10 Signs of Computer Malware Infection and the Solutions

Over the last five years, the number of internet users across the globe has tripled thanks to increased internet accessibility. The increase in users and advancement in technology provides cyber criminals with unlimited opportunities to take advantage of systems to steal private data for their heinous activities. Increased dependence on the internet has also resulted in a massive growth in malware and cyber-criminal activities.

Here are ten signs of computer malware infection that you should know and five top-rated anti-malware software that you can count on to protect your computer.

How PC Gaming Performance Can Benefit From SSD

The gaming world has undergone major changes over the last ten years. New technologies have made it possible for gaming enthusiasts to play a broad range of games on their computer without compromising the stability of their system.

SSDs (Solid State Drive) are among essential components of the new generation gaming environment. With the operating system and gaming applications securely stored on a solid-state drive, the computer windows can boot faster, and the game levels load seamlessly. With an SSD in place, you will not need to have a spinning plate. SSD have also become more affordable, and the amount of storage space that they offer is increasing thereby replacing the traditional hard disks.

However, the impact of SSD on performance is still debatable. Users who experience framerate issues may not benefit much from a solid state drive as GPU is one of the key components that directly influence performance. The significant reduction in load times due to fast data speed transfer through SSD should be one of the primary reasons for shifting to this technology. Some SDDs record up to a speed of 400MB/S while some of the conventional HDDs do not exceed 170 MB/S.

By embracing SSDs, you will no longer experience hitching. Hitching refers to brief pauses that occur as a result of the application is unable to pull assets from the hard drive fast enough to keep up with the players.

In a bid to meet the diverse users’ needs, SSD is available in different sizes such as the venerable 2.5 inch SATA drives and the new M.2 gumstick drives. The M.2 relies on a PCIe interface while the best models in the market use NVMe to further enhance performance.

Let us proceed and look at five recent best SSDs in the market that you can use to revamp your gaming experience.

Six Best Driver Update Software

Drivers are those software programs which maneuver the functionality of hardware devices in a computer. As the research and development never stops, the manufacturers keep trying to find the ways to increase the efficiency of a device. After tests and trials these findings are incorporated in the form of a driver update. Such updates are designed to increase the performance of a device by changing its functionality according to latest research. To make sure that our computers are updated with the latest drivers either we need to check and update the drivers manually or rely on authentic software to achieve this purpose.

Once I found myself in a strange situation when I started working at a new place. They gave me a laptop; probably it was some DELL Latitude. It perfectly connected to the Wi-Fi at office but it used to annoy me most of the times while I tried to connect it with Wi-Fi router at my home. The chances of getting connected with my home Wi-Fi router remained 50% and I used to try all the technical and non-technical tricks to fix this problem but the problem persisted until someone asked to check whether I have got the latest WLAN driver update or not. Eventually I went to DELL’s official webpage and found that there was an update available for the Wi-Fi device. The process of downloading and updating the driver was swift and it fixed the connectivity problem once for all.

From my personal experience I learnt that keeping our device drivers updated can save us from useless trouble as well as prepares our PC to tackle the latest challenges of modern computing and entertainment needs. Let’s take a look on some of the software that can help you out in managing the Diver updates for your computer.

DriverPack solution

DriverPack solution is a free soft tool that assists in driver updates, it is easy to install by taking easy steps that don’t take much time. Easy installation is not the only advantage of this app as it works perfectly well with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

It can be considered as a portable program, just like a flash-drive because you can keep it in any folder or drive and run it to get the work done.

After downloading the drivers or their updates from the internet it gives you an option to schedule the installation according to your needs. You may select to install all the updates simultaneously or choose to install some specific updates at the moment and ignore the rest for the time being.

The main advantage of DriverPack solution is its offline versions. If you don’t have access to internet, the offline versions will install the basic drivers like sound and LAN/WLAN drivers for you to run your computer in a better way until you get connected to the internet for the updates.

The software is very user friendly and a newbie can also get all the benefits of this utility without any trouble.

