What is Fast Startup and How to Disable It on Windows 10

If you have upgraded to or installed Windows 10 then you are already familiar with how fast Windows 10 boots to desktop. This quick boot feature is enabled by default and works similarly to the hybrid sleep mode. This quick boot feature of Windows 10 is known as 'Fast Startup'. When fast startup is enabled your Windows 10 PC boots very fast because it saved the previous operating system state and just refreshes the system on the next boot. As a result Windows only loads that saved operating system state without having to load the kernel or drivers.

If we compare fast startup with the hibernate mode then it will come out to be a different thing. In hibernate mode Windows saves the operating system state including the running programs and all the work you are doing. When you start your PC then Windows loads exactly the same state from where you left. While in fast startup mode Windows doesn't save any of your work like if you were using a browser or any other programs. These programs will not be saved and Windows will only save the current state to a hibernation file. Now Windows just have to refresh your system with hibernation file. Fast startup is much faster than hibernate mode as it doesn't include saving and reloading programs that you were using previously before shutting down the PC.

Reasons Why You Should Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10

When the Fast Startup option is enabled then you will encounter the problems stated below.
  • Your PC or laptop won't be able to apply updates. Your PC doesn't completely shutdown and applying new updates require your PC to restart. So if fast startup is enabled then no update will be installed.
  • The Windows drive gets locked if you shut down your PC when Fast Startup is enabled. The drive can't be accessed from other operating system if you are using dual boot on your computer. The locked Windows drive may get corrupted if you change anything on it from another operating system in dual boot mode.
  • The Task Manager will always show wrong Up time if Fast Startup is enabled. In Task Manager the Performance thread keeps track of the startup duration of your computer. By 'Up time' we mean for how long the computer was in a working state before shutdown. Normally this counter starts from zero but if Fast Startup is enabled then you may see the 'Up time' close to days or even months. This means that your computer hasn't performed a proper shutdown since many days or even months. During this period no updates were installed.

How to Enable or Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10

  • Go to 'Settings>System>Power & sleep'. Or simply click the battery icon in the 'System tray' and click 'Power & sleep settings'.
  • Now click 'Additional power settings' under 'Related settings'.
  • Now click 'Choose what the power buttons do'. Then click 'Change settings that are currently unavailable'.

windows 10 fast startup


  • Here uncheck 'Turn on fast startup (recommended)' to disable it and check it again to enable it. Also put a check on 'Hibernate' to show it in the power menu.
  • If you are unable to see hibernate option then open command prompt and type the following command.

powercfg /hibernate on

  • Then hit enter. Now hibernate option will be visible. You can use hibernate option to save your entire work and can resume the work from where you left it. In fast startup your running programs will not be saved.

Fast Startup affects the booting time. If it is enabled then it will boot the system in just 5 seconds if you are using an SSD. But this doesn't perform a complete shutdown. This quick boot feature is only useful if you want to start your PC quickly. This can save time but also remember that you won't be able to install any updates. So if you are using Windows 10 on an SSD then compare the boot times by first disabling then enabling the Fast Startup. In a normal boot sequence an SSD may take 10-20 seconds or more to completely start the computer.

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How to Extend a System Reserved Partition on Windows 7/8/10

A System Reserved partition is a Windows partition that is created when you clean install Windows 7/8/10. This partition contains necessary files to start your computer. It stores the boot configuration and boot manager data. Whenever you start your computer the boot manager gets started and reads the boot data from this partition. The bootloader is booted which starts the Windows OS from the main system drive. Another use of System Reserved partition is with BitLocker drive encryption. If you want to use the BitLocker drive encryption then it can only be done with a System Reserved partition as it will contain necessary files to load the encrypted system drive.

The System Reserved partition acquires 100 MB space on Windows 7, 350 MB on Windows 8, and 500 MB on Windows 10. The main problem with this partition is that it can't be extended easily. Whenever you try to extend it in the disk management console then you will find that the 'Extend' option is greyed out. So why there is a need to extend the System Reserved partition. Yes, there is a need to do this if you are upgrading your PC/laptop from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10. Since these former versions of Windows require 100 MB and 350 MB space as reserved then Windows 10 installation may fail because of low reserved space because it requires at least 500 MB. A common error can be seen while upgrading to Windows 10 as "We couldn’t update the system reserved partition." This happens due to low space in the System Reserved partition.

So if you are upgrading from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 then before upgrading extend your PCs System Reserved partition to at least 500 MB. In this tutorial we will teach you how you can do this safely without any error or data loss. You can also read, upgrade to Windows 10 for free in 2017.

