Category: Tweaks

How to Block those nasty Ads on Spotify app in Windows, Linux and OSX.

Today I will show you how to easily block the servers hosting Spotify ads on your Linux/Mac or Windows machine. This will allow you to listen all day long on a free account without hearing a single ad.  This trick is very simple, legal and works great.  Spotify may catch on and find some way to stop this from working but, as of today (08/08/2017) it works swimmingly.

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Blocking Ad Server

In order to remove those pesky ads, all we need to do is setup out hosts file to override the DNS for Spotify’s ad servers and redirect that traffic to our local machine.  When the traffic hits out local machine the call will fail and the ad will be skipped.  Follow the steps below to add the entries needed.

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AMD USB 3.X with kernel/IOMMU issue fix

The MSI/Gigabyte AMD motherboards are well known having several issue with USB 3.X front port in combination with Linux for long time now. and here’s how to fix that.

The workaround that works is to enable IOMMU in the BIOS and then change the following line in /etc/default/grub:
Change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”” to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”iommu=soft” ( As seen in screenshot below)


Also in BIOS make sure these options are enabled: xHCI handoff, EHCI handoff, IOMMU controller.

This should fix issues not able to use USB 3.x on mobo to front case in Linux.

Linux Speed Up! Get a faster boot-up, a swifter desktop and more responsive apps.

Everyone loves a speedy computer. In this section we’ll look at some essential tricks to speed up your computer. You don’t have to be an experienced campaigner to get more mileage out of your Linux box. There are some techniques that even new users can employ to trick their Linux distro to boot faster.

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Stop & uninstall Windows Telemetry/Tracking

This has been going around on the ‘Net the past few days. It has been found that Windows 10 uploads data to its servers even when every “feature” and app that normally might be expected to do that is disabled/uninstalled. For example, even if you don’t use the Cortana voice-command feature or Bing search, stuff is still being uploaded to Microsoft servers related to this. And even when users choose to not participate in any sort of customer improvement options and disable any kind of tracking, it is still tracking and uploading things.

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Not only is this a big privacy issue, there is also a system performance issue, as extra CPU cycles must be run and disk and network activity must occur to process these telemetry-related tasks.

And it is also the case that Windows 8.1 and 7 also are now doing this. Microsoft has been adding all these telemetry and tracking aspects to them lately through Windows Update, making them closer to Windows 10.

The advice from many experts now is to not go near Windows 10. Do not install it. Retain your privacy and control over your systems.

Below are instructions for disabling the unwanted telemetry/tracking in Windows 7 and 8.1

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By updating Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 you are allowing Microsoft to spy on you

There’s been a lot of discussion about Telemetry in Windows as well as avoiding the Windows 10 upgrade. Here is the list of service bulletins we compiled and what they do. It should be noted that even when not installed, they may appear again so this will require some effort on your part. Most people will simply not bother with this but it’s great information for any tech to have at their disposal or simply for research purposes.

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If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.

KB2505438 (Although it claims to fix performance issues, it often breaks fonts)
KB2670838 (This update often breaks AERO on Windows 7 and makes some fonts on websites fuzzy. A Windows 7 specific update only, do not install IE10 or 11 otherwise it will be bundled with them, IE9 is the max version you should install to avoid this.
KB2952664 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB2976978 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB2977759 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB2990214 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB3021917 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparatioon + Telemetry)
KB3022345 (Telemetry)
KB3035583 (Windows 10 upgrade preparation)
KB3068708 (Telemetry)
KB3075249 (Telemetry)
KB3080149 (Telemetry)

this Petition to let users opt out of Windows spying. sign it and protect your privacy!

How to: Get rid off Microsoft’s OneDrive with one file.

With this shellcode you can get rid of Microsoft’s OneDrive plague. Which allows Windows (10) automatically store you private stuff and can be access by Microsoft staff for “juridical” reasons  according to the privacy statement.
Paste this code below in into your favor text editor such as notepad++ (which i recommend).

@echo off
cls
set x86=”%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe”
set x64=”%SYSTEMROOT%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe”
echo Closing OneDrive process.
echo.
taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe > NUL 2>&1
ping 127.0.0.1 -n 5 > NUL 2>&1
echo Uninstalling OneDrive.
echo.
if exist %x64% (
%x64% /uninstall
) else (
%x86% /uninstall
)
ping 127.0.0.1 -n 5 > NUL 2>&1
echo Removing OneDrive leftovers.
echo.
rd “%USERPROFILE%\OneDrive” /Q /S > NUL 2>&1
rd “C:\OneDriveTemp” /Q /S > NUL 2>&1
rd “%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\OneDrive” /Q /S > NUL 2>&1
rd “%PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft OneDrive” /Q /S > NUL 2>&1
echo Removeing OneDrive from the Explorer Side Panel.
echo.
REG DELETE “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}” /f > NUL 2>&1
REG DELETE “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}” /f > NUL 2>&1
pause

Then, save the file as file.cmd ( example OneDriveSucks.cmd), then execute the .cmd file as administrator by right click on it. Reboot computer and your are 1% in progress of privacy in Windows 10.