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How To Zip A File In Easy Steps?

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You can’t send a large file via email. There is a specific size limit of files to be sent. So, how can you reduce the size of a file without sacrificing the data?

If your mind is occupied with the above question, you are reading the right stuff. Zipping or compressing is the answer to it. What I am going to tell you today is some easy ways to create zip files.

Before diving into the core of this post, let me tell you a basic thing.

What is a ZIP File?

A zip file is like a directory, which includes files or subdirectories inside. But it is not a mere directory. What makes a zip file special is that it is small in size compared with the size of actual internal files (or folder).

The zipped files usually bear .zip extension. When you want to use the ingredient normally, just unzip the file. That’s all.

Now, it’s time to be practical.

How to Zip a File?

Creating a zip file is not a big deal. If you are a Windows or Mac user, you don’t need to have any software for doing so. Here, I am sharing methods for both the operating systems.

How to Zip a File on Windows?

Windows is a popular computer OS. I used Windows 10 to create a zip file for this post. Don’t worry if you are using Windows 8.1 or less.

The procedure is the same.

Step 1: Navigate to the file(s) or Folder(s) you want to zip. If you want to zip multiple files or folders, select them (by holding Ctrl, Shift or by dragging the mouse).

Step 2: Right- click on the selected items. Don’t lose the selection by clicking elsewhere. Just click on the chosen files or folders.

Step 3: Now, you can see a menu with a handful of options. Hover your mouse pointer over Send to.

Step 4: Another list of options will be displayed. Windows asks you to where you want to transfer the selected items. Choose the Compressed (zipped) folder.

The process will be started straight away. The waiting time varies based on the size of the items you have selected. More the size longer will be the completion time.

After the process is finished, you can see a new file like the one shown below in the image. I am using WinRar software; that’s why you see a different icon.

Now, ‘ how to zip a file ’ will not haunt your mind, right?

How to Zip a File in Mac?

Now, what if you're on a Mac? Well, we have the solution for that as well!

Follow the steps given below to zip a file/ multiple files on Mac OS X.

Step 1: Browse the files you are going to zip in Mac finder. If you want to zip multiple files stored in different directories, bring them in a single folder.

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Step 2: Select them in a convenient way. (There are easy ways to select multiple files).

Step 3: Right- click on them without clearing the selection. You will be provided with a menu as in Windows.

Step 4: Choose Compress x items from the menu. (x is the number of items you have selected, see the image for details).

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That’s all. Mac will oversee the process further. In the end, you will get a zip file.

N.B.: If you need more control over the compression process, I recommend using a zipping utility like WinZip or WinRar. Such types of tools allow you to regulate the level of compression. Choosing a high compression level gives you a smaller file as the outcome.

With other software, you can protect the files by putting a password. It is also possible to create SFX files.

Tons of compression utilities are out there. And, the zip is not the only type of compressed files. There are more like rar and tar which offer great compression. So, try them also.

Windows and Mac support only zip extension by default. For another extension, you need third-party software.

It’s Easy to Create a Zip File, isn’t it?

Zipping is very useful for any computer user. I often feel the difficulty in transferring files to USB due to large size. On such scenarios, I try my luck with compression.

Sometimes, I managed to push the file into the flash drive by compressing it. But, this can’t be done every time.

The same issue may be experienced while sending emails also. So, zipping and sending can do the magic.

If you feel the default compressing system is inadequate, download any zipping software. As I already said, there are many free tools available which can serve your purpose very well.

That’s all I want to say now. I will be back with another tutorial like this one very soon. Till then, feel free to share this post with your friends.

Rahul is a freelance writer and blogger from India. He is an avid reader who finds immense pleasure in creating cool pieces of content.

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How to Record Video on Mac?

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Being one of the most versatile OS on the planet, the users are the only elite class. And the need is also at that level. After a series of Mac’s introspection and data collection, developers often stumble across a common query, How to record video on Mac?

