Is Bloatware Dangerous?

Any term that ends in ‘ware’ is tricky when it comes to internet language. Malware, ransomware, and spyware are just a few of the types of malware that cause alarm since they are designed to infiltrate unprotected software. Hackers can then access personal information such as social security numbers or bank passwords as a result of this.

That is something no one desires. We want to be safe and secure when browsing the internet. I’m confident that we can all agree that our computer time should be enjoyable.

So, let’s talk about a different kind of ‘ware’ known as bloatware. So, just what is it?

Bloatware is just unnecessary, preinstalled software, to provide you with a rapid solution. And while it isn’t usually harmful, it might slow down your computer and eat up disk space. It comes in form of adware, applications, and other unnecessary tools.

Why is Bloatware a thing?

Simply put, it’s a way of making money. Manufacturers claim that these programs enhance an operating system’s functionality and are installed to meet user preferences. Sometimes, it could be shown as a free trial to give users the opportunity to pay for the software later.

In conclusion, bloatware isn’t necessarily dangerous. It’s more of a nuisance. You can remove software you don’t utilize on your own PC.


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Ways to Back Up Your Files

One of the more aggravating issues to deal with on your computer is losing important, personal information. Malware or natural catastrophes are just a couple of components to data loss, and are sometimes unavoidable. So it’s important to back up your files as regularly as possible to ensure a lower risk to any form of loss.

How to back up your files

There are a few ways to back up your files. The first one would be to use an external hard drive. The benefits include portability, so you can take it wherever you go. The second way is cloud storage. This gives your files the advantage of being protected on internet servers, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and other large servers. The third application is the software services, like Carbonite online backup solutions, which will protect your data regardless of any type of attack or problem.

It is essential for your important data to be backed up. If you need any help with this, please contact us at (480) 240-2946 or send us an email at dispatch@computerrepairchandleraz.com.

Web Browser Cookies Explained

Simply explained, computer cookies are data that is kept on web browsers. When users explore the internet, each site they visit generates cookie files back to their system. They have benefits, but also cons. Cookies, for instance, hold information such as user account login passwords.

This can be a significant benefit because additional login will not have to be remembered. However, if the user deletes the cookies, all files or data associated with all sites viewed will be erased.

The cookie disclosures, which are frequently found as a pop-up window at the bottom of the page, are also examples of one of the industry’s ongoing and essential flaws in terms of online privacy. They can transfer and resell users’ data, and thus who can use it to track them across the internet and in real life.

“There are first-party cookies that are placed by the site you visit, and then there are third-party cookies, such as those placed by advertisers to see what you’re interested in and in turn serve you ads — even when you leave the original site you visited. (This is how ads follow you around the internet.)”

Source: Vox

Within specified time frames, you may now clear any history, data, or files you choose. Incognito mode, a private surfing option, is a valuable tool for individuals who want to collect as little information as possible.


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Quick Windows Tip: Emoji Menu

Did you know Windows OS includes a hidden Emoji menu? It’s easy to unlock and utilize. Here’s how:

Simply press the Windows Icon + period symbol (.) together on your keyboard. Immediately, a window will pop up on the lower right-hand corner of your desktop.


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Internet Browser Slowing Down?

Slow or lagging internet could be the result of both software and hardware problems. If you have already checked that your WiFi or LAN network connection is active and strong, the problem could be an IP address conflict.

If that fails to fix the problem, the browser could be the culprit. Rebooting your modem or router can fix it.

Clearing your browser history, cookies and cache can revive your browser performance. Added extensions tend to also cause issues, so removing unnecessary ones will help. To test whether these problems persist, you can reinstall your browser or use another one entirely to see if this resolves it.


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Did You Know This Trick on iOS?

If you have an iPhone, you may know a handful of features included in with it. But there are so many tricks up this phone’s sleeve that many users don’t know about.

One iOS 14 feature lets you to personalize your home screen by allowing you to uninstall applications from your Home screen without completely removing them. This can keep your screen from looking cluttered. Keep the apps you utilize more often, while hiding the app icons you don’t.

