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Online Account Protection

How does FastConnect™ protect my personal information?

FastConnect™ uses two-factor authentication to protect your information. You create a Master PIN, without which no one can access your account information, and the PIN is required to decode the encrypted, stored information. Further, your information is only accessible from your PC. The PIN and encrypted account information are stored on your PC, and not on remote servers. Your FastConnect™ automatically signs in to your online accounts when you enter your PIN, so your information is always safe from keystroke-logging malware designed to capture your sign-in credentials.

What is “Phishing,” and how does FastConnect™ protect me from it?

"Phishing" is the term for the act of identity thieves attempting to capture private information by using emails and cleverly falsified web sites to entice persons to enter personal information. The thieves then capture and use that information to their advantage. A typical “phishing” scam would be an e-mail from a large bank stating, “We have charged your account $72.00 for the items you ordered. Click this link to verify your purchase,” and upon clicking the link, a very real looking website opens, and you are prompted to enter a card number, account number, SSN, etc. – some unique identifier for you, in order to see the “order.” In fact, by entering the information, you are providing your account credentials to the felons. If you are using FastConnect ™ and have stored your account information, before FastConnect™ allows your account to open, it will check the internet address of the banking link. If it doesn’t match the address(es) we have on record for the bank, you will see a warning telling you that we do not recognize this as a legitimate website for that bank, and will not open the account.

Your FastConnect™ is constantly monitoring, verifying and validating the IP addresses and sign-in procedures for more than 8,000 financial sites. That means you'll be signing into a legitimate Web site, not a fake one.

Why should I use FastConnect™ when I already have other software that stores my passwords?

Unlike other password managers, the FastConnect™ secure account feature opens financial accounts in the Secure View™ proprietary secure browser and NOT in a general, public browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome). By using a private browser, our servers can check the financial site address to ensure that it is not a fraudulent site. We validate the internet IP addresses, and do this for over 8k financial institutions in the United States. In conjunction with the PIN authentication, this delivers a two factor authentication process to protect our customers. For non-financial sites, the customer still benefits from the ease of using the single PIN entry for one-click access to their stored accounts. Although security applications may provide a password manager application, they do not provide the protection of the secure browser. For more information on these features, see the relevant entries in these Frequently Asked Questions.

I can’t open my financial accounts or receive software updates.

If you have problems accessing a financial site, or receiving update information, your FastConnect™ services are probably being blocked by a firewall or anti-virus application. In order to remedy this –

· Follow the instructions for the Communications or Connections errors in the General or Installation questions. Often, just ensuring the system clock is set correctly will resolve these issues. If not –

It is probable that our services are being blocked by a firewall or piece of security software on your computer. If our PIN service cannot communicate with your computer, your secure accounts will not open, and if our Update service cannot communicate, you will not receive Updates to the database or other services.

  • Disable your firewall services to see if that resolves the issue;

· Contact the website for your firewall/security software and make sure you have the latest updates and virus definitions;

· Ensure that the executable files are listed, or “approved” in the firewall preferences. Those executables are:

o IDVault.exe

o Idvaultupdate.exe

o Idvaultsetup.exe (only present during installation and activation)

In all cases it is best to check with the security/anti-virus/firewall application manufacturer, and to read the manual or search the on-line help to see how to add FastConnect™, or any other application to the list of safe software and/or sites.

How do I backup and restore the information in my FastConnect™?

The stored account information should be backed up on a regular basis. Although a backup of the stored accounts is created each time the customer logs out of FastConnect™, if anything happens to lock or damage the Microsoft Security Certificate, that information is lost and cannot be recovered. However, if the customer takes the few seconds to create the secure backup, all they need do is browse to the location where they stored the backup file, enter their PIN, and click to restore the secure backup of their account information.

To create the secure backup –

From the FastConnect™ window:

  • Click on the Options tab;
  • Click on the Backup icon

· Select a location to save the backup file – usually the Desktop, but a removable storage device, such as a flash drive, is perfect. Once created, the backup file can even be e-mailed to the individual. The backup file will be PIN protected so make sure to remember the PIN you are using at the time you create the backup. Once a location is determined, click to “Save,” and the “backup.idv” file will be created. It cannot be opened. It can only be imported into FastConnect™ and the PIN used when the file was created must be entered in order to Restore the contents to the FastConnect™.

