What To Do When You Spill Water On Your Laptop

It’s almost funny when you consider the fact that laptops, which seem like such incredibly powerful devices, are rendered completely helpless and defective after what can seem like even the smallest of liquid spills. Perhaps one day in the future we’ll have laptops that aren’t susceptible to water damage, but that time is not yet upon us.

If you’ve spilled liquid on your laptop, it might just feel like the end of the world. However, there might be a chance that you can save your device. Here’s what to do when you’ve spilled water or any other liquid on your laptop.

Immediately After The Spill: Remove Liquid As Quickly As Possible

In the immediate wake of a spill, what you do next really can make a huge difference in whether or not your device is salvageable. Turn your laptop upside down so that moisture drips away from the inside of your laptop. While your laptop is in this upside down position, dab gently at the affected area with a dry towel to try to soak up as much moisture as possible. For at least 24 hours, don’t attempt to turn your laptop on or plug it in. This time is about drying out your laptop, not testing if it works.

The Next Day: See The Professionals

Sadly, if your laptop isn’t turning on, you might be suffering from some serious water damage. For example, if your FPC and FFC connectors have been affected, you might need to replace them with new parts from a manufacturer such as Ipex. If that all sounds like Greek to you, then it’s probably time to see the professionals. If you’re under warranty, return to the store where you originally purchased your laptop. If you’re not under warranty or your device is very old, try a local repair shop.

It’s important to understand that there’s a strong possibility that your laptop may never come back from the dead or that the cost of repairs may exceed the cost of a replacement device. Going forward, be sure to always back up your files in case of events like these. You should also be a bit more careful in the future and always keep liquids at least three feet away from your device.

HP Pavillion x360, Spectre x360 Convertible Laptops With Active Pen Launched in India

HP India on Wednesday launched a new range of products aimed to ‘inspire creativity’ among students, professionals and millennials. The company announced two new convertible notebooks, the HP Pavillion x360 and HP Spectre x360 that come packed with latest 7th-gen Intel Core processors, IPS full-HD touchscreen displays, and a premium design language, among other things. Notably, they are also bundled with the HP Active Pen stylus which uses Windows Ink capabilities.

HP Pavilion x360 and Spectre x360 price and availability

HP India has priced the HP Pavilion x360 starting Rs. 40,290 for the 11.6-inch model going up to a starting price of Rs. 55,290 for the 14-inch variant. Meanwhile, the HP Spectre x360 with 13.3-inch form factor comes with a premium price tag starting Rs. 1,15,290. These new notebooks will be available across select HP World stores and online e-commerce channels as well as on www.hpshopping.in some time during the first half of July. You can pre-book the Pavilion x360 today starting at Rs. 4,999.

HP Pavilion x360 and Spectre x360 design and specifications

The HP Pavilion x360 series highlight a premium design language at affordable prices. It features a metal finish all around and comes in 11-inch and 14-inch form factors with IPS full-HD display. It also sports a flush glass with multi-touch display, a full-sized backlit island-style keyboard and HP ImagePad. The series is offered with 7th-gen Intel processors with Nvidia GeForce graphics card with 2GB of video RAM and hybrid storage up to 1TB SSHD with 8GB SSD for select models. The notebooks promise up to 10 hours of battery life with support for HP Fast Charge.

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HP Spectre x360

The new Spectre x360 is a convertible variant of the Spectre 13 that was launched last year. The company says the notebook is one of its thinnest and lightest convertibles, measuring 0.55×12.07×8.58-inches and weighing around 1.3kg. It comes with a 13.3-inch IPS full-HD display and the laptop is rated to deliver up to 12 hours and 45 minutes of battery life with support for HP Fast Charge. Under the hood, you’ll find Intel’s 7th-gen processor coupled with 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of PCIe SSD storage. The notebook also comes with HP ImagePad.

Both the Pavilion x360 and Spectre x360 feature audio systems from Bang and Olufsen for rich, authentic audio experience along with HP Audio Boost on dual speakers. With the HP Active Pen pre-bundled with the notebooks, the company wants to add a creative flair, allowing users to draw, highlight and write directly on the screen. The company adds that the feature pairs with Inking with Office and comes with a number of innovative inking apps as well.

“With the right kind of tools and technology, India’s abundant talent can further enhance its skills and unleash creativity,” said Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP India. “HP as the market leader has always equipped consumers with best-in-class devices, and we are pleased to introduce this new range of notebooks powered with the exciting Inking feature. The notebook line-up with its powerful computing, coupled with gorgeous displays and innovative capabilities, will transform the way bring-to-life and showcase their ideas,” he added.

