Archive | December 2013

Reality: Someone May Be Snooping Your Network

Baltimore WiFi SecuritySince 1999 we have been offering onsite computer repair I’ve come across countless open Wifi networks. If you use a laptop or other wireless device in an urban area you’ve seen them too. Some networks are set up this way to allow others in the neighborhood to share an Internet connection (though your ISP may frown on this). Others because the person lives far enough away from anyone that they believe distance protects them from hackers or the like. After all, sometimes your Wifi signal doesn’t reach much further than the walls of the house.

The problem is that when your network is open pretty much everything you do on your computer is visible to anyone else on that network, if they know how to look for it. And, while you may not be able to see your wireless network very far beyond the borders of your home, most of the people who want to snoop on your connection have much more powerful antennas that allow them to connect over great distances. It’s also not just your data that you need to worry about. You can also be hurt by what the person connecting to your wireless does with your Internet connection.

The good news is that securing your wireless network is a fairly easy and straight forward process. The reality is that most people who want to do bad things with your wireless connection are looking for an easy score. They will likely see that your network is protected and just move on to greener pastures.

Perry Hall PC Repair Wireless Security Service Special

For Only $89 We will come to your home and secure your wireless network to keep your network activity safe from prying eyes. With an Un-secured wireless network your Banking activity, online purchase information is up for grabs
$89 is a small price to pay for peace of mind

 

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Fast and Affordable – Computer Repair

Local Perry Hall Computer Repair www.baltimorepcfix.comPerry Hall PC Repair offers efficient and Affordable Computer Repair in Baltimore,Maryland Computer Repair in Parkville, Maryland  and surrounding areas. Contact us today! **We now service the White Marsh area, Reisterstown and Catonsville!**

At Perry Hall Computer Repair, we’ve helped numerous local companies and individuals since 1999. And one of the top reasons people contact us is a problem with a slow computer.

Every computer slows down over time with use. It’s inevitable. As you add and delete data, electronic junk builds up and slows your system down—much like your kitchen pipes start to drain slower over decades of use unless they’re flushed out. And that’s the silver lining here: It is possible to have your computer “flushed,” or optimized, so it’s running as good as new.

We Offer Free Pick Up and Delivery for all Repairs – Most Repairs have a 24 hr turn around!

Once we pick up your computer,  we will run an extensive diagnostic checkup to find and fix your problem quickly. This includes:

Computer viruses
•Fixing general computer problems, big and small
•File recovery problems
Remove spyware and adware
•Provide a computer netstata denial of service virus fix!
•Install correct drivers
Advanced laptop and desktop repair
•Monitor/display driver issues
•Fix a hijacked computer (i.e., a “zombie”)
•Device connections
•System restore
System start-up problems
•System memory problems
•Fix computer boot loop
Optimize and speed up your computer

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The Never ..And I mean Never Do List – How To Keep Your Computer Safe

perry hall computer repairWhile it’s true that the internet is full of viral menace, it doesn’t have to feel like an overwhelming or unavoidable thing. There are things that you as a user should do to reduce your chances of contracting a virus on your home computer or laptop – or rather, things that you should not do. For Affordable, Flat Rate Computer Repair in Perry Hall, Maryland contact us Perry Hall Computer Repair

 

When it comes to viruses and malware, you probably already know the basic “Do’s”: do use a reliable anti-virus software, do update your computer and all its software regularly, do take it to a professional if you run into any viruses despite your best efforts. So today, we have a list of “Don’ts” that might help you sleep better at night, knowing that you’re not exposing your computer or devices to unnecessary internet plague.

The Never ..And I mean Never Do List:

  1.  Don’t ever give anyone who contacts you remote access to your computer. I don’t care if it’s a phone call, an email, or the pony express – you should never trust a company who wants remote access to your computer. Remote access allows someone to do just about anything they want on your computer from another location; it can be helpful for people who need to access their office computer from home occasionally, but for most people, it isn’t something they’ll ever need to do. A recent scam we’ve heard about: a person who claims to work at Microsoft calls to tell you that your computer is infected with a virus, and that they need access to save your computer and your files. You panic, give them the information and access they need, and suddenly a stranger has the ability to control your computer, download dangerous malware, and hijack your personal information. Luckily, this scary scenario is easy to avoid: don’t ever let anyone you don’t know access to your computer – remotely or in person!
  2. Don’t open email links your friends share with you until you double-check with them. We all get emails from our friends with funny photos, stories, news articles, or videos. Often you’ll need to click on a link to get to what your friend wants to share – but a little voice in the back of your head wonders, “How do I know this is safe to click on?”  Don’t ignore it! Even if the email is from your best, most trusted friend on the planet, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a trick. Hackers often gain access to an email account, and then email a dangerous link out to all those friends in the address book – disguised as a funny photo or video link. The only way to be sure your friend really sent it is to check with them before you click on it. And if you’re getting spam emails from a friend’s email account, let them know so they can change their password ASAP!
  3. Don’t click on links in emails. This might sound extremebut if you’re a better-safe-than-sorry kind of person, it’s a solid rule to live by in the email world. If you’you’ve kept on top of email scams and spams, then you already know never to click on a link from someone or some business you don’t know. But these days you need to take it a step further. Say you get an email from your bank or your cable provider, and it has a link in it that you want to check out. Better to type the company’s URL into your browser, and navigate to whatever offer or page you wanted to look at from their homepage. Trying to tell a scam email and a legit email apart can be very difficult – scammers have really stepped up their game and can construct an email scam that looks just like a legitimate message from a company you trust, right down to the logo.
  4.  Don’t download files that end in .exe, .vbs, or .lnk. These types of files can open programs or applications on your computer when you download them, and you might never even notice them running. They could be programs that capture your passwords, track your keystrokes to get private information, or even use your computer for their own purposes (most likely not benevolent, I think we can assume). Familiarize yourself with the extensions you are likely to see for common file types: .jpg or .png for images, .doc or .pages for documents, and so on. If you get an email from a friend that says “Look at this great photo I took,” but the attachment ends with .exe and not .jpg, you should steer clear of it.