To restore the accounts –

From the FastConnect™ window:

  • Click on the Options tab;
  • Click on the Restore icon;
  • Browse to the location at which you saved the “backup.idv” file;
  • Double click on the file name, or highlight it, and click “Okay,”
  • Enter the PIN you used to create the backup.

The contents will be restored to the FastConnect™ accounts list.

How do I change my Master PIN?

  • Click on the Options tab;
  • Click to “Change Master PIN”
  • Enter your current FastConnect™ PIN;
  • In the pop-up window, enter your new PIN and re-type to confirm
  • Click 'OK' to accept the change.

I forgot my Master PIN. How do I get into my stored accounts?

You can’t. Everything associated with your stored accounts and personal information, including the PIN, is encrypted and stored on the computer. None of your personal information is stored by us. If you incorrectly type your PIN number four consecutive times, you will be locked out of your FastConnect ™. If you do not have your PIN, there is no way to unlock your FastConnect™ software and access your personal information. No third party has a record of your PIN, or any way to unlock your accounts once the PIN has been locked. Although you may be locked out of your FastConnect ™, so is everyone else. Your information cannot be accessed by anyone without the correct PIN. After a final failed attempt to enter the PIN number, you will be brought to the Master PIN Entry page where you can create a new PIN. Your FastConnect™ will remain intact. However, you cannot access any of the accounts which were attached to your old log-on/PIN. If a PIN lockout occurs, the stored accounts file is automatically deleted along with the backup copy.

How does FastConnect™ protect me from Spyware and keystroke loggers?

Your FastConnect™ automatically signs you in to your online accounts, keeping you from typing in - and, therefore, potentially revealing - your usernames and passwords. What's more, your FastConnect™'s Secure View blocks malicious plug-ins and other browser-based threats that you may unknowingly download to your PC.

How do I add an account to “My Account Logins?”

After installing FastConnect™, click “Add Logins,” and click to “Add Financial,” for banks, credit unions, brokerages, etc, and click to “Add Other,” for shopping sites, or other non-banking/financial sites. Use the search engine which opens to navigate to the desired website, and then just log in as normal. When prompted, choose to add the account to the list of logins. Once added, financial accounts will open in our proprietary Secure View browser, and shopping/other accounts will open in the computer default browers.

I’m not prompted to add my account. What should I do?

For a financial account, such as a bank account, call us. Click on the ? icon of the FastConnect™ home page, and when you are speaking with an agent, provide the name of the bank or financial institution, and the URL of the log on page. Most banking log on issues are handled through our weekly database releases. So, wait a day, go to the ? icon again, click to “Check For Updates,” to update the trusted network database stored in your computer, and then try again.

For an “Other” account, such as a shopping account, the FastConnect™ add-on, plug-in, or extension for your web browser needs to be active.

For Internet Explorer –

o Click on the Tools icon;

o Click on Manage Add Ons;

o Find the FastConnect™ add on in the list of applications;

o If it is not enabled, click to “enable” the add on;

o Close all browser windows to save the change.

For Firefox –

o Click on the Firefox Controls icon (looks like 3 horizontal lines in the upper right-hand corner);

o Click on “Add-ons;”

o Make sure the FastConnect™ add on is present and is enabled.

o Close all browser windows to save the change.

For Chrome –

o Click on the Chrome Controls icon (looks like 3 horizontal lines in the upper right-hand corner);

o Click on “Settings;”

o Click on “Extensions;”

o Make sure the FastConnect™ extension is present and is enabled.

o Close all browser windows to save the change.

Note - There are *some* “Other” accounts which will not prompt, and therefore can’t be added. A non-financial account which has the User Name and Passwords fields on separate pages cannot be added, and if the web page creator has not adhered to webpage standards, so that the credentials fields do not communicate correctly with the FastConnect™ add on, or extension, the account cannot be added.

When I use the “Add Logins” search engine, or try to create an account from my bank website, I get an error message. What should I do?

First, go to the ? icon of the FastConnect™ home page, click to “Check For Updates,” to ensure that you have the latest version of the Trusted Network database, and then try again. If the problem remains -

· For a financial account, such as a bank account, contact our Support Group. Click on the ? icon of the FastConnect™ home page, click on the Support option, and on that webpage, choose to create a Support Request, Chat with an agent, or call us. Make sure to provide the name of the bank or financial institution, the URL of the log on page, and the error message. Most banking log on issues are handled through our weekly database releases. So, wait a day, go to the ? icon again, click to “Check For Updates,” to update the trusted network database stored in your computer, and then try again.

