How to Save WhatsApp Chat History as Text File

WhatsApp chats can be saved as text files with an inbuilt function. Whenever you want to share your chats or want to keep an alternate chat backup then saving them as text files is a nice option. With the built-in function, you can email your WhatsApp chats instantly. If you don't know about this feature then you may be copying and pasting chat messages as text in a notepad. Then you save the file as a text file. But copying a large number of messages will place a large amount of data in your phone's clipboard. As a result, your phone or WhatsApp may keep crashing. There is an easy way to do this which is given below.

Save WhatsApp Chat As Text File

  • Open any chat with a contact in WhatsApp.
  • Tap the menu button in the top right corner (three vertical buttons) and tap 'More'.
  • Then tap 'Email chat'.
  • A popup will open asking you to take the message backup with or without media.
  • If you want media files tap 'Attach Media' else 'Without Media'.
  • Again a popup will open. Tap 'Gmail' and save the email message as a draft.
  • Now open Gmail app and head over to 'Drafts'.
  • Open the latest draft which will be at the top.
  • When you open the draft you will see images and a text file which is attached to the email.
  • You will also see a 'Download' button (an arrow) in that WhatsApp text file. Tap the button to download it.
  • The file will be saved in the 'Download' folder of your phone's internal storage.
Save WhatsApp Chat History as Text File

➜ Also Read: How to back up WhatsApp chat history to Google Drive

How to Open The WhatsApp Text Chat File On Android

This you can read the emailed WhatsApp conversation. Follow the steps below.
  • For quick and best results and ease of access download and install 'ES File Explorer' from Google Play Store.
  • Now open ES File Explorer and go to this directory 'Internal storage>Download'. Find the chat file here that you downloaded from the Gmail draft.
  • Tap on that file. You will see two options to open it. Either select 'ES Note Editor' or 'HTML Viewer'.
  • You can view the text messages in any above of the sub-function of the ES file explorer app. But none of them gives a good viewing experience.
  • But the messages can be read properly in chrome browser.
  • To open that text file long tap on it. Then tap 'More' in the lower right corner of the ES app. Then tap 'Open as'.
  • A popup will open and then select 'Other'. From this list select 'Chrome'. Scroll down if chrome app is not visible. Tap chrome to load the file.
  • Once loaded the chrome browser will auto resize the text messages and they will be easy to read.

How To Save WhatsApp Text Messages As PDF

It is possible to save the text messages that you opened in the chrome browser above as PDF. All you have to do is to open the menu and launch the Android print service from the 'Share' option. If you find it difficult then please read this tutorial for saving pages as PDF in chrome for android.

The above link given will teach you to save web pages as PDF. But the process is exactly the same for converting WhatsApp text chat messages to PDF. Just go through the tutorial and learn how to convert the text messages to PDF.

So, this is how you can convert your WhatsApp chats to text messages and then to PDF. If you liked the article then please share it.

Bandicam Not Opening In Windows 10: How To Fix

Bandicam is a screen recording software developed by Bandisoft company. Bandicam screen recording software is able to record computer screens with HD gameplay videos. Bandicam is a shareware software which lets you record 10 minutes of screen recording with a watermark. To use Bandicam without watermark one should buy the full version. The good thing about Bandicam is that it is easy to use and records high-quality videos with less size. The recorded videos will of high definition with low storage space size. Another good feature of Bandicam is that you can highlight anything on the screen while recording with its special on-screen highlighting tools. It is one of the best screen capture software.

But there is a problem with Bandicam that after installing it on a Windows 10 PC it won't open. When you double-click the program to open it then it runs for few seconds in the task manager then automatically closes. Reinstalling the software will not fix this problem on Windows 10. So, what could the problem be? In this tutorial, we will tell you how to fix the problem 'bandicam not starting'.

Bandicam Not Opening In Windows 10

Bandicam Not Opening In Windows 10: The Main Reason

The main reason behind 'bandicam won't open' is related to desktop or laptop computers that have a dedicated Nvidia graphics chip. If you have installed Nvidia GPU drivers along with the GeForce experience (Nvidia game optimizer) software then it will create a conflict between GeForce experience and Bandicam. This is the main reason why Bandicam won't open or even start on Windows 10 computer which has Nvidia next GPU.

