How to fix trailing underscores at the end of URLs in Chrome

Chrome lets you add a custom search engine to it which is basically any website that you search frequently. It happens automatically if you search a particular website often enough. Once added, all you have to do is type the first few letters of the URL, tap the Tab key and then enter the search term. When you tap Enter again, the search term will be sent to the website. It’s quick but in some rare cases, trailing underscores are added at the end of the URLs in Chrome. Here’s how to fix it.

Trailing underscores at the end of URLs

This might take a few minutes to fix. Open Chrome and click the more options button at the top right. From the menu, select Settings. On the Settings screen, look for the ‘Search engine’ section and click the ‘Manage search engines’ option.

You’re going to see the problematic search engines show up and it will appear quite a few times in the list of ‘Other search engines’.

Click the more button next to every single instance of the URL with the underscores and from the menu, select the ‘Remove from list’ option. Once you’ve done that, click inside the URL bar and type the URL of the website. The same problematic URLs will show up. Highlight them with your cursor and tap Shift+Delete. Repeat this until the URLs stop appearing and only the plain, simple URL with nothing extra appended to the end shows up. Leave that one.

This should fix the the problem. If you have this same problem with other URLs, you will have to repeat the same process for them as well.

Why this happens is anyone’s guess. If you have your Chrome data synced to other systems, it is possible that these URLs will come back because they’ll be synced to other Chrome instances. Search engines are synced if you choose to sync ‘settings’ in the sync options. You can pause syncing on your system, and repeat this on the other ones until not a single one has these incorrect URLs in the history and in the other search engines’ list.

Deleting the other search engines is a simple enough thing but if you’re wondering what the Shift+Delete keyboard shortcut does, it removes the URL from your browsing history and frequently accessed URLs. It’s a useful shortcut to know if you want to remove a search term that keeps popping up or that you don’t want popping up at the wrong time.

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How to check support for Modern Standby mode on Windows 10

Standby is basically what we call Sleep on Windows 10. It’s nothing complicated; you can put your system to sleep from the options in the Power Menu and your system will enter a super-low power state without you having to close anything you’re working on. Windows 10 has different types of Sleep mode one of which is Modern Standby.

Modern Standby on Windows 10 isn’t available for all laptops and desktops that can run the system. It appears to be restricted to certain hardware. There’s no list on what type of hardware it’s available on however, a simple command will tell you if you can enable it on your system or not.

Modern Standby on Windows 10

Open Command Prompt with admin rights and run the following command. The Modern Standby type of sleep is S0.

powercfg /a

If the command tells you that Standby (s0) Low Power Idle is not supported, you cannot enable or use it. If it is available on your system though, you will may have to enable it. Here’s how.

Enable Modern Standby

Remember that this will not work unless you have hardware that supports it.

Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut and enter ‘regedit’. Tap Enter and it will open the registry editor. Navigate to the following location.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power

Look for a value with following name, double-click it, and set its value to 0.

CsEnabled

When you enable Modern Standby, you don’t see any new options in the power options menu. You will only see ‘Sleep’ listed there, the same as usual. Select it to enter the new ‘Modern Standby’ mode.

What is Modern Standby

When you have normal standby or Sleep(3), your CPU basically powers down, the data is dumped to memory, and you have RAM consuming just the bare minimum amount of power needed to keep the data from being lost.

With Modern Standby i.e., Sleep(0), the CPU does not power down. It uses very little power but it is still running. Most Windows 10 services and processes are still running which means if there’s a pending update, it can download and install while your system is in Modern Standby. Other apps can also start a process or run (if scheduled to). This will cause the battery to be used up. Your screen will stay off though and you might just be left wondering why your battery has died.

We should also mention that some laptop manufacturers may void your warranty if you transport it in this sleep state. Most people who have a system that supports it actively look for a way to disable it.

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How to set up a firewall on Ubuntu

Ubuntu Linux, like many Linux distributions, does not have a firewall set up by default. Too many new users, this might sound a bit weird, as the Linux platform has the perception of having superior security to that of Windows and Mac. The truth is that Ubuntu, for most users, may not need a firewall. It’s a lesser-known operating system, and though increasing in popularity, users are secure due to it still being relatively unknown.

If you’re concerned about the traffic coming in and out of your Ubuntu Linux PC, you need to install and set up a firewall system. Luckily, the GUFW firewall exists, and it makes setting up essential protection incredibly simple.

