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Continous Maintenance Program

Our remote continuous maintenance service offers complete peace of mind to both residential and commercial customers. Leave the continuous routine computer maintenance to us. With this service, we’ll have the ability to securely dial into your computer and resolve issues we identify. We monitor the computer continuously for threats, vulnerabilities, software patches, installation of unwanted applications, and backup completions. With our auditing and inventory configurations, we can track hardware and software detail no matter where the system is located throughout the world. We also provide insight into your CPU, disk, memory, bandwidth, and bottlenecks. In addition, we can also offer a complete antivirus and anti-malware solution that is the corporate grade for additional protection. Let us reliably patch your system with the latest tested Microsoft patches as well as other third-party applications updates. Think of it like home security but for your computer and network.

UNLIMITED
MAINTENANCE

Per Device, Per Month
$ 14
99
Per Device, Per Month
  • 24x7x365 Continuous Maintenance
  • 30+ Points of Management
  • Operating System Updates
  • Hardware Driver Updates
  • Maintain Restore Points
  • System Optimizations
  • Security Monitoring
  • Software Updates
  • Audit & Inventory
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ANTIVIRUS
SOLUTIONS

Per Device, Per Month
$ 4
99
Per Device, Per Month
  • Commercial Grade Solution
  • VB100 Certified Protection
  • Ransomware Protection
  • Antivirus Protection
  • Email Protection

















SECURE!

DESKTOP
BACKUPS

Per Device , Per Month
$ 14
99
Per Device, Per Month
  • Unlimited Storage Space
  • 256bit Cloud Backups
  • Continuous Protection
  • Limitless Bandwidth
  • Retention Periods
  • Unlimited Space
  • No File Size Limits
  • Ransomware Recovery







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SERVER
BACKUPS

Per Server, Per Month
$ 24
99
Per Server, Per Month
  • Unlimited Storage Space
  • 256bit Cloud Backups
  • Continuous Protection
  • Limitless Bandwidth
  • Retention Periods
  • Unlimited Space
  • No File Size Limits
  • Ransomware Recovery






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WHAT WE DO

Our routine covers 30+ areas of interest. We’ll install a lightweight agent on your computer that will call home to us with potential issues, available updates, and other system details as mentioned above. With our routine maintenance, you will enjoy a faster computer and faster internet speeds. Your personal data will be secure from prying eyes. We watch the health of your system and report only necessary findings.

The service ensures a trustworthy professional will keep close eyes on the health of your computer continuously. Our employees will inspect, repair, and optimize your device as needed. We ensure your software is up-to-date, firewalls and anti-malware protection are working, and that your computer is performing better than ever.

Our maintenance service is one-of-a-kind and offers Prevention, Protection, and Peace of Mind! Our competitors cannot offer a better service or a better price.

Remote Maintenance Service (Desktops / Laptops) Offers

  • Remove viruses, spyware, bloatware, and pop-ups while increasing speed.
  • Update AntiVirus and Firewalls while increasing protection.
  • Update Backup Software and Schedules while increasing peace of mind.
  • Enable and Configure System Restore Points allowing rollback options.
  • Perform System Optimizations.
  • Protect against the latest Ransomware Outbreaks.
  • Perform Windows and Application Updates further securing your machine.
  • Update hardware drivers and BIOS updates for better performance and stability.
  • Unlimited Free Email Support*

Requirements

While there are no contracts for this service, we do require the computer be connected to the internet and our agent software running. Doing this allows us to perform routines with no interruptions to your busy day.

If you’ve ever brought your computer to us to be worked on; it’s that same level of service but every day and there is no need to bring your system into us!

 

 

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Should You Buy a Mac or a PC?

Mac or PC

Should You Buy a Mac or a PC?

It seems the debate about buying a Mac or a PC computer has been around since the beginning of the computing age, and there still appears to be no resolution in sight. These days however, the lines are blurring between the two operating systems, with the availability of cloud storage and cloud computing at the back end of both systems, and many of the same apps available to both.

Mac or PC
In truth, both machine types have always been very capable of accomplishing computing tasks, but have simply gone about it in different ways. There are still some reasons why you might want to purchase an Apple machine or a PC running the Windows operating system, depending on your personal preferences.

