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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Easy tips to protect your Windows from hackers and malware

clock September 26, 2016 20:20 by author Armend

Easy tips to protect your WIndows PC from hackers and malware

In the news recently there have been some high-profile security scares for computer users. Common sense alone isn’t enough to protect your Windows PC from malware – malicious software that disrupts your computer’s operations or gathers sensitive information about your online behaviour.
Hackers can attack your PC in so many different ways that employing several layers of anti-malware protection is the only way to keep your PC malware-free when it’s online.
Here are seven steps to protect your computer from Malware. Check out the video above to find out more.

Tip 1: Install, update and use anti-virus software

Installing antivirus software may sound like an obvious first step to protect against malware, but not everyone bothers to do it. With so many options now available, though, there really is no excuse. Microsoft offers its own free download in the form of Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows Vista and 7, while Windows 8/8.1 has Microsoft Defender built in.
Once installed, it’s vital to regularly update your anti-malware software’s database and run system scans at least once a month.

Tip 2: Keep Windows up to date

Hackers often discover new ways to bypass Windows’ built-in security features, which is why Microsoft issues small operating system updates every Tuesday and larger ‘service pack’ updates once or twice a year. These will be downloaded and installed automatically by Windows update, but only if this feature is properly configured.
To check that it’s working normally, type Windows Update in the Start menu search box in Windows Vista/7, or at the Start screen in Windows 8/8.1. Look on the left of the Windows Update window and click Change settings and use the drop-down list to check that Install updates automatically is selected - anything other than this risks a crucial update being missed.

Tip 3: Turn on the Windows firewall

Windows has a built-in ‘firewall’ that protects your PC from unwanted attention via the internet. This software firewall is enabled by default and works alongside any hardware firewall that’s built into your home broadband router. Check its settings by typing “check firewall” in the Start menu search box or on the Windows 8 Start screen and choosing Check firewall status from the results.
Two green tick marks mean the firewall is working normally, else you’ll need to select Turn Windows Firewall on or off on the left of the window and enable one or both options that appear.

Tip 4: Use the latest version of your web browser

Web browsers are vital applications, but just like other software, they can contain bugs. Hackers are quick to capitalise on these and create bogus (or infect genuine) web sites with data designed to exploit them. Once a web browser has been compromised in this way, a hacker can monitor everything you type, including passwords to credit card numbers. That’s why it’s vital to use the latest version of your web browser - anything other than this may be a security risk.
Microsoft includes updates for Internet Explorer. Search for Windows Update and check its optional updates section to ensure you’re also using the latest version of the application - which is Internet Explorer 11, if you’re using Windows Vista, 7 or 8/8.1.

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will also update themselves automatically, but don’t ignore their requests to restart the browser when such an update has been downloaded and is ready to be installed.
Emails that appear to be from a recognisable online service asking you to log into a site to confirm some personal details are always fake. These emails are usually caught by your email application’s spam filter, but if one does slip through and you click its link, your web browser should detect and block the site it takes you to. This does depend on your web browser being aware of the fraudulent site, though, which is another good reason to always use the most recent version.

Tip 6: Use the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

If you suspect your PC has succumbed to malware and your anti-malware software doesn’t detect it, there are two steps to take.
The first is to download and run the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool from the Windows Download Centre. This will detect and remove specific types of malware and is very simple to use, although it isn’t a replacement for a full anti-malware application.

Tip 7: Still infected? Use a boot CD.

Some malware can hide within Windows and make itself difficult to detect and remove. If your own anti-malware software and the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool fail to shift it, you’ll need to download and burn a free anti-malware boot CD – refer to your computer’s manuals for instructions on how to boot from a CD as the process varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to find the License Agreement for the Installed version of Windows

clock September 19, 2016 19:31 by author Armend

How to find the License Agreement for the Installed version of Windows

When you install Windows, you are shown the Windows license agreement that provides all the legal language about what you can and cannot do with Windows and the responsibilities of Microsoft. Recently I wanted to read the license agreement again for Windows and I surprisingly found it difficult to find it.
With that said, I put together this guide to show how you can find the license agreements for all editions of your currently installed Windows version and read it.
The first step is to identify the version of Windows currently installed on your computer. If you already know what version of Windows you are using, you can skip here. Otherwise, in Windows 7 and Windows 8, you can left-click on the Start Menu, then right-click on Computer, and then select Properties. For Windows 10, right-click on the Start Menu and then left-click on the System option.
You will now be shown the System control panel that provides information on what version of Windows you are running as shown below.

As you can see from the above image, I have Windows 7 Ultimate installed on my computer.
Now that we know what version of Windows we are running we can open the folder that contains all of the license agreements for this version of Windows. To do this, click on the Windows (Windows Key) key, and while holding it down, click on the R key to open the Run dialog as shown below.

