Antivirus Software Tips

April 14th, 2010 No comments

If you are interested in becoming paranoid ;) Then antivirus firewall software is showing the latest virus threats.

Always make sure that you have the latest anti-virus software patches and decent anti-virus software.

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Drive Backup Software

April 14th, 2010 1 comment

I used to run an IT support department for a multi-national company in a previous life so I have come across every computer issue you could probably imagine.

One of the most traumatic has got to be data loss.

Click here for the drive backup software that I use.

If you haven’t ever lost any of your data then you are lucky, I have seen grown men in tears. It’s not a pretty sight let me tell you.

Don't cry when your hard drive fails, backup now

As we move more and more of our lives onto our computers and as hackers get more and more sophisticated at stealing data everyone needs to pay careful attention to how they look after their data.

You have to ask yourself a simple question.

If my computer was stolen, how would it affect my life and could I still do the work and live the way I did before the event?

If the answer is that your work and life would be affected in any way the next question you should think about is… Can I recreate the lost data & how long will it take me ?

Inevitably whatever answer you come up with is going to be a negative one.

The best thing that you can do is use prevention…the old adage is a good one… prevention is better than cure.

Get yourself a piece of backup software and automate the backing up at least once a month with manual backups after critical updates.

The best software to use is the award winning Acronis range, you can take a look here drive backup software. It allows what is called imaging of your drive, this takes a snapshot at a physical level so that:

  1. It is quicker than traditional backup of files
  2. It is safer because it backs up everything
  3. Restores are very easy as you just restore the image and don’t need to re-install windows or other programs.

So I highly recommend getting a copy now, it will save you tears later and let you sleep easy at night.

Drive backup software image

My personal choice of backup software

Reviewed by Gary on
Feb 14th

The best Windows backup software you can buy & a real bargain imho.

This is an amazing piece of backup software that is easy to use and keeps your data safe. It looks good, automates if you want, easy to backup & easy to restore. Fantastic.

My rating: 5.0 stars
*****

Finding your missing Dell Drivers

January 16th, 2011 No comments

If there is one thing out there that many people have its locating and keeping up to date the correct Dell drivers.  In many cases you can just go the manufacturers site to get them but often times they will have several drivers listed for just one computer part.  It is not easy for most people out there to tell exactly who is the maker of their wireless card or Bluetooth device.  Take the Dell Inspiron 6000 drivers for instance.This dell Laptop is one of the highest selling dell models to date.  If you check out the dell site you will see several choices for video cards and almost a dozen just for the wireless device.don’t get me started on their being several different drivers in one section all for different devices.

It can take a very long time downloading and installing each one just to find out it is not the right one and now you have to uninstall the program and re-boot for the 10th time.  If you try to install the wrong one you will end up with blue screens or other similar types of errors.  For this reason most computer experts don’t even waste their time going to the computer makers site.  It is far easier to download a simple drive scanner program that will quickly scan your computer and locate all the new drivers for you in only around a minute.

Another benefit to using a drive scannign program is you just have to click the donwload button to get the driver.  It will also identify what types of devices you have in your computer which can help out when trouble shooting down issues.

It can be very hard for even a pro to locate and find the right driver for your exact OS and hardware device.  If you have a third party hardware device and no identifiable model number on that device then good luck finding the right driver.

People used to turn to search engines. Typing in something like Dell Inspiron 6000 Bluetooth driver and then in the search results they would push through all the links till they found the driver.  This however has changed over the last year because many hackers picked up on this and it makes for easy prey.  They simply make a fake drivers page and when a user downloads what is supposed to be the correct driver they find out they just downloaded a trojan and now they have 2 issues to deal with.  Save yourself some time if you ever need to search for drivers and just download a driver scanner program.