Welcome to The PC Manager

Company that specializes in Information Technology and Security Solutions. We offer Professional Services and Products focused on the design, implementation and management of simple and complex Business Networks and Secure Network Infrastructures.

We custom build Intel based Servers and Workstations. We also provide Firewall Intrusion Technologies, Anti Virus Protection, EMAIL SPAM Removal, Spyware Prevention, plus Web Design, Web Hosting, Network Cabling both wired and wireless.

Established in 1987, The PC Manager, has been dedicated to keeping up with today's technology for tomorrow's business needs. We serve Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties with a dedicated staff of professionals with over 40 years of experience in helping companies continue to succeed.
 

Who are you guys?

  • Jim Washington

    Partner with over 30 years in the Industry.

  • Steve Smith

    Partner with over 40 years in the Industry.

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Why Microsoft is calling Windows 10 'the last version of Windows'

"Right now were releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, were all still working on Windows 10." That was the message from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company's Ignite conference this week.

Nixon was explaining how Microsoft was launching Windows 8 in 2012, but in the background it was developing Windows 10. Now, Microsoft employees can talk freely about future updates to Windows 10 because there's no secret update in the works coming next. It's all just Windows 10.

While it immediately sounds like Microsoft is killing off Windows and not doing future versions, the reality is a little more complex. The future is "Windows as a service."


windows isn't dead, but the idea of version numbers could be;

When I reached out to Microsoft about Nixon's comments, the company didn't dismiss them at all. "Recent comments at Ignite about Windows 10 are reflective of the way Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers," says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

"We aren't speaking to future branding at this time, but customers can be confident Windows 10 will remain up-to-date and power a variety of devices from PCs to phones to Surface Hub to HoloLens and Xbox. We look forward to a long future of Windows innovations."


With Windows 10, it's time to start thinking of Windows as something that won't see a big launch or major upgrade every few years anymore. Much like how Google's Chrome browser gets updated regularly with version numbers nobody really pays attention to, Microsoft's approach will likely result in a similar outcome.

This is really the idea of Windows as a service, and the notion that Windows 10 could be the last major version of Windows. Microsoft could opt for Windows 11 or Windows 12 in future, but if people upgrade to Windows 10 and the regular updates do the trick then everyone will just settle for just "Windows" without even worrying about the version number


Ransomeware in 2017

Ransomware dominated in 2016 and continued to do so into 2017. We expect to see very little variation in this in 2017, and if anything, it is getting worse.

The Kovter Trojan, exhibiting ad fraud behavior, was the most prevalent non-ransomware Windows malware family observed not only near the end of 2016 but throughout most the year. 

The Mac threat landscape consists primarily of Adware and PUPs, however the OSX platform did experience its first example of ransomware and a slew of different Trojan droppers pushing tech support scams, adware installs and in some cases, backdoor malware.

After the fall of Angler in mid-2016, RIG exploit kit took the reigns as the predominant exploit kit observed being used in the wild. 
Phishing and malspam attacks are getting more sophisticated, from delivering new types of payloads to defeating automated analysis systems with the use of password-protected documents and ZIP files.

The beginning of 2017 is going to be interesting; however, it is unlikely that we will see any game-changing operations in the first quarter. Expect far more dangerous developments in Q2 and beyond. The most important thing to take away from our observations.

We observed an increase in PUP family development, especially with system optimizers. We expect this to continue in 2017 as the PUP distributors are taking notes from cyber criminals and scammers by employing browser lock code on landing pages.

Despite the high number of tech support scams observed in 2016, the end of the year exposed a decrease in companies/families involved with this type of criminal behavior.  This is likely due to pressure being put on by search engines, law enforcement and security companies.

However, the players still active in these scams have significantly increased sophistication and the ability to evade classification and reporting of their activities as illegal.
The beginning of 2017 is going to be interesting; however, it is unlikely that we will see any game-changing operations in the first quarter. Expect far more dangerous developments in Q2 and beyond.

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