This is one of the most frequent queries on blogs and forums. But after a release of a lot of supporting materials, many users are still not clear about their question, “how to screen capture on Mac” or “what is the process to activate screen recorder for Mac”?

The built-in QuickTime app is one of the best ways that can solve the issue of a screen capture. Mac has been one of the prominent players in the digital world and one of the most robust and flexible systems.

It has made several apps to be friendly enough to solve the issue of how to record screen on Mac?

The only thing that you need to do is go to the application folder and launch the QuickTime app. Then move to file and click on Screen Recording’s record button and now you may choose whether to record a certain portion of the screen or the total display.

This is one of the best tools that you may use as a screen recorder for Mac. Not only this, but it will also help you to record video on Mac. There are numerous software applications available on the internet that can help you record videos.

One of them is Movavi’s recording application, which allows you to make the recording seamlessly for your screen. All you need to do is set some convenient options about the video with few clicks and start the recording.

After that, you may save the file in popular video formats in your system. It is one of the most powerful desktop recorders, and many of its updates also work with light applications that will solve the common query “How to record audio on Mac?”

Here are the complete Steps How to Record Video on Mac

The recording is one of the most basic pre-requisites of any project. There may be many a time when you feel the need for recording any activity from your screen on MAC.

And the internet is loaded with numerous such applications, thus making how to record audio on Mac a meagre issue these days.

But the application varies in terms of QuickTime Player and any Video Converter to record the stuff on MAC OS.

Recording Video on Quick Time Player

As discussed earlier, the most effective tool is QuickTime Player, and Apple has added it to the basic feature catalogues in Snow Leopard version.

Now, let us see the steps in detail.

Step -1

Launch QuickTime player. Go to file and then go to New Screen Recording.

Step-2

Now a screen recording window will open and after that, you can complete recording the screen. You can click on the same triangular button on the right side of the screen.

Step-3

Now click on the red button, to begin with, the recording. Here, you will get a pop-up with options: whether to record the total screen or some portion of your screen.

Step-4

Once the needed recording is done, you may click on the ‘stop’ button to finish screen recording and finally, you can easily download the video and save it on your system.

Another process of doing it is by using any video converter like ultimate. This is another application that has changed the face of how to record a video on a Mac. Now, let us see the steps in detail.

Step-1

 You may open the video recording application on Mac and select the “record screen” option on the panel to select the record mode.

Step-2

Now you have to set the capture parameters present on the right side of the application window.

Step-3

Now hit on the start recording option, to begin with, the recording.

Step-4

To stop recording, there are 3 ways- you may simply hit on the stop button in the record screen.

Now, click on the stop button in the list of task pending record or you may use the shortcut -“Shift+ Command+ 1”.This versatile video recorder application can very easily record files in other formats such as 3G2, FLV, SWF, MP4, AVI, 3GP, WMV, MPG, MP3, WMA on Mac.

Now last but not the least let us take a tour of another process that can make the task even easier in Mac. It is Camtasia Mac – a recording tool developed by TechSmith company.

It is not only a video recording application but also offers a wide array of options for video editing. It is not only a simple video recorder but also one of the best applications for customizing and editing your recordings.

It is one of the most professional tools for Mac and one of the best among the three tools discussed in the article.

The cost is quite high at about 100 US dollars, but the purchase is really a value for money deal.

Step-1

Once you load Camtasia in Mac 2, you will find an entire window for settings.

Step-2

Now, you will see the entire preset portion of the video recording screen. Click on the red button on the right view and the preset.

Step-3

Now, you start off with the recording process by hitting on the “Rec” button.

Now that you know three easy ways to record video on Mac go ahead and record as per your needs on your favourite Apple operating system. The step-by-step guides will direct you on how to go through the process.

Stay tuned on this site to get regular updates about various guides to using different operating systems and gadgets like how to record video on Mac. The tips are sure to help you with simplifying the processes.

If you have any doubt about this video recording guide for Mac, drop your queries in the comments section below, and we will get back to you with appropriate solutions.