Bandicam Not Opening In Windows 10: How To Fix?

  • Uninstall your Nvidia GPU drivers and restart the PC.
  • Now open Bandicam to check whether it is opening or not.
  • If it opens and you are able to record the screen then the problem has been fixed.
  • If it still doesn't work then uninstall Visual C++ redistributable packages from your computer by going to 'Control Panel>All Control Panel Items>Programs and Features'.
  • Now this time Bandicam will run definitely. The problem has been fixed.
  • Now you just have to download and install Nvidia GPU drivers.

How to Download and Install Correct Nvidia Driver

  • From the 'Product Type' select your Nvidia GPU type.
  • Then select the 'Product Series'. Suppose if I am downloading drivers for GeForce 900 series then I will select GeForce 900. I won't be selecting GeForce 900M because it is for notebooks. So select the right product series, because 900 and 900M series have a different number of Nvidia GPUs. 
  • Then in 'Product' select the right Nvidia chip.
  • Click 'Operating System'. A list will open and then click 'Show all Operating Systems'. This will show 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Select the right operating system architecture.
  • Select the language if you want to change it from English. Then click 'SEARCH'.
  • A download page will open. Click 'Download' to start downloading the driver.
  • Once the driver gets downloaded open it and it will ask you to extract the driver files. Extract the files in C:\ drive.
  • Now right click on 'This PC' and select 'Properties'. Then open 'Device Manager'. Here look for a device without any driver. The Nvidia GPU may be listed as '3D Video Controller'.
  • Right click on it and select 'Update driver'. Then click 'Browse my computer for driver software'.
  • Now click 'Browse' and select this directory below.
C:\NVIDIA\DisplayDriver\388.31\Win10_64\International\Display.Driver
  • Here do note that the 388.31 is the driver version and may be different if you have an older or a new Nvidia driver software package. Change this number with your Nvidia graphics software driver version which you have downloaded.
  • After selecting the directory click 'Next'. Wait till Windows 10 finish installing the Nvidia display driver.
  • You will be notified when the installation gets completed. It will take some time to install though.

Now you can use Bandicam and Nvidia gaming graphics without any conflict. So we have successfully fixed the problem of Bandicam not opening in Windows 10.

How and Why to Protect Your Eyes From Digital Eye Strain Caused by Blue Light

Digital Eye Strain sometimes referred to as Computer Vision Syndrome is a vision condition that results from continued looking on a computer screen without blinking your eyes. Due to the prolonged eye focusing on the computer screens, mobile phones screen, or tablet screens the focusing power of the eyes' lens gets impaired over time. If you heavily use computers and smartphones then you may experience eye problems like headaches, eye dryness, eye itchiness, sleeplessness, difficulty in getting up early in the morning, and burning sensation in the eyes.


All digital devices including computer monitors, smartphones, and tablet screens emit high energy blue light. Digital devices use blue light to brighten their screens thereby releasing high energy in form of blue light. Blue light has a short wavelength which means it has high energy and it is the only light ray after UV rays that can penetrate a human eye back to the retina.

Computer Vision Syndrome

However, not all blue light is bad for the eyes. Blue light between 380nm and 470nm is known as bad blue light while blue light between 470nm and 500nm is actually good for the eyes. This range of visible blue light is beneficial because it provides natural reflexes protecting eyes from light overexposure, and helps with the body’s circadian rhythms, and helps cognitive and memory function. But finally, too much of anything is not actually good for you.


Sun's Blue Light vs Blue Light Emitted By Digital Devices

You may be thinking that Sun also emits blue light then why it doesn't damage our eyes. The Sunlight is actually white light which consists of seven colors. These colors are collectively known as VIBGYOR (Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red). These all colors make up the Sun's white light which also has blue light starting from 380nm. Besides having a bad blue light spectrum the Sun doesn't hurt our eyes much as compared to the digital devices.

The answer is simple, suppose you are playing cricket on a sunny day. As a fielder, you will see that all your teammates are standing at distant places on the field. So, in the cricket game, you just have to focus on the ball and your teammates. Most of the time a ball will be at different places and in the hands of different players. This distance can be more than 10 feet. So you are actually focussing on distant objects and the principle says that when you focus on a distant object your eye muscles will do it easily without getting strained.

