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.

CryptoBuster – A New Anti-Ransomware Solution

We at Smart PC Utilities are proud to announce the release of the first Beta of our new anti-ransomware solution CryptoBuster. We designed our new software solution to work with your existing security product to offer an additional security layer and form the last line of defense against ransomware to protect your valuable data from permanent damage.

CryptoBuster features a user-friendly interface that makes it very easy to use and customize; it also has a small system footprint so that it can run smoothly side by side with your existing security solution without affecting the system performance.

The current CryptoBuster Beta offers two main protection modules to help detect and stop ransomware, Honeypots and File Extensions Monitor.

Honeypots

Honeypots are decoy files that CryptoBuster uses to detect malicious activities on your computer; this is an efficient and proven technique with low false-positive chances to detect and stop ransomware when they start to encrypt the user files.

You can either create honeypots manually customizing their names, locations, and file types, or you can take advantage of the Honeypots Wizard that can deploy dozens of honeypot files in all critical system locations using custom names and file types that would allow ransomware to target those honeypots before they start to encrypt the user’s files, thus protecting important data from being encrypted by ransomware.

CrpyotBuster will instantly monitor the created honeypots and will notify you when an unauthorized program changes a honeypot file as this strongly indicates malicious activity. Besides notifying the user about honeypot changes, CryptoBuster can be configured to respond to honeypot changes with a series of actions aimed to prevent data damage like sending an email notification, suspending the program that changed the honeypot then terminating its process tree, and disabling all active network adapters.

Learn more about honeypots and how to use them to protect your computer from ransomware from the CryptoBuster user guide.

File Extensions Monitor

Besides Honeypots that are effective to stop ransomware when they start to encrypt the user files, File Extensions Monitor can monitor the file system to detect the creation of specific types of files that may indicate ongoing ransomware attack or sometimes may indicate the preparations for an attack.

For instance, CryptoBuster can detect the creation of files with extensions that are known to be used by ransomware to encrypt user files, also you can configure CryptoBuster to detect the creation of potentially dangerous files like batch files and scripts that are commonly used in ransomware attacks, or even to detect the creation of files of unknown types which is an aggressive technique used to stop most of the ransomware strains that change file extensions.

Learn about the File Extensions Monitor and how to properly configure it to help detect ransomware from the CryptoBuster user guide.

Roadmap

We will continue to improve the existing CryptoBuster protection modules and introduce new ones; here are some features and ideas we are working on:

  • The development of a Windows Driver to intercept and block ransomware at the Kernel level.
  • Support the creation of honeypots and file monitoring in network shares.
  • New protection module to monitor services, scheduled tasks, and startup programs to prevent ransomware from achieving persistence.
  • Working on techniques to detect and prevent data exfiltration.

Please feel free to report any bugs and share any feedback and suggestions you have; this will greatly help us improve our software solution.

System Requirements

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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

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