This is very true – those desk computer cabinets cause hot air to recirculate, reducing your computer's lifespan. Even with the door open, since many computers now intake air from the side – usually the hot air that was just blown out the back.
This issue is no laughing matter, folks.
Not all of our data recoveries are running diagnostics on a hard drive. We occasionally will get broken flash drives in with critical user data on the chip. With some delicate soldering, we can usually re-establish connection to the drive and get your data back!
IT Xpress will be closed today, June 10th, while we do a full network upgrade for a client. Does it seem like your network goes up and down often? We can help!
This is a very useful list for power users…
Top 10 Incredibly Useful Windows Programs to Have On Hand
Some apps are essential, and you use them every day. Everyone knows their names: Firefox, VLC, 7-Zip, and so on. However, there's another class of app that gets less attention: the apps that are insanely useful to have in your back pocket on the rare occasions you need them. Here are 10 of our favor…
A customer had a hard drive failure and needed their system repaired. We installed a new Solid State Drive instead of a normal hard drive. This cost them approximately $40 more than the normal repair. The result? Windows 7 boots completely ready to use, with everything started up, in less than 30 seconds from the time you press the power button. Programs start almost instantly.
Looking to give your computer a turbo boost? For $200 or less, we can install a solid state or hybrid drive and drastically improve the performance of your computer (laptop or desktop). Call today!
If you can upgrade your aging Windows XP machine, absolutely do so (we can help you make the Windows 8.1 transition easy – with a Start Menu!). But if you're not ready to upgrade, here is a way to continue getting Windows XP security updates for a few years…
As virus infections get more advanced, free anti-virus suites are falling behind. Talk with us about getting the best protection for your PC without slowing it down! IT Xpress is proud to be an authorized reseller of the Bitdefender suite of AV products. My ITXpert Pro and Premier clients get it free! http://www.myitxpert.biz/
Security is absolutely about layers. Ever wondered why computers get infected even though they have antivirus installed? This article explains how it is done. Viruses change constantly and it's a game of whack-a-mole for the AV companies trying to keep signatures 'current' and detect new viruses using heuristics.
It IS possible to stay safe online and drastically decrease the chances of getting infected:
1) Make sure you have a strong anti-virus running. MS Security Essentials is BASIC protection. Go with a package that routinely places in the Top 5 in AV tests (we currently recommend BitDefender)
2) Keep your software up to date. Windows Updates, Browsers, Adobe Flash/Reader, and Oracle Java. Don't know what Java is? Uninstall it and see if you notice (you'll get prompted for it on sites that use it). If you don't – you're safer not having it. If you do, grab the latest JRE version from http://java.oracle.com/ Our My ITXpert…
Antivirus is Dead: Long Live Antivirus! — Krebs on Security
This hardly comes as news for anyone in the security industry who's been paying attention over the past few years, but I'm writing about it because this is a great example of how the cybercrime underground responds to — and in some cases surpasses — innovations put in place by the good guys.
Doing another 'frozen' data recovery for a client. It is a great feeling letting a client know that files they thought were gone forever could actually be recovered. Protect your data today with secure unlimited online backup for $5/month! Sign up today at http://goo.gl/8w34IM
The patch for Microsoft Internet Explorer's major Zero-Day vulnerability has been fixed. It was severe enough that they even decided to release an update for Windows XP, despite it no longer being supported. So be sure to install any Windows Updates when prompted today or tomorrow.
Microsoft Issues Fix for IE Zero-Day, Includes XP Users — Krebs on Security
Microsoft has issued an emergency security update to fix a zer0-day vulnerability that is present in all versions of its Internet Explorer Web browser and that is actively being exploited. In an unexpected twist, the company says Windows XP users also will get the update, even though Microsoft …
IT Xpress can now test virtually any LCD panel to check for proper operation and defects. This allows us to quickly test a laptop's screen to see if the problem exists in the screen, backlight system, graphics processor, or cabling. What does it mean for our customers? Faster diagnosis of laptop display issues so we can get your system back to you ASAP!
Another day, another serious exploit – this time in Adobe Flash (the software the powers videos in YouTube, animations/interactive content on many websites, and more). If you use Chrome and have not restarted your browser in a while, do so. This will automatically update Flash for you. If you use IE10/11 – make sure you have the latest Windows Updates installed and restart your computer. Everyone else should make sure they update Flash as soon as prompted (it is supposed to auto update in the background, though lately it has been requiring users manually download the new version – a huge step backward).
My ITXpert clients will see the update pushed out within the next 24 hours. Interested in having our IT Xperts update your systems and keep them secure? See http://www.myitxpert.biz/ for more details.
Adobe Update Nixes Flash Player Zero Day — Krebs on Security
Adobe Systems Inc. has shipped an emergency security update to fix a critical flaw in its Flash Player software that is currently being exploited in active attacks. The exploits so far appears to target Microsoft Windows users, but updates also are available for Mac and Linux versions of Flash.
Be careful if you use IE until this gets patched. Also – if you're still using Windows XP, you should NOT use Internet Explorer any more as it is no longer being updated. Use Chrome or Firefox, which are.
Microsoft Warns of Attacks on IE Zero-Day — Krebs on Security
Microsoft is warning Internet Explorer users about active attacks that attempt to exploit a previously unknown security flaw in every supported version of IE. The vulnerability could be used to silently install malicious software without any help from users, save for perhaps merely browsing to a …
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