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How to Get Rid of Virus on Mac

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Mac harps about being the best in the world, yes it is to an extent but not the perfect. Like the other operating systems, Mac also is attacked by virus quite a few times.

Mac always advertised its safety, yes it was but the increase in the number of Apple users gives birth to those creates viruses and malicious software.

In the last articles, I have discussed a few Mac applications and how to use them efficiently. In this article, I will briefly discuss How to Get Rid of the virus on Mac, also throw some light on the best antivirus for Mac.

You might have faced problems on learning the processes of performing a Mac Virus scan, the process for Mac virus removal is quite simple and by the time you finish reading these article, you will learn how to do the Mac virus scan and how to get rid of a virus through the same.

How to Get Rid of Virus on Mac – Basic info on removing Virus

The most commonly known Mac virus is Flashback Trojan, a simple and easiest piece of Mac malware developed to phish personal data using the plugins.

The developers of this malware targeted a huge number of Mac devices and made the process of unknowingly simple as a result of which over 8,00,000 Mac machines are infected today.

So what you must now be worried about what Flashback Trojan does. A lot of Mac users have mistaken Flashback to be trusted browser plugin and installed it to their Mac devices.

So what happens after this? Is it really so malicious? What amount of damage does it do to your system? These are a few common questions which strike your mind when you think about a virus.

So what this Trojan does is it starts installing the code which is specially designed to gather all your personal information on the Mac device ( for ex: entering into all the applications installed on your Mac device like Skype etc.

It also starts gathering the information of all your personal credentials you have used like email Id and the passwords, your bank details, etc.) and sends it to a remote server. It is so strong that it does not need any human activity to be performed to install the codes.

Well, this does not do much harm to your Mac device but definitely does a lot of damage to you if you have your personal data stored on your computer.

So that defines how malicious it is to you. Flashback first appeared in the September 2011. A lot of users then wanted to learn how to remove virus from Mac.

After the release of the Flashback, Trojan Apple released its own malware security tool named X to protect to overcome the problem and help users protect loads of personal information.

Ever since Apple released X protect there have been 3 updates to avoid the malicious damage caused by Flashback.

Now let me take you through how you can detect and perform the activity of Mac virus removal. Search for F-secure which is a tool developed by a private security firm and follow the instructions prompted automatically by the system. Symantec also has its own tool to get rid of Flashback.

In the meantime, you can also perform the function of running the trio commands in your Mac terminal, you will find the terminal in the Application folder of your Mac. Has it taken long for you to find the terminal? Then perform a spotlight search for the terminal.

Once you are there you will have to copy and paste one code string at a time and then it happens automatically.

defaults read / Applications / Safari.app / Contents/ Info LSEnvironment
defaults read / Applications / Firefox.app / Contents/ Info LSEnvironment
defaults read ~/ .MacOSX/environment DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES

If your Mac device is not infected the system will give you a result domain/default pairs “does not exist.” If it is not then the patch is split up for the location of where the malware was installed on your Mac device

How can you perform the Mac virus removal for free

The normal perception of any user is that why should I be paying for smoothing I have not done or something which could never be a need to me. So hence, it is very important for you to know how you can get rid of the virus on for free on your Mac device.

You will also have to avoid sharing your credit card details to those fake websites online who claim to give you a Mac anti-virus.

There is absolutely no need for you to pay for any malware or Mac anti-virus software. There are a lot of trusted providers of antivirus who give away the services for free if you are using your Mac for personal use and charge those who are using it for business purpose.

Are you wondering what you would have to do when the website prompts that malicious software is detected on your Mac?

Also, when you are scouting for things online or browsing through a few websites what if these sites say that all the viruses are deleted without performing any activity, what would you do? You will have to follow these simple steps to overcome the same.

