Archive for ‘scam

AVG has gone to the dark side

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There was a time when I used and recommended AVG as a reliable option for a free antivirus. I stopped using it about 4 years ago, mainly because the software itself wasn’t really compatible with all Windows computers. When I make a recommendation, I try to make sure it’s something that won’t freeze up your […] Read more »

How to authenticate a picture on the internet

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Sometimes things happen during the routine course of the week, and suddenly I realize – that’s a good topic for a blog post.  That’s what happened this past week. If you’re on Facebook, you know there is a high volume of pure garbage that gets “Liked” and shared.  I’m not necessarily talking about content […] Read more »

5 ways the hackers and scammers try to trick you

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Over the past few weeks, I have had several clients get tricked by scammers.  This resulted in malware or even some nasty viruses being installed on their computers.  It’s often hard to track back to exactly what happened that caused the problem, but in some cases it can be obvious.  Today I’m going to show […] Read more »

Cryptolocker ransomware means changes to our backup process

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There’s a new type of malicious software in town.  It’s called CryptoLocker.  It doesn’t fool around.   CryptoLocker falls into the category of “Ransomware”.  Ransomware programs take over part or all of your computer, and offers to return it to you when you pay money.  You have probably heard about the popular “FBI Virus”, which […] Read more »

Over 5000 free TV channels with Rabbit TV?

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Recently I came across an interesting product called Rabbit TV (get it here).  You may have seen this as well.  The package advertises 5000 FREE TV channels.  Amazing!  I don’t even get that many channels with my Verizon FIOS television package.  I decided to buy it and see if it could really deliver what was […] Read more »

Find lost photos in your old emails – NOT RECOMMENDED

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I’ve had my primary Gmail account since early 2004, when it was first introduced by Google for beta testing.  Back then, you couldn’t just sign up for it – you had to be invited.  And when you created your account, you were given a certain number of invites that you could send out to your […] Read more »

My troll call with a tech support scammer

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This is a current popular scam that unfortunately snags a lot of unsuspecting computer users. It’s the Fake Tech Support scam.   You get a call from someone claiming to be with “Microsoft” or from “Windows” and they tell you that your computer has been reporting some problems and viruses, so they need to just […] Read more »

Don’t get scammed with an unintentional download

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Okay, I am going to do a bit of ranting today.  I won’t be talking about unethical politicians (aren’t they all) or annoying TV commercials.  I’m here to tell you about a growing trend among software manufacturers – deceiving the consumer into installing software that was not wanted.   This is something that I […] Read more »

How to spot a scam/phishing email

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It’s kind of hard to believe, but a LOT of people are still falling victim to scam emails, also known as phishing emails.  When “phishing” is spelled that way, it just means that there is a scammer looking to grab some personal information in order to steal your identity and your money. There are […] Read more »

Protect your computer to protect your bank account

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You have probably heard about the malicious software programs that suddenly pop up a window and tell you that you have 97 severe threats on your computer and you need to take action to get rid of them.  You close the window, and it just opens up again a few seconds later.  Sometimes lots of […] Read more »