How To Open .db Files?

Recently one of my friends downloaded an app and found out that it contained a file with a .db extension. She did not know how to open the file and asked my help. Since I have dealt with .db files previously, I was able to quickly point out to her on how to open a .db file.

The .db file could also be a Windows thumbnail cache file which stores thumbnail images for Windows Explorer’s thumbnail view. The Windows thumbnail cache file will always have a name called thumbs.db.

Additionally, .db files are database files created in popular lightweight database SQLite. The .db files can be created by several applications including , , and other apps to store information. To open files with .db extensions which are not named thumbs.db, you will need to download the SQLite Database Browser.

The SQLite Database Browser can be downloaded from Once you download and extract the software, double click on the executable name SQLite Database Browser. After that follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Click on File -> Open and select the .db file you want to open.

SQLite Open .db Files Database

Step 2: If the file is a proper SQLite Database, you will be able to view the database tables and structure in the SQLite Database Browser as shown above.

Sometimes when you open a .db file, you might see an error saying that the file is not a SQLite Database. In those cases, you can try and open the file in a text editor to view it’s contents. If you are running windows, you can also try to open the file with Microsoft Access. Remember that thumbs.db is not a database file and cannot be opened using the above software.

In future, you can use a software called OpenWith to Identify and open unknown file extensions.

In the past we have also covered several ways to open other unknown extensions like how to open RM file, how to open RMVB files, how to open ISO files, how to open Torrent files, how to open VOB files, how to open AMR files,how to open RAR files, how to open NFO files, how to open PLS files, how to open daa files, how to open DAT files, how to open WBMP files and many more how to open file tutorials.

Encrypt and Password Protect Your Notes in Evernote

I have come to love Evernote as a note-taking and idea collecting software. I have used it extensively for the past couple of years or more to store bits and pieces of information that has come in handy all through these years.


I always had a problem with storing sensitive information in Evernote, because of the lack of security/password protection in the app. For example, if you login to the Evernote app and leave it open, anyone who has access to your PC or mobile device can view the notes and get access to your sensitive information.

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In fact, anyone who has access to the local database storage file on your PC will be able to view those notes on another PC or installation. This is a scary proposition considering how much losing sensitive information could affect you.

Luckily, Evernote provides users with a very handy feature that allows them to encrypt part of their notes. Users can use it to encrypt sensitive text in their notes (It only works with text). To encrypt your notes in Evernote, follow the steps given below.

How To Open/View .WBMP Files?

Every once in a while you may download files which may have extensions that you may never have heard of. In such cases, you might be shown a dialog by windows to use a web service to find the appropriate software to open or view the file.

One of our readers downloaded a WBMP file recently and was wondering how to open it. First of all, a file with WBMP extension uses an image format called  Wireless Application Protocol Bitmap Format. It is an optimized image used for mobile devices.

The WBMP file cannot be opened using regular image software or and requires a special viewing tool. In order to open or view the WBMP file, you can download a software called XnView. Once you have downloaded the software, you can easily open and view the WBMP file with it.

Download the XnView software from here to open or view WBMP file. In future, you can use a software called OpenWith to Identify and open unknown file extensions.

In the past we have also covered several ways to open other unknown extensions like how to open RM file, how to open RMVB files, how to open ISO files, how to open Torrent files, how to open VOB files, how to open AMR files, how to open RAR files, how to open NFO files, how to open PLS files, how to open daa files, how to open DAT files and many more how to open file tutorials.

Do take a look at them or bookmark the pages for future reference.

Disable Gmail From Automatically Adding Contacts You Email

is no doubt one of the best email services out there, however, it does have an annoying feature which keeps adding email addresses as contacts when you email someone new. This can be quite a pain because your contact list will start growing with unnecessary contacts.

Gmail Love

Google has been listening to feedback and has introduced a new feature where users can disable Gmail from adding new users you email to your contacts list.