Also, your eyes are constantly changing objects, as a result, the Sun's blue light. And because of dust particles and a large number of objects around us the Sun's blue light gets highly scattered. So the Sun's blue light has almost no effect on our eyes if it isn't a very hot day or you are not wandering in a desert while reading an offline or bookmarked version this article.

But the blue light emitted from the computer screens and smartphones is not the same as of the Sun's light. Blue light from the smartphone screen will not scatter just like the Sunlight does. And more amount of it will enter your eyes because the focusing distance is just mere inches and your eyes keep on focussing same object (like text) for a long time. As a result, your eye muscles will have to work harder to focus on the screen that is few inches away. This results in eye problems like dry eyes, itchy eyes, headaches, insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), and difficulty in waking up early in the morning.

So that was enough science to teach you the bad effects of blue light. Now we will see how can we block the blue light emitted by our computer screens, smartphones, and tablets.

How to Block Blue Light on Android

Android nearly holds 87.5% percent of the global smartphone market share. So, Android smartphones are more responsible for damaging our eyes by emitting blue light. You can download blue light filter apps from the Google Play Store. When you use your tablet or smartphone in the night then enable the filter to prevent blue light from damaging your eyes and disturbing the wake-sleep pattern of your body. Blue light makes the brain more active so if your eyes consume it at night then you will have trouble in sleeping. Here's a good article for using and installing a blue light filter on android.

Some smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei provide their own light filters as a part of the phone's OS. You can find this option in the display settings. For Xiaomi go to 'Settings>PERSONAL>Display>Reading mode'. For Huawei go to 'Settings>Display>Eye comfort'.

How to Block Blue Light on Windows 10

Windows 10 has a built-in blue light filter. This setting is known as 'Night light'. Go to 'Settings>System>Display'. Under 'Brightness and color' click 'Night light settings'. Then click 'Turn on now'. Adjust the color temperature that suits your eyes.

How to Block Blue Light on Mac OS

Even Apple's Mac OS has this built-in functionality and you can use it to protect your eyes. On Mac, this feature is known as 'Night Shift'. To open night shift on Mac, follow the steps below.
  • From the Apple menu, launch System Preferences.
  • Click on Displays.
  • Click on the Night Shift tab.

Adjust the color temperature between less warm and more warm. Set the color temperature to that value which doesn't hurt your eyes. I think slight warmer colors will be best for screen viewing.

Tips to Prevent Digital Eye Strain

A blue light filter is not enough to prevent the Digital Eye Strain. Besides using the filter you may feel pain or dryness in the eyes. So below are some tips to prevent the Digital Eye Strain or the Computer Vision Syndrome.
  • The top of the computer screen should be at the eye-level to make the viewing angle between 20 and 40 degrees. It should not be greater than 35 degrees. Avoid tilting the monitor screen.
  • Reduce the screen brightness when working for long hours.
  • Use the 20-20-20 rule. This means make your eyes focus on an object for 20 seconds which is 20 feet away every 20 minutes.
  • Keep your eyes blinking. Blinking the eyes will prevent dryness and overexposure to blue light. Blinking will force the eyes to refocus the objects.
  • Relax your eyes for at least 5 minutes every day by closing your eyes. Then make a clockwise circle by slowly rotating your eyes. The perform the same exercise in an anti-clockwise direction.
  • Walk out in Sunlight for at least 10 minutes and focus on distant objects.

Digital Eye Strain is a common problem that affects a large number of people worldwide. At present, it is not possible to imagine a world without our computers and smartphones. And prolonged screen viewing will definitely work out our eyes in a negative way. So take the responsibility of saving your eyes today from Computer Vision Syndrome and also let others know about it. 

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Windows 10 KB4074588 Fails To Install (0x80073715): Is There Any Fix Yet?

KB4074588 is the second cumulative update for Windows 10 that has been released by Microsoft recently. It is also known as February 2018 Security Update for Windows 10 devices. This cumulative update brings many fixes related to internet explorer and Microsoft Edge etc. But just like the January cumulative update KB4058258 the KB4074588 keeps on failing while installing. Since the start of 2018 Microsoft has only released two major security updates for Windows 10 and unfortunately, none of them install. These updates report error codes including 0x80073715, 0x80070bc2, and 0x80070422.

