So What Is The Problem With Antivirus Software

  There is a problem with antivirus software and let me say especially the commercial products. Antivirus software lulls you into a false sense of security – consumers and businesses think that , if I install and have paid for an Antivirus product I will be protected and I can do whatever I want on my computer. This is wrong. Yes wrong. Antivirus products can and do have issues and are great at catching 6 month old issues , thats why they fail against stopping zero day infections in most cases and can cause issues with operating systems , including making them non-booting , slowing them down and breaking some aspects. Google Found Disastrous Symantec and Norton Vulnerabilities That Are ‘As Bad As It Gets’ DELETE YOUR ANTIVIRUS, SAYS EX-FIREFOX DEVELOPER — WHO CLAIMS IT’S WORTHLESS Don’t feel comforted by an antivirus’s security certification Webroot deletes Windows files and causes serious problems for users So what is the solution – you are , its about changing what is between your ears so that you make the correct decision on your Windows computer. It is about what you do and being careful. Keeping your operating system up to date Not clicking… Read More

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Keep Your Internet Browser Updated

Your internet browser needs to be kept updated no matter which one you use. Edge and Internet Explorer which is part of Windows 10 will be kept up to date through Windows update. Internet Explorer in Windows 7 will also be kept up to date through Windows Update. Another reason why you need to do Windows updates. If Windows update is not working you need to address that. If you are using Google Chrome here are instructions to update , even though updates to Chrome should be automatic but if you have not rebooted your computer in a while , they may have stopped. Google Chrome update instructions If you are using Firefox here are the instructions Firefox update instructions

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Internet Browsers Not Working As They Should – Here Are Some Suggestions

Occasionally you will have issues with browsers where errors will appear when you are browsing or you just cannot connect to the internet through a network issue. Lets look at some solutions.  Are The Browsers Updated ? Are you running the latest version of the browsers ? Internet Explorer will update through Windows Update but Google Chrome and Firefox will require you to check through the menu  How to update Firefox Google Chrome – go to About Google Chrome in the menu bar and it will check for you Reset The Browsers Reset the browsers to their default states Are You Infected With Malware ? Scan and check – try the ESET Online Scanner  Problems With Add-Ons / Extensions Delete the extensions you have installed and if you really want to put them back add them in one at a time. Windows Updates Does windows update work ? Reset Network Settings Malware may have changed your network settings so you may need to reset your TCP/IP settings , or instructions – Click Here Connecting To The Internet What are your network settings for connecting , has malware altered them , check for a proxy server that may have “snuck in… Read More

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Internet Issues – Reset Your Internet Browsers

If you are experiencing problems with your internet browsers , add ons , pop ups etc , it maybe time to reset them back to their default state. On Windows computers , Internet Explorer is an important part of making sure that things run right as it contributes to making Windows Update work properly. But what happens when Internet Explorer stops working? You may need to reset Internet Explorer to its default settings so that it begins to work again. Remember that Windows Update not working can be a sign that you may have a malware infection. So how do you reset your browsers? Internet Explorer Close all Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer windows that are currently open.Open the Control Panel , find and open – Internet OptionsClick the Advanced tab, and then click Reset. Select the Delete personal settings check box if you would also like to remove browsing history, search providers, Accelerators, home pages, Tracking Protection, and ActiveX Filtering data.You should do this.When Internet Explorer finishes applying default settings, click Close, and then click OK.You can also do this through the Control Panel and Internet Options.Your changes will take effect the next time you open Internet Explorer. Firefox… Read More

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What To Do When You Have Just Bought A New Computer

So you have just unpacked and turned on your new computer.

First follow the instructions on the computer screen until you get to the Windows Home Page.

Check the time and date on the computer

Run Windows update until they are done

Run PC Decrapifier to get rid of all the preinstalled software / trials and pre loaded security software such as Norton or McAfee that you will never use and that just slows down your computer

Install Microsoft Security Essentials if you don't want to pay for a antivirus solution or Nod32 if you want a paid version that runs quietly in the background doing an effective job.

