What software do you install straight away when setting up a new PC ?

October 25, 2011

I have just got myself a new work laptop and thought it would be interesting to produce a series of short blogs on those really useful items of software that you just cannot work efficiently without.

The first piece of software to be installed after setting up the PC has to be Anti Virus software to keep it safe from Virus attacks. My choice was between:

My previous Laptop was running Avira (without any problems at all), and we use AVG Internet Security on some of the other PC’s in the office. So I decided this time to use Microsoft Security Essentials on my new laptop. All three products are excellent, and we have installed each of them on numerous systems, both in-house and for clients. I just like to make sure I use each of them personally from time to time, just to prove to myself they are still the best Anti Virus products out there.

Over the next couple of weeks I will share with you the other bits of software that just had to be installed straight away to make the laptop useable.



Viruses from web browsing

November 8, 2010

Over the weekend I was searching Google for suppliers of electric panel radiators. The search could have been for anything, I just happened to have a requirement for some electric heating. On clicking on a link to the website of a known company that I had previously purchased items from, my anti virus program went beserk, identifying a virus attack immediately.  I suspect that this companies website has been compromised without their knowledge, and unsuspecting customers are being attacked by this virus if their AV protection is not up to scratch.

My PC was thankfully not infected because I am running a very good Anti Virus program and it is kept up to date with regular virus signature file updates. But this made me realise how easy it is to get your PC infected with a virus, even if you only visit websites of companies that you know and trust.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could isolate your Web browsing with a secure ring fence from the rest of your computer so that viruses could not get into your PC files and Operating System? And when you finished your Web browsing any viruses in this ring fenced area just get deleted. Well this is possible, at very little cost, on any Windows PC. I  am going to be trying out this technology over the next couple of weeks and will then report back on my findings.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services

Really Useful Software – Ditto Clipboard Manager

October 4, 2010

Windows “Cut and Paste” is a simple but really useful feature. It enable us to reuse bits of text from one document in another document. It makes copying cells in a speadsheet really easy. However, the standard windows clipboard has some limitations:

  • It can only store one item at a time
  • The contents of the clipboard get lost when you reboot windows

I have been using a Clipboard replacement utility, called ditto, for several months now, which fixes these limitations in the standard windows clipboard.

Why not give it a try, you can download it from:


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Really Useful Software – KeePass

August 29, 2010

Do you find it hard keeping track of all the passwords that you have to remember?

  • Internet banking
  • Webmail
  • Shopping online
  • Suppliers websites
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

I have been trying out a software package called KeeePass. You store all your passwords and login information in the KeePass’s encrypted database. When you want to logon to a website KeePass will enter the username and password for you (just drag and drop). The passwords are hidden so nobody looking over your shoulder can guess your password. And all you need to remember is the master password for KeePass.

You can download KeePass from  http://keepass.info/

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The only free Anti Virus program for small businesses is actually very good

June 24, 2010

Microsoft’s new free Anti Virus program, Security Essentials, is getting good reviews, and it’s really easy to use. It is a great choice of Anti Virus system for home PC users.

If you look closely at the End User Licence Agreement, it states that is for home use and home based “Small Businesses”

    • Use. You may install and use any number of copies of the software on your devices in your household for use by people who reside there or for use in your home-based small business.

So if you run a small business from home you could save some money by installing this very good (and free) Anti Virus program. Remember, this is  the only free Anti Virus program that a small business can use. The free versions of AVG, Avira, & Avast cannot be legally used by small businesses. So if you are using one of these on a business PC, switch to MS Security Essentials.


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Computer repairs and support in the Midlands for small businesses

Know anyone not using / updating Windows Anti Virus software?

June 22, 2010

Do you know any home PC users who do not have a current up to date Anti Virus program on their PC?

Microsoft now offers a very good Anti Virus program to home PC users for free. You can download it via the following link:


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Windows XP users need to upgrade to Service Pack 3 before 13th July

June 14, 2010

In order to continue receiving Windows Updates, all Win XP users will need to install Service Pack 3 before the 13 July. If you don’t do this you will not receive any further Windows updates, and your PC will become more vunerable to Virus and Malware attacks.

Service Pack 3 is a free download from Microsoft,  http://ow.ly/1DELz

Don’t forget, you have less than a month to download and install this update.

Chris Moody
ASL Computer Services
Computer support and repairs for home PC users

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