15 Useful PC Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Should Know

15 Useful PC Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Should Know

 

Shortcuts are the key to speeding up your workflow. We delve into the best  keyboard shortcuts that are guaranteed to save you time and energy! Some of these may be recognizable, but we know that there is likely at least one shortcut that you have not learned yet. Add them to your computer vocabulary!

 

1. CONTROL (CTRL) + SHIFT + ESC

 

This will open your PC Task Manager. The Task Manager is exclusive to Windows operating systems. If you really need to end a task or monitor your system, this is the place to do it!

 

2. SHIFT when inserting a CD into your CD-ROM drive

 

A handy feature when you want to prevent the CD-ROM from playing automatically.

 

3. SHIFT + DELETE

 

Do this when you want to delete your selected items permanently. It’s a quick way to skip dropping them into the Recycle Bin.

 

4. CTRL + SHIFT when dragging an item

 

This creates a proper shortcut to the item that you have selected.

 

5. F2 key

 

When you are wanting to rename an item on your computer without having to click. You must click on the item you want to rename first.

 

6. CTRL when dragging an item

 

Want to make a copy? This is the quickest way.

 

7. CTRL + A

 

Need to selected everything in a list? Do this.

 

8. ALT + ENTER

 

Viewing the properties of your selected item has never been easier.

 

9. ALT + F4

 

If you have an activated item or program, this will close it. The equivalent to clicking the “X” in the upper right.

 

10. CTRL + ESC

 

Open your Start menu.

 

11. ALT + TAB

 

Cycle between the open items on your laptop or Desktop PC.

 

12. F3 key

 

If you need to search for a folder or a file, use F3 to do so efficiently.

 

13. F5 key

 

Refresh the active window on your PC.

 

14. CTRL + C

 

This is probably the most well-known way to Copy something. Use CTRL + V to Paste the Copy in the active location.

 

15. CTRL + Z

 

For every designer or developer out there, this is a life saver. Use this command to Undo your last mistake.

 

Conclusion

 

Stay tuned for our next blog over 15 Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Should Know for all of the Apple fans out there. We hope you learned something new.


10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Use A Chromebook

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use A Chromebook

 

You are searching for Google or Bing for “cheap laptop” or “cheap computer” and you stumble across a thread that’s talking about the infamous Google Chromebook. Now, don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of people out there who would benefit from a Google Chromebook but they are few and far between. Let’s take a look at some of the reason why you SHOULD NOT purchase a Chromebook.

 

1. Goodbye Microsoft Office

 

That’s right. Unless you are using Google’s native programs like Docs or Spreadsheets, you virtually are unable to use Microsoft Office which is a requirement for most jobs in any industry. You can use the online version of MS Office but we all know how well that works…

Windows PCs and Macs both have the capabilities of running the world’s most popular office software.

 

2. No gaming

 

If you’re a gamer, stay away. Even if you like to play older games, stay away. There is absolutely no reason why anyone who is gaming should have a Chromebook. But if you’re happy playing Google’s games on their home page, then you will be just fine.

Cheaper laptops, on the other hand, are usually capable of Steam and light, older, gaming.

 

3. No multimedia projects

 

Chromebook simply aren’t powerful enough to deal with audio or video projects. So if you are a media or communications student, it’s probably not a great idea to grab a cheap Chromebook for school projects. You will have to wait until they are browser-based and hope that they work better than MS Office.

 

4. Software incompatibilities

 

The Chrome OS may not run the software that you need. If you are working from home, or are tackling a software-based project at school, it’s highly likely that your Chromebook will not be able to run it.

 

5. No CD/DVD drive

 

If you are looking for a computer that will be able to play CDs or DVDs then a Chromebook is not for you. The Optical Drive is missing from Google Chromebook.

 

6. Printing issues

 

If you are printing on a Chromebook, you are required to use Google Cloud Print which is, quite simply, a hassle for most users.

 

7. Reduced amount of apps

 

One of the features that most people want in a laptop is the ease of downloading nearly any application or program seamlessly. You can typically do this on a Mac or a Windows PC, but again, not a Chromebook.

 

8. Issues accessing .exe programs

 

Chromebook have been known to have problems accessing older .exe programs. So if any programs are not on the cloud, this could be a potential issue for you.

 

9. USB port

 

The C302 Chromebook model has only 1 USB C. Many users are having to get a dock to connect to their monitor and USB A.

