Game Fire v6.5 – Uplay Support with More Game Boost Options

We at Smart PC Utilities are very excited to announce the release of Game Fire v6.5. This new update for our game booster may not introduce many new features but it definitely brings a bunch of enhancements to existing features, this will not only help boost games performance and reduce in-game lags but also will streamline Windows performance for general computing experience.

The new Game Fire update is available for both Free and Pro editions. You can download it directly from Game Fire download page, or use the Game Fire updater app included in the Pro edition to download and deploy the new update quickly.

In this article, I will give you a brief about features, enhancements, and bug fixes introduced in Game Fire v6.5. You can see the complete list of changes in Game Fire 6.5 release notes.

What is New in Game Fire v6.5

Access Your Favorite Games from Anywhere using My Games Widget

The new update brings support for Uplay as Game Fire can now automatically import Uplay games so you can optimize, launch and manage them from My Games interface.

Improved My Games by adding an option to customize the size of games covert art, improving My Games Desktop widget, and fixing several bugs.

Improved user interface including enhancements to the dark style as more UI elements supporting it.

We have added Portuguese localization and will continue to support more languages in Game Fire UI.

System Optimizer has been improved by adding a new game boost tweak “Reserved CPU” and fixing and improving the underlying logic.

Added an option to customize the alert sound played when the temperature of a specific computer hardware exceeds the defined value.

Game Mode enables to select processes, services, and scheduled tasks to optimize

We have improved the Game Mode components editor by improving the listing and management of processes, services, and scheduled tasks, also you will get real-time information of listed system components.

You can now create a Desktop shortcut to activate and Refresh Game Mode without the need to launch Game Fire main UI by using Create Game Mode shortcut on Desktop option in Game Fire Settings below System Integration.

Game Mode Profile has been improved by adding quick links to edit custom game boost processes, services, and scheduled tasks as well as Game Mode exclusions. We also improved the power plan optimization option to allow the user to choose a custom power plan of his choice instead of forcing the use of the Game Fire power plan.

Improved the listing and management of processes, especially Windows Store app processes in Process Optimizer. We also added new columns in Process Optimizer and improved their customization.

Game Mode components editor has been improved to so that user can choose processes, services, scheduled to optimize in Game Mode from a drop down list instead of typing their names.

We have improved the UI of Game Mode Report with added support for Game Mode Refresh.

Improved Live Optimization logic with reduced system resources usage.

The performance and reliability of Game Mode engine has been greatly improved. We also fixed an issue preventing the restoration of some optimized processes when deactivating Game Mode.

Installing Game Fire updates were improved by using a dedicated component to install updates instead of relying on Windows command prompt to do the job, this gives details about errors that may occur during updates installation.

We have added a mechanism to deliver in-app messages with options to customize which type of messages to receive.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 10 v1809 or higher (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 (32-Bit and 64-bit)..
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 or higher.

For more information, see Game Fire page

NSA Identifies ‘Critical Vulnerability’ In Microsoft Windows 10

The National Security Agency disclosed that it has identified a “critical vulnerability” (CVE-2020-0601) in Microsoft Windows 10, however neither the agency nor Microsoft has, to date, seen exploitation of the flaw, which affects millions of computers.

But rather than exploit the flaw for its own intelligence needs, the NSA tipped off Microsoft so that it can fix the system for everyone.

The NSA issued a cybersecurity advisory on Tuesday, calling the flaw “severe” and said that “sophisticated cyber actors will understand the underlying flaw very quickly and the consequences of not patching the vulnerability are severe and widespread”.

Optimize Windows 10 For Gaming: Prevent Store Apps From Running in the Background

Microsoft released details about the vulnerability, which could allow an attacker to use a spoofed code-signing certificate to sign malicious software. This would allow the malware to appear to be from a trusted source and could make detection significantly more difficult.

This vulnerability affects Windows 10, and while it has not yet been exploited in the wild, it may be only a matter of time before someone looks to take advantage of unpatched systems.

How to Patch Windows 10?

Microsoft released a software patch to fix the flaw and credited the NSA for discovering it. The company said it has not seen any evidence that hackers have used the technique.

  • If you have Windows 10 Automatic Updates enabled by default, your system will attempt to install the updates when they are downloaded, likely over the next several days.
  • If you want to run your Windows Update manually to get the patch more quickly, follow these instructions from Microsoft and click the “Check for Windows updates” button.
  • Alternatively, click the Start button, select Settings, then Update & Security, then Windows Update, and click Check for updates to run Windows Update manually.