· For an “Other” account, the issue will be with that site web page, and you would need to make sure the web address you are using is correct, or that the site is still operational.

When I try to access my bank account, I’m getting some kind of warning about the IP address and it says the page doesn’t match what is on file. What should I do?

First, go to the ? icon of the FastConnect™ home page, click to “Check For Updates,” to ensure that you have the latest version of the Trusted Network database, and then try again. If the problem remains -

· For a financial account, such as a bank account, contact our Support Group. Click on the ? icon of the FastConnect™ home page, click on the Support option, and on that webpage, choose to create a Support Request, Chat with an agent, or call us. Make sure to provide the name of the bank or financial institution, the URL of the log on page, and the error message. Most banking log on issues are handled through our weekly database releases. So, wait a day, go to the ? icon again, click to “Check For Updates,” to update the trusted network database stored in your computer, and then try again.

  • The FastConnect™ trusted network database stores the server IP addresses for over 8,000 banks/financial institutions in the United States. When you use the FastConnect™ software to access your stored financial accounts, we match the IP address of the web page you are accessing to those we have on file for that bank or financial site, and if we do not have the IP address you are accessing, we will display a warning to the customer. At that point, the customer should contact us to report the issue so that we can ensure that the IP addresses are correct. If not, we will fix the IP address list and issue a new database. So, wait a day, go to the ? icon again, click to “Check For Updates,” to update the trusted network database stored in your computer, and then try again.

I’m trying to open an account using FastConnect™ and I get a message that the log on is wrong, but if I just go to the site and log in without using the FastConnect™ it works fine. What’s up?

You need to Edit the stored credentials for that account. First, check to see if the credentials you have stored in the FastConnect™ are the same as those which work correctly.

To view your stored credentials

o Find the name of the account in the My Account Logins list;

o Right-click on the account name.

o The stored credentials for that account will appear in a pop-up box in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. If they are not correct, you will need to Edit the stored account credentials.

To Edit your stored credentials –

For Financial accounts -

o Find the name of the account in the My Account Logins list;

o Right-click on the account name;

o Click to “Edit;”

o Log in to the account as you normally would, and when prompted, click to “Save,” the account.

For Other accounts –

There is no “edit” function for non-financial accounts. If a log on has changed for a non-financial account stored in the FastConnectTM you need to delete the account and then recreate it.

How do I delete an account from the “My Account Logins,” list?

Right-click on the account name in the logins list, and click on “delete.”


General

What is FastConnect™?

FastConnect™ is a desktop application that protects your online account passwords, provides one-click secure login to online accounts and creates a single access point for other products and services.

Online Account Protection provides secure storage and convenient single click access to your online accounts plus protection from phishing, pharming, spyware, keystroke loggers and other online fraud schemes designed to steal your personal information. Secure credit card storage and auto-fill feature protects your sensitive information when you shop online.

Single click access to other products and services is provided on the right hand side of the dashboard. Get more information, download and enroll directly from your desktop dashboard.

How do I update the software?

The FastConnect™ software checks for updates each time the computer is started, and the software “phones home,” every twelve hours to check for updates. You can manually check for updates by clicking on the ? icon, and then click to “Check For Updates.” The FastConnect™ “Trusted Network,” list of financial institutions for which we watch the Server IP Addresses is updated at least weekly, and the FastConnect™ program is updated at least once each quarter. Browser compatibility updates are released whenever one of the supported browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome) are updated by the manufacturer.

What are the operating systems, web browsers, and computer hardware requirements for FastConnect™?

Operating system

o Windows 8.0 or 8.1 (32 or 64-bit version)

o Windows 7 (Starter, 32 or 64-bit version) with Service Pack 1

o Macintosh OS is incompatible and unsupported

o Windows OS or emulations on a Macintosh are unsupported

Microsoft .net Framework 4.0

Microsoft .net framework version 4.0 must be installed on the computer in order to install or use the FastConnect™ software.

If the customer does not have Microsoft .net 4.0, the set up process will attempt to download and install it. This may take as long as one-half hour depending on the computer speed, health of the hard drive, and internet FastConnection. If the .net Framework 4.0 cannot be downloaded and installed, the installation will stop, reverting to the prior state of the computer – leaving it “untouched,” or as it was prior to the installation attempt. However, the customer will not be able to install or use the FastConnect™ software until they have successfully installed Microsoft .net Framework 4.0.

