Optimize Windows 11 Services with PC Services Optimizer 4.1

We at Smart PC Utilities are thrilled to announce the release of a new version of our Windows services management and optimization solution, PC Services Optimizer. The new release would allow you to optimize Windows 11 services besides bringing several UI enhancements, feature improvements, and bug fixes that aim to make optimizing unnecessary Windows services easy, safe, and straightforward.

You can download the new release from the PC Services Optimizer download page.

In this post, we will highlight features, enhancements, and bug fixes brought by PC Services Optimizer v4.1.1388. You can view the complete list of changes on the PC Services Optimizer release notes page.

What is New in PC Services Optimizer v4.1.1388:

New Features

  • Added support to optimize Windows 11 services.
  • Added Spanish UI localization.
  • PC Services Optimizer can now automatically create system restore points before optimizing Windows services. Therefore, you can undo any undesired changes made by PC Services Optimizer to your Windows services configuration.
  • Added an option to disable Windows telemetry services.
  • Added an option to allow the verification of the service image files digital signature in the Services Manager.
  • Added an option to highlight services by digital signature status in the Services Manager.
  • Added an option to search VirusTotal for service image file information in the Service Manager.

Improvements

  • The core services management module has been improved.
  • Improved Windows services listing and management in the Services Manager.
  • Minor License Manager improvements and bug fixes.
  • Improved the user feedback and error reporting module.
  • Improved the PC Services Optimizer Debug Mode.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed minor UI glitches that affected the User Profile window.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the application from saving specific user preferences in the Registry.

Removed Features

  • Removed the Services Snapshot creation notification.
  • Removed the options to disable Internet and Wireless networking services from the User Profile.

Anti-Ransomware CryptoBuster v1.0.935 Beta 2 Released

We at Smart PC Utilities are very excited to announce the release of the second beta of our anti-ransomware software CryptoBuster. This new update brings a small but important set of changes and bug fixes that aims to improve the software’s performance and reliability, therefore, the user experience.

You can download the new CryptoBuster version from the CryptoBuster download page.

In the following notes, you will get a summary of features, enhancements, and bug fixes brought by CryptoBuster v1.0.935. You can view the complete list of changes on the CryptoBuster release notes page.

What is New in the Anti-Ransomware Solution, CryptoBuster v1.0.935:

New Features

  • Added the ability to filter the CryptoBuster security events by their status in the Security History.
  • Added an option in the CryptoBuster settings that allows to turn off and disable all CryptoBuster’s features.

Enhancements

  • Improved the CryptoBuster dashboard.
  • CryptoBuster uninstaller can now delete all honeypots created by CryptoBuster.
  • CryptoBuster can now show alerts about license expiration.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a critical bug that caused the CryptoBuster service to crash on computers using languages other than English.
  • Fixed bugs in the CryptoBuster licensing system.
  • Several bug fixes.

CryptoBuster v1.0.823 Beta 1 has a known issue that affects the updates installer module; this will prevent CryptoBuster from installing this update automatically, so you will have to download and install the new version manually.

Windows 11 Vs. Windows 10: System Requirements

Microsoft has announced the system specifications required for PCS to run the new Windows 11 that is expected to arrive at the end of 2021. One thing to notice is that Windows 11 system requirements vary greatly from Windows 10’s system specifications.

Let’s have a look at Windows 11 minimum system requirements compared to Windows 10′ system specifications.

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What’s Different Between the Windows 10 and 11 System Requirements?

Windows 11Windows 10
CPU1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores 64-bit processor1 GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor
RAM4 gigabyte (GB)1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Storage64 GB16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
DisplayHigh definition display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel800×600 display
Graphics CardSupports DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driverSupports DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)Requires TPM version 2.0
Check the TPM version by running tpm.msc in the Run dialog
TPM is only required for some features like BitLocker
System FirmwareUEFI and Secure Boot are requiredUEFI and Secure Boot are optional
Internet ConnectionRequired in Windows 11 HomeOptional
Microsoft AccountRequired in Windows 11 HomeOptional

According to Microsoft, If your device does not meet Windows 11 specifications, you may not be able to install the new operating system on your device and might want to consider purchasing a new PC.

Can my PC Run Windows 11?

Microsoft offers a free PC Health check app to check whether your Windows 10 computer meets the system requirements to run the new Windows 11.

Download PC Health check app and install it on your Windows 10 PC. Start the application, and under the Introducing Windows 11 section click the Check now button.

PC Health check

The tool will do a quick system checkup, after a few moments the application will show the test results. If your PC meets Windows 11’s minimum system specifications, the application will show the message “This PC can run Windows 11

If your PC does not meet Windows 11’s requirements, the application will show the message “This PC can’t run Windows 11

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.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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