Optimizing Ryzen

There are a few tweaks involved in getting the most out of any of the AMD Ryzen CPUs.
Here I’ll cover these, so you can get the most value out of your system.

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Permanently disabling Windows Defender on Windows 10

Until recently Windows Defender would automatically disable, if you ran a purchased Antivirus (or one of the many free ones)

However this is not the case anymore, or at least it hasn’t been for me.

Here’s how to permanently disable Windows Defender, so you can rely on your purchased Antivirus alone.

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Restoring performance of Samsung 840 EVO SSD

If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely already heard about the problems with old data getting slow on Samsung’s popular 840 EVO SSD drive.

Here I go over a simple workaround to keep performance up, until Samsung can fix the problem permanently.

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How to enable Windows eDrive encryption for SSDs

As you probably know a lot of SSDs are sold as SED: “Self Encrypting Device”, what this means is that the SSD can handle encryption itself, so your CPU doesn’t have to spend cycles doing it. This in turn actually means NO LOSS of performance, because the SSD is already encrypting all its content, it just doesn’t have a password set yet.

However enabling it on a desktop PC hasn’t always been easy, in fact it’s just recently with Windows 8 and the eDrive function, that it’s become somewhat simple to do.

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Preventing Java updates from installing Ask toolbar

If you’re like me, you absolutely hate Java updates, because they try to stuff some sort of crapware down your throat. Most commonly it’s the Ask toolbar, but McAfee antivirus has been around as well.

Luckily there’s a simple way to prevent this problem, you simply need to add 2 registry keys to the Windows registry, and Java won’t even ask you for the toolbars.

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