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Free Anti-Virus?
December 2nd, 2009 by admin

“I think I have a Virus.”  All IT consultants know this line; we hear it almost every time a system comes in the door.  Everyone has heard of viruses and lives in constant fear of an infected computer.  It is time we set a few facts straight and hopefully save you some money on that annual AV subscription.


Spyware or Virus?

Both are similar, but do have a few distinctions.  A virus is usually an unwanted program that can spread throughout a computer or across a network of computers.  Spyware can be considered a type of virus, although it usually gets its own category.  Spyware is a program that attempts to present or collect data from a user.  This is usually seen as advertisements, toolbars, and collection of computer use data (including personal information).

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Personal Computer Backup
October 27th, 2009 by WillDuke

You probably have a computer at home.  You probably have digital photos and music on it.  You might have your checkbook balanced there.  You probably have some other stuff you don’t want to lose.

If you’re like most people, you know you should back all that stuff up.  If you are backing it up, good for you.  You’re the minority.  For the rest of us it’s either too hard, too confusing, too easy to put off…  I suppose I don’t need to tell you why you’re not doing it, you already know.

I’m not trying to take the high road here, until recently I wasn’t backing up at home either.  Computers are pretty reliable, they don’t crash very often at all.  That’s my honest opinion, and I’m something of an expert.  So, my opinion was “I don’t need to fix the roof right now, it isn’t raining.”  Of course, when it’s raining I can’t fix the roof.

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