Microsoft has posted several useful links for customers to repair and existing .net installation prior to using the second link to install .net 4.0 after the repair.

· To fix an installed version of Microsoft .net framework:

o http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2698555

  • To download/install from the Microsoft website:

o http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17851

Web Browser

o Internet Explorer v.9 or later

o Firefox v.29 or later

o Google Chrome v.35 or later

Note: The above browser versions are relevant IF the customer wishes to use one of these browsers as the default browser. Any Windows-compatible browser can be used, but only a compatible default browser will allow the FastConnect™ software to operate fully – meaning for the prompting to work, and for “Other” accounts to open.

PC Hardware

o 512MB RAM minimum; 1+ gig RAM recommended

o 600 MHz or faster processor

o 40 MB available storage memory

How do I uninstall my FastConnect™ software?

To Uninstall FastConnect™:

  • Click on "Start," or the Windows flag in the lower, left corner of the computer screen;
  • Click on Control Panel;
  • Click on Administrative Tools;
  • Click on Services;
  • Find FastConnect™ in the list of services – click to highlight it, and click to STOP the service.
  • After the service has stopped, return to the Control Panel -
  • Click on “Programs and Features,” (Add or Remove software in XP)
  • In the Programs list, find the FastConnect™ software, highlight it, and click to Uninstall.
  • If you plan to re-install your FastConnect™, select 'Yes' when prompted to "Save secure password file?" If you don't plan to re-install your FastConnect™, click 'No'. This will remove the FastConnect™ PIN, and will delete any stored passwords.
  • Complete the Uninstall survey, and
  • Restart the computer.

I see an error message! Now what?

  • Error Messages -
  • I’m getting an Unexpected Error.
  • I’m getting a Clock Error.
  • I’m getting a DLL (download link) Error.
  • I’m getting a “General” Error.
  • I’m getting an error when I try to activate my Master PIN.
  • How do I resolve a Communications Error,

· I see a Connections Error, and a message that I must be Connected to the internet. I AM connected to the internet.

These errors can occur for a variety of reasons, but usually occur if the FastConnect™ connection is poor, non-existent, OR if the communication to and from our servers is blocked. For this reason, it’s possible that the customer can connect to the internet to check their mail, or browse the web, but gets a message that they must be connected to the internet, when trying to access FastConnect™, or gets an error when trying to download/install, OR when trying to activate the software when they are creating their Master PIN. This is usually because the communication to and from the computer to our servers is blocked, OR the system clock is incorrect for the computer. The first thing to do is to check the date/time/time zone of the system clock:

· Right click on the clock in the lower right-hand corner, and even if the date and time look correct, set them to the correct day, date, and time for the current location of the computer – this means correct time zone and daylight savings time setting;

· Next, click on “Internet Time” in the system clock and select a “standard” clock to synchronize the clock to. This is because your computer clock must be in synchronization with the Microsoft server clocks for the Microsoft Security Certificate to open.

· See if this resolves the situation. If not, then there is very likely a firewall or piece of security software blocking the connection or communication. You would need to disable the firewall to see if that is the issue, and contact the firewall or security software site to ensure that the virus definitions for the computer are up-to-date.

Service is Unavailable or Stopped Working – the connection to the FastConnect™ service has stopped or the quality of the connection is poor.

  • Can you connect to the internet at all? If not, then the issue is with your internet service or your internet hardware (modem or router).
  • Are you using a wireless connection? If yes, then the issue may be with the connection. Try using an Ethernet cable and attach the computer directly to the modem/router. If this resolves the issue, then the problem is with the wireless connection or port of the computer or the wireless signal itself.
  • If you have internet connectivity, and only the FastConnect™ has stopped, or is unavailable, wait for an hour and then try again . In the rare instance of a service outage, by the time the customer sees a message indicative of a service issue, the issue is already being addressed by our Service personnel. So, the easiest solution may be to just try again. It’s also possible that you have an old/incorrect log on cached in your browser, so first, go to your Control Panel to Internet Options to Delete, and delete your temporary internet files, browsing history, and internet cookies. Then, try again.

I can’t open the software. I think I’m being blocked.

