Windows 10 Creators Update – Be on the Lookout!

Beginning April 11th Microsoft will begin rolling out the “Windows 10 Creators Update” to all PC’s with Windows 10 installed.

This update has some new amazing features, but as with any major update the installation process can be less than ideal. There can be issues of the update “not liking” your PC, or for one reason or another your computer locking up in the process. I am sure we will be seeing and hearing some horror stories after the release.

How can you increase your chance of having a smooth transition? Before installing these big updates it is always good to make sure your system is free of viruses, malware and bloatware, be sure that all secondary software is up to date, and that your system and important data are backed up. Hopefully, the transition will go smoothly, and if it doesn’t you’ll have a backup copy to revert to.

The Update will come in waves like the last big Windows 10 update in 2016.
The Windows 10 Creators Update has something for everyone, but most of the features are for Artist and Video gamers. I have broken down a list of some of the features we know are being released. There will be tons more.

Here are some of updates that will be in Windows 10 Creator Update.

  • 3D Design for VR and 3D Printers
  • VR Headsets for Augmented Reality
  • Night Light setting (Sets display to warmer colors to help eyes)
  • Game mode & Game Settings
  • Game broadcasting for Windows 10 and Xbox One
  • Microsoft Edge Improvements
  • New Cortana Features
  • More Control over Windows Update
  • Changes to Privacy Settings
  • Storage Sense (Automatically frees up disk space, Deletes Temp, Etc.)
  • Windows Defender Interface. (Complete upgrade)

There is much more that is included with the Windows 10 Creators Update. We have included a link below which will go into much more detail: www.howtogeek.com

Ideally keep your computer “tuned-up”, virus, bloatware and malware free, and be sure you have a current backup of your data. We can help ensure your PC is optimized and increase the likelihood of a smooth transition through the Windows 10 Creators Update. Give us a call 412-429-3230!

A Spring Cleanup Like No Other !

2017 Spring is around the corner and the “Spring Cleaning” we do around the house should also apply to our Computers!

A Spring Tune Up on your PC will help “bring it back to life” so it operates more efficiently. Our process is different than the other guys; we don’t just run one scan and send it back to you. We have multiple processes to ensure the system is free of infections, malware, redundant files and programs. We make sure software updates are current for your Windows operating system as well as other programs that you run. We dust out the fans, visually inspect the components, and clean up temp files.

In the end, your system will be running as quickly as possible. We’ll have put the “spring back in its step”!

Here is a list of items we address:

  • Scan for and Remove any Viruses / Malware
  • Remove Malicious Browser Add-Ons & Extensions
  • Hard Drive Test
  • Blow Dust Out of Machine
  • Visually Check Internal Components for Problems
  • Delete all Temp Files
  • Delete Cookies
  • Cleanup Registry Problems
  • Cleanup Issues in User Directories
  • Cleanup Unnecessary Startup Entries
  • Remove Malicious Browser Add-Ons & Extensions
  • Remove Unnecessary Toolbars
  • Remove Unnecessary / Outdated Programs
  • Defrag Hard Drive if Needed
  • Updates (Adobe, Java, etc.)
  • Windows Updates
  • Security Software Updates

Much more but we are not going to give away all of our Secrets!

Give us a call, or stop in!

The “Internet of Things”

Today we live in a world where Home Technology is connected to the Internet, this includes Thermostats, Webcams, Smart TVs and many other devices. These devices are part of the Internet of Things also called ioT devices. These devices do cause an issue with personal security at the home level. Users get devices and are excited to get them plugged in and running and never change the default user name and password. This is the first and biggest way to stop and prevent your devices from getting hijacked. Here is some great info on one of the largest botnet attacks from 2016 using mostly ioT Devices. In this article you will see ways you can improve and secure your ioT devices.
http://www.welivesecurity.com/2016/10/24/10-things-know-october-21-iot-ddos-attacks/