  1. If you are using the Safari browser (or any another web browser) and you end up getting a message out a warning about malicious software, virus, or some random problems detected, You will have to quit Safari by choosing Safari > Quit.
    If the browser does not close after performing the quit function,  you will have to force-quit the browser. To force quit the app you have to hold control-click on Safari and choose the force quit option
  2. You will now have to go to the downloads folder and pull out all those files which you feel you have not downloaded and put them into the trash

By doing this, you will overcome the problem of deleting the malicious software on your Mac.

I hope this article has helped you understand the most heard name in the Mac virus and how to overcome the same and how you can also delete the malicious software and how to get rid of viruses on Mac for free.

In the next article, I will discuss a few more Mac viruses and how you counterattack on them.

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How to Get the Google Chrome Standalone Installer

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If you are reading this article, you must be on some sort of Internet Browser. Go ahead, tell me what browser is it?

Chances are it is Google Chrome!

Chrome is hands down the most preferred browser right now and with good reason too. The only hindrance to it is that you will have to download it off the internet every time you use a fresh installation of your desktop OS.

Well, not anymore! We have for you the chrome standalone installer!

But, before we get to that, let us find out why we are listing Chrome as the first choice browser and not any other browser.

Why Chrome of All Browsers?

Well, the answer is relatively simple. Chrome is the best browser around.

“But on what grounds?”, you ask.

On several, actually. Chrome has been found to be the fastest and most stable browser around.

Competitors Firefox and Microsoft with their new Edge browser seem to be catching up, but Chrome is yet to give up its crown. Opera had a salient feature with data connectivity, but even that has been remedied with a chrome plug-in.

Another feature that Chrome offers is syncing tabs and histories and passwords between the mobile and desktop counterparts and this is one feature that no one yet has been able to implement so perfectly!

Why the Chrome Standalone Installer?

You all must be wondering, what is the use of having a google chrome offline download because it's an internet browser! It won't function without the internet!

Well, let me give you three scenarios where you'd have to download chrome offline!

  1. If due to work or some other reason you have to install the browser on many machines simultaneously, then the chrome standalone installer comes in incredibly handy!
  2. If you're on a very slow internet connection, then downloading Chrome every time you start from a  fresh install of your OS can be tiresome! The google chrome offline download the app will save you some precious time!
  3. If you're on a metered connection then installing Chrome via online methods will blow a part of your data cap away! Download chrome offline for such situations.

How to use the Chrome Standalone Installer

There are two main environments where Chrome runs. Windows and Linux. We will discuss how to use the Chrome Standalone Installer in both of these.

As an extra, a valid and up to date link to the Android apk for Chrome will also be provided should one want it available on their Android devices!

#1. Offline Installer for Windows

Windows come loaded by default with Intenet Explorer. However, most of us substitute it with Chrome right off the bat!

For the installation procedure to be completely offline we will need to follow the steps as listed below.

Step 1

The first order of business is to check the architecture of the system we are running. We have to find out if we are running the 32 or 64-bit architecture of Windows.

This can be done with relative ease by right-clicking on the Computer icon> Properties.

Step 2

Next up we head on over to this link for the single user and this one for all user installations. This installer works with all versions of Windows from XP to Windows 10.

We also have a choice of the operating system here, 32 or 64 bit and based on what we found in Step 1 we install the version of Windows relevant to us.

64-bit users of Windows offline will find it at this link.

Step 3

The installer is saved on a thumb drive and is ready to be utilized on any Windows-based PC.

#2. Offline Installer for Linux

Now things can get a wee bit more tricky for Linux users out there. There are 4 main versions available!

Step 1

Figure out if you're running the 32 or 64-bit version of your OS just like before and if you're using Ubuntu or Fedora. Unfortunately, these are the only two Linux distros officially supported by Google.

If you have any other distro you may check out community builds in the link here.

Step 2

Now head on over to this link and choose the version you want to download!

Step 3

And like before, put in a safe storage media for future offline installations!

#3. Offline Installer for Android

And now for the bonus round! Chrome is generally bundled with Android as part of the Google Apps package.

However, a situation with which Custom ROM flashers must be very familiar with is flashing a micro version of Gapps that doesn't contain Google Chrome!

