Archive for November, 2010

Browsers

Helpful Hints | Posted by Dennis November 23rd, 2010

It’s a good idea to have an alternative browser installed in case anything goes wrong with Internet Explorer (IE).  Some people surf regularly with popular browsers like Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari.  Just don’t set these browsers as your default, since Windows is so intertwined with IE.  It can cause problems if you do.

Win 7 ROCKS!

News | Posted by Dennis November 19th, 2010

The new version of Windows is MOST EXCELLENT.  It’s self-healing, fast, and overall a great OS.  DOWNSIDES:  It is NOT a good gaming platform, and if you used Outlook express, forget it.  The new mail is Windows Live Mail, and most people don’t like it (myself included).  But if you’ve been waiting to buy a PC because of the Vista fiasco, now is the time.  I tell my clients:  It’s safe to go back in the water.  :-)

Rootkits

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis November 17th, 2010

Watch out for this one!  It’s a broad category of software  nasties that can be planted by the latest malware and trojans, but if you get one of these, it requires special attention (good reason to watch the list of things your anti-virus finds).  A rootkit basically allows COMPLETE CONTROL of your PC, and can record keystrokes or anything else.  IF YOU GET ONE:  run Combofix from Bleepingcomputer.com, and go change all your passwords on any account you logged into from that machine.  (NOTE:  be very careful with Combofix…and follow directions exactly)

Cloud Computing

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis November 16th, 2010

It’s not a new term, but it seems to be the latest catch phrase out there.  What is it?  Simply put, it’s doing your normal routine on a server, instead of your own PC… somewhere on the internet.  So the only reason you need your PC is to connect to your stuff.  It means you aren’t tied to any particular computer; if you have internet, you can get there.  (A common example is Webmail).  Reliability and redundancy of servers then become a key issue.

WIN 7 networking

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis November 11th, 2010

Trouble with local shares? Make sure you DO NOT choose “Home Group” for your firewall or network settings. This is strictly for all PC’s running Win 7 home. Also, there’s a glitch that requires a registry entry dword smb2 = 0. Do this if your shares keep disappearing.

VIRUS ALERT

News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis November 10th, 2010

There’s been a major outbreak over the last two weeks that’s kept me running like mad. It’s called ThinkPoint, and it looks like a Microsoft security product. It’s NOT. It’s a nasty piece of malware that’s trying to get your credit card number. Reports say it’s hit all over the U.S. It took out several mission critical PC’s for some of our major clients. We can PROUDLY say that none were infected that followed our recommendations for protection.

4G

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis November 7th, 2010

Ok, gotta gripe here: The Telecomm’s are just RIPPING everyone off by forcing you into a data plan! WHY should I pay for internet on a 3 inch screen when I can surf at 20 Mbps on a 50 inch widescreen? or a laptop on wifi, etc etc. Ridicules…