Windows 10 KB4074588 Fails To Install

Windows 10 downloads the cumulative update KB4074588 but when it comes to installation it fails completely. The KB4074588 installs 25% percent only then it fails completely. But other Windows 10 updates are installing normally without giving any error code. So why these cumulative security updates aren't working? Nobody has a correct answer. If KB4074588 fails to install on your computer then you may be advised to apply the following fixes.


  • Use system file checker to check for file integrity problems.
  • Use the DISM tool to replace the corrupted Windows 10 system files.
  • Reset the Windows 10 update agent by deleting the SoftwareDistribution folder and renaming the catroot2 folder.
  • Resetting the Windows 10 update agent is a time-consuming process as you will have to run several commands. Read this official tutorial.
  • Manually download the package the from Microsoft Update Catalog.
  • Disable .net framework 2.0
  • Uninstalling your antivirus software because according to Microsoft it may have a problem with a key in the registry. But most modern antiviruses have already set the required key in the registry.
  • Signing out of your Microsoft account and creating a local account to install the update.
But unfortunately, none of the above-mentioned fixes work. You will just waste your time by giving those non-working fixes a try.

On running the Windows Update troubleshooter the system reports a 'Potential Windows Update Database Error'. Now, in this case, you will be advised to reset the Windows update agent and re-register the BITS files. But nothing will fix this installation error.

And it is not the case with a single Windows 10 user but the same problem is being experienced by many users around the globe. So, is there any fix for this problem? Currently no and we can only wait for a Microsoft patch that will fix the issues related to cumulative updates because other Windows 10 updates are installing.

Without security updates, Windows 10 will soon become vulnerable. Because many users haven't managed to install the January Security Update KB4058258 and Microsoft released the February 2018 cumulative update without fixing the prior security patch. And I am sure that Microsoft will not consider it as a serious problem unless it is experienced by a large number of Windows 10 users.

There is no fix for Windows 10 cumulative updates that fail to install. But if you are concerned about your computer's security then you shouldn't be skipping any of the monthly cumulative security updates. The only way of installing these updates is to do a clean install of Windows 10. I have tried this method with an update KB4056892 that just broke my computer a month ago. However, there is no guarantee that a clean install would definitely fix this problem.

Do let us know if you find any working fix for failed KB4074588 via comments.

Windows 10 KB4058258 Fails To Install (0x80073715): Is There Any Fix Yet?

Microsoft released the cumulative update KB4058258 for Windows 10 on January 10th, 2018. This was the last update for the month which brings fixes to various issues. Most common issues addressed by this update are distorted colors on televisions and monitors which have a 10-bit or higher color depth and AMD CPUs entering an unbootable state after installing the KB4056892. For the complete list of fixes go here.


Both KB4056892 (16299.192) and KB4058258 (16299.214) are some kinds of dangerous updates. I remember how the KB4056892 broke my Windows 10 PC and dropped the system in an unbootable state. The computer started but was unable to go past the Windows 10 logo. It returned an error stating "Your PC didn't start correctly" every time I switched it on. So, I had no other option except for a clean install of Windows 10. KB4058258 doesn't break your computer but it won't install at all on most AMD and Intel-based desktop or laptop computers. Some users also reported that KB4058258 broke their computer's system audio.

Windows 10 KB4058258 Fails To Install (0x80073715)

So, I think this cumulative update was rolled out by Microsoft in a hurry. Because every time I try to install KB4058258 it always returns an error code 0x80073715. Now, most Microsoft geeks out there will suggest manually downloading the update package from the Microsoft Update Catalog website. But I should make this clear that manual installation of KB4058258 also keeps on failing repeatedly and Windows update isn't working either giving the above-mentioned error code.

If somehow it gets installed then it will ask the user to restart the computer. But even after restarting the KB4058258 doesn't install and keep on asking for a reboot. Repeating the installation process or re-downloading the package won't fix the issue.

