Saturday, August 12, 2017

Microsoft Security Essentials

 Microsoft Security Essentials was first introduced in windows vista. It was called windows defender. It was a free antivirus software that did a minimal job of protecting your system. Yes there were many other antivirus programs that did a much better job of keeping your computer systems safe from those nasty computer viruses.
 Next Microsoft Security Essentials became a little better as it advanced in windows 7. It was ranked up there in the top 3 free antivirus programs. The top 3 were free avast, free avg and Microsoft security essentials. For being free it did an okay job and was fairly simple to use. When comparing it to antivirus programs like avast and avg, it was very simple to use. In my opinion it was my last choice compared to the other free antivirus programs out there.
 Now it was still available in windows 8 and 8.1 by default. Yes in fact it was installed by default and still is today. If you decided to install something like kaspersky, mcafee, webroot or norton antivirus, it would be stopped from functioning. You see you do not want more than one antivirus program installed or they may fight each other and slow the system down. For being free it was doing a okay job.
 Now in windows 10 microsoft security essentials is still installed by default. One of the good features is that it is cloud based, meaning that updates come in through the cloud. This way it run faster and better. Some of the other good points is that it is less intrusive. In other words you will not see all those nagging pop up ads trying to get you to go to the paid versions of antivirus software. I have seen of late that it does see a file in windows that it thinks is an infection. I have found that this is a false notification and does not cause a problem. You can run the program and remove this, which will not cause any issue.
                     So if you do not want to pay for an antivirus program, I would suggest using Microsoft Security Essentials. If you want more choices in your antivirus protection, I would go with free avast or avg and better that that would be a paid antivirus program. If you are in a business environment there are antivirus  programs geared toward a business. I would watch various companies as they try to offer certain gimmicks that are not in reality true. Remember that no antivirus program can keep your computer from becoming infected and by themselves can not remove any infection.
 So the best course of action is to have an antivirus program that is up to date. I would also run something like paid malwarebytes along with it. I would also strongly suggest backing up your computer. Either use the back up program in windows 10 in the control panel to 1tb or 2tb external hard drive. Another excellent choice is using something like carbonite, which is backing up to the cloud.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Best Antivirus Software

 The popular question again from customers is what antivirus software should I use. Well what you will find is that no antivirus software will catch or stop all pc viruses. The best I have seen would kaspersky antivirus software. It is very good at stopping most infections before they happen. The only problem I have seen is it tends to stop things that it sees as strange or malicious activity.
 I do also like the webroot antivirus software. Once again it has been around for a long time and seems to do a good job. My advise is to look for it with multiple licenses. This way you can install it on multiple computers if you have them. Generally it does seem to be priced quite well and does have pretty good reviews.
 In the okay category I would probably put Nortons Antivirus and Mcafee Antivirus. You will find that they come in different flavors like Internet Security and then a more general type of antivirus software. The best thing you can do is look at the ratings and reviews for each piece of software and then decide for yourself. Just keep it up to date and you should be okay.
 As a final piece of advise, keep your system backed up.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

3 Computer Repair Tools For Anyone

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If your not happy with Microsoft give Linux a try

 If your computer is not working properly it may just be a problem with the hardware, software or something has corrupted the operating system. Here are 3 computer repair tools that anyone can use and yes they are free on the internet.
  1. Tweaking Repair Tool
  2. Hirens 15.2 Repair CD
  3. Your Windows Operating CD
 Now there are other repair tools available on the internet such as the various windows pe disks. With any of these programs you should always back up your system or data to an external hard drive first as a good safety precaution. Believe me I have seen it many times with a Technician does not do this and disaster strikes. I know I don't like to be the one explaining to the customer how all their saved photos of their precious children are gone or it's going to cost you $300 dollars or more to try and get them back.
 The tweaking repair tool and be found on the internet at and it is free. It is just a matter of downloading the file, installing it and running it. Usually it will bring up the files and then you extract the application file to a folder and run it. It will give a number of repairs to choose. I would just go with the default setting. I would also suggest to either run it in a clean boot or in the safe mode with networking.
 The Hirens 15.2 seems to be the latest version and is an iso file. So you will need to download the iso file and burn it to a cd. It then make a bootable cd that you can run a multitude of tests from. The windows pe disks are done the same way and are for win7pe, win8pe and I believe win10pe, but I have not seen it as of yet. I especially like these for running check disk with the repair choice or the western digital software.
 The third computer repair tool is actually the windows operating cd. Yes you can boot off of it and enter the repair mode. Here you can try start up repairs or run repairs from a command prompt, which can be very useful. Some of these are bootrec /fixboot, bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /rebuildbcd. Just remember with the last one it removes the restore points. I would try running the system restore back to a previous good date first if possible. Now with windows 8 and 10 you do get some other choices. Some of these are to reset the operating system saving the data or resetting and completely wiping out and reinstalling with no data. If you don't have your operating cd you may be able to download one off the internet; just remember they are not for reinstalling your operating system on another computer. They are only for repair as there are no more free windows 10 upgrades. I have seen some technicians using the windows 10 1511 and current version, which is against Microsoft's Oem Licensing policy. If you see this happening report them.