For those times you have to download chrome offline!

Here is the link to apk mirror for the latest apk of Chrome on Android.

And that brings us to the end of this article! If you are considering to upgrade to Windows 10, you might want to check out this article first!

Be sure to leave your comments down below and I'll get back to you with the solutions to any questions you might have!

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How to Uninstall Programs on Mac

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We use our computers incessantly, sometimes more than 12 hours a day, almost every day of the year. The computer has ascended from a tool to a necessity and now accompanies every walk of our lives be it work, entertainment or something else.

Somewhere along the line though in the path to becoming our best virtual friends, our computers become overloaded with stuff. What stuff do you ask?

Well, that can range from multimedia to browser cookies to programs. And when that happens your computer slows down to a crawl because there is just too much in its hard drive!

Well if your Mac is stuck in such a situation, you can uninstall program Mac and have your buddy back up to optimum performance again!

Now if this is the first time you've faced such a situation, you might very well be thinking “How to uninstall on Mac?” The process of uninstalling programs on Mac is actually pretty straight forward.

True, there may be quite a few steps involved because not only do we have o uninstall applications on Mac but also remove a few other junk files as well.

So let's not waste any more time and get right into the heart of the issue, how to uninstall on mac.

How to Uninstall Programs on Mac

Below we will show you two methods on how to uninstall programs on a Mac. Now while the first one is way simpler, it does only work for apps installed from the Apple Store. So keep that in mind, for all other apps, try the second and longer method, it's universal!

#1. Uninstall programs on Mac using Launchpad

Step 1

First up we need to open the Launchpad from the Dock.

Step 2

Next up we need to Enable app deletion. There are two ways of doing this

  • Pressing and hold the Option key will bring up app deletion mode
  • Or click and hold any of the app icons till they start wiggling! Apps that can be deleted will appear with an “X” icon in the upper-left corner to signify that these programs can be removed.
Step 3

Finally, click on the “X” icon adjacent to the app to delete it.

Step 4

A confirmation window will appear. Click on Delete to confirm and then the app will be moved to Trash.
Step 5
The last step involves emptying your trash! To do this, you just need to right-click on the Trash icon and then select “Empty Trash” and then click on the confirm button to clear it!

#2. Uninstall programs on Mac using Trash

Step 1

To proceed with this process, we will need admin permissions. Hence, the first step is to log into the Mac with admin permission so that we can delete the files and folders necessary.
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Step 2

The next step is to open the Applications folder. Now we have to find the programs that we wish to uninstall. While some programs are relatively easy to find as they have just one single icon, some like Microsoft Office has multiple icons or program parts that need to be uninstalled.

Step 3

Now comes the deleting part! Select the program you wish to uninstall and drag it to the Trash. As an indication that the process has been successfully completed, Mac OS X will emit a sound like a paper being scrunched up.
 
For those of you who are strapped for time, you guys can use the keyboard shortcut of pressing Cmd + Del to move selected programs to the trash.
Step 4
 

The Trash is the safety buffer of sorts which protects you from permanently losing information. However, if you wish to clear your trash as well, I would suggest that you follow the steps of Method #1. Step 5.

Step 5

In this step, we will delete the remaining files and folders that have been left behind by uninstalling the apps in the previous steps.

To do so, we need to open the Library folder

Step 6

While these files and folders are inherently quite small in size, however, they are of no use to you unless you wish to reinstall those apps again. If you plan to reinstall the app, let these files stay.

If, however, you are never going to use that application again, there's no point in keeping these files as you're just wasting more memory.

For this step, we open the Library folder by using the keyboard shortcut of the Option key(long press) and clicking on the “Go” menu.

Step 7

The Library option should appear in the menu. Now we come to removing files!

If you find any photos or any files or folders with the program's name or developer's name in the ~/Library/, ~/Library/Preferences/, and ~/Library/Application Support/ folders, then you can check to see if it's the files of one of those programs that you have just uninstalled.