Announcing Game Fire v6.4 – Boost Games FPS and Reduce Lag

We at Smart PC Utilities are thrilled to announce the release of Game Fire v6.4, the long-waited update is out. This new update for our game booster will help boost games FPS and reduce in-game lags, the result would be a smoother and less interrupted gaming experience.

The new Game Fire update is only available for the Pro edition, however it will support the Free edition soon.

You can download Game Fire v6.4 either from Game Fire Pro download page or by using Game Fire Update provided you have an activate subscription, if not you can renew it using the subscription renewal page.

In this post, I will give you a brief about new features and enhancements introduced in Game Fire 6.4. You can see the complete list of improvements in Game Fire 6.4 release notes.

What is New in Game Fire 6.4

New User Interface

New Game 6.4 User Interface

The first thing you would notice when launching Game Fire v6.4 is the new UI design that aims to improve usability. The navigation bar in the upper part of the user interface makes it easy to navigate main Game Fire features.

The Game Mode button is now always visible so you can activate Game Mode anywhere in the app interface.

We have updated the design of Game Fire notification windows and Desktop widgets to support a new modern dark style which blends well with Windows 10 theme.

The new design of Game Fire main interface makes more space available for displaying more user controls at once, thus improving the support of small screen resolutions.

We will further improve the user interface by adding options to customize UI colors and styles in the upcoming software releases.

Improved My Games for Better Games Optimization

Access Your Favorite Games from Anywhere using My Games Widget

The new Game Fire update introduced a series of improvements to My Games feature so you can manage and optimize your favorite games more efficiently.

You can now use the new sorting and grouping options added to My Games to effectively manage listed games. Searching games became much faster with instant as you type search.

We have greatly improved the integration with popular gaming platforms like Steam to allow faster games information retrieving. We have plans to support more gaming platforms like Uplay in the software next releases.

Game Scanner received several improvements aimed to boost the speed of games scanning process, we also integrated Game Fire’s online games database into Game Scanner interface.

You can now specify a genre to games listed in My Games, we also added a custom interface for displaying game’s properties.

Game Fire 6.4 introduced new options to help boost games from anywhere in your computer, for example, we have added an option to activate Game Mode when you launch games from Windows Explorer; you do not need to launch it from My Games to activate Game Mode like in the previous versions.

New Options to Boost Games

Besides optimization modules introduced in the previous versions of Game Fire, the new update for our game booster introduces new optimizations aimed to tweak more system settings, for example Game Fire can now turn off Microsoft Cortana, disable the background activities of Store apps, and enforce Windows 10 Game Mode.

We also improved the ability of disabling Windows Defender temporarily to improve games performance especially when playing offline.

The new update added new options in Game Mode Profile to optimize more Windows 10 features that known to be unnecessary while playing games.

New Tweaks in System Optimizer

We have added new system tweaks in System Optimizer along with an improved interface, this will enable you to optimize more Windows settings in order to have a smoother gaming experience.

We also improved the backup of default system settings before applying tweaks.

Improved Process Optimizer

Optimize Processes, Services, and Scheduled Tasks in Game Mode

With the improved Process Optimizer, you will be able to optimize Store app processes in the same way you optimize Win32 processes.

The new update also introduced several minor enhancements in Process Optimizer like the improved columns customization, adding process command line info, and the improvement of processes retrieving speed.

Game Mode can now display process’s impact information so you can easily decide which processes and services to optimize when Game Mode is activated.

Improved Live Optimization to Boost Games in Real-Time

Boost Apps and Games Performance in Real-time

We have improved Live Optimization feature by introducing several enhancements and fixing some bugs, thus improving its ability to boost games and apps performance in real-time.

Game Fire can now display a notification when Live Optimization is triggered meanwhile it will stop showing notifications about optimized processes when working with full-screen apps.

Improved System Diagnostics

Access System Health and Performance Information in Real-time

System Diagnostics received a new tabbed user interface along with lots of new system diagnostic information. We also improved System Performance to show more system health and performance information in real-time.

Known Issues

All languages supported in the previous versions of Game Fire are not available in Game Fire 6.4 as they no longer maintained or working with the new user interface. We will re-support them in the software next releases.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 10 v1809 or higher (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 (32-Bit and 64-bit).
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 or higher

For more information, see Game Fire page

Optimize Windows 10 For Gaming: Prevent Store Apps From Running in the Background

In Windows 10, Store apps (also called universal apps) are applications you install from the Windows Store or come pre-installed on the system, those apps can run automatically in the background to offer certain features. For instance, Store apps can download data from the Internet, show toast notifications, and fetch information to display in their Live Tiles in the Start Menu.

