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Why Ordinary Antivirus Fails To Protect Your PC

What antivirus software “protects” your computer?

Some of the common ones I see on client computers are:

  • Norton
  • McAfee
  • Trend Micro
  • BitDefender
  • VIPRE
  • AVG
  • Avast
  • Avira
  • Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender
  • ESET NOD32

Bad news, my friend.

I’ve got bad news if you’re using one of these products – your PC ISN’T as safe from viruses and malware as you believe.

Older isn’t better in this case

All of these antivirus programs use 25-year-old technology to block viruses and malware.  It’s called virus definitions.

Multiple times every day, these software manufacturers push updated virus definitions to your computer.  It’s basically a list of known bad threats they have discovered that shouldn’t be allowed on your PC.

Two Flaws

I’m sure you can see the two major flaws with this.

First, it’s impossible to keep the list on your computer up-to-date. 

Cybercriminals are always writing new scripts to attack computers. 

It’s only after these new viruses are released on the Internet and have done their damage that antivirus vendors know they exist, reverse engineer how they work, and add them to the “bad list.” 

This process can take days or even weeks – leaving your computer completely unprotected.

Second, it’s easy to bypass the list.

Hackers know how these lists scan incoming files to determine whether it is good or bad, whether it should be allowed or blocked. 

So they modify their code just enough so your antivirus software doesn’t recognize it as being malicious – simply because it’s not on “the list” in the virus definitions database.

Think of it as using a fake ID.

Use Technology To Fight Technology

What’s the solution?

Fortunately, there is a new antivirus software that utilizes the latest technology to combat against all types of virus and malware infections without using a list.

This antivirus protection stops any threat – known or unknown – from damaging your computer. 

How?

It uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to determine if the actions a particular file or program is performing are normal or malicious.  If it’s malicious, it immediately shuts it down.

There are no outdated virus definition lists and no days or weeks of your computer being vulnerable.

I’ve Seen It Work

I installed this new protection on a client’s computer in late October.  On New Year’s Eve, while I was vacationing in Arizona, I received an email alert that the Cybersecurity Antivirus had stopped a hidden, malicious file stored in the computer’s recycle bin from encrypting all her files and rendering her computer inoperable.

The report showed exactly where the file was located and specifically what files on the computer it was trying to modify.

Because it immediately quarantined it, this client didn’t experience any problems.  And more importantly, she didn’t have to shell out any money for a virus removal.

You Decide

Antivirus software MUST be installed on your computer.  Anything is better than nothing.

But is it smart to use antiquated technology that doesn’t really protect your computer from the latest threats? 

You spend between $0 and $100 for antivirus “protection,” but end up having to spend $100-$200 more to clean up your PC when that “protection” fails you (and it will).

 Alternatively, the Cybersecurity Antivirus protection can keep your computer safe and keep money in your pocket for less than $150 a year.
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How You Can Avoid The “I Wish I Would Have” Lament I Hear Frequently From Clients

“I’ve not talked to one person who has had anything good to say about Windows 10,” Barbara expressed when she picked her laptop up Friday after having us perform our recommend bi-annual Windows 10 Check-Up Service.

“I figured Windows 10 wouldn’t be a bad operating system, but boy was I wrong!  I wish I would have gotten a computer with Windows 7 instead,” she lamented.

Oops!

I hear regrets like this from clients almost every week.

They didn’t know any better when they were shopping for a new PC.  They just bought what they saw on the store shelf or mistakenly took advice from a big box store sales geek and came home with a Windows 10 computer.

Only to quickly realize it was a mistake.

YOU don’t need to suffer like these unaware clients.  But you DO need to make a decision quickly to avoid that same fate.

Take a moment to answer these four questions:

  • Is your current computer more than five years old?
  • Is it running slow?
  • Are you having constant problems with it?
  • Have you been thinking about upgrading to a newer computer, but just haven’t bought one yet?

If you answered yes to one or more of those questions, it’s important you finish reading this column.