These are just 4 of the many, many things you should not do on the internet or in your email – but they all boil down to, essentially, erring on the side of caution. We all want to be trusting, open-minded people, but you will be rewarded for being a skeptic on the internet.

Keep these pointers in mind when you browse or use email, and share them with others who might also be losing sleep over their computer’s safety and security.  Computer Repair in Baltimore, Maryland

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Seasons Greetings to All !!

Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours

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We have opened up several different holiday cards this past week.  Yeah, ’they’ve been arriving at our office for the past week and what an amazing, moving experience the act receiving holiday wishes can be.

As far as I’m concerned, this blog is more than just me typing my thoughts on a web portal.  It’s an interaction between bloggers and readers, it’s an interaction between friends and friends.  And if I could send cards to everybody who I call “friend,” there wouldn’t be enough cards left in the Perry Hall /White Marsh area for others to use.

So in the spirit of the holidays, in appreciation for everything you’ve done…

Merry Christmas.  Happy holidays, Joyeux Noel and Peace.

Merry Christmas an Happy Holidays to the wonderful people who fire up their computers and check out what we at Perry Hall PC Repair  doing Those that follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google +. We thank you and truly appreciate your support of a local, family owned computer repair service in Baltimore, Maryland.

Myth: Mac’s Can’t Get Viruses

www.baltimorepcfix.comMacs are known for their high tolerance and good security against viruses.  However, every once in a while some Mac computers may develop cookies, viruses, and Trojans. Don’t panic if you do have a virus on your mac, because virus removal on Macbook is possible!

The various types of dangers

The main three types of threats to your computer’s security through using the Internet are:

1)     Cookies

2)     Viruses

3)     Trojans

Deleting Trojans

Trojans are becoming more serious and common in infecting Mac computers. Trojans allow your computer’s DNS records to be modified, hijacked, infected and watched.  The most serious Trojan is called a flashback and infects your computer by downloading malicious components. Flashback tricked users by disguising the installer for Adobe Flash.

What to Avoid: 

– Only download Adobe Flash Player from the official site to avoid downloading a Trojan.

– Disable the “open safe files after downloading” option in preferences to avoid automatic installations of potentially dangerous programs.

Get Rid of Viruses

Getting rid of viruses is a little more complicated but still do-able. Download ClamXay for your specific Mac OS and install recent apple security updates.

With these two completely up to date, ClamXay will take you through the necessary steps if a virus is detected.

Additional Help

Virus removal on mac isn’t easy! If you cannot get rid of your virus or are in need of professional

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The Real Advantage of Local Computer Repair

Local Perry Hall Computer Repair  www.baltimorepcfix.comAre you or do you know someone that takes their computer in for repair at one of the big box stores?  Best Buy’s Geek Squad, Office Max or one of the others?  If so, do yourself a favor and give us a call at Perry Hall Computer Repair You can call and speak to a tech at 443-567-9488 and we can determine how we can assist you with expert computer support at a reasonable price.

Most of our residential computer repair customers in Baltimore have found that we offer quicker turn-around times and lower costs, not to mention the convenience.  You can either drop your machine off at our offices or a tech can come onsite to your home or business.  For the same cost or lower, you’ll enjoy a tech that has more experience, at a reduced rate, helping to keep your money in the local community.  We are a 100% Perry Hall owned computer repair company with over 20 years combined experience in the Baltimore technology community.

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Local Computer Repair vs The Big Box Store: Why Our Customers Win

WWW.BaltimorePCFix.comWe have been serving Baltimore with fast friendly & affordable computer repair.  Connected PC Solutions© offer three ways to get your computers, laptops and other tech fixed. We now offer In-Shop, with our FREE Pickup & Return computer and laptop repair. We can service both home and small business customers from Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Unlike many repair shops and big box stores we don’t:

  1. Nickel and dime our customers.
  2. We never charge inflated hourly rates or stick on extra fees for things like same day service or cleaning dust from inside your computer.
  3. When you call us you will know an exact repair cost $69 +Parts for Computer Repairs and $79 for Standard Virus Removals.
  4. We make sure every customer knows exactly what the cost of the repair will be.

Every Service or Repair Includes Free:

  • 30 Day Guarantee on all work!
  • Free Same Day Service when possible – Most Repairs complete within 24 hrs
  • Free Pick Up and Return Delivery
  • Free system performance evaluation
  • Free Operating system security evaluation
  • Free Clean out of any dust inside your computer

Our clients could choose to use the Big Box stores.  I’ve heard from many that the gimmick of the “Special Agent” wears off quickly when the prices are very high and you are just a number.  You get Agent 10009 today….Agent 234 next week…and a new one each time.  But they choose us!!

I think the big stores have a great thing going but just like their retail operation they are a VOLUME business.  You are expected to know a lot about your technology so they can perform work on it and give it back to you.  I take a different approach in that I see Perry Hall PC Repair working for your business as if we are on staff.  We feel a responsibility to make your IT work to help your business succeed and thus look to us for the long term.

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