SlimDrivers

SlimDrivers is a freeware which silently runs in the background of your windows operating system to check and download the latest upgrades for your device drivers. Although the official website has not claimed its compatibility with Windows 10 the software runs perfectly fine on all the variants of Windows. The SlimDrivers shows the date of release of latest update however it doesn’t show any further details about the upgrades before installing them.

The program downloads the driver update internally and later you have to install them manually from the list of updates. So you don’t have to browse any links and go through the hectic process of selecting the drivers from a webpage before downloading them.

It requires an internet connection to function properly because while internet connection is not available it doesn’t show the correct results of scans and sometimes tells the wrong information that all the driver update definitions are updated. The software also provides us with the options to backup and restore the drivers if the need arises.

Free Driver Scout

Free Driver Scout is a great utility with obvious advantage of automation over rest of the contemporaries of its kind. As the name suggests it is also a freeware. It requires only 50 MB space on your hard disk and runs well on a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM.

It governs and executes all the stages of driver upgrades at its own. It will scan and search the updates, and then it will download and install them without prompting you. However, it also backs up your drivers and you have the option to restore any device upgrade to previous definition if the upgrade doesn’t work fine for you. Although it is connected to a huge database for checking the updates, it has been reported that sometimes it is unable to find an update for some old device drivers.

There are certain situations when we upgrade our computer to the latest version of operation system. The OS Migration tool which comes with Free Driver Scout proves useful in these situations by updating your drivers to make your devices run in compatibility with the OS upgrade. You are only required to provide the Scout with the version of OS that you intend to install and it will automatically download all the required data in advance before you start updating your operating system.

Free Driver Scout can be downloaded for its official website. While downloading the software it will try to offer you install some irrelevant programs which you can easily decline.

DriverIdentifier

DriverIdentifier is software that can help you in collecting the website links for appropriate drivers. These links are augmented in a file that you can use on any computer with internet connection to download the best drivers for your computer. This option can help us to keep the drivers update data ready before we opt to refresh or upgrade an Operating System in our machine.

This freeware has an easy to use interface and it is also compatible with all the popular Operating Systems 32bit / 64 bit. You can also update your installed drivers by running a scan and following the scan results according your requirements. It uses the latest algorithms of data search and always stands out among its counterparts in finding the most suitable drivers for your computer.

DriverIdentifier can be downloaded from its official website. However it should be noted that the software requires you to create an account with them before using it to update the drivers. The software providers are a legitimate organization and it’s safe to get registered with them.

Device Doctor

Device Doctor is a very simple and light program that can assist you in keeping your device drivers updated. You can keep the program on your computer or a Flash Drive and just run it when you need to use it. In short you are not required to install it permanently on your machine.

It searches the drivers from a huge database on the internet and refers you to the websites where you can easily download your required files in the form of zipped data. You’ll have to use a Winrar or any other software like that to unzip the installed data for using it. It requires you to install the updates manually so sometimes the process gets a little hectic if you have to update drivers for a large number of devices.

It is compatible with all the running variants of Windows operating system. There is no bandwidth restrictor involved while downloading the drivers and updates and you can harness the maximum speed of your internet connection while using Device Doctor.

Device Doctor can be downloaded from its official website for free.

DriverMax

If we rate the device driver updating software then DriverMax would certainly get counted among the best performers. Although its free version puts a limit and doesn’t allow more than two driver updates in a day and only allows you to download ten drivers in a month but the authenticity of the drivers downloaded by DriverMax is crystal clear. With the paid version of this software your options to download the desired updates increase however you can still search the available updates with free version and schedule your downloads according to allowed limits if you are not interested in buying the software.

Its features make it very likely for using it for driver updates. It is capable of downloading suitable drivers for unknown hardware devices. It gives you the option to create backups and restore points before installing updates so that you can roll back to previous definitions if the latest update doesn’t work well for you. It not only searches and downloads the drivers but also installs them without involving you in the process. It also ensures that the drivers are signed by the manufacturer before downloading them for you. Installation of DriverMax doesn’t ask you to install any irrelevant programs or register an account with the official website.

DriverMax can be downloaded from its official website.

