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 2016 everybody! Windows 10 and Apple OS 10.11 (El Capitan) 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 XP, 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 do E-Waste (no printers) on older computers and we are always willing to help you with getting upgraded to the newest operating system on your computer.


Dear Computer Pros customers,

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


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.