Flipkart Back to College Sale Deals: Intel-Powered Laptop Offers Starting at Rs. 9,999

While Amazon is hosting the last day of its smartphone sale, Flipkart is offering great deals and discounts on laptops. Calling it the ‘Back to College’ sale, the laptop offers will be listed from June 20 to June 22 on Flipkart. Intel-powered budget laptops start from as low as Rs. 9,999.

The cheapest offering in the sale is the Acer One 10 Atom 2-in-1 laptop priced at Rs. 9,999. The Intel Core i5 laptops start at Rs. 38,990 with the option to exchange your old laptop for up to Rs. 7,000. The Flipkart Back to College Sale Deals: Intel-Powered Laptop Offers Starting at Rs. 9,999Intel Core i3 laptops start at Rs. 22,990 with up to Rs. 3,000 extra off on these laptops. 2-in-1 laptops start at Rs. 23,990, while there is up to Rs. 20,000 on exchange on gaming laptops. The Apple MacBook Air Core i5 5th Gen laptop is priced at Rs. 58,000 with extra 5 percent off on Axis Bank Buzz credit cards. You can check out all the deals on laptops here.

The Redmi Note 4 is also up for grabs on Flipkart for Rs. 10,999 (3GB RAM) and Rs. 12,999 (4GB RAM) respectively. Furthermore, the 32GB and 64GB variants of the Moto X Force were up for grabs for Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 15,599 only. For the 32GB variant, there was a further exchange discount of up to Rs. 12,000 applicable, while the 64GB variant offered up to Rs. 14,500 off on exchange. If the maximum ceiling limit of these discounts is applied, you could buy the Moto X Force for as low as Rs. 999 only from Flipkart. However, both these Moto X Force variants are now out of stock.

Windows 10 Home vs Windows 10 Pro vs Windows 10 S

You want a new PC and by now you’ve probably made up your mind as to whether it should be a Windows, Mac or Linux device, but your choice is about to get more confused: should your new Windows laptop run Windows 10 S, Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro?

Let’s narrow things down a bit and remove Windows 10 S from the equation. Windows 10 S is a new version of the OS that is aimed at students and teachers, though regular consumers may find it in their hands through purchasing a laptop preinstalled with the OS, such as the new Surface Laptop.

The OS itself has only just been announced, and we expect to get our first proper look at it in mid-June when the Surface Laptop goes on sale. With respect to other devices Microsoft has said only that Windows 10 S will be available this summer and in time for the next school year.

The key difference between 10 S and regular Windows is that you are not able to install apps from outside the Windows Store. If you need to install third-party apps on your laptop you will have to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, which is offered as a free upgrade until 31 December 2017.

At least in this respect, choosing between Windows 10 S and Pro shouldn’t be too difficult – if you need anything you’re missing you can simply upgrade. But an advantage of sticking to 10 S will be its improved security – since apps are only downloaded from the Windows Store, and then run in a safe container on the laptop, malware shouldn’t be as much of an issue as it is with other versions of the OS.

What are the main differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro?

There are many things both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Pro can do, but just a few features that are supported only by Pro. To simplify things we’ve listed only the Windows 10 Pro features that aren’t also in Windows 10 Home in the table below.

Price is one of the other main differentiators, although you can now buy both versions cheaper than the official Microsoft prices. Just watch out for very cheap offers as you may be emailed merely an activation key which may or may not work. It’s best to stick to the official retail versions – there are no upgrade versions as with previous versions of Windows.

You can buy Windows 10 Home from Amazon for £75.

Windows 10 Pro isn’t much more expensive: it costs £100 from Amazon.

Best antivirus 2017

Your Buying Guide for the Best Antivirus in 2017

Why you need antivirus and why do you need it?

Unless you’ve got some sort of security software installed, your Windows PC or laptop is vulnerable to viruses, malware and ransomware. The best solution is to install antivirus protection, and you’ll be pleased to hear it doesn’t have to cost you loads.

Antivirus software detects, and then prevents, disarms or removes malicious programs or malware, often referred to as ‘viruses’. Antivirus doesn’t offer a perfect solution to the problem of malware, but it is a critical first step to securing your PC or laptop. To help prevent viruses infecting your PC you must install antivirus, and then regularly update your antivirus software. All the antivirus software reviewed here will update automatically.

But internet security software is no longer just about countering viruses. Although they still exist, viruses are arguably a minor part of the malware now prevalent on the web. More important now is security of personal data and protection from ransomware. Security exploits aren’t about show-off hackers massaging their egos, anymore, but about monetising their malware.