Linked Words

Device Driver: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Device_driver

Windows Update: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Update

Six Best Driver Update Software

Drivers are those software programs which maneuver the functionality of hardware devices in a computer. As the research and development never stops, the manufacturers keep trying to find the ways to increase the efficiency of a device. After tests and trials these findings are incorporated in the form of a driver update. Such updates are designed to increase the performance of a device by changing its functionality according to latest research. To make sure that our computers are updated with the latest drivers either we need to check and update the drivers manually or rely on authentic software to achieve this purpose.

Once I found myself in a strange situation when I started working at a new place. They gave me a laptop; probably it was some DELL Latitude. It perfectly connected to the Wi-Fi at office but it used to annoy me most of the times while I tried to connect it with Wi-Fi router at my home. The chances of getting connected with my home Wi-Fi router remained 50% and I used to try all the technical and non-technical tricks to fix this problem but the problem persisted until someone asked to check whether I have got the latest WLAN driver update or not. Eventually I went to DELL’s official webpage and found that there was an update available for the Wi-Fi device. The process of downloading and updating the driver was swift and it fixed the connectivity problem once for all.

From my personal experience I learnt that keeping our device drivers updated can save us from useless trouble as well as prepares our PC to tackle the latest challenges of modern computing and entertainment needs. Let’s take a look on some of the software that can help you out in managing the Diver updates for your computer.

DriverPack solution

DriverPack solution is a free soft tool that assists in driver updates, it is easy to install by taking easy steps that don’t take much time. Easy installation is not the only advantage of this app as it works perfectly well with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

It can be considered as a portable program, just like a flash-drive because you can keep it in any folder or drive and run it to get the work done.

After downloading the drivers or their updates from the internet it gives you an option to schedule the installation according to your needs. You may select to install all the updates simultaneously or choose to install some specific updates at the moment and ignore the rest for the time being.

The main advantage of DriverPack solution is its offline versions. If you don’t have access to internet, the offline versions will install the basic drivers like sound and LAN/WLAN drivers for you to run your computer in a better way until you get connected to the internet for the updates.

The software is very user friendly and a newbie can also get all the benefits of this utility without any trouble.

SlimDrivers

SlimDrivers is a freeware which silently runs in the background of your windows operating system to check and download the latest upgrades for your device drivers. Although the official website has not claimed its compatibility with Windows 10 the software runs perfectly fine on all the variants of Windows. The SlimDrivers shows the date of release of latest update however it doesn’t show any further details about the upgrades before installing them.

The program downloads the driver update internally and later you have to install them manually from the list of updates. So you don’t have to browse any links and go through the hectic process of selecting the drivers from a webpage before downloading them.

It requires an internet connection to function properly because while internet connection is not available it doesn’t show the correct results of scans and sometimes tells the wrong information that all the driver update definitions are updated. The software also provides us with the options to backup and restore the drivers if the need arises.

Free Driver Scout

Free Driver Scout is a great utility with obvious advantage of automation over rest of the contemporaries of its kind. As the name suggests it is also a freeware. It requires only 50 MB space on your hard disk and runs well on a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM.

It governs and executes all the stages of driver upgrades at its own. It will scan and search the updates, and then it will download and install them without prompting you. However, it also backs up your drivers and you have the option to restore any device upgrade to previous definition if the upgrade doesn’t work fine for you. Although it is connected to a huge database for checking the updates, it has been reported that sometimes it is unable to find an update for some old device drivers.

There are certain situations when we upgrade our computer to the latest version of operation system. The OS Migration tool which comes with Free Driver Scout proves useful in these situations by updating your drivers to make your devices run in compatibility with the OS upgrade. You are only required to provide the Scout with the version of OS that you intend to install and it will automatically download all the required data in advance before you start updating your operating system.

DriverIdentifier

DriverIdentifier is software that can help you in collecting the website links for appropriate drivers. These links are augmented in a file that you can use on any computer with internet connection to download the best drivers for your computer. This option can help us to keep the drivers update data ready before we opt to refresh or upgrade an Operating System in our machine.

This freeware has an easy to use interface and it is also compatible with all the popular Operating Systems 32bit / 64 bit. You can also update your installed drivers by running a scan and following the scan results according your requirements. It uses the latest algorithms of data search and always stands out among its counterparts in finding the most suitable drivers for your computer.

