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What is Ubuntu?

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I should have posted something about during Tax time I get busy. There may not be any Blog posts.

Ubuntu what is it?

Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’.
It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’.

I have been watching this system grow.

You say it’s a System?

Why yes it is a system and in my opinion have some of the best computer and internet products on the market today.
Oddly enough they are Free! Well I donate because I use their Ubuntu Operating System on my personal computers.

Any way I urge You to click the link below, I am sure you will be amazed!

The Ubuntu Story

You Do NOT have to download it to your Hard Drive to try it. You can burn it to a disk and test is all you want or even use it from the disk for and extended period. No this is not Trial Software where you have to pay for it after 30 days.

If you have an older computer that is just lying around in a corner because it can not run Windows 7 or above; Ubuntu may be the answer!

I urge you to take a look at this Operating System as an alternative to Microsoft Windows!

For more information and to Download Ubuntu go to the link below:

GET UBUNTU 

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Still think you can use Windows XP as your Operating System?

Yes I am still on Windows XP. Trying to convince people NOT to use it.
Here is another article just to confirm what I have been trying to tell
people for awhile now. I think we are going to run into the same problem
with Windows Vista, not as big but still a problem. Operating Systems
unsupported by Microsoft people are still trying to use them.

This article was written in July 2015.

Still Using Windows XP? Stop It, Dummy

By Angela Moscaritolo

July 15, 2015 11:10am EST

Microsoft on Tuesday finally stopped providing anti-malware
signatures for Windows XP

Most people said goodbye to Windows XP a long time ago. But if,
for whatever reason, you’re still running the out-of-date
operating system, you really need to upgrade. Microsoft on
Tuesday finally stopped providing antimalware signatures for
Windows XP.

PCs running Windows XP have not been truly protected for more
than a year. Microsoft on April 8, 2014 officially ended support
for XP, meaning it stopped rolling out security updates for the
aging OS. At that time, Redmond also stopped letting those on
Windows XP download its Security Essentials tool, which guards
against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

The software giant did, however, throw a bone to XP users who
already had Microsoft Security Essentials installed, promising to
keep it updated for a “limited time” to give people
some more time to transition to a newer and fully supported OS.
That time has now come and gone.

Microsoft officially stopped providing updates to Microsoft
Security Essentials for XP. Worse yet, XP users can no longer use
Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal tool, so if your PC
gets infected with malware — and it probably will
— you’re on your own.

For the tech-savvy, this is a non-issue. You’ve said goodbye
to XP, which first launched in 2001, and embraced a more modern
OS, like Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Microsoft has been pleading with customers to upgrade to a new OS
for years, so you can’t say you weren’t warned about
this. If you’re still on XP, perhaps now is a good time to
finally upgrade. Windows 10 arrives on July 29, 2015.

Hopefully some people will heed the warning!!!!

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You CAN NOT Use Windows XP Safely on the Internet!

Here is some more info on why Windows XP is NOT SAFE to be
using it on the Internet.
I know some people may disagree. I am talking about the
average person not the people who are Computer Savvy.
This article gives so much good information. If you
do everything they say your PC is still NOT SAFE!

Microsoft discontinued support for its Windows XP operating
system this week, which means users need to beef up their
security practices to cope

My bet is that the vast majority of the Windows XP users reading
this did not update their computers/operating systems by 8 April.
What actions should they take to minimise their exposure to
attack, while they consider their options/save up? Whitesocks

Microsoft has shipped its final update for Windows XP, which
means all the new security holes will not be patched. Nobody
knows what will happen next, but malware writers are expected to
target the remaining machines. If you are still running Windows
XP, it would be a good idea to make it as secure as possible.
Unfortunately, there is no “magic bullet”. The things
you can do to protect XP apply to all versions of Windows.
However, because XP will now get more insecure every month, you
need to take protection much more seriously.

