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How will users upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft seems to be (mostly) following Apple’s OSX strategy by making its own upcoming OS “Windows 10” a free upgrade. According to Thurrott.com, “Microsoft says it will deliver the final version of Windows 10 to 190 countries sometime between June 21 and September 23, 2015.”…

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5 Ways to Avoid a Phishing Attack

Here at New River Computing, we like to share interesting infographics as we come across them. Our main goal is to try and disseminate intricate IT related information quickly and clearly, to as many users as possible. This particular one deals with Phishing Attacks. We…

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Craigslist Resume Scam Spreads Trojan Virus

Reports of “Craigslist résumé” viruses have skyrocketed in recent months. Some of our clients here at New River Computing have unfortunately fallen victim to this recent outbreak. Thankfully, we’ve been successful at cleaning up the aftermath, but often the remediation process is long and arduous…

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Battling Fake Microsoft Support Scammers

Fake antivirus support is a problem. We know fake “Microsoft representatives” call targeted Windows users to persuade them that their computers are inundated with warnings and errors as shown in the Windows Event Viewer, a legitimate Microsoft application that lists system information. We even watched…

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NRC’s George Probst recognized by Yahoo!

Many of you know George Probst as NRC’s graphic designer and web developer, but there’s more than marketing in his tool belt. When he’s not working, George has some interesting hobbies: running, Metallica concerts, and…shark diving. At least once a year, he ventures to Guadalupe,…

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The Dangers of Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

Peer-to-Peer or P2P is a method of sharing of files between two or more computers on the Internet. Users share files via P2P by using peer-to-peer applications such as Gnutella, KaZaA, iMesh, LimeWire, Morpheus, SwapNut, WinMX, AudioGalaxy, Blubster, eDonkey, BearShare etc., and list goes on…

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Computers Cannot Survive By Anti-Virus Software Alone

Over the past few weeks, several widely knows companies have been competing for top spots in many of the major news headlines but, for all the wrong reasons. Retail giant Target, to offer just one recent example, could be forced to pay millions of dollars…

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The CryptoLocker Virus is Spreading!!!

***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NEW RIVER COMPUTING REGARDING THE “CRYPTOLOCKER” VIRUS*** There’s a new type of malware that has been spreading like wildfire over the past couple of months called CryptoLocker. Most security researchers are claiming that this is one of the nastiest and most successful…

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NRC is Now Offering CrashPlan Managed Backup Solutions!

Backups are arguably one of the most important things you can do to protect your important data. Two of the biggest obstacles most users face with backups are: Complicated, confusing and unreliable backup software. Remembering to run it, or change the backup disc and take…

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Why did Microsoft make the decision to retire the TechNet Subscriptions service?

On July 1, 2013, Microsoft announced the end of the 15 year program, TechNet Subscriptions. Microsoft’s TechNet Subscription Program is a paid program which allows partners to download full copies of most software titles to be used for lab or testing purposes. In an email…

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