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If you have an All-in-One computer (cpu & monitor in one piece) that is running slow, REALLY slow?
Before taking the drastic steps of 1) Bunging it out the window or 2) resetting Windows, try this little tip.
Turn the computer off, turn the power off at the wall socket, then with it still plugged in via the mains cable, but turned off, press and hold the power on button for one full minute. This is supposed to clear the machine of a static build up.
I tried this on a client's machine recently and suggested by the mamufacturer's help desk. Did nothing! Then half an hour later, just before I started the Restore Windows 10 system going, it started to run perfectly once more.
So, the moral of the story is to give it 30-60 minutes (have your lunch whilst it thinks about it) before doing anything drastic!
If you've been able to update your Windows 10 machine with this Anniversary Update then well done! None of my machines have successfully managed this. Instead I've had to press the reset button 3 times to get my machines to revert to the older Windows 10 OS.
The current version of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is a lot more helpful than the earlier versions thankfully. Several of my clients have now found their machines updated to the newest version without much fuss.
However, Cortana is now compulsory!
Thankfully, so long as you know what you are doing, and at your own risk, you can disable Cortana thanks to those nice people at HowToGeek.
Cortana now ignores your preferred Browser, so if you prefer Firefox over Edge, it will open any searches in Edge!
If you prefer Google, it'll search Bing and of course it quite happily reports back to MS on how you use Cortana!
If you value YOUR preferences and your privacy, check out the great HowToGeek article.
Do you get those annoying phone calls from some Asian call centre advising you that your computer is faulty and as a Microsoft Centre these people can help you fix it?
It's a scam by the way, let's get that out of the way first, Microsoft will NEVER call you to say your computer is faulty, only scammers will do so. Well, you've had a call from these scum and they want access to your computer and they can do this remotely, all you need to do is (usually) visit a website and allow them to take control of your computer. Only snag is, unlike genuine remote support people, the only reason they want access to your computer is so they can infect it or lock things so you cannot use your computer again without paying them a sum of money (Often quite a large amount of money).
Don't allow them access to your computer but do take their details as Microsoft want their info to prosecute them! Take their details and fill in the Microsoft Scam Survey form and help limit the amount of money these scammers can get.
Just had notification that the current load of spam eMails going the rounds which have a title of Invoice: followed by a number and an attachment, probably a word .doc are the newer version of Cryptlocker. Cryptlocker was a nasty virus that among other things encrypted your documents and the ONLY way to recover them was to pay the spammers some £300 in the hopes that they would give you the de-cryption key.
This latest infection relies on you opening the so called .doc file and then allowing macros to run which destroys your documents by encrypting them and again, the only way to recover the files is to pay the spammers €400!
Don't open the email, certainly don't click on the attachment to "view the Invoice" and never ever enable Macro's in Word.
If you need to check if you have macro's disabled (recommended) here's how.
Even though it is illegal for firms to add you to their business spam mailing lists, they keep on adding you without your permission. This is in direct breech of Section 11 of the Data Protection Act and they can and should be prosecuted for doing so. But they still continue flouting the law because sending you unsolicited spam is more important to them that being legal.
The latest firm to add me to their lists, illegally, is bignoisepromotion.com trying to push canopies of all things!
I've received a couple of probably fake texts alledgely from Apple asking me to verify my Apple ID with a link directing me to a long URL which ends secure-myid1.com which I'm feeling pretty sure is a fake site.
Be aware that some emails are being sent out from an Israeli IP that are alledgedly from iTunes confirming you have authorised a subscription to NetFlix for ?41.99 a month. To "manage your subscription" the Apple link is in fact spoofed and really points to a zug-bar.com/rus address.
If you were to click on the link in the email you would probably end up with an infected computer at the least, and if you entered your Apple ID you'd rapidly find you'll really be charged for a lot of stuff you didn't want, didn't order and never receive!
Apple have a great page to help you to recognise a spoof email and this can be found here. Also, most genuine firms will use your name, and the generic "Dear Customer" or "Dear Username". If the email starts like this, it points to it been a fake.
Moral of the story? NEVER click on a link in an unexpected email.