Here are some of the differences which might appeal to you personally, and sway you toward one computer versus the other.

Screen considerations

If you’re a big fan of touchscreen capability, you might want to lean toward a PC with the newest Windows operating system, because Apple has yet to incorporate touchscreen into its own technology portfolio. Users who prefer navigating with a swipe of their finger rather than using some kind of mouse are likelier to find a computer which appeals to them in the Windows arena rather than in Apple. On the other hand, Retina Display, which reduces glare and makes the screen easier to view for longer periods of time, is more apt to be found on Apple machines, and is not in widespread use on PC’s.

Availability

This is one major difference that is likely to remain intact for quite some time, since it has to do with the respective manufacturers. Mac computers are only available for purchase through Apple, whereas PC’s running Windows are available from a whole slew of different manufacturers. The practical impact of this is that Apple computers tend to be priced similarly no matter who you buy them from – but PC’s are available with a broad range of pricing, depending on what kinds of features are included on specific machines, and which manufacturer produced the machine.
It also means that when you need repairs, most take your Mac to an Apple computer repair service, whereas PC’s can be fixed by most repair companies, no matter who made the machine. As for us, we can work on both.

Performance

In terms of memory and hard drive storage, most PC’s have a slight edge over Macs. Whereas PC’s tend to have between 2 and 8+ GB of RAM, standard Mac machines generally come equipped with between 1 and 4 GB+ of RAM. The same difference holds true for hard drive space, with PC’s routinely providing more space than Macs.

 

Question to Ask Yourself before you buy

No days, buying either is much like buying a Ford or a Chevy. Which one do you like the most? Here are some questions that may help you identify what direction to go.

  1. Where is all my data now? Do you have data in the cloud such as movies, music, pictures, documents, etc? If it sits will Google you might just want to stick with a PC. If it sits with Apple you may want to move to Mac for better integration.
  2. What is my budget? If a new Mac is in the budget then great. Keep in mind for the same amount you spend on 1 Apple you might be able to get two very decent PC’s. PC parts are generally much cheaper to replace or repair.
  3. What do I use my computer for? If you use your computer for cruising the internet only, save the money and get a PC. If you require video, photo, and music editing, Mac has the edge. Game much? go with PC’s

At the end of the day this is your choice. Don’t let anyone settle you either way. We have customers that have switched to Mac’s and hate them. We have customers that switched to PC’s and hate them. Use your best judgement. Spend the right amount of money for you and give it some time to learn. Where most go wrong is comparing a $2000 Mac to a $500 PC. Be sure to compare equivalent prices when comparing Apples to PC. Our bet is you’ll get more bang for your buck with PC than a Mac, But which operating system to you like most?

 

 

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Slow Browsing? Faulty Internet or Computer?

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Slow Browsing? Faulty Internet or Computer?

You’re all set for a fun session of surfing the internet, your mind is racing ahead with all the possibilities you want to explore and the results you are expecting to be pleased by – but for some reason, pages are loading slowly, images fill in at a snail’s pace, and navigation is so slow you could walk to the next site faster. What gives? What’s responsible for this agonizingly poor performance, that’s turning your pleasurable browsing time into a frustrating session of hair-pulling? You can of course, call your expert PC repair company, but you may want to check for some of these possibilities first.Slow Computers

Excessive number of add-ons

It’s fairly common for computer users to download too many add-ons, or even some that are somewhat malicious, over the course of their computer’s life, and many times these interfere with efficient browser functionality. It’s also entirely possible that you have downloaded a browser extension at some point which is itself a source of poor performance because it downloads ads and displays pop-ups whenever you open your browser. You can cure this yourself by searching for your browser’s extension manager and disabling the ones you don’t need.

Your computer has a virus or malware

Everyone knows that the Internet is is like a minefield loaded with viruses, malware, and spyware, and no matter how careful you are about the sites you visit, you have the potential to involuntarily download one of them every time you fire up your machine. Any of these malicious objects can slow your computer’s performance, because they’re running scans in the background which suck up machine cycles and resources. Luckily, there are a number of really good anti-virus, anti-malware programs which can protect your computer from most of the nasty stuff out there.