Step 8
 
To delete these items, just drag them to the trash and we explained above how to clear the Trash as well!
Congratulations you have just successfully uninstalled a program on Mac!

Hope this article has helped you to remove programs from mac! For any other comments, questions or queries on this topic leave them in the box down below.

We have some more exciting content for you that you can access by clicking this link right here! 

If you found the content of this article useful, then make sure to share it on all your social media platforms so that even your friends and family can use their Macs in the best condition possible! Adios and I’ll see you in the next one!

 

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How to Change Mac Hosts File

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The denizens of the modern tech world eat, live and sleep on the Internet. Always connected is the name of the game and it's no doubt a scary thought to even imagine us being stranded without internet connectivity.

However, this nightmare often makes its way into reality as we find ourselves in situations where connecting to the internet seems nigh impossible.

While it could sometimes be due to hardware faults from your end or your ISP's, more often than not. it's something to do with your software configuration.

What does one do in such situations though? Well, one of the first things you should do is find your Mac hosts file and see if it has been tampered with.

So today I'm going to share with you one of the few easy ways you can change your the hosts file on your Mac. This simple method will not only save you from malicious attackers but also help you block websites without involving any third party software!

Why the Mac Hosts File Is So Important?

Well, the Hosts file for any Operating system is a vital tool. We discuss it at length in this article. While the host's files mac can differ a bit primarily in where they are found and how they manage the access of the computer to the Internet, they are similar in the way they operate.

Let's go through a tiny recap then shall we?

So, the Host File is an internal address book for your computer. The host's files Mac can be used to both edit and

The best way to work with the Hosts file is by using the Terminal application found in your Mac's utility folder. You'll need to know the IP address of the device you'd like to send your Mac to or the domain names you're trying to keep your Mac away from.

How to Change Mac Hosts File?

Without any further ado, let us begin!

Step 1

We are going to use the Terminal. So our first step is to open the app by double-clicking on Terminal.

Step 2

Next up, we have a bit of code so you can copy-paste it from here directly!

sudo nano /etc/hosts

and once you're done with that, hit return.

Step 3

In this step, you'll be asked to enter your password. This is the admin password that you use to login to your Mac.

Step 4

You will now find yourself in the Nano text editor. You should see something that looks like a wall of text.

Step 5

Now comes the most important part! To add a new device or domain, we must position the cursor just after the text you see by using the arrow keys and then begin typing in our new entry.

If you want your new entry to map to any particular IP address which is on your local network to a particular domain of your choice, you can do that easily.

Just type in the IP address followed by tab button on your keyboard and finally type in the domain name.

And that's it you're done. In the next step, we will detail how you can block a specific website by editing the host's file on a Mac.

Step 6

If you'd like to block a particular website and make sure that the  URL doesn't go through to its destination, or if you're trying to keep your Mac protected by restricting access to certain sites, use the IP address “127.0.0.1.

This will make that specific website always revert to your Mac. This is a fail-safe mechanism for keeping certain websites out f reach of whoever is using that Mac.

Step 7

Now that you're done with your editing you'd want to save your work. For that, hold down the control and O keys to save the file.

Step 8

Hurrah! You're almost at the end! Just hit ctrl+X to exit the editor and you're out of the nano text editor!

Step 9

The hard part should be over by now. Now that you're back in front of the command line, type

sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

followed by return. This flushes your Mac's DNS cache so that it doesn't get confused by any changes you've made to the Hosts file.

Precautions

While this a relatively simple procedure, it never hurts to be safe! For your safety, we advise you to make a copy of your host's file before you start making any edits.

That's all from us for today. If you have any questions regarding this topic or anything else regarding hosts files and Macs, leave a comment down below.

I'll be glad to help you out! If you're looking for something else to read about Macs, do check out this article where we discuss how you can show hidden files!

If there's anything about Macs that you'd like to have us address, leave that in the comment section as well! We will try to feature it in an article as well!

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