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Viruses Attacks Increase as We Approach The Holiday Shopping Season

Perry Hall Computer RepairWell it is almost holiday shopping season. During this period; many people opt to online for doing a good majority of their Christmas shopping. Virus hijackers like to take advantage of the extra online traffic by writing new virus code and infecting thousands of sites in order to get their malware out into the wild. We see it happen year after year. One of the most aggressive of these infections is ransom ware called the FBI virus. This virus is brutal once it gets into your system. Depending on how long it stays in your system, your computer can be locked down sometimes even in safe mode with no easy way to get into your operating system. The fake screen that pops up looks very real and can be intimidating for many people. Essentially the virus lets you believe that you are committing a  violation and you need to pay $200.00. The money is usually requested to be made as a money pak from Walgreen’s or Wal Mart. As real as it may appear, it is a fake program. Do Not Pay the $200.00 as the screen will still remain on your computer and the virus will still be there.

One of the worst aspects of the FBI virus is that it is almost never stopped by anti-virus software. It appears to be most common with video sites and X rated websites.

In addition we have seen an increase in exe hijackers and the system restore virus that actually changes the configuration of your files so that you think they have been erased. These virus variants are a bit easier to remove but registry fixes often have to be implemented in order to get the machine back to a normal state. Most of these virus attacks will take several steps to completely remove. It can almost never be done just by a simple scan from your anti-virus program.

 

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Backing Up Your Business: Data Where To Begin.

Baltimore Computer Repair ServiceA disaster recovery plan is critical for the health of every small business but, only 25% of the businesses I encounter have a plan in place. Personally, I Feel this is because business owners don’t have a clear idea on what needs to be done; not knowing where to begin, they put off building a disaster recovery plan. A good Plan starts with backing up Business Critical Data.

 So Just What is Business Critical Data?

Business critical data includes information your business could not recover if it were lost. Any small business disaster recovery plan should focus on keeping this irreplaceable data safe. That data might include:

  • Customer information
  • Email correspondence
  • Financial records and information
  • Sales and shipping records
  • Insurance, vendor and employee contact information
  • LAN and WAN Network diagrams and IT vendor service level agreements
  • Telephone service level agreements
  • Drawings or Specification documents
  • HR records
  • Video or audio records
  • Procedures and Policies
  • Quality and product tracking records
  • Inventory records
  • Certificates and Licenses
  • Security information
  • Manuals, books and other products created for and by your business
  • Offsite storage indexes which include what is stored off site, where it’s stored, and when it was update.

Now you have a idea of what Business Critical Data is you can begin putting together your Disaster Recovery Plan.

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How to Clean Your Laptop

laptop-cleaningCleaning A Laptop Computer

Cleaning a laptop computer is not as hard as one may think. You can clean the LCD screen, battery connections, keyboard, touch pad, and USB ports  as needed without opening the laptop casing.  You may need to clean your laptop monthly, depending on the area the computer is kept .  For the average home cleaning your laptop is recommended once to twice a year as preventative maintenance. Keeping to this plan can save you a lot of time and money by extending the life span of your laptop.
Safety First
Always unplug the system before cleaning any laptop computer. Remove the battery and press and hold the power button for 5 seconds to discharge any voltage left in the PC.
Laptop Screen Cleaning

Clean the LCD screen with a soft dry cloth. If the screen is really dirty, use distilled water, applying limited amounts to the cloth, never spray water or any liquid directly onto a computer screen or use a laptop screen cleaning kit. Apply light pressure as you wipe the screen because LCD screens can crack under direct concentrated pressure.  Never uses an Ammonia based cleaner on your laptop screen it will damage the display
How To Clean Laptop
Use a can of  compressed air to blow dust and other particles out of the keyboard and touch pad. When using compressed air make sure not to shake or turn the can upside down because cool liquid may spray out of the can which can hurt you and damage the computer.  Turn the computer at an angle and use the compressed air to blow out from under the keyboard and make sure no keys are sticking or dirty. Then, if needed  you can take a damp cloth and wipe down the lid, keyboard and touch pad. If that doesn’t fix the keys that are sticking you should take the laptop to a professional to remove the keyboard or key caps to better clear out any remaining problems. Use the compressed air to clear out anything obstructing the ventilation of the laptop. You  can do this by blowing out the vents and ports on the sides and back of the laptop. Next, you should clean the battery connections. All that is needed for this is contact cleaner and something non-abrasive to clean the contacts such as a cotton swab. Remove the battery and clean the copper contacts.  Remember, it is not a good idea to just spray any liquid on the computer.
Spray the cleaning cloth you are using and not the computer itself.
If you would need a professional to take care of this task for you, contact the computer experts at Perry Hall PC Repair.

Never Get A Virus Again –

Computer Repair BaltimoreInstall a Good Antivirus Software and Keep it Up to Date

If you don’t have antivirus software installed, then you need to get on this right away. I would highly recommend Vipre Anti-Virus If you are looking for a good antivirus. The second part of this is that you need to keep this software up to date and you need to run scans regularly. Most good antivirus software packages will automatically update themselves. However, it is a good idea to check that this is happening. When it comes to scanning, it is a good idea to scan every week or so. By keeping your virus protection software up to date and by scanning often, you can make sure you catch any threats before they can wreak havoc on your PC.

