Microsoft urges upgrade to IE11 – even if you don’t use it

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Microsoft has recently issued a warning to ALL Windows users to urgently upgrade to IE11 (Internet Explorer 11) – even if you don’t normally use it.

The reason is that IE is so tightly integrated with the Windows Operating System, components of it are used every day without the user being aware of it.

Even if you regularly use browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox or Opera the vulnerabilities existing in earlier version of Internet Explorer render your system subject to attack.

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Upgrading Apple devices? What you need to know!

Computamedic Blog Upgrading Apple Devices what you NEED to know

If you were lucky enough to get a new iPad / iPhone for Christmas and are upgrading your device from an earlier model, here’s some advice on upgrading Apple devices.

Transferring all your Apps, photos and music from the old device to the new one is actually quite simple – but there are a few “gotchas” that can make it more complicated than you would like.

The process consists of running a full backup from the old device – this is achieved by following these steps:

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Searches through your Browser: BEWARE!

Comput@medic Beware the use of searches through your Browser

Most modern browsers – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and even Microsoft’s new Edge – provide a search feature directly from the address bar.

You should be aware that inadvertently using the search facility to find a web site or download can often take you to a malicious, malware infected site or download which can have a devastating impact on your computer.

Only today I attended a client who did exactly this in looking to download a copy of Google Chrome.  Instead of browsing directly to Google’s download site (at www.google.co.uk/chrome) the browser search, in this case, took the user to a malicious site which provided a corrupted version of Chrome which installed multiple pop-up advertising banners.

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The importance of network connections for your printer

Computamedic - The importance of network connections for your printer

If you are in the market for a new printer – whether it be monochrome or colour, single or multi-function – there is a good chance it will be Wi-Fi enabled as well as having the traditional USB connection and, perhaps, a wired LAN connection too.

If you are not network savvy there is a great temptation to take the simple approach and just plug in the USB connection. You should be aware that this is NOT the recommended solution and, in doing so, you will likely miss out on significant features offered by many of these more modern devices.

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Video problems with Windows 10

Computamedic Blog Video Problems with Windows 10

It has become apparent over recent days that Windows 10 has some issues with the screen display.

It looks like Microsoft have made some significant changes to the way the display is handled in the upgrade to Windows 10 and, in a number of cases we’ve seen, software which works perfectly well in Windows 7 and even Windows 8/8.1 can experience substantial problems when running under Windows 10.

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Windows 10 – what you need to know

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July 29th 2015 is a date for the diary – it’s the date that Microsoft have announced the release of Windows 10.

Many of you will have already noticed the little white icon appearing in your Task Bar asking you to register for the upgrade and if you have a fully licensed copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you can obtain the upgrade free of charge for a 12 month period from the release date.

However, there are a lot of things to be aware of before you make that jump.

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Mailbox sizes – a thing to watch?

Computamedic Mailbox sizes - a thing to watch?

E-mail is a relatively simple concept – but there lies beneath a web of complication unappreciated by the majority of users and, with the advent of super-resolution mobile ‘phone pictures, and consequently massive attachments there is a growing problem.

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System Upgrades & Expansion

New programs are designed to make the best of current machines and where your PC is a year or two old you will often find that a little extra memory or some additional disk space can make the difference.

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Tools for testing your Internet speed

Computamedic Blog Tools for testing your Internet speed

There are many reasons Internet speed will become noticeably slower — including not getting the bandwidth you’re paying for.

By Patrick Marshall via Windows Secrets

Internet speed testing services might help reveal whether your ISP is at fault, but only if you understand how they work.

When streaming House of Cards, do you find that Frank Underwood can’t make a threat without stuttering? Does uploading a new video to YouTube seem to take forever? Are you really starting to wonder whether you’re getting the faster Internet service that’s costing an extra £15 a month?

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Computer Maintenance

Computamedic Blog Seven Deadly Sins of Computer Maintenance

How sinful is your computer maintenance? Inadequate Virus protection, poorly managed systems and out-of-date operating systems are all contributors to your computers health problems, to name a few.

Below is the full list of “sins” that you can look out for on your own system.

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