The modern day criminal doesn’t have to be a hard-line hacker, either. They can buy all the software they need, and millions of addresses, on the dark web or even on eBay, if you know where to look. You can buy everything from denial of service attack – with botnets for hire – to individual exploits. Custom attacks are available, where the code changes after only a dozen uses or so, making it very hard for Internet Security (IS) providers to block every new variant.

Zero day attacks

Although the primary concern is to block malware so it doesn’t install on your PC in the first place, there isn’t an internet security suite made which is 100 percent effective. Worthwhile IS and antivirus software should also detect so-called ‘zero day’ attacks, where the malware is so new it hasn’t yet been analysed or had ‘signatures’ built into IS protection routines.

The speed with which these analyses are made is an important factor in the level of protection an IS suite can provide. Some companies now claim a turnaround of well under an hour, using information gained from their own customers about similar attacks. The cloud element in security applications is growing more and more important in speeding this process. So-called “next gen” protection using behaviour analysis and even artificial intelligence is also beginning to creep into some products.

Newly-installed software can be monitored, looking for suspicious activity and can then be prevented from potentially damaging actions, such as changing registry entries, or installing as a browser add-in. Ransomware can also be identified by unexpected attempts to encrypt your files.

Image result for Best antivirus 2017So how do you test antivirus software?

Malware is evolving faster than ever, but fortunately the latest generation of antivirus – or AV – is better equipped than ever to handle new threats.

In recent years, the technology that powers AV software has changed dramatically. An AV package you purchased a few years ago was able to stop known viruses and other known malware, but brand-new, unknown viruses proved more difficult. Newer products do a better job of stopping them.

For our antivirus tests we team up with Germany’s AV-Test.org and the UK’s SELabs, both highly respected independent security-software testing labs. Each rigorously tests AV products from a number of leading security companies.

The multifaceted testing procedure looks not only at how well an AV product can detect malware using traditional, largely signature-based methods (that is, employing a database of known malware types), but also at how well it can block brand-new, unknown malware caught fresh from the wild. These companies also examine how well security products clean up after an infection if a piece of malware does get through.

Every program in this list is worth your investment. The differences between the top few are relatively minor. The critical thing is to install one of these programs.

Is free antivirus good enough?

Our tests focus on paid-for and free AV products. Paid-for AV products usually offer better technical support and more comprehensive protection features than free programs, but free is free and some free packages can still give paid packages a run for their money. Internet security suites go further still, offering firewalls, parental controls, identity theft protection and more

How to find Windows 10 product key

For most people, Windows 10 was either a free upgrade or it came on your new PC or laptop. If you’re ever asked for a product key – during a clean install for example – here’s what to do in order to find it.

We’ll show you how to extract your key and the steps to take before upgrading your PC components. Find out How to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10.

How to find Windows 10 product key

If you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8, Windows 10 will have activated automatically after connecting to Microsoft’s servers online. You didn’t need to enter a product key as you were entitled to Windows 10 by virtue of having a genuine consumer copy of Windows 7 or 8.

However, there are a few instances where you’ll need your product key. If you’ve upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 and plan to upgrade your PC components, thus wiping your hard drive, you’ll need your Windows 10 product key.

If you’re installing a new system all together, then you’ll also need your Windows 10 product key.

Both the above scenarios involve a fresh install of Windows, and despite Microsoft adding the Activation Troubleshooter tool in the Anniversary Update (find it in Settings > Update & Security > Activation), you might be stuck between a rock and a hard place if you haven’t already extracted your Windows 10 key.

Find your Windows 10 product keyHow can I extract my Windows 10 product key?

If you bought a PC, laptop or tablet running Windows 10 then it should have a sticker or Certificate of Authenticity which contains the product key, or be included somewhere with the packaging or documentation that came with it.

However, this isn’t always the case. One reader told us that, according to HP, it does not put product key on laptops or PCs for security reasons. As with the digital entitlement (now called a Digital Licence), the product key is stored “somewhere in the computer” and will activate automatically if needed. This will work even if the hard drive fails.

He said that the product key was semi-visible on the System screen in Windows: most is redacted with only the last 5 of the digits shown.

If you’ve purchased a boxed copy of Windows 10, it will be on a label in the box. If you bought a digital copy of Windows 10 online from Microsoft, you should have received the product key in an email.

If however you’ve not got any of the above, you can always extract your Windows 10 product key using ProduKey, which is free software that displays your product key on various software installed on your machine.