Too many programs running

While your computer is built to multi-task efficiently, it will inevitably slow down when you have a huge number of windows open with resources allocated to each of them. A big part of your computer’s capability for running multiple processes concurrently depends on how much random-access memory (RAM) it came with. RAM facilitates the processing of several programs at once. When the demands of all these programs exceed your RAM and your processing power, you’ll quickly begin to notice a slowdown. The obvious solution here is to just shut down some of the windows you’re using, to free up valuable resources. 

Your hard drive is nearly full

When you get to the point where your computer’s hard drive has reached about 90% of capacity, all processing will slow down to a virtual crawl. Full hard drives even prevent your machine from booting up properly. Periodically check how much storage is being used on your hard drive to make sure it never gets anywhere near this threshold. These days all kinds of files and other storage hogs can be moved to the cloud. Pull up your file manager and review applications and files which are taking up an enormous amount of space but not needed. After doing this, run CCleaner to empty out additional trash files. It may be time to replace the old hard drive with a new solid state drive.

 

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2016 & 2017 Angie’s List Award Winner

2016 & 2017 Angie’s List Award Winner
Computer Repair Award 20172016 Angie's List Award Winner

iNFLUX PC, LLC Earns Esteemed Angie’s List Super Service Award, 2 years running. The Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

iNFLUX PC, LLC has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016 and 2017.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the Technology Services companies in Phoenix Valley, Arizona were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 & 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“We are honored and excited to accept this award! We pride ourselves on maintaining 100% customer satisfaction.” said Brad, the company owner.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high-quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Check out our other 2016 award from Expertise.com

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Tips on Knowing When to Buy a New Computer

When to buy a new computer

Tips on Knowing When to Buy a new Computer

Knowing when to buy a new computer can be tricky unless a catastrophic event like a hard disk crash, someone steals your laptop, or a piano falls on your CPU, forces you into action. Since most people don’t really know when it’s time to replace their computer, they tend to accept its operating quirks and work around them far longer than they really should.

When to buy a new computer

Of course, if you know a really good computer repair service, the technicians will tell you what the true condition of your machine is, but it will still help for you to observe behaviors which seem to be unusual or abnormal about your computer’s operation. Here are some warning signs that can help alert you to the fact it may be time to replace your old system. If you observe just one of these indicators, that may not be decisive on its own, but when you see several of these warning signs, it’s a pretty good bet that your computer is trying to tell you it’s ready for retirement.

New operating system won’t install

Years ago, most people used to stick with the operating system that was installed on the computer when they bought it, since new versions were only released every three or four years. Both Apple and Microsoft are now moving to the point where they release an operating system update on a near-annual basis, which is made available as a free download. When you can’t install the newest update on your machine, it’s a bad sign; however, sometimes there a workarounds.

Can’t run new apps and games

The requirements for new applications and video games are becoming greater all the time, and when you reach the point where you can’t run a lot of these on your machine, it’s time for some kind of upgrade.

Slow performance

This is probably most noticeable during boot-up time and when you have several tabs open at the same time. Granted, a good system cleaning may be all you need, but eventually even cleaning won’t help. Sometimes a Solid State Drive (SSD) or a memory upgrade can fix the slowness.

Running out of space and memory

Check on your available storage. How much hard drive space do you need? Do you have enough? Every once in a while, open file explorer and check it out. Also open task manager to see how much CPU and RAM is used up. If CPU usage is at 80% or greater, that could be a good sign that your computer’s hardware is close to being maxed out.

Can’t connect newer devices

This is one of the most tell-tale signs that your computer is aging. All new gadgets you want to try out simply don’t work when you try to connect them to your machine. For instance, when you try to hook up a brand-new 4K monitor to your system, and it looks like you need a new pair of glasses, that’s your computer shouting out ‘incompatibility’. It’s time to buy a new computer.

 

 

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Take Good Care of Your Computer

Take Good Care of Your Computer

Take Good Care of Your ComputerTaking good care of your computer directly affects its performance and its shelf life. It’s a good idea to make yourself aware of what affects the performance of your machine and what causes degradation. Cost of computers are down an awful lot but a computer purchase still represents a significant investment.

That means you should do whatever you can to keep it in good running condition, and avoid the necessity of computer repair. Without getting too deep into tech life, here are some things you can do that will help keep your computer in tip-top shape.

