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Preventing Infection

While everybody who uses the Internet should have good anti-virus protection, all too often this is simply not enough.  When using the Internet everyone should be practicing safe browsing habits as well.  When it comes to the Internet there is no such thing as 100% protection, your computer is a tool and it is only […]

Malvertising on the Rise!

On August 5, security giant Cisco Systems released their midyear security report, which focused on multiple different vulnerabilities hackers are currently using, across the globe.  While most of the report featured numerous low-risk vulnerabilities, that we’ve been seeing for some time now, they also identified a new trend on the rise, called ‘malvertising’. Now, in today’s more […]

National Reps!

We are now National Reps! I just wanted to let everyone know that we have recently partnered with a National Communication Firm, which allows us to get awesome pricing on things like: •             Internet service •             Backup services •             Cable TV •             VoIP phones •             Business class phones I hope that you will contact me […]

Is my computer hardware failing?

We all wonder how long our computer equipment will last, and the truth is… it’s already starting to fail. All hardware is going to fail at some point in time, whether by factory defects, random failures, or parts wearing out. Sure, I have a laptop that is over 10 years old and is still running, […]

What is CryptoWall?

CryptoWall is a file-encrypting ransomware program, released this past April,that targets all versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. This program is very similar to the CryptoDefense ransomware, in that CryptoWall’s decryption service is almost identical to the one for CryptoDefense. When you are first infected with CryptoWall, it […]

XP upgrades to Windows 7…

What is it about these XP upgrades to Windows 7… ? We have been doing a lot of Windows XP upgrades, lately. Unfortunately, you cannot just “upgrade” to the newer operating system. You have to pull the data and settings off of the XP install, wipe the drive, and then install a fresh copy of […]

Virus Removal Options

When your PC gets infected, there are a couple virus removal options to consider, to get rid of the virus(es.) The first way is to simply copy all of your data to an external hard drive, then wipe the hard drive clean and reinstall Windows. This will absolutely work for removing the viruses, but it […]

Antivirus, a must have…

In today’s world, having updated antivirus running on your PC is a must. Without antivirus, you take a chance of losing your data, spending a bunch of money to disinfect your system, infecting other friends and families, and just a bunch of bad stuff altogether… Even though most folks know this, for some reason we get […]

Backups! Backups! Backups!

I cannot stress enough, the importance of backing up your data.  We here at Frankenstein Computers have seen an increase in failing hard drives over the past few weeks.  Unfortunately, I am forced to tell some of my customers that their data is gone forever, or it will cost them an insane amount of money […]

Notebook or Tablet?

Ever since the iPad came out, that question has been asked.  The answer? …. well, it depends.  While some can make do with a tablet, there are some compromises required for the tablet-only lifestyle. To help you figure out which device is right for you, we have listed a few of the best features of […]