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Top 9 Best Google Chrome Extensions

Top 9 Best Google Chrome Extensions

Streamus – Streamus turns YouTube into the music player you always wanted. Streamus is no longer available 🙁

Magic Actions for YouTube – Enhance your YouTube watching experience.

Save to Pocket – The best way to save articles, videos, and more.

Google Dictionary – View definitions easily as you browse the web.

Evernote Web Clipper – Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account.

Feedly (App) – All your favorite sites in one place.

Honey – Automatically find and apply coupon codes when you shop online.

Buffer – The best way to share great content to Twitter and Facebook from anywhere on the web with just one click.

Black Menu for Google – The easiest access to the Google universe.

Best Antivirus 2015 – Top 3 Free Programs

Click here to see the updated post “Best Antivirus 2016”

If you’re a PC user, having an antivirus is almost always a necessity.

But which antivirus is the best? Here are my top 3 best antivirus applications in 2015 for Windows computers.

Best Antivirus: BitDefender

In my opinion, BitDefender offers the best free and premium antivirus applications for Windows in 2015. BitDefender Free Edition has everything you’d want in a free antivirus: hassle-free installation, easy-to-use and simple interface, quiet and unobtrusive, lightweight and optimized, real-time protection, and strong threat prevention. It’s a top-ranked antivirus that consistently gets rated as one of the best antivirus programs by security companies each year.

Most people can feel safe with the free edition, but if you’re less tech-savvy and want the peace of mind of having the most complete protection for your Windows computer then BitDefender Total Security 2015 is a solid choice when you want a premium antivirus. It gives you everything you need to keep your computer and data protected if you don’t know much about safe computing and safe web browsing.

Best Anti-Malware: MalwareBytes

MalwareBytes is a free anti-malware program that every Windows user should have installed. The free version features an on-demand scanner that does a great job at finding and removing malware such as worms, Trojans, rootkits, spyware, adware and other threats that can slip by your typical antivirus program.

It’s a smart move to have this installed as a second line of defense along with your main antivirus program. You can run a weekly scan to make sure your system is clean. They also offer a premium version for just $24.95 per year that can be used as your main antivirus and anti-malware program if you’d like.

Best Alternative: Avast

Avast Free Antivirus is a great alternative if you don’t want to use BitDefender. Avast has gained popularity and is known as one of the best free antivirus applications available. Many people swear by it. However, it’s not my favorite because it’s a little too annoying and obtrusive for my taste (default sounds, noises, and pop-ups). However, it does offer strong protection for Windows computers and gets my vote as my 3rd best free antivirus program for 2015.

More Tips to Stay Safe

  • Don’t install software from random websites. If you install software, make sure it’s from a trusted source.
  • Avoid Internet Explorer. Use a more secure web browser like Chrome or Firefox. Also consider an ad-blocker.
  • Don’t click on links or pop-ups. If you encounter links, hover your mouse over them to preview and verify the destination. If it looks suspicious, don’t click.
  • Don’t visit sketchy or unsafe websites.
  • Don’t install toolbars. Consider getting Unchecky.
  • Don’t click on links in emails or download attachments from un-verified sources.
  • If you see something like “OMG watch what happens when this fight breaks out!” on Facebook, don’t click it. Just don’t.
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How to Install Windows 8 on Mac – Parallels 9 Tutorial

In this video I will be showing you how to install Windows 8 on your Mac. So this method of installing Windows 8 on your Mac requires two programs: Parallels and Windows 8. Both links to these programs will be in the description below. So right in the description below you can click links to these programs where you can get these. Parallels is an application for the Mac that allows you to run Windows or other operating systems virtually right inside your Mac. It works perfectly. I love it. It’s the best way to run Windows on your Mac. Also you’ll need a copy of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. I’ll leave the link to the Amazon product page on Amazon for the Windows 8.1 Pro full version where you can get that.

Once you have Windows 8 and also once you have Parallels installed on your Mac you can go ahead and get started. So let’s open up Parallels on my Mac. I already have Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installed virtually. Now I’m going to show you how to install Windows 8 from a clean slate using Parallels on your Mac. So let’s go to the plus sign and hit “New”. Then we’re going to choose the one that says “Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file”. Hit “Continue”. On this screen you choose where you want to install it from so if you have Windows 8 on a disc, on a DVD disc you will choose DVD. Load it into your DVD drive on your Mac then hit “Continue”. If you have an image file you can choose image file. So choose whichever one you have.

On this screen you’ll enter the product key that came with your Windows 8 version or Windows 8.1 whichever one you have. On this screen you will choose how you want Windows 8.1 to perform. I always choose “Like a PC” because I like it to just be a separate entity from my Mac with some integration as well. You can still copy and paste from your Mac to your Windows virtual machine, but you can also choose “Like a Mac” where it lets you run Windows programs right from the Mac desktop, all that good stuff. But I just like to keep it separate and I just choose “Like a PC”. Here I just choose “Like Windows 8” so you don’t have to mess around with any other external programs, third party programs. Hit “Continue”.

On this screen just give your Windows Virtual Machine a name so whatever it is: Windows 7 or Windows 8, Windows 8.1, just give it a name then hit “Continue”. Alright and Parallels will start to install Windows 8 on your Mac in this little box. And just let it run depending on how fast your computer is, your setup, what kind of processor you have, that will determine how fast this will go. It should go by pretty quickly though. And during the setup it will ask you what version of Windows 8 you have: if you have Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro. Choose whatever one you have. Hit “Next” and then it will start to install Windows 8 on your Mac. Now I’ll probably speed this portion up for the sake of this video.