Requirements

  • To be on a safe side first of all backup your data on an external drive.
  • You can also create an image of C:\ drive using the EaseUS Todo backup software. If anything goes wrong then you can restore your PC back to its normal state.
We are sure that this tutorial that we are going to tell you won't result in any error or data loss. But still it is a good idea to have backup of your precious data on an external drive.

How to Extend a System Reserved Partition on Windows 7/8/10

  • Download and install MiniTool partition wizard from this link - download
  • Open it and click 'MiniTool Partition Wizard Free' on the welcome screen.


  • Here find the 'System Reserved' partiton. Right click on it to select 'Extend' or first select it then click 'Extend Partition' in the left option's pane.

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  • Now a popup will open asking you to select the required space for the System Reserved partition. Make sure to drag the slider towards left so that the total space gets only 500 MB. Don't make the partition bigger than 700 MB as there is no use of making this partition spacious beyond the accepted limit.
  • Now select the Drive from which you want to take space to allocate to the System Reserved partition. You can select C:\, D:\, or E:\ or whatever partition you have. Make sure you have backup of this donor partition.
  • Now after selecting the space and the donor drive click 'OK'.
  • Now click the 'Apply' button on the top left corner to start the extend partition operation.
  • Wait for few minutes and do not cancel the process at any cost.
  • You will be notified when the operation gets finished.
  • Now open disk management console and check the space of the System Reserved partition. It will be greater than 500 MB. To open disk management console, open command prompt and type 'diskmgmt' without single quotes.


So you have successfully extended a System Reserved partition. Now you can safely upgrade a Windows 7/8 computer to Windows 10 without getting any partition updating error.

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How to Upgrade to Windows 10 For Free in 2017 (Legal Way)

Windows 10 upgrade offer ended on July 29th, 2016. Computers running genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 were eligible to get a free upgrade to Windows 10. Recently PCs running Windows 7 were hit by the WannaCry ransomware. This ransomware exploited the SMB vulnerability in Windows 7 to gain access and lock the system. However, Windows 10 was immune to this attack. So keeping your computer's operating system updated is the best defense against ransomware. The retail versions of Windows 10 Home and Pro cost $119 and $199 respectively. But if your PC or laptop is running a genuine and activated copy of Windows 7/8/8.1 then you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free without having to shell out that much money.

Because the upgrade offer has ended so you can't avail it, but Microsoft is giving another chance to users who use assistive technologies. The good news is that Microsoft hasn't announced any deadline for this and it is active since last year. Also, Microsoft isn't checking whether you are using assistive technologies or not. So it is a win-win situation if your PC is running a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows.

Upgrade Requirements

Before starting the upgrading process we want you to follow the steps mentioned below. Failing to do so may result in data loss.
  • Backup your data to external drives including your personal files.
  • Make a system image of your current OS with EaseUS Todo Backup software. In case if your update fails or the C:\ drive corrupts then you can restore your PC back to the previous state with the system image that you created.
  • Make sure that your 'System reserved' partition has a size of at least 500 MB. I have seen some situations where Windows 10 installation failed at 99% due to low space in the 'System reserved' partition. By default Windows 7 requires 100 MB as reserved space, but Windows 10 may return an error during installation as "We couldn't update system reserved partition".
  • It is not easy to extend the system reserved partition because the disk management console doesn't give you an option to extend the volume. The option is grayed out.
  • So to extend the system reserved partition properly and safely you can use a partitioning software from MiniTool. This software will extend the system reserved partition by taking some space from other partitioned drives like D:\ or E:\. Read how to extend system reserved partition.
  • Make sure that your PC/laptop is running either a genuine retail or OEM copy of Windows. If you are not sure about this then check whether your copy of Windows is activated or not.
  • We are not sure whether this tutorial works on PCs running illegally activated copies of Windows OS.
  • Remember, this upgrade process requires a 5GB+ download. So make sure you have a high-speed internet or a Wi-Fi connection. The upgrade process may take 3-4 hours on moderately fast internet connection.
  • Make sure you have a reliable power backup like a UPS or any other power backup source that can provide at least 3 hours of backup in case of power failure. Power failure will stop the upgrade process and you will have to start again.

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 For Free in 2017 (Legal Way)


  • Download the Windows 10 upgrade assistant from assistive technologies. Click the 'Upgrade' button to download the tool.
  • After downloading the tool, double click it to open. Let the tool check your PC for compatibility. 
  • After the compatibility check, it will show a screen like this below.

