Microsoft’s virus like attempts at forcing upgrades on you….my thoughts on the industry direction.

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windows 10

Lately, I’ve noticed that doing anything on a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer can be a pain due to the constant spyware popups and background downloads, that should be illegal.  What surprises me so much is that the virus offender is Microsoft!!!  Now, lets be real, there is no virus here from Microsoft, but the constant barrage of popups telling me to upgrade is more insistent than almost any virus you can face on the internet. Continue reading

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Now can I buy or upgrade to Windows 10?

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People have been asking me the same two questions lately.  Is it safe to buy a new computer with Windows 10 on it, or is it ok to upgrade my current computer to Windows 10?  For a time, my advice has been no, to stick with what you have.  This is good advice with any new operating system.  It takes awhile for it to be on the market before enough updates come out to fix problems.  It also takes awhile for all of the companies that make parts for your computer to come up with new drivers to make the part, printer, or whatever work with the new operating system.  People forget, that even the old favorite Windows XP had many issues at first.  I now am updating below what I feel you should do in each given situation. Continue reading

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Malwarebytes Anti Exploit not compatible with early version 2016 Kaspersky Internet Security

malwarebytesKeeping your computer secure is becoming more and more important.  Part of keeping your computer safe from viruses and spyware is to have the best security software that you can use.  I have always recommended using Kaspersky Internet Security along with Malwarebytes Anti Malware.  Malwarebytes recently had issued a free tool called Anti Exploit, not to be confused with Anti Malware.  They are 2 different programs.  It has come to my attention that the newest Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 version is NOT compatible with Anti Exploit.  It will work just fine with Anti Malware, and I do recommend using both.  If you have Anti Exploit installed and plan to use Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 version, you will want to uninstall Malwarebytes Anti Exploit first.

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Fixing computers again! Getting back to work after surgery.

I am finally getting back to work again after a few months down and surgery.  I am hoping to be back to 100% within the next few weeks.  For now, I’m open for business and fixing computers again!  Thanks to everyone for the kind words while going through the health issues.  Just a heads up, I still do NOT recommend Windows 8 or for that matter, Windows 10.  Windows 8 was garbage, I do not recommend it at all.  Windows 10 will be better, but for right now, it is too new and doesn’t have enough driver support yet.  For now, if I needed a computer, Windows 7 is still the way to go.

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Should I do the free upgrade to Windows 10, or should I wait?……

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windows 10

If you have Windows on your computer, then you may have noticed down in your system tray, by the clock, that you may have a Windows icon there.   This is Microsoft offering versions of Windows 10 for free.  Lately, I have been getting calls from customers wanting to know if they should upgrade. Continue reading

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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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