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Malicious Software Known as Malware

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (or malware) that, once it’s taken over your computer, threatens you with harm, usually by denying you access to your data. The attacker demands a ransom from the victim, promising — not always truthfully — to restore access to the data upon payment. Users are shown instructions for how to pay a fee to get the decryption key. The costs can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, payable to cyber criminals.

One of the most common delivery systems is phishing spam — attachments that come to you in an email, masquerading as a file you should trust. Once they’re downloaded and opened, they can take over the victim’s computer, especially if they have built-in tools that trick users into allowing administrative access. Some other, more aggressive forms of ransomware, like NotPetya, exploit security holes to infect computers without needing to trick users. The good news is companies like McAfee, Microsoft and SonicWall are all aware of the many types of phishing schemes that are rampant world wide.

Payroll Manual Checks and Reversals Maintenance

Every year the Federal government sends Circular E bulletins to all employers that contain all the new information of the tax limits and tax table rates that changed for the new year. You can enter the information on the Payroll Definition Menu under Tax Jurisdiction, Tax Table Maintenance and Tax Rate and Distribution Rates.

The Payroll System Menu is where you enter the employee’s information and tax withholding information, the Payroll Cycle Menu allows you to run an actual payroll and the Month-End, Quarter-End and Year-End Processing Menu allows you to run payroll reports, updates and End of Year W-2 processing.

The Payroll Report Menu allows you to print employee master and employee detail listings.

Advantages of Using Anzio Lite

Anzio Lite 17.x emulation software has many features available for our users. Any customer that is using the Internet or importing order information from their emails would find the features to be quite helpful and a real time saver, especially if a customer sends you an order via email, you can cut and paste the order information directly into a TOP order or invoice saving input time. Listed below are some of the features we think are outstanding:

  • You have the ability to click the ‘Copy’ button and the contents of your screen is captured and can be pasted into an email or document.
  • The ‘Print Screen’ button prints the contents of your screen to your primary printer. This feature can be used to print error messages in TOP and then can be emailed to Mindware for support.
  • You can set up any printer in Anzio Lite that is displayed in the Windows ‘Printer and Faxes’ list.
  • Both Telnet and SSH (Secure Shell) connections are supported, along with font and font size designations.
  • Many of our customers use multiple login sessions. Anzio Lite allows you to open multiple sessions by clicking the ‘Add Session’ button and then you have the ability to switch back and forth between the active sessions by clicking  ‘Next Session’.
  • You can setup user login name and password so when you log in you don’t have to enter the login name and Anzio Lite will verify the password to make sure it is correct.
  • You can prevent a user from exiting TOP by clicking on the Windows X box, leaving files open in TOP and causing ‘Error 0 – File Device Busy or Inaccessible’ message.
  • On multi-touch screens, we offer sizing and moving the main Anzio window; large screens can have up to 1000 columns of text, small screens users can control sizing of tool buttons for easier touch and a screen magnifier.


General Ledger Journal Entries

General Ledger journal entries allows you to enter monthly business transactions that aren’t generated by the system, correct postings from other modules and allows you to adjust and correct previous transactions. You can use this program to enter beginning balances on accounts.

The journal date defaults to the date on the General Ledge menu. You can accept the date or change to the date you want on the journal entry.

The transaction code defaults to JE or enter a ? to display the system transaction codes if you want to override to another code,

Global Reference field displays the last one used so you can enter the next available reference number or create your own.

The Description field defaults to Journal Entry but you can override with your own description.

You can enter a Reversal Date if you are entering a reversal of a previous journal entry.

After the heading information is entered, you are now ready to enter the detail information.

Press the Enter key to display the next available line number.

Enter a valid General Ledger account number.

Press the Enter key to accept the default reference from the header information and the default posting description.

Type the amount for the account number. To enter a credit amount, type a minus sign before the amount.

Accept the information displayed or return to the account number field to make corrections.


The system keeps track of the journal balance as you post each entry. Only when the balance field displayed on your screen is equal to zero, is the journal entry in balance.

When a one-sided journal entry is out of balance, you can enter P to enter the password you have established in the General Ledger Parameters. This will allow the system to update an out of balance condition. This should only be used to make a one-sided correction to the General Ledger.

