Smackdown!! Google vs. Microsoft

You probably have already heard, but Google has entered the operating system marketplace with a Chrome (browser) based operating system for use in netbooks and tablet systems, and is promising to develop it for the laptop market as well.

This puts them in direct competition with Microsoft again, but this time in the center of the computer universe, in the operating system, the core software that makes computers run. Google already owns the search space, which Microsoft keeps trying to ...

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New Twist on Nigerian Email Scam

Users of Yahoo, Hotmail, and other similar services need to be on guard for realistic emails supposedly coming from Yahoo or Hotmail, whoever your email provider is, requesting you to “confirm your account” or similar nonsense.  Basically you give them your user name and password on a realistic looking fake web site, and these fraudsters take over your email account, change the password, and then send a plea for money to everyone in your address book.

I got an email today ...

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Pre-order Windows 7 Upgrade Before July 11

Windows 7 can be preordered before July 11 at a considerable savings.  The Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade is available for $49.99 and the Professional Upgrade version is $99.99.  This has to be a straight upgrade from similar version of Windows Vista.  Won’t work with XP, and this software will not let you perform a full install unless you have a valid copy of Vista installed on the PC, or a copy of the Vista installation CD available during installation.

This ...

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Harry Potter Fans Targeted By Cyber-Criminals

He is an article quoted in its entirety from a news flash from one of my security vendors, PCTools.

MALWARE TO TARGET HARRY POTTER FANS

Can’t wait to see "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"? Thinking about downloading a pirated copy? Think again, as it could contain malware.

Cybercriminals are pushing "black hat" search engine optimization tactics to target the most popular file sharing and P2P networks, pursuing those interested in upcoming movie releases and in particular taking advantage of the sizeable ...

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Windows 7 Set To Launch On October 22

Microsoft has released the launch date for Windows 7 for October 22. Buyers of new laptops and PCs with Vista installed will be given the opportunity to upgrade to Win7 for free or at a very low cost, depending on the Vista version. Windows 7 is reported to be a vast improvement in performance over Windows Vista on the same equipment. People who own Vista computers should be able to upgrade without any hardware changes, and Vista ...

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40,000 Websites Hacked by Russian Mob

If you are concerned with computer security, you really should read the this article on IT World.  It describes the process of how familiar web sites you may be going to become compromised by criminal gangs to spread spyware and malware.

If your shields are completely up, the last trick in the book is to show you an Internet Explorer pop-up window that is designed to look like a security program warning to trick you into clicking on a ...

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Why You Need To Own Your Email Address

I have said this before, but if you have a web site, and have a domain name for your business, your business email should be on that domain name as well.  For instance, if your web site address is www.bobswayhot.com, your email address needs to be something like bob@bobswayhot.com.  NOT – bobswayhot@yahoo.com or bobswayhot@aol.com.

Let’s just skip the part about why the heck you want to be branding for Yahoo, AOL, or Google when you could be ...

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Windows 7 – Are You Ready?

Microsoft will be releasing the next version of the Windows operating system this year, perhaps as early as this fall.  It certainly looks like a release before Christmas  is a high probability.

Should you upgrade?  If you are running any version of Windows Vista, the answer is YES!  Windows 7 ( the new version) will run on any Vista compatible machine, using existing Vista device drivers, so if your computer runs Vista – it will run Win7.  There have ...

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Easy Fixes To Increase PC Peformance

“My computer is too slow.”  I do get this one a lot.  The easiest and quickest hardware fix to this problem is to add more RAM, or main memory, to your PC.  But there are many simple and free things you can do to speed up your system and improve response and efficiency.

  • Uninstall unused programs – Every installed program seems to have an active component that runs at start up and lives in the Tool Tray down by the clock.  ...
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Tricks Hackers Use To Reel You In

The good news is that most Internet Security software packages, such as AVG Internet Security Suite 8.5, do an excellent job of detecting and removing most web born threats.  The bad news is that most security exploits in use today rely on YOU, the computer user, to assist in installing and deploying their handiwork.  Beware of the following:

  • Koobface – a popular Facebook exploit that encourages you to update your Flash player so you can watch a video.  Instead malicious files ...
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