s defrag tool of choice for more than 7 years. Buy now: Get Drive Genius 5 for $39, that’s a 60 percent discount. … [Read more...] about Drive Genius is the tool you need to keep your Mac’s brain healthy.
The problem: Your PC is getting slower and you don't know what exactly is causing this. It may be clutter getting out of control, invalid registry entries, fragmented files, incorrect network or system settings, a combination thereof or a number of other things. The solution: BoostSpeed scans your computer to pinpoint the issues that may be responsible for the slowdown, and provides a safe and easy way to fix them along with a complete kit of powerful tools to enhance every aspect of your PC's performance. At a click of a button it does all of the following (or only parts you want done): cleans out junk, fixes the registry, tweaks Windows and Internet settings, defragments the hard drive – all to get your PC running fast and smooth again. What's New: fixed a critical bug that could cause significant performance loss on certain systems running Windows 8.1; improved program stability; improved program launch speed. … [Read more...] about Auslogics BoostSpeed