Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Ways To Avoid Viruses

With online security concerns on the minds of a lot of our customers, I thought it would be helpful to talk about a few things that we can do to help keep viruses and spy ware off your computers.

1) Think about your anti-virus protection. We often find that our new customers are using out of date, or expired antivirus programs. If you think your software is out of date, give us a call to explore your options. We offer AVG Internet Security, which is a great combination of security and performance. Unlike McAfee and Norton, AVG Internet Security provides the protection you need without the drain in computer speed that these other security programs are plagued by.

2) DON'T CLICK SO FAST - This is the biggest problem recently, and it's struck a wide range of customers. When you perform a Google search , or Yahoo, MSN, whatever, you need to very carefully read the results. If you don't think the information beneath the website name is relevant, DON'T CLICK ON IT. This has been the cause of the last 6 computers that we worked on, and it seems to be getting worse.

3) If you have young kids, try your best to talk to them about the cause of viruses and how to avoid them. There are tons of websites out there that can give you a very simple explanation on what causes viruses and how to avoid them. Study up, and then make sure that everyone knows what you learned.

Here's a link to a site with some good info. Not all of it will apply, but it's a good start. :)

Your average virus removal usually takes 2-3 hours to fix, and almost always results in the computer needing to be reformatted. You wont lose any personal information from the computer, but it will take some time to get re-adjusted. And if the virus was able to capture any information (which you wouldn't really know), it wouldn't be a bad idea to change your passwords for things like bank accounts, etc.

Give us a call anytime to learn more about what we can do to help keep you virus free :)

Thanks as always,

Dave Nevill
Hughes I.T. Solutions Inc.
Orlando's Premier Web Design and Computer Repair Company

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hard Drive Failure and the importance of backups

Just yesterday, I was finishing up a long day of hard drive recovery. The computer in question was barely a year old when the hard drive decided to die. If we hadn't placed a backup system in the office a few months earlier, it may have been a complete disaster.

REMEMBER !!! - A good backup system isn't just for business computers, your home computer may have your ENTIRE collection of photos, music, documents, tax returns, and who knows what else. You need to have a way to preserve those items, and it needs to be automatically done. If you dint have a backup system in place, call us today at 407-284-1192. Backup systems aren't expensive, and can be setup in around an hour on most PCs.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Testing the new LogMeIn Hamachi Service recently released their Hamachi Portable VPN solution, which allows offices to connect together without using expensive equiptment or dedicated IP addresses. We've had some time to mess with the service, and I gotta tell ya, it's pretty nice. This is definetly the solution for any small business who needs to run a second office, but doesnt want to spend a fortune to get networked.

It's not going to be as fast as a dedicated solution, but it will be about 10 times cheaper. If you can put up with a little lag, then you'll save a ton of cash. LogMeIn also provides you with a great setup guide and a nice manual. Setup shouldnt take more than 10 minutes according to LogMeIn. I got it done faster.

You can learn more at

As always, you can have your favorite Orlando Business Networking Specialists swing by and get it all setup for you. Call Hughes I.T. @ 407-284-1192 for more information, or email

Friday, April 17, 2009

Courtney Leasing's new website coming soon!

We've just completed the final meeting with Courtney Leasing discussing the style elements that they are looking for in the new website. This website will also include a custom designed database provided by InterCoastal Net Designs.

Ready for a website of your own? Give us a call or head to the website.
Orlando Website Design - Hughes I.T. Solutions Inc.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hughes I.T. Solutions just keeps rolling!

Hey Everybody,

We just got the go ahead for the creation of 2 new websites and were really excited!

The first is from Specialized Electronics Contracting Inc. They are an Orlando based company specializing in Home Theatre, Security, Home Automation, and Video Surveillance. This site is going be to a dark comtemporary design, with alot of great flash.

The second site is for Realty Group Specialists serving all of Central Florida. We are building a custom website from the bottom up to replace their old site. You can see the old site here at Realty Group Specialists - Orlando Realtors. There's alot of room for improvement, and I know that they will be thrilled with the new site.

Just wanted to let you know that our newest creation is up and running!

Orlando Criminal Attorney Shane Fischer's new website is now live. There are a few tweaks that we are going to put in place, and a few new items that we just came up with. Let us know what you think!

And as always, dont forget to check out our sites for all the latest news!

Orlando Web Design by Hughes I.T. Solutions
Orlando Wedding Photography by Hughes Fioretti Photography

Thanks for stopping by!

Dave Nevill
Hughes I.T. Solutions Inc.