Keep it cool

Heat kills. Plain and simple. Heat may be the biggest single factor in your computer’s day-to-day performance. When the interior components of a computer get warm or hot, their performance is degraded. You’ll notice your computer running more slowly. Computer cases are designed the way they are, with vents strategically placed, and with fans that runs constantly to keep things cool. If you place your computer next to a wall and block any of those vents, you prevent the cooling system from functioning as intended. Make sure your PC is located somewhere so that all sides remain unobstructed, and air can be exchanged freely.

Keep it clean

Another computer killer is dust or debris. Both increase heat and degrade machine performance. Dust, cat hair, and smoke circulating in the air around your computer will automatically be sucked into the case and settle on the components.

If it gets severe enough, it will block gum up the fans and render air exchange non-operational. Keep in mind, even when properly placed there will still be dust. Periodically remove the cover, and blow away as much of that dust as possible with compressed air. Whatever you do, don’t use a rag or cloth to clean the interior, and never use traditional cleaning products when you’re cleaning the inside.

Keep it current

Your computer needs protection from more things than dust and heat. Nasty-minded folks out there will try to gain control of your machine, corrupt it, and hold it for ransom. Make sure you have good anti-virus software installed and keep it current, it knows  know how to stop all the latest malware on the Internet. While you’re at it, keep your computer current with the latest updates from Microsoft or Apple. Most updates are security-related and help keep your computer safe from attacks.

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Best Computer Repair

Expertise Award - Best Computer Repair Service in Phoenix, AZ 2016

Best computer repair service!

We are so honored and proud to find out that Expertise.com awareded us the “best computer repair service” in Phoenix Arizona for 2016!
Check us out on their award page located here: www.expertise.com/az/phoenix/computer-repair

Who was the competition?

Expertise looked at a total of 268 Computer Repair Services located in and around Phoenix; including Goodyear, AZ, Avondale, AZ, Buckeye, AZ, Peoria, AZ, and other major cities in the entire Phoenix Valley. Expertise picked us to be in their top 20 in order to connect people to the best local experts. They analyzed and scored Phoenix’s computer repair service businesses on more than 25 variables across six categories to give their visitors a hand-picked list of the best computer repair service companies in and around Phoenix, AZ.

CriteriaExpertise Award - Best Computer Repair Service in Phoenix, AZ 2016

  • Reputation – A history of delighted customers as a signal of outstanding service.
  • Credibility – Building customer confidence with licensing, industry accreditation’s, and awards.
  • Experience – Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.
  • Availability – Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.
  • Professionalism – Providing customers a seamless experience both online and off.
  • Engagement – Actively engaged with their customers across a number of platforms.

Read up on our latest Google Business reviews and find out why our customers think we are the best! We look forward to continuing our service offerings and helping our customers find the best solutions that fit their budget; including computer repair, technology advice, web design and hosting services, wireless network security, parental controls, and data restoration services.  How is is that we offer the best service in Phoenix?… By being honest and fair.

Spread the word to your friends and family and let us become your favorite award winning personal IT department!

Thanks for reading and we looking forward to working with you!

 

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Monthly Computer Maintenance Service

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Monthly Computer Maintenance Service is now available!

Monthly Computer Maintenance ServiceWe’re excited to present a new service offering that gives our customers the best protection, absolute prevention, and overall peace-of-mind regarding their technology; monthly computer maintenance service is now here! On a monthly basis, we’ll protect your personal information, secure your critical data, and clean up your system.

We know regular vehicle oil changes, routine doctors checkups, reviewing checking accounts, and servicing AC units before summer hits are all good practices; however, computer users forget about maintaining their computers until it’s too late. We remove malware from every system, every time; that’s a fact.

Computer users are going way to long without servicing their laptops and desktops. Software is constantly changing, hardware is still breaking, and security attacks will likely never cease.

We developed a program that will keep close eyes on the health of your system, every month. Our trusted professionals will remote in each month to inspect, repair, and optimize your computers. We’ll ensure your software is up-to-date, protection is working, and your computer is running as fast as it should be.

Our monthly service is one-of-a-kind and offers Protection, Prevention, and Peace of Mind!

