Monday, November 24, 2014

Tech Support Scams Targeting Windows XP Users

XP users have no other choice but to subscribe to third party tech support services. Microsoft no longer provides tech support services for the XP OS. Many hackers and online scam artists are taking this opportunity to dupe the XP users by setting up fake websites online. Recently reported cases about the Omni Tech Support fraud websites are a good example of this trend.

Get genuine tech support for your XP system

World Wide Web is like that. It is full of scams, fake websites and fraudulent service providers. This has always been the same. But, in the past, it was much easier to spot the fake websites. The site would look very crudely designed and not like an official one of a genuine online service provider.

But, unlike in the past, you no longer need to invest much to set up a professional looking website. Website designing has become much easier with the advent of designer tools and ready-made design templates. In other words, it is very much possible to set up an Omni Tech Support fraud website that looks exactly like the official one and it would be very hard to distinguish between the two, if you are a first time visitor.

Since the end of Microsoft support, the XP users are searching online looking for affordable or free ad-supported tech support service plans. And, these online scam artists mentioned above are luring them in with claims of discount prices and quality services. Users are advised to exercise maximum caution when signing up for such tech support services online, especially before you give them your credit card information or make the payment online.

Do not just look at the rates offered; look also at the history of that tech support firm and how long they have been in the support service industry and so on. Also, make sure that you check their BBB rating. If this company is not even registered with the BBB network, then, maybe, you should skip that one no matter how cheap their service package is.

Such precautions are necessary, because at one time or another, you might have to allow these tech service professionals access to your system for repairing some issue. This is how most of these scam artists plant malware applications or steal the information stored in your computer.

If you want to sign up for a third party tech support service online, try OmniTech Support service, which has been in the industry for more than 10 years and has an excellent BBB rating.

Monday, November 17, 2014

About The Enterprise Mode In IE 11 On Windows 7 And Windows 8

Moving from one OS to a new one always creates many problems. Many of the XP users are facing such problems as they are migrating from the 13-year old OS to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Such users may refer to some of the OmniTech guides and articles posted on the site to help them with the transition.

Running enterprise applications that require IE 8 on Windows 7 or Windows 8

One of the problems reported by some enterprise organisations, which recently made the upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8, was that they were not able to run some of the old enterprise applications in their new systems. According to Microsoft, many such applications are designed to run using the Internet Explorer 8 technologies. And, since Windows 7 or Windows 8 uses the latest IE 11 browser, these old applications might not work in these operating systems.

Apparently, Microsoft did come up with a solution for this problem. They are calling it the ‘Enterprise Mode for IE11’. Simply put, you can run IE 11 in the Enterprise mode to imitate many aspects of the IE 8 browser. This provides the software applications mentioned above an IE 8 browser environment to function without any problems. This way, the enterprise organisations can continue to use the same old software applications in the latest Microsoft operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows 8.

However, Microsoft admits that this might not work always and there could be some errors and problems when running a software application like this in the enterprise mode in a new Windows OS system. In other words, this should be seen as a temporary measure and you need to upgrade the software application to its latest version that will run in the latest browsers and operating systems.

For the time being, you can use this Enterprise mode or OS virtualization software for using old software applications designed for XP. As discussed in some of the OmniTech guides posted here, using OS virtualization software is one of the best ways to use old XP applications in Windows 7 or Windows 8. It creates a virtual XP OS environment within the new Windows OS and in this virtual OS, you can run all your old XP applications without worrying about any compatibility problems.

You may contact the OmniTech Support personnel if you have any doubts about setting this up in your system.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The process Of Repairing A Corrupt Outlook File

An email client like Outlook regularly updates the contents stored in its folders so as to sync the account folders in the mail client with that stored in the mail server. Internet connection interruptions and other problems often lead to file corruption of any one of these Outlook files. Normally, the issue is fixed the next time you update the Outlook folders. But, sometimes, this will not happen.

How to repair the file corruption error in Outlook

There are OmniTech guides with detailed instructions provided on the blog page to help you with most of the Outlook problems. But, in the case of Outlook file corruption, you might not require any external help. Outlook comes with an in-built Inbox Repair tool to deal with this particular issue. You can run this tool and fix the problem easily.

However, the tool is not shown as an option in the Outlook toolbar menu options. Instead, it is there in one of the Outlook or MS Office folders in your C Drive. Just search for Scanpst.exe in C Drive to locate it. But, you also need to know the location of the Outlook PST as well, if want to scan it using the Inbox Repair tool.

If you are using Windows 7, Vista or Windows 8, then the location for this PST file will be - C:\Users \username \AppData \Local \Microsoft \Outlook. Paste this link to the Windows Explorer address bar in the OS to take you there. Here, you need to replace the text ‘username’ with the username you are using for the OS. Paste this link in the Scanpst tool dialog box - %localappdata%\ Microsoft \Outlook.

Similarly, in the case of Windows XP and Windows 2000 versions, the location for the PST file will be - C:\Documents and Settings \username \Local Settings \Application Data \Microsoft\ Outlook. So, you need to paste the following into the Scanpst file location box - %USERPROFILE%\ Local Settings \Application Data \Microsoft \Outlook.

After pasting the PST file location correctly into the Inbox Repair tool, click on the Scan button to start detecting the errors in the file. When this is done, select the option to repair the errors. Microsoft recommends running the tool more than once to detect many errors that might not show up during the first scan.

For finding fixes to any other Outlook problems, you may search through the OmniTech guides and articles posted here. You may also contact the tech support personnel on the helpline number.