 

10. Lack of customization

 

The only allowable customization on the Chromebook is the ability to change the wallpaper and theme for the Chrome web browser. This may not be a dealbreaker (hence why it is last on the list) but who doesn’t want to have some custom options on their laptop. Maybe it’s just us.

 

Concluding thoughts

 

For a small percentage of people, the Chromebook may work just fine. Just don’t expect to be on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to industry-standard applications, gaming, or even office work. As long as you don’t need those or storage space on your computer and you’re totally fine with working basically from a cloud, then go right ahead. Not all Chromebooks have Android or Linux support. So if you prefer working with those, be sure to do your research before making a purchase.

From diehard fans of ChromeOS, they say to view the Chromebook as a tablet and not as a laptop. Only then will you be happy.


Core i3, i5, and i7 - What's the Difference?

Let’s Briefly Explore i3s, i5s, and i7s

 

Intel, one of the most prolific tech companies in the world, is known for producing Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors. Many buyers get stumped when they are having to make a choice between the three. But fear not! We will break everything down into what you need to know.

 

The first, and primary question, is what do you use your computer for?

 

Basic Stuff – Browsing, Email, Facebook, etc.

 

You need an i3. This is great for people who simply check their emails, browse their favorite websites, using Microsoft Office, video calls, and social networks. The Core i3 has approximately 3 Megabytes of cache. Cache size plays a factor, similar to that of RAM, which allows the computer to increase in its processing speed. The i3 is definitely not for those who want cutting-edge graphics, or those who want to load professional software.

 

Balanced Experience – Some Gaming, or Professional Work

 

The i5 allows users to find that delicate balance between performance and price. This means i5’s are relatively good for middle-tier work. They can be good for gaming if a G processor or Q processor with a dedicated graphics processor is purchased.

 

Total Power

 

At last, you guessed it, the i7 Core holds the top for sheer processing power. Those unicorn multi-taskers who always have 10+ windows/tabs open at the same time, gamers who need the biggest and the best, or if you simply hate waiting for anything – get the i7. The speed boost between the i3 and the i7 is enormous.

 

In A Nutshell

 

In conclusion, the optimal processor is really dictated by your needs. Now, there is one more Core that is reserved for video streaming gamers, video editors who are those multi-tasking unicorns, and that is the i9 Core. For those who aren’t within that criteria, the i7 should be good enough.


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Why Your Mac Needs Antivirus Software

It’s a common thought that Mac users do not require antivirus like their Windows PC user counterparts. However, the climate for this statement is everchanging in the digital age we are in today.

The two main reasons Macs are considered more secure:

  • MacOS is a Unix-based operating system and is sandboxed.
  • There are fewer Macs being used than Windows PC.

Macs can get infected but it is much harder for the virus to spread to the heart of the machine. The recent growth of the web and the ever-increasing popularity of the cloud has changed the landscape for possible threats. Although it is harder to target Macs, and the number of users is a lot smaller than other brands of computers, there are still some viable reasons to look into a good Mac Antivirus Software. Malwarebytes reported in March of 2018 that malware grew more than 270 percent back in 2017. That being said, Windows 8 and 10 are the most secure Windows updates ever, and criminals are starting to take not that maybe it would serve them well to target Mac users more frequently. Mac users need to be made aware that they can, in fact, infect Windows users, especially in a shared network corporate environment. If a Mac user downloads a file with a PC virus, and that file is given to another user it could very well still have the virus code within it. Another issue is that mail can be infected and then forwarded to a Windows machine without the Mac user even noticing. Some Mac users even run macOS and Windows side by side using Bootcamp or other virtual machine solution.

Signs your Mac has a virus:

  • Your Mac suddenly starts running very slowly or applications lag much more than they usually do.
  • You see ads pop up on your Mac Randomly.
  • Websites you visit show ads that are unconnected with your usual browsing history.
  • You find software such as browser toolbars that you didn’t install yourself.
  • Websites that don’t usually have ads start to display banners on them.

Macs are great machines that have a lot of built-in methods for keeping you secure. Criminals are shifting their tactics and times are changing. It’s best to keep your computer and the computers around you as secure as possible. Here is a list of anti-virus software that Mac users can look into:

  • Intego Mac Internet Security X9
  • Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
  • Norton Security for Mac
  • Sophos Antivirus for Mac
  • Avira Antivirus for Mac


What's Your Businesses Computer Crash Plan?

As a business owner in 2018, it’s important to realize that computers are at the heart of keeping your company afloat.

