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keep running Windows 7

How much longer can I keep running Windows 7?

By Josh Yarbrough | November 4, 2019
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With the End-Of-Life date coming soon for Windows 7, It’s inevitable that the beloved Windows Operating System is dying. It has that all too familiar terminal illness called End-of-Life. Microsoft has announced that it is pulling the plug January 14, 2020 on the version of Windows that most of us have come to prefer over…

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Apple computers immune to infections

Are Apple computers immune to infections?

By Josh Yarbrough | September 2, 2019
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“I’ve got a Mac so I don’t have to worry about viruses“. Have you ever heard someone say that before? Being in the tech industry, I know I have heard it many times. It either makes you roll your eyes or maybe consider replacing the ol’ PC with a sleek to new Apple. But what…

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Windows Defender good enough

Security Alert – Update Warning for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

By Jeff Fowler | August 19, 2019
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At SandStorm IT, we typically suggest doing all updates (especially Operating System) as they become available to avoid security vulnerabilities, In the latest batch of Microsoft updates, there were some “known issues”. In this security alert, we’ll cover “What’s the issue?”, “What versions of Windows does it affect?” and “What can I do?”. What’s the…

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find hidden programs

How can I find hidden programs running in the background?

By Matt Ballard | June 3, 2019
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There are programs and utilities that run in the background of every computer. Some of these programs are necessary for your system to function. Others may be malware, adware, or malicious programs designed to hijack your computer or personal information. Let’s discuss some ways to access these hidden background programs: Windows Task Manager Most people…

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keep running Windows 7

What will happen on January 14, 2020 when Windows 7 is no longer supported?

By SandStorm IT | May 27, 2019
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I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are going end of life at the beginning of next year, but what is going to happen on January 14, 2020, when it finally does go end of life? What is end of life? First, we need to define…

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Remote Desktop Vulnerability

Remote Desktop Vulnerability discovered in Windows XP, Windows 2003 & Windows 7.

By Jeff Fowler | May 17, 2019
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A recent update from Microsoft addresses a vulnerability in the Remote Desktop Service used in older versions of Windows, namely Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 7. Given that both XP and Windows Server 2003 has been End-of-Life for a few years now, this is an unusual action for Microsoft. Here’s what Microsoft is…

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