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Technology News Are Anti-Virus Programs Worth It?

Regardless of the antivirus program you use, it will impact your computer's performance.  Some more some less.  Even programs which incur annual subscription fees are not always cost effective when you consider how much they slow down your computer.  For many years we've recommended AVG and for the most part still do. There are a number of excellent antivirus programs that are free and do a terrific job. 

We would also like to let our user's know about the Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). This is a complete anti-malware package available from Microsoft itself.  So, if you are running windows XP (or newer) and your $50 copy of Norton or McAfee is about to expire, consider uninstalling it and using the MSE software.


Technology News Losses in the Technology World

Earlier this month, the technology world lost a prominent  individual, Steve Jobs.

Jobs of course was influential in the world of Apple Computers. He returned to Apple and help market the iPod and other fashionable electronic gadgets.


Technology News Learn to recognize malware

What is Malware and how do you keep it off your system?

Many of the systems we find with problems are caused by malware. Malware is sometimes called foistware or spyware. Many of these applications are technically not viruses and often need permission to install so they are not caught by anti-virus programs. For this reason many of them have to disguise themselves as  familiar programs or helpful applications. Sometimes, even programs that are legitimate can cause problems. Many vendors want you to use their tool bar on your web browser. Too many tool bar applications can degrade your computer's performance and hinder your internet activities. 

Another potentially serious threat malware poses come from loader programs. Once installed, these programs can install new malware programs and with out having to request your permission again.

Learning to recognize alerts from legitimate  applications apart from malware applications can save a lot of time, money and trouble. This article will show some examples of malware....


Technology News 15 Years

NetPoint celebrates its 15th year as an Internet Service Provider.

In January 1996, NetPoint became the first ISP in the area to offer unlimited dial up Internet access. Shortly afterwards, NetPoint was incorporated into Starpoint Communications, Inc.

NetPoint was also the first in the area to provide web hosting, web site design and deploy a broadband wireless network. 

Many people in 1996 thought the Internet might just be a fad, like CB radios.
Here is a look back at 1996:


Technology News Office Hours

Fall office hours effective October 30, 2011:

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Other times by appointment

Occasionally the office  maybe closed during these hours.  If possible, please call ahead. If you need assistance we have on call staff which can be reached at 507-532-9641 


Technology News New Website Launched

We are pleased to release our new website look. While it is a work in progress, it will soon contain some features that have been removed from our old site such as:

  • Checking your account status
  • Making online payments
  • Changing your speed plans
  • Drop down user dashboard
  • much more....