You Already Know This

Regular readers of this column know I strongly encourage you to stay with the Windows 7 operating system.  It’s time-tested, proven reliable, and easy-to use.

You’re familiar with it.  You know how to use it.  Your software programs and hardware devices work with it.  It’s a solid, mostly problem-free operating system.

The Dilemma

But effective October 31, 2017, Microsoft is forcing all PC manufacturers to stop selling new computers with Windows 7.

All new computers after that date – no matter where you buy one – will come with the problematic Windows 10.

(If you visit any of the big retail stores now – like Walmart, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, you will only find Windows 10 computers.  They only sell Windows 10 machines because they take their marching orders from Microsoft in the form of spiffs and other monetary kickbacks.)

Whether you buy a new desktop or laptop now at a big box store or wait until after October 31 to buy one anywhere is a bad decision – because of Windows 10.

The Raw Truth

When you buy a Windows 10 computer, you’re buying a PC that’s suffering from a terminal illness.

I’m sorry to use such a crude comparison, but I’m telling it like it is.

The way Windows 10 is configured right out of the box and with each forced update, Microsoft creates frustrating problems and errors on your computer requiring frequent, costly repairs and regular check-ups just to make sure your PC runs the way it’s supposed to.

I’ve written extensively in the past about the major issues with Windows 10 and don’t have room to explain them in-depth in this article.

I encourage you to download my free report “7 Frighteningly Dark Secrets Microsoft Desperately Doesn’t Want You to Know About Windows 10.”  It outlines many things that should concern you about Windows 10.

Visit http://www.caliibreforhome.com/windows10secrets.

What Choice Will You Make?

If you’ve been considering buying a new (or refurbished) desktop or laptop, you need to do so before the end of October.

I don’t want to see you, like Barbara, buy a computer you’ll hate – because it’s hard to use, requires regular visits to the PC doctor, and seriously invades your privacy without your knowledge or consent.

Independent computer companies – like Calibre Computer Solutions – can still order new and some refurbished computers with Windows 7.  But the absolute deadline is October 31.

I invite you to call me today to discuss your options.

Maybe you don’t need a new computer – just a good tune-up and upgrade of your existing one might make it last longer.

But if you do need a new one, you don’t want to wait until it’s too late and you’re stuck with only getting Windows 10.  It will be a purchase you’ll regret for years to come.

 

 

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Windows 10 Users: What You Need To Know About the Creators Update

Get ready Windows 10 users! Microsoft’s forcing another major update to your PCs.

This update, called the Windows 10 Creators Update, began being rolled out to users in mid-April. But because it’s a massive update, it’s been a relatively slow process.

It’s not been until recently that many of my clients using Windows 10 (despite all my ranting and raving about how horrible it is) have received their notification to install the update.

While the Windows 10 Creators Update brings new features and functionality to your computer, it also presents its own set of problems that could cause you frustration and a trip to your computer doctor.

Here’s a brief rundown of what you need to know.

What’s New?

Paint 3D.

Gone is the old Microsoft Paint program, which allowed you to crudely draw images reminiscent of elementary school artwork.

With Paint 3D, you can draw, import and create pictures of all types – yes, including 3D images. If you have a touch screen computer, you can even use a stylus to perfect your masterpiece.

Night Light.

Sleep experts warn against using computers, tablets and TVs an hour prior to bed. The blue light emitted from those devices can negatively affect your ability to fall asleep.

With Night Light, you can now have your PC automatically reduce the amount of blue light at sunset or at a specific time at night. Allowing you to use your computer till you’re ready to doze off.

Although third-party programs, like F.lux, have offered this functionality previously, Microsoft now incorporates it directly in the operating system.

Better Control Over Updates

One of my biggest complaints about Windows 10 – aside from its horrific invasion of privacy as it records nearly every single thing you do on your computer – is the lack of control over choosing and installing Windows Updates.

While Microsoft still forces every update on your PC, the Creators Update gives you the ability to postpone updates for up to a week.

