My thoughts on Windows 8….

Windows 8Windows 8 didn’t really hit me as a great Operating System when it came out.  The new interface really was not what I wanted.  The desktop became a smartphone interface, in the hopes that Microsoft could sell its Windows phone.  It failed miserably.  Taking the desktop and the start bar away from users at start up was a bold move.  One that beta testers complained about, but the complaints were ignored.  At first, this interface issue was bad, but it could be remedied by any number of programs, like Classic Shell, that would give your Windows 8, a  Windows 7 or older look.  You can then start on the desktop and you have the familiar start bar back. Continue reading

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Download the newest version of Malwarebytes!

malwarebytesOther than Kaspersky Internet Security, the most important piece of software you can have on your computer is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.  Recently, they have updated the interface and much more for malwarebytes.  Be sure that you have the newest version, by downloading it here.  If you have the paid version, it should update on its own, but with the free version, just download it from the link above, you do not have to remove the old version, it will update.  If you have the free version, don’t forget to update and scan with it at least once a week.

 

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The truth about hacking, don’t believe the media hype!!

compudoc computer repair phoenix azEvery day in the news lately, hacking is everywhere!  From the supposed North Korea hacks to Sony, to the latest stores being hacking such as Target, Home Depot, and others.  The media loves a story, its just too bad they are guilty for creating a story here, or at least the wrong story. Continue reading

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Computer purchase season coming up, some important tips!

compudoc computer repair phoenix azThe season is upon us with black Friday and the holidays right around the corner.  Many of us are going to be in the market for a new computer.  There are tons of questions that I get asked on a daily basis when it comes to what to buy.  There is a lot to consider….so here we go!!! Continue reading

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Unsafe spam Phone calls and emails still doing the rounds

Compudoc Computer RepairLately, I have heard 2 common things from many customers.  One is that they were checking emails right before they got hit by a bad virus and/or spyware infection.  The other is that they received a phone call from Microsoft or some other computer company or antivirus company.  In some cases, the customer is who called for support, but in each of the instances above, you accidentally just put your computer and information at risk to a hacker or virus! Continue reading

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Cryptowall, a newer variant of Cryptolocker infects police station, encrypts data for ransom!

adblock plusAwhile back, I wrote about perhaps the worst virus I have seen in the shop.  Cryptolocker is a virus that will encrypt all of your files and ask for money to reverse the process and give you access to your files once again.  There is no way to reverse the encryption without either paying the ransom, or restoring your files from a backup. Continue reading

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Malwarebytes anti exploit is out of beta and ready to go!

malwarebytesHopefully by now, most of my readers are familiar with Malwarebytes.  Its one of the best spyware, malware, adware cleaners out there!  One of worst kind of threats online are the ones that are brand new or unknown.  Most antivirus and spyware scanners will use a definition file list with all of the threats known to that company.  When you scan with their scanner, anything that matches that list, is flagged for removal.  This is why you need to make sure you update your scanning software, its only as good as its last update. Continue reading

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How to keep redundant and unneeded software off of your computer

windows 8We all want our computer to run faster.  There are many things that affect your computers speed.  One of those things, is how many programs are running in the background.  Many programs, once installed, will try to run in the background to keep the software ready to go.  A problem arises when you have software running in the background, that not only may not need to be running in the background, but that the program itself, is not needed. Continue reading

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Change your ebay passwords now, password breach

ebay password breachIf you have an ebay account, its time again to change your password.  Ebay was just recently hacked and some customer information has been put at risk.  At this point it seems to only be personal information and passwords, not financial information.  I recommend that any user with an Ebay account change their passwords immediately

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Some spyware isnt that sneaky, you’re letting it in! How to stop doing that!…lol.

windows 8Recently, spyware has started going crazy!  I have seen and read online about a 10 fold increase in spyware.  Now I know what you are thinking, “I’ve got good antivirus software, I’ll be safe”.  The problem here is that there really is a difference between spyware, adware, and malware versus an actual virus.  A virus is an infection, and it may or may not have been downloaded with the user knowing it.  With spyware, adware, malware, and the such, there are instances where it installs without the user knowing it, but usually, it is bundled in with other software downloads, and the user has an option to NOT download the spyware.  The main difference to me in MOST spyware vs. viruses, spyware is not really an infection, but will most likely lead to one, whereas a virus is an infection.   Continue reading

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