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Reports Find That Many Small And Medium Businesses Still Depend On Windows XP

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After the end of support for Windows XP operating system, Microsoft has been warning the users of this outdated operating system to upgrade to any of the newer operating systems from the company. However, it seems that many of the small and midsized businesses have not taken this warning seriously. This is because the latest survey from the antivirus security firm BitDefender shows that one in five of these businesses still run their operations with this outdated system.

Bitdefender conducted survey on more than 5,000 companies, which work on various sectors like healthcare, retail and education. Among the companies that participated in the survey, 53 percent had upgraded to a newer operating system. Majority of them used Windows 7 while a small section used Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Home.

According to experts, the situation has become very dangerous and these businesses could be in serious trouble as the risks of using an outdated operating system goes up with each passing day. Keep in mind that there are no more security updates for the operating system from Microsoft and this means, these systems could come under numerous attacks in the coming weeks or months. For instance, Bitdefender found that the website of one of the companies that do web marketing business experienced 800 million virus attacks after the end of support date from Microsoft.

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The chief security strategist of Bitdefender, Catalin Sosoi says, “A few weeks after the end of support announcement, a new Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability turned into a permanent threat for XP users. That was until Microsoft issued a patch that was made available for Windows XP users as well. However, this was an exception that shouldn’t make enterprises believe it will happen again, so the swift migration from XP is a must for all users.”

In addition to businesses, many of the bank ATMs still run on this outdated operating system. However, majority of the banks have started to upgrade the ATM operating systems within newer ones. However, as time passes, the dangers of using the operating system increase. Therefore, if you are still running Windows XP, try upgrading to any of the newer operating systems.

According to the technician at the Windows Support number, there are various options for the users. They can upgrade their Windows XP OS to Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 now. For further assistance on this issue, you may call Windows support number or call our technical support team.

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Knowing About The Windows Zip File Size Limits

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ZIP can be termed as an archive file format that helps in supporting compressed data. Such a ZIP file can comprise of one or more folders of files that have been compressed. Once you compact the information in this way, it becomes much easier to save the disk space without the need to delete the information. Some of the latest Windows OS versions use ZIP64 format for compressing the files.

Well, if you are using a Windows system, you need to know about certain Windows ZIP file size limits to know how to store the data. For any issues related to the compressing of files in ZIP format in Windows systems, you can dial the Windows support number anytime to get the best assistance.

Number of stored files

A ZIP file usually stores up to 65,535 files and while you attempt to add large numbers to a ZIP archive, it may take up a lot of system memory during the process. Always make sure that you add the files in groups while compressing the multiple files into one archive. This will enable your computer to release the memory and make it available for other tasks that you’d be doing in your system.

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The file that you compress into the ZIP format may be upto 2^32 – 1 bytes, before you add it to a ZIP archive. The number of files along with the issues in memory management is also one of the main issues associated with the ZIP file format that forces the users to dial up the Windows support number for assistance. You can attempt to add large files to an archive in parts so that your system doesn’t hang up.

Segmented archive

A segmented archive can be defined as a ZIP archive that is broken into multiple files and thus enables the users to store different parts of the completed archive in various locations. This is made by spanning or splitting the segments. In case of spanning archive segments, one needs to make sure that each segment doesn’t exceed 999 bytes. Even though the split archive functions almost similarly, the segments need to be contained in the same directory if the user wants to decompress the files that have been archived.

These are some of the aspects that you need to consider while compressing you data into ZIP format. For more information on the same, you may contact our technical support team.

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About The Windows 7 Security Center Features

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One of the useful features that Microsoft included in Windows 7 is the Security Center. Using this utility, you can easily fix many of the security issues in the OS without having to dial the Windows support number or get in touch with any tech support personnel. However, some average users might not be familiar with these options.

What the Security Center feature in Windows 7 is all about

Security Center is simply an OS tool, from which you can access all the different security options and settings. You have to agree that grouping all these options under one tool makes things very convenient.

This is not a brand new tool at all. You will find the same old OS security options like Firewall, Automatic Updates, etc located here. You can change the settings here to increase or decrease the Firewall currently enjoyed by your PC. If you keep the Firewall settings too high, it might block many of the applications from accessing internet. If you keep it too low, then your system will not be properly protected from intrusions and hacking attacks. It is better to keep it in the medium level and then, add the blocked applications to the Exempted Programs list.