The issue with Windows Store apps is that some of these apps keep running in the background once you launch them even after closing the app window or even if you do not open them at all.

Leaving many apps running in the background would drain battery power, bandwidth, and other system resources and may slow down your computer, thus affecting your gaming experience negatively.

Fortunately, Windows offers an option to prevent Store apps from staying in the background once they have been closed. You can control apps background activities using options in the Settings app or using the Windows Registry.

In this Optimize Windows 10 for Gaming guide, we walk you through the steps to prevent Windows Store apps from running in the background, to help you boost PC performance and enhance your gaming experience.

Do you know that our game booster Game Fire can automatically optimize Windows 10 store apps when playing games and can apply various system tweaks to help boost games performance and eliminate in-game lags.

Turn Off Background Apps using the Settings app

Step 1: Open the Settings app by clicking Settings in the Start Menu.

Step 2: Click on Privacy.

Windows 10 Settings

Step 3: Select Background apps from the left pane.

Step 4: To disable background activity of all Store apps toggle the Let apps run in the background switch off.

Step 5: If you want to turn off background activities for certain Store apps, Under Choose which apps can run in the background toggle the switches for those apps off so that they won’t run in the background.

Turn Off Background Apps using Windows Registry

Step 1: Press Win + R and Type regedit, then hit Enter or OK.

Step 2: Navigate to the following registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\BackgroundAccessApplications

Step 3: If you don’t see the GlobalUserDisabled value, then right-click, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value GlobalUserDisabled and press Enter.

Step 4: Double-click GlobalUserDisabled and set the value to 1 then hit Enter or OK.

Step 5: Navigate to the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

Step 6: If you don’t see the BackgroundAppGlobalToggle value, then right-click, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value BackgroundAppGlobalToggle and press Enter.

Step 7: Double-click BackgroundAppGlobalToggle and set the value to 0 then hit Enter or OK.

Get most of your Windows 10 computer and boost your gaming experience with our game booster Game Fire.

Learn more about how to optimize Windows 10 for gaming

PC Services Optimizer 3.2 Released

We at Smart PC Utilities are very excited to announce the release of a new update for PC Services Optimizer, our Windows services management, and optimization solution. The new update brings various new features, enhancements, and bug fixes that will help you optimize more Windows services to make your computer run faster and more secure.

What is new in PC Services Optimizer v3.2

German Language

We have added German localization to PC Services Optimizer. We will continue to support more languages in our software products.

New Windows 10 Optimizations

The new release has added support for the optimizing of many of Windows 10 services like the Maps, Geo-location, Xbox, and Infrared services.

We have also improved the optimizing of the unstoppable Windows Update services on Windows 10.

Services Manager

We have improved the sorting and management of Windows services including third-party services in the Services Manager.

Improved Updates

The Pro edition brings a new download engine that will allow downloading of new updates as fast as possible. We have also added a new option to allow users to skip certain updates.

Windows Defender Detection

Windows Defender is a great app to protect your computer from emerging treaties, however, it may interfere with the ability of PC Services Optimizer to correctly configure and optimize Windows services. Therefore we have added a module to detect Windows Defender and to offer to exclude app files from Windows Defender`s protection.

Other Changes

  • Added the ability to automatically upgrade preferences from previous versions.
  • Added the ability to automatically fix issues related to corrupted config files.
  • Removed Windows Defender services optimization.
  • Improved and fixed bugs in the License Manager.
  • Improved services optimization logic.
  • Fixed an issue in TLS 1.2 connections.

More information about PC Services Optimizer:
https://www.smartpcutilities.com/servicesoptimizer.html

Optimize Windows 10 For Gaming: Disable Windows Defender

Windows Defender is an anti-virus solution that comes integrated into Windows 10 to protect your device and data against viruses, ransomware, spyware, and other security and privacy threats. In this Optimize Windows 10 for Gaming guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to temporary or permanently disable Windows Defender.

Despite the critical role played by Windows Defender to protect your computer from emerging threats, there are still several scenarios when you may want to disable Windows Defender. For example, when setting up a computer that won’t connect to the internet and no one will be allowed to connect peripherals. Or when performing certain tasks that Windows Defender may interfere with.

You may also want to turn off Windows Defender temporarily to enhance your gaming experience as this will significantly improve your computer`s performance and reduce overhead specially when playing resources-demanding games.