Gmail Auto Contacts

To enable this feature, head over to the Gmail settings page and look for the option which says “Create contacts for auto-complete”. Now select the option which says “I’ll add contacts myself” and save the settings. Once you have enabled this feature Gmail will not add new contacts to your contacts list unless you do it manually.

Get Back Old Facebook Comment Button – Fix Enter to Comment On Facebook

recently rolled out a new change to their user interface where they got rid of the Comment button and allowed users to comment by hitting the Enter key. However, this was a bit annoying to users who did not know about it and innocently hit enter to add a new line to their comment. When they did this, the comment was automatically posted. (Hint: use Shift + Enter to add a new line)

Facebook Comment Button

If you are someone who has been annoyed by this problem, there is a quick and easy fix to get back the old comment button on Facebook through a script.

To get the old comment button back in Facebook, head over to and click on the FixSillyFacebook.user.js to install the Greasemonkey script in and (you will need the Greasemonkey add-on). If you are using or Internet Explorer or Safari follow our earlier post on Installing Greasemonkey scripts in Opera, IE and Safari.

P.S. The above script was a modification of another script created by Daniel Wood because it lacked the ability to work on the www subdomain in Facebook.

Find Windows 7 Product Key or CD Key

Recently, one of our readers sent in this question to us that they have lost their CD and cannot find their product key, however they wanted to reinstall their system and could not do it without a product key.

Find Windows 7 Product Key

First of all, Microsoft stores your Product Key or CD Key on your PC itself and it is not easy for a normal user to sift through the files and find it. However, there are software which do this job very well.

Just like our Office 2010 product key finder there is a tool which will allow you can also extract the product key of Windows 7 from your system. To do that, you have to install the Keyfinder tool from Jelly Bean (download link below).

Once you have download the Jelly Bean Keyfinder tool run it and it will display the CD Key to you along with the Product ID of your PC. You can then copy this information and use it to install Windows 7 on another OS.

Please make sure to store the Product/CD Key securely once you have extracted it from your OS. It will always come in handy later. If you have any questions like these, feel free to contact us and ask us about it.

Download Jelly Bean Keyfinder

Disable Windows 7 Tab Previews in IE9/IE8

If you have downloaded Internet Explorer 9 or have been using with , you might be familiar with tab previews shown in the taskbar for individual tabs open in the browser (see screenshot below).

Tab Previews in IE8/IE9

Though this feature is useful, it can get quite annoying if you have multiple tabs open in the browser. However, thankfully there is an option to disable the tab previews in Internet Explorer 8 and 9. To do that, follow the steps listed below.

Step 1: Open the Internet Options by pressing Alt + T and selecting "Internet options" from the menu or going to the Tools menu and clicking on "Internet options".


Step 2:  In the Internet Options window, click on the Settings button under the Tabs option. This will open up a new popup. In this popup uncheck the box next to "Show previews for individual tabs in the taskbar* and click on the OK button. Click on the OK button in the Internet Options window too to close it.

Step 3: Restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect.

That’s it, you will no longer see tab previews in Internet Explorer. However, you will still see previews if multiple windows are open, but they are not as annoying as seeing previews for 10-15 open tabs.

Fix MBR or Operating System Not Found in Windows 7

Back when I first started playing with different Linux distributions, like Ubuntu, I’d accidentally wipe out the boot loader. I had been through this scenario in Windows XP countless times and I knew how to restore the Windows master boot record.

win7-logoThis time, it happened to me in Windows 7. I was playing around with a Linux boot loader utility and I accidentally trashed the MBR (master boot record). I ended up with a really weird message when I went to restart the machine. It wasn’t Operating System Not Foundbut I knew what had happened.

Fortunately, I had created a Windows 7 Repair disk. If you haven’t done this yourself, take a few minutes and do it now.

Create a Windows 7 Repair Disk

  1. Insert a blank CD
  2. Click on the Start button and type repairinto the search box.
  3. Click on Create a System Repair Discand follow the instructions.


Repairing a missing or corrupted boot record

Let’s assume that you have either a Windows 7 Installation DVD or a repair disk. Here’s the scoop on how to fix a missing boot record, or some other weird boot error.