It also now allows you to set longer active hours, so your computer doesn’t automatically install an update and reboot right in the middle of when you’re using it.

Beware of These Problems

Features in the Creators Update can be beneficial if you’re using a Windows 10 computer. So I encourage users to install it (not like you have a choice, since Microsoft will force it on your computer soon anyway).

But you should be aware of these two issues:

  1. The Windows 10 Creators Update is a massive download.  It can take several hours for your computer to download and complete the install.You shouldn’t use anything other than a high-speed cable Internet connection to download the update to your computer.

    One of my clients recently got hit with a massive overage fee on his cellular data plan when Microsoft decided it was his time to receive the update download.  Other clients using slower Internet providers, like Frontier DSL, have experienced problems with the Creators Update installing because of a corrupted download.

    I’ve also heard reports of computers being completely unusable after a failed Creators Update installation.  The only remedy in such cases is a complete wipe and reload to the original factory settings – which could mean loss of all your pictures, documents and music and a hefty repair bill.

  2. Installing the Windows 10 Creators Update reverses most of the privacy changes made on your computer.Several of our safety conscientious clients with Windows 10 PCs have had us perform our Windows 10 Optimization Service.  We modify a large number of settings to reduce the snooping Microsoft does as you use your computer and to improve the speed and performance of your computer.

    After the Creators Update is successfully installed, many of those settings must be modified once again so Microsoft can’t track your every move.

Final Words of Wisdom

Avoid Windows 10 at all costs. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new computer, be sure to buy one with Windows 7. You won’t find them at the big box stores, but computer companies like Calibre Computer Solutions can still order them – but only until October 31.

If you already use a Windows 10 computer, you’ll be wiser to let a trusted computer professional well-versed in Windows 10 to install the Creators Update and make sure your privacy settings are configured to protect you.

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7 Common PC Problems – And How To Fix Them (Part 2)

Benjamin Franklin wisely wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

This holds true in all areas of life, including with your technological gadgets.  My clients who observe good computing habits year-round typically don’t experience many problems between their regularly scheduled PC Tune-Up appointments.

In my last column, I shared with you the first three of seven common PC problems that I and my techs deal with daily.  Today, I’d like to share with you the final four and offer helpful tips in how to avoid them.

 

Forgetting to Install Windows Updates

Cybercriminals and hackers attack your computer by taking advantage of security holes in your PC’s operating system. 

The two latest ransomware infections – Petya and WannaCry – rendered hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide inoperable.

Those computers wouldn’t have been affected had those PCs been kept up-to-date with the latest Windows Updates.

PREVENTION TIP:  Regularly install Windows Updates on your computer or set your computer to automatically do so. 

 

Forgetting to Install Updates for Software Programs

Just as important as installing Windows Updates is installing updates for common software programs.

The critical ones to keep current are Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Adobe Shockwave, and Java.  Most of these programs run in the background when you’re browsing various websites, so you may not even know about them.

If you don’t keep these updated, your computer is highly exposed to viruses and malware – because hackers commonly exploit these programs.

PREVENTION TIP:  Regularly install updates for Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Adobe Shockwave, and Java.  Be warned, tho, some pop-ups you receive prompting you to update these programs may be fake.  It’s best to go to www.adobe.com and www.java.com to manually update these programs.

 

Downloading Programs From Unreliable Sources

You desire to use your PC for fun and games.  A quick Internet search reveals an exciting new game you can download for free.  So you do.

Moments later, your computer becomes infected with all sorts of extra programs and new toolbars fill the top of your web browser window.  Your PC begins running slower.  You’re greeted with pop-ups every time you try to access the Internet.

It’s extremely important to only download and install programs from reputable websites.  Many websites offering free software contain malware, which can range from annoying to causing serious computer problems.

PREVENTION TIP:  Only download software from websites you know and trust.  Carefully read each screen during the installation process to make sure you’re not installing any unwanted or malicious add-ons.

 

Using Unsecured Wifi Connections

Unsecured wifi connections allow you to connect your laptop, mobile phone, or tablet without requiring a password. 

