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  Set Windows Defender Antivirus blocking to high on...

Windows Defender Antivirus is the default security solution that ships with all versions of the Windows 10 operating system. It offers basic protection when compared to third-party solutions, but the overall protection that it offers has improved and the product does not test at the very bottom of e... Show More
  Quickly remove toolbars, adware and browser hijack...

Have you noticed that your computer has been running slower, displaying pop-up ads or exhibiting other strange behavior of late?

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  MacOS Sierra 10.12.5 Update Released

Apple has released MacOS Sierra 10.12.5 for Mac users. The small point release update to Sierra includes security updates and bug fixes, and is therefore recommended to install for all users running a prior MacOS Sierra build.

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  Four key combinations for browsers every computer ...

Mouse clicks don't take long, but key combinations can be faster. Whenever you're using a browser, you can save yourself a lot of time, clicks and hassle with the following shortcuts.

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  How to beat ransomware: prevent, don’t react

How to beat ransomware: prevent, don’t react

Picture this: You’ve spent the last few weeks working on a tribute video for a friend’s 30th wedding anniversary. You collected photos and video clips and edited them together, laying over a soundtrack of their favorite songs. It was a real labor... Show More
  The Windows firewall is the overlooked defense aga...

Despite all the attention currently focused on Windows computers being infected with WannaCry ransomware, a defensive strategy has been overlooked. This being a Defensive Computing blog, I feel the need to point it out.

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  Microsoft issues first Windows XP patch in 3 years...

Microsoft on Friday took the unprecedented step of issuing patches for long-demoted versions of Windows, including Windows XP, to immunize PCs from fast-spreading ransomware that has crippled machines worldwide.

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  The worm that spreads WanaCrypt0r

Something that many security researchers have feared has indeed come true. Threat actors have integrated a critical exploit taking advantage of a popular communication protocol used by Windows systems, crippling thousands of computers worldwide with ransomware.

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  What are exploits? (And why you should care)

Exploits: they€™re not your mama€™s cyberthreats. At one point in the not-so-distant past, exploits were responsible for delivering 80 percent of malware to people€™s systems. But exploits seem to be experiencing a lull today. Does this mean they€™re g... Show More
  ZERO shows malware who is boss

Watch Malwarebytes€™ trademark robot, ZERO, destroy malware in this dystopian animated clip.

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  Windows vs Linux: what's the best operating system...

Many people believe that if you don't want to use the Windows operating system, the only other option is to fork out almost obscene amounts of cash for a Mac. There is, however, another option.

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  Do not Fall for This Google Docs Phishing Scam

The 'highly sophisticated' phishing campaign appears to have hit a number of journalists, along with individuals from other industries.

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James gave me just the right information and links I needed to fix my problem. another great protonic technician.  May 26th, 2017

There is a lot of jolly good stuff in that reply and more than I ever expected so thx vmuch for all of it.

" Excellent service that is helped by support staff with such a diverse background "  May 24th, 2017

" Thanks for the help. "  May 23rd, 2017

I know I had hardly any options. but thanks to james for the suggestions. will follow. sorry for replying late. for some strange reason the website protonic.com was not opening.

" Prompt as always. "  May 22nd, 2017

Thanks, rick. at protonic.com, there are only solutions, not the problems. sorry for replying late.

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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 - My hp 5600 printer went offline. How can I get it online?

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I want to download the two free antivirus prog. available on web viz- 1 Spybot- search n destroy, and secondly – 2 Malware bytes. Could you please tell me – the most reliable and genuine websites where these two AV programs could be downloaded.

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1. Spybot S&D : https://www.safer-networking.org/ 2. Malwarebytes: https://www.malwarebytes.com/

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