Currently, there is no fix for the error code generated by this cumulative update. And the only thing we can do is wait for another update that will fix the issues. Well for some people the manual installation method works. So if you want to try it then download the update package from this link. Do take care of 64-bit and 32-bit before downloading.

So, I tried many workarounds like deleting the SoftwareDistribution folder, clearing the Windows Update files, clearing the system cache, and updating the registry for my third-party antivirus software. But none of the workarounds actually worked and the cumulative update failed every time I tried to install it either via Windows update or manual installation.

If KB4058258 fails to install and returns 0x80073715 error code then it is better not to push it further or applying any other workaround. This failed update will also block several security updates from Microsoft. Because the Windows update keeps telling that the update has failed to install and doesn't check for other security updates.

So if KB4058258 isn't installing then why shouldn't you get other important security updates. To receive other updates you first have to clear the Windows update cache by deleting the Software Distribution folder. To delete this folder simply open a command prompt (CMD) as administrator and type the following command.
net stop wuauserv
WUAUSERV is Windows update service and this service has to be stopped before deleting the Software Distribution folder. After stopping the service go to 'C:\Windows' and delete the Software Distribution folder. Don't forget to clear the Windows cache of old update files by using the disk cleanup. To use disk cleanup just right click on C:\ drive and click 'Properties'. Here click 'Disk Clean-up'. Click 'Clean up system files'. This will remove old files that may create a conflict.

Now start the wuauserv service by typing 'net start wuauserv' in command prompt. Restart your computer. After restarting do not check for updates. Let Windows 10 do it automatically. If you don't check for updates then Windows 10 will not download KB4058258 and will skip it automatically to download several other updates.


After applying the above fix I noticed that My Windows 10 computer is showing up to date even when the KB4058258 update is not installed. However, Windows 10 automatically installed a security update for flash player KB4074595 and skipped KB4058258. So you can see Windows 10 skipped KB4058258 and installed a newer update which was released on February 7th, 2018. So this makes me feel that this cumulative update KB4058258 has got some compatibility or installation issues that need to be fixed.

I hope we will see a Microsoft patch for this update soon.

AVG Secure VPN Review: Simple, Unlimited, And Easy VPN For Hiding Your IP

AVG, the name is known for antivirus products and has been around us since 1991. AVG is known for its top-notch PC security software. AVG Technologies was working independently until it was bought by Avast Software in July 2016. Apart from antivirus products, AVG does have a VPN service that you might not be aware of. This VPN service is known as AVG Secure VPN and is similar in functionality to Avast SecureLine.


What is a VPN? A Quick Note

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network which is an extension of the private network across public networks. This security technology is handled by the VPN server which is located at a remote location. On using a VPN all of the internet traffic generated on the user's end gets encrypted and passes through the ISP's server to reach the VPN server where it gets decrypted. Thus VPN provides us a secure tunnel to use the internet. The main function of a virtual private network server is to encrypt the internet traffic so that no one can see what you were searching or what websites you were visiting. On using VPN even your ISP can't know about your online activity.


Why VPN Is Essential In 2018?

In 2018, we will be consuming more internet data. Whenever you make a search on the internet then that information will go to your ISP's DNS server which will show you results for that search in return. So your ISP knows everything you do on the internet.

Your ISP keeps that information for years and may make a profile of you based on your searching habits. They can actually sell your data to third parties. However, if they somehow don't sell your data the risk of a data breach will always be there. So, if you don't want your internet history to be recorded by your ISP or any other websites then you should use a VPN.

A VPN hides your original IP address and assigns you a private IP address. The same address is used by many other users who use the same service. So, your original identity gets shielded and nobody can track you with that private IP address.

It is not just limited to hiding your original IP address. With a VPN you can unblock websites that are not available in your country.

AVG Secure VPN Pros:

  • Easy to use and simple interface.
  • No confusing settings.
  • Cheap VPN service and available separately for Android, Mac, Windows, and iOS.
  • Allows P2P networking (torrenting) but only in Windows 10 and Mac.
  • It uses Bank-grade encryption for encrypting the internet traffic.
  • No data logging policy. They don't actively monitor your online activities. Check AVG acceptable use policy
  • The Windows and the Mac version comes with a 30-day trial period which is enough to test it and decide whether to buy it or not.
  • Also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee but not sure about Android and iOS apps. Because for an active trial you need to purchase it and you can cancel the service anytime during the trial period. The trial period is 7 or 14 days depending on your purchase.

