Before now, getting a USA phone number used to be quite a stressful process. Receiving calls on the USA phone number or having calls to it diverted to your local phone number required you to either pay or get down in the mud with soft phone configurations. In this brief guide, I’ll show you a stress-free method Read more…


I am quite certain you must have heard the word “Proxy”. From Internet browsing tweaks to everyday English, proxies mean the same thing. In this brief guide, we’ll be answering some questions you might have about proxy servers. What is a Proxy Server? A Proxy Server is a computer that allows users on one network service to Read more…


Imagine booting up your PC and being greeted with this error: SMART Hard Disk Error The SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure not data loss, please backup the content immediately and run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics Hard Disk 1 (301) Fortunately, it gives you an option to Continue Startup Read more…


BBM added the retract feature which enables you unsend a message (before the receiver views it). This feature is very useful especially when you’ve sent something out of anger, in error, with a typo or to the wrong person. This feature is also supported in Gmail and very easy to setup. How do I setup undo send in Read more…


A slow internet connection not only affects your online productivity but also has a way of making even the most exciting internet businesses such a drag. Do you rely on the internet for your work or pleasure? 4G is worth considering if you do. If you’ve ever surfed the internet on 4G (or greater) speed then it Read more…


From time to time, you might encounter some issues on your Windows PC; settings not taking effect being one of such issues. In this guide, the focus will be on the screen brightness failing to adjust despite you varying the brightness settings. How important is screen brightness? If you are a frequent user of your PC then Read more…


Installing Windows 10 is very much like installing Windows 8 (see https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-install-windows-8-with-and-without-the-operating-system-cd-dvd/) . What are the System requirements for running Windows 10 If Windows 8 works fine on the PC then Windows 10 also should. The system requirements for Windows 10 are: Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) Read more…


This particular Windows issue brings back memories. A music studio was having major problems as a result of virus on their systems. When I got the call, I expected it to be a GIGO (Get In Get Out) job but boy was I wrong. The problem was that once you connect an external storage to their PCs, Read more…


Online advertisements are a great tool! They help sellers reach a wider market and buyers get more information. Adverts however become a total nuisance when the target audience can’t control them. Adverts pop up when you click a link, adverts appear once a page loads, adverts are made to look like the information / software you seek, Read more…


USB detection issues on a Windows PC could result in different error messages and sometimes the Blue Screen of Death (see https://journal.hovatek.com/the-blue-screen-of-death-bsod/ ). These errors could range from the often less serious “USB not recognized” under System tray and “Unknown USB device” under Device Manager to the more serious USB device appearing grayed and unusable under My Computer. We’ll Read more…


“If your business is not on the Internet, then your business will be out of business.” ….. Bill Gates. The internet has changed how a number of businesses operate. You can make / receive payments online, shop online, school online and more all from the comfort of home. I’m not exactly a fan of having to go to Read more…


A portable version of Windows -as the name implies- is a version of Windows you can carry around with you on your storage device. You only need connect such a device to a PC, boot the PC from the device and you have your Windows up and running. You may call it “Windows-On-The-Go”. I – for one Read more…


Its still the internet connection series and in this guide, we’ll be discussing how to setup / install and configure a USB modem (ie MTN, Airtel, GLO, Etisalat etc) on your Windows PC. If you choose to use Wi-Fi then consider reading these guides @ https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-tether-share-an-internet-connection-on-an-android-phone-using-wi-fi-bluetooth-and-usb-cord/ and https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-share-an-internet-connection-data-plan-megabytes-between-android-and-pc/ What are the problems commonly associated with USB modems? Some issues Read more…


There are quite a number of reasons why a PC could begin crashing or getting very slow, one often ignored cause being corrupted programs or a registry clustered with left over entries from uninstalled programs. Some programs might have become corrupted or are malicious, making them very difficult to uninstall using the normal  technique ( Control Panel Read more…


  In our previous articles on Windows PC internet problems, we discussed how to reduce heavy data usage (see https://journal.hovatek.com/laptop-consuming-a-lot-of-data-mb-solved/ )  and how to enable disabled Wi-Fi (see https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-fix-wi-fi-disabled-by-windows-mobility-center/ ) . In this tutorial, we’ll be looking at a case where you cant even connect to the internet on your Windows PC despite having an internet connection; common Read more…