Welcome to my personal blog www.wintips.org

My name is Constantinos and I live in the beautiful country of Greece. I am a computer and network technician and I spend most of my time working with computers, both professionally and personally.

My first computer was an Amstrad 464 that I bought in 1985, but I only started working professionally with computers ten years later with DOS, Microsoft Windows 3.11 and Windows 95. It was then, when the internet had just become available and I was using slow speed modems to connect to it, for many years, until DSL lines became available.

From 1995 until today, I have worked for medium and large companies and organizations in Greece, in IT and network support departments, as a computer technician or as a Windows and network administrator.

In 2003 I founded my own computer repair company “Net On Cosmoshttp://www.netcosmos.gr, located at Arapaki 100, Kallithea, Athens Greece.

This website (www.wintips.org) was launched at the end of 2012. Its main purpose is to provide the visitors with solutions and answers about computer hardware and software related problems, mainly about the various versions of MS Windows operating systems. Every information given in this site is shared for free because I believe that knowledge must be shared to all the people who want to learn.

I mainly focus on finding solutions for problems that originate from various viruses/trojans/malware software or hardware problems that can be easily fixed, by most of us, at home.

All of these articles and guides are written in good faith and are based in my personal and professional experience from solving computer and network problems for large companies that I have worked for, or customers at my repair shop company.

Keep in mind that, most of the times, the solutions provided here require advanced usage knowledge and should always be carried out with care, and I want you to realise that, YOU personally assume the responsibility of repairing your own stuff with the risk of damaging it or loosing data or whatever! The risk is yours, not mine!

Once again, I want to make it clear:

a. I am not responsible for damages, errors or malfunctions that may result from the content of this website.

b. I am not responsible for the content or the quality of information or software of other websites that are suggested or linked in this website.

I will try to keep the content of www.wintips.org updated and correct from mistakes and omissions, and frequently check the suggested links to other web pages. For questions or complaints concerning any of the software programs or web applications that are mentioned in this site, you should address their creators and not me.

I kindly ask you, the visitor of www.wintips.org, to contact me about any questions you have or point me to anything wrong in the contents of this site by using the contact form.

Keep sharing the knowledge.




  1. Stephen McGreevy
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 06:15:34

    I am so so computer savvy but your step by step instructions allowed me to finally get rid of uTorrent and Conduit – thank You


  2. Donald E Brewer, MSEE, PE
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 22:56:50

    Thank You for helping. I am retired, on a fixed income and need to do whatever I can myself. I cannot afford extra expense of paying professional technicians. My wife and I both need the computer, and use it everyday. Please keep up the blog and share God's gift of your talent & insight with others, not so gifted. God Bless you, you are an angel!


  3. Михаил Генералова
    Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:59:44

    I am a Mac user and collector of old PC History, i collect Atari, Commodore, IBM and so on… 😉
    I work as system administrator in a windiows baded company, so i came across your site once, and i come back from time to time… 🙂


  4. mukund
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 22:14:47

    Your programs allowed me to fix my computer by removing adware from Firefox .

    Keep up the excellent work you are doing. God bless you.!


  5. George P
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 15:05:19

    I feel saying thanks about the apps hat malicious software removal tutorial. It worked like a charm.
    Your site is bookmarked 😉


  6. Nikolaos Plastiras
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 11:11:41

    Very useful site. Keep up!!!


  7. Gowtham R
    Oct 02, 2014 @ 07:18:00

    Hey there, Ive seen many support sites and I'm in the job of supporting people with OS related issues, but i havent seen a website like this with so much of information accurately presented with simple text and pictures that clearly explains and provides solution for a Specific problem. I've seen support articles in this website that never exist in even top support sites like Microsoft, Google. I will constantly look back for more info. I really thank You and appreciate You from the bottom of my heart for the work you do. Continue ….
    Cheers !!
    Best Wishes !!


  8. David Steiner
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 08:14:06

    Where do I send my dollar?


  9. kevin
    Nov 05, 2014 @ 02:03:06

    I try to remove default-search.net nothing work but your adwcleaner_3.311 it work very well,
    you are an angel! thank you.


  10. EntryLevelNinja
    Feb 10, 2015 @ 13:28:30

    Keep up the great work, Constantinos. All my bests.


  11. Rudy Garcia
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 15:38:00

    Awesome!!! Thank you first site to offer any useful help


  12. Lisa Newlin
    May 30, 2015 @ 17:43:29

    You are amazing! … A Gift! Thank you for sharing your skills, and by donation.


  13. Barry L
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 20:08:22

    Thank you Constantinos !! With your website, i was able to quickly recover from a corrupted registry system file using your very clearly written procedure and Hiren's Boot CD 15.2. When previously, looking through many other support sites regarding this issue, and youtube videos also, I finally found your site.. and I believe it's the best when compared to the other sites regarding fixing my issue. If i can make a donation to help support your site, pls let me know through my email. Thanks again and God Bless.. Barry


  14. laszo
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 22:38:04

    you are fantastic! Thank you for help and sharing your skills, by donation.


  15. don "Lone Wanderer"
    Nov 14, 2015 @ 23:47:42

    A very large number of the "Tools & Resources" list are being used by this one, myself, and I. NOT any sort of an authority on any of these systems nor software. Just a Knowledgeable self taught Home User that is in TOTAL agreement with you of sharing our knowledge for FREE because there are many out there that cannot afford the Professional Troubleshooter.

    My experiences have been to assist some in learning HOW to use a computer and to know it is NOT smarter than you, just does NOT suffer from any form of Alzheimer nor Dementia, AND will remember your ERRORS if saved to the computer, it never forgets.
    Thank you for having this site AND sharing


  16. Teresa
    Dec 14, 2015 @ 05:56:58

    I recently used one of your tips on an error with a Microsoft Teredo Tunneling Adapter and it worked perfectly. I can't tell you how happy I am to have found your site and I will be making a donation in the future. Times are tough right now and I am grateful for an IT person like you. I am currently in school taking it up late in life but hope to pay it forward someday. Thanks again.


  17. Timo
    Mar 19, 2016 @ 21:15:20

    You're the best! Thank you so much for your expertise and generosity.


  18. Bas
    Jun 30, 2016 @ 18:32:23

    Very useful! Thanks a lot! Problem with high CPU and memory load solved. Windows Update folder removed.


  19. ss
    Feb 13, 2017 @ 08:08:42

    Thank you for sharing. I was trying to use your contact form to ask a question or two about an article that you wrote but kept getting validation code error. Please help. Thanks.


    • lakonst
      Feb 13, 2017 @ 11:05:47

      @ss: What is your question? In which article you get the error?


  20. Roy Lipscomb
    Mar 22, 2017 @ 01:35:18

    Thanks for a great site!


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