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Crashplan Home is shutting down, alternative backup solutions

Crashplan Home is shutting down, alternative backup solutions

First off, if you don’t have Crashplan or don’t need a new on-line backup, disregard this notice.
​Second, if you don’t have on-line backup solution, you may want to follow recommendations below.
As most of you know, Crashplan Home will be discontinued as of 10/18/2018. They are not accepting new clients. They’ve only been offering 1 year contracts for last couple of years, so all of you will be expired by then.
Crashplan will continue to service you until your contract is up – so there is only urgency if your contract has expired or if your contract is expiring soon. If your Crashplan icon is a RED house – then your contract has expired.
To determine when your contract is up, double click on Green House icon (in Windows by clock in lower right corner, in Mac, upper right corner by the time). Once you get there, click on Settings on the left, then click on Account tab. Here you will see when you’re backup expires.
If you’re the kind of person who’s very organized and following your calendar, then I would suggest converting to new plan 1 month before your plan expires – for example, I would convert to new plan on 2/10/2018. ​If you forget things or hate all things tech, I would migrate soon after reading this email and forget the loss of a few dollars.

Best 2 Backup Options

iDrive is an excellent solution if you have multiple computers under the same account. It’s $69.50/year for 2 TB which is usually enough for most users, after the incredible $6.95/year – for first year. There are more pricing plans you can view. If a referral code is asked for – use “veg4life.”
BackBlaze is extremely highly rated. It’s good if you tons of data and only 1 computer – as it has unlimited backup and is only $50/computer/year. They even have a very cool “paid for” option to restore data back on USB Stick or Hard Drive. They have a free 15-day trial version.

A third option

Definitely the most pricey is to convert from Crashplan Home to Crashplan Pro – with 75% cost saving for first year, then 10/machine per month – or $120/year/machine

I do not recommend Carbonite. There is nothing wrong with the service. It has a mid-range of services, where iDrive and Blackbaze have tons of more features for same price.
If you want to look at a more thorugh comparision with all the services – go over to Backblaze’s website or iDrive’s website.
Use referral code: veg4life on iDrive

CCleaner Hacked (5.33), Update Now

Cleaner Hacked

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What to do if CCLeaner Hack (version 5.33) was found on your machine:
1. Immediately remove CCleaner.
2. Install fresh copy of CCleaner.
3. Run full Malwarebytes Scan.
4. To fully remove malware, you’d need to either wipe system or do system restore before CCleaner was installed.

If you had Malwarebytes, which I highly recommend, it would have scrubbed the malware off your CCleaner 5.33 as soon as you opened it. If you don’t have it and use CCleaner, I would download it now and run a full scan. You can use Malwarebytes free-of-charge – as long as you manually start scan. If you did have CCleaner 5.33 on your machine and had been running it, the only true way to make sure the malware doesn’t do damage would be to do a system restore before you installed 5.33 or wipe disk and reinstall your Operating system.

CCleaner for Windows and the CCleaner for the Mac are my favorite utilities for speeding up Windows and Mac computers. It’s a free download, but I highly recommend the paid for version. It was such a shame to get the bad news that Malware had been attached to CCleaner for Windows 5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud 1.07.3191, announced Sept 18, 2017, but was released on August 15th, 2017, and the untainted version 5.34 was released on September 12, 2017. Turns out the CCleaner Hack targeted at least 18 Specific Tech Companies – and only a small portion of users who use CCleaner were actually affected, according to Avast, the new owner of CCleaner

I highly recommend you purchase the paid version of CCleaner and Malwarebytes – as they update automatically and monitor your system at all times. It’s also a great way to support 2 great products future product development.

Windows Version

For Windows, I use the product for multiple functions

1) Remove unwanted temporary files
2) Remove tracking cookies
3) Remove registry entries that are no longer needed
4) Uninstall Software
5) Wipe disk clean before donating a computer.
6) Duplicate Checker
7) Check for largest files
8) Clean up browser plug-ins
9) Clean up Startup Items

Mac Version

For the Mac, CCleaner has less features, as it’s a new product:

1) Remove unwanted temporary files
2) Remove tracking cookies
3) Uninstall programs
4) Erase free space
5) Clean up start up items

Irony of this hack – the Anti-virus company Avast – own CCleaner and was hacked shortly after they purchased company in July 2017.

Reference

Major Companies targeted with thi
CCleaner was Hacked
Hackers Hid Backdoor in CCleaner
CCleaner Malware Targeted at Least 18 Specific Tech Firms