Tech Glossary: What is a Virus? Virus is a term that is thrown around a lot. The easiest way to describe it is to think about your computer like the human body. A virus is an infection with varying degrees of severity. Some are just mild annoyances, eg. sluggish response,[...]
We’ve all heard the myth, “Mac’s don’t get viruses.” While that urban legend has never been true, it was pretty rare for a Mac machine to actually get a virus. Why — they had a smaller user base. Historically, Mac users mostly needed to be concerned with adware versions of[...]
Background information The base source code for a really nasty Android-based family of trojan viruses was released into public forums – for free – in December 2015, and from what we are hearing this family of viruses is on the rise on devices. The GM Bot viruses (also called SlemBunk, Bankosy, as well as MazarBot)[...]
ANDROID USERS, ACT NOW: Fixes are not yet issued for the #Android #Stagefright vulnerability, so protect yourself now by disabling “auto retrieve MMS” from messenger apps that can process MPEG4 video format. Instructions in the #AvastBlog, https://blog.avast.com/2015/07/29/big-brothers-could-be-watching-you-thanks-to-stagefright/
Beware: Computer Repair Phone Scams Are On The Rise Again!
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It is quite common to have some errors in your event viewer. While some are extremely critical to have repaired, most simply refer to timeouts or minor glitches in programs, and do not justify a major overhaul of your system, especially at the prices you are being quoted. If there are serious errors, you will most likely have noticed them before opening your event viewer.
The safest thing is to simply hang up on them. If your are feeling adventurous, try to get as much info from them as you can, including a number where you can call them back. This information could then be given to the proper authorities, such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communication Commission, or even your state’s Attorney General or local police.
If you have already received one of these calls and have given them access, shut down your computer and get a reputable, qualified technician to take a look at it. You should also consider changing all your passwords from a secure computer. If you notice any transactions on accounts that you did not make, immediately report them your bank or appropriate financial institution.
Never, I repeat, Never give someone you do not know and trust remote access into your computer.
Oracle has released Java 7 Update 11 to fix major vulnerabilities! Java SE 7 Update 11 Released By Tori Wieldt on Jan 13, 2013 Oracle has released Java SE 7 Update 11, containing important security fixes. See Oracle Security Alert CVE-2013-0422 to learn more. Oracle strongly recommends that all Java SE 7 users upgrade[...]
The Busy Computer Seasons: a Virus Writer’s dream! by André Thomas In the world of computers, there are two primary busy seasons – the holiday shopping season of November and December as well as Tax Time, though not in the ways you might expect. Viruses, malware and spyware have an ebb[...]
Having a Clean, non-infected website for customers is vital for any business — and especially for a Computer Repair Business! The Holiday Season is the #1 time that Viruses are spread because they are attempting to get your CC#s… and the worst part is, you might not find out for[...]
Will you lose internet on Monday, July 9th, 2012? It has been all over the news today. If you are still infected by dns-changer malware, you may lose internet. Why? The FBI seized web servers linked to some of these malware infections and have been keeping them running to give[...]
Tech Tip #9 – Backup your important data Are there any files on your computer that are important to you? If so, you should have them backed up, whether to physical media or to a web-based backup system. Viruses/malware can destroy your hard drive and there is the possibility that[...]