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CryptoWall 2.0

A new version of the CryptoWall ransomware has been released, titled CryptoWall 2.0, that includes numerous “enhancements” by the malware developer, to resolve issues in the previous version.  Since it was first released, CryptoWall has been a huge threat for computer users and network administrators, as it will encrypt all local data, as well as all data found on network shares. […]

A Short List of Basic Tips for a Longer Lasting PC

Here are a couple of simple things to keep in mind about your computer, to help it have a good long life. Your PC should always be plugged into a power strip/surge protector.  Power spikes and outages can cause major hardware and software issues.  If you experience frequent power outages, you may want to consider getting a […]

MALWARE, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

This is a repost of our very first blog, back in August of 2010.  In general, not much has changed in the Malware world- it’s still out there, and you still need to protect yourself.  If anything, its coders have gotten sneakier, so our tools have also changed, to keep up with the threats.  We no […]

Fake Microsoft Tech Support Scammers

People get scammed every day by fake tech support folks making unsolicited phone calls to technically-challenged victims, with the intention of exploiting their computer. Cyber criminals may claim to be “calling on behalf of” Windows Helpdesk, Windows Service Center, or Microsoft Support. Microsoft warned that these scammers will try to “convince you to visit legitimate websites and download software […]

VoIP…

We have migrated many of our clients to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phones this year. This is a phone service that uses your data lines.  We find that the brand of router has A LOT to do with VoIP working …. or not.  When we started getting more VoIP migrations, we also made the […]

How to Choose Between a Surge Protector and a UPS for your Computer

First of all, what is the difference between a surge protector and a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)? Surge protectors provide protection by dissipating any excess power (a surge) and preventing it from reaching your connected devices. Electronic equipment, especially sensitive equipment such as a computer or a hard drive, is designed to operate within a […]

It’s Time for a New Desktop/Laptop When…

When the cost of repairing your desktop/laptop becomes somewhat shocking, it’s probably a good time to purchase a new one.   Some people treat their desktop/laptop as they do a smartphone: they purchase a new one as soon as the latest and greatest version comes out. Which means they could be buying a new unit […]

Keyboard shortcuts that everyone should know

With the invention of the modern computer mouse, many users may have forgotten the keyboard shortcuts that are comparable to options in the right click menu.  Here are a few keyboard shortcuts that everyone should know for Windows, to hone their keyboard ninja skills. Because, let’s face it … it’s not always practical to use a […]

Microsoft Is At It Again

Microsoft has decided to get into your wallet again, by releasing its latest version of Windows, sometime this month. It seems like Windows 9 will be a lot like Windows 8, with a new start screen feature. According to Microsoft, the end of support for Windows 7 will be in the first part of 2020, […]

Cybercriminals Stopped

Cybercrime centers around the world cooperated to stop the ring of criminals responsible for multiple scams in recent years.  To get an idea of the magnitude of the operation: the US Justice Department, the UK National Crime Agency, the European Cybercrime Centre and agencies in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Ukraine, Germany and Italy […]