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Exploring Android Emulators: A Closer Look at MemuPlay and BlueStacks

Are you an avid gamer looking to enjoy your favorite Android games on a bigger screen? Android emulators like MemuPlay and BlueStacks are your go-to solutions. However, the question of safety often looms large when installing such software. I decided to take a plunge into the world of Android emulators, aiming to play the enthralling Warcraft Rumble, but was greeted by antivirus alerts. This prompted a deeper exploration - are MemuPlay and BlueStacks safe to use? Let’s delve into what I found out. MemuPlay: A Gamer’s Delight, but is it Safe? MemuPlay markets itself as a safe and free-to-play platform for Android gaming on PC. According to the official MemuPlay blog, it is portrayed as a safe platform that does not harbor malware, compromise Google accounts, or indulge in any shady practices like cryptocurrency mining or selling user data​1​. It earns its revenue from ads, which seems like a fair trade-off for a free gaming experience. However, as I dug deeper, I found some unsettling r

How to Check What Your Computer is Connecting To

There is an easy method to do that using the "netstat" command from command prompt. This works on Windows 7, Vista, XP Service Pack 2 (SP1 not working).

We will use "netstat" command to generate a list of everything that has made an internet connection in a specified amount of time. You must run the command prompt as administrator. If you don't know how to do this follow the next steps: Click start - type "cmd" - right click on "cmd.exe" and click on Run as administrator - Click YES.

In command prompt(cmd) type the following command netstat -abf 5 > log.txt.

The –a option shows all connections and listening ports, the –b option shows you what application is making the connection, and the –f option displays the full DNS name for each connection option for easier understanding of where the connections are being made to. You can also use the –n option if you wish to only display the IP address. The 5 option will poll every 5 seconds for connections to make it more easy to track what is going on, and the results are then piped into the activity.txt file.

Once you’ve finished recording data, you can simply open the activity.txt file in your favorite editor to see the results, or you can type activity.txt at the command line to open it in Notepad.

The resulting file will list all processes on your computer (browsers, IM clients, email programs, etc.) that have made an internet connection in the last two minutes, or however long you waited before pressing Ctrl + C. It also lists which processes connected to which websites.

If you see process names or website addresses with which you are not familiar, you can search for “what is (name of unknown process)” in Google and see what it is. It may be a system function you don’t know about or a function of one of your running programs. However, if it seems like a bad site, you can use Google again to find out how to get rid of it.


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