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Security Alert – The Risk of Using Windows Vista

Microsoft Vista End of Support Security VulnerabilityAfter April 11, 2017 Microsoft will no longer support Windows Vista.

At North American Computer we feel it is important for everyone to know the serious security risk you may face by running Windows Vista on your PC or notebook after April 11th, 2017.

Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for 10 years, but with the end of support for Windows Vista nearing it is important for you to take the right steps to protect your data and your computer.

 

What does end of support for Windows Vista mean?

Computer hackers work non-stop to find ways of penetrating the Windows operating system so they can steal sensitive data, including banking and credit card information.  Every day hackers find vulnerabilities and potentially gain access to the private data on computers throughout the world.  As part of their support services, Microsoft releases weekly “security updates” for all their Windows operating systems to prevent hackers from accessing personal data.

These security updates (“plugs”) are developed by Microsoft engineers to fill voids (“holes”) in Windows’ operating systems that have been breached by hackers.  These updates plug the holes and prevent hackers from accessing both your operating system and your private data. However, once Microsoft no longer supports an operating system, the holes will not be plugged and hackers will potentially have access to all of the data on your computer.

 

What should I do if I have Windows Vista on my PC or Laptop?

You need a Windows 10 operating system.  North American Computer offers custom built Windows 10 towers and Notebooks.

Learn why hundreds of customers choose North American Computer for quality computer and security services.

Call 262-547-6222 or contact us online for details on moving from Windows Vista to a safe, secure Windows operating system like Windows 10.

 

Will my security software protect my Windows Vista machine After April 11th?

The answer is no.

Although security programs like Norton, Kaspersky, and AVG protect your computer against infection from malicious software, viruses, and malware, they do not protect the operating system completely – this is done by Microsoft.

Operating systems that are no longer supported by Microsoft are NOT protected simply because third party security software is running on the machine. Security software manufacturers do not protect unsupported operating systems.

 

Will my Windows Vista machine still work?

If you continue to use Windows Vista after support ends, your computer will still work.  However, it will become extremely vulnerable to malicious software, viruses, malware and hackers!

Additionally, software and hardware manufacturers only support recent versions of Windows operating systems, such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10,   so other vulnerability issues will arise.

Windows Vista is insecure, unsafe, and needs to be replaced before it’s too late!

Let North American Computer help you obtain the Windows 10 operating system and keep your PC or Notebook secure.

Computer Tune-Up Special

Now just $57.00 plus tax

Our computer tune-up special includes:

  • Removal of temporary internet files*

˃ These take up space and provide a trail to all your surfing

     * Up to Two User Accounts included, Additional Accounts $10.00 Each

  • Remove temporary files from Windows Temp Directory

˃ These also take up space and are the remnants of installations, etc.

  • Optimize hard drive(s)

˃ We utilize multiple utilities to defragment the hard drive(s)

  • Check/Clear event logs
  • Internal visual check   (Desktop computers only)

˃ Check for broken wires, signs of overheating and unsafe conditions

  • Verify operation of all fans, including CPU fan

˃ If any of these fans stop working, severe damage can result

  • Blow dust out floppy drives/CD/DVD, if installed
  • Install any missing Microsoft Windows Critical Security Updates
  • Check/Optimize Windows Page File Size
  • Clean interior* & exterior (*Laptops – blow out fans/vents)

 

***Optional services listed below***

Option 1: Virus/Malware Identification

If requested we can run multiple Virus/Malware scans to “identify” * suspected threats. Additional $30.00 per physical hard drive. Most people have one physical hard drive installed. *Note: Virus/Malware Identification scans are used to determine if further services are required to remove the malware or reload the operating system. Removal is an additional service. This $30.00 can be applied to any Virus/Malware remediation/removal labor cost.

 

Option 2: Hard drive integrity check $30.00

˃     PC Technician utility software is run—it is a nondestructive check of all sectors on the hard drive to    verify the integrity of the hard drive.   Helpful in determining if “Blue screens” or lock ups are hard drive related.       This $30.00 can be applied to any repair labor cost.

 

How to Keep Your PC Running Smoothly

The desire to keep your PC running smoothly is not an unreasonable one. Most everyone remembers the awesome speed they experienced when their laptop or desktop PC was brand new. However, it seems inevitable that after several months, PC performance begins to degrade and everything slows down. Logging on takes longer, files open up slowly, and even the internet browser opens and operates terribly slow. Did you know that it’s possible to keep your PC running fast by exercising some simple preventative measures?

What Makes your Laptop or PC Run Slowly?

Slow laptop performance solutions in Waukesha WI

Before you get too frustrated and do something drastic, it’s important to understand how your PC gets bogged down…

One major culprit that will quickly diminish the speed and performance of any laptop or desktop PC is unnecessary software or applications. Most of the common unwanted software programs, otherwise known as “Bloatware” or bloated software. These programs are introduced to your PC during the upgrade process of essential programs that are already installed on your system. Most software requires periodic updates, and in many instances bloatware programs are bundled together with otherwise trusted and reputable program updates. In most cases it is during this otherwise routine upgrade process that unknown software is downloaded and installed on your laptop or PC.

In 99% of software upgrade instances, the option to “decline” any bundled programs is available. However, many times people quickly click through the upgrade process without paying close attention and they miss the option to exclude it. The unwanted software application often runs silently and unnoticed, robbing your PC of processor performance. It doesn’t take long before unwanted bloatware will overwhelm your system, resulting in very poor performance and frustration to the end-user.

Identifying Unwanted Software before it’s Installed

One familiar software program that has bundled software included in their upgrades is Adobe Reader© and Adobe Flashplayer©. These bundled software applications are not a virus or malware, but often times they may unnecessarily rob your PC of precious resources. Further, bundled software such as McAfee – a security type program – will conflict with any security program you may already have installed on your laptop or PC.

Prevent Unwanted Software Programs from Being Installed

Adobe products such as Reader and Flashplayer are essential tools that most people use on a daily basis. If you need to read a PDF document, or visually see animations on web pages, these two software components are indispensable.

Like most software programs, however, periodic updates for Reader and Flashplayer are released. Depending upon how your laptop or PC was set up, these updates are either automatically applied, or you must manually approve, download, and install them.

Here’s what you need to watch for when you update Adobe products so you don’t install any unwanted software:

Adobe Flash player: Watch for the “check boxes”

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Be sure to “uncheck” the boxes before proceeding:

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Once the boxes are unchecked, simply select the “Install now” button

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Adobe Reader: Watch for the “check boxes”

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Be sure to “uncheck” any boxes before proceeding:

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As the illustrations above show, there are various offers so its important to take your time while installing updates for software like Adobe Flash player and Reader.

We hope this information helps, and we’ll be certain to offer some more PC tips again soon!

 

 

Welcome to North American Computer

For over 29 years we have proudly served the Waukesha metro and Milwaukee community with professional computer services performed by a competent team of skilled IT Technicians. We strive to provide all our clients with personal service. Our goal is to meet, or exceed your needs and expectations.

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