AVG Secure VPN Cons

  • Doesn't provide a multi-platform license. So, one license will be valid for one device only.
  • Doesn't have many servers. Most VPN servers are US-based.
  • Almost no settings to configure the VPN.
  • Not a good choice if you want to secure more than one device with a single license.
  • For Android and iOS, you have to purchase the service for starting your trial. You can cancel anytime during the trial period though.

AVG Secure VPN Price

AVG Secure VPN for Android costs around $20 for a year. The same service for Mac and Windows 10 costs around $59.99 a year in the US. However, the price will be different in different countries. In developing countries, the price is as low as $37 a year for Windows 10. Price list for Android is given below.

Should You Buy AVG Secure VPN?

You should only buy this VPN service if you want a cheap and easy to use VPN. If you want to secure only one device then go for this. If you are okay with its 30 VPN servers then you can buy it. 30 servers are technically enough to provide you online security. If you want a multi-platform VPN service then you can just make a Google search to find one. You can read more about a multi-platform VPN named ExpressVPN.

Does AVG Secure VPN Secures Against DNS Leak?

When your VPN fails to encrypt your device's DNS queries even though the rest of the internet traffic is encrypted then this situation is known as DNS leak. If the DNS gets leaked then your ISP can see your browsing history. At this point, there is no use of using a VPN. But actually, this is a browser related issue. The DNS leak issue is most common with browsers that use WebRTC. Examples of such browsers are chrome and firefox.

We tested many servers of AVG Secure VPN and found that none of the servers were leaking our DNS requests. But we didn't test all the servers. So it doesn't matter which VPN you are using you may see DNS leaks. To test for DNS leaks simply follow the steps below.
  • Connect to any VPN server in the app or client.
  • Go to https://www.ipleak.net
  • Let it check for DNS leaks.
  • If after the analysis you see your real IP address and ISP name on that page then your VPN is leaking your DNS requests.
  • If you don't see your real IP address then your internet traffic is totally encrypted without any DNS leaks.
  • You can test multiple servers of the same VPN to check which are leaking your device's DNS requests and which are not.

How To Use AVG Secure VPN On Android

  • Download and install the app from this Google Play Store link.
  • Open the app and tap 'START FREE TRIAL'. Scroll down and select either a 7-day or a 14-day trial plan.
  • Whatever plan you choose you will be billed for that on your payment method.
  • But don't worry you can cancel the subscription in your Google Play account and take refund before the trial period ends.
  • I used a voucher that AVG Technologies sent me for activating my VPN service. The activation was quick and is valid for a year.
  • After activating the subscription you will see the main app screen with a red button in the center. Below you can see an option to change the VPN server location. You can choose your favorite server from the list of 30 locations worldwide.
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  • Just tap the red button to activate the VPN. To check for DNS leaks go to ipleak.net.
  • Tap the 'Settings' icon in the top right corner.
  • Here you can see your 'Subscription' details. Make sure 'Auto reconnect' and 'Unsecure Wi-Fi notification' is enabled.
  • Tap 'Data settings' to disable third-party analytics and crash reporting. You should disable these options if you don't want to share your app usage details.

How To Use AVG Secure VPN On Windows 10

  • Download and install the AVG Secure VPN software for Windows 10 from this link.
  • After installing the software open it. You will see the main software screen like this below.
avg secure vpn windows 10 review
  • Click 'Change location' and select a location of your choice. You can also select P2P servers for torrenting.

  • After selecting the desired server click the large grey button to enable the VPN connection.
  • There are no settings to configure in the Windows version of this VPN client except for auto connect for unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
  • The AVG Secure VPN works with just one click or one tap. The entire process is secured and automated. 
  • After installing the VPN software you can use it for 30 days.

Final Verdict

AVG Secure VPN is an easy to use and unlimited VPN. If you are looking for a cheap VPN solution for a single device then AVG Secure VPN is a considerable option. When we talk about a VPN then talking only about the list of servers would not be fair.

