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Changing the default progam for opening files

These instructions were created for Windows 10, but will be very similar for older versions of Windows such as 7, Vista and XP. Send me a comment if you have a query.

To view a PDF copy of this tutorial, click on the link under the image.



Computer Security and Housekeeping for Small Business


1. Regularly check that the security software on all PCs (especially laptops not kept permanently in the office) is up to date, and has been scanned recently.

2. Ensure each staff member has their own logon account to each PC they use, with a memorable password. Sharing of “logons” should be discouraged as far as possible.

3. Regularly remind staff to lock their workstation whenever they leave it – even for a few minutes. It’s as simple as pressing the Windows Logo key and the letter L !!

4. Store your backup tape/disk off site so that you can restore your files should your office be destroyed or subject to a burglary – or use an automatic online (cloud) backup service (one of my clients uses Carbonite which is very affordable).

5. Ensure your email is being backed up online by checking that all staff PCs have been set up to use IMAP within their mail client (whether they’re using Windows Live Mail or Outlook).
Note: If email accounts are setup using POP3 instead, you’re at risk of  losing many of the emails if the PC is stolen or the setup becomes corrupt.

6. Keep a secure folder with all the installation disks (and licence keys) for each of your PCs – so that you can setup the software if and when you need to.

7. Check that you’ve registered each of your PCs with the manufacturer to ensure that you have access to warranty support if you need it. If unsure, contact them to enquire if the serial number (on the back or underside) is registered to you.

8. Issue an Acceptable Use Policy for your IT systems – covering topics such as the use of your corporate email, use of USB memory sticks and remote working.

More to follow very soon ….

Last updated Monday 1st June 2015

If you’d like me to visit your office to carry out any of the above tasks, please do contact me.

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Spyware – Prevention Tips

Article updated on Sunday 18th May 2015

Most people understand why they NEED to have anti-virus software (eg McAfee, Norton, Avast ….) on their Windows PC …. and of course kept regularly up to date.

But is it enough to keep your computer secure?

Over 15 years of supporting Windows computers which have been affected by spyware suggests the answer is “No”! You need a reputable anti-spyware program – I recommend Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Once you download it, it will thoroughly scan your PC – and remove any infections. It will remain on your PC, protecting it against further infections. Eventually, you will have the choice to continue using it for FREE (though without continuous protection) or pay just £20 for a Premium licence for 1 year for 3 PCs.

I’d recommend you download a copy for your PC from

NOTE: Unscrupulous anti-spyware programs – most of which advertise themselves as you’re browsing the internet – will ONLY scan for infections – insisting you pay a fee for a copy which removes them.

You should also be cautious when installing software you’ve downloaded from the internet – often it comes with adware bundled which could introduce malware. To check, choose the “Custom Installation” option which will give you the option to opt-out if you wish.

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