  • Click 'Next' to start downloading Windows 10. During the upgrade, you can use your PC normally. The upgrade tool will notify you when it finishes downloading the required files.
  • Do note that the download progress first reaches close to 84% or above. Then it goes back to 0%, this is a part of the download and doesn't signify any download failure. So don't get confused and don't cancel the download at any cost if it restarts at 84% or above.
  • When the download is complete then the upgrade tool will notify you and ask you to restart your PC to start the Windows 10 installation. Click 'Restart now'. Now relax and wait for the installation to finish. Your PC or laptop will restart several times.


  • During the installation, you will see that the progress gets stuck and takes time to move forward. This is completely normal. Don't interrupt the installation at any cost.
  • After the upgrade process is over, Windows 10 will ask you to enter your name and will boot to lock screen where you can use your old password to unlock your computer.

How to Activate Windows 10 After an Upgrade



After the upgrade has completed, Windows 10 will automatically activate itself with a digital license the moment you connect to the internet. Go to 'Settings>Update & security>Activation'. Here you will see that your copy of Windows 10 is fully activated. A digital license is tied to your PC's or laptop's motherboard. Microsoft servers will now identify your current Windows 10 installation as genuine, activated and completely legal.


How to Prevent Re-activation Problems

As I told that the digital license is tied to your computer's motherboard. So if you are doing a clean install then you may not face any problems during re-activation. However, to keep problems aside it is necessary to associate your Microsoft account to your upgraded Windows 10 PC. A Microsoft account will save your PC/laptop in your account and during re-activation, you can use your Microsoft account to activate Windows 10. This is because when you sign in with a Microsoft account on your PC then the serial number or PC/laptop will be registered in your account. So, now your Windows 10 copy can be activated with your Microsoft account. To sign in go to 'Settings>Account>Your info>Sign in with a Microsoft account instead'. Follow the steps to sign in. Now open any browser and go to login.live.com and sign in there with your MSA. Under devices tab, you can see your PC/laptop details with the serial number by clicking the 'Device Info & support' link.


Going Back to Windows 7/8

After upgrading if you don't like Windows 10 (there won't be any reason though for not liking it) then you can go back to your previous installation. But this option is only available for 10 days after the upgrade. And also make sure not to delete the Windows.old folder as it contains all files and folders from previous Windows installation.

Well, I can say that after upgrading to Windows 10 you won't feel going back to 7 or 8 or even 8.1. The reasons being that Windows 10 is fast, secure and is the latest operating system for your PC. Windows 10 is easy to use and gives a combined effect of Windows 7/8 with enhanced performance and quality security updates.

Should You Perform a Clean Install After the Upgrade?

Well, there is actually no need to perform a clean install after the Windows 10 upgraded. The Windows 10 upgrade assistant will automatically install the latest version of Windows 10. So unless your PC is facing several crashes, slow booting or BSODs there is no need to perform a clean install. The upgrade process will preserve your installed programs on the C:\ drive so that you can use them without having to re-install them.

How to Find your Windows 10 Key [Digital Entitlement]

Your Windows 10 gets activated through a digital license/entitlement. Which means after reinstalling the OS on your laptop it will activate automatically by verifying the motherboard's serial number. However, your Windows 10 still uses a unique key which you can find and save in a notepad file for future installations on a separate machine. The license can be used only on one PC. However, just like an OEM license, you can't transfer the digital license to a new computer. In case you wish to activate your digital license on a new computer or because the motherboard has failed then contact Microsoft support and tell them that the motherboard has failed or you want to upgrade your PC/laptop. To find your Windows 10 key use a software named 'Speccy'. Open it and click 'Operating System'. Find 'Serial Number' and save this serial number in a notepad file.


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Moto G4 Plus Starts Getting June Security Patch in India (NPJS25.93-14-8)

The Moto G4 Plus has now started receiving the June Security patch update in India. The newest update build is NPJS25.93-14-8 and it is just a maintenance update. This latest Moto G4 Plus software update patches the android vulnerabilities up to June 1st 2017. This update is not android 7.1.1 which is yet to be released for the Moto G4 Plus. This latest build also doesn't fix the screen burn issue that started on this after getting a security patch update last year in June. This update has already been rolled out in Brazil. Now users in India are getting it.