How to Run Windows Live Writer in Linux

Last week, an online buddy of mine told me that he’d use Linux more often if he could run Windows Live Writer in it. I had to agree, there are many different blog editors in Linux, but once you’ve gotten used to using Live Writer, you’ve been spoiled and won’t want to use anything less satisfying.

After a bit of searching around online, I finally figured out that the best solution might be to run a full copy of Windows inside a virtual machine. Then I’d have the best of both worlds within easy reach. After trying it, I discovered that it works quite well. In fact, this article was posted from Xubuntu Linux, using Windows Live Writer.


virtualbox_logoI decided to use VirtualBox as the virtual machine server, because it’s open source, but mainly because it’s already in the Ubuntu Software Center. Installing it was as easy as searching for VirtualBoxand marking it for installation.

An old, unused copy of Windows XP was my choice for a guest operating system. I was familiar with the steps needed to set that up, but if you need help, you can find a great tutorial on installing XP in VirtualBox at Linux Journal.

After I had XP running the first time, I did have a few problems. I kept receiving warnings that I didn’t have the Automatic Updates enabled. Since this was virtual machine, I really didn’t want it to update. If I had any problems, I could always use VirtualBox’s snapshots to return to an older state when needed. I finally opened XP’s Services manager and turned off the Automatic Updatesand the Security Center.

You can launch the Services manager by clicking Start, Runand then typing services.mscinto the run box (without quotes).


I also noticed that I couldn’t copy and paste between Linux and Windows. I found out that I needed to install the Guest Additionsin XP. You can find these in the VirtualBox Devicesmenu while the virtual machine is running.


There are two versions of Windows Live Writer. One version is for XP, while the most current version is for Vista and Windows 7.

Once you have Live Writer installed this way, you are ready to blog with ease, no matter what flavor of Linux you’re using. If you have your own favorite blog editor, let us know in the comments below.

How To Update to iOS 4.3 From iTunes/Manually

Apple released the iOS 4.3 update for the , and earlier today and it includes a lot of new and exciting features (Read: What’s new in iOS 4.3). Upgrading to iOS 4.3 is a easy task and you just need to connect your device to the PC and check for updates.

iOS 4.3

If you are unsure on how to update your device to iOS 4.3 here are the simple steps to update to the latest OS from Apple.

How To Update to iOS 4.3 Through iTunes

Step 1: Connect your device to iTunes using the USB cable.

Step 2: Once iTunes has detected your device, click on the device name in the left hand menu and click on the “Check for Update” in the device description box.


Step 3: Apple will show you a popup message as seen above if an update for your device is available. Click on the “Download and Update” button.

Step 4: Apple will download the iOS 4.3 update and install it on your device. It is important that you DO NOT disconnect the device from the computer during the process. It is also recommended to keep your computer plugged in to the power outlet during the process.

That’s it. The process might take around 10-30 minutes depending on how long it takes to download the update to your computer and install it. Once iOS 4.3 is installed, iTunes will sync your device and you can use it again.

How To Update to iOS 4.3 Manually

In some cases, the iTunes update process might not work for you for several reasons. In those cases, you can also update your device to iOS 4.3 manually. Here are the steps to manually update your device to iOS 4.3.

Step 1: Download the iOS 4.3 IPSW file for your device using the iOS 4.3 IPSW direct download links.

Step 2: Connect your device to the computer using the USB cable and wait for iTunes to detect it.

Step 3: Once your device has been detected – follow the steps given below for different OS.

  • For Windows – Hold the Shift key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.
  • For Mac OS X – Hold the Option key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.

Step 4: In the next dialog browse to the file that you downloaded from Step 1 and select the IPSW file.

Step 5: iTunes will now use the IPSW file and update your device to iOS 4.3. The process should take around 10-20 minutes.

That’s it. Your device will be updated to iOS 4.3 with ease. Please feel free to post your questions in the comments box below.