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How to Restore Windows to Factory Settings

How to Restore Windows to Factory Settings

 

Factory DefaultsFactory settings also known as Factory Defaults, mean getting the computer back to the state when you first bought it. This includes the OS with all the third-party software they like to install with it. However, this may not be the most ideal choice.

 

Another option to think about, is to perform a clean install of the operating system, so that you are working with a bare bones version of the OS, then setting it up to your needs. The difference is that the clean install not include any junk or third party software.

 

Alternatively, performing a system restore reverts the OS to a previous state, which is like a clean install, but could help you get your system working properly.

 

There is also a repair install, which replaces all of the Windows system files, but keeps your data intact. This is a good option if your system has become infected with a virus or malware you can’t remove, but your data is clean. Windows and all apps will be wiped, but your data will be kept.

 

We'll expand on each one of these methods in the article below.

 

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Ransomware’s latest new threats: CryptoWall & Chimera

Ransomware's latest new threats: CryptoWall & Chimera

By Jeandre de Beer  /  Pc World

Ransom-ware's latest new threatsRansomware thieves have come up with creative new schemes.

 

Current ransomware typically encrypts victims’ data and then threatens to delete the key if payment is not made. The latest variant of the CryptoWall malware, however, now scrambles the file-names on infected computers, making it even more difficult for victims to recover without buying the key from the attackers.

 

Potentially worse, another ransomware operation, known as Chimera, has threatened to publish the data of any non-cooperative victim—whether business or consumer—to the Internet.

 

The operation, which currently aims at German targets, demands the payment of almost 2.5 bitcoins, or more than US $800, according to German cyber-security site Botfrei, which reported the initial attack.

 

To frighten the user even more, the message indicates the threat to publish personal data and pictures somewhere on the internet – if user doesn’t pay the bribe

– Botfrei’s analysis of the attack.

 

An empty threat that may still signal a trend

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THE COST OF NOT HAVING RELIABLE BACKUPS

THE COST OF NOT HAVING RELIABLE BACKUPS

by Jeandre de Beer

floppy-disksWe all spend a great amount of time on our computers for important personal or business dealings.   There are so many stories of people who have lost all of their files due to system crashes or computer viruses.

 

Backups must be an essential part of your to-do list. It is imperative to store your important files in a separate location from your computer.

If you have reliable backups and your computer crashes or become infected with a virus that results in a loss of files, you will still have access to your files on backup disks which you can then restore.

 

Do I really need backups?

Do not fall into the trap of thinking that data loss will never happen to you. Data loss happens more regularly than you think.

Imagine for a moment that one day you go to work to find that all your company data – meaning your email, your Word and Excel documents, PDFs, databases, contact lists, accounting data, billing information, etc. – has simply vanished, permanently.

Gone is everything that makes your company what it is and that has allowed it to operate and grow as a business.

How will your company recover? Are you going to recreate years worth of data in a few months, while trying to support and manage your current business obligations?

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I accidentally deleted a file – can I get it back?

I accidentally deleted a file – can I get it back?

By Jeandre de Beer

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What if you accidentally deleted a file you were not supposed to – can you get it back? Anyone who has used computers for a while has accidentally deleted the wrong file – we know that feeling that you get when you realize what has just happened.

 

 

 

What can you do?

 

1. Immediately stop working on your computer

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Are your backups really working? How to test your backups

When last did you test your backups?

By Jeandre de Beer

BackupsYou have been working on a huge project lately – spent days and days to complete it on time.  You have been doing your backups diligently every week   –   but, how sure are you that your backups actually work?

Maybe you have set-up an automatic scheduled backup to run each week in the background – when last have you made sure that the backups are reliable?

Do you put your full trust in the backup report that says it’s been completed successfully  –  or have you actually restored your data lately to make sure all is well?

If you have not done this – how well do you sleep?

 

How to test your backups

 

Verification of backups is extremely important – do whatever it takes to make sure that all your precious data is backed up and can be restored successfully.  The easiest way to do this is to Read more

Four things you can do to secure your computer system

How Secure is your Computer System?

By Jeandre de Beer

Computer Security

 

Protecting your computer has become more and more important these days.

It seems that hackers and scammers are around every corner. Most companies have basic security measures like anti virus software.

This goes a long way to protect users – but some security risks can only be minimized by the user themselves.

Four things you can do to protect your system

 

1. Passwords

It’s a difficult task to remember the passwords that we use on a multitude of websites each day.

Many users choose a single password to use across all sites. Many people prefer to use a simple password – ie birth date / kids or spouse name etc.

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Why Remote Computer Support is Essential for Businesses Today?

Have you ever thought of or used Remote Computer Support?

By Jeandre de Beer

Remote Computer Support

What do you do when you need IT Support?

Most of us usually phone our IT Support Company and request that the technician visits our office to assist in solving the problem.

This is the traditional way of doing things – but have you ever thought about making use of remote support?

 

What is remote support?

Remote Support makes it possible for a qualified technician to log in to your computer remotely over the internet. The technician can do the same work remotely that he can do when sitting in front of your computer.

 

What are the advantages of remote computer support?

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How to make Computer Backups

How to make Computer Backups

 By Jeandre de Beer

Backups not done

 

Have you failed at Computer backups? 

Backups are one of the most important tasks that  is neglected the easiest.

Backups are never high up on our to do list – until the dreaded day comes that your hard drive packs up or your computer is stolen.

Don’t make the mistake to wait until such a disaster happens.

 

 

Four simple points to keep in mind regarding backups

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