The update weighs only 55.5 MB in size and requires your phone's battery to be charged to 50 percent or more. The update merely takes 10 minutes. So if you haven't received this update then go to 'Settings>About Phone>System Updates'. If you see an update then tap 'YES, I'M IN'. Then download the update and install it.

NPJS25.93-14-8 Moto G4 plus

Android security patch updates are crucial. You shouldn't skip these updates as these latest OTAs will protect your phone from android vulnerabilities. Any time whenever your phone notifies you about an security update then immediately install it. These updates are necessary for overall device security and safety.

Avast 17.5.2302 Adds Ransomware Shield to Ward Off Files and Folders From Ransomware

Avast Software just released the latest update for its paid antivirus products. The newest build of Avast antivirus program is 17.5.2302 and it comes with a dedicated ransomware shield. We all know that recently Wannacry ransomware affected more than 300,000 computers worldwide. Most of them were running Windows 7 operating system. Microsoft already patched the SMB vulnerability through MS17-010 update. Avast is the only antivirus program that blocked the Wannacry ransomware one million times before it can infect the targeted computers.


Now basically a Ransomware encrypts and locks your important files and asks for ransom for unlocking your files. These files mostly include your photos, videos, and images. A Ransomware targets file types like .jpg. It is not limited to just encrypting and locking your photos and it can encrypt almost any file type which may be of high importance to you. So Avast has just released Ransomware shield for their premium products (Avast Internet Security and Avast Premier).

The Avast ransomware shield automatically adds your important folders to a protected folders list. These folders mostly contain images having the .jpg extension. But Avast Ransomware shield gives your more control and lets you manage the security of your protected folders. You can add custom file extensions and thus can prevent any Ransomware from encrypting them. Another interesting thing is that you can block several apps from making changes to your protected folders. By default only trusted apps are allowed to make changes to protected folders like Microsoft Word. So in this tutorial, we will discuss how to use the Avast Ransomware shield.

Downloads

You can avail 30-day free trial on any of the Avast product below. After the trial, period you have to purchase a license continued protection.

Avast Internet Security
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How to Use Avast Ransomware Shield to Protect Files and Folders from Ransomware

First of all, do note that this newest shield is only a part of Avast Internet Security and Avast Premier. The Avast free antivirus doesn't have this shield. So if you are not a premium member then buy either Avast Internet Security or Avast Premier. To buy any of these antivirus products go here.

1. Add Folder in Avast Ransomware Shield

Open the Avast antivirus program and click 'Protection'. Then click 'Ransomware Shield' and scroll down. Here you will see an 'Add folder' option. Click it select the desired folder. You can add multiple folders but one at a time. Once the folders get added into this shield they are automatically converted to protected folders. This means that they get an additional layer of security on them. Now Avast won't let any untrusted program or software to make changes to these folders. Folders inside this shield can't be accessed by complex Ransomware programs, so finally they can't be encrypted. Therefore your important folders remain safe against any kind of virus attacks.

avast ransomware shield


2. Increase Level of Security

The Avast Ransomware Shield has two security modes the first one is 'Smart mode' and another is the 'Strict mode'. In smart mode only trusted apps are allowed to make changes or delete files and untrusted apps are not allowed to make changes or delete files. In 'Strict mode' no app is allowed to make changes or delete files from protected folders, not even trusted programs or software. After enabling 'Strict mode' anything that tries to make changes to your protected folders will require your permission. No changes can be made to protected folders unless you grant permission to that particular program. To switch between modes you have to click the 'Show details' option just below the 'Add folder' option. Choose the security mode accordingly. Choose 'Smart mode' if you trust programs and software from trusted developers like Microsoft. Choose 'Strict mode' if you don't want let access to your protected folders without your permission.


3. Change Protected File Types

By default, Avast Ransomware Shield is protecting images, videos, audio files, archive files, database files, disc files, and documents. So by default, it is protecting 105 file types. However, you can add your own file types to add it to protected list. To add a custom file type click 'Change protected file types'. In 'Custom files' add the file type. You can add multiple files types separated by a comma. Suppose I want to protect my WhatsApp databases having file type '.crypt12'. So I will either enter crypt12 or .crypt12. Both will be correct but enter one file type only once. Enter multiple file types separated by a comma.



