Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Default Printer

The newer versions of Windows are pretty good at connecting to and setting up your existing printer. But there is one setting that you may not be aware of. This setting causes the default printer to change every time you print to a different printer. And this can be frustrating if you are in a hurry. If your file doesn't print where you think it should, or at all, then you have to figure out why. So, take a look at the setting in the image below. And, while you're in this screen, make sure the printer you want is set as default.



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Monday, October 9, 2017

New Windows 10 update

If you have Windows 10 on your computer, there will be a new update coming on October 17th. Microsoft promises a lot of good things with this update. We're looking forward to seeing how well things go with this update. If you want to read more about the update, check the announcement from Microsoft for details.

This update will probably happen in the middle of the night while you're not using your computer, and you shouldn't notice any difference other than the new features. Of course, if you do have any questions or need help making sure the update is done properly, you can always contact a reputable technician.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Virus Threat Resources

Get information about the latest Internet threats and Viruses from these top Anti Virus Software companies.


Kaspersky

Symantec

Bitdefender

McAfee

AVG

F-Secure

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Virus Alert Warning


If you've ever seen one of these on your screen, DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER!

These screens that pop up on your computer while you're browsing the internet are scams. If you call the number, someone will want access to your computer and your bank information or credit card. This is how Identities get stolen and people lose a lot of cash. Not to mention creating a serious issue on your computer that will need to be remedied at your cost.

The best thing to do is use Alt+F4 to close the window down. Then disconnect your internet access whether it be WiFi or Ethernet. You can disconnect your WiFi in Windows, or unplug the Ethernet cable from your computer.

Once you have taken care of that, you can go through the many steps to remove the threat yourself or call a reputable repair technician. There are plenty of them in your area. Use your phone or another computer to find the help you need.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Windows Password vs Pin

So, I want to talk about your login screen on your computer. This is the screen that you see when you turn on your computer or wake it from sleep. You'll see a round image and your user name with a spot to type in your password or pin.

The thing I want to make you aware of is the difference between a password and a pin. When you first setup Windows 10 after an upgrade, fresh install or if you bought a new computer, you were given the opportunity to sign into an existing account or create a new account. During this process, you used a password to access this account. Unless you used a local account, you now have an online Microsoft Outlook account that requires the password you created to access it.

Now, here's where the tricky part comes in. While you're in the process of setting up that computer, and after you have signed into that online account, you are given the opportunity to create a PIN for accessing your computer. A lot of people do this because it seems like a secure and easy way to access your computer. And it works fairly well. But, what you need to understand is that the password you created is still necessary to connect to the account you originally created.

We work with many customers that never remember that password because they think, based of what Microsoft tells them, that that PIN is the only thing they need to access their account. Well, if you reset that computer or have the Operating System installed from scratch, you will need that password to access your account before you can setup the PIN again.

So, the purpose of this post is to remind you to keep track of ALL of your Passwords and the coordinating PIN's that might go along with them. As with most things that you log in to now days, you'll likely need both of them to get things back to normal when you have a catastrophe on your computer.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

OCCASIONAL ROUTINE MAINTENANCE!

Here are some things you can do to help maintain your computer and keep it running smoother for longer.

Start by running disk cleanup to clear out all the temporary system files from your computer. This program can be found in Windows administrative tools or by searching for it in the Windows search component. The program is completely safe and won’t delete anything you need.

Then you'll want to clear the cache and history from any other web browsers you might use. Somewhere in the browser settings, you can find the option to do this. Understand, when you do this, it will log you out of any sites you were previously logged into.

Next you can go through your installed programs and uninstall any old programs you don’t use, or that look suspicious. Be cautious here, because some of your drivers and other program software can be removed as well. If you're not sure, you can ask us.

After that, run a scan with your anti-virus software, then with Malwarebytes and lastly run one of the on line scanners we link to on our site.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

F Keys and Switches

Occasionally we get calls from customers that they are unable to connect to their WiFi Network. Sometimes it turns out to be a control switch on the laptop itself. If you look at the image below, you'll notice there is a switch for turning the WiFi on and off.


These switches can also be located on the side of the laptop with some models. If your WiFi doesn't seem to be working properly, try to locate a switch.

Another place they can be located is in the F keys. Using the FN key at the bottom left of your keyboard along with a select F key will disable or enable your WiFi. The icon on the F key will look similar to the WiFi icon on the switch above. You can see what the F keys and FN key look like in the picture below.


(NOTE: If holding the FN key and an F key doesn't work, try it without the FN Key.)