While it makes accessing the Internet easy, it also exposes your personal information and files to others who are connected to the same wifi connection. 

If it’s your own home wireless network that doesn’t require a password, you’re allowing anyone who’s near your home the ability to access your Internet connection and even your files.  You could be held legally liable if they conduct illicit activity while connected to your Internet.

PREVENTION TIP:  Secure your home wireless network with a password.  Use caution when connecting to public wireless networks; avoid accessing banking and other personal websites on these connections.

When you apply these recommendations, I guarantee you’ll see your PC doctor less often.

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7 Common PC Problems – And How to Fix Them (Part 1)

Early this spring, I visited Dr. Kocher for my annual physical.

“It looks like you’ve lost some weight,” he smiles, noting that I dropped to 154 pounds this year from 178 last year.

“Yea,” I cheerfully reply.  “I’ve been regularly working out at the gym since January.  I’m feeling a lot better.”

He listened to my heart and lungs, tapped on each knee, and asked a handful of other questions.  Then he sent me out the door with well wishes till I visit again next spring.

I remain mostly healthy throughout the year – by exercising and eating (mostly) right.  Which is why I only need to visit Dr. Kocher for my annual checkup.

The story is similar for 37 of my clients with their computers.

They bring their PC in twice a year for a Comprehensive PC Tune-Up Service.  This allows us to perform the thorough diagnostics, deep cleaning and optimizations designed to detect and prevent major computer problems.

Because these clients also observe good computing habits year-round, they typically don’t experience any problems between appointments.

In this two-part series, I’ll share with you seven common PC problems I see affecting many of my clients’ computers and give you helpful tips in how to avoid them.

Relying on Free (or No) Antivirus Protection

Of all the virus-infected computers clients bring into Calibre, I’d estimate 90 percent of them are “protected” by a free antivirus program – like AVG, Avast, Avira, or Microsoft Security Essentials.  Sadly, some don’t even have antivirus protection at all.

Hackers and cybercriminals use viruses and malware to break into your computer, steal your personal information, and damage your files.

Malicious attacks, such as the WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May, are becoming more and more prevalent and destructive.

Purchasing and installing a strong antivirus program designed to protect against the newest type of viruses and malware is one step in avoiding major, costly PC problems.

 

Neglecting to Back Up Important Files

Early Monday morning, a business client called seeking assistance in restoring a critical spreadsheet an employee had mistakenly deleted overnight.

Because they wisely implemented our data backup solution two years ago, I restored the Excel document in less than five minutes.

But most PC owners – home and businesses – neglect this essential protection for their computers.  Many assume nothing bad will ever happen to the files stored on their PCs.

Yet, hard drives fail, viruses infect, people delete, and natural disasters happen.  All of which can cause all your pictures, documents, and music to be forever lost.

You can back up your files in many different ways.  Some are better than others.  But if you don’t have a back-up system in place, you need to get one today.

 

Using the Same Weak Passwords

 

Think about your most common password.

Is it a really easy one – maybe using an ordinary word followed by some numbers?

Do you use that same password for multiple websites?

Weak and predictable passwords make it incredibly simple for hackers to gain access to your email and online banking accounts.  Using the same password for everything opens your entire online world to unscrupulous people.

Two steps you should take:

1) Create stronger passwords.  Choose one with a variety of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.

2)  Safely store your passwords in a password management program, like LastPass (www.lastpass.com).  This allows you to easily retrieve and remember them.

Join me next time for the remaining four common PC problems and how to avoid them.

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You Can Avoid Becoming A Victim

Fraud

“Hi, Scott. I need to give you my new credit card information. My old card got hacked, so the bank sent me a new one.”

I receive calls like this almost every week from clients who have recurring transactions set up with us.

Scams, fraud and identity theft are on the rise. A sad reality of the 21st century.

Did you know …

  • 13.1 million U.S. consumers lost almost $15 billion because of identity theft in 2015, according to a Javelin Strategy and Research study conducted last year?
  • credit card fraud could jump from $4 billion to $10 billion by 2020, according to a February 2016 CNBC report?