4. Block or Allow Apps or Programs

You can manually block an app or a program to prevent changes in the protected folders. Also, you can allow programs or apps to make changes in the protected folders. Simply go to 'Blocked/allowed apps'. Here click 'BLOCK AN APP', grab the executable file from the explorer and add it to block list. Once added to the block list that particular app or program can no longer have access to your protected folder. Similarly, you can allow other apps too. If you are not sure which apps to block and which to allow then completely leave it to default. If there is no app or program in the block list then your protected folders are still secured. As in default mode, Avast will only let trusted apps to make changes to your protected folders. If it finds any suspicious or malicious program or app trying to access your protected folders then it will be blocked immediately before making any changes.


So this was the brief tutorial about Avast Ransomware Shield from the program version 17.5.2302. It is indeed a useful security feature for premium Avast antivirus users. This newest shield comes with an added layer of security which protects your sensitive files and folders from unwanted cyberattacks, malware, and viruses. If you are still using the free antivirus then this is the right time to upgrade to a pro version. A paid antivirus has a very high detection and protection rate when compared to a free antivirus. And if we are talking about world's most trusted antivirus Avast, then there are no doubts.

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WannaLocker: Mobile Version of WannaCry is Affecting Android Smartphones in China

WannaCry was the biggest ransomware cyberattack of 2017 which affected 3,00,000 computers worldwide. The WannaCry worm used EternalBlue exploit to enter a Windows PC and takes advantage of the Microsoft's SMB protocol. After taking control over a Windows PC the WannaCry worm starts encrypting the files stored on the hard drive with the help of DoublePulsar. After encrypting the files the virus asks for a ransom which is to be paid within few days. If not paid the files will be deleted forever.

Microsoft released the MS17-010 patch which fixes the SMB vulnerability in Windows 7, Vista and Server 2008. If you have not installed this patch yet then read how to install MS17-010 update. After installing this patch your Windows PC can't be easily exploited by WannaCry. WannaCry spread at a faster rate but it only got a ransom of $82,000 with less than 200 payments. Now after the WannaCry cyberattack, hackers are targeting android smartphones in China with a new android ransomware known as WannaLocker.

The WannaLocker is spreading through Chinese game forums. The ransomware tricks a user by imitating itself as a plugin for the Chinese game King of Glory. When this plugin is downloaded and installed on the targeted android phone then it comes into play. First it hides it app icon from the app drawer and then changes the android home screen wallpaper to an anime image. After this it starts encrypting the files stored on the phone's external storage.

wannalocker android ransomware

After encrypting the files it asks for ransom which is 40 Chinese Renminbi which equals $5.88 USD. The thing here to note is that the hackers behind WannaLocker are not using any kind of crytocurrency like bitcoins. The ransomware can be paid via QQ, Alipay and WeChat. Since the money sent via these services can be easily tracked then a question arises why the hackers are not using any cryptocurrency. Either they have made a mistake or they are a group of some notorious hackers that want to make quick money.

So if you haven't encountered this ransomware yet on your android smartphone then we suggest you to immediately install Avast Mobile Security. Avast Mobile Security detects and blocks this ransomware. Avast has already blocked the WannaCry ransomware 1 million times in 150 countries. So, it is advisable to keep your device safe by installing Avast Mobile Security.

Source: Avast Blog

How to Install MS17-010 (KB4012212) Security Update on Windows 7

The world is now facing the biggest cyberattack known as the WannaCry ransomware. The WannaCry Ransomware has affected more than 2,00,000 computers worldwide. The WannaCry ransomware targets the computers running the outdated Microsoft Windows operating systems like the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 7/8. After getting in a computer this malware first tries to connect to a domain name which is hard coded in its source code. If the domain name is not found then it encrypts the entire hard drive and asks for ransom from the victims. This domain name actually acted as a kill switch and was discovered and registered by Marcus Hutchins of malwaretech. This kill switch greatly reduced the spread of this malware.

Before the WannaCry cyberattack, Microsoft patched the vulnerability in its Windows 10 OS by releasing a critical software update known as MS17-010 in March 2017. At that time MS17-010 was not released for other Windows OS'. After the WannaCry ransomware attack, Microsoft aggressively released security updates for all its Windows operating systems including the Windows XP whose support was ended by Microsoft in April 2014.

The MS17-010 is your computer's first defense to prevent the WannaCry ransomware attack. If you haven't installed this security update then find this post useful as we are going to teach you how to install this patch either via Windows update or standalone update package. Read upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

How to Install MS17-010 (KB4012212) Security Update on Windows 7



  • Download the MS17-010 (KB4012212) update package 32-bit | 64-bit
  • Download the update package according to the operating system you are using, that is 32-bit or 64-bit.
  • After downloading the update package, double click it to open an install.
  • Installation may take few minutes.
  • Restart your computer after installation.
  • To verify the update go to 'Control panel>Windows update'. Click 'Installed Updates' and look for 'KB4012212'. If it is listed then MS17-010 has been successfully installed.