Note: the GUFW firewall system works with other Ubuntu-like operating systems. If you’re running Elementary OS, Linux Mint, ZorinOS or a distribution that uses the same underlying base as Ubuntu, feel free to follow the instructions below too!

Install GUFW on Ubuntu

The GUFW firewall is a front-end system to the UFW command-line firewall on Linux. It is available to all Ubuntu Linux users through the primary Ubuntu software sources. To install the software, open up Ubuntu Software Center. Once the Software Center is open and ready to use, find the search icon on the top right and click it with the mouse.

In the search box, type “gufw” in and press the Enter key. Pressing the Enter key should start a search through the Ubuntu Software Center, and show a list of results. Click on the blue and white shield icon with the label of “Firewall Configuration,” and click on it to go to its app page.

On the app page in Ubuntu Software Center for GUFW, click the “Install” button. Selecting this button will instantly start the app installation process.

Don’t want to install the GUFW firewall app on your Ubuntu PC through the Ubuntu Software Center application? Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the Apt command below to install the app.

sudo apt install gufw -y

Enable the GUFW Firewall on Ubuntu

With the GUFW firewall installed, it’s time to enable the firewall for basic purposes on your Ubuntu PC. To do this, press Alt + F2 on the keyboard. Pressing this keyboard combination will bring up the command-launcher on the desktop. Then, type in the following command to launch the GUFW firewall app.

gufw

After entering the command into the app launcher, press the Enter key to start it up. You’ll see a pop-up asking to enter your password. Do so, and you’ll gain access to the firewall app.

With GUFW open, you’ll notice that the default status is “OFF.” Since the status is set to off, Ubuntu isn’t blocking or filtering traffic through the firewall. To change this, locate the “Status” section, and click the slider to change it from “OFF” to “ON.”

Security profiles

The GUFW firewall system comes with three preset security profiles. These security profiles come with pre-configured filtering rules that take care of all of the tedious security rules.

Home

The default security profile that GUFW is using when its status is changed from “OFF” to “ON,” is the “Home” profile. This profile has standard security rules and enables ports users are most likely to use. “Home” is an excellent profile to go with if you’re not that worried about security.

To switch to this profile, click “Profile” and select “Home.”

Public

The “Public” security profile is the strictest security profile available for the GUFW firewall system. It comes with rigorous filtering features, and generally is one to go with if you’re paranoid.

To switch to this profile, click “Profile” and select “Public.”

Office

The “Office” security profile for GUFW is about the same as the “Home” one. This one is a good one to use if you need a spare “Home” profile, or if you plan on setting up special rules at your workplace.

To switch to this profile, click “Profile” and select “Office.”

Allow traffic through the firewall

To allow traffic through the GUFW firewall on Ubuntu, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Find “rules” and select it.

Step 2: Click the “+” sign at the bottom left portion of the app window.

Step 3: Click on the “Preconfigured” tab.

Step 4: Find “Policy” and set it to “Allow.”

Step 5: Find “Direction,” and set it to “In,” or “Out,” or “Both,” depending on your needs.

Step 6: Find “Application,” and look through the menu list to allow a particular application through the firewall. Or, type the name of the application or service in the filter search box.

Step 7: Select “Add” to add the new rule to the GUFW firewall.

Deny traffic through the firewall

To deny traffic through the GUFW firewall on Ubuntu, follow these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Find “rules” and select it.

Step 2: Click the “+” sign at the bottom left section of the app window.

Step 3: Click on the “Preconfigured” tab in the pop-up that appears.

Step 4: Find “Policy” and set it to “Deny.” Or select “Reject.”

Step 5: Find “Direction,” and set it to “In,” “Out,” or “Both.”

Step 6: Find “Application,” and look through the menu list to deny traffic from a specific application through the firewall. Or, type the name of the application or service in the filter search box.

Step 7: Select the “Add”  button to add the new rule to the GUFW firewall.

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How to Download Your Save Games From Steam Cloud

Steam Store on a laptop and desktop.
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Steam synchronizes many save files to its servers. They’re automatically downloaded via Steam when you install a game, but that’s not the only way you can get them. You can download them directly from Valve’s website in your browser, too.

Enable Steam Cloud Sync in Steam

If Steam isn’t automatically downloading your old save games after you install a game, ensure Steam Cloud is enabled for that game within Steam.

To do so, locate the game in your Steam library, right-click it, and then select “Properties.” Click the “Updates” tab and ensure the “Enable Steam Cloud synchronization” option is checked for the game. If this option isn’t checked, Steam won’t automatically download your cloud saves—or upload any new ones.

