How to Block Twitch Ads

Ad blockers work by blocking the source of the ad — typically a URL that’s different from the source of the video you’re watching. Twitch integrates its ads directly into the video stream, which means ad blockers struggle to block advertisements without blocking the video itself.  Ad blockers often develop a way to block ads, …

How to Open a JAR File on Windows

Occasionally, you find applications or games distributed as .jar files instead of the usual .exe file. You can’t just double-click on a JAR file to run the app. How, then, do you open a JAR file? Java used to be a popular coding language to create freeware games and applications. Even now, many freeware apps …

How to Open 7Z Files in Windows, Mac, and Linux

7z is an archive file format. It works similar to the ZIP format, but with a number of key advantages, such as superior compression and support for massive file sizes. However, it isn’t as common, so you may need additional help to open or extract the contents in a 7Z file depending on the platform.  …

How to Find Out What Motherboard You Have Installed

The motherboard is the most significant component of your computer. It connects all of the other components and allows them to communicate. While motherboards don’t get as much attention as GPUs or CPUs, it’s still important to know which model is inside your computer. In this guide, we will learn how to find the motherboard …

How to Find Out What Version of DirectX You Have Installed

DirectX is a technology that uses a combination of APIs like DirectDraw, DirectMusic, Direct3D, etc. It improves your multimedia and gaming experience, but many games may even identify DirectX as a prerequisite.  You can find out what version of DirectX you have installed from the DirectX Diagnostic Tool. This article will walk you through how …

How to Open DDS Files in Windows 10

If you’ve come across a DDS file and realized that you can’t view it, this is because you need specific programs to open or edit DDS files.  A DDS file is a raster image that’s saved in the DirectDraw Surface (DDS) container format. A raster (or bitmap) image is the typical graphics viewable on a …

How to See What Graphics Card You Have Installed on Your System

Software applications such as games or video editing suites often list a minimum GPU requirement. To ensure that your computer meets that minimum, you’ll need to determine what graphics card you have installed in your system.  There are many ways of checking the graphics card you have, and the following are the easiest. Table of …