It’s a huge problem. There are roughly 1.5 billion PCs in
the world, and NetMarketShare reckons that 27.7% are still
running XP. That’s more than 400 million machines. Since XP
is fundamentally much less secure than Windows 7 (48.8%), Windows
8 (11.3%) or even Vista (3.0%), it’s a very attractive
target for malware writers. (For comparison, all versions of Mac
OS X add up to 7.6%, with Linux at 1.5%.)

The quickest way to make a Windows XP machine almost completely
secure is to prevent it from accessing the internet. This works
for some business PCs that are used for specific purposes, such
as controlling machine tools, but isn’t practical for most
users. However, an alternative is to install a copy of Linux on
the same PC, or boot Linux from a Live CD, and use that for
browsing and email. Dual-booting two operating systems is tedious
and time consuming, but at least you can get online while
continuing to use the XP software that has presumablyprevented
you from upgrading to a more recent version of Windows.

Microsoft’s solution was to provide an XP Mode in Windows 7
Pro. This let you run Windows 7 as your main operating system,
while simultaneously running a free “virtual” copy of
Windows XP. The price of Windows 7 Pro means this isn’t a
solution for most home users: you’d be better off putting
the money towards a newer– perhaps secondhand–
PC.

So, let’s look at what you can do to run an XP machine
normally, but more safely.

Protecting XP on the net

The quickest and simplest way to make XP more secure on the
internet is to use it from a limited account. Most people use
“administrator” accounts, because these let you do
whatever you like. The problem is that any malware that gets
control of your admin account can also do whatever it likes. The
solution is to use a “limited” account, which also
limits what most malware programs can do.

Of course, if you need to install some software or make system
changes, you will have to switch to an admin account. To make
this a little more palatable, tick the box that says “Use
Fast User Switching” when you set up the limited account. If
children or accident-prone adults share the same PC, they should
definitely be given their own limited accounts.

All XP accounts should be protected by passwords, though many
people don’t do this.

You should also download and use a more secure browser than
Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8. Microsoft has chosen not to provide
its own more secure browsers, IE10 and IE11, to XP users, at some
sacrifice in market share. However, there are several
alternatives including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, I prefer Firefox, as it consumes far fewer tabs, and
doesn’t crash as often. Against that, Chrome is probably
more secure because its “sandbox” means malware writers
need two exploits to penetrate it: one for Chrome and another to
get out of the sandbox.

When you have installed Firefox, Chrome or Opera, add a browser
extension called HTTPS Everywhere. The “S” indicates
that it uses encrypted communications to talk to websites,
whenever possible. Its main purpose it to improve privacy, but it
also makes browsing more secure.

Finally, for this section, be careful where you go. Most
commercial sites tend to be safe, but sites that offer free stuff
— pirated music, movies and software, wallpapers etc
— either may not be professionally run or may be making
their money by other means. Websites can make a lot of money from
“drive by” installations of advertising programs and
other unwanted software.

Keeping software up to date

You will no longer be able to update Windows XP, but that makes
it even more important to keep all your other programs up to
date. In my experience, the simplest way to do this is to run
Secunia’s free Personal Software Inspector (PSI) to check
for and install updates. In particular, make sure you keep Adobe
Flash, Adobe Acrobat and Oracle’s Java up to date, as these
have poor security records. Best of all, uninstall all versions
of Java completely, and see if you can manage without it. If not,
you can always install the latest version when you need it. (Java
has nothing to do with the browser scripting language,
JavaScript.)

Indeed, it’s a good idea to run the Add/Remove Programs
utility and a utility such as SlimCleaner to see if you can
remove any other software you don’t need. The fewer programs
you have, the fewer things there are to attack.

Many people update their browsers and desktop software, but
completely forget about updating their browser plug-ins. This is
dangerous because Flash, Java and similar plugins are in the
front line. You should therefore visit Mozilla’s Check Your
Plugins page. This also provides trusted links to the newer
versions that need to be installed. Qualys also offers a
browser-checking site. The option to “Scan without
installing plugin” is quick but not as thorough as the
plugin version.