· If you have already installed the software, but can’t activate it, use your Programs/Features control panel to Uninstall it;

  • Restart the computer;

· Go to the download location for the software, and click to Download;

· When prompted to Save or Run the software, click to “SAVE,” and if prompted for a location, choose the Desktop or Downloads file – some place which will be easy to find. Some browsers, such as Firefox, will not allow you to “Run” the installation from the installer, and will automatically SAVE the installation to the Downloads folder;

During the download, watch for any prompts from the anti-virus or security software and make sure to “Allow,” or “Okay,” any prompts asking for approval of the download;

After the download, click to INSTALL or use the Set-Up to install the software;

During the installation, watch for any prompts from the anti-virus or security software and make sure to “Allow,” or “okay,” any prompts asking for approval of the download;

See if this resolves the firewall block. If not –

  • Disable your firewall services to see if that resolves the issue;

· Contact the website for your firewall/security software and make sure you have the latest updates and virus definitions;

· Ensure that the proper executable files are listed, or “approved” in the firewall preferences. Those executables are:

o IDVault.exe

o Idvaultupdate.exe

o Idvaultsetup.exe (only present during installation and activation)

I just changed my browser and now see something about enabling the software or the browser. What is this?

If you have updated your browser you must make sure that the FastConnect™ software has been updated as well, IF an update is available. Normally, if FastConnect™ is installed and you update your version of Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, as soon as you try to access FastConnect™, you will see a prompt to install or enable the browser update. Just follow the instructions to enable the new browser plug-in for the FastConnect™. You may also need to open a new browser window and:

  • For Internet Explorer – go to Tools to Manage Add-ons and Enable the Browser Helper Object;
  • For Firefox – go to the Add-ons to the “Sprocket” Icon to Check For Updates and then Enable the Add-on;
  • For Chrome – go to the Settings menu to Extensions and Enable the extension.

Can I run FastConnect™ on more than one computer?

Yes. You can install FastConnect™ on multiple computers, and can use the Backup/Restore feature to share a common set of accounts between multiple computers. You would need to create the same master PIN for each FastConnectTM installation. For example, if you use 5-3-4-2 as the PIN for one computer and the PIN to secure the backup file, you would then need to use that same PIN if installing FastConnect™ on additional computers, and would need to use that single backup file. After creating the backup.idv file using the Backup function, on one computer, you would then go to another with the backup.idv file on a flash drive or emailed, and would then use the “Restore” feature to restore the contents of the backup file to the FastConnectTM installation on the second computer.

Does FastConnectTM allow multiple users on the same computer?

Yes. Each User of a Windows computer can have a separate FastConnectTM activation. It is not necessary for multiple individuals sharing a single computer to share a single software activation. Each user can have their own PIN and their own backup file. Each user’s individual backup.idv file *should* be named differently to ensure that one person’s data does not somehow write over another person’s data. Since the default name of the backup file is backup.idv, each person should create a unique name for their file, such as “GloriaL9.12.14.” The backup file would then appear as “ GloriaL9.12.14.idv.”

Can I move to a new computer?

If you get a new computer or have to re-image your existing computer, you'll need to re-install FastConnect™. If you have access to your old computer or have FastConnect™ installed on another computer, we recommend that you create a back-up of your FastConnect™ to a removable storage device as described in the FAQ 'Can I back up the information in my FastConnect™?' You can also create the backup.idv file to a computer desktop and then email the file as an attachment and “Restore” it to the FastConnect™ software once installed on the new computer.
The software is compatible with PC Windows Operating systems only. It is not compatible with Macintosh.
Once the software is installed, plug in the removable storage device on which you created the backup, or open the email with the file attached and Save the file to the desktop. In your FastConnect™, click on the Options tab on the left side of your dashboard, then click on the Restore icon and browse to the backup.idv file. Enter the Master PIN that you set on your old computer and your accounts will automatically be added to your online accounts list.

How do I set my default search engine? I installed FastConnect™ and my search engine is now the FastConnect™ search engine. How do I revert to my old search engine?

The option to change the default search engine to the FastConnect™ search engine (which is also the FastConnect home page) is part of the FastConnect™ installation process. We have added additional protection to the search service. Many companies track search history or alter search results based on behavior. We do none of that while providing great results from the leading web search companies. This delivers the same great results with more privacy protection. We also alert customers in case anyone tries to hijack the search settings.

