SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor Review

Posted by 20 May, 2012 Comments Off on SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor Review

SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is a powerful yet easy-to-use tool for detecting, diagnosing,and resolving network performance issues. The next time a user complains that “the network is slow”, you can have the tools to turn that uselessly vague complaint into actionable data.

NPM automatically discovers your network, creates network topology maps, and then provides you with real-time views into network performance.

NPM provides a centralized console to monitor performance statistics from network devices such as routers, switches, wireless access points, and servers.

In addition to the up/down status provided by ICMP pinging, SolarWinds NPM uses the industry-standard SNMP protocol to retrieve detailed network performance statistics from SNMP-enabled devices.

NPM doesn’t just wait for you to watch the screen either, it’s network alerting feature monitors the network 24 hours a day and alerts you when an issue needs your attention. It can even correlate multiple events to provide you with sophisticated root cause analysis. For example, if fifteen servers behind a switch suddenly disappear, NPM is smart enough to notify you not that 15 servers disappeared from the network — but that the switch in front of those servers failed.

To help with one of the most hated chores in IT, Network Performance Monitor even creates customizable reports for you to share with your boss. The next time a user complains about network speed, you can respond with a detailed PDF report confirming or denying their suspicion.

NPM took me less than an hour to setup. SolarWinds even offers a 30-day free trial to try NPM before you buy it.

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Make Your PC Faster

Posted by 26 September, 2011 Comments Off on Make Your PC Faster

A slow system is a common complaint for many PC users. Often a user notices that their system performance slows down with time, something that can well be avoided. There are several no cost things a user can do to boost system performance and speed up their desktop or laptop PC. These are just three things that can be done to make almost any PC faster.

1. Free up disk space

The more a computer is used, the more it becomes cluttered. After months and years of use, there usually are many things that are taking up unnecessary memory on a PC, and this quite often slows a system down.

To free up this disk space, a user should do things like uninstall unused programs, empty the Recycle Bin, and delete temporary files. These things should be done regularly to keep a system running quickly and efficiently. Windows users can do these things manually, or they can engage Window’s Disk Cleanup tool to do it for them.

2. Reduce the number of programs that run on start up

There are certain programs that a user wants or needs to run on start up, and there are others that are completely unnecessary. Many of these programs are not used in every session and can be opened when needed. Once they are deleted, the system will boot more quickly.

The system can be instructed to not open these programs at start up from the program options. Also, icons for most of these programs can be found on the taskbar. A right click on one of these should allow a user to set the preferences to the program no longer runs on start up.

3. Keep your operating system upgraded

Windows releases updates to their programs, including operating systems, all the time. There are many reasons for updates, but one of the reasons for them is to keep user’s systems running efficiently and quickly. If these updates are not installed, a user is more likely more open to external threats, and they are more likely to experience conflicts and bugs when the OS interacts with other software.


Often, a slow PC can be a quick fix. There are a lot of things a user can try to get a system back up to speed, and these are only three possible solutions. There are many other causes and remedies for slow systems. Usually there are multiple items responsible for a noticeable system slowdown, so multiple methods need to be undertaken to speed the system up, including those not mentioned here.

To find out more hints on how to make your PC faster, you can simply do a people search and lookup for PC freaks in your area. Learning straight from them is better than spending your time browsing online. It will also save you money and effort to go to computer shops to have it fixed or upgraded.

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What are Windows Log Files?

Posted by 7 September, 2009 Comments Off on What are Windows Log Files?

Windows log files are recorded when there is additional information like that of an event, this information is recorded on a folder and logs are created. is a site that offers you all the information you need to know about log files and their importance to your computer. There are times when Google tries to make updates but they fail due to wrong installations or due to corruption. With such information stored in the log files a computer administrator can figure out what is wrong with a computer.

Log Files

Log files can also be created in the computer if for some reason processing of a file took too long. This site offers you guidelines on how to read the Windows log files.

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How to Uninstall Windows Vista?

Posted by 31 August, 2009 (1) Comment

Vista is the most sophisticated operating system at the moment but most users do not consider it stable. Most people uninstall Vista because their PCs are not configured properly or lack the power required to use the features that Vista offers.


It is easy to uninstall Vista and in most cases it will take you one or two hours but it is important to note that Vista cannot be downgraded to Windows XP. If you want to have Windows XP, Vista has to be removed completely and the hard drive has to be reformatted before XP is reloaded. Make sure you back up all your files before you uninstall this operating system. Vista can also be uninstalled if you bought the computer with it and you want a different operating system.

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What is Processor Speed?

Posted by 31 August, 2009 Comments Off on What is Processor Speed?

The processing speed of a computer’s CPU is a vital factor of consideration when acquiring one. The speed is measured in number of cycles per second and the measuring unit is called hertz.  The higher the speed the more desirable the CPU is as it takes shorter time to execute commands. When selecting a computer CPU it’s important to first consider its use as heavier uses need faster speed.

Processor Speed

The processor speed of a computer can be determined in a matter of seconds. The internet provides a testing application through ‘Test My CPU Speed’ which instantly gives accurate ratings. The speed can also be determined at boot where specifications of the computer are given or by physically looking at the listings on the slot processor.

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How to Open RAR Files?

Posted by 8 August, 2009 Comments Off on How to Open RAR Files?

RAR   IconThere are number of tools which can compress file and you can then send them to your friends via email or FTP. Apart from that, these tool reduces the size of the file specially text files. One of the widely used extensions of Compressed files is *.Rar.  This article will help you if you want to Open Rar Files and you don’t have the proper tool for that.

As in the start, I mentioned that there are number of tools but the most common used tools are 7 Zip and Winrar. These tools are licensed and there is less risk of downloading a *.rar file containing virus or malwares. Please visit to know more about the features of these tools.

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How to Clean Windows Registry?

Posted by 8 August, 2009 Comments Off on How to Clean Windows Registry?

Delete RegistryOne of the important components of your Windows is Registry which keeps all the records of your Software, Hardware, and all other parts of your computers. Things often go worse because of some Virus or Malware attack and you want to clean the registry. Most of the people do not know how to Clean Registry and they try reinstalling Windows which of course, is not a solution.

It is very easy to uninstall a program from Windows but often certain parts of the Uninstalled software are left in the registry which results into hang ups and slow speed of your computer.  This happens because people do not clean their Windows Registry or don’t know how to do that.

Please click here to learn how to clean registry through a manual way and or software application.

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Get Rid of Thumbs.db Files – Its Easy

Posted by 9 February, 2009 (1) Comment

Often you see thumbs.db files in your folders and usually re-created when you delete them. Actually, Windows creates these files for the arrangement of thumbnails and increase the show-up speed. If you want to get rid of these files, there is very simple solution for it.

  • Go to ‘My Computer’
  • Click on ‘Tools’
  • Click on ‘Folder Options’
  • Go to ‘View’ Tab
  • Scroll down and find ‘Do not cache thumbnails’ and check that
  • Click ‘Ok’

Cache XP Disable

Now these files will not appear in your folders. Search all existing files and delete them. You want find many files if you don’t have much images on your hard disk.

Thumbs.db Search

That’s it. Hope it helps. Thank you

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