Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to Find out Applications consuming more CPU and RAM on Windows 7

Geeks are always interested in knowing performance of computer , discovering applications eating up RAM catch the application causing problems. and consuming CPU usage. Here I share a real time process/thread activity tool so that we can
Windows 7 integrates number of tools to keep watch on process activities but why not use an universal standalone tool with which you can find out Applications consuming more CPU and RAM Memory on Windows.
With free program called “Process Monitor” from Microsoft (SysInternals) which doesn’t require installation. Very easy to use and monitor status of PC and find out resource sucking process and limit them manually.
Application consuming CPU RAM
  1. Go to menu File and uncheck the item Capture events You can pause the monitoring process by Process Monitor.
  2. Click on the button Clear toolbar (the sheet with the eraser) to erase all information previously recorded by Process Monitor;
  3. Go to menu Options> Events Profiling, Put the check on the items Generate thread profiling events and Every 100 milliseconds, And click OK to configure the program so that it captures the execution of each process in the log;
  4. Go to menu File and put the tick on the item Capture events to restart the monitoring process by Process Monitor;
  5. At the end of follow-up, ie after using the programs referred to means test the appetite for resources, back in the main Process Monitor, go to the menu File and uncheck the item Capture events to stop the monitoring process;
  6. Go to menu Tools> Process Activity Summary to view the list of registered processes by Process Monitor on CPU and RAM consumption.
Application consuming CPU RAM
Sort processes according to RAM usage now
Application consuming CPU RAM

Saturday, February 12, 2011

How to Check if Your Gmail Account Has Been Hacked

Step 1: Find the ‘Last Account Activity’ Section Your Inbox

 details How to Check if Your Gmail Account Has Been Hacked
At the bottom of your Gmail inbox there is a ‘Last Account Activity’ section.  Click on ‘details’ to launch the full blown monitor.

Step 2: See who has accessed your Gmail account recently

ipaddress How to Check if Your Gmail Account Has Been Hacked
Next, what you’ll see is a table of the most recent activity from your Gmail account.  It shows you
  • How it was accessed (Browser/mobile etc)
  • Where exactly the IP address is (So you can do some further digging)
  • When it was accessed

Step 3: Understand the IP addresses – Has your Gmail really been hacked?

domaintools How to Check if Your Gmail Account Has Been Hacked
If you see IP addresses from different countries, don’t be too quick to panic.  If you use any 3rd party services which hook-up to your Gmail account, they will almost certainly show up in your activity log.  To do you own investigation, you can use DomainTools to identify the IP address. This will help you differentiate normal activity and your Gmail account being hacked.

Step 4: Understand the alerts – Google’s way of highlighting suspicious activity

alerts How to Check if Your Gmail Account Has Been Hacked
Google will also do it’s fair share of monitoring, and will also alert you if it sees suspicious activity both in your inbox, as well as your recent activity log.  When this happens, and the IP addresses look suspicious, it is advisable to play it safe, assume your Gmail account has been hacked, and change your passwords immediately. 

Step 5: Sign Out All Other Sessions – If you forgot to sign out on a public computer

signout How to Check if Your Gmail Account Has Been Hacked
If you are worried you did not not sign out of a public computer, you can ‘sign out all other sessions’.  This won’t fix any hacked Gmail accounts, but it will resolve any careless mistakes. This is also useful if you happen to lose your mobile phone and you want to ensure your email is not read by others.

Step 6: What to do if your Gmail account has really been hacked

The first thing you do is change both your password and security question right away.  Then make sure your new choices are very secure.  Google themselves have some really good tips .  For example in the case of security questions:
  • Choose a question only you know the answer to – make sure the question isn’t associated with your password.
  • Pick a question that can’t be answered through research (for example, avoid your mother’s maiden name, your birth date, your first or last name, your social security number, your phone number, your pet’s name, etc.).
  • Make sure your answer is memorable, but not easy to guess. Use an answer that is a complete sentence for even more security.
So there you have it.  A step-by-step guide on fully understanding Gmail’s account activity log, and how to check if your Gmail account has been hacked :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Splashtop OS: Quick Boot Operating system for Web Surfing

Splashtop OS is an operating system which boots instantly, specially developed for the OEM market and for accessing Web services in no time and lets you enter online world without entering Windows.
There are few manufacturers who provide this feature inbuilt into their products but now it is no more restricted to OEMs but even you can try it on your machine for free.
Splashtop OS is a light weight operating system which boots quickly and lets you connect to Internet quickly. Its simple and light weight because only thing it carries is web browser just like Google Chrome OS which is required to connect to Internet.
Splashtop OS Review

For whom is it?

It is suitable for netbooks or travellers who just want to check with emails or surf web instantly. Not limited to these but it is suitable for cyber cafes, friend or relative who understands little about  Computers.

Installation is quite easy: You need Windows > Download a 2 MB Online installer which downloads complete OS (nearly 220 MB) and after complete installation, restart to boot Splashtop.

The full boot takes about 20 seconds, if you count the time from when the computer’s power button was pressed. If we consider just the operating system, the boot is done in about eight seconds.
The trick behind quick loading is to launch a custom Linux kernel that loads only the essentials so that the user can navigate through the Chromium web browser.
Use of the Splashtop OS is very simple. Despite that the base is Linux, you will have access to a full graphical environment like KDE. One of the few programs which can interact with the web browser open full screen by default, configured to use Bing search engine and Flash Player 10 installed.
For downloads, storage and new themes for the browser, USB flash memory will be needed, since the user has limited permissions to access the disk. When connected, the memory is automatically recognized. The system has a very simple file manager so that the user can view, copy, move or delete files on the USB disk.

Blogsolute Verdict about Splashtop OS

Despite being still in beta, Splashtop OS is an operating system stable and well developed, which did not show any fault during our tests. Although it is a bit limited, Splashtop OS seems to be a good choice for netbooks and other similar devices, as a quick alternative to surf the internet.
The startup time is impressive: after pressing the Power button takes 20 seconds for the system is ready for use.
Integration with Bing may be a problem for some users, but it is possible to configure Chromium Google or other search engine.
The configuration tools of Splashtop OS is easy to use and self explanatory, taking only the essentials to eliminate distractions or confusion by the user. The downside is the import feature of Mozilla Firefox bookmarks, did not work during our tests.