Is it worth it?

If we’ve had the privilege of working with you in the past, you’ll know that the computer maintenance service is absolutely worth it. Below is a brief list of what this service has to offer:

  • Initial Tune Up and Setup Fee Included ($120 Value)
  • Prevent and remove viruses, spyware, bloatware, etc.
  • Update System Protection Software
  • Performance, Security, and Optimization Enhancements
  • Windows & Application Updates
  • Driver and BIOS Updates
  • Web Protection for all Home devices
  • 20% Discount On Additional Services
  • Keep it running smooth!

What is required?

There are no scary contracts; however, we do have a few requirements for our interested customers:

  • Internet connection and computer left powered on
  • Credit/Debit Card left on file for automatic billing
  • 12-month verbal commitment

What does monthly computer maintenance cost?

The price is $15 per month, per device. If you have more than 3 devices, we’ll work with you on special pricing.

 

Enroll Today!

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How to identify fake emails used to steal info

FedEx Phishing Email Example

There are so many scams out there that are designed to steal your information. One of these scams is known as phishing. According to Wikipedia, “Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

FedEx Phishing Email ExampleSimply put, hackers draft and send emails and publish websites that look almost exactly like the real deal in hopes to steal your private information. Here is how they do it:

Hackers first create crafty email that use real logos, names, addresses, and information from your favorite shipping company, bank, auction house, and whatever other popular site you might use to take care of your virtual errands. These emails look legit but always have blatant red flags. They also always include a call to action and for you erroneously be tricked into clicking.

Do you see the red flag in the screen shot above?

The email is from someone called Gillian; however, the email address shows Erickalt@mail4y.com. Why would FedEx send an email from @mail4y.com instead of from @fedex.com? Another Red Flag you can’t see right away, but is there, is when you hover over the “click here” and “view messages” button; the links have nothing to do with FedEx and fedex.com is no where to be found even when hovering over the unsubscribe link.

Common Call to Actions found in phishing emails

  • Click Here
  • View this Message
  • Reset Your Password
  • Respond Immediately
  • Track Your Package
  • Download this File.

Keep in mind, if you delete the email, never respond, never click the link, or never download the file, their plan has failed. They never gain a thing by you just opening and reading the email.

Hackers use nearly identical websites that also contain logos, logon forms, password reset fields, and other basic information to get you to believe you are at the correct site. They hope you type in your real username, password, social security number, mothers maiden name, etc into their fake site. Submitting this information captures the data and then they turn around and use it to sign into your site later or sell your information onto the next thief. From there, there is no telling what they can get at.

These scams are not viruses or spyware so the best way to protect yourself against phishing attempts is to learn how to identify phishing emails. Here are some common tips.

How to identify fake emails used to steal info

  1. Fake URL’s – Keep an eye out for fake URL’s. You can see where the link goes before you click it by hovering your mouse over the link. Does the link go to a known website / URL? Never click a link until you are sure you know where it goes. For example, if your email came from “FedEx” but the link within the email goes to www.fedrex.com, you should not click it. Hackers are sly and hoping you don’t spot the mistake in their ‘from’ email address or domain name.
  2. Threatening or Pushy – Does the email sound threatening or pushy to get your personal information? No respectable company will ask you for passwords, birth date, PINS, or other sensitive information over an email. They will not threaten with lawsuits, cancellation of services, or increased fees by you not responding. So, unless you are expecting them to email you and you are aware of some kind of late payment then don’t be alarmed.
  3. Grammar – How is the spelling and grammar in the email? Sometimes just reading the email thoroughly will display grammatical red flags. Does the email sound like it is coming from a foreign country? If so, it probably is. Mass emails from real US companies that you likely do business with are carefully drafted and proofread multiple times before sent. You might find one mistake but the entire email will not be riddled with them.
  4. Sender’s Email Address – Look closely at the sender’s address. Does it match the right company? For example; if the email is from FedEx, did the person that sent you the email display @fedex.com or @mail4y.com? Never trust “business communication” sent from a public email domain such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.
  5. Your Name – Check your name. Did the business address you by the correctly spelled name or is it something generic like, “Valued Customer”? Real companies have your real name and will likely use it; hackers, only have your email address and hopefully nothing else until you give it to them.