Do you know that our game booster Game Fire can automatically deactivate Windows Defender when playing games and can apply various system tweaks to help boost games performance and eliminate in-game lags.

Optimize Windows 10 games’ performance by turning off Windows Defender temporarily

If you want to turn off Windows Defender to improve your computer’s performance, it’s very recommended that you did this temporarily in order not to make your computer vulnerable to security threats.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app by clicking Settings in the Start Menu and then click Update & Security.

Step 2: Select Windows Security from the left pane, then click the Open Windows Security button.

Step 3: In the Windows Security app, choose Virus & threat protection from the left pane, then under the Virus & threat protection settings click on Manage settings.

Step 4: Set the Real-Time protection option to Off to suspend Windows Defender temporarily.

Disabling the Real-time protection will deactivate Windows Defender temporarily for some time or until the next computer startup.

Permanently disable Windows Defender

DO NOT disable Windows Defender permanently unless you are using a third party security solution, as this will make your computer vulnerable to security threats.

Method 1: Turn off Windows Defender using Group Policy

If you’re running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor to permanently disable Windows Defender.

Step 1: Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box and type gpedit.msc then hit Enter or OK.

Step 2: Choose Computer Configuration from the left pane then click Administrative Templates.

Step 3: Choose Windows Components then double click Windows Defender Antivirus.

Step 4: Double click Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus.

Step 5: Check the Enabled radio button then click OK.

Restart your computer to apply the new changes.

Method 2: Turn off Windows Defender using Windows Registry

Tamper Protection

You need to disable the Windows Defender Tamper Protection feature to be able to change Windows Defender settings using Windows Registry. Learn how to disable Tamper Protection

Step 1: Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box and type regedit then hit Enter or OK.

Step 2: Browse the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender

Step 3: If you don’t see the DisableAntiSpyware value then right-click the Windows Defender key, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value DisableAntiSpyware and press Enter.

Step 4: Double-click DisableAntiSpyware and set the value from 0 to 1 then hit Enter or OK

Restart your computer to apply the new changes.

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Smart PC Utilities Server Down

In the past two weeks we have received lots of support requests mostly from our customers who purchased our Pro software and were not able to activate the purchased products. Those customers were also complaining about not receiving support on a reasonable time. In the following notes I will explain what was going on and what caused those issues.

Our server suffered from a series of critical issues that were affecting our website specially the licensing server used to register and activate our Pro software like Game Fire Pro and PC Services Optimizer Pro, and our mail server responsible for sending and receiving emails.

To protect our website visitors from hackers, malicious code, and other security threats we use a web application firewall service (WAF). On June 30 our WAF service provider without any notice has changed its server settings which were not compatible with our licensing server and apps. Those changes prevented our apps from communicating with our licensing server due to incompatible SSL settings, this made our customers experience issues registering and activating our software products.

Our web firewall service provider offered no solution for the incompatible settings, so we decided to switch to another WAF service provider in order to resolve this situation and enable our customers to activate their purchased products. The switch to another WAF fixed the licensing issue, however it created a second issue with our mail server making it reject all emails sent to Smart PC Utilities server. The mail server issue has prevented us from receiving any emails and support requests, that is why we could not provide any support to our customers who were experiencing problems activating our software.

We wish to deeply apologize for our customers for any inconvenience caused by those issues and we want to let you know that we have done our best to identify and fix those issues as fast as possible, and are taking measures to help prevent this from happening again.

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Game Fire Tip: Game Covers

My Games is a feature of our game booster Game Fire that enables you to manage and access all of your favorite games from one place whether games installed on your PC, online games, or games from popular gaming platforms like Steam.

Game Fire v6.3 brought many enhancements to My Games feature, one of those improvements is Game Covers. This new feature enables you to add large covers to all of your listed games (Game Fire will support Steam games in the upcoming release) instead of small game thumbnails generated from game launcher EXE files which is the default behavior of previous versions of Game Fire. Therefore, you will be able to add a personal touch to your games collection.

Game cover vs Game thumbnail

To add a cover art to your games, just follow the steps below:

  • Select the game you want to add a cover art.
  • Click the Edit button in the upper right corner of My Games section.
  • Click the button with the directory icon next to the Game cover text field.
  • Select an image to add as a cover art.
  • Click OK button to save the changes.

We have also created a games database website for Game Fire users where you can search information for your favorite games as well as download great game covers to use in our game booster software.

More information about Game Fire:
http://www.smartpcutilities.com/gamefire.html

Optimize Windows 10 For Gaming: Disable Cortana

Cortana is a digital assistant created by Microsoft for Windows 10 to help you interact with the operating system in a simple and intuitive way.