Using ipconfig in Windows 10

To find the IP address of the PC you are using, use the following steps:

  1. Left click on the Windows icon on the taskbar
  2. Click on Search
  3. In the lower left of the screen, type cmd to display the IP address of your PC
  4. Type ipconfig /all to see all associated IP addresses – physical address, default gateway, subnet mask, DHCP server, DNS server,  etc.
  5. Review your IP information displayed
  6. Type exit to return to the desktop


Sales Analysis End of Month Processing

1. Choose Period-End Processing from the Sales Analysis System Menu.
2. Begin Period-End Processing for Sales Analysis? (Y)es or (N)o:

Type N to return to the Sales Analysis System Menu.
Type Y to continue period-end processing.

Note: This message will display on your screen:

‘Warning: This Will Clear All Period-To-Date Information. All Sales Analysis Reports should Be Printed Before Update.

3. Begin Sales Analysis Update? (Y)es or (N)o?

Type Y to continue the update or N to return to the Sales Analysis System Menu.

TeamViewer Installation

TeamViewer is a comprehensive remote access, remote control, and remote support solution that works with almost every desktop and mobile platform, including Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. TeamViewer lets you remote in to computers or mobile devices located anywhere in the world and use them as though you were there. Plus, you can remotely connect to servers, commercial-grade machines, and IoT devices from anywhere, at any time through our secure global remote access network.

Main Features:

– Establish incoming and outgoing connections between devices
– Real-time remote access and support
– Collaborate online, participate in meetings, and chat with others
– Start using TeamViewer for free immediately after downloading

Mindware Corporation uses TeamViewer for accessing a customer’s Windows PC’s (not Linux servers) for additional support and is free to download.

To download TeamViewer, enter this link in your browser:

Select Default Installation

Install and run the program. It will give you an ID and Password to be used for remote access and will create an icon on your desktop. You will need to email Mindware the ID and password for us to use if we need to connect on our end.

Install New Basis License

This is for installing a new license file (for example, to increase the number of user licenses).

Start Basis Utility

Go to the bin folder, example cd /usr/local/basis/bin
Enter ./admin to start the utility script

Enter 1 to select License Registration, then press ENTER
Press 1 for Next and ENTER

Register for a License

Press 1 to Continue and ENTER
Enter Product License Information (Company, Name, Email, Phone)
Press 1 for Next and ENTER

License Registration Information

Press 1 for Continue and ENTER
Requesting a 30-day evaluation license? [no]
This is a notebook computer? [no]
Product License Information
Serial Number:[BBX######]
Auth Number:[##########]
User Count:[]
Host Name:[top.rh.local] (example)
Host ID:[COMPOSITE=A2F8CD3C1D3B] (example)
Press 1 for Next and ENTER

License Registration and Delivery Methods

Press 1 to Continue and ENTER

Automatic Licensing

Register and install a license automatically?[yes]
Press 1 for Next and ENTER
Information: License file renamed for safekeeping….

Wizard Process Complete

Press 1 to continue and ENTER
The wizard process is now complete

Total Order Plus Version 2018 Features

The features listed below are included in the latest version of TOP 2018:

  • Backorder mask increased to 999,999.99 on the Backorder Report
  • Several reports have been added to print to a PDF:
  1. Accounts Payable Check Register
  2. Accounts Payable Payment Selection Register
  3. Accounts Payable Check Reconciliation
  4. General Ledger Chart of Accounts
  5. General Ledger Journal Entry Report
  • Correction made to General Ledger Retained Earnings at the end of a year
  • TOP Welcome screen displays the number of BBx licenses in use and if the license is currently up to date
  • Maintain Address Data in Order Entry now contains a new option ‘Is The Address Information Correct?  (CR-N-EMAIL-End). Type EMAIL to enter Other Order Information – Job Description, Customer Email and Ship-To Email
  • Added order Revision Date to Order Entry Header Data and all Order Entry history files
  • Added salesperson email address to the Salesperson Masterfile Maintenance on the Sales Analysis System Menu
  • Expanded the title and telephone extension fields for the Accounts Receivable Customer Contact Maintenance



Remote Desktop Client PC Setup in Windows 10