When the Run dialog box opens, you want to paste the following into the Open: field so that it looks like the image above

  •     c:\windows\system32\en-US\Licenses\_Default

When ready, press the OK button and a folder will open that shows individual subfolders for every edition of the Windows version installed on your computer. Each of these folders contain the respective license agreement for that version of Windows.


Scroll through the list of folders and double-click on the one that corresponds to the edition of Windows that is installed on your computer. When the folder opens, it will contain a single file called license.rtf. This file is the license agreement for your version of Windows and you can double-click on it to view it in Wordpad or Word, if it is installed.

 

You can now read the agreement, print it, or email it as needed.

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Tips Solutions to Create Partition on Server 2003/2008/2012

clock September 5, 2016 20:41 by author Armend

Tips Solutions to Create Partition on Server 2003/2008/2012

Why You Need to Create Server Partition

  • Situation 1: When you install a new hard disk in Windows Server, you have to initialize it first. But it will not be shown in "My Computer" unless you create partition on it. Or you need to create server partition on unallocated space to make full of the hard disk.
  • Situation 2: After the hard drive has been used for a period of time, you may discover that the existed partitions are not reasonable. And then you need to create new partitions to manage your data in a better way

Suppose that you are running Windows Server 2003 and want to create server partition, what should you do?

Actually, there are more than one tool can be used to create partition on Windows Server 2003. The first one is Windows snap-in Disk Management; and the second is a third party server partition manager. As the best partition magic for Windows Server 2003, MiniTool Partition Wizard is really a good choice.
The followings are the specific introductions of creating partition on Windows Server 2003 by using these two server partition managers.

How to Create Partition on Windows Server

  • Solution 1: Create Partition by Using Disk Management

You can open Disk Management by clicking My Computer > Manage > Management, and enter its interface.

  • Way 1: Create Partition on Unallocated Space

If it is a new initialized hard disk or there is unallocated space on it, you can use this way to create server partition.

  • Step 1. Select the unallocated space and choose "New Partition" from the right click menu.
  • Step 2. In the following wizard, you can choose to create a primary partition or extend partition, adjust the partition size, assign a drive letter, and select the file system, allocation unit size as well as volume label. Then, press "Finish" to complete the operation.

Notice! You need to click "New Simple Volume" in step 1 and create primary partition only if you are using Windows Server 2008 or later Windows Server versions.

However, this way is not always available. MBR hard disk can only have four primary partitions, or three primary partitions plus one extended partition at most. If there are four primary partitions on the MBR hard disk, even there is still unallocated space on it, you are not allowed to create partition by using Disk Management.

  • Way 2: Create Partition if There Is no Unallocated Space

You want to create a new partition on the hard disk, but there is no unallocated space on it. This time, you can shrink a partition to release some space and then create server partition on the new released unallocated space.
To shrink a partition by using Disk Management, you can select the target partition, click "Shrink Volume" from the right click menu and follow the next wizard to complete the operation.
Then you are able to create a new partition according to Way 1.

Notice! In Windows Server 2003 and earlier Windows Server versions, there is no "Shrink Volume" option in Disk Management. So you are not allowed to create server partition if there is no unallocated space on the hard disk.

  • Solution 2: Create Partition by Using MiniTool Partition Wizard

MiniTool Partition Wizard is a professional partition manager, which has five editions: Free Edition, Professional Edition, Server Edition, Enterprise Edition and Technician Edition. If you are running Windows Server 2003, you should choose to use the Server Edition to create partition. Actually, MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition can be used on Windows Server 2000/2003/2003 R2/2008/2008 R2/2011/2012/2012 R2 and Windows PC OS 32 bits and 64 bits.
The Server Edition is a piece of paid software, but you are allowed to download and install the demo edition on your computer to try its functions first.

  • Way 1: Create Partition on Unallocated Space
    • Step 1. Open the demo edition and enter its main interface. Then select the target unallocated space and choose "Create Partition" from the left operation bar.
    • Step 2. On the pop-out window, you can define the properties of the partition you are going to create. Unlike creating server partition by Disk Management, all these properties can be chosen from just one window in this step
  • Way 2: Create Partition if There Is no Unallocated Space

As it is mentioned above, on Windows Server 2003, you are not allowed to shrink volume to release space for partition creating. But with MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition, you can achieve this aim.
The followings are the steps to shrink partition, and then you can create server partition according to Way 1.

  • Step 1. On the main interface of the software, select the target partition and choose "Move/Resize Partition" from the left operation bar.
  • Step 2. On the pop-out window, you are able to shrink the size of the target partition by dragging the black arrow according to directions marked on the next step-by-step picture. And then, click "OK" to go back to the main interface

Since way 1 and way 2 are using the demo edition, you will receive a notice as following after clicking "Apply".

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