Open Windows Explorer and turn off the hiding of file extensions and make hidden files visible.

Go to folder options

Folder options 
Then open view

View Options 
Remove the tick from " Hide extensions for known file types "

Click on the " Show hidden files, folders and drives "

Install an alternative browser , Firefox or Chrome

Then install the drivers for your peripherals , mouse , keyboard etc though with Windows 7 just plug them in and take the one's offered.

The printer drivers offered with Windows 7 are quiet good so again it is , plug and play.

You can then begin installing your software.  

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What Did I Talk About On Radio w/c 14th April

Heartbleed Security Only change your passwords if you know the site you use has been patched  Consider changing to a password manager Turn on 2 factor authentication if it is available for your site , check if your site is available here  More details on Heartbleed and whether your site has been patched can be checked here  Install A Password Manager Lastpass  Security On An Android Device Concerned about security on an Android device , what do you need to do ? Make sure your device is running the latest version of Android that it can , check in settings in case it has not updated automatically Only download apps from the Google play store  Install Lookout which will tell you if you are downloading a suspect app  Lookout will Protect your device from malware Scan every app to ensure it’s safe Block malicious websites See which apps access your private info  Windows XP MythsThere are still many people running Windows XP and the “ crackpot theories “ are flowing on how to keep using the operating system and stay safe. •    If I switch to Firefox that will save me , no •    Safari will save me , no •    AVG ,… Read More

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Fix Your Web Browser If Things Aren’t Running Right

If you have picked up a malware / virus infection this can damage your Windows system files and other settings. Malware infections can modify your Web browser’s homepage and the connection settings which reinfect your computer. This can also cause pop up adverts to appear , interrupt browsing, and generally annoy you. So what do you do? Before you start your Web browser you need to check your homepage and connection settings of your computer. Go to Start, Control Panel, and open Internet Options. Find your Home Page settings, and make sure that it’s not a site you did not set. Then go to the Connections tab and click the LAN settings button. Select Automatically detect settings next, unless your work or ISP requires a proxy.
 Then reset Internet Explorer – Click Here For Instructions For instructions on returning Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and the others to their default settings – Click here For Instructions 

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Backup , Format Your Computer And Reap The Rewards

The computer is one of those rare things that you can make exactly the same as when you first bought it , but yes it takes a bit of work.I sometimes end up having to format and reinstall peoples operating systems and there is a definite order in which this should be done.  First have you backed up everything that you need: The ” My Documents ” folder should contain the bulk of what you need to back up. All your documents , photos , movies , memories etc A folder with your internet favourites saved in  , export them from your current browser or Firefox and Google Chrome will sync them for you if you have adjusted the settings Instant Message Profiles ( Google search on how to do this ) Software you have purchased or downloaded with the activation keys  Music ( you have purchased or downloaded ) , dont forget the itunes folder Your e mails and address book if you do not use a web based e mail solution and if you think about it you should , makes it easier if the worst happens. Firstly you need to format the hard drive. You can do… Read More

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How To Clear Your Internet Browser History

Click Start on the desktop.
Go to Settings.
Click Control Panel.
Double-click Internet Options.
Make sure the General tab is selected.
Click Clear History in the History box.
Click OK when it asks if you want to delete all items in your history folder.
Click OK at the bottom of the General box to exit.

Open your browser and click "Tools" at the top of the screen.
From the sub-menu, choose "Clear Private Data."

Put a check mark next to "Browsing History" in the pop-up menu. Select any other items that you'd like to clear, such as your download history or saved form history.
Deselect any check marks next to any items that you do not wish to clear. Click "Clear.

RegistryClick on "Start" and then "Run."
Input "regedit.exe" into the "Run" text box and hit "Enter" to open the registry editor.
Navigate to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerTypedURLs.
Click on each URL that you wish to delete and hit the "Delete" key to remove it.
Close the Registry Editor when you are done by clicking on the "X" (close) button located in the top right corner of the Registry Editor window.

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