Should Your Organization Start Upgrading Windows 7 OS

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Microsoft has set January 14, 2020 as the last day for support for one of its all time favorite operating systems, Windows 7. Even though many of you might feel that 2020 is a long way to go, some of the industry experts say that large organizations must start upgrading to a newer operating system at the earliest.

The Vice President of Gartner, Stephen Keynhans says, “Microsoft recently ended support for Windows XP and even though the end date was set in 2007 based on a life cycle support policy Microsoft introduced in 2004, many organizations were not able to completely eliminate the OS by the deadline. Nearly a quarter of PCs in organizations were still running Windows XP after support ended, leaving IT to figure out how to secure Windows XP and/or find funding to do so.”

According to Windows online support, organizations have three options to choose from. The first one is to start using Windows 8 on all newly bought PCs in the organization. The second option is to avoid Windows 8 installation completely and wait for the release of a newer operating system since Windows 7 would receive support until 2020. The third option is to replace all existing Windows 7 PCs with Windows 8. However, he says it may not be a wise move at this point since users can expect a newer operating system from Microsoft in the near future.

Keynhans says, “The biggest problem that organizations have with upgrading to new Windows releases is ensuring application compatibility. The vast majority of Win32 applications that run on Windows 7 will run on future releases, but having applications is only one component of application compatibility.” He adds, “Many organizations, especially those in industries with

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government oversight or compliance requirements, require applications to be officially supported by the independent software vendor (ISV) and/or go through validation processes to ensure compatibility. Such organizations may find skipping Windows 8 for most devices makes sense.”

Some of the organizations have slowly started the transition process from Windows 7 after Microsoft’s decision to end the Mainstream support next year. However, it is surprising to find that many organizations still run the outdated Windows XP operating systems on their PCs. Keep in mind that Windows XP support was ended by Microsoft this April.

Windows online support blogs say that using an unsupported operating system could prove to be dangerous and might result in numerous security threats.

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How To Uninstall Yahoo Toolbar From The Computer

Removing Yahoo Toolbar

           Yahoo Toolbar Removal

If you are planning to remove a toolbar or plug in from the browser, here are some instructions to do the same. The steps are relatively easy and quick to get rid of the toolbar.

Removing Yahoo toolbar from the computer

  • Launch the browser that you usually use, for example Google chrome.
  • You will find an icon with Three Lines to the upper right of the browser. Click on the same and from the ensuing menu, you will find the option that says Settings.
  • When you select Settings, a New Tab is opened in the browser that has all the options to Customize the browser in terms of toolbars and extensions.
  • To the left of this new page, you will find various options, select Extensions; this will display all the Extensions and plug ins present in the browser.
  • If you plan to use Yahoo toolbar later, then you have an option to Disable it, but if you plan to remove it completely from the browser, then you need to click on the Delete button that is to the right of the toolbar.
  • If you have any other extension to make changes, then you might do that as well, next you have to click on the option that says Settings.
  • This will give you the options to set the home page, and search page. Click on the section to set the home page. Delete all the home pages displayed in this section and set the home page as Google or any other web page.
  • There is also an option to set the Search Bar, Remove all the other unwanted selections and set Google as the Search Page.
  • When you are done with these, Restart the browser and check if the toolbar has been completely removed.

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              Toolbar Removal Utility

You can also remove the toolbar from the Control Panel in order to remove it completely from the computer.

  • Open the Control Panel and open the icon for Add\Remove Programs (this icon is different on different computers; in some OS versions, it is Remove Programs)
  • When you open the Add\Remove Programs window, you will find all the programs installed in the computer. Select the one that you are planning to remove and click on the option labeled Uninstall to remove it completely from the computer.
  • Restart the computer for the changes to become effective and refresh the system with the changes made.

These are the simple steps involved in removing Yahoo toolbar from the browser and the computer. Contact our tech support desk for any further assistance.

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Manually Removing LookSafe Yahoo Search

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LookSafe Yahoo search is one of the most unsafe search engines that have the capacity to intrude with computers. The search engine navigates through your online activities, hijacks all the browser requests, and drastically changes all the settings of the internet browser. In general, these viruses are designed in such a way that they can commit cyber attacks by dropping the paid ads or dropping the toolbar out of the browser all of a sudden. This happens irrespective of the browser used.

If you are thinking about removing Yahoo toolbar, you need to remove it manually, especially in the case of LookSafe search engine. The usual method of removing it from the browser as an extension or resetting the browser will not be effective. The other usual method of uninstalling it from the Control Panel would also not prove to be effective.

You need to work on the registry keys, find the right registry and delete the same. This is the only way to get rid of LookSafe Yahoo toolbar effectively. Nevertheless, this also requires a solid knowledge about registry keys and the system files to do it right. The risk of deleting the wrong key is very crucial and it is better not to do it if you are not sure.