If you don’t see a Steam Cloud option for a game here, that game doesn’t support Steam Cloud. Not all games on Steam do—it’s up to each game developer.

Click "Updates" tab and check the "Enable Steam Cloud synchronization for" option.

Download the Files in Your Web Browser

Valve lets you download your Steam cloud save files via a web browser, too. You can download just your save files without re-downloading the entire game.

To find your save files, visit Valve’s View Steam Cloud page in your web browser and sign in with your Steam account.

You’ll see a list of games using your Steam Cloud storage. Locate the game in the list (hit Ctrl+F to use the browser’s search)—and click “Show Files” to see all the files for a game.

List of Steam Cloud's saved games on the web.

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Daily News Roundup: Google Bans Touchpal App Dev from the Play Store

Google has banned CooTek, the developer behind the Touchpal keyboard and hundreds of other apps, from its ad network and the Play store. CooTek had a history of disruptive ads in its apps, that displayed even after users closed the app.

It was only a month ago that security firm Lookout discovered CooTek’s terrible app practices. CooTek loaded disruptive apps in hundreds of apps that could pop up even when users close the app. The ads were so prevalent they could render the phone unusable.

CookTek developers injected the ads with a BeiTaAd plugin and made an effort to hide what they were doing, even pausing the ads for a day or two after the app was first installed. By holding off on the ads, you might blame a newer installed app instead.

After Lookout reported its findings to Google, the offending apps were removed from the Play Store. CooTek apologized, promised to stop the practice, and uploaded “clean copies” of the apps, with the ad code removed.

While it’s true the company removed the BeiTaAd plugin, Lookout discovered the apps still could display equally disruptive ads. And again, CooTek made an effort to disguise what it was doing. Lookout reported its new findings to Google, who investigated and confirmed the presence of new code to load disruptive ads.

Because of those discoveries, Google banned CooTek from both its ad platform and from publishing apps in the Play Store. In a statement to Buzzfeed, a Google spokesperson said: “Our Google Play developer policies strictly prohibit malicious and deceptive behavior, as well as disruptive ads. When violations are found, we take action.”  [The Verge]

In Other News:

  • Microsoft will auto-update older Windows 10 machines to the May 2019 Update: Last month, Microsoft said it planned automatically upgrade machines running older versions of Windows 10 to the May 2019 Update. Now the company is moving forward with that plan, starting with a slow rollout of the upgrade process. [Microsoft]
  • Apple may fund original podcasts: Spotify and other podcasting companies have been busy funding original (and therefore exclusive) podcats. Now Apple may be jumping into the fray. Bloomberg cites “sources” who claimed Apple reached out to express interest in buying exclusive rights to podcasts. Apple does have a podcast app, so exclusives to drive usage is a sensible move. [Bloomberg]
  • Google Maps now shows bike-sharing stations worldwide: About a year ago, Google Maps began showing bike-sharing station locations in New York City. Now the company is expanding that service in 23 cities across the world, from Barcelona to Zurich. Users can find the closest station, whether to pick up a bike or drop one off. [VentureBeat]
  • Tesla raises Full-Self Driving option by $1000: Tesla offers a Full-Self Driving option add-on you can purchase with its already expensive car. The option doesn’t do anything, as Full-Self driving (or Level 5 Self-Drive) is a dream of the future. Starting in August, that promise of a dream will increase by $1000, to a total cost of $7000. [Ars Technica]
  • Nintendo upgrades the processor in the Switch for longer battery life: When Nintendo announced the Switch Light, it included a better processor than the original Switch used. Now Nintendo is bringing that processor to an upgraded version of the original Switch. Pricing remains the same, but the better processor adds 2 hours of battery life to the handheld — extra time for the tiny buttons to kill your thumbs. [ReviewGeek]
  • Apple is automatically patching latest Zoom vulnerability: In an update to the ongoing Zoom saga, Apple is patching the vulnerabilities in the RingCentral and Zhumu apps. The apps use Zoom’s software and are vulnerable to the same webcam hijacks Apple previously addressed. Apple’s updates are automatic and silent, so you don’t have to do anything to get the patch. [MacRumors]

When he’s not building cars, launching rockets, or drilling holes in the ground, Elon Musk is apparently researching brain implant technology.

His latest venture, Neuralink, came out of stealth mode last night to show off a new thread-like brain implant tech and a robot that sews it into your head. Scientists have been experimenting with brain-computer interfaces for some time, but the current technology is very invasive. The hope has been to solve brain disorders and better understand the human mind.

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