Now after installing the security patch update make sure to scan your PC with a good antivirus. We suggest you buy Avast Internet Security 2017 because it detects, blocks and remove all malware strains of WannaCry ransomware including WNCRY, WCRY and Wana Decryptor 2.0. If you are still using Windows defender then I must tell you that Windows defender is unable to defend your computer against WannaCry. You can install Avast Internet Security 2017 which comes with a 30-day trial. Avast is the only antivirus which provides the highest security against WannaCry and DoublePulsar. Below you can find a screenshot in which Avast antivirus blocked the WannaCry virus.

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How to Password Protect a Western Digital [WD] My Passport External Hard Drive

Western Digital My Passport is one of that external hard drives that come with 256-bit hardware encryption. As external hard drives can store large amounts of data then it is necessary for us to protect the data stored on them. Some years ago external hard drives were like USB flash drives with no encryption. Nowadays external hard drives come with built-in hardware encryption for data security.

Taking backups of your precious files is not enough, you should also secure it everywhere you are storing it. One such way is to install a password on your external hard drive. WD My Passport uses 256-bit hardware disk encryption encrypted with a key. The security of the drive is locked with the help of a password. Without the password, the drive can't be opened to view files. Whenever the WD unlocker software registers 10 invalid password attempts it gives you the option to erase your My Passport. In this situation, if you erase the drive then it will be a secure delete operation. No file can be recovered when you erase a password protected WD My Passport. What happens actually is that the software permanently deletes the key used for encrypting the data stored on the external drive. Technically it is impossible to recover any file after this scenario.

So if you have locked your WD My Passport then you will stay assure that if someone gets your drive then he can't unlock and view your files. However, he/she can use it as their own after a full erase. But your files can't be seen and recovered at any cost. So you see why it is necessary to password protect and encrypt your WD My Passport, the answer is sheer data security.

How to Set Password for WD My Passport Ultra

  • Download and install the WD security software.
  • Connect your external drive to your PC via the USB cable.
  • Launch the WD security software.
  • Enter your password carefully. You can also enter a hint, but I won't suggest it.
  • After entering the password click 'Set Password'. Wait for few seconds and the password will be installed and saved on to the ROM chip of the WD My Passport.

set password wd my passport

  • Now exit the software and disconnect the drive. Then reconnect it.
  • A popup will open as wdunlocker.exe. Click it to launch. 
  • To unlock it enter your password. You can also select the auto-unlock checkbox for the computer you use your drive mostly with.
  • To remove password launch the software again.
  • Select 'Remove password'. Enter your password. Then click 'Update Security Settings'.
  • Your WD My Passport password will be removed.


➜ Warning: There is no way to reset the password on a WD My Password Ultra. So always remember the password and keep it safe by writing it somewhere. If you forget the password then it will be technically impossible to unlock the external hard drive. In this situation, you can only erase it by entering a wrong password ten times. After that, you will have an option to erase it. After erasing your WD My Passport you can use it again but the previous files can't be recovered.

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Moto G4 Plus Gets March Security Patch Update (NPJS25.93-14-4)

Good news, Motorola has just released a minor update for the Moto G4 Plus. This new update is the March Security Patch update with build number NPJS25.93-14-4. It carries a size of just 40 MB. This new update is not the android 7.1.1 update. It is just a security update that fixes android security vulnerabilities up to March 1st 2017. Battery performance has been improved a little bit. This update doesn't fix the screen burn issue. We hope that Moto G4 Plus get a screen burn fix in the android 7.1.1 update because screen replacement is not a solution and the problem comes back within a month.

To update you Moto G4 Plus go to 'Settings>About phone>System updates'. When you see the OTA update tap 'YES, I'M IN'.

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Wondershare TunesGo Review: The Best Android Manager for Samsung Galaxy S8

Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ Plus are upcoming flagship smartphones from Samsung. These two phones are the best Galaxy phones ever with infinity screen, an iris scanner, and on-screen navigation buttons. With the launch of Galaxy S8 Samsung has bid farewell to the hardware navigation buttons. We may not see the physical buttons in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy flagships. The Galaxy S8 also comes with massive 64 GB internal storage which can be further upgraded to 256 GB via a microSD card.