DriverIdentifier can be downloaded from its official website. However it should be noted that the software requires you to create an account with them before using it to update the drivers. The software providers are a legitimate organization and it’s safe to get registered with them.

Device Doctor

Device Doctor is a very simple and light program that can assist you in keeping your device drivers updated. You can keep the program on your computer or a Flash Drive and just run it when you need to use it. In short you are not required to install it permanently on your machine.

It searches the drivers from a huge database on the internet and refers you to the websites where you can easily download your required files in the form of zipped data. You’ll have to use a Winrar or any other software like that to unzip the installed data for using it. It requires you to install the updates manually so sometimes the process gets a little hectic if you have to update drivers for a large number of devices.

It is compatible with all the running variants of Windows operating system. There is no bandwidth restrictor involved while downloading the drivers and updates and you can harness the maximum speed of your internet connection while using Device Doctor.

Device Doctor can be downloaded from its official website for free.

DriverMax

If we rate the device driver updating software then DriverMax would certainly get counted among the best performers. Although its free version puts a limit and doesn’t allow more than two driver updates in a day and only allows you to download ten drivers in a month but the authenticity of the drivers downloaded by DriverMax is crystal clear. With the paid version of this software your options to download the desired updates increase however you can still search the available updates with free version and schedule your downloads according to allowed limits if you are not interested in buying the software.

Its features make it very likely for using it for driver updates. It is capable of downloading suitable drivers for unknown hardware devices. It gives you the option to create backups and restore points before installing updates so that you can roll back to previous definitions if the latest update doesn’t work well for you. It not only searches and downloads the drivers but also installs them without involving you in the process. It also ensures that the drivers are signed by the manufacturer before downloading them for you. Installation of DriverMax doesn’t ask you to install any irrelevant programs or register an account with the official website.

DriverMax can be downloaded from its official website.

Linked Words

Device Driver: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Device_driver

Windows Update: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Update

Enhance PC Gaming Experience – Top 3 PC Game Boosters Review

Worldwide reports show that the PC gaming industry has evolved from a small, limited audience based one to an enormous one with billions of dollars worth of investment plunged into it every now and then. The industry has taken the world by such storm that not just youngsters, but people of all ages and professions can be seen enjoying the occasional PC game, with some blockbuster titles pulling in more revenue than major movies.

While all that is true, it is worth noting that not every PC is suitable for gaming. What makes a game exciting are its graphics, resolutions, and high-paced action. But if your PC isn’t optimized to match up to the requirements of the game you’re playing, the speed of your games and your overall experience will suffer. Your game will freeze and won’t appeal as much as it could. So if you have a PC that’s not “game-ready”, do you have to miss out on all the fun?

Of course not! There’s a lot you can do to enhance your PC gaming experience. From upgrading hardware to tweaking performance increasing tips, with a little time and effort, you can get much better gaming easily. That’s exactly what this write-up is dedicated to. Herein, we’ll let you know of some easy tips that can pull up your PC’s gaming performance and we’ll also introduce you to 3 awesome tools that can help you further. So if you enjoy playing games on your PC, you’ll find this piece especially interesting.

Tips to boost PC Gaming Experience

Common symptoms of poor game performance on a PC include intermittent playback of video clips, slow frame rates, choppy game play, poor video display, and distorted audio playback. Here are a few things you can do to get over these problems:

  • Analyze the performance and overall capability of your computer hardware and make changes where required (Free)
  • Over clock your PC’s video/graphics card (Free)
  • Clean restart your PC by removing all unneeded software from startup (Free)
  • Back up and sync your saved games (Free)
  • Remove hard drive errors if any (May be Paid)
  • Update video adapter driver and sound card driver (May be Paid)
  • Upgrade graphics drivers (Paid)
  • Upgrade to a Solid State Drive or SSD (Paid)

Explored all the above-mentioned tips but still yearn for more power? Read on to discover 3 amazing tools that can help you gain the gaming experience you’re hoping for.

