How to get out of FAKE virus infection

YOUR COMPUTER IS INFECTED. DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER UNTIL YOU CALL THIS NUMBER: 1-800-BOLOGNA.

People. It is a waste of your time to call that number or any like it.

IT IS NOT TRUE. There is no problem with your computer.

You have landed on a web page specifically designed to trick you into calling a Fake tech support professional. Who by a few magical clicks of the mouse, will “fix” your computer.

$600 and 2 hours later, after “they” make you feel afraid for your life, you will be angry. You will feel stupid and degraded once you find out you have been taken.

Save Yourself Some Frustration

The fix costs $0. Here it is: Continue reading “How to get out of FAKE virus infection”

Two Tweaks To Avoid Email Scams

The Internet and Email are the most dangerous avenues for viruses and scams. I am going to show you a couple of ways to protect yourself from these threats via email.

The first one, is to hide the message reading pane; and the second one is to use the “to” column to verify the recipient of the email before you open it.

Windows Live Mail SampleDepending on your email client (the program you use to view your email) the settings should be similar to what I am about to describe. For this exercise I will use the Windows Live Mail program that comes with your windows Vista, 7, or 8.  If you have a different operating system and email client, leave me a message at bottom of this article and I will respond with a specific solution for your case. Continue reading “Two Tweaks To Avoid Email Scams”

How to recover from the CryptoLocker virus

scrambledThe CryptoLocker virus encrypts all your personal files and throws away the key.  Unless you pay a hefty ransom, your files will be lost forever.

This type of virus is known as “ransom-ware” and it spreads via email attachments.

The most unusual thing about this virus is that if you pay the ransom, the creeps will actually return the key. All your files will return to normal.

This tactic is beneficial to them because they can condition people to pay the ransom. Paying the ransom is a bad idea of course. Who knows when they’ll strike again asking for more money?

Continue reading “How to recover from the CryptoLocker virus”

Spooky

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Now that’s spooky!

I hear this question quite frequently: “My computer is infected, what do I do?”

What’s really scares me is the account that follows, “I let my friend try to fix it, now it’s even worse!”

I hope you are here to find ways to prevent such catastrophes.

My advice: don’t get infected, and don’t let your friend goof it up.

I happen to be a professional that is not faint of heart when it comes to computer trouble. I am like a doctor that is not afraid to look at your mysterious rash.

In case it hasn’t happened, follow my advice: Continue reading “Spooky”