It’s very common to have your computer be lost or stolen, and business owners should keep this in mind when moving forward with their company. No matter how big your company is, you’re in need of a crash plan in case thing don’t go as planned, and they certainly will not, it’s just a matter of how the problem is handled. We will provide you the list and leave it up to you to handle it yourself or call in a professional like ETV Software. Tip number one is to think about keeping your critical files on a cloud-based hard drive. Having an automatic offsite backup for your files is a smart solution for any business with important data. It’s also vital to have a local computer backup solution. This step is easier on a Mac but there are also steps you can take to quickly do this process on a Windows. Another great tip for you crash plan is to have an offsite computer backup solution. This is so that if your external hard drives are stolen, burned or any other catastrophe happens you will not lose your data. If you only have an onsite backup solution all your data is still in one physical area and could possibly be destroyed if something were to happen. Backups are important, but it should also not be overlooked to ensure you have proper virus protection on both your Mac and PC. This is a fundamental step in any computer crash prevention plan. Is your current router up-to-date? How about your firmware? One of the most overlooked steps in a crash plan is making sure this software is kept up to date in these technologies. The updates will add needed security features and increase your overall performance. This step is quick and easy and will end up saving your company a lot of time in the future. Another factor for businesses to keep in mind is the number of computers in use for your company. It is recommended if you have 10 computers or more there should be a Network Attached Storage, NAS solution for local physical backups. However, this should not take the place of offsite backups, cloud storage or virus protection.

Unless you have your own department working on this daily, it can be hard to find the time to do all these steps alone. We want to remind you that at ETV Software, we can help you put the needed actions in place to make sure your companies data is kept safe and secure. Give us a call today! 903.858.4383

As a business owner in 2018, it’s important to realize that computers are at the heart of keeping your company afloat.

It’s very common to have your computer be lost or stolen, and business owners should keep this in mind when moving forward with their company. No matter how big your company is, you’re in need of a crash plan in case thing don’t go as planned, and they certainly will not, it’s just a matter of how the problem is handled. We will provide you the list and leave it up to you to handle it yourself or call in a professional like ETV Software. Tip number one is to think about keeping your critical files on a cloud-based hard drive. Having an automatic offsite backup for your files is a smart solution for any business with important data. It’s also vital to have a local computer backup solution. This step is easier on a Mac but there are also steps you can take to quickly do this process on a Windows. Another great tip for you crash plan is to have an offsite computer backup solution. This is so that if your external hard drives are stolen, burned or any other catastrophe happens you will not lose your data. If you only have an onsite backup solution all your data is still in one physical area and could possibly be destroyed if something were to happen. Backups are important, but it should also not be overlooked to ensure you have proper virus protection on both your Mac and PC. This is a fundamental step in any computer crash prevention plan. Is your current router up-to-date? How about your firmware? One of the most overlooked steps in a crash plan is making sure this software is kept up to date in these technologies. The updates will add needed security features and increase your overall performance. This step is quick and easy and will end up saving your company a lot of time in the future. Another factor for businesses to keep in mind is the number of computers in use for your company. It is recommended if you have 10 computers or more there should be a Network Attached Storage, NAS solution for local physical backups. However, this should not take the place of offsite backups, cloud storage or virus protection.
Unless you have your own department working on this daily, it can be hard to find the time to do all these steps alone. We want to remind you that at ETV Software, we can help you put the needed actions in place to make sure your companies data is kept safe and secure. Give us a call today! 903.858.4383


Help Computer Repair in Tyler and Express Employment Provide Food To The Needy

For our June Deal of the Month, we are participating in the Express Employment food drive!

If you bring a minimum of 8 canned goods to our offices, we will be offering $20 OFF on all Virus Removal & Malware Scans.

For this month, we want to give our customers the opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life while also doing something that needs to be done on a routine basis.

We are seeing record highs of viruses and malware this year, and it’s important for everyone to make sure their data is not being breached.

This offer applies to all non-commercial retail clients. Offer ends June 30th. Call or see our store for details!


FBI's Urgent Warning: Reset Your Routers Now

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had an urgent warning to Americans on May 25, 2018 – reset your routers. The FBI officially stated that, “Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide.”

VPNFilter malware is apparently being used by these hackers which spot the holes within certain routers. VPNFilter is used to collect information on civilians and businesses alike, and have the power to shut down routers at a moment’s notice.

What does all of this mean to you?

You need to unplug your router for at least 30 seconds. It’s important to unplug the router from the wall outlet with a surge protector, not from the device itself, or you could risk a surge causing your device to be destroyed.