Tools that promote better PC Gaming

1. Driver Booster 4 PRO

One of the main reasons behind degraded system performance and frequent crashes is outdated drivers. Driver Booster is a PC application that lets you scan and identify outdated drivers automatically. It downloads and installs the right update for you on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP with just one click, thus saving loads of your time. The software is specially designed to tweak system drivers for better gaming performance. It ensures better PC performance by enhancing and updating security with Restore, Uninstall & Rollback features. With this driver update tool, you can protect your PC from hidden security vulnerabilities, hardware failures, conflicts, and system crashes.

Some of the best features of the tool include:

  • Small driver package with new driver compression algorithm
  • Safe updating with qualified WHQL drivers only
  • Unlocks driver update speed limit
  • Large database to update more outdated and rare drivers
  • Accelerate downloads
  • Automatically backs up all drivers for safe restore
  • Utilizes system idle time to auto-download and install drivers
  • Updates game components for better gaming on priority

Supported Drivers

Driver Booster 4 Pro can support more than 400,000 drivers which cover over thousands of driver factory brands including even rare drivers. Also, it provides useful and powerful tools in its “Toolkit” to help users fix common PC problems such as system crash, BSOD, device connection error, audio crackling, no sound issues, no network issues, etc.

Ease on System Resources

The product executable downloads quickly and is easy to install. It doesn’t require much from the system resources, 1 GB of free disk space will do. The working of the tool doesn’t negatively impact other system processes but it tends to slow down the system sometimes. Also, you should have a fast Internet connection even to properly scan for driver updates.

Ease of Use

The user interface of the product is fairly attractive with a black and gray tone. When the product finishes scanning, a list of outdated drivers is displayed within its interface with the version number, size, and release date clearly mentioned next to each one that needs to be updated. This helps to easily identify a new driver’s size & age before it is updated. The outdated driver list can be saved to a text file so you can transfer it to any other system if you want. Moreover, the usage instructions of the tool are clearly explained on its interface which gives it some major points as far as user-friendliness is concerned.

Pricing & License

Driver Booster 4 Pro is priced at $22.95. At this price it can be used on 3 PCs for 1 year. Users are also entitled to free technical support 24×7.

Help & Support

There are a lot of ways to get in touch with the product manufacturer’s support team. The software interface itself lets you lodge complaints and requests by filling a simple form and sending it to them directly. You can also drop them an email, visit their online forums or submit an online feedback.

Pros VS Cons

ProsCons
1-click Driver UpdateInternet connection is a must
Supports Batch Driver DownloadsIncludes a tab dedicated to advertising
Automatically creates Restore PointOccasionally installs wrong drivers
Unlimited Driver UpdatesNot advisable to run without manual intervention
Can uninstall and rollback driversOccasional performance degrade
Performs download within program

2. Wise Game Booster

Did you know upgrading your system’s performance could lead to a better gaming experience? Wise Game Booster lets you do just that. The software is designed to enhance PC gaming by optimizing system settings, ending unnecessary programs and stopping irrelevant services with one single click. It helps boost your PC’s performance by making system resources focus only on the game you are playing. The tool includes features dedicated to PC gaming, for example, it lets you sync your games into its interface so you don’t have to find them crowded desktop icons. You can manage everything and check game information from a single interface. Wise Game Booster’s interface is available in more than 20 different languages so users all across the world can make use of it easily.

Some of the best features of the tool include:

  • Optimizes relevant system settings to improve system stability and running speed
  • Works on the strategy that ending everything else will help focus system resources only on the game you’re playing – simple yet effective
  • Allows advanced users to end processes or stop services manually
  • Gives users the option to restore a service to its earlier state
  • Automatically detects services slowing your PC and reminds you to stop or keep them
  • Detects high memory usage processes and suggests you end or keep them

Supported Operating Systems

Wise Game Booster can work smoothly with a number of operating systems including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10, both 32bit and 64 bit.

Ease on System Resources

To say that Wise Game Booster mercilessly kills background processes won’t be fair. It lets users decide which processes to end and which not. It shows a list of all applications and how much of the memory they are consuming and leaves the decision to keep them running or quit them up to the users. In this regard, the software is pretty handy and doesn’t negatively impact system resources. It actually makes them more productive. It lets you optimize your system based on the game you’re playing. It will help highlight only the processes you need to kill to boost the performance of the particular game you’re playing.

