Category: Computamedic

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 their Internet Explorer to version 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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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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Windows 10 – what you need to know

Comput@medic - Windows 10 - what you need to know

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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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

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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

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Computer Maintenance

Comput@medic can offer an on-going computer maintenance scheme which covers all labour costs for any problems that can occur with your PC or Mac.

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Fault Diagnosis

The diagnosis of common problems on a PC can get very involved as there are, potentially, many, many causes of failures.

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