As always, if you need help with this, or if you think your computer may be infected with malware – call us at 903.858.4383, or send us a Facebook message, and we can help you out.

Though it’s recommended for everyone to reboot your routers, these are the devices that are documented to be officially compromised:

LINKSYS DEVICES:
• E1200
• E2500
• WRVS4400N

MIKROTIK ROUTEROS VERSIONS FOR CLOUD CORE ROUTERS:
• 1016
• 1036
• 1072

NETGEAR DEVICES:
• DGN2200
• R6400
• R7000
• R8000
• WNR1000
• WNR2000

QNAP DEVICES:
• TS251
• TS439 Pro
Other QNAP NAS devices running QTS software

TP-LINK DEVICES:
• R600VPN


Your computer has a virus, but it might not be your fault

In the past, you would get a computer virus one of two main ways. Either the virus maker would build a virus complex enough to dial up your computer through the internet itself, or they would attach their virus to an email message and let your email spread the virus for them. Now, though, virus makers are increasingly turning to a new method to spread their virus. This method, called a supply chain attack, skips the complexity of having the virus do its own network access and skips the heavily defended email route. Instead, virus writers are gaining access to update servers that belong to popular applications and replacing the legitimate version of an app with a copy that has a virus embedded inside. What tends to happen is that back on your computer your application sees that a new version is ready to download and does so automatically.

The end result? You and millions of others using well known, trusted applications can suddenly wind up with a virus through no fault of your own. So, what can you do about it? Well, the standard defense of running an antivirus program will help some. You might still get infected, but hopefully your antivirus of choice will update its list of known viruses and quickly quarantine the infected program. Another thing you can do is turn off automatic updating on the applications you use. Sure, you might not get the latest and greatest updates on day one, but it might be worth it to avoid potential first day viruses.

Think your computer has already been infected with a virus or what help securing your computer against these new "supply chain" type attacks? Computer Repair in Tyler can help! Not only can we scan your computer for viruses, we can install a good antivirus application on your computer and help you adjust other settings to make your computer more resilient to attacks.


When Your Tech Devices Get The Sniffles

Computers require treatment for illnesses, just like humans!

It's the holiday season! And for some, that isn't a good thing. The flu and colds are spreading and so are computer viruses. According to Enigma Software Group, on the upwards of 99.2% of computers get infected with malware. Specifically, between Black Friday and Christmas.
 

This is not a coincidence. Online traffic between Black Friday and Christmas increases during this time each year. And so do viruses both in the real-world and on the internet. Scammers know that many people will fall for their fake advertisements. These scams can generate more complications than one unassuming online shopper may expect. From identity theft to crashing your personal computer, these viruses are serious business.

Luckily, there are preventative measures that can help reduce the likelihood of getting a virus.
 
  • Don't click on links within your emails.
  • Don't click on advertisements. (Outside of Facebook/Instagram)
  • Call your local computer repair company for more information if you are unsure.
And that includes us. We will be happy to assist you in guiding you to safer shores. Don't worry if your computer is infected. We can help you out.
 
If your computer is becoming clunkier by the minute, feel free to call us at (903) 531-0377. We're here to help. Hope you had a Happy Holiday and have a Happy New Year!

December Deal of the Month

Computer viruses are a hassle. Plain and simple. Seemingly harmless to some, they can pop-up at a moment's notice and wreak havoc on your computer and your computer's stored information. Oftentimes, these pesky viruses degrade the security of your computer's software performance and can even lock your computer from accessing certain files. Yesterday was National Computer Security Day. A day dedicated to spreading awareness of the up-to-date trickery scammers are using and how to prevent such a problem from happening in the first place.

For our December deal of the month and in light of National Computer Security Day, we’re offering a reduced cost of $89.99 security checkups for all desktop and laptop computers. We’ll give your computer a thorough scan and root out any adware, spyware, viruses, or ransomware that has found its way onto your system. We will also install AVG Malware Bytes (free version) to prevent any further issues with your computer's security.

Just because your computer seems to be acting fine doesn’t mean you are completely secure. Get your Mac or PC checked out today from Computer Repair In Tyler. For more information, call us at 903.858.4383 or email us at info@computerrepairintyler.com

Here is a video of owner Jacky Ouin with ETV Software on CBS 19 talking a little about how important it is to keep your computer secure and some tips and tricks to prevent such a disastrous situation from occurring: