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Microsoft unveils Windows 10 system with Start Menu

1 October 2014 Last updated at 01:15 BST

Microsoft has disclosed the first details of Windows 10 – its next operating system (OS).

The name is a surprise, bearing in mind it represents a jump from the last version – Windows 8.

Richard Taylor was invited to the software’s unveiling in San Francisco and tested out the return of the Start Menu.

You can follow Richard on Twitter @RichTaylorBBC.

Virus Alert: CryptoLocker and GameOver Zeus

In the last few days rogue software CryptoLocker and GameOver Zeus have received a lot of attention following an announcement by the US and European officials that they have temporarily managed to disrupt the system used by the malware.
And according to the UK’s National Crime Agency, UK citizens will have a two-week window to reduce the threat by strengthening their computer’s protection.

BullGuard already protects you against these two viruses: it detects them and successfully cleans the infected machines.  

 

However, you do need to ensure that you have the latest updates installed and that BullGuard is turned on. Do this, and you can be assured that you’re safe.

Keep it safe

However, if these conditions aren’t met and as a result CryptoLocker manages to encrypt your data, no one will be able to decrypt it and you won’t be able to access your files. As a general rule, it’s always a good idea to regularly backup your files.

A short summary of CryptoLocker and GameOver Zeus

If CryptoLocker finds its way onto your computer it silently contacts its control and command servers and then receives instructions to begin encrypting files with specified extensions, for example Word and PDF documents. It’s known as ransomware because the victim’s files are encrypted and in order to decrypt them a ransom has to be paid.

GameOver Zeus on the other hand spies for personal information, such as banking credentials, and sends this data back to a botnet system. As well as losing personal data the infected computer also becomes part of the botnet.

Article Source: http://www.bullguard.com/blog/2014/06/virus-alert-cryptolocker-and-gameover-zeus.html

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What do I need to look for when buying a new PC?

Looking for a new computer can be a daunting task.
Computers come in so many different styles, colours and sizes.

The most important thing to remember when you are looking for a new computer is never just buy a computer because it looks nice, just because a computer looks really stylish and sleek it doesn’t mean that it is generally the best.

With laptops you will notice that the specification varies depending on what’s inside, in simple terms;



Component Laptop A Laptop B
Processor/CPU Intel Celeron Intel i3 Processor
RAM/Memory 6GB 4GB
Hard Drive/Storage 750GB 500GB
Graphics Intel HD Graphics ATI/NVidia Dedicated
Webcam Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Size 15.6” 15.6”
HDMI No Yes
OS Windows 8 Windows 8
Cost £299.99 £349.99

I hope you chose Laptop B…

You will notice with laptops that one model may have one component better than the other, compensating cost, it may have a better processor but in may have a smaller hard drive or may have a smaller hard drive but more memory. The trick round this is to know which components can be changed/upgraded/replaced in the future if you need to upgrade.

RAM/Memory and Hard Drive space are the cheapest and easiest to change in a system so if you purchase a laptop with a to small Hard Drive or a small amount of Memory then it is always upgradable.

When you are looking at a desktop or laptop there are a few technical items you need to check;

Processor:
We recommend to go with an Intel processor but this is a personal choice in our opinion we prefer Intel CPUs to AMD

But there are slower and less powerful versions of the Intel range to watch out for;

      

Atom, Celeron, Pentium say No! the price may seem good but in the long run you should invest in a high end CPU for a much better experience.

We suggest going for any of these, if you see these on a laptop your heading the right direction for a pleasant computing experience.

RAM/Memory:
Most laptops on sale now days don’t come with anything less than 4GB but there may be a few out there so keep an eye out just in case.

Hard Drive/Storage:
If you have a massive Picture, Music or Movie library make sure you have at least 500GB or think about investing in an external backup device to keep your files safe.

Conclusion:

Say No! to Atom/Celeron and Pentium processors and say Yes! to i3/i5/i7 for a more pleasurable computing experience.

New Haswell Processors are now available!

HaswellWe now have the option for our customers to have our new builds with the very latest Intel Haswell Processor’s.

These are available in i5 and i7 Series.

Check in store for more details.

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