Netzen Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:01:43 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Best Free Anti Ransomware Software Fri, 19 May 2017 10:30:41 +0000 It has been all over the news lately, the WannaCry Ransomware struck fear into organisations around the world. With huge attacks against global organisations like the NHS, how can one stay safe against the imminent threat of Ransomware?

Before we go further, let’s define what Ransomware is:

Ransomware is a category of malicious software designed to block access to your computer and files until you pay a sum of money. It does this by encrypting your files, often using unbreakable encryption levels. The victim will then be alerted via a popup or message box left on screen that in order to get their files back they will need to transfer money to the attackers who will then send the decryption key allowing you to unlock your encrypted files. Often your PC will be unusable and locked out with a black screen and a message will be displayed with a countdown style timer alerting you that if you do not pay the sum of money (usually around £300) before the countdown reaches zero, then your decryption key will be deleted and your data/files will remain encrypted and lost.

Below are some tips and links to free anti ransomware software that will help protect you.

Top 3 Free Anti Ransomware Solutions:

1) Bitdefender Anti Ransomware Tool

Bitdefender are a leading antivirus vendor from eastern Europe and like most antivirus vendors offer a suite of security tools.

Features and Limits of Free Version:

  • Completely free for you to download and use, aims to block Ransomware from being installed.
  • Software does not use much CPU power and sits in your system tray with a red icon.
  • It uses the latest technology to protect against CTB-Locker, Locky, Petya and TeslaCrypt Ransomware attacks.
  • Can run alongside most antivirus solutions.
  • Non-intrusive and easy to use.
  • Con: only protects against 4 types of anti Ransomware.

2) Kaspersky Anti Ransomware Tool

Kaspersky, originally a Russian firm offering a large and successful suite of antivirus software solutions is a highly respected vendor of security tools.

Features and Limits of Free Version:

  • Completely free to download, aims to block Ransomware from being installed.
  • Linked to Kaspersky’s main cloud database and gets daily updates of known threats.
  • Good detection rate, for a free product.
  • Can run alongside most other antivirus solutions.
  • Con: English only.

3) Malwarebytes Anti Ransomware

Malwarebytes have produced an extremely successful set of anti malware tools and have now entered the anti ransomware market with a beta release.

  • Free to use, with good detection rate and large database.
  • Light installer which sits silently in your system tray.
  • Works fine alongside other antivirus solutions.
  • Con: beta still, use on production environment at your own risk.

 Tips – How to protect yourself from Ransomware attacks:

  1. Take regular backups – it’s important to assume you will at some point become infected with malware/ransomware, because although the above solutions are very good, it’s simply not possible to protect against every emerging threat with 100% accuracy. You should aim to take regular backups that are ‘offsite’ using the cloud. Should you need a remote backup solution, get in touch with us and we can install a daily remote backup solution for on your key computer systems/servers.
  2. Be Vigilant – It’s important to be careful when opening emails, as phishing attacks and ‘click bait’ scams are the leading cause of Ransomware infections. If you are in any doubt about the authenticity of an email then do not open any links or attachments as these may infect you. Install some anti spam solutions to help fight rogue emails, we made a free anti-spam post here, so check that out. If you are a business looking for a corporate solution to filter spam/viruses and malware from emails before it enters your network, get in touch.
  3. Patch your systems – Keep your operating system fully up to date, ensure you have the latest security updates from Microsoft, Apple or your Linux distro vendors. If you patch against known security vulnerabilities, the Ransomware/malware will be unable to compromise your systems in the first place.
  4. Use Anti-virus and Anti-malware – As well as using one of the above Anti Ransomware solutions, you should have an up to date anti-virus solution AND anti-malware solution to protect you from a range of potential security threats.



How the Internet Revolutionized Offline Retail Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:30:09 +0000 Here we have an amazing infographic from the folks at the people counter website called that takes a look at how the internet has changed offline retail forever. The infographic is broken down into sections including the importance of getting the basics right, establishing an online presence, utilizing social media platforms and more.

We hope that this piece will help you with your business and please share it with your pals on social media.


Maidenhead High Speed Internet Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:52:08 +0000 Are you a business based in Maidenhead? As part of the £230 million investment into the city centre, Netzen are looking to bring the latest available technology and IT services to businesses operating in the area.

The Landing will create a new gateway and meeting place in the heart of Maidenhead. An island site in the centre of town, bounded by Broadway, King Street and Queen Street, and located between the High Street and Maidenhead railway station. The area falls within the Broadway Opportunity Area, identified in Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s (RBWM’s) planning policy for major town centre regeneration and The Landing will deliver a stunning mixed-use regeneration close to Maidenhead station, which will see Crossrail services running at the end of 2019.

