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Free Antivirus Software That Actually Does A Good Job

For those of you out there paying astronomical fees of $70+ a year for antivirus software, stop, and read further.

I didn’t believe it when I first heard Microsoft was releasing free antivirus software a couple years ago. Microsoft Security Essentials was released in September 2009 to rave reviews. I immediately installed it on a few dummy computers determined to prove the reviews wrong. I mean, why would the big boys like Microsoft release free software if it was actually good and worked? Did this mean Microsoft was attempting to tap into a market-share to hook customers with free only to overcharge them in the future? I quickly discovered that was not so. After a year or so, I found myself using it on all my computers and suggesting others to install it as well. Against my initial judgment I found Security Essentials would catch certain viruses before my expensive Trend Micro would. I still to this day continue to be impressed and I think you will too. Stop spending your money and download today! Sorry Mac users, Windows wins this one.

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Cheap Software & Hardware: Get You Some!

Is your company/organization a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit? If so, continue reading for a great way to get discounted software from Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, Sage, and many more.

This amazing opportunity for your non-profit, school or government agency can be found at www.techsoup.org.  TechSoup is an organization established to negotiate terms for software and hardware on your behalf.  Simply visit their website and register to see if you apply.  Be a superhero for your organization and start saving today!

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Before You Contact Your Support Desk

Too many times we are confronted with the dreaded computer problem. It runs too slow or the Internet connection has failed or even worse, the blue screen of death. Whatever the issue may be we are automatically inclined to throw our hands up in frustration while screaming threats of tossing the whole kit and caboodle out the window. Before you strain yourself, consider this. Sometimes a simple reboot can solve your problem. Of course it is ignorant to think that this will always resolve the issue but contact any support desk and they will assuredly tell you to do the same.

The last thing anyone wants to do is contact support, hold for a half hour only to be connected with someone in a foreign country. To limit the troubleshooting aggravation, try this. Before contacting support conduct a quick Google search to see if others out there have experienced the same issue. A lot of times your search could yield a good blog explaining how to fix the problem. Also, don’t be afraid to right-click. On your desktop, in programs, on icons, right-clicking can lead to an entirely different menu of options which might conclude resolution.

Most times the answers for a computer issue are quite logical. In our anger and upset we lose sight of the easiest solutions.