With all apps available in the App Library, there’s no longer a need to have apps on your Home Screen or Home Screen pages if you’d rather have a cleaner look for your ‌iPhone‌.

Source: MacRumors
Source: Macrumors
How to hide apps

Simply long press on any app icon you’re wanting to remove from the home screen. From there, you’ll find the option “Remove from Home Screen”. Want to add it back? To do so, search for it in the app store and click on “Add to Home Screen”.


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Summer Travels: Tech Tips

Keep your devices protected this season!

The summer heat can be quite unforgiving. When you take a swim and relax, the equipment around you can relate to the seasonal elements no matter where you are. Unfortunately, it cannot easily break the warmth. Both dry heat and damp heat can cause great damage to your virtual device, and the worst case is” heat death”. Overheating will damage the hardware and battery.


Remember, putting your digital device in an air-conditioned and well-ventilated room with less exposure to the sun is still the best and wisest decision!


Therefore, simple precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of your equipment. Keep all technological products away from direct sunlight, preferably within the coloring range, in case you choose to take them outdoors. Let your tools cool down gradually to prevent overheating due to prolonged advertising in the sun. Don’t try to let it cool down quickly!! ! In addition, you must purchase unique add-ons on the devices, including “cooling pads”. This accessory is a great partner for any visitor, because it can maintain the airflow of your regular tools when used outdoors.

Although your traditional smartphone case can protect your phone from more serious damage caused by screen cracks, scratches, and falling phones, it cannot protect you from this frequently reported casualty accident- terrible damage by water. Even a small amount of moisture can cause serious damage to your electronic equipment.

Sand and small debris on the beach are also enemies of your device as they can easily get stuck in the small gaps on your phone / tablet. This can cause various annoying problems such as a keyboard malfunction or audio problems. However, it can also cause more serious problems, damage the battery, and eventually make your phone completely unusable. Protective, waterproof cases and sheaths work best in these scenarios.


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Sideloading and Privacy

You may be acquainted with the term ‘sideloading’ if you own an Android device. This feature enables users to install programs from a variety of sources. We wrote a blog post earlier last month, explaining the high risk situation sideloading can have on your phone.

While this may be advantageous for individuals who want no restrictions, it may also be troublesome.

Privacy experts recommend users to only download apps from the iPhone and Android play stores, and not side loading apps from unsecured sources. Doing so could result in a vulnerability on your device, increasing a risk of malware or other viruses.

They also advise users to look at how long an app has been accessible and read the reviews before installing.

Keeping your devices secure is extremely important. Avoid any potential harm that could allow hackers to steal personal information or taking full control of your device.


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Google Announced New News Search Feature

Last week, Google wrote a blog post sharing the inconsistencies with news articles through search. Too often, sources with the reliability are brought in after other rumors and articles have hit the internet.

So now, Google search will send a notice, informing the user that the stories are evolving and will become more reliable as it becomes available.

Since last year, we’ve had similar notices that let you know when Google hasn’t been able to find anything that matches your search particularly well. With our recently-launched About This Result panel, you can also quickly find information about sources you find on Google Search and better determine if they’re likely to provide helpful or trustworthy information. With this additional context, you can make a more informed decision about the sites you may want to visit and what results will be most useful for you.

Source: Google
Google Search example with the notice. Source: Google

This feature is to help users find the most reliable sources available on the internet. With the amount of remote users working from home, the web has become one of the most utilized tools for information. Google will be working on sharing this handy feature to other search engines within the next few months.


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Watch Microsoft’s Event This Week

This week, Microsoft will be holding their major event, unveiling the newly updated Windows OS.

For months, any reports have circulated concerning the imminent Windows 10 update. Some speculated that Microsoft made it obvious that Windows 10 will be the final version. Others speculated that the software behemoth had something up its sleeve.

Last week, a leak produced a visual of what the new operating system would look like. End of support for Windows 10 revealed Windows 10’s retirement in 2025. And their Event announcement on their website might indicate the last hint that Windows 10 is no more, and Windows 11 will emerge.

Windows OS image similarly looks like the light coming through the windows is a number 11. Source: Microsoft

You can watch the free, livestream Event on June 24th at 11 am EST.


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