PC Security 102 (revised for 2017)

malwareEveryone by now should realize they need security software (Antivirus) on their computers, but as many of us know- it simply is not the case. I find that many people are confused or simply don’t realize what a virus can do. This applies across the board with all age brackets. Read along and I’ll help you understand why you need security software and some of the mistakes people make that you can avoid. Pictured is an example of ransomware which encrypts your files and forces you to pay them to unencrypt them with no guarantee they actually will.

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Computer Build Guide

I’ve often been asked how to build a quality gaming computer or workstation. While there are many things you need to consider, one of the most important is your foundation or motherboard and processor. You also need to know what you want to play(or a general idea) or applications to run. Let’s take a dive and look into this, I’ll also provide some images from my latest upgrade/build.

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Windows 10 Event

Yesterday, Microsoft took the wraps off of the upcoming Windows 10 in a big way. Their event showcased the new OS, new hardware, software and how the ecosystem of devices will work together. We saw some really amazing things and still others that we expected. Let’s take a closer look.

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Net Neutrality–The Bigger Picture

imageThere is a lot of news and reports flying through cyberspace and traditional media sources about Net Neutrality. If you have been living under a rock or for whatever reason you don’t know. Net Neutrality is the basic principle that Internet Service Providers or ISPs should give equal access to content on the Internet. Already we see the big ISPs changing the way we access content.

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A new rig in the family

300RSo i finally pulled the trigger…on building a new computer rig. My decision was made due to the circumstances of my old rig finally giving out on me when I trying to upload pics from Comic-Con 2013. Lucky for me I didn’t erase the pics from both my SD Card, I had a bad habit back in the day erasing files after I loaded them into my computer. This article is to show you what type of parts I use into making this custom rig, and here we go…

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Security 102

RogueAV1Everyone by now should realize they need security software (AntiVirus) on their computers, but as many of us know- it simply is not the case. I find that many people are confused or simply don’t realize what a virus can do. This applies across the board with all age brackets. Read along and I’ll help you understand why you need security software and some of the pitfalls of mistakes people make that you can avoid.
(Pictured is a Rogue/Fake Antivirus)

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Windows 8 Storage Spaces

With the rise of digital content we have found that users often need more and more storage space. Windows 8 features Storage Spaces which can be used to help in that regard. There are a few ways to use it. It can be used to turn multiple hard drives in to one large congruent drive. No more trying to organize your files on multiple drives with multiple drive letters. Another benefit is the ability to add more drives to the storage pool when needed.

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Windows 8 Quick Tip

That’s right! Windows 8 is now available for you to buy on a new PC or upgrade an older machine. I’ve spent the last week fine tuning my HP DM4t-1000 laptop that was released some 3-4 years ago with Windows 8 Pro with Media Center added on. Although, not initially designed for Windows 8 (as you probably guessed), I have been able to find all but one compatible driver to get this machine flying! With having all that fun and experimentation with the final release and the two preview versions I have come across some awesome tidbits of Microsoft’s newest addition. Check out the video below for details.

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Where Do I Start?

win8win7October shall be a big and busy month for us at 2 Shots of Geek with Extra Life on the 20th and Windows 8 launching on the 26th. Our Extra Life Event in San Diego, CA will be epic and we still need your help, just click on the Extra Life link above. As for Windows 8, well let’s just say it shall be a big launch day! However, there is a growing group that has decided to condemn this new Operating System for the lack of the Start Menu. Why is the Start Menu so important and is it really necessary? Continue Reading to find out…

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Windows 8, A Look Inside

With Windows 8 release coming later this year, we took a deeper look into the current release preview to see what new changes and features you can expect. Truly, this is a milestone release and improves on many things. Granted with Metro, it’s different and not everyone is a fan. That being said, come release date Microsoft will have a promotion allowing you to purchase the digital upgrade version of Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99. If you prefer a disc, your local retailer will have them for $69.99 for the duration of this promotion. This is only valid for upgrades from Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Now on to the video.

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