Something you may not think about till its too late, is that you may need to write down, print or save somehow, your Windows 10 COA keycode.  While you have a code for Windows7 or Windows8 and got your free upgrade, you may not know the code for Windows10.  

    Nowhere does it show in the control panel or settings that we can find.  If you query MICROSOFT about it - you get this page which tells you what to do to find it if you purchased it directly from Microsoft online, from an authorized retailer, or with a new computer.  It does not offer any help to those millions who chose to do the free upgrade from Windows8 or Windows7.  

   If you need to re-install your Windows 10 - and you got it from the upgrade plan for free, you may be in a fix.  You might need to install the old Windows7 or 8 first then try the Windows10 - if its before July 29th, 2016.  But it would be simpler to not have to do that if you had the COA code for your particular installation of Windows10.  Fortunately one of the great utilities that help you find key codes has been updated to find your Windows 10 code for you - and we suggest you do that now and save the code somewhere safe - or print it and tape a copy of it to your pc.  

    NIRSOFT  has their great little utility that will get many programs keys for you to be able to back up those codes safely and be better prepared.  

   They have the  ProduKey program, and many other great utilities - we suggest you take a look while you are there - over 100 great utilities - all for free! We suggest if you find one that saves you some time or grief, please remember to support such independent software by making a decent donation to them - just as you would to PCFixes.com if you are able and feel we have helped you. Your support helps keep us going - Thanks!

12 Million New Variants Of Malware Each Month

 In a posting on www.knowbe4.com today, January 20th, 2015 - they reference information shown at www.av-test.com  where AV-TEST statistics show approximately 12 million new variants of malware per month are currently being found. They recommend on emails to be watchful all the time and point out the most dangerous ones now seem to be including urgent wording to get us to open them with subjects such as "BREAKING NEWS".  

     We here at PCFixes have had a long history of helping computer users find and remove bad things from their computers and always try to educate our followers on how to be watchful and prevent problems before they happen when its possible to do that. It is however getting harder to do with the traditional means.  In years past if a particular bad email was circulating it would be common to see notices that said "Don't Open emails that say "Welcome to ...".  People would be warned of ones that were making the rounds by their

Here on blogspot is a story about PCFixes.com and the changes that are going on.

If you are interested - it is short - give it a quick read.


One of our staff writers did this article about simple projects going way wrong last year and we wanted to share it here also.  While the particular job happened around 1980, the events and lesson are still very appropriate today.  Click here to read the blog post on BLOGSPOT 

It used to be only less popular sites would bundle extras in with a program you downloaded.  Now many of the software sites I used to recommend are bundling - some often adding several programs to each download you get.  While these added programs may be safe software if you get your download from a reputable source, I still prefer to choose what I want to install or not, and its just downright sneaky to put in extras. While you usually can opt out of the extra added software when you install the program you downloaded, you do need to watch carefully and often check the fine print during the installation procedure to catch them. 

   Less safe bundleware sources may not even ask you to choose not to install any add-ins.  And worse yet some of the added software may be either outright harmful spyware or browser hijacking pests.  Even the software that is safe will potentially slow your PC down, and take up space you might not want to waste.

   So I no longer just caution PC users to be careful to only download from good sources, but to watch and read all the little texts, check boxes and such.  Sad that we need to do this with even such good sources as CNET's www.download.com but they are doing this too.  When in doubt you can try to do a restore point before you install - just to be able to undo everything if needed.  Sadly - some of the new software bundles will have a way to un-install the program you wanted, but maybe not always a way to easily uninstall the extras that came along with it.  One tip that is a bit more complicated, is to use a virtual Windows installation to "sand-box" the new software.  Virtual PC installations - allow you to better test a system and when you delete the instance of that version of Windows - your regular Windows is still untouched.  Check for articles on how to do this - its getting easier these days.


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