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 #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’S TIPS #61

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #61
Ransomware has returned as an active threat after an 18 month period
where it was not very common. This is due to the recent release of  U.S. NSA
hacking tools. In the last wave of ransomware I advised the installation of
Hitman Alert. If you still have it keep it updated, and be glad you took my
advice and got it while it was free. New copies are no longer free. Here is
what you need to know to protect your computers.
1. Ransomware usually arrives in an email attachment and installs when you
open the attachment. New hacking techniques make it possible for these
booby-trapped emails to appear as if they were sent by someone on your
Contacts list! Do not open any attachments, even from contacts, unless you
are expecting an attachment. Ransomware can also come from other sources like
poisoned websites or infected network connections. Spanish internet service provider Telefonica had servers targeted with ransomware this week.
2. Keep your Windows fully updated. There are no forced Windows 10 upgrades
to worry about anymore. If Windows Updater does not run after a half hour wait then it is probably corrupt, a common problem with Windows 7/8.1. This can be repaired with the proper tools.
3. Only download software from sites with a good reputation. Many sites that
offer free downloads will infect your computer. I suggest using these safe sites:
4. Use a good antivirus and keep it updated. Free, reliable options are
explained on this site, including safe download links.
5. Use a ransomware blocker unless you use BitDefender antivirus, which has
one built in. I suggest using this free one, it will run beside your antivirus without
problems and requires no user actions unless you are attacked. If it detects ransomware it will pop up a window with instructions to complete the removal process. If it asks for permission to update do so. Read the info on the download page to understand how it works, explained in easy to understand language:
6. If you get infected with ransomware, force computer off by using the power button and bring it to me or a true professional repair facility immediately. I can probably remove it and save everything if you get it to me in under 24hrs. Time is of the essence! Do not let untrained techs attempt a recovery or you risk losing all your data and necessitating a full system re-install. This is not a job for amateurs.
7. To remove an unwanted antivirus is now a 2 step process. Windows instructions: First, uninstall in the usual way by going to Control Panel>Programs and Features, then choose the program and click Uninstall. Restart computer. Second, go to one of the download sites mentioned above and use the site’s search-box by entering
“the name of your antivirus + uninstall tool” and click search. Find the appropriate tool, download it. Find the downloaded file, usually in your Downloads Folder, right click it and choose Run As Administrator. Then follow the prompts. Then restart computer. Now run CCleaner and use the Registry function to remove any left over files.
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