Again, uninstall any plugins you don’t need. This will make
your browser slightly more secure, and it will probably run
faster.

Note that Microsoft has also stopped supporting Office 2003, and
this is now vulnerable software. If possible, upgrade to a more
recent version. If you aren’t willing to pay the (very
reasonable) price, you can use the free but less powerful online
Office web apps that are part of Microsoft’s free OneDrive
cloud storage. If you only need to read or create relatively
simple documents, the free and open source LibreOffice may be a
viable alternative.

If there’s a program you can’t either update or
replace, you can run it in a protected sandbox by using another
free program called Sandboxie. You could also use it to protect
your browser or social networking programs. However, only the Pro
version ($15 per year) lets you run multiple
sandboxes at the same time.

Security software

If you are still going to use Windows XP, you should also beef up
your anti-malware software. While Microsoft will keep updating
Microsoft Security Essentials, you should either replace that
with something stronger or add extra protection by using
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. There are plenty of free replacements:
see the Best Free Antivirus Software section at Tech Support
Alert (aka Gizmo’s). If you are willing to pay for an
anti-virus suite, Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 and
Bitdefender Total Security 2014 are worth a look.

If you’re not buying a suite, it’s also worth replacing
Windows XP’s firewall. Again, Tech Support Alert has a
useful guide to the main options. For XP, I’d suggest the
Comodo Firewall with the Maximum Proactive Defense feature
installed. It uses a Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) that
tries to stop malware from working by monitoring its behaviour.
There will be an annoying period where you have to tell it which
things are safe, but extreme suspicion is justified in an
unsupported operating system.

Finally, for this section, there are now programs that monitor
and/or analyse websites and block ones that might be malicious.
They also help to protect you from phishing attacks and
clickjacking. You can’t use Microsoft’s SmartScreen
filter, which is included with IE10 and IE11 and built into
Windows 8. However, Web of Trust is a community-based substitute.
The new Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium ($24.95 per year for
three PCs) also does some ferocious site blocking.

It remains to be seen whether all of this will be enough to
protect Windows XP in the long term. It will certainly make your
online experience more annoying. That’s part of the price of
using unsupported software in a world where most of us do online
shopping and banking, where malware can encrypt your hard drive
and hold your PC to ransom, and where identity theft can have
devastating consequences.

Frankly, it would be better to buy an upgrade to Windows 7 or
Windows 8 — now that 8.1 Update 1 deals with the vast
majority of complaints about the original version — or
install a version of Linux. Update 1, released on 8 April, also
runs in less memory (it can run on tablets with only 1GB) so it
should also work better even on older PCs.

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Are You Still Running Windows XP ?!!

As I had mentioned previously I Repair Computers.
Lately I have run into several individuals that are
still running Windows XP as their Operating System.
If you are playing games and not on the Internet you
are fine.
If you are on the Internet or want to do things online
Please upgrade to Windows 7 for your own good.
Here is some information that I came across that I
thought would be helpful to people who don’t
understand “Why they should Upgrade from Windows XP
or Windows Vista to Windows 7 or Higher!

It’s been two years since Microsoft ended support for Windows XP,
the popular operating system that’s been around since 2001 and
which many people just don’t seem willing to let go.
Microsoft did about all it could to drag XP-ers into the present
with pop-up warnings urging them that they need to upgrade, and
a free migration tool to help people transfer their files and
settings to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

It’s not merely that Microsoft wants to get everybody onto
the latest version of Windows, although it has certainly gone
to great lengths recently to get people to upgrade to
Windows 10, whether they want to or not.

But as we at Naked Security repeatedly warned XP users, the
end of support means “zero-days forever,” because those
vulnerabilities will never be patched – and XP computers
are sitting ducks for cybercriminals to attack.

