Archive for the ‘Computer News 2010’ Category

The End is Here!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

It has been reported that 30% of the PCs in the United States are still running Windows XP! The end is near! In fact, tomorrow Microsoft ends support of one of the most beloved operating systems ever produced. So what does that mean to you?

1. Software updates for Windows XP will no longer be available.
2. No new Microsoft security updates will be released to help protect your Windows XP computer from viruses, spyware or hackers.
3. Microsoft’s Security Essentials antivirus software will no longer be available for download for Windows XP systems.
4. Your Windows XP computer may not be compatible with new hardware devices or applications.
5. There will be no more Windows XP reliability or performance updates.

Unfortunately, not all Windows XP systems can be upgraded to Windows 8 – but at CET, we can help you find a solution whether it is a Windows 8 upgrade or a Linux solution or a brand new custom built system. We’re here to help!

Windows 8 System Image

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

So you’ve got a new Windows 8 computer all set up and running – great! But, before you have problems or your system crashes and you need to reload it, create a system image! The Windows 8 system image is kind of hidden. The Windows 7 system image is still a viable option but it’s difficult to find. Use it to create a fantastic backup option.

Another Rogue…

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

We have gotten our fourth computer in this morning with the Windows Safety Master infection – and that’s just since Monday (it’s only Wednesday morning). Not sure why Lake Norman (particularly Mooresville, NC) residents have suddenly seen a spike in these infections but I believe it could be from a local-interest hacked web site. Be careful out there folks!

Windows Safety Master and other similar infections are known as rogue programs because they attempt to steal from you. According to, these programs are from the Rogue.FakeVimes family of computer infections. They display fake scan results, fake security warnings, and do not allow you to run programs on your computer. Rogues are often distributed through web sites that display a fake online virus scanner that states your computer is infected and then prompts you to download the installation file. These can even be found on legitimate web sites that have been hacked and infected themselves where the infection tries to install the infection on your computer without your permission or knowledge.

Once installed, rogues it will be configured to automatically start when you login to Windows. They pretend to scan your computer and then state that there are dozens of infections on your system and you need to activate the software with a credit card to remove the infections. The intent, of course, is to get your credit card number to exploit your account. Please ignore any prompts to purchase the program, it is illegitimate.