After installing Adobe Reader 9, you should notice two extra process AdobeARM.exe and reader_sl.exe that belongs to Adobe Reader running in background even though the reader is not running. This two process auto runs by itself when Windows is booted up. The first thing you should know about this two process is the AdobeARM.exe process is used for Adobe update checking and the reader_sl.exe is a Speed Launcher that makes loading of PDF files slightly faster. With both of the process running, it takes up 4MB memory usage which is quite unnecessary for some users.
You can turn off Adobe Reader auto update by going to Edit > Preferences (or press Ctrl+K), click Updater on the left pane and select “Do not download or install updates automatically”. By doing this, the AdobeARM.exe process will no longer auto start when windows is started up. However you will now need to manually check for Adobe Reader updates by going to Help > Check for Updates…
As for reader_sl.exe, this process takes very little memory and nearly no CPU usage at all. There is no options in Adobe Reader to disable the reader_sl.exe process from auto starting up but you can use msconfig to remove it from the windows startup. In fact we found that this process automatically terminates itself after a few minutes, so leaving it to auto run during Windows startup should not cause Windows boot up longer or make Windows slower.
Getting the latest updates and hotfixes for Windows 7 is very important because it fixes bugs for better stability and also zero day exploits which could allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access to your computer. From the Control Panel, accessing the Windows Update allows you to manually check for updates. If you click the Change settings link on the left pane, you get to set if Windows should install updates automatically which is recommended or never check for updates which is not recommended.
Windows releases security patches every second Tuesday of each month which they call it a Patch Tuesday. For some users, they prefer to turn off auto windows update because it may save them bandwidth and also prevent Microsoft from being scheduled to check for updates all the time. If you don’t want to manually check for windows updates, you can set it to auto mode. However this can cause Windows to ask you to “Restart your computer to finish installing important updates. Windows can’t update important files and services while the system is using them. Make sure to save your files before restarting.” You are given 15 minutes to save your work and Windows will auto restart. Or else you can click the Restart now button to instantly reboot your computer or click the Postpone button remind you to restart in 10 minutes later.
There is a way to disable the windows update auto restart prompt. Click the Windows 7 start orb button and type gpedit.msc at the search programs and files bar and hit enter. Expand Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. Look for the setting at the right pane that says No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations. Double click on the setting and select the Enabled button and click OK.
This setting takes effect after reboot. If you want to stop the nagging windows update auto restart prompt that you are experiencing, you can do so by opening Windows Task Manager, go to Services tab and right click on wuauserv service and select Stop. This tip also works on other older Windows operating system such as 2000, XP, Vista, 2003, 2008.
With the powerful and free disk cleaning up software such as CCleaner, hardly anyone really uses the Windows Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files anymore. You can run Disk Cleaner by clicking the Start button, Go to All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and click the Disk Cleanup shortcut. By default it is able to clean Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files, Offline Webpages, Recycle Bin, Setup Log Files, Temporary Files, Thumbnails, Per user archived Windows Error Reporting File, Per user queued Windows Error Reporting Files and System queued Windows Error Reporting Files.
There is a trick on how you can add 10 more extra items to the disk cleanup making it a total of 20 items. The extra 10 items are Temporary Setup Files, Debug Dump Files, Old Chkdsk files, Previous Windows installation(s), System error memory dump files, System error minidump files, Temporary Windows installation files, Files discarded by Windows upgrade, System archived Windows Error Reporting Files and Windows upgrade log files.
You will need to run command prompt as Administrator, and then type the following command:
%SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535
Disk Cleanup Settings will then appear with 20 items in total for you to clean up. Just select the items that you would like Disk Cleanup to automatically clean up and click the OK button. This works with Windows XP as well but it only adds 3 more extra items making it a total of 15 items.
If you have been using Google Chrome browser for a while, one of the inconvenience you would notice is the lack of convenience for you to access your bookmarks. You must manually select always show bookmarks bar in the Settings icon to show the bookmarks in the toolbar. As for the Bookmark Manager, it is a huge window that lists all your favorites and it is not very convenient for daily opening of your favorite sites from the bookmarks. Here is a tip on how you can easily access your bookmarks in Google Chrome.
Right click the Google Chrome shortcut and select Properties. At the target box, add -bookmark-menu at the end and click OK to close the Google Chrome Properties window. Now when you open Google Chrome web browser, you will notice a folder icon with a star added to the end of the URL address bar where normally all the Chrome extensions icons are. Clicking on the bookmark icon will show a drop down list of all the bookmarks and lets you easily access them.
To search for bookmarks in Chrome, the omnibox already supports auto searching bookmarks when you type anything on it. If you didn’t know, the omnibox is the address bar and Google gave a cool name for it just like what Firefox called it AwesomeBar. The method shown above is the best because you don’t need to install any additional extension which could take up extra memory usage.
Keyboard is always faster than a mouse. Even if you can move a mouse cursor really quick from one corner of the screen to the other, you still can’t beat the keyboard because by simply pressing a combination of shortcut key, the Window or program can instantly open. Moreover with a mouse, you will need to make sure that the cursor is accurately pointed at the place where you can double click or else it won’t work.
There are tons of useful shortcut keys to learn and at first you will find it slow and difficult but once you have gotten used to it, you will work on your computer faster than ever and be prepared to impress your superior or boss with it.
To learn about Keyboard Shortcuts, you can visit Shortcut World website, where it lists all shortcut keys for popular application such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Excel, Mozilla Firefox, Fireworks, Google Mail, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, PowerPoint, Projects, Ubuntu Desktop, VLC Media Player, Winamp, Windows, Widows Media Player and Microsoft Word.
To show you an example of how useful a shortcut key is, if you want to open Windows Explorer, we can press WIN+E to open the Windows Explorer but if using a mouse, you will need to move the cursor to the My Computer and double click on it if the icon is configured to be there. If not, you will need to click on the Start orb button and then click on My Computer.