All this is despite the advances in new security features, like the EMV chips in debit and credit cards.

If you haven’t been the victim of a computer scam, fraudulent bank or credit card use, or identity theft, you probably know someone who has. The negative effects cause incredible frustration, cost hours of lost time, and results in the loss of hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Becoming aware of how scammers, cybercriminals, and identity thieves work and knowing how you can protect yourself is critical in this age.

In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, March 5 through 11, I’d like to provide you with this information. But I would need considerably more space than what I’m graciously given here in this column.

So I’ve created a new three-part video series where I share practical and little-known consumer safety tips.

These tips provide you the knowledge you need to be a smart consumer, even when scammers catch you off guard. Armed with this information, you’ll avoid falling victim to scams, identity theft, and fraud.

Common Computer Scams
In the first video, I’ll teach you how to quickly and easily identify the three most common computer scams. Some are blatantly obvious, yet many people fall hook-line-and-sinker for them. After watching this video, you won’t be one of those people.

How Identity Thieves Work
In the second video, I’ll describe some of the sneaky ways identity thieves steal your personal information. It’s not just through your computer, either. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is for these criminals to go undetected and how at-risk your privacy is.

How to Protect Yourself
In the final video, I’ll give you 10 specific actions you must take to protect yourself – in both the physical and digital worlds. You’ll be given the steps, resources, and tools necessary to keep your personal and financial information as secure as possible.

You can sign up to view the videos for free at on the home page of this website – www.calibreforhome.com.

I promise I’m not going to try to sell you anything, and I won’t be filling your email inbox with useless junk messages.

I simply want to help combat the growing trend of fraud and identity theft. The best way for me to do that is by sharing with you what I’ve learned as I deal with it on a daily basis.

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The Worst Gift You Can Give This Christmas

White elephant gifts are great for office holiday parties and informal get-togethers.

When you’re buying presents for loved ones, you want to give gifts that bring them happiness and joy.

But this Christmas morning, I know many well-meaning spouses, parents and friends will inadvertently give one of the worst gifts that could be given. A gift that will bring confusion, frustration, and in some cases – extreme anger.

What is this horrible gift, you ask?

A desktop or laptop with the Windows 10 operating system.

These devices will be popular presents neatly wrapped under thousands of brightly lit and beautifully decorated Christmas trees because they’re relatively cheap, they’re easily purchased from the big box stores and online, and they’re marketed as spectacular and easy-to-use.

Yet what hides underneath the colorful wrapping paper and bow is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Over the past several months, my staff and I have calmly listened to dozens of clients vent their dissatisfaction and utter dislike for their Windows 10 computers. We’ve heard complaints like,

“It’s not easy for me to use.”

“Nothing seems to work right on this thing.”

“My Windows 7 computer ran faster than this.”

They all wish they had either known about or heeded my warnings before they upgraded existing or bought new computers with Windows 10.

Instead they were misguided by the big box stores sales geeks and Microsoft’s online ads distracting them with the bells and whistles, the glitz and glam of Windows 10, hoping they would never discover the frighteningly dark secrets hidden beneath the operating system’s shiny façade.

I don’t have room in this tech column to fully explain all the evils of Windows 10.

But I have written a 20+ page eBook that you can download for free at my website that you need to read BEFORE you gift your loved one that new computer.

In this eBook, you’ll uncover seven important secrets Microsoft desperately doesn’t want you to know about Windows 10, including:

• Microsoft’s forced updates can crash your computer – and it’s YOUR problem, not theirs.
• Your operating system is filled with intrusive ads embedded throughout Windows 10.
• Microsoft uses your Internet connection – even when you’re not online.
• Many apps are missing important features to make them useful.
• Where’d that program go? Microsoft can automatically uninstall software or hardware it doesn’t like.
• You have NO privacy in Windows 10. Nearly everything you do is tracked and reported to Microsoft – which even puts the NSA to shame!

