Way to Remove Quick Access from Google Drive Online (Web)

Follow the steps below to disable quick access on Google Drive (online).

1. Log on to drive.google.com from your desktop browser.
2. Click on Settings Icon from top right side. 
3. Click Settings as shown below.
4. A Settings Pop up window will appear. 
5. Search for the Quick Access section that says “Make relevant files handy when you need them.” 
6. Uncheck it as shown in the image below.
Click Done from top-right corner and refresh your browser to see changes. It should be gone.

Deciding on the right FileSystem for your USB

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When you get a new USB drive and are about to format it before its first use, you may be wondering which of the available file systems is the best. Here are some of the most important considerations before choosing a filesystem for a USB drive

File System? A file system is a piece of software that controls how data on a media is stored and retrieved. A file system manages operations such as copying, moving, and deleting files on a drive.

A file system is different from an operating system in the sense, a file system runs on top of an operating system and depends on it for many operations. Each of the major operating systems (e.g. Windows, MacOS, Linux) can work with various file systems (natively or through third-party tools).

How Do You Plan to Use Your USB Drive?Basically, the most important considerations regarding your choice of a file system for your USB drive are which operating systems you plan to use it with and how large the files you will most likely transfer are.

If you will be using your USB media on Windows OS, then you can decide on FAT32, exFAT, or NTFS.
– FAT32 and NTFS run with Linux, too, but exFAT requires additional tools. If you will be using the drive on Linux devices only, you can add its native EXT 2, 3, or 4 to the mix.
– As for MacOS, it can natively run FAT 32, works with exFAT, too, but you will need additional tools for NTFS, and its native file system is HFS+ (and the latest APFS) not EXT.

As you see, FAT 32 and to some extent NTFS, are present on all major OS’. They are not interchangeable and have their differences,

3. FAT32 vs. exFAT vs. NTFS vs. HFS vs. EXT 2, 3, and 4:There are really many file systems out there, and if you are curious, you can try a few of them before you land on the familiar ones.

However, your choices for a USB file system basically boil down to these:

  • NTFS: This the default file system for Windows partitions. NTFS supports journaling, large file sizes, file compression, long file names, access control, etc. If you are functioning in a Windows-only environment, it’s safe to go with NTFS. Linux can also handle NTFS, and MacOS reads it but needs third party tools to write, so even if you are not in a Windows only environment, it’s still a good choice.
  • FAT32: FAT32 or File Allocation Table 32 is the file system that typically comes preinstalled on a USB drive. It was the Windows standard before NTFS. FAT32 is slower than NTFS, less secure, and has a 4GB limit per file, but it is widely recognized by all major operating systems. If you will be using the USB drive in a highly heterogeneous environment, and portability is your main concern, FAT32 is your option.
  • exFAT: exFAT or extended File Allocation Table, is the newer version of FAT32. It’s lightweight but doesn’t have journaling. It’s compatible with Microsoft and MacOS but needs additional tools with Linux. It doesn’t have the 4GB limit per file restriction like FAT32.
  • HFS+: The Hierarchical File System (HFS+) is the default file system in the macOS world. If you are going to use your USB drive on Mac devices mainly, choose this file system. HFS+ can be used with Windows and Linux, but if you need a multi-OS file system, you definitely have better choices.
  • EXT 2, 3, and 4: The extended file system is the native for Linux. Similarly to HFS+, you can use it with the other operating systems but it’s not your best option. Use this file system if you are using the USB device on Linux computers mainly.

Most of these USB file systems run with multiple operating systems, e.g. Windows, macOS, Linux, etc., – so usually your choice isn’t limited to just one USB file system. If you don’t have large files to deal with, you have even more options. If speed of transfer isn’t a top priority either, there are even more choices. And if it turns out your first choice of a USB file system wasn’t the best, you can always reformat the drive, provided there is no valuable data on it, of course. Source: Maketecheasier

How to remove unwanted site redirects or pop-up on Mac OS

Mac OS is vulnerable to potentially unwanted programs or Adware, browser hijackers. These types of programs or toolbars generate web traffic and collect sales leads for other dubious sites.

They may also display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser. Such toolbars are usually bundled with certain free programs that you normally download and install. Advertising banners appear on webpages that you are visiting. When you go to a website, you are randomly redirected to another website that you do not intend to visit. Some of these symptoms are also listed below.

  1. Pop-up ads and new tabs that won’t go away
  2. Your Chrome homepage or search engine keeps changing without your permission
  3. Unwanted Chrome extensions or toolbars keep coming back
  4. Your browsing is hijacked, and redirects to unfamiliar pages or ads
    Alerts about a virus or an infected device

Solution (This worked for me)

Reset your browser settings (For me it was Google Chrome)

– On your computer, open Chrome.
– At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
– At the bottom, click Advanced.
– Chromebook (on Mac): Under “Reset Settings,” click Restore settings to their original defaults and then Reset Settings.
– Windows: Under “Reset and cleanup,” click Reset Settings and then Reset Settings.

Note: If you removed unwanted programs or reset your browser settings, you might need to turn some extensions back on. To turn extensions on, at the top right, click More More and then More Tools and then Extensions. Only turn on extensions you trust.

Other Method
– This could result in you removing the malicious app(s) from your Mac OS

1. Avoid unwanted software by only downloading files or visiting sites that you know are secure.

2. You might have unwanted software or malware installed on your computer: