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I've talked about PUPs before, but if you missed the series of articles and have ever wondered what a PUP is, here it is: PUP stands for Potentially Unwanted Program, and is considered to be a form of malware. While they are not quite the same thing as standard viruses, they’re still not a good thing. PUPs are those programs that scoot in almost completely unannounced through downloads, usually as software bundles. Once installed, they will usually start harassing users pretty aggressively about one thing or another: your memory is low, you have outdated drivers that need to be fixed immediately, your system is insecure, etc. etc. (and as you might have guessed, these are all false and they want money to “fix” said problems). They may also start hijacking your browser to give you funny search engines, ads galore, and redirect you to websites you didn’t ask for. Sadly, even Macs are no longer immune from this problem. PUPs can be hard to catch before the fact, and even harder to remove after the fact, so I have a couple of recommendations to keep these things off your system. My number one recommendation is to use Chrome with Adblock exclusively. This particular combination will fend off a lot of unwanted drive-by installs. After that, I recommend fine-tuning your antivirus to actively look for PUPs in its sensitivity settings. Finally, I highly recommend installing a little program called Unchecky. This small program runs in the background, making sure that nothing tries to slip in when you’re installing something downloaded from the internet. It does a great job, and it’s free!
If you think you might have a few PUPs on your system, and aren't sure how to get rid of them, give me a call! My standard virus removal service will eradicate those pesky PUPs, and any other viruses or malware you may have. And if you contact me and mention this blog entry, I'll perform the virus removal service for FREE, with the purchase of a year of my ProActive Care - Antivirus service. The antivirus service I use includes PUP detection right out of the box. And, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your PC Tech is constantly monitoring the system and making sure it's eliminating threats to your computer. CLICK HERE to take advantage of this offer! I look forward to hearing from you!
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Many people have the same email address they received when they signed up with their internet service provider (usually AT&T or Charter) years ago and are surprised to learn I am not a big fan of ISP-provided email addresses. But why? It’s free and it works! Well…it has a number of potential problems. A big issue with ISP email addresses is that the lack of features makes it hard to do some things. Some ISP mail services are still POP only (a very old protocol that makes a real mess if you want to check your mail on more than one computer), and some have very limiting attachment restrictions (do you feel like sending five different emails because your ISP’s mail server only lets you attach two or three at a time?). ISP email also doesn’t give you very much room and then it just starts bouncing your mail when it’s full. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about these problems. But you can get an email account where these things aren’t a problem. Check from anywhere, send huge attachments, don’t worry about cleaning out your inbox—these are just some of the advantages with email accounts like Gmail (the one I recommend!). But…what about all my contacts?? Do I really have to email each and every one of them about my new email address? Nope! A simple mail forward takes care of this problem. I can set all of your ISP email to forward to your new account so you won’t miss a thing. And over time, as people respond to your new address, they get in your contact list and your old address fades from everyone’s memory. As a bonus, Gmail is very, very good at catching spam. (http://www.wired.com/2015/07/google-says-ai-catches-99-9-percent-gmail-spam)
Let me know if you would like assistance when setting up a Gmail account. Contact me to schedule an appointment.
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As you’ve probably heard, the big news in the tech world is the release of Windows 10. You may have seen the little icon in your system tray about it, and clicking on it brings up a box with more information. If you have done this, you may have noticed the part where Microsoft says ”free.” While this is definitely a welcome change, Microsoft has put out a lot of mixed messages about what that means and how the upgrade to Windows 10 will actually work. The best suggestion I can make is to wait for now. Here’s why:
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