Cortana can help you perform basic functions with just your voice. The more it learns about you, the more it understands you and be able to assist you more efficiently.

However, there is the issue of privacy as Cortana collects various pieces of information and personal data to learn how to assist you accordingly. For instance, Cortana collects information about your contacts, calendar, location, internet history and favorites, speech, and typing.

If you do not use Cortana or you have privacy issues with Microsoft`s digital assistant collecting your personal information, then you can follow the steps below to completely disable Cortana in order make more resources available for playing games with the best performance and to harden your privacy settings.

Disable Cortana using Group Policy

If you use Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise editions, then you can disable Cortana using Group Policy Editor.

  • Press Windows key + R and type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog box.
  • Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search.
  • Select Allow Cortana in the right pane.
  • Right-click Allow Cortana and select Edit.

  • Select Disabled radio button on the left.
  • Click the OK button.

Disable Cortana using Windows Registry

As Group Policy Editor is not available in Windows 10 Home, you will need to use the registry to disable Cortana.

  • Press Windows key + R and type regedit in the Run dialog box.
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

  • From Edit menu, select New and DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Name it AllowCortana and give it a Value of 0.
  • Click OK button to save the new registry key.

To get most of your Windows 10 machine and boost your gaming experience, we recommend using Game Fire which is a great game booster designed to optimize Windows 10 gaming performance.

Game Fire Pro 6.3 Released

We at Smart PC Utilities are very excited to announce the release of a new version for our game booster software Game Fire. We know that it has been a while since we released new updates for Game Fire, however the new version (6.3.3262) brings lots of new features, enhancements and bug fixes aimed to offer you the best gaming experience possible.

The new update is only available for Game Fire Pro, however it be available for the Free edition very soon.

In the following short notes, I will highlight the most interesting new features and enhancements brought by the game booster Game Fire 6.3.

My Games

My Games

Game Fire 6.3 introduced various enhancements to My Games feature like the ability to edit game information of games imported from Window Game Explorer, adding Details view to games listed in My Games and adding an option to easily switch between various game sources.

The new Game Fire came with an improved Game Scanner that supports more games, has an improved game scanning algorithms for better speed and accuracy, and added new options to customize folders to scan for installed games.

You can now add large cover arts to listed games, meanwhile we are working on a new website that you can use to download cover arts for your favorite games.

Steam integration has been greatly improved, Game Fire can now import Steam games from all user libraries not only the default library like the previous versions of the software. The new version of Game Fire also wont require public profiles or Internet access to import Steam games.

Game Fire can now track Steam games execution so that it can automatically turn off Game Mode when you finish playing.

The new update added the support of tracking the last play date and play count of games imported from Steam and Windows Game Explorer.

User Interface

Game Mode Report

The interface of Game Fire v6.3 has received major changes and enhancements. For example, we have added a shortcut button besides the Game Mode button, this button allows you to easily access common Game Fire features.

We have improved the Game Mode Report interface by  including more details about changes made by Game Fire to your system settings. For example, it can now display number of running services before and after Game Mode.

Feedback

Game Fire Feedback

We have improved the feedback app included with Game Fire so that you can send us your valuable feedback with much ease. You can now attach files or take screenshots to send along with your feedback.

We added a new option to automatically send error reports generated by Game Fire to Smart PC Utilities, however you can disable this feature by unchecking “Automatically send error reports to Smart PC Utilities” under Feedback section in Game Fire Settings.

Live Optimization

Live Optimization Log

Game booster Live Optimization feature has received lots of enhancements that aimed to intelligently boost games and apps performance in real-time and prevent unnecessary processes from consuming system resources.

We have improved the Live Optimization log. For instance, you can manage or exclude certain processes from Live Optimization directly from the log.

Other Game Booster Improvements

  • System Optimizer got new system tweaks and improved the optimization algorithms.
  • We have improved the Game files defragment algorithms and added support for localized defragment reports.
  • Game Mode core engine received several improvements to enable faster switch to Game Mode along with various bug fixes for example fixed a bug prevented Game Fire from correctly restoring optimized processes.
  • Game Fire startup speed has been greatly improved a long with better handling of multiple application instances. We have also improved Game Fire error handling and recovery.
  • We added a new option to skip UAC warning when you launch Game Fire so that you can launch Game Fire more quickly.
  • Game Fire can now detect SSD drives and it will warn you when try to defarg game files stored on SSD drives.

This update is available via Live Update for Pro users who have an active updates subscription.

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