If the option to set the search engine to FastConnectTM remains checked during the installation, then the customer will need to manually set the search engine if they wish to change it.

Open a browser window:

Internet Explorer

  • Go to the Tools menu;
  • Click on “Manage add ons;”
  • Click on “Search Providers,” on the left side of the page;
  • Click to select/highlight a search engine;

· Click to “Set as default,” or to “Remove,” the search engine from the list.

Chrome

  • Go to the Tools menu;
  • Click on “Settings;”
  • Find “Search,” near the center of the page;
  • Click on “Manage Search Engines;”
  • Click to select/highlight a search engine;

· Click to “Make default,” or click the “X” to remove it from the list.

Firefox

· Click on the icon for the current search engine of the Firefox search bar in the task menu;

  • Click on “Manage Search Engines;”

Click to select/highlight a search engine;

Click “OK,” to select that browser as the default, close the browser windows to save the change.

How do I disable Visual Shopper?

Visual shopper is a common browser add-on to enable comparative shopping. It can easily be disabled by moving the mouse over the picture of an item on a shopping page, at which point another window will open which, at the top reads, “by Visual Shopper,” and has an “I” in a circle next to it. Clicking on the “i,” and selecting the option to disable the “Visual Shopper” will do so. Since the Visual Shopper is a browser add-on, it is added, separately, to each browser installed on the computer. Therefore, to disable it completely, it would need to be disabled in each browser on the computer, e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome, if all three are installed on the computer. Visual Shopper is an add-on to the FastConnect™, and so it can only be disabled. It cannot be removed.

Installation

FastConnect™ Installation Instructions

To download and install the FastConnect™, you must:

1. Use a computer with Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1;

2. Have Internet Explorer 9 or later; Mozilla Firefox 29 or later; or Google Chrome 35 or later set as the default Browser;

3. Have Microsoft .net Framework 4.0 or later installed – if you don’t we will attempt to install it for you;

4. Have a minimum of 512mb dynamic RAM on the logic board to install and run the software. In order to run the FastConnect™ software with other applications at the same time, a minimum of 1 gigabyte of memory is recommended.

5. A minimum of 40 mb available drive space.

6. Ensure that the day, date, time, and time zone of the computer are set correctly for the current location of the computer, and that the system clock has been synchronized to an internet time source. Right-click on the system clock in the lower right-hand corner of the computer screen to set the clock and synchronize.

7. Download the FastConnect™ software.

8. Follow the on-screen instructions to install and activate the FastConnect™.

How do I check or change the system clock and calendar:

a. Right click on the system clock in the lower right-hand corner of the computer display;

b. Even if the day, date, and time look correct, re-set them anyway and ensure that the time zone, and AM/PM are correct;

c. Click on “Internet Time,” and select a .gov or similar time source to synchronize the system clock to.

How do I check the operating system and version:

a. Click on the Windows flag (start) in the lower left-hand corner of the computer screen;

b. Click on “Computer;”

c. Click on “System Properties;”

d. The OS, version, processor speed, and available memory will be listed.

How do I check the Microsoft .net Framework version:

Open your Control Panel

Click on Programs & Features (XP customers click on Add or Remove Software)

The installed programs will be listed alphabetically. Find the Microsoft .net Framework in the list – version 4.0 or later MUST be installed. Microsoft has posted several useful links for customers to repair an existing .net installation prior to using the second link to install .net 4.0 after the repair. It is recommended that customers with older versions of .net framework installed run the first link to fix any potential issues prior to running the 2 nd link which will actually install version 4.0 of .net Framework.

· To fix an installed version of Microsoft .net framework:

o http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2698555

  • To download/install from the Microsoft website:

o http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17851

What are the operating systems, web browsers, and computer hardware requirements for FastConnect™?

Operating system

o Windows 8.0 or 8.1 (32 or 64-bit version)

o Windows 7 (Starter, 32 or 64-bit version) with Service Pack 1

o Macintosh OS is incompatible and unsupported

o Windows OS or emulations on a Macintosh are unsupported

Microsoft .net Framework 4.0

Microsoft .net framework version 4.0 must be installed on the computer in order to install or use the FastConnect™ software.

