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Windows 10 - Recommended Settings

If you have decided to use Windows 10, below are the recommended settings.

Just follow the screenshots shown below. If you have any questions or concerns, just get in touch.

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Rolling back from Windows 10 to Windows 7 / 8

Hmmmm... Bad Microsoft Bad Microsoft... I am a big fan of Microsoft and their products but, do not approve of their recent cheekiness.

I think this time they have crossed the line by forcefully installing Windows 10 without the user's consent.

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Dell admits security flaw was built in to computers

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In a statement released on Monday, Dell acknowledged the vulnerability and linked to a guide on permanently removing the software that caused it.

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Another Scam Email from Captain Richard, US Military

Hilarious Scam!!!

I am Cpt Richard Steven, an officer in the US Army,and also a West Point Graduate presently serving in the Military with the 3rd Infantry Division Peace keeping force currently deployed in Syria. We were moved from Libya to Syria as the last batch just left,and i really need your help in assisting me with the safe keeping of two military trunk boxes which is deposited in a security company in Libya. I need your assistant to receive and safe keep this consignment box for me until i come out of service because the security company where i made this deposit is on the verge of collapse. I hope you can be trusted? You will be rewarded handsomely if you could help me secure the funds until I conclude my service here. If you can be trusted, i will explain further when i get a response from you, kindly contact me in this my private This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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FBI Scam!!!

Found this in my Junk mailbox today... Just made me laugh but, surprisingly, some people do fall for it...
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Federal Bureau of Investigation

Field Intelligence Groups J. Edgar Hoover Building

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Scammer pretending to be Metropolitan Police

Words from our dearest friend who was affected very recently. She is in her mid 80s now.

A few days ago the telephone rang and a certain DCI James Galbraith from the Metropolitan Police wished to tell me that my credit cards had been tampered with, a lot of money had been withdrawn and would I help the MP to catch the thief? The first thing, of course, was to check on the veracity of his identity which I did by ringing 999 and asking to speak with DCI Galbraith,   This done I started to help him in any way I could. A courier came and took my credit cards away; Galbraith was very worried about any jewelry and money in the house, but I told him they were too small to be worried about. The idea was to run a scam to catch the thief by my going to three banks and withdrawing £5000 at each, and then go home. (She was also told not to tell anyone including her son as it might jeopardise the whole sting operation) I told him what I would be wearing, but no the order of bank visit. Luckily for me I chose the Halifax where I am not known at all, which may have helped the cashier to be vigilant, although later he told me he could tell from my eyes that I was not telling the truth when asked why I needed so much cash. He sent for the police, who came very quickly indeed and the whole story unravelled.  End of scam!

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Its time to say bye bye to Windows XP and Office 2003

On 8th April Microsoft ends support of Windows XP and Office 2003.

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How to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is here. People who missed the Windows Start button can install Windows 8.1 to get it back.

Make sure you have installed all Windows updates before you upgrade. You might have to login using your Microsoft Account if prompted.

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Is everything ok with my computer?

Warning Signs of a Computer or Server that needs attention

Here are some of the most common issues you are likely to face with your computers and servers that aren't functioning as they should.

Signs and Symptoms of a Computer or Server that might need some investigation

Computers does not stop working overnight. There will be some warning signs along the way that things are not quite right.

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Scammers pretending to be BT or Microsoft

A couple of days ago one of my customers received a phone call from some one pretending to be BT and asked them to switch on the computer and visit a particular website. She realised that something is not right, decided to hang up the phone and call me straight away.

Here is how this SCAM works;

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Computer Settings!!!!

 

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When should I take backup?

It is advisable not to take backup while you are using the computer. The backup might fail if it tried to backup the files which are currently in use.

Choose a time when you wont be using the computer. My computer runs the backup automatically at 11 PM every night.

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What to Backup?

This depends on how and where you save your files, photos, etc. Normally the folders below should be backed up.

  • My Contacts
  • My Documents
  • My Music
  • My Pictures
  • My Videos
  • Favourites
  • Desktop
  • Outlook Emails
  • Windows Live Mail

There is no need to backup the whole user profile or the C drive. 99% of those files are of no use and it takes a lot of space.

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How to backup?

We recommend you to keep multiple backups if possible

Offline - Good external hard drive (do not buy cheap ones). We recommend and use SyncBack Free backup tool to automate the backup process.

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Do I need to backup?

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Its better to be safe than sorry.

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Are laptops really portable?

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That is an interesting question and the answer is Yes and No.

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How to Block Cookies

How To Ban Cookies (But Do You Really Want To?)

Looking for a way to get rid of cookies? Before you do, think about this.

Blocking all cookies may adversely affect your internet browsing experience. That's because many cookies are good cookies, used to save your settings and preferences for the sites you visit.

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What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files, given ID tags that are stored on your computer's browser directory or program data subfolders. Cookies are created when you use your browser to visit a website that uses cookies to keep track of your movements within the site, help you resume where you left off, remember your registered login, theme selection, preferences, and other customization functions.The website stores a corresponding file(with same ID tag)to the one they set in your browser and in this file they can track and keep information on your movements within the site and any information you may have voluntarily given while visiting the website, such as email address.

Cookies are often indispensable for websites that have huge databases, need logins, have customizable themes, other advanced features.

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What is Hardware?

Hardware - the physical components of a computer.
"If you can hit it with a hammer it's hardware!" (But we don't recommend you do that).
In simple terms Hardware is anything you can touch. For example:

Monitor (otherwise known as the screen)KeyboardMouseCD, DVD and Hard drives

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Another SCAM; don't fall for it - ATM Master Card...

UNITED NATIONS POPULATION
FUNDS ORGANIZATION,
Plot 55, Lodi Estate
New Delhi 110 003, India.
Customers' Service Hours--Monday To Saturday 24 Hours:

Attention: Esteemed Customer,
We the UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUNDS ORGANIZATION under the India Ministry Of Finance With The RESERVE BANK (RBI) and IMF (International Monitory Fund) has finally adopted this Administrative Measure owing to various complains/petitions received from beneficiaries owning to the delays in receiving their contract/award inheritance fund as expected. This email is from the UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUNDS ORGANIZATION (UNPFO) regarding your
parcel/package that was supposed to be delivered to you from the Lottery Department London-UK, along the delivery process there was a problem between we and the INDIAN INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT in regard of some certificate which covers the security of your package and it happens to be the cause that your package was held/seize from being delivered to your address.

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