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Is Anti Virus Software A Scam?

Chimera Computers is dedicated to giving you the best info to help you in your decision making.
And one of the most important decisions you can make is which antivirus software to use, and if
it even works.

The Truth: There are many different antivirus software and as most of you might know. They
feel more like spam then protection. They constantly block downloads even if they are safe, give
you false flag warnings making you worried, and cause more annoyance then they are even
worth.

A lot of time the “free” antivirus software are less an antivirus then a software that
diagnoses the issue, and only removes half of them. Then they make you pay to remove the
rest. Or They only give you one third of the feature. The hard truth is that no matter how great
your antivirus, you will still need to be careful about where you go and what you download on
and from the internet. Anti virus can only do so much to protect you, and is more a last line of
defense then anything else. The first and greatest line of defense against any virus is you.
Knowing that the sites you visit are secure is crucial. This can be identified by the lock and the
left hand corner of the websites address.

Trusted Free Antivirus: there are exceptions! My personal favorite is Malwarebytes. It has a
free 30 day trial, and you don’t have to jump through hoops to uninstall it. It also actually
removes everything it finds, and truly lives up to what it promises.
Trusted paid Antivirus: Norton is our choice of paid antivirus. Minimal annoying pop ups with
settings allowing you to tailor it to what you want to be alerted of. It’s an all around great
software with good protection. The pricing is $50 for the year if you chose the basic protection
package. Basic only covers one device, and as you progress through the purchasing “levels” it
allows you to add more devices.

Chimera Computers has no affiliation with either company. There are so many antiviruses out
there but these are the two that we here at Chimera trust and recommend to our clients. Hope
this helped you and keep your computer safe!

What Is An IP Address, And What Does It Do?

What’s an IP Address
An IP address іѕ a unіԛuе іdеntіfіеr fоr еvеrу mасhіnе using thе іntеrnеt. Knоwn аѕ your “іntеrnеt protocol аddrеѕѕ,” this identifier іѕ written аѕ a ѕtrіng оf numbеrѕ separated bу реrіоdѕ.

How Dо IP Addresses Wоrkѕ оn a Computer.
Whеn уоu jumps online tо send a еmаіl, you’re ассеѕѕіng a nеtwоrk thаt is соnnесtеd tо thе іntеrnеt іtѕеlf оr оnе thаt gіvеѕ уоu access to the іntеrnеt. Pеrhарѕ thаt’ѕ соnnесtіng to whаtеvеr іntеrnеt service рrоvіdеr (ISP) уоu have аt hоmе or uѕіng a соmраnу nеtwоrk іn thе office.

To dо thіѕ ѕuссеѕѕfullу, уоur соmрutеr uѕеѕ internet рrоtосоl, аnd your IP аddrеѕѕ іѕ used аѕ a virtual rеturn address tо еѕtаblіѕh a соnnесtіоn. Eасh ѕіtе hаѕ its оwn IP аddrеѕѕ. Thіѕ is a ѕtrіng оf numbers brоkеn uр іntо fоur sections, with еасh ѕесtіоn having one, two, аnd three numbеrѕ. Sоmеtіmеѕ, thеrе are fоur. It саn lооk ѕоmеthіng lіkе this: 11.111.11.1111. Because thеѕе numbеrѕ are vеrу hаrd to remember, wеb addresses аrе uѕеd tо аіd іn ease оf use. Thаt address, hоwеvеr, іѕ аlwауѕ connected wіth оnе IP аddrеѕѕ tо let thе соmрutеr network know whаt уоu want аnd where tо gеt іt.

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Beginners Guide To Overclocking -How To Find Your Basic Maximum Clock Speed

So you’ve finally taken the leap into building an enthusiast level system. You’ve procured for yourself a high end graphics card or two (or three), some high speed ram, and on the throne of your system rests a high-end unlocked processor- resting at unbearable stock speeds. So how does one do an overclock? Overclocking should not be something that you blindly jump into. In the worst case scenario an uninformed person could cause irreparable damage to their shiny new i7 or FX processor. This guide is in no way a tell all guide to overclocking and should be treated only as an introductory to overclocking. Take our instruction with hesitance as we are in no way held liable for damages you cause to your system. In other words try at your own risk.

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Kaby Lake VS. Skylake, What’s The Difference?

Some of you may or may not have heard about Intel’s shiny new line of processor’s, Kaby Lake, that have just hit the market. With these new processors on the shelves comes one big question: What’s the difference?

First, some background.

The most important background information for this article pertains to Intel’s release cycle. Intel has a two phase release cycle which they fondly refer to as the “Tick-Tock” model. The Tick-Tock model is the process by which the shrink the size of the CPU’s die and release it (the tick) and then they designate and release a new microarchitecture (the tock). For example, between Haswell and Broadwell the size went from 22nm to 14nm (tick), and then they designated the new architecture Skylake (tock). Kaby Lake is neither a tick nor a tock, it is an optimization, or as it’s been previously called, a refresh of Skylake. This means that the difference between it and Skylake is not in it’s size or microarchitecture. Kaby Lake marks the first official use of Intel’s new model, which is process-architecture-optimization. The first two corresponding to the tick-tock, and the last being an optimization or refresh.

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Virtual Reality: What You Need And Why You Need It.

Virtual Reality is the hot new thing on the market. With the Oculus and Vive for the PC, PSVR for the PlayStation, and gearVR or third party viewers for mobile, it seems like VR is everywhere you go. With more and more applications and games popping up for VR everyday, it’s important to know what your system needs to have before you invest in an expensive VR headset. This article will cover the system requirements for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, why they are what they are, and what your best options are despite the system requirements.

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The Sunny Sixteen Rule

The Sunny Sixteen Rule is a standard in the photography community. This rule will give you a place to begin your shots so you start off right and can tweak further from there.

Let’s jump into what the Sunny Sixteen Rule is. If you are outside and it’s a sunny day, you might have trouble with overexposure. This is a guide to help set up a baseline of where your settings should start to ensure perfect exposure. But first let us talk about the 3 main functions you will implement in order to use this trick.

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How To Keep Your PC Fast And Safe

We live in an era of keyboards and monitors. Many of us rely on our personal computers for our everyday activities, so it is important that we know how to keep our machines clean and secure. Keeping your machines fast and clean isn’t a difficult task. Here are a couple of things you should be doing regularly to keep your computer in tip top shape:

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Discs: The End Of An Era

Times are changing and that is a fact. Long gone are the days of massive disc collections, silver clad and and safely tucked away in their cases or sleeves.

Think back to the last time you bought a physical copy of a game, a movie, or a CD. I personally haven’t touched a physical copy of anything since I found an unopened copy of Baldurs Gate at my local Goodwill a few years ago. The rise of wireless transmission methods such as Bluetooth and wifi, along with digital distribution platforms like Google Play, iTunes, and Steam have made the need for discs and physical copies absolutely nonexistent.

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