Welcome to my rants on computer related stuff in and around the Malibu California area. Sometimes I may actually post some of this on Facebook along with some artwork as well.
Welcome to 2019 everybody! Windows 10 and Apple OS 10.14.5 (Mojave) is out, plus the new iOS for iPhones and iPads along with all the Google Droid stuff. So if you are still one of the hold-outs in the area still using Microsoft Windows 7 or 8, Vista or Apple OS 10.5 or 10.6, all I have to say is you are on your own! There is absolutely no support what so ever for these useless operating systems, get over it! Trash that old piece of junk and get a new computer. We at Computer Pros of Malibu will help with your upgrades and give you advice on all the new features and advantages of keeping up to date with the Jones’s.


To all Computer Pros customers;

There are viruses and there are threats to security all the time and one of the most common one’s around today are the call-in scams. Common is the word here, We’ve all had telemarketing calls, so why is it that when people get the call from someone saying they are calling from “Microsoft tech support” they drop their guard and let these scumbags onto they’re system? THIS IS A SCAM EVERYONE! And now there is an even more worrisome scam out there, it’s when YOU the user call a service that you think you know from a number displayed on a website that you get lulled into thinking is a legit source for a question you might have on such things as E-mail or printer question. There are ways of knowing you might be scammed or setup, the first is: unless you know for sure that the person on the other end is for real, ask questions, be alert for the number on your caller ID, or even as far as the accents (sorry if this sounds wrong, but this is based on all the calls I’ve had from people getting suckered) if you need that person to get onto your computer, be very aware of the type of software being used and uninstall it after the said session. Look at what is being done, if that person puts you into a “Blank” screen disconnect or pull the plug immediately!

Windows 7 and You. As of January 14th of 2020 Microsoft stops all support for Windows 7 Check out the article, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-7-end-of-life-support-information

You’ll still be able to use Win7 as an operating system on your computer for a while, whoever updates and security setting will stop which means it’s time for a new PC. And if your using Windows 7 on a Mac, start backing up your data and consider switching to Windows 10 or drop it altogether and use your Mac for what is was meant to be used for, a MAC.

9/2017, As always, thank you for your continued support. We are following news reports today of a ransomware strain that has – so far – hit 74 countries around the globe.  PCs running Windows Vista, 7 and Windows 8/8.1 systems and servers may be at risk. 

We at Computer Pros recommend the following actions to our customers and partners:

·         Immediately update both desktop and Windows systems with the Microsoft patch MS17-010

·         Notify your users to be extra cautious right now – even clicking on a suspicious attachment could instigate a ransomware attack

·         Backup files with a good backup software, such as Acronis or a web based one such as Carbonite now to allow quick recovery in the event you do fall victim to a ransomware attack

If you currently use Acronis Disk Image software, you can configure it to backup all your desktop files as well as Windows file servers.  In the event of a ransomware attack, you will be able to roll back your files to an unencrypted state.

If you would like more information on how to get started with backing up your system, please contact us.

Thank you,

Computer Pros of Malibu

310 456-6070


2016, Welcome to Windows 10

Microsoft has stopped the "give a way" update for Windows 10

If you just purchased a new computer with Windows 10: Great, all you have to do is continue using it and maybe transferring your data from your old computer.

If you still have Windows 7 or 8 you will no longer be bothered with the upgrade button on the lower right corner of your screen: If you decided not to do the Win 10 update, your computer will still wok just fine. However, if you are still using a computer running ANY version of Windows VISTA we recommend taking it to a target range and having some fun! Computer Pros of Malibu is here to help with all this.

WINDOWS XP END OF SERVICE LIFE DETAILS

If you are still using a computer running any version of Windows XP, it will still run, probably for a long time but there are some things to consider.

First off; it is an operating system that was released in 2002. Even though you may think you are safe using it for all of your needs, think again, because you are actually completely vulnerable to a virus or a malicious attack.

Secondly; newer software such as any Anti-virus program is no longer available, web utilities and browser software and especially Flash and Java will no longer be available. Conveniences of logging into a banking website may not even work since Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome that is on the system cannot be updated.

Third; If something does go wrong, the effort of restoring your files is 10 times harder, just so you can keep on using old program(s) that no longer exists! There is no good reason to continue working in Windows XP and the same thing goes for Windows Vista. One of the worst scenarios is still using Windows XP on a Mac. It is virtually impossible to re-create that Boot Camp or Parallels partition since Apple no longer supports anything before Windows 7.

Windows version 8 and 8.1 may not be the nicest looking or you might consider it harder to navigate, but there are dozens of options to either make it look better or easier to operate and that's what we do. Besides, it runs faster and much more efficiently than previous versions of Windows,

Windows 7 and 8 utilize memory for better performance so your programs run faster and in some cases, older programs and apps can work within Windows 8 with very little effort: Newer versions of Windows are in many ways far better than Windows XP or Windows Vista.