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How to take control of Windows 10 Updates

Win10 Update annoyanceOne of the problems that Windows 10 users face is the update process. Updates are important but, as we have seen in the past, they can go terribly wrong. Experienced users used to set their Windows Update to ‘check for updates but don’t automatically install them’. Microsoft has made this hard to do if not impossible for most users – but there is a way to delay the updates on any computer.

It isn’t elegant – in other words, why not give us the option to delay the updates until we want to install them? – but it does work. Provided you connect to the internet via WiFi.

Here’s how to do it. Continue reading

Windows 10 – the nightmare continues…

angry-wet-catI’ve been doing this game for some time now. Cut my teeth on Windows 3.0, then progressed through all the versions, 3.1, 95, 98, 98SE, XP, Vista (cough..), Windows 7, Windows 8 (choke…), Windows 8.1 and now we have this – Windows 10, or as Microsoft like to call it, the last version of Windows.

And we’ll keep updating it and adding features, because – hey, we know you don’t mind it when things go wrong or your working day loses 4-5 hours while we ‘update’ your previously working PC so that it looks different than yesterday. Oh and you know those programs you used to use? Well we decided you don’t need them anymore so we uninstalled them for you and put a link on the desktop of all the ones we removed for you. Aren’t we caring? No, don’t thank us, it’s all part of the Microsoft service…

Hmm. We thought Vista and 8 was bad – well 10 has become the nightmare for many that means it may well be the last Windows for them.

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How to install MalwareBytes Premium

mbam_installAs readers of this blog will know, I recommend and use MalwareBytes Premium but I have found that beginners or those with little experience installing software on their computes may need some help. I’ve written this to provide clear instructions, but if you get really stuck just contact me for further assistance.

Here are the steps to download, install and activate the product.

1. Click the MalwareBytes Premium ad on the front page of this website (Disclaimer: I am an affiliate and get a small payment for referrals but I would recommend the product if I wasn’t).
2. Complete the purchase details – NOTE: please check your email address carefully as this is where your invoice and activation details will be sent
3. Pay for the product by your preferred method (note that this page is secure)
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Warning : Fake calls from Telstra

phonescamI recently spoke to a customer who related this story that should serve as a warning to us all.

We all (or should know by now, it’s been in the papers and on telly many times) about the scammers pretending to be from Microsoft warning that ‘your computer is infected with a serious virus and I will show you – please turn on your computer’ – or similar nonsense.

He got as far as the usual ‘ok, so please go to this website and permit me to access your computer to fix it’. Luckliy, my customer heard the alarm bell ringing in his head and said no. Then he rang me!

In this case, the customer was supposedly called by a Tesltra employee who talked him through the steps to validate his computer’s ‘security code’ to prove that the call was genuine. Continue reading

Are desktops and notebooks doomed?

There are many people – me included – who feel very comfortable using desktop or notebook computers (laptops to use the old term), but if you were to believe all the hype from the press and sellers of computing devices in general, you’d think we are all moving to tablets.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s no doubt that for many tasks like quickly checking emails, browsing the ‘net, watching YouTube videos, playing games or keeping up with news – a tablet like an iPad or Android device is fantastic. The convenience of a light, fast booting touch screen tablet can’t be faulted and for many travellers, it beats a notebook hands down especially when you consider the much longer battery life. Continue reading

How to take control of Windows 10 Updates
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Windows 10 – the nightmare continues…
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