DoctorLaptop’s Tips #68 and April 2018 Special

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #68 and April Special

Special: Slow tablet rescue. Full cleaning, tune-up, updating and optimization of slow but otherwise functional tablets, only €30 till 01May18.

Tips:
1. Windows 10 needs to be updated regularly. If you leave it inactive for more than 2 weeks, when you next use it leave it connected to the internet, running all night, then in the morning shut it off and restart it. If it has shut down automatically, start it, then once it’s done loading restart it. This should allow your computer to get current on updates.
2. Keeping your computer cool in the summer is important, for both the health of the unit and for best performance. Part of that is keeping all the air vents free of dust, lint and hair. I use a dry toothbrush for this task. Do not blow air into the vents, that pushes the dirt back into the fan. Another good idea is to place small lifters under the back side of a laptop to increase the air space under it. During peak heat days (30C+) I recommend blowing a desk fan directly on your computer. If your computer shuts down due to over-heating, leave it at least 30mins before attempting a restart. If that restart fails, do not keep trying, get it serviced to avoid damaging it further (or run chkdsk and scannow tools from a recovery DVD if you know how).
3. If you have a newer computer with a SSD (solid state hard disk) it is imperative you keep current backups of you data on an external memory device. Should your SSD fail there is no way to recover the data, short of sending it to a specialist SDD data recovery center in Sevilla or Madrid where recovery fees begin at €300 and often run into thousands!
4. Be aware that some new generation mobile device models of tablets and smartphones are not designed to be opened and serviced. Basically they are disposable once they have a hardware failure outside of the warranty period. If this concerns you, inquire at the time of purchase if battery replacement service for that model is available from the seller. Tablet batteries are designed to last 3yrs at 2hrs per day use, iPad batteries may last longer.

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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #67 and March Special

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #67 and March Special

Special: Slow Computer Rescue. My famous Clean & TuneUp Special is back, for Windows & Mac. Until Apr. 01 you can now get 20% off, only €40!
If you rely on your computer and want it running at peak performance, an annual professional servicing is necessary. You wouldn’t drive your car till it runs out of oil before servicing it, would you?
I do the most comprehensive cleaning and tune-up possible: verify all System files replacing any found to be corrupt, test all hardware and do hard disk sector repairs if needed, use 5 tool malware/adware/spyware removal protocol, update Windows+all drivers+programs, install free ransomware protection, and finally optimize your settings for fastest overall performance. Job usually completed overnight. Heavily infected comps or those showing error messages need a repair, not a maintenance service. Hard disks of 1000Gb or more add €10 and may require 2 days to complete.

Tips:
1. To find a word in a website you are looking at press ctrl + f keys simultaneously, a search box will appear. Enter the word and press Enter. All instances of the word will be instantly highlighted. This also works on document files you are viewing, just be sure to place the cursor at the beginning of the document before pressing crtl + f, the search won’t look at text before the cursor location. You can use that feature to search only the last half of a long document by placing the cursor mid document before searching.
2. If you want Google to find a specific phrase that has words in a specific order, then place the phrase in quotation marks when entering it into the search box.
3. Use addition and subtraction marks to make your search results more relevant. For example, you are searching for Tom Ford, but you get lots of results for Ford Motors and Tommy Ford. Try this – combine a couple of Web search basics here (quote marks and a minus in this case) resulting in the search term: “Tom Ford” -motors. Now your results will come back without all those pesky car and Tommy results. Or to get info on light bulbs, but only LED light bulbs, try entering: light bulbs + LED.
Learn more search tricks at
https://www.lifewire.com/web-search-tricks-to-know-4046148
https://www.lifewire.com/google-search-commands-3482058
4. Need more RAM to speed up your Windows computer but both RAM slots are already used? Or are you are limited to 4Gb RAM by a 32bit Windows system? Ready Boost mode may be a solution. It uses a memory card or USB flash drive to take some of the memory load off the hard disk. Instructions: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/using-windows-readyboost-to-increase-performance/

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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #66 – The Future of Windows – Facts and Speculation

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #66 – The Future of Windows – Facts and Speculation
Microsoft says Windows 10 is the last number-designated version of Windows, with only “Creator’s Updates” to follow. No Windows 11. Microsoft has already implemented the  move to their new “Windows as a service” biz model. MS will retire the old biz model where Windows came free with the computer. Did you know Win 10 mainstream support ends in Oct 2020!?!  Only 10 months after Win 7 becomes obsolete! Extended support for Win 10 ends Oct 2025. From then on you will have to rent a new version of Windows from Microsoft (and possibly rent a computer from them too!). The debut of the new rental Windows loaded computers is expected by 2021. This new rental version of Windows will not run on older computers; MS has already announced old processors will not be supported in the future. Here’s the proof, read ALL the small print for once!

win10 end of support

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/05/08/microsoft-windows-10-last-windows/#52c0af583328

Speculation: The new rental-version Windows may require you to sign-in to a verified account (as Win 10 tries to get you to do now with a MS/Outlook account) to access the internet, or possibly use the computer at all. New versions of your favorite apps will be rented not purchased, and will force you to store saved data on the cloud instead of your computer. As the Win 7 retirement date approaches (Jan 2020) Microsoft will begin “encouraging” Win 7 users to retire their old operating system by releasing buggy updates to break it, just as they did when Win XP and Vista neared the end of their life-cycles.