The Landing was granted Outline Planning Permission by RBWM on 12th October 2015 and will provide the following:

  • Up to 368,000 sq ft (34,100 sq m) GIA of offices, designed for a global company headquarters and other occupiers
  • Up to 50,200 sq ft (4,700 sq m) GIA of retail, restaurants, cafés and bars, in units of varying sizes to complement the existing town centre offer
  • Up to 225 new, elegant residential apartments (225,000 sq ft / 20,900 sq m) GIA, with a mix of one, two and three bedrooms
  • 153 parking spaces at basement level, with a further 225 spaces provided in the adjacent multi-story car park on the Broadway where there are proposals for an extension of the car park, which has full planning permission and is being progressed by RBWM

Netzen will be offering high speed cable internet lines throughout this area and will be able to connect your office or residence up to super fast broadband in this central area within Maidenhead.

Partnering with Daisy Communications and Virgin Media, we offer high speed broadband services using multiple providers ensuring you get the fastest internet connection possible.

Get in touch today to find out what IT services we can offer your business in the area.

How to show folder size in Linux Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:21:41 +0000 Sometimes it’s very useful to view exact folder sizes in Linux from the command line/terminal. You may wish to know which folders are using up all the space, and use the below command to check.

To list the size of all individual folders/files in Linux in the current directory in human readable sizes like KB/MB/GB:

du -sh *

To list the size of all individual folders/files in Linux at a set path location in human readable sizes like KB/MB/GB:

du -sh /path/*

To list the total size of the files/folders in the current directory in Linux in human readable sizes:

du -sh

To get a total at the bottom of the size of folders/files in Linux from current directory:

du -shc *

To see the total size of the file system disks in human readable output:

df -h
Top 4 Free Anti Spam Software Solutions Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:03:03 +0000 The internet is a dangerous place, and with more and more malicious spam emails ending up in your inbox, you are probably here looking for a solution to filter them out.

Here are 5 of the best free anti spam solutions on the market, in no particular order!

1) CloudMark DesktopOne

This solution filters spam from within your network. What I mean by this, is spam does not get filtered before it reaches your mail server, it reaches your inbox as normal, for example in Outlook, and then gets deleted, moved or marked as spam by CloudMark DesktopOne software.

One of the pros about this software is it’s completely free, and works on all the major email clients on Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac.

Features and Limits of Free Version:

  • Will filter only one folder (e.g. Inbox), Pro version filters unlimited.
  • Will filter only one email account, Pro version filters unlimited.
  • Filters all email types; POP, IMAP, Exchange and WebMail.
  • View statistics and details of scanned spam messages
  • Access to the user manuals and knowledge base

2) Mailwasher Free

Another popular software package that has over 8 million people using their spam filters. This package is free and integrates into the popular mail clients such as Outlook, Thunderbird, Gmail, Hotmail etc. Promises protection against; Spam, Phishing emails, email viruses, unwanted newsletters and unwanted emails.

Features of Mailwasher Free:

  • Works with all email accounts in your email client
  • The recycle bin ensures mail does not get lost
  • Intelligent spam tools to do the work for you
  • Eliminate spam and viruses before they get to your PC
  • Easy to use on Mobile devices

3) Spamihilator

Spamihilator works between your email client and the internet and examines every incoming message. It boasts to remove 98% of spam mails before they get to your inbox. it also uses an intelligent learning filter and maths to calculate the probability of the email being spam, which also allows you to train the filter.

  • Intelligent Bayesian Filter system to recognise 98% of spam
  • Trainable software with dedicated Training Area
  • Works on all email clients including open source ones
  • SSL/TLS support for encrypted connections
  • Setup wizard for easy of use

4) SPAMfighter

SPAMfighter has partnered up with Microsoft to build the strongest, safest, and most effective anti spam filter on the market. If you use Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail or Thunderbird and you want to get rid of spam, just install SPAMfighter. And if you use it at home, it’s 100% free.

  • Award winning spam blocking techniques
  • Protects all email accounts on your PC
  • Protects against phishing, fraud and identity theft emails
  • Privacy Guaranteed – your emails remain private
  • Ability to blacklist domains and emails
  • Report feature to block spammers
  • Multiple language support


Tired of getting spam flooded inboxes? We provide expert IT consultancy services in Maidenhead, Bristol, Bath and London. Give us a call today!


dotnet 3.5 error 0x800f081f Windows 10 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:08:20 +0000 Have you just upgraded to Windows 10 and some of your applications/games ask for the package dotnet 3.5?

Do you get the error message above when the installer tries to connect to the internet and download/install .net 3.5 framework?

You will need an original windows 10 dvd or downloaded ISO image from your windows 10 purchase mounted with something like Daemon tools lite.