If the customer does not have Microsoft .net 4.0, the set up process will attempt to download and install it. This may take as long as one-half hour depending on the computer speed, health of the hard drive, and internet FastConnection. If the .net Framework 4.0 cannot be downloaded and installed, the installation will stop, reverting to the prior state of the computer – leaving it “untouched,” or as it was prior to the installation attempt. However, the customer will not be able to install or use the FastConnect™ software until they have successfully installed Microsoft .net Framework 4.0.

Microsoft has posted several useful links for customers to repair and existing .net installation prior to using the second link to install .net 4.0 after the repair.

· To fix an installed version of Microsoft .net framework:

o http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2698555

  • To download/install from the Microsoft website:

o http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17851

Web Browser

o Internet Explorer v.9 or later

o Firefox v.29 or later

o Google Chrome v.35 or later

Note: The above browser versions are relevant IF the customer wishes to use one of these browsers as the default browser. Any Windows-compatible browser can be used, but only a compatible default browser will allow the FastConnect™ software to operate fully – meaning for the prompting to work, and for “Other” accounts to open.

PC Hardware

o 512MB RAM minimum; 1+ gig RAM recommended

o 600 MHz or faster processor

o 40 MB available storage memory

How do I check the default browser and version?

Open a new browser window and then –

Internet Explorer

Click on the Tools icon (looks like a gear),

Click on “About Internet Explorer,

The version number will be prominently displayed.

Firefox

Click on the Firefox Controls icon (looks like 3 horizontal lines),

Click the ? at the bottom of the page,

Click on “About Firefox,”

The version number will be prominently displayed.

Chrome

Click on the Chrome Controls icon (looks like 3 horizontal lines),

Click on “About Google Chrome,

The version number will be listed.

How do I keep my default browser Home Page and web Search Engine?

During the FastConnect™ installation, a window will appear asking the customer to “Enable FastConnect Protection Now,” or similar. This is actually where the customer clicks to allow the installation of the necessary browser plug-in which allows the communication between the FastConnect ™ software and the browser. On that same dialogue are the options to use the FastConnect™ search engine as the browser home page and as the web search engine. These options need to be unchecked if the customer wishes to keep their existing home page and search engine settings. The instructions to change the web browser home page and search engine are in the “General” FAQs.

Error Messages

  • I’m getting an Unexpected Error.
  • I’m getting a Clock Error.
  • I’m getting a DLL (download link) Error.
  • I’m getting a “General” Error.
  • I’m getting an error when I try to activate my Master PIN.
  • How do I resolve a Communications Error,
  • I see a FastConnections Error, and a message that I must be FastConnected to the internet. I AM FastConnected to the internet.

These errors can occur for a variety of reasons, but usually occur if the FastConnect™ connection is poor, non-existent, OR if the communication to and from our servers is blocked. For this reason, it’s possible that the customer can connect to the internet to check their mail, or browse the web, but gets a message that they must be connected to the internet, when trying to access FastConnect™, or gets an error when trying to download/install, OR when trying to activate the software when they are creating their Master PIN. This is usually because the communication to and from the computer to our servers is blocked, OR the system clock is incorrect for the computer. The first thing to do is to check the date/time/time zone of the system clock:

· Right click on the clock in the lower right-hand corner, and even if the date and time look correct, set them to the correct day, date, and time for the current location of the computer – this means correct time zone and daylight savings time setting;

o Next, click on “Internet Time” in the system clock and select a “standard” clock to synchronize the clock to. This is because your computer clock must be in synchronization with the Microsoft server clocks for the Microsoft Security Certificate to open.

o See if this resolves the situation. If not, then there is very likely a firewall or piece of security software blocking the FastConnection or communication. You would need to disable the firewall to see if that is the issue, and contact the firewall or security software site to ensure that the virus definitions for the computer are up-to-date.

  • Service is Unavailable or Stopped Working – the connection to the FastConnect™ service has stopped or the quality of the connection is poor.

o Can you connect to the internet at all? If not, then the issue is with your internet service or your internet hardware (modem or router).

o Are you using a wireless connection? If yes, then the issue may be with the FastConnection. Try using an Ethernet cable and attach the computer directly to the modem/router. If this resolves the issue, then the problem is with the wireless FastConnection or port of the computer or the wireless signal itself.

o If you have an internet connection and only the FastConnect™ service has stopped or is unavailable, wait for an hour and then try again . In the rare instance of a service outage, by the time the customer sees a message indicative of a service issue, the issue is already being addressed by service personnel. So, the easiest solution may be to just wait awhile, and try again.

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