Okay after the setup completes Windows will automatically restart. Alright after Windows 8 gets done doing all its automatic installation and setting everything up it’ll bring you to the Windows 8 Start screen and then you can actually maximize the Parallels window to make your Windows 8 full screen like you’re on a Windows 8 system. And you can go in here and start playing around and setting up your Windows system. That’s how easy it is. Parallels makes it super easy to get everything set up automatically for you so you can get right into Windows 8 and start doing your thing. So that’s how to install Windows 8 on your Mac using Parallels. I hope this video helped you out. If you have any questions just leave a comment down below. I’ll try to get back to you. Thank you so much for watching. Keep having fun out there and make sure you subscribe to this channel as well and give this video a thumbs-up. I’ll talk to you guys later. Bye.

By Andy Slye

Best Free Mac Apps 2014

Best Free Mac Apps of 2014

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In no particular order, here are my favorite free apps for Mac OS X:

Caffeine: Lightweight app that runs in the background and prevents your Mac from going into sleep mode

Google Chrome: Lightweight and fast web browser from Google

Mozilla Firefox: Web browser that has a plethora of useful add-ons

Transmission: Lightweight bit torrent client

Google Drive: Store up to 15GB of your stuff online for free, access from anywhere, and collaborate with others

Dropbox: Lets you take your photos, documents, and videos anywhere and share them easily

BetterTouchTool: Gives you the ability to customize trackpad gestures, keyboard shortcuts, and window snapping

HandBrake: Converts video files

SmartConverter: Converts video and audio files

VirtualBox: Virtual machine manager that lets you install and run Windows, Linux, or any other OS virtually

LibreOffice: Free office suite

Evernote: Cloud-synced app that helps you remember ideas by utilizing virtual notes and notebooks

Skitch: Photo-editing app that adds annotations, shapes, and text to images and screenshots

VLC Media Player: Media player that plays nearly an audio and video file

Sublime Text: Sophisticated text editor for code documents

FileZilla: Easy-to-use FTP client

Flux: Automatically adjusts your computer screen according to the time of day

Alfred: Productivity app that saves you time in searching your local computer and the web

Unarchiver: Archive utility that extracts any zipped or archived file

AppCleaner: Lightweight app that thoroughly uninstalls unwanted apps along with their junk files

SuperDuper: Backup and recovery application

SelfControl: Productivity app that allows you to block time-wasting websites for an allocated time

CloudApp: Easy way to quickly share screenshots

Wunderlist: Cloud app that manages your lists

Skype: Messaging and internet calling app

Plex: Personal media manager that works great alongside a Smart TV or Roku for the ultimate movie and TV show streaming set-up

Spotify: Music streaming service

TeamViewer: Remote control your computer from anywhere

Burn: Simple disc burning app

Gimp: Open source photo editor that is similar to Photoshop

Pocket: Web service that lets you easily store blog articles and web pages offline in an easy-to-read format

ClipMenu: Clipboard manager

What’s your favorite free Mac app?

How to Rip a DVD on Windows 7 – Best Way!

In this video I’m going to show you how to rip a DVD to your Windows 7 computer using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum. This is my favorite program to rip and copy DVDs to my computer, and you can download it by visiting the link in the description below. And once you download it to your computer you can run the installer file. So just double-click on it. Click Run. Yes. You’re going to install it. Just hit Next. I accept, next, next, and install it on your computer. Just hit next, next, install, and it will install on your computer. And when you click Finish the program should open up or you can open it up from your desktop over here by clicking on it. Alright now once you have Winx DVD Ripper Platinum open next thing you want to do is insert the DVD movie disc into your DVD drive on your Windows 7 computer. Once it’s loaded in there just click this disc button on the top left of the program. It will pull up this window right here, the source DVD disc. You just choose your movie here. Most likely it’ll already be in there by default. Click okay. It’ll load the DVD into the program, and then you’ll see this output profile window here. And this is what you want the video format to be copied in. Most likely you’re going to be using a PC general video and just use the recommended MP4 video. That’s the best recommendation, but one of the best features about this program is the different profiles that it offers when you’re copying the DVD. So if you know you’re going to put it on a device later you can choose that particular device. So you got iPhone, you can go down to iPhone and just choose your recommended option for that. Same thing with Android tablet, Android smartphone. But if you just want to rip it to your computer and leave it there PC general video and the MP4 recommended option is what you want to do. So once you choose your outfit profile format, just click Okay. And here it’ll show you the DVD right here and show you all the titles. Title 1 is automatically selected. That’s the main movie file so if you want to just copy the main movie file it’s already selected there for you. If you want to copy any of the other chapters or extras you can select these as well. And down here at the bottom this is shows you where the DVD will be ripped or copied to when it’s copied to your computer. This is the folder. You can go in here and change. Click browser you can change the folder. Mine’s going to end up on my desktop which is okay with me. And now you are ready to rip the DVD to your computer so just hit that run button in the bottom right. If you’re using the free trial version it’ll only copy the first five minutes just to show you it works. To copy the full movie and to copy unlimited DVDs you can purchase a registration code for the software, and you can get a special discount on the software if you click that Register button from the program itself. Alright so when the copy is complete it should bring up the folder that it copied the DVD into, and there is my video file right there. So that is how to rip any DVD on a Windows 7 computer. So I hope this helped you out. Again the link is in the description below. You will definitely love this program.

By Andy Slye

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