Happy computing…Naythan

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DoctorLaptop Alert! New, Worldwide Computer/Tablet/Smartphone Threat

DoctorLaptop Alert! New, Worldwide Computer/Tablet/Smartphone Threat Exposed – What You Need To Know

Two recently uncovered huge processor vulnerabilities called Meltdown and Spectre have taken the whole world by storm. Vendors are rushing out to patch the vulnerabilities in its products. The issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all operating systems (Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, macOS, etc), smartphones and other computing devices made in the past 20 years. The flaws exist in processors, a building block of comps that acts as the brain, and could allow attackers to steal your passwords, encryption keys and other private information the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team says. Almost every computing system is affected by the Spectre bug. Meltdown appears to be specific to Intel chips. Google’s Cloud Platform has been updated to prevent the vulnerabilities, the company said. Apple revealed Thursday that all its Mac and iOS devices were affected by the flaws; Apple has already released some fixes for Meltdown, and will release others for Spectre in subsequent updates.
While patches for the Meltdown flaw in consumer units are available already from  Microsoft, Apple and Google, Spectre is not easy to patch and will haunt people for quite some time. Some researchers, including US-CERT, have suggested the only true patch for Spectre is for chips to be replaced, but this solution is impractical for the average user.
The best strategy for all users is to keep your devices fully updated, both the operating system and all installed software. Yes, this includes BIOS upgrades, something best left to properly trained engineers, as a BIOS upgrade error can render the device permanently unusable. Also, everyone needs to backup their valuable data NOW! Should your device be hit with one of these exploits I can retrieve the data from the hard drive, but it will need to be totally erased and have a new operating system installed before it can run an operating system again.

My famous Clean & Tuneup Maintenance Service (€50) can install all available patches and provide the best protection available.
Note to do-it-your-selfers: Antivirus programs can block the patches, fully uninstall your antivirus and disable Defender before installing the operating system patches and BIOS upgrades.

This is a new threat and warning info may not be 100% accurate as research continues, I will release more info as it becomes available. Read more here:

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/03/technology/computer-chip-flaw-security/index.html
https://thehackernews.com/2018/01/meltdown-spectre-patches.html

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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #65 and Holiday Special

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #65 and Holiday Special
 
Tip #1: The latest info on the Spanish Facebook security scandal and the €12M fine they received here, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/09/11/facebook-hit-12m-fine-spain-breaking-privacy-laws/
Want a free, secure alternative to FaceBook? Here is a safe Social Media site that takes your privacy seriously, an alternative to data collecting, overly intrusive FB. Many techs and citizen journalists are migrating to it. Join up and then invite all your contacts. https://mewe.com/
 
Tip #2: New Computer? Setting up a new Windows 10 computer can be tricky, tons of settings and options to choose, programs and drivers to install and your data needs to be imported from your old comp. Warning: do NOT inturrupt the initial setup process, if you start you must see it thru till the end or it will may cause severe problems. If you get stuck on a step, just accept the default setting and move on. It can be changed later if necessary. Inturrupting setup often causes a troublesome “hidden” super-admin account to be created which interferes with your normal admin account, and can only be removed by re-installing Windows.
 
Holiday Special: Setup new computer to your requirements, no data imported €40; with data import €55. Extra add-ons available like MS Office and IPTV for an additional fee. Ends 01Jan18.
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Most jobs completed overnight.

DoctorLaptop Alert for Windows 10 Users

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was released on October 17th. Yes, another huge update. It’s a good idea to make a System Restore Point now, before you get the update, in case it goes wrong. Remember, Win 10 Updates may change settings without alerting you! If you have customized your settings, to eliminate update sharing or whatever, you should check these settings and return them to your preferred setting. Here is a summary of the changes.
-PDFs in Edge. Fill in PDF-based forms within Microsoft Edge and make notes directly on PDFs.
-Better storage management. With Windows 10 Creators Update, we added the ability to automatically remove files you don’t need using Storage Sense. Now, you can also choose to have files in your Downloads folder automatically deleted as well. Be careful with this one or you may find items in your Downloads folder missing without having deleted them! If in doubt, disable Storage Sense in Settings.
-Ransomware protections. Windows Defender Antivirus now has specific safeguards against malicious apps and threats like WannaCry.
-Currency converter in Calculator.
-Get web results in Cortana without opening your browser. It works with movies, celebrities, stock prices, weather, flight status — and a myriad of other topics.
-One Drive Files on Demand. Access your files from in the cloud in File Explorer without downloading and using storage space on your device.
-And many security holes have been patched.

New Technology For Improving Quality of Old Videos – DoctorLaptop’s New Service

While the common wisdom up till now said you can never make an old video any sharper and focused than the original, new tech algorithms can do exactly that. It cannot perform miracles but it certainly can cleanup old VHS and TV broadcast recordings that have been copied to digital format. I have been testing this for a few weeks now and am pleasantly surprised at the improvements it makes to the old VHS tapes I copied to my computer. Contrast, focus, colors and fine details are improved. Some videos show better improvement than others. The preview function on this new software allows the user to see the before and after views simultaneously before actually performing the conversion to compare and decide if the processing is worth doing.
Bring me your videos on DVD or USB drive, we can load them and I will show you what improvement is possible. If you decide to proceed the fee is €25/hr of video play-time, with a €25 minimum. The process actually takes far longer than the playback duration of the vids.
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