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AskBillFirst Newsletter - January, 2020
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End of the Road for Windows 7? January 14, 2020 will be the last support update.

 

If you're still using Windows 7, maybe it's time for you to finally upgrade. This much loved version of Windows will get its last security upgrade on January 14, 2020. You can find out more about that from Microsoft's website here and if you're using the free Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus program, it will most likely not be supported any longer as well.

So, what will happen if you continue to run Windows 7? As time goes on, Windows 7 machines will be more likely to become infected by malware, and any problems that come up almost certainly won't be fixed.


However, if you do decide to stick with Windows 7 after Jan. 14, you'll need to take some precautions. 

Update everything in the Jan. 14 Microsoft Patch Tuesday release. It'll be your last chance to make sure Windows and other Microsoft software are as secure as possible.

Install a different Antivirus program. Microsoft is killing its own antivirus software for Windows 7, so you'll need something else, such as Avast, or Kaspersky Free

Uninstall the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. It will be attacked hard by malware. Install Chrome, Firefox or possibly a new browser, Brave, which I am currently evaluating and will update you soon.

Uninstall Microsoft Office, such as Word, Excel or Outlook. Switch to the free LibreOffice or even Google's office suite. For email, try Gmail, Thunderbird or Mailbird.

Make sure System Restore is turned on. This will allow you to recover from a bad driver or program install.

If you do upgrade, but feel you need to keep the look and feel of Windows 7, you can download this nice app, Open Shell, which will leave you feeling much better about using Windows 10.

As always, if you have any questions about any Windows version, please reach out to me.

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"Hi Bill, my computer is running beautifully again!!! Thank you!!!"
"Hi Bill, my computer is working just great."
"Thanks again!! You're the best!!!"


Those are just a few of the comments I've received from people I've worked with.

When your computer is running slow, or your programs aren't working, who are you going to call? When your software vendor is blaming your hardware and your hardware vendor is blaming your software, who are you going to call? When your helpful friend decides to help you out by running some new special program and your computer no longer starts, who are you going to call? When your kids get done using your computer and you can't run your programs because of all of the popup ads, who are you going to call? Need 
help in getting your new technology set up properly so that you are safe from vendors who want to get to know you better, and from other bad elements on the internet?

 

You're going to want to call me. I can remotely connect to your computer to assist you with what may be going on with your system so don't hesitate to ask if you need to. It won't always be free support, but I promise that I won't charge anything if I can't help you. I can assist with both Windows and Macintosh computers. 
 

I also offer a monthly service for a small fee, where I connect to your computer remotely, with your permission, and run Windows updates, security scans, and clean up your hard disk. This ensures that you're running with the most recent "safe" updates and your computer is working at its best. 

 

This service also entitles you to unlimited email and phone support throughout the month as well. 

 

Please email me at billj@askbillfirst.com or call me at 714-922-0135 if you have any questions.

 

You can also click here or the link below to schedule a consultation with me or to set up the monthly service.

https://www.vcita.com/v/bill.jimenez

 

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Additionally, I am available for technical support. I can remotely connect to your computer to assist you with what may be going on with your system so don't hesitate to ask if you need to. It won't always be free support, but I promise that I won't charge anything if I can't help you.
 

Please email me at billj@askbillfirst.com or call me at 714-757-0976 if you have any questions.

 

You can also click here or the link below to schedule a consultation with me or to set up the monthly service.

https://www.vcita.com/v/bill.jimenez




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