Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Anti-Malware Support For Windows XP Extended Till 2015

IT professionals scrambling to find third party Windows tech support for XP have gotten a minor extension from Microsoft. The anti malware support for Windows XP is extended until July 2015 and they will continue to provide support for the anti-malware engine and signatures for the Windows XP users.

Constant support for anti-malware security applies to the Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection, Windows Intune and System Center Endpoint Protection, which runs on Security Essentials for consumers and Windows XP for enterprise customers. This extended malware support would be more helpful to people handling businesses and are considering a jump to Windows 8. Customers and the third party vendors can make most of this extended support since they get some time to fix things up before switching to Windows 8.

Moreover, many third party developers need time to port and develop the software for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. If business apps are not available on Windows 8 then they might have to rely on Windows XP to run their software.

The anti-malware security support would be more helpful to those people who are in the middle of migrating from Windows XP to the higher version of Windows Operating systems. This is done because Microsoft does not want the Windows XP machines becoming prone to any hazards when they migrate after the end of support for Windows XP.

Microsoft pledges to provide this service even after the support for the same has ended. In case, these users encounter any problems then that would remain in the Windows XP user’s mind and would stay as a black mark forever.

The plans to switch operating systems should continue in spite of the extended support for Windows XP. Nevertheless, the issue is that this extended support would lull people into a forged sense of security, since it does not effectively fix any of the security breaches or will have the ability to block all the attacks.

Suppose there is a request put forward that requires a patch for the operating system or Windows tech support for the same, the extended anti-malware support by Microsoft will not be enough.

Paul Parke, the vice president of the New York based company, 1E Inc., which helps organization to migrate effectively, says that there is still plenty of systems, which still runs on Windows XP. According to the estimates made, there are about 25 percent of Windows XP computers, which still need to migration assistance.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The All New Parallels Access Remote Desktop App

A new version of Parallels Access Remote desktop app for Android is released by Parallels. This desktop app will help the users to run applications that are compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems in Android based phones and tablets. For the purpose of accessing files and apps on a computer at home or work, they need to use an internet connection. Moreover, in order to include iPhone, the company Parallels is also making some plans to improve its present Parallels Access iOS app. They are also considering a plan to reduce the annual subscription fee to 19.99/year, which was previously available for $49.99/year. However, this subscription fees was even higher when it was launched on iPads a year ago, where it costs $79.99/year.

The new Parallels Access 2.0 app is coming into a more competitive landscape, which makes the app more complicated. In fact, the tech giant has already introduced Office for iPad, which will help Microsoft bring their popular applications and software to the Apple devices especially the Apple tablets. This will satisfy most of the needs of the customer but if he/she needs more, then it is better to go for the Parallels Access remote desktop application.

In addition to the ability to the run the Office apps, it also features the capability to run wide variety of applications at a reliable or lower price and that too on many devices. For the Office 365 Suite subscriptions, depending on the number of device licenses, the tech giant Microsoft nearly charges $69.99/year and $99.99/year for different subscriptions. In order to make the new app feel like native to the platform, the app includes numerous user interface elements. From the home screen of your Android device, you can quickly create shortcuts to each Windows or Mac apps with the help of a feature called Unique to Android.

The company is also planning to include new management and pricing options and it features the inclusion of multi-user Parallels Access accounts, which will help a company or business provide access to at least five computers for just $49.99/year. Before choosing the subscription, the user can also choose a free trial version of the app starting from July 31. The Parallel Access will run on Android 4.0 version and is compatible with devices like iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and their later versions. However, regarding desktop, the new Parallels Access Remote desktop app will run in Windows 7 or Windows 8, or Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later.

For more regarding the compatibility of app with Windows desktop, contact the Windows help center. The Windows help center will help you with all your doubts and issues related to this.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Removing Windows Live Messenger From Your Computer

Windows Live Messenger is popular instant messaging application coming from Microsoft. However, if you need to install this application from your system, then you need to use the Uninstall wizard that is found in your computer. To delete all the files supporting Windows Live Messenger, this wizard makes use of an uninstall program. Uninstalling a program manually is the easiest way to remove Windows Live Messenger from your computer.

To make the program work on your computer, there are some files available and therefore, the best way to uninstall the program from your computer is by deleting those files. Given below are some easy instructions given by the Windows live chat support team to uninstall Windows Live Messenger from your computer.


  • Move your mouse pointer towards the left corner of your computer screen and click the option called My Computer. You can also access My Computer by just double clicking its shortcut icon. Next, from the My Computer window, you need to click the C Drive and start browsing your Program Files. 
  • From the Program Files window, you need to find the files that correspond to Windows Live. These files are generally seen under the Windows Live folder. 
  • After locating them, highlight them by clicking on them and to delete these files, click the keys labeled Shift + Delete using your keyboard. 
This is one method of uninstalling Windows Live Messenger from your computer. There is also another method available to remove Windows Live Messenger from your system. This is by entering the hard drive of your computer where the registry files of Windows Live messenger are found. Generally, programs are linked with the program in the form of keys and therefore, it is very much needed to delete these keys when you are uninstalling Windows Live Messenger manually. This step is necessary to remove the program completely from your system.