Microsoft has classified the Automatic Updates option as a security feature, since keeping the OS up-to-date is the easiest ways to secure your OS. Turn this option On if you have a high-speed internet connection. Otherwise, the updates downloading in the background may slow down your overall internet speed.

Your system’s Internet Security settings can also be accessed from here. However, these settings only apply to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. If you are using any other browser application, then you have to make the changes in the browser settings itself.

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Microsoft has included a Malware protection tool, Windows Defender, in Windows 7 and you can tweak the settings of this tool from the Security Center. The antivirus application, you have installed, will also be shown here and its security settings will be rated to access the risk levels. For example, if you have not updated the virus definitions for a while, then this will be shown as a warning with that section marked in red.

There will also be a More Security Settings option here, which you use to access all the other security options in OS like the User Account controls, Network Access protection, etc. Call our Windows support number, if you have any queries about this.

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How To Disable Autoplay In Windows

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The AutoPlay and AutoRun are components of the Microsoft Windows operating system that will allow certain actions to take place when a drive is mounted. This was intended to reduce the cost of software support calls and ease the application installation for non-technical users.

However, the AutoRun feature has its security concerns. Even Microsoft accedes to the fact that this feature allows malicious codes to be executed without the knowledge or explicit consent of users. Moreover, certain users feel the need to have a control over the processes that run on their computer. Hence, if you want to open and play the contents of a CD or a DVD manually, you will have to disable the Autoplay options in Windows system.

In order to disable the Autoplay options in Microsoft Windows, you can either contact our support technicians by calling the Windows support number or make the following changes yourself:

  • Click on the Start icon that is located on the left side of the screen. From inside the Start menu, click on the Run button, type into the Start Search text box depending on the version of Windows OS you have.
  • Type in Gpedit.msc on the box and press Enter.
  • Depending on the Windows settings, you might have to enter the Administrator password in order to gain access to this setting. Click on the Allow tab and wait for the dialog box of Group Policy to flash upon your screen.

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  • Search and find the Administrative Templates option under the heading of Computer Configurations.
  • Select the option of Windows Components and click on Autoplay Policies from inside this option. You will see an option Turn off Autoplay on the detail pane. Double-click this option.
  • Click on Enabled and then on All Drives option inside the Turn Off Autoplay selection box.
  • Select File and then click on Exit. This will restart the system and make the required changes.

Once you have made these changes, enter a CD into the disk drive and check if the software auto-plays. If you have followed all the steps to the word, the CD will not execute on its own. However, if the feature does not work, contact our Windows support technicians using our Windows support number. They will relay further instructions on how you can disable this setting. From a security point of view, disabling the Auto-disable feature is of paramount importance.

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AVAST Extending Support For Windows XP Users

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Windows XP support has already come to a halt and there are still users running XP on their computers and laptops. Despite the endless notices and warning messages issued by Microsoft, millions of users still have XP with them. It is hard to break the credibility of a platform that has already occupied several enterprise and homes computers.

Accepting the fact, that Windows XP is a user-friendly platform, it is essential to realize the truth that no more support is offered to XP by Microsoft. An end of mainstream and extended support for a platform is similar to its death and hence users continuing with XP should soon think about an upgrade. Microsoft had stopped issuing security patches for XP and this has left XP to face severe risks. The data stored by XP users are more vulnerable to online threats as the platform lacks protection.

As you know, Avast in an antivirus provider and they are concerned about the present situation of XP users. Since a vast majority of computer users uses XP as their platform, the risks will be much more than what we anticipate.  About 23.6 % of 200 million users have XP on their computers and it is better not to continue with XP that can make you lose your hardcore data.

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Various business enterprises still run XP on their systems. Data loss due to virus infection in a business firm would be large and they would lose more money as a result. Recovering thousands of computers after a malware activity would result in loss of more money as well as time. This could be avoided if you choose an upgrade for all your systems. Since XP has been in the shadows of risk, Avast has decided to offer support for the XP platform under risk. People using Windows 7 and later versions are not under as much risk as the XP users. These platforms enjoy necessary security updates from Microsoft and hence they are safe.

To know more about the upgrade, you can dial the Windows support number and acquire support and assistance. Since XP support ended on April 8 of 2014, we cannot expect Microsoft to extend few more days of support. It is better to dial the Windows support number and contact the support professional to purchase an upgrade instead of spending money on virus removal and for computer reformatting.

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