Friday, 23 September 2016

AntiVirus Software... Don't get ripped off!

When it comes to protecting your PC from viruses and malware there are many differing opinions out there, but many either come with hidden engenders or are simply ill-advised.

Many computer manufacturers and retailers either pay to have their software pre-installed on your new PC, or get paid commission to sell the software, it's big business! The truth is... YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND A PENNY!

I advise two essential programs which will keep your PC protected from both viruses and malware:

  1. Windows Defender - If you have Windows 8 or Windows 10 you already have it. Windows Defender is built right into your operating system (they don't tell you that). It's made by Microsoft and can even obtain updates from within Windows update. It's mighty, slender and FREE. All you need to do is uninstall your current AV software (if you have any installed) and then search for "Defender", pin it to your task bar and your done!
  2. MalwareBytes - is a very thorough anti-malware program, the free version has to be run manually when you suspect your PC might be vulnerable. There is a paid version which runs in the background but this isn't essential.
Final note: I'm not condoning stuffing your PC full of so-called security software (most of which just slows your PC down) because it's always much better to only install what you use, this will ensure you have a nice clean, quick PC.

ALWAYS think before you click, and if it sounds too good to be true it probably is! Don't forget no AV or AM software can protect you from you. :)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Say hello to Siri on your Mac

Say hello to Siri on your Mac

macOS Sierra will be landing in the UK around 18:00 tomorrow evening. Book your upgrade with The Computer Wiz by calling 01553 660941 or email

What's all the fuss about?

macOS Sierra main features & enhancements:

  • Siri on your desktop. 
  • Copy on one device. Paste on another.
  • Auto Unlock with Apple Watch.
  • iCloud Drive.
  • Apple Pay.
  • Optimised Storage.
  • Photos.
  • Messages.
  • iTunes.
  • Tabs.
  • Picture in Picture.

What we'll do:

  • Make sure your Mac is capable of running the upgrade.
  • Ensure all your stuff is backed up.
  • Hi speed install, no long downloads required.
  • Email & iCloud correctly configured.
  • Get your applications running correctly. (update software as required)
  • Make sure your Printers & Scanners are working normally. (update drivers as required)
Then we'll introduce you to macOS Sierra and some of its best new features!

macOS Sierra version 10.12 is available free from the Apple App Store on compatible Macintosh computers. The service provided by The Computer Wiz is a managed installation service.