It is these keys that will notify Windows about the programs, their names, functions and settings. Once these links are removed, these programs will be out of the computer. It is necessary to go to the Regedit.exe file in order to open it and search for Windows Live Messenger. This Regedit.exe file will show a number of keys and you need to delete all these keys. Then only will the links be removed from your computer.

These tips from the Windows live chat support team will help you to remove Windows Live Messenger from your Windows computer. For more, contact our Microsoft tech support team.

Quickest Remedy To Get Rid Of Search Here Toolbar

Toolbars are add-ons that you can install in your web browser to improve its features. There are hundreds of free toolbars you can download for free. There is a wide range of toolbars which include News feed toolbars, search engine toolbars, antivirus toolbars and many more. Almost all toolbars appear to be helpful and impressive but some of the toolbars could be worse than you ever expect them to be.

Beware of malicious toolbars

Since toolbars work with your web browser, hackers find it the best option to infiltrate into and spread harmful viruses. Some of the seemingly good toolbars could be malicious. So, careful study of each toolbar before you install it in your web browser is necessary. Search here toolbar is a malicious toolbar that many mistake for a good one.

After you install this toolbar in your web browser, it takes control of your web browser, changing your default home page and search engine. Eventually, it takes full control of your browser, making browsing very slow and strange. At such a stage, it is very important that you uninstall the toolbar. In the following steps, you see how to remove Search Here toolbar from your Windows 7 PC.

  • Turn on your PC and navigate to the Start button. 
  • Select Search box from the dropdown menu and type appwiz.cpl in the type field. Proceed by hitting the Enter button on your keyboard. 
  • This will open the Programs list. You can see the list of all the installed programs and updates in this list. 
  • Browse through the list until you are able to see Search here toolbar in the list. 
  • Scroll down the list to view the entire list. 
  • After you have located the toolbar, highlight it and select Uninstall/Change button. The button is located at the top of the Programs window. 
  • Upon selecting the button, Windows will prompt you to confirm your decision to remove the toolbar. Confirm your decision by clicking the OK button. 
  • Complete the removal of the toolbar by following the on-screen directions. 
  • Make sure that you perform a system restart after the removal of the toolbar.
With the help of the above article on how to remove Search Here toolbar, you have successfully uninstalled the malicious toolbar and freed your browser. Now, you can set up your preferred toolbar in the browser or manually set your favourite search engine and home page as default.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Many Small And Medium Businesses And Users Still Clinging On To XP

Windows XP, developed by the world’s largest software manufacturer, has been removed from the list of supported products recently. This means that there is no use in calling Windows support number, as you will not get any official support for issues with Windows XP.

Apart from the inability to avail technical assistance on Windows support number, you will not receive any security packages for XP too. This indicates that your Windows XP system lays exposed to hackers, who may exploit the security vulnerability.

This is old news, something that happened more than three months ago, but it has hardly made any difference to some Small and Medium scale businesses. These companies are still using the 13-year-old operating system. Let us analyze some reasons why these users are still clinging on to this outdated operating system and look upon the challenges posed when running an unsupported system.

Migration issues

Many businesses are so accustomed to and familiar with Windows XP that it is difficult to change their various applications, services, and operations that depend on Windows XP for smooth functioning. Some applications may function properly only in Windows XP. Preparing new applications that run on newer operating systems can be costly and tedious, where the migration itself is a hefty task.

Software support

Agreed, some small and medium businesses rely heavily on software applications written specifically for Windows XP. That fact should not be a deterrent for switching to better and advanced systems. They need to look at the long-term benefits of upgrading to newer operating systems, rather than stubbornly living in the past. As they have to upgrade anyhow – whether they like it or not – why not do it immediately.

Windows 7 offers a Windows XP mode that runs a virtual image of XP to run legacy applications you are familiar with. Even Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 platforms provide certain facilities that allow old programs to run smoothly.

Hardware Support

Most hardware vendors do not waste time, money, and effort in developing drivers for older applications that run on an unsupported operating system. So, even from the hardware angle, it is best to move on and switch to newer systems.


This is the biggest challenge Windows XP users have to face. Microsoft has abandoned Windows XP and with no support, hackers will be hovering like vultures to pounce on the dead Windows XP OS system. No matter how strong you make you system with third-party security systems; it may not suffice the task. Even many security firms have stopped providing updates that product Windows XP from new malicious codes.

So, if you are clinging on to Windows XP, better get ready to face all the challenges mentioned above. But as said, upgrading to another platform is the only way out.