Be Careful When Opening and Clicking Links Within Emails

Opening a bad attachment or directly clicking on a virus in an email are two really common ways to get a virus. There are quite a few ways to avoid this. First, be really careful opening emails that have attachments from people you don’t know. Second, if you open an email, you don’t recognize the sender, and the email itself really doesn’t make sense, then don’t click on any of the links in the email. In this case, it is best to just delete the email and move on. Last, if you are not with a solid email provider like G Mail, Yahoo Mail, etc, then you may want to think about switching. These services do a great job of filtering out any viruses before they even get to your inbox.

Be Careful When Browsing the Internet

Another really common place to get a virus is from a bad website. We have all been there, we have clicked on a link or a result in Google search and we end up at a website that just doesn’t look trustworthy. This site is trying to get you to download stuff, has tons of popups, and won’t even let you go back. In most cases, you are still OK. However, what you do next may determine if you get a virus or not. First, see if you can go back or even see if you can close out the browser window. If it doesn’t let you, you can try to close any popups or notifications using the “X” or the cancel button. If you still can’t get away from the bad site, you can use the task manager by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL to manually close your browser task. The big key is that whatever you do, don’t allow your browser to download anything. Most browsers today will ask if you are sure that you want to continue with a download. This is where you make your last stand against the virus.

To go along with this, it is best to just avoid certain types of sites. First of all, avoid public torrents and public torrent sites. These are well-known virus farms. You may also want to be careful around any type of adult sites or any low quality streaming sites. I am not talking about YouTube here. I am talking about sites that stream a specific TV show or channel illegally. These types of sites might have malware as well.

One last thing to look out for when browsing is fake “download”, “play now”, “play”, etc buttons. Be really careful around these. Keep an eye out for these on sites that you particularly don’t trust. Also, while on the topic, don’t fall for the “Your computer is infected” ads or popups as well. These are usually a trick to get you to download a virus. If you see one of these and you are unsure, close it, then open up your virus protection software and run a scan. This will tell you if you are truly infected or not.

Be Careful When Downloading Programs or Files

There are many times when you really just need to download a program or file from the Internet. If you do this correctly, then there is no issue. However, the key here is that when you download something, make sure it is from a trusted source. Downloading software directly from the software manufacturers website is one good tip. For example, if you need to download iTunes, download it from Apple itself, not some third party distributor. The only time you should download from a third party site is when the site itself links to the third party site for the download.

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By following the tips and advice above, hopefully you will never get a virus again.

 

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Computers In Your Daily Life: We are Here To Help

We_Can_Help_Nottingham_PC_RepairAlmost all activities that we do in daily life depend on computer. A hanging computer or a slow computer may be very frustrating. Nowadays, we can’t imagine when a business or institution work without running a computer. Without the help of computers, it must be very hard for business owners to run their business properly and effectively.
If we are talking about the benefits of computers, it is also worthy to talk about the computer repair services. Those service companies help us in solving our computer problem. When we have no time to repair the computer, those services can be utilized to save our computer and our business.  But finding the best service company in certain area is not as easy as we think. We have to choose one from many services in our area that offer different benefits.
Computer repair service in the Baltimore area is a computer service company that has more than 15 experiences in this business. It has professional technician that qualify in handling both for home computers and business computers. Right diagnose and accurate trouble shooting is all the computer technician must have. And this service company has it.
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Don’t Pay For Parental Controls: Introducing Parental Controls Windows 7

Baltimore Computer RepairThere are many programs out there for sale that provide Parental Controls. From standalone applications  to Internet Security Suites that also offer parental controls, but did you know Windows includes parental controls already?

Windows 7 Parental Controls:

To access Parental Controls open the Start Menu and type parental controls into the Search box and hit Enter. When you open Parental Controls, click on the child’s account you want to set up.  Under Parental Controls mark the radio button next to On, enforce current settings. Then you can go through and control their computer time, games, and programs.

Time Limits: Click on Time limits to control when your child has access to the computer. If you want to only allow a few hours each day, it’s easiest to left-click and drag the mouse across all of the time slots to block them. Then allow the time blocks when you want to make the computer available.

Control Programs: If you want to restrict certain programs on the machine, click on Allow and block specified programs then scroll through the list of installed programs and block them.

Control Games: Click on Games to control the type of access your child has to games on the computer. You can completely block all games or select games by ratings and game names. These game ratings are based on the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

You can also select different game rating systems if it’s more appropriate for your location or if you like a certain system better than another. You can also block games based on the type of content it contains.

The Parental Controls feature is easy to use and helps you administer how your children use the computer. Of course nothing is perfect or foolproof and the Parental Controls won’t replace good old fashioned “real parenting” but it makes it easier.

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Yes, Internet security suites may offer a few more features in their parental controls, but don’t underestimate the parental control options included with Windows 7.