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Operating Systems

Windows 10 Yes or No?

We have been running and testing Windows 10 since 2014. In our opinion it is the best Personal Operating System that has ever been available for a personal computer. It will be offered to most users as a free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8

If you have a computer with Windows XP or Vista we feel it is time to consider replacing it with a new system. Upgrading is not a practical option for the older operating systems and hardware. It can cause compatibility issues with your older PC and will typically require completely erasing the old system and between 3 and 5 hours work to get it installed and working smoothly. This assumes your older system has enough power to run it well.

If you are buying a new system and do not have any peripherals (printers, scanners, etc) or software older than 3 years old or proprietary business programs you should consider Windows 10 in our opinion. You should also consider your networking needs as Windows 10 is great if it is networking with other computers. In a mixed environment (Windows 8, Windows 7) together with Windows 10 there may be other considerations to think about. We can assist you in making a decision.

Windows 10 does look very different from Windows 7 or earlier versions of Windows and even has differences from Windows 8. When we set it up Windows 8 or 10 we install a utility that makes it look and function like Windows 7. We believe this is a necessity for anyone who does not like or want change, especially in a business environment.

Windows XP

Microsoft dropped all support for Windows XP April 8, 2014. This means no more security updates or patches. The general consensus is that Windows XP or Vista systems need to be retired or replaced. If you are not in a position to replace your PC we can install some tools to help make the computer safer in today’s environment.

Viruses / Spyware / Malware

This should be your biggest concern regarding safe computer use. You need to run multiple protection and removal tools at least monthly to be safe.

What is spyware/ Malware?

Spyware programs make money for their publishers by reporting your Internet travels and sending you advertisements. Some also report your name, e-mail address, and other personal information. Many will try and trick you into installing snooping software under the guise of speeding up or cleaning up your computer.

How did I get it?

Many ostensibly free programs come with spyware or adware. The program installer doesn’t always describe every program being installed. Some can come from links in an e-mail, or a pop up when on a web site.

How are pop-ups related to adware?

Many adware and spyware programs deliver ads via browser pop-ups, even if you aren’t online. Frequent browser pop-ups usually indicate adware has infected your computer.

Spyware Facts

Spyware infects 9 out of 10 Internet connected PCs.
A recent Spyware study found the average computer has 28 spyware traces.

Am I Infected?

Is your PC exhibiting any of the following spyware symptoms?

  • Slow computer performance
  • Continuous pop-up ads
  • Unexpected results from web search
  • Extremely slow Internet connection
  • New browser toolbars


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