For a VPN to be called best or excellent one should know about its logging policy, its encryption techniques, customer support, refund policy, and price. AVG Secure VPN passes all these aspects. It is cheap, comes with 30-day money back guarantee (PC/Mac only), and doesn't log your data. And the service can be bought for just $20 yearly in most developing countries. $20 a year is not a high price for securing your online privacy on your Android phone.

The only major problem with AVG Secure VPN is that it is currently not coming as a multi-platform service. So if you have more than one device like phone, PC, and Mac computer then you have to buy it separately for all these three devices. In this case it won't be considered as a cost effective VPN service.

This VPN is good only if you want to save money and secure a single device. Because there is no point of buying a multi-platform license from any other provider if you want to use it on one device only.

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How to Easily Block Port 445 in Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 uses port 445 for direct TCP/IP MS networking access. It doesn't require the NetBIOS layer. Port 445 is related to SMB (Service Message Block) which is an application layer network protocol basically used for file sharing, printer, and serial ports sharing. Security researchers admit that port 445 is vulnerable to security attacks and should be blocked or disabled. Last year (2017) the WannaCry Ransomware used the port 445 exploit to gain control over targeted computers.

So, suppose if your computer is connected to an intranet and SMB is enabled then this kind of ransomware will spread like wildfire to other connected computers. Keeping the port 445 open simply means that you are giving access to your computer's hard drive to anyone who has access to the port 445 on your computer. So, it's better to disable this vulnerable port in Windows 10.

How to Disable SMB Port 445 in Windows 10

  • To disable SMB first go to 'Settings>Apps>Programs and Features'.
  • Click 'Turn Windows features on or off'.
  • Here find 'SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support', and 'SMB Direct'.
  • If they are checked then uncheck them. Then click 'OK'.

disable smb windows 10
  • If you are using Windows Firewall on Windows 10 then go to control panel and open Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security.
  • If you are unable to find this then use the Windows search box and type 'firewall'. Click the first option to open the Windows Defender Firewall.
  • Click 'Advanced settings'. Now click 'Inbound Rules' and then click 'New Rule' in the right side pane.

  • Select 'Port' and click 'Next'.
  • In this step make sure 'TCP' and 'Specific local ports:' are selected. Enter 445 in 'Specific local ports'. Then click 'Next'.
  • In the next step select 'Block the connection' and click 'Next'.
  • In this step make sure to check 'Domain', 'Public', and 'Private'. Then click 'Next'.
  • Now in this final step name your new rule and click 'Finish'.

Add a Firewall Rule for Blocking Port 445 via Command Prompt

Open a command prompt as admin and type this following command.
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule dir=in action=block protocol=TCP localport=445 name="Block_Port-445"
The above command will add a rule named 'Block_Port-445' in Windows Defender Firewall to block TCP port 445.

Note: If your firewall is managed by your antivirus then Windows Defender firewall gets disabled. If it is disabled then the above two tutorials of blocking the port 445 will not work. If this is the case then skip the above tutorial and follow the tutorials below.

Disable SMB in Windows Registry

You should add one registry key to disable SMB in Windows 10 registry. Simply copy the text and paste it into notepad.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\NetBT\Parameters]
"SMBDeviceEnabled"=hex(b):00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
Before adding the value backup your Windows 10 registry. Now save the file as 'smb.reg'. Here .reg is the registry extension. Double-click this file to add the key in the registry.

Disable LanmanServer Service

To effectively block port 445 on Windows 10 you should disable the 'Lanman Server'. To disable it open 'Services'. Simply press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog and type 'services.msc'. Here look for 'Server'. Right click on it and select 'Properties'. In 'Startup type' select 'Disabled' and stop the service if it is running. Click 'OK' and close the 'Services' window. Restart your computer.

How to Check if TCP Port 445 is Closed or Open

After restarting your PC open command prompt and type 'netstat -an'. It will show the list of open TCP and UDP ports. Make sure that port 445 and 139 shouldn't be on this list. To confirm this we used Avast Internet Security's Wi-Fi inspector as an SMB vulnerability scanner and found that the port was properly closed after applying the above tutorial.

You have successfully blocked SMB server and port 445 in Windows 10 that will prevent various malicious and ransomware attacks. And most of all your computer is now not accessible on TCP port 445 which means your hard drive's data is safe from unauthorized access. No tutorial will guarantee 100% security. We also recommend you use a good antivirus that is at least not free.