The final pages of the guide will give you specific actions to take, depending on your computer situation.

Download the free eBook at https://www.calibreforhome.com/windows10secrets.

If you got duped into buying a Windows 10 PC as a gift for someone this Christmas, you’re not the most horrible person on the planet.

Simply print out the free eBook and gift it with your present. In many cases, your Windows 10 present can be rescued.

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Christmas Shopping For A New PC? Avoid These Pitfalls.

When it comes to buying a new computer, it’s always tempting to go for the “special buys” or “great deals” offered by big retailers. These are the computers advertised for $299, $399, and even $499.

The upfront cost is appealing and sounds like a great bargain. But are you really saving money in the long run?

Most individuals begin their computer shopping by looking at the price. Unfortunately, this is the wrong place to start.

Your new computer purchase should be dictated by your needs – both now and up to five years in the future. Are you only using your computer to do light Internet browsing, checking e-mail, and typing letters in a word-processing program? Will you be doing anything with digital pictures or videos?

Many of the computers offered at appealingly low prices usually have just enough power to run the basic components of the computer. To keep the price low, manufacturers use slower processors and slower hard drives. Overall, the performance of the computer suffers.

Users often find that these machines don’t function the way they want them to, requiring them to spend hundreds of dollars to upgrade the computer to obtain satisfactory performance.

Some brands also use lower quality parts in the machines to help keep prices low. These lower quality parts fail more frequently, requiring costly repairs sooner than later.

Finally, all the computers lining the shelves at the big box stores are loaded with unnecessary programs, fondly referred to by computer professionals as “bloatware.” These programs take up space on the computer’s hard drive and can slow the computer down. In some cases, they create the potential for conflicts and other computer problems.

So what looks to be a great deal and a money-saving purchase more often than not becomes a money pit. Frequent and costly repairs erase any savings you may have had on the purchase price.

A reliable, quality computer system doesn’t have to cost a fortune. But when buying a computer, it is important to consider the total cost of ownership rather than just the cost of buying it.

A trusted computer professional that understands your needs can help you make a wise, money-saving purchase, creating a more enjoyable computing experience.

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Why Microsoft Is Forced to Backtrack on Windows 10

You need to read today’s column if:

You use a computer with Windows 10,
Your Internet provider is Sit-Co, HughesNet, or WildBlue,
You own a Brother printer and use Windows 10, or
You have an older computer that you need to upgrade.

At the end of September, I sounded the alarm for all PC owners thinking about buying a new desktop or laptop with Windows 7 for their home or business to do so before the end of October.

Microsoft issued a decree to all computer manufacturers requiring them to stop selling PCs with the stable, easy-to-use Windows 7 on October 31, 2016. All new computers would be preinstalled with the horrible Windows 10.

A major outcry – fueled by numerous and serious problems with Windows 10 – apparently forced the tech giant to change its edict just prior to the end of October.

What evils prompted the change?

Here’s a small sample of what my clients using Windows 10 have experienced:

Horrendously slow Internet that’s worse than dial-up, especially if your provider is Sit-Co, HughesNet or WildBlue.

Several clients who use wireless or satellite-based Internet complain it takes forever to view websites on their Windows 10 computers. Sometimes they cannot even connect.

Sit-Co technical support, with whom I have a close working relationship, reports the problem is the forced downloading of Windows 10 updates. The size and number of the updates clogs up the Internet pipe, resulting in frustratingly slow speeds.

Unfortunately, this issue is out of the control of these providers.

Losing the ability to print or scan, especially on the Brother brand of printers.

Two of our small business clients use a Brother all-in-one printer/scanner/copier. After a recently involuntarily installed Windows update, neither could print or scan to the device – disrupting their business operations.

In one case, the problem reoccurred one week after I had originally fixed it.

Unfortunately, there’s no documented permanent solution to prevent it from happening again.

The New Windows 7 Deadline – With A Catch

These and a large number of other annoying, serious glitches with the Windows 10 operating system created a tidal wave of discontent.

