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 The next PCBUG Meeting will be on Thursday Feb 18 at 5:00 pm

In the Rees Meeting Room at the Naples Branch Library – 650 Central Ave. Naples, Fl

Topic: Geeks on Tour – http://geeksontour.com/

Jim and Chris Guld, the Geeks on Tour.  They are Geeks who will teach about really using your smart mobile technology.  They call themselves “Geeks” but they have the ability to explain even complex technology in very plain, easy to understand language.  They demonstrate why Smart Phones are much more useful than regular phones.

You will learn how they use Smart Phones and Tablets and the many things they can do to enhance your life.  The seminar is not system specific.  Demonstrations use both Android and Apple devices.  They are going to discuss how to get the most usage from your smart mobile devices, including both phones and tablets, and they will differentiate between the capabilities of iOS operating system-based devices (Apple) and Android.

Their presentation will include the idiosyncrasies of the user interfaces, supported apps, internet usage, camera capability and mobile payment systems, among other things.  They will also discuss technological advances for these products which are on the horizon.  At the conclusion, the speakers will be available to answer your questions.

As always check the http://pcbug.org website for upcoming programs.

Visitors are welcome, so feel free to invite a friend.

Malware Warning !!!

There seems to be an increase in malware using sounds, either that of a siren or a ticking sound or a voice that repeats that your computer is infected, urging that you should call the 800 # listed on the screen in order to clean your computer.Malware symbol

THIS IS A SCAM – DO NOT under any circumstances call such a number – unless you truly want to give criminals your credit card number. ( and like to have your bank issue you a new credit card)

If you do call, they will do and say anything to get you to let them take control of your computer in order to help “clean out” your system ( and your bank account and your email contact list and your password list and then they will load a keylogger and secret remote control software so they can see everything you do and type … while completely owning the computer that was previously yours !!!)

Also expect to be bombarded by scam phone calls since your phone number will be captured by their Caller ID system and you have just proved to them that you are a “LIVE ONE”.

Actually removing this situation from your computer will depend on the exact version of the scam you have been hit with BUT NEVER EVER CALL THEM – it will only make a bad situation worse…

Don Beach

How To Avoid Win 10 Upgrade on Win 7 And 8.1

Preface: Windows 10 is a great operating system and upgrading is recommended, however for those who do not want to install Windows 10 at this time or still need to backup your data before the upgrade, you will need to adjust the “Windows Update” settings

Microsoft has recently made Windows 10 a “recommended” upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. This means computers with Windows 7 and 8.1 will begin to download Windows 10 installation files automatically – although users will be prompted to confirm whether to actually upgrade to Windows 10.

Only for 31 days after the upgrade will there be an option to revert to the previous version of Windows.

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will need to go to the “Control Panel” and open “Windows Update.”, then click “Change Settings.” Uncheck the box that says “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates” then click “OK.”

When you are ready to do the upgrade you can re-check “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates”

Remember that in order to have the maximum chance of success, make sure you backup your data, eliminate any malware and that your computer is operating correctly before performing any in-place operating system upgrade.

( Note: Microsoft no longer provides updates for the original version of Windows 8.0 and so you do need to upgrade to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.)

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 5 pm, in the Rees Meeting Room at the Naples Branch Library – 650 Central Ave. Naples, FL – (Unless otherwise announced) (map)