How to Set Wi-Fi as Metered Connection In Android

Just like your cellular network the Wi-Fi network may also have a data limit. Wi-Fi networks are preferred over cellular networks (3G, 4G) when you are downloading large files. The reason being that a WiFi network setup is much faster than a cellular network. Also, the Wi-Fi connection is battery friendly as it doesn’t drain the battery or make it hot like the cellular network.


Android apps may consume a lot of data both in background and foreground. So it is better to set your Wi-Fi connection as a metered connection if it doesn’t have an unlimited plan. Whenever you try to download a large android app or a game from Google Play store then it asks you to switch to a Wi-Fi network. It makes me laugh though as Google thinks that all Wi-Fi networks are unlimited. But it isn’t the case, you shouldn’t be using your wireless networks to download large files if it is on a limited data plan.

The good thing is that you can set your WiFi internet service network as a metered connection and prevent apps from downloading unusual data.  Whenever you try to download a large file then Android apps will warn you to save your data.

Set WiFi as Metered Connection In Android

  • Connect to a Wi-Fi which you want to set as a metered connection.
  • Go to ‘Settings>Data Usage’.
  • Scroll to the end and tap ‘Network restrictions


  • Here you will see the list of Wi-Fi networks.
  • Tap the network name that you want to set as metered.

Now whenever you try to download large files or data then android apps will warn you before downloading. This way you can save a lot more data on your limited Wi-Fi network.

How to Play DVD Movies in Windows 10 for Free

DVD drives and discs still exist and they are not yet completely extinct. DVD discs were popular some 15-20 years ago, but now they can be hardly seen. Going back in the time will let us know that the DVD discs were the high definition standard of movies some 15 years ago. Because of their large storage size and superior picture quality DVDs replaced the CDs that have only 700MB of space.

Sometime later DVDs were slowly replaced by Blu-Rays. But introducing Blu-Rays into the market never meant to replace DVDs. Blu-Ray discs provide ultra high definition media entertainment while DVDs can only provide standard definition media entertainment.

DVDs are still good in 2018 because they are cheap and affordable and you can still find new movies on these discs. Most of all you can get up to 720p resolution with many digitally encoded digital versatile discs. Playing DVD movies on Microsoft Windows has always been in talks. Because Microsoft didn't have support for .vob files. We used CyberLink PowerDVD some 12 years ago which is a DVD playback software that often came bundled with a new Desktop computer.

But CyberLink software isn't free. Microsoft has its own Windows DVD Player app. But it costs $14.99 dollars. So, if you want to play those old DVD movies on your Windows 10 PC then check for this tutorial below. We are not talking about the Windows Media Player as it doesn't have necessary codecs for .vob media files and can't play it.

Play DVD Movies in Windows 10 for Free

  • Download and install Media Player Classics. Download here
  • Make sure to download the right software package either 32-bit or 64-bit. If you are running 64-bit Windows 10 then download the 64-bit software package.
  • To check your system type right click on 'My PC' and select 'Properties'. Here check whether your new Windows 10 is 32-bit or 64-bit.
  • After installing the media player classics on to your PC open it.
  • Insert the DVD movie disc in the optical drive. Let it load.
  • Initially, Windows 10 won't play DVD but will ask you what to do with it. It will suggest you download a compatible player app from the Microsoft store. But just ignore it.
  • In media player classics click 'File' and select 'Open DVD/BD' or press 'Ctrl+D'.
Play DVD Movies in Windows 10 for Free
  • Now a dialog box will open asking you to load the disc.
  • Simply click the DVD drive icon on the left side and click 'Select Folder'. The main disc menu will open and you are ready to play.

  • Now click 'View' and select 'Auto Fit (Larger Only)' submenu in the 'Zoom' menu.
  • Hit 'Alt + Enter' to watch the movie in full screen.

Media Player Classics is an open source media player which can play almost every media or video file. Another option is VLC player which is also free. But we would say media player classics is the best DVD player for Windows 10, which is free. It also plays Blu-Ray discs. So, let us know if you liked this tutorial. Do share and comment.