Surprisingly, Microsoft listened to the uproar and gave in to the push to keep Windows 7 alive on new PCs.

With less than 9 business days left before the end of October, Microsoft quietly extended the date allowing PC manufacturers to preinstall Windows 7 on new computers to October 31, 2017.

But they mandated a price increase on all computers with Windows 7. Yet another attempt to strong-arm consumers into the problem-infested Windows 10 operating system.

I’ve said it again and again – stay away from Windows 10. Unless you’re a sadist who loves constantly dealing with computer problems.

If you have an older computer, especially one running Windows XP or Windows Vista, I beg you to not wait much longer to purchase a new computer. One with Windows 7. (Which, by the way, are not available to buy at the big box stores.)

Microsoft could change its fickle mind at any time. You might then be stuck with only Windows 10.

If you already have Windows 10 on your computer, you may have some options available to alleviate potential problems. Each situation is different, so I would recommend speaking with a trusted computer advisor who knows and understands Windows 10.

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Considering A New Computer For Your Home or Business? Why You Need to Act Now!

Immediate Attention Required

“Windows 8 is a like a bad blind date.”  I shared that blog post headline when Microsoft released that operating system four years ago.

I strongly encouraged you to avoid buying a new computer with Windows 8 because of its myriad of problems and inconveniences.  Many other tech gurus and bloggers echoed my thoughts.

You still had the option to wisely purchase a PC with the tried and true Windows 7.

Fast forward to today.

The headline now reads, “Windows 10 is a terminal illness for your computer.”

But Microsoft is taking it one step further.

Unlike in 2012 when they introduced Windows 8, Microsoft is now forcing all new computers to come with the atrocious Windows 10 operating system installed after October 31.

You will no longer be able to purchase a new desktop or laptop with the stable, easy-to-use Windows 7 after October.

What’s So Bad About Windows 10?

Unfortunately, I don’t have enough room in this column to explain in full detail the major problems with Windows 10.  But let me highlight two.

(For my complete thoughts about Windows 10, download my free report 7 Frighteningly Dark Secrets Microsoft Desperately Doesn’t Want You To Know About Windows 10 at https://www.calibreforhome.com/windows10secrets)

  1. Forced updates can crash your computer – with few remedies.

Keeping your PC up-to-date with the latest operating system updates and security patches is a primary defense against virus infections and hackers.

But it’s not always a good idea to install updates as soon as they’re released.  Microsoft notoriously releases updates without testing them, resulting in a slew of frustrating problems and crashes.

Windows 10 takes away your ability to install updates when you want them.  Instead, Microsoft forces them to install.

I’ve already seen several computers crippled by the latest update to Windows 10.

 

  1. You have NO privacy in Windows 10. Nearly everything you do on your computer is tracked and reported to Microsoft – even putting the NSA to shame.

While we don’t know exactly what information Microsoft gathers from your computer, we know they’re capturing an enormous amount of it.

It most likely includes:

  • What websites you visit,
  • What programs you use,
  • What devices you have attached to your computer,
  • And so much more.

We also know that, by default, Windows 10 Home can:

  • Control your Internet bandwidth usage
  • Install any software it wants whenever it wants
  • Display ads
  • Log your browser history and even your keystrokes

And yes, it’s legal for Microsoft to do this.  Because you agree to it as soon as you power on your Windows 10 computer.

The future of Windows 10 doesn’t look promising.

That’s why I refer to it as a terminal illness for your computer.  Because it will require regular, frequent check-ups by a computer professional to fix its problems and keep it running.

 

Time’s Running Out

This is your siren call.

If you’ve been casually thinking about or seriously contemplating buying a NEW desktop or laptop computer for your home or business, you want to do so BEFORE the end of October.

Calibre Computer Solutions can still order you new computers with the much-preferred Windows 7 operating system.  You won’t find them at the big box stores.

If you wait, you will be forced by Microsoft to buy one with the privacy-invading, update-crashing Windows 10 operating system.  A decision I guarantee you will regret.