Here are steps to get rid of Yahoo toolbar from Google Chrome,

  • Open Google Chrome browser and click on the Chrome menu with three lines on the browser toolbar. Select the option for Settings.
  • From the Search section, click on the option labeled Manage Search Engines. Check if the search engine that you prefer is listed under preferred search engines. If it is not, move the mouse pointer and click on one to make it the default search engine.

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    Removing Toolbars

  • Delete all other search engines that you are suspicious about and the ones that are not necessary. Click on the X button to remove them.
  • A web address appears when the check box Show Home button is checked. Either you can change the address of the home page to the preferred one or you can leave it as such. To make changes to the link, click on Change.
  • Now Restart the browser for the changes to become effective.

Follow these steps to get rid of Yahoo search bar in case you are not sure about removing it manually. You can either look for support online, try re-installing the browser, or remove Yahoo toolbar from Control Panel, which are alternatives to removing Yahoo toolbar manually.

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Updating Sound Drivers In Windows

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One of the most common issues that most of the Windows computers suffer from is that related to sound. The best thing to do when you find issues with the sound system of your computer is to contact the Windows online support desk. However, you can perform some simple steps for fixing the issues yourself before contacting the support team. The first thing that you need to do when you find troubles related to sound is to update the sound drivers of the system. A small update of the drivers will fix almost all issues related to sound drivers in the Windows operating computers.

The main reason for the presence of the problem is the installation of new sound devices or upgrading the operating system to a new version. If you have upgraded your computer to a new operating system then the chances are slight for the old sound drivers to work fine with the new environment. Therefore, it is advised that you install the updated drivers for a new operating system when you upgrade the operating system of the computer. The same applies even if you are downgrading the operating system too.

You have to find the correct version of the driver software that is compatible with the version of the operating system installed in your system and install it for fixing the issues with the sound drivers. There are many ways to install the latest sound drivers to your system; here we mention some of the common ways that anyone can follow without any hassles.

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If you update the system at regular intervals, there is a high chance for fixing the issues with the sound drivers. Windows online support center states that updating your system regularly will make sure that the system has all the latest and necessary drivers necessary for running all the hardware attached to the system. Microsoft makes it a point to release new updates for their operating systems so that the issues with the system can be fixed easily.

Use Software Disc

The simplest method for installing the driver for working the sound device is to install the driver software that came with the device. All manufacturers attach a CD containing the necessary drivers for each versions of the operating system. Once you have collected the device for the system, make sure that you install the drivers by inserting the driver CD that came with the device.

If you follow, the tips provided above, the issues with sound devices and drivers can be easily fixed.

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Instructions To Remove Yahoo Toolbar From Your System

Removing Yahoo Toolbar

     Removing Toolbars

Yahoo toolbar is a browser add-on that is developed and marketed by the popular search engine Yahoo for helping its customers get fast results from Yahoo. However, the toolbar slows down the browsing speed and the users may try to remove it from their system. Follow the simple instructions given below to remove the toolbar from the system for good.

Instructions To Remove From Firefox

  • Open the Firefox web browser by double clicking on its icon found in the desktop. however if you aren’t  able to find the shortcut icon for the web browser, click on the Start button and then on the All Programs tab. Now you will be able to see all the programs installed with your system. Click on the Mozilla Firefox tab for launching the Firefox web browser.
  • Once the web browser window appears on the screen, click on the Tools menu found at the top of the web browser. From the drop down menu that appears on the screen, click on the Extensions tab.
  • A new window will now pop open on the screen showing all the extensions installed with your system. Look for the Yahoo! Toolbar in the list and click on it for selecting the toolbar. You will be able to see the Uninstall option in the window, click on it for removing the toolbar from your system. If the browser asks you for confirmation, confirm it by clicking on the OK button.
  • Close the Firefox web browser once the un-installation process is complete and restart the program to make the changes complete.

Instructions To Remove From Internet Explorer

  • Press the Windows key found in the keyboard for opening the Start menu and then click on the Control Panel tab for opening the Control Panel window.
  • In the window, look for the option labeled as Add/Remove Programs and click on it if you are using Windows XP operating system. However if you are using Windows 7 operating system, click on the link labeled as Uninstall a program found under the Programs tab.

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                    Toolbar Removal

  • A new window will now appear on the screen displaying all the programs installed with your system. Look for the toolbar in the list by scrolling through the list.
  • Right click on the Yahoo! Toolbar when you find it and then click on the Uninstall button for removing Yahoo toolbar from your system.
  • If the system asks you for confirmation, confirm the toolbar removal process. Restart the system when the process completes to make the changes permanent.

If you follow the simple instructions given above, you will be able to remove Yahoo toolbar from your system with ease. Contact our tech support desk for any further assistance with removing Yahoo toolbar.

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