About My-PCConsultnat:

My name is Wayne Setzer pic, pic and I am the founder and owner of My-PCConsultant.  In 2005 I started My-PCConsultant to help my Church members and Neighborhood neighbors, many who are elder, with their PC needs. I retired from UNISYS (Burroughs) and McKesson Corporation in 2008 with over 50+ years experience working on computers, starting with military computers (using tubes) in 1959 to medium and large mainframe computers and present day desktop and laptop pc's.  Check my qualifications   - - > Here < - -.

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Microsofts Safetey Scanner

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Link to GRC ShieldsUp software. This link will help you determine if your pc is vulnerable on the internet.

Link to Patch-My-PC Software Inspector

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Tech Support Forum

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Internet Privacy and Security:

Concerned about you privacy when surfing on the internet, your ISP provider selling off all the information they collect about your connections. If not you should be.

One way to help with your privacy, security, and safety on the internet is to use a  VPN or Virtual Private Network A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. VPNs are most often used by corporations to protect sensitive data. However, using a personal VPN is increasingly becoming more popular as more interactions that were previously face-to-face transition to the Internet. Privacy is increased with a VPN because the user's initial IP address is replaced with one from the VPN provider. This method allows subscribers to attain an IP address from any gateway city the VPN service provides. For instance, you may live in San Francisco, but with a VPN, you can appear to live in Amsterdam, New York, or any number of gateway cities. service when surfing the internet. There are both free and ones you can purchase. Both of these types require you to install more software on the pc. Also most free ones have a limit on the data you can pass thru them.

There is an exception that I have been using when using my laptop and tablet pc away from my home network at any hotspot wifi connection in a hotel, airport, coffee shop, etc. and that is to use a web browser with a builtin or addon VPN. NOTE: Also be sure the Windows Firewall is turned on if away from your home network.

There are addon extension VPN's for both the Chrome and Firefox browsers. These addons require you to download the addon and then create an account and login to use them. I use the addon from HOXX for both of these browsers. The current OPERA browser has a free built in VPN. No addon to down load and install but turned off by default but are very easy to enable. Also you do not have to create an account or login to use.
NOTE: All browser addon VPN's are only active when you are using the browser to connect to any website. If you use a client email program such as Thunderbird or other to connect to your email without using a browser, these browser VPN's will NOT be active and give you any protection.

Some questions I get from customers:

One of the main problems I hear from customers is: my computer is so slow I can't get anything done. Can you help me. About 90% of the time the answer to this is YES. The other times the PC has just outlived it's life and will need to be replaced.

A few of the many causes of this problem are: computer virus, malware (spyware) programs that were installed when another program was being installed, registry problems, dirt and dust buildup inside the pc causing it to overheat, not enough memory, plus others . All of these problems I am able to help you with. I can also help you with the security of your pc.

Another question I hear often is: I want to discard or give away my old computer but am concern about the data that might still be on the hard  drive. Should I be! YES, even through you have deleted the files, formatted the disk, or the computer will not boot up because of problems, the data is still physical on the hard drive and can be retrieved with generally available software. Before you donate or give away that pc, I can rewrite the entire drive with a random pattern of data (even if the computer will not boot up) which will overwrite any previous files and data on the drive or I can remove and physically destroy the hard drive.

Another area I am often ask about is: my small business needs a website , can you help me here. Again the answer to this is YES. Every Business, no mater how small, needs a Web presence.  You can view some websites created by My-PCConsultant   - - > Here < - -.