Stronger signal when you need it, where you need it.

Posted by admin on Jul 31, 2012

Wilson electronics cellular signal boosters work by overcoming signal loss caused by obstacles like brick, concrete or steel at your home or office, or the metal surrounding your car.  Their signal boosters are compatible with all cell phone providers, and 4G solutions are available as well.  And every product is backed by a 30-day, no questions asked, money back guarantee, and a 1 year manufacturers warranty.  With a Wilson booster, you can say goodbye to dropped calls and slow data indoors or on the road!

ICS Computers is your local dealer for Wilson boosters and antennas.  We can help you find the best solution.

Two Monitors, One Pic

Posted by admin on Jul 28, 2012

You want to spread a wallpaper across two monitors?  The first thing you will need is a large enough photo… as wide as the two monitors put together, and as high as the taller of the two.  Next, in Windows 7, right click the desktop and select Personalize.  Near the bottom of that windows, click the Desktop Background link.  In that window, you can select the folder containing your desired background and the photo (or photos) you want to use.  Then, at the bottom of the window, click the Picture Position drop-down menu and select Tile – the only option that will display the image in its original size.

For Security, Install Laptop Tracking Software

Posted by admin on Jul 25, 2012

Taken from PCWorld Magazine, July 2012 Edition

One way to keep your laptops from being stolen (or from remaining stolen) is to install tracking software.  Using selveral different elements, including IP address locations, Wi-Fi positioning, and even the ability to turn on the notebook’s webcam remotely, laptop-tracking software can help you get a lost or stolen system back.  ActiveTrak’s Gadget Trak, Flipcode’s Hidden, and Absolute Software’s LoJack for Laptops are just a few examples of such software.  Costs range from $15 to $30 per year, and are well worth every penny.

If you are unsure as to which software is right for you, then ask your IT guy for advice.  If you need and IT guy, give us a call!

Free Programs for Every Business

Posted by admin on Jul 22, 2012

Taken from PCWorld Magazine, July 2012 Edition

To keep your business costs low and your efficiency high, start with software. Instead of buying commercial programs for your business, why not use a capable free or open-source alternative?  Here are five incredible – and free – utilities designed specially for business operations.

Microsoft Security Essentials – Perfect f/or smaller shops, it can run on up to 10 PCs for free.

OpenProj – An alternative to Microsoft Project – which costs a thousand bucks – it offers Gantt charts, network diagrams, WBS and RBS charts, earned value costing, and project management features.

OrangeHRM – A complete human resource management program for small and medium businesses, includes modules for personnel information management, leave management, time and attendance, benefits and so on.

Soluto – This ingenious free utility makes PCs boot faster, and keeps installed software up-to-date.

Spiceworks – Regardless of how many PCs your company maintains, it needs a comprehensive approach to network monitoring.  Spiceworks provides network management and monitoring, a user help desk, equipment inventory, and lots more.

DNS Changer Servers Being Shut Down

Posted by admin on Jul 4, 2012

Thousands of Canadians could be among the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who might lose Internet access on July 9. That’s the day the FBI will shut down all the “clean servers” it set up to combat a massive hacking operation. In November, the agency says it busted a group of cyber criminals in Estonia who had successfully downloaded malware onto an estimated four million computers in more than 100 countries. “DNS Changer” would turn off virus updates and send consumers to fraudulent websites.

In its indictment, the FBI estimated the gang made at least $14 million in “ill-gotten gains” through what it called click hijacking and advertisement replacement fraud. Instead of shutting down the rogue servers, the FBI replaced the servers with “clean” ones and redirected users, who were generally none the wiser. The replacement servers are being shut down Monday, and anyone still infected with the malware will lose their Internet access.

The FBI said there are still about 360,000 infected computers in a dozen countries, including Canada — but there is a fix. The DNS Changer Working Group (, established by American government agencies, can detect the malware and provide steps to eliminate it. Canadians can also visit the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s anti-DNS website at

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Help! Spammers Hijacked My Email Account

Posted by admin on Jul 1, 2012

Do you suspect that your email account has been hijacked?  Are your friends receiving strange emails that seem to be coming from your email account?  A few things could be happening, but here are some steps that you can take.

The first thing you should do is change your email password.  Try not to use a real word or phrase, and if you can, add some capital letters, numbers and even symbols.

Then, we need to figure out if your email account has been compromised or spoofed.  Now that you have changed your email password, you should scan your computer for viruses and malware.  If your system appears to be clear of malware and is otherwise running fine, then it is most likely that your email has been spoofed.

What is spoofing?  That is where a spammer sends out emails from their computer, but changes the “from” address in the email header to your address.  That way, it will look like the email came from you, and you will receive all the bounce-backed messages.  Spammers use spoof email headers to fool spam filters into letting the message through.  Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to prevent or fix a spoofed email account.  You can change your email account, but eventually, the spammers will move along and spoof someone else.

The best solution, long term, is to have at least two email accounts.  Your main address is the one that you tell your close friends and family, and give out to trusted companies such as your bank or insurance company.  Then, create a second account (Gmail is a good choice) that you use on Facebook, YouTube, or any other place where you have to enter your email address to gain entry.  Because this account is not as important, you can easily change it whenever you need to.

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