You will need the offline installer for dotnet 3.5 (here)

You just need to insert your Windows 10 setup disc in your CD/DVD drive and then select the correct drive letter in the freeware and then click on “Start Installation” button. That’s it. It’ll automatically execute the required command and will install .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 10.

If you don’t have Windows 10 setup disc or if you don’t want to install .NET Framework 3.5 from setup disc, you can use the setup folder of Windows 10 present on your hard drive. For example, if you copied Windows 10 setup files in E:\ drive of your hard disk, you can click on “Browse” button given in the freeware and then go to the Windows 10 setup folder. Select “sxs” folder present under “sources” folder and then click on “Install” button to install .NET Framework 3.5 in your system.

This small piece of software also provides debugging options for advanced users. You can go to “Configuration” tab and enable the option to show installation process. It’ll help you in finding the culprit in case you face any problem while installing .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 10.

This software will work in both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) editions of Windows 8. You’ll need to run the software with Administrator privileges by right-click on the program icon and select “Run as Administrator” option. Its required because the method only works if the user has Administrator privileges.

SEO Friendly URL Structure: The Ultimate Guide Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:12:23 +0000 Here we have an awesome infographic from the people at search engine optimisation websites Backlinko and Ignite Visibility that will teach you everything you need to know about search engine friendly URLs. The infographic provides information about how long you should make your URLs, how many keywords you should include in your URLs, whether you should use sub domains or sub folders, top level domains you should choose and plenty more.

We hope that this SEO friendly URL infographic will help you to SEO your website and get more traffic and please share with your friends on Facebook Twitter, Google+ etc.

SEO Friendly URL Structure: The Ultimate Guide

How Time Is Spent On The Internet 2014 vs 2015 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:38:54 +0000 Here is a fantastic  infographic which was produced by the technology blog called that compares how time was spent on the internet in 2014 to 2015. Learn about the number of internet users, the number of photos that were uploaded, the number of tweets, the number of pins and more by checking out this piece.

FYI – We did some research and we are pretty sure that the Twitter statistics are tweets per minute and the Pinterest statistics are pins per year.

We hope that this internet time infographic brightens up your day and please share with your friends on social media.

How Time Is Spent On The Internet 2014 vs 2015

Moving Mac Mail Email Sun, 13 Mar 2016 18:36:52 +0000 Sometimes moving mail from one Mac Mail to another can be a pain. Here is a quick guide that should overcome most common problems, and lets you monitor the progress of your exports/imports.

This is the process I followed which appeared most successful when migrating 20 Mac Mail mailboxes to new Macs.

Step by step guide:

1) Firstly the Activity Monitor should be open, when inside the Mail app, go to Window > Activity (this is important and allows you to tell when the mail export is finished or import is complete). I had issues with this on older versions of Mail Mail, not showing correct statistics. You may also wish to open your User > Library > Mail > Folder and monitor the size of your MBOX files by right clicking > Get Info and monitoring the size as you import mail back.
2) Select your mail folders, e.g. Inbox, I advise doing them one at a time, Inbox first, then Sent Items. Click on the Mailbox menu and select Export or Archive mail. Choose the folder and press export. Keep an eye on Activity window to see completion, or do the Get Info to monitor file size by right click.
3) To import, if the mailbox is large, 4GB+ importing it’s important to keep an eye on the Activity window or size of the MBOX file in your library as above to know it’s working correctly. Click the File menu and select Import Mailboxes, select your MBOX backup and choose Apple Mail as the method of importing. In some cases the method ‘Apple Mail’ didn’t work for me, and when this happens and it locks up or freezes for hours, I recommend using MBOX as the import option, and browse the Apple mbox file, and select the file called ‘mbox’ within the Sent Items or Inbox files.
4) Once successfully imported it’s important to not drag and drop the imported mail, as this tends to screw up file indexing and mail can get lost if it’s thousands of messages. The best method is to select all mail from the import folder from the Edit > Select all menu, then right click and select Move Mail to > Inbox or Sent box, depending on which you are importing. Mail will vanish from the ‘import’ folder, this is normal. Please allow several minutes for the mail to reappear in your Inbox or Sent Items folders. You can monitor the inbox.mbox folder or Sent Messages.mbox folder from your user > library > mail folders by right clicking and doing ‘Get Info’. This will show you the mbox file increasing in size. When it stops you know all your mail should be imported.

The Evolution of the Computer (Infographic) Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:53:37 +0000 Here we have a great infographic that we found on the Virgin website that provides information about the evolution of the computer. The infographic starts off in 1613 when the term computer was coined and used to describe people who performed calculations or computations and goes all the way through to 2013 when Sony released the World’s thinnest and lightest tablet.

We hope that you enjoy this computer evolution infographic and please share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc.

The Evolution of the Computer (Infographic)