And yet there are still millions of XP computers connecting to
the internet, where all manner of malware is waiting to pounce.
Windows XP was still running on 10.9% of all desktops as of
March 2016, according to stats compiled by Net Applications.
To put that in perspective, according to Net Applications’ figures,
Windows XP is still the third-most popular desktop OS, trailing only
Windows 7 (51.9%) and Windows 10 (14.2%).
And there are more PCs running XP than Windows 8.1 (9.6%), and all
versions of Mac OS X combined (7.8%).

By the way, there are some Mac OS X users who are using out-of-support
versions, too, meaning they are also vulnerable to never-going-to-be-fixed
security holes.

Net Applications’ stats show that just under 1% of all desktops are
running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion) or 10.8 (Mountain Lion),
which are no longer receiving security updates from Apple.

Things look slightly better when you look at OS market share measured
by a different company, Stats Counter, but there’s still an alarming
number of PCs running XP.

According to Stat Counter, Windows XP represents 7.4% of all desktops in
April 2016, down from 10.9% in April 2015.
That’s an improvement.

But when you consider that Microsoft puts the number of Windows devices
at more than 1 billion, we are still talking about tens of millions of
computers today running a very old, very outdated, and very insecure
operating system.

If you have any questions or you need any assistance in Updating
your computer feel free to contact me:

Steven Higgins
Whitetail Hide-Away Computers

wthacomputers@gmail.com
715-612-3944
Skype –stevepse
Facebook — stevehiggins55

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Optimizing Your Computer?

Hi,

Besides being in Affiliate/Relationship Marketing, I also run a small Computer Repair Business
out of my home.

Today I hear many people wanting to “Optimize their Computer”. I thought most of the tools came
with the Operating System installed on your computer. Maybe Microsoft has hidden them well.

Since I do like working on computers I experiment with software to find which one works well
for me and also so I am able to recommend products to my customers that I know work well.

I have been dealing with a software company called Ashampoo.  They have some very good
products.

One product that I recommend if you really want to Optimize your PC for a reasonable price is their product
called WinOptimizer 2016.

If you want a product that does Everything, This is it! I can not explain everything that this product does,
it would take a very long time.

Here are the Highlights of WinOptimizer 2016:

Many new Tweaking Tool options
Internet Cleaner
More comprehensive Registry Optimizer
More effective Drive Cleaner
Improved One-Click Optimizer
Favorites Tab
Context Menu Manager
AntiSpy module
Predictive disk defragmenter

Here are a couple of screenshots for you to view:

Yes it truly works very well.

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you the price!

It is FREE! Yep all you have to do is download the software enter your you email address to receive a
Product Key and it is yours!

They also changed the name to WinOptimzer Free!

Here is the link for more information!!

https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pin/3606/system-software/winoptimizer-free

Hope everyone has a Great Day!!!!!

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What do I do When a Popup Box on my Computer tells me my Computer needs to be Optimized???..

Hi,

What do I do when a Popup Box tells me my computer needs to be Optimized or has a Virus?
I read it and then I close it right away. If it comes back I double check it and then I run
a Scan on my computer with Windows Defender or the installed Anti-Virus I have installed.

I have had a few people calling me telling me about this and then some of them call the
number and pay all kinds of money to get a computer fixed that is not broken.

Most of the tools to optimize your computer are already installed with your Operating System.
Some of them can be set to run and do the maintenance needed when you are not using the computer.
If you have questions ask a friend or find someone you know to help you to set this up or explain
it to you.

If you want the truth told I hate Popups or Windows that slide across your screen.

If you are having a problem with your computer. GOOGLE IT!!! I am serious.

I don’t like to see people pay large sums of money or SCAMMED out of their money
it’s Wrong!

If you do have a problem with your computer and you are not very knowledgeable
about them. Ask a friend they may know someone who is reputable and can help fix
your problem.

Hope everyone had a Wonderful Wednesday!!