So you can see there is lots of storage available on the Galaxy S8 smartphones. If you are a photoholic then the internal storage may soon run out because the camera is capable of taking high-quality images and 4K videos. 4K videos and high-resolution photos take up a good amount of storage space on your phone. So, if you run out of space on your phone then you should move them to PC by using an OTG drive. But this method is not the best one because when you are dealing with a large amount of data then you may face problems because of duplicate files. So it would be difficult to find the duplicate files and delete.

The above problem applies to video and audio files. Nobody wants duplicate files because they waste the storage space. So managing the data on your Galaxy S8 is extremely necessary when you have a large amount of data. To manage such large data you should use an android manager software. An android manager is a software that allows you to manage all the data stored on your Galaxy S8's internal storage and microSD card. An android manager can let you manage every single bit of user accessible data that other software applications fail to manage. With an android manager, you can manage your photos, videos, music files, contacts, call logs, calendars, apps, SMS messages, and android apps data. Such an android manager is Wondershare TunesGo which is currently the best android manager for Samsung Galaxy S8.

What is Wondershare TunesGo

Wondershare TunesGo is an android manager that lets you manage your data stored on your Galaxy S8 or any other android smartphone. With this software you can copy your personal data from phone's internal storage and external storage to PC or can also transfer to other android phone. With this software you can manage all the data at just one place.

What Can Wondershare TunesGo Do for You?

Wondershare TunesGo is a smart android manager software that is available to download for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows. This software runs on your PC and lets you manage your Samsung Galaxy S8 data easily at a single place. It provides following functions listed below.
  • Manage photos stored on your phone microSD card.
  • Manage videos stored on the phone and microSD card.
  • Manage contacts, add new contacts, delete or take backups (Windows version only).
  • Backup calls logs and SMS messages.
  • Uninstall or backup android apps and their data.
  • Take entire backup of your data stored on the phone in just one click. This backup includes photos, videos, messages, contacts, call logs, music, calendars, android apps and their app data.
  • Restore data from previously taken backups.
  • Root your android phone in just one click.
  • Transfer data from one android phone to another with the phone to phone transfer feature.
  • Transfer iTunes media to your android device.
  • Use the inbuilt file explorer to explore the internal and external storage (Windows version only).
  • Make ringtones from a song, audio or music file.
  • Make GIF from photos and videos.
  • Capture screenshots (Windows version only).

Wondershare Tunes Go Review: The Best Android Manager for Samsung Galaxy S8

Lets talk about the main functions of the Wondershare TunesGo. First of all you have to download the software from their official website the link has been given above. After downloading install the software on your PC. After installation launch the program and connect your Galaxy S8 to PC via USB cable. Make sure that you have enabled 'USB Debugging' in 'Developer options'. On connecting to your phone to PC your phone will show a popup asking you to grant access over USB. Tap 'OK' to proceed. After granting access a successful connection will be established between your phone and the TunesGo software. Now we are ready to manage the data. After making the successful connection you will see a screen like this below.


There are four main functions on the home screen. These functions are 'Rebuild iTunes Library', 'Transfer iTunes Media to Device', 'Backup Photos to PC', and 'Phone to Phone Transfer'. Lets see what these functions do.

1. Rebuild iTunes Library: Suppose your PC/Mac got crashed and some files from iTunes got deleted, Wondershare TunesGo can rebuild your entire iTunes library from Android device quickly. It allows you transfer Android media and playlists to iTunes. The good thing is that it will automatically detect the missing media files and copy them from your android phone without making any duplicates.

2. Transfer iTunes Media to Device: This function transfer the iTunes media to android phones with just one click.

3. Backup Photos to PC: This is the shortcut to take the entire backup all photos stored on your Galaxy S8's internal storage and SD card. The backup can be stored on PC's hard drive.

4. Phone to Phone Transfer: If you want to transfer your data to a new android phone then use this feature to move data to a new phone. To use this function you have to connect two phones to your PC.

Easily Manage Photos and Videos

Wondershare TunesGo is the best android manager for Samsung Galaxy S8 and with this software it is easy to manage photos and videos. Photos and videos are the most common type of data that you come across more frequently on your Galaxy S8. So, it is necessary to have them managed. So first of all connect your Galaxy S8 to PC and launch the Wondershare TunesGo. Then head over to the 'Photos' section. Here you can manage all the photos stored on your phone's internal storage and microSD card. You can transfer them to PC, rename them, delete them, add new photos, and convert them to GIF. On the left panel you access the directories of the photos from internal and external storage. It is quite easy to use. The same way you can manage videos.