Ask yourself these simple question when dealing with Phishing emails.

  1. Do you recognize the sender? Am I affiliated with the person or company that is sending me the email?
  2. Are you expecting the email? Did I ever ship a package with FedEx? If not, why would they be reaching out?
  3. Are they threatening me? Is there a call to action that sounds urgent, severe, or threatening? Should I be expect this?
  4. Do the links match the sender?

Always error on the side of deleting the email if you cannot decide if it is a trick. Many times you can simply copy and paste a portion of the body into Google and you’ll get results indicating it’s a scam. You can also forward the email to support@influxpc.com and we’ll show you the red flags and let you know if the email is phishing or not.

Stay safe and avoid a nightmare by responding, clicking links, or providing these hackers with your personal information.

 

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Google Chrome expires on old operating systems April 2016

Chrome Nag
Please be aware that Google plans to end support for the Google Chrome web browser, running on older operating systems in April 2016. Be aware that Google will no longer update the application and will not release security patches after April. If you are running Google Chrome on an older operating system, you may begin seeing this message in your Chrome browser:
“​this computer will soon stop receiving google chrome updates because windows xp and windows vista will no longer be supported.”
​this computer will soon stop receiving google chrome updates because windows xp and windows vista

What does “no longer supported” mean?

By continuing to use the browser after April 2016, you will increase vulnerability to hacks, viruses, malware, and loss of personal information as Google will no longer release fixes to newly found problems with the browser. This only impacts customers using Windows XP, Vista, Max OS X 10.5 (or older) and also non-supported versions of Linux. If you are running Windows 7, 8, or 10 you are perfectly fine and may disregard. If you are still running Windows XP, get off now, it expired April 2015.

What options do I have?

This is a big deal but you have options to prepare you for April 2016. When Google no longer supports the Google Chrome browser you’ll want to already have one of these options completed.
  1. STOP USING GOOGLE CHROME ON OLD OPERATING SYSTEMS – This one is simple enough, just uninstall Google Chrome and stop using it on your old computer. Instead, use Internet Explorer or FireFox as your default browser. This will buy you time, at least until Windows Vista support expires in April 2017. Internet Explorer is already installed on your computer and FireFox is a free download, so there are not costs associated with this approach.
  2. UPGRADE YOUR COMPUTER TO WINDOWS 7 or NEWER –  Remember, Google Chrome is still supported on newer operating systems and is an awesome (the best!) web browser. Keep in mind, if you upgrade the operating system, you might as well upgrade the hard drive at the same time and give your system a complete overhaul.
  3. BUY A NEW COMPUTER – Buying a new computer is an expensive option; however, it might just be the best option depending how old your computer is. We can help you with determining what is best to do.

Here is the notification from Google regarding the end of support for Google Chrome web browser on older computer operating systems.

Are you ready? Let us know how we can help get you there.

Information from Google about Google Chrome

Google Chrome’s support for the following platforms will end in April 2016:
  • Windows XP and Windows Vista.

  • Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8.

  • Any 32-bit Linux, as well as Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) and Debian 7 (Wheezy).

Starting April 2016, Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes. If you are still on one of these unsupported platforms, we encourage you to move to a newer operating system to ensure that you continue to receive the latest Chrome versions and features.

FAQ

Q: When does support end for these platforms?
A: April 2016.

Q: Will I still be able to use Chrome on these platforms?
A: Yes, Chrome will continue to function as normal on these platforms. However, you will no longer receive updates and security fixes.

Q: Why is Google doing this?
A: These platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple. Such older platforms are missing critical security updates and have a greater potential to be infected by viruses and malware. In particular, computers running Windows XP haven’t received security patches in over a year and are facing a number of critical security vulnerabilities. At the operating system level, computers running XP are inherently in danger of being infected by malware and viruses, making it increasingly difficult for Chrome to provide a secure browsing environment. That is why we strongly encourage everyone to update to a supported, secure operating system.

Q: What should I do?
A: We encourage you to move to a newer operating system to ensure that you continue to receive the latest Chrome versions and features.

If your computer is not able to support these newer operating systems, you may want to consider investing in a modern computer, Mac or Chromebook.