Spybot Search & Destroy (SBSD) has been a favorite of ours and many in the industry for years. It was free to all and was one of the best cleaners that also provided proactive blocks to protect your computer. The interface has always been "clunky", but usable, until now. Spybot made their transition from their final one dot series to the two dot nearly a year ago and did a horrible job. To save some reading: Panther Computers will now be using MalwareBytes (MWB) free in place of Spybot Search & Destroy, but read further if you want to understand why.
Panther Computers has been a Gold level reseller for AVG for nearly a decade. We have been testing other antiviruses over the years and evaluating their effectiveness, impact on systems, and their value. As such we have been equally impressed with Avast as our second choice until recently. We became an authorized Avast reseller three years ago, but could never find an efficient way to purchase and incorporate their product into our daily processes. This hasn't changed, but what has changed is now Avast offers free basic protection to businesses as well as home users.
This means that we will now start using the Avast free products over AVG. Our new computers, now including notebooks, will have Avast free edition included. We will be using Avast in our tuneups - both the Full Panther Tuneup (now $95 without AVG) and where needed in the Panther Pounce Tuneup ($40). In all cases we will need your email address to activate Avast and to ensure the right product is installed, we need to know if your computer is for business or personal use. All my technicians for the last three years have been using Avast. We consistently see it providing better protection than AVG (AVG is still a close second) and with the free edition, you save money. Avast also has the ability to do a boot time scan for viruses that AVG still hasn't provided after ten years of asking. We are sure you'll enjoy the lower priced Tuneup and the savings of the free edition.
I'm here today to make you aware of a scam that I believe is happening with nearly all international call centers, but especially those in India. Based on dozens of conversations with my customers over the last three years, it is my belief that call center employees that answer calls for US based businesses like AT&T, Amazon, and other high profile companies are transferring calls out of the legitimate call center to illegitimate businesses that try to scam money from you.
Panther Computers now sells items on Amazon. We have over one hundred items available locally at our Milton location or you can order online and have it shipped. Eventually we will have all of our new inventory online at Amazon so you can see what we have in stock. Used items and parts will not be listed, so come by or call if you need these or special order items.
Once again we at Panther Computers would like to thank the community for another year in business. We have just completed our 11th year providing Northwest Florida computer sales and service and look forward in continuing to meeting your needs.
CoinBase is a virtual currency exchange for BitCoin that has become licensed in the US to exchange BitCoin for Dollars. Here is an article from PCWorld with the details:
Windows 10 is still in its testing phase and will undergo further changes between now and its final release date. However Panther Computers has been using Windows 10 for months now and are impressed. It has the speed of Windows 8 under the hood with a new interface that is a hybrid of Windows 8 tiles and the classic desktop most of us prefer.
Do to the increased number of ransomeware viruses being seen on computers being brought into Panther Computers, we are adding a new utility called Crypto Prevent to the software installed on computers during our Panther Tuneup. You can read the article below on CryptoWall for more details on ransomeware viruses and their effects. We will install the free edition, free to homeowners and businesses alike, but you may consider the paid premium version for automatic updates.
Over the last several years there have been several ransomeware viruses that will encrypt your data in a fashion that will cause you to loose the data or have to pay to get your files back. CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense, CTB Locker, and now CryptoWall. It is now more important than ever to ensure you have backups of all your important personal and business files as you could be infected from any number of sources.
We are modifying our store hours starting 12/3/2014 until further notice as shown on the right and as follows:
M-F After 6PM, Saturday - By appointment