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Easily Backup Contacts

With Wondershare TunesGo it is easy to manage your contacts. You can export your contacts to a CSV, or a vCard file. You can also import contacts from a vCard, CSV file or from Outlook or Windows address book. You can merge, delete or add new contacts from the software to your Galaxy S8.

Backup Music, Playlists and Use the Ringtone Maker

This is one of the useful features of Wondershare TunesGo. With this you can backup your music stored on your Galaxy S8. You get managing options like add, delete, de-duplicate and export. The de-duplicate function lets you identify duplicate songs and allows you to remove them to save storage space. The other best feature includes a ringtone maker. You can make a ringtone from any music file or song that you see in this software. The ringtone length is 40 seconds or less and you can select any 40 second part of a particular song to make a ringtone. The ringtone is created with a fade in and fade out effect which is essential for ringtones.


Easily Manage Android Apps

To manage android apps installed on your Galaxy S8, head over to the 'Apps' section. Here you will find options like install, uninstall, and export. With the install function you can use an apk package to install it from your PC to your phone. Export function will backup your android apps to PC as apk files.

Use the File Manager

You can use the Wondershare TunesGo file manager to manage files on your phone's internal storage and SD card. This file manager also shows hidden files. You can add or delete files from PC to phone. You can also add a folder or export individual files or folders to PC.

Wondershare TunesGo Toolbox

The Toolbox contains the necessary functions all at one place. The one-click root option can be found here. You need to root your Galaxy S8 if you want to take android app data backup. Another option you can find here is the 'Backup' and 'Restore'. With the 'Backup' feature you can backup the entire data of your Galaxy S8 in just one-click. This backup includes photos, videos, music, contacts, calendars, call logs, messages, apps and app data (requires root).

Wondershare TunesGo Advantages

  • The best android manager for Samsung Galaxy S8.
  • Lets you easily manage large amounts of data stored on your Galaxy S8 or any other android smartphone.
  • Provides one-click backup, one-click restore and one-click root functionalities.
  • Easily rebuilds iTunes library from your android phone's data.
  • It is the all in one manager for photos, videos, music, contacts, android apps and their data.
  • Lets you make GIF from photos and videos.
  • Easily transfer data from your old Galaxy phone to your new Galaxy S8 with phone to phone transfer feature.

Wondershare TunesGo Disadvantages

  • It is a paid software. To use its full functions you have to use it. The free version is useless because you can't use its full functions. But Wondershare TunesGo is worth your money.
  • The iTunes library rebuilding may not come out as a success if you do not have the required data available on your android phone.

Should You Buy Wondershare TunesGo

If you have just bought a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ then Wondershare TunesGo can be a must have tool for your phone. If you click photos, shoot videos or store large amounts of data on your Galaxy S8 then you are definitely going to need an android manager. And the best choice is the Wondershare TunesGo which lets you manage all the data of your phone at just one place. With this android manager it is quite easy to manage data on any android smartphone. If you use Wondershare TunesGo then you will never face problems related to data loss or duplicate files.

How to Completely Uninstall Wondershare TunesGo

It is your prime decision whether to buy this software or not after using the trial version. So if you are uninstalling this then you should remove it completely. To completely remove this software from your PC just uninstall it from the control panel and remove its registry entries by using a PC cleaner software. On your android go to 'Developer options' and 'Revoke USB debugging authorizations'. Turn off the 'USB debugging' mode on your phone and also turn off the 'Developer options'. An app is installed on your Galaxy S8 by this software called the 'TunesGo connector'. Go to 'Settings>Apps' and uninstall this app if you are not using this software again.

How Much Wondershare TunesGo Costs

Below is the complete list of prices of its different software versions that comes with additional PC support and lifetime licenses.

1. Annual Subscription (1 PC only)

➜ TunesGo (Suite): $49.95
➜ For iOS Devices: $39.95
➜ For Android Devices: $29.95

2. Lifetime License (1 PC only)

➜ TunesGo (Suite): $59.95
➜ For iOS Devices: $49.95
➜ For Android Devices: $39.95

3. Family License (2-5 PC with lifetime license)

➜ TunesGo (Suite): $159.95
➜ For iOS Devices: $134.95
➜ For Android Devices: $107.89

So if you are having a Galaxy S8 or any other android phone then you can go for the android device lifetime license that only costs $39.95 and is totally worth your money.

So, this is a review of the Wondershare TunesGo the best android manager for Galaxy S8. If you liked the article then please share it.