Installation of new systems, either due to the replacement of a failed disk, the custom build of new PC, or conversion to another Operating System.
Unwanted viruses are all too easy to acquire, especially over HTTP connections. Most of these can be “cleaned” from the system without recourse to a rebuild.
Upgrading a system is not always straight forward and care needs to be taken to preserve user data. Operating System upgrades can also cause compatibility problems with non-native software.
Knowledge is power as the saying goes. Learn how your system(s) work and be better able to deal with future problems.
GDPR! The Data Protection Act is being superseded by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) which comes in force on the 25th May 2018. This new set of regulations are intended to strengthen and unify data protection controls across the EU, bringing the DPA up-to-date with the events and technology changes that have occurred Read more about GDPR ! – New Regulations approach[…]
If any of you XP users have noticed a marked dropped in the performance of your system lately, it may have been the last update (quite a major change!) to AVG. The degradation can be extreme. I have come across several systems to date, where more than one copy of AVG was running simultaneously. (Use Read more about Windows XP & AVG “free”[…]
There are still a lot of XP users out there, and this latest episode of malware (“Ransomware”) is mainly affecting XP systems as there have been few (none) updates to XP for quite a while. However, Microsoft have now provided a special fix for this issue – KB4012598. All XP users should apply this now Read more about Windows XP and Ransomeware !![…]
Windows 10 has further enhanced its security. With the use of “UAC” (User Account Control), which first arrived in Windows 7), a scheme of security using “authorisation levels” for users similar to that used by Unix/Linux is now used. So is it time to look at your Linux system in the same light? Older Windows Read more about Linux Security[…]
If you were one of those people who were given the option to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, then the question is have you taken an adequate back up? If not then what will happen after the option to revert to your previous Windows version has passed and you have a severe problem with Read more about Windows 10 – BACK IT UP![…]
Google are “pulling the plug” on support for “Chrome” on all 32-bit systems! What does this mean? In general computing terms 32-bit and 64-bit systems have been around for many, many years, but here I am specifically referring to the effect on, and the history of, Home and Small Business PC systems. My dates are Read more about Chrome 32-bit Support?[…]
Since Windows 7 we have been blessed with a folder called WinSxS (“C:\Windows\WinSxS\”) – a repository for all applied service to Windows. This folder must reside on the “c:” drive and grows over time – grows quite a lot in fact. Bear this in mind when thinking of new Laptops & Notebooks fitted with SSD or eMMC Read more about Small Laptops, SSD and WinSxS – a thought for today[…]
Is there any real security? Well, to be brutally honest, nothing is ever 100% secure; it’s a case of keeping ahead of the “game”. Every week there’s another “data leak” … almost every day someone gets caught in a “phishing” or “vishing” scam … what can you do? At least individuals can take comfort in Read more about Security?[…]
If you are unfortunate enough to need to recover your Windows 7, please note: If your system was delivered with a version of Windows 7 PRIOR to SP1 (Service Pack 1), then you may find the recovery process fails as you re-apply all of the Windows Updates (post-recovery) to bring your system up-to-date. Specifically, you Read more about Windows 7 Recovery[…]
Have you been offered a free upgrade to Windows 10? Not sure what to do? I have migrated a few systems so far (all from Windows 7) and there are possible problems, usually with older equipment (I had to re-install the printer drivers in one case, and the touch-pad failed to work after the upgrade Read more about Windows 10?[…]