It does, however, have a few basic system requirements but they are what most PCs have – CPU with Pentium 233 MHz or above, 128 MB or more of RAM, 10 MB or more of free disk space.

Ease of Use

The tool’s UI is quite detailed and easy to work with. It is divided into multiple panels, allowing you to quickly access the main features and it gives users a lot of process customization freedom. You can ask it to automatically search for local games installed on the computer and add them to the list to submit for analysis. As a single interface for all your PC games, Wise Game Booster is a good tool.

Pricing & License

This is where Wise Game Booster stands out as a user favorite – it is free of cost! The full version of the tool with all features can be directly downloaded from the vendor site without even signing up.

Help & Support

There are a lot of ways to get in touch with the product manufacturer’s support team. You can find links to video tutorials, online help documents, and forums on the tool website. Additionally, there’s a dedicated support section on the website which includes a ton of options like FAQs, contact, etc. to get all the help you need.

Pros VS Cons

ProsCons
1-click System OptimizationUpdates slow
User-friendlyIf you have unsaved work you could end up losing data
Free of cost

3. Razer Cortex: Boost

Razer Cortex: Boost is a PC optimization tool that helps your system’s performance perk up by managing and killing processes which you don’t need while gaming, like business apps and background helpers. This frees up system resources and valuable RAM, resulting in higher frames per second and smoother gaming experience. In this regard, its functionality is very similar to Wise Game Booster. However here lies the difference – Razer Cortex’s manufacturers claim that the software doesn’t just increase your computer’s performance; it improves the way you play by adding cool features to any game. The program scans your computer automatically to find all games you play and then lets you adjust the settings of each individually. It even lets you defragment the section of your hard drive that holds the game for boosted performance.

Some of the best features of the software include:

  • Optimizes PC for gaming
  • Automatically kicks-in on game launch and restores PC to original settings when game stops
  • Equipped with in-game counter that gives you an instant feedback of the frames per second while gaming
  • Creates FPS chart through which you can review your stats when gaming session is over
  • Displays out-of-the-box recommendations to speed up most users’ systems
  • Expert tweak controls let advanced users delve deeper to fine-tune their boost settings to a much granular level

Supported Operating Systems

One drawback of Razer Cortex Boost is that it can work smoothly only with a handful of operating systems. These include Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Ease on System Resources

Contrary to its name and manufacturer claims, Razer Cortex Boost takes a heavy toll on system resources. While it claims to kill only certain processes, in effect, everything apart from the game console is blindly ended. Moreover, the frames per second that the software displays while you’re gaming are very unreliable. They drop and peak randomly without you making any changes or tweaks.

Ease of Use

The software’s usage is very straightforward. Its interface is easy to understand and use and displays quite a few options. Its interface is actually one of the only good points we could find.

Pricing & License

This tool, like Wise Game Booster, is free of cost! The full version of the tool with all features can be directly downloaded from the vendor site without even signing up.

Help & Support

Unlike other support pages, finding the exact page for help and pointers related to Razer Cortex Boost is slightly tricky. You have to first click on the “Support” tab, then select a product category, and then a software category after which you’re directed to a support page that includes information about all software products. So you do all this to get to a page that’s too generic to be of any actual help. There are a lot of FAQs on the page though so you’ll likely find your answer after some searching. If you aren’t satisfied with the answers, you can choose to “Contact” them by filling a form, chatting with them, or posting your queries on social media.

Pros VS Cons

ProsCons
User-friendly interfaceCan install malware
Free of costFPS shown are unreliable
Requires repeated log-ins
You need to be online to use it
Requires .NET framework

A Few Final Words

From the descriptions above, you would have gathered the same impression as us – what game booster software does is more like optimizing your PC and system drivers to give its performance a boost. You can actually do that by playing around with the Task Manager and regularly updating your system drivers. So you know how to keep your PC running smoothly by optimizing it, you might be better off.