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October 2011

Page history last edited by Donald Achim 9 years, 2 months ago

Scareware!

 

 

Today lets talk about scareware. Scareware, similar to Malware (short for malicious software) is designed to scare you into thinking your computer is infected. These type of infections are no longer restricted to porn surfers or users that download pirated software.

Typically, scareware will pop up on your screen in the form of a realistic looking "scan" After a few moments you will be notified that you have 100's of infections. This is intended to scare the user into interacting with the program to "remove" the infections. If you click the remove button you will generally be shown a window that states that most of the "infections" have been removed but for the remaining few you will need to upgrade to the professional version of the program. The average user will get their credit card out and this is when the real problem starts. You give your credit card information to pay for the $29, $39 or $49 professional version.

Your computer has been infected with viruses, you have given out your credit card number and have payed a sum of money. Now that the attacker has your card info, they can go shopping. In return, the professional version of the software is actually more viruses. Nice huh?

Make yourself familiar with your anti virus software. Learn how it looks. If you see anything pop up that says it is scanning your computer and the message did not originate from your anti virus software, immediately click the X and close the program. Do not click anywhere else, interact with the program in any way or download any add-ons or plug ins without first searching for it on Google to see if it is legitimate.
 

 

 

Tips for buying a new computer.

 

There are many things to consider when making your computer purchase. Hopefully this post will help you to make a more informed decision so you don't end up with a computer that can't keep up with you or something that is much more than what you needed.

The very first thing to consider is the amount of money you're willing to spend on your new computer. Next you should decide what you're going to be using this computer for. Is it for home or business use? Are you a casual websurfer? Are you a gamer? Do you plan on doing a lot of photo or video editing? Are you going to be buying a lot of music from iTunes or another service? Now that you know how much you can afford to spend and what you want to do with your new computer you can start to weed out the PC's that aren't for you.

 

 

 

Tips for keeping your computer virus free.

 

The first line of defense in keeping your computer running fast and healthy is a good anti-virus program. While having an anti-virus program installed will be a much greater help than having nothing at all, there really is no completely fail safe method for keeping viruses out.

There are many anti-virus programs to choose from. Some are paid programs and others are free. Many of the free programs do just as fine of a job as the paid programs do. Keep in mind however that some of the free programs do not scan for things such as root kits.

Here is a list of some anti-virus programs to consider. All of these can be researched on Google.

Avast! (my personal favorite)
AVG
Avira
BitDefender
Computer Associates
ESET NOD32
F-Secure
Kaspersky
McAfee
Norton Anti-Virus
Panda
Trend Micro
Windows Live Onecare

If you intend on purchasing an anti-virus program, it is best to research them a bit before committing to the purchase. By doing this you can better decide what is best for you and your computer. Free programs can be tested hands on since you don't have to worry about no being able to return the software if you don't like it.

There are many "rogue" programs that disguise themselves as anti-virus programs when they actually a virus themselves. Some to definitely keep away from are AntiVirus2008, Antivirus2009, AntiVirusPro and a new one making the rounds, AntiVirus2011. If you happen to find a program not on this list that you want to try, make sure to research it first to make sure it is a legitimate program.

It is important to completely remove anti-virus software before installing a new one. Having to anti-virus programs installed and running at once will only succeed in slowing your computer to a crawl while to two programs fight for supremacy.

Once you have chosen your anti-virus program, it is imperative that you keep it up to date. Many programs release updates weekly and in some cases, daily. Generally programs are set to automatically receive updates on their own. You should leave this option in place to prevent forgetting to manually update on your own. In addition, most programs are set by default to do a daily scan at a set time. It is ok to change this setting so that your computer will be scanned during a time that your computer is normally on. 
  

 

After learning the basics you might then quit thinking the Advanced lessons are going to be too advanced for you, but that is where you would be making a big mistake. Why? Because the advanced lessons are purposely explained in the same "easy to learn" manner as the basic lessons, so installing a Printer for example is easier than you think! So do not think computers are "TOO DIFFICULT TO LEARN" and/or "MEANT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ONLY" because they are not.

The  Computer

 

Folders  And  Files

 

Window Frames  /  Windows 7

Install Windows 7 H.P On Hard Drive Partition

 

Folders and Files Explained

 

The Window, Main Components, Explained

Activate Windows 7 H.P Within 30 Days Limit

 

 

 

How To Minimize (Collapse) A Window

Getting Started With The Desktop And Mouse

 

How To Create A Folder

 

How To Maximize (Fully Expand) A Window

What Components Make Up A Computer?

 

How To Rename A Folder

 

How To Move (Drag/Position) A Window

Learn About Various Aspects Of PC Memory

 

How To Delete A Folder

 

How To Re-Size A Window

The Hard Drive - What Is Normally Stored On It?

 

How To Create A Sub-Folder

 

How To Scroll A Window

The CPU - What Is It? And What Does It Do?

 

How To Copy A Folder

 

Close A Window (Old Methods / New Taskbar)

What Are System Resources? What Uses Them?

 

How To Cut A Folder

 

Message Requesters And Pop-Up Windows

Learn About Other Types Of Drive

 

How To Paste (Move / Transfer) A Folder

 

The Edit Box And Address Bar Edit Box

What Makes A PC Slow? Even When Brand New

 

Save A File Using The SAVE AS File Requester

 

Desktop/Sidebar Gadgets - The Gadgets Gallery

Switch On PC Correctly - Start-Up (Boot) Process

 

Path Names (Folder & File Locations) Explained

 

Desktop Colours, Background, Etc - Show Icons

Switch Off PC Correctly - Shutdown Options

 

How To Delete A File

 

Taskbar (Resize, Move, Icons, Settings, Panes)

 

 

How To Rename A File

 

 

START Menu - Basic Menu Items Introduction

 

How To Open A File - File Requester Exampled

 

 

START Menu - How To Create A Shortcut Icon

 

Select. Copy & Paste. Folder Hierarchy.

 

 
 

 

Change Folder Views And Folder Options

 

 

Laptop Keys / Keyboard Shortcuts Explained

 

 

 

 
 

 

How To De/Compress (Unzip/Zip) Folders/Files

 

 

 

The  Internet

 

Email  /  Email  Clients

 

Security

The Internet / Internet Connections

 

How To Download/Install Windows Live Mail

 

Virus, MalWare, Phishing, Etc Explained

Web Terminology (Jargon) Explained

 

How To Set Up An Email Account With WLM

 

Manually Download/Install Windows Updates

Internet Links (Text/Picture/Button) Explained

 

How To Create And Send An E-Mail

 

Set Day And/Or Time For Windows Update

How To Create A FREE Facebook Account

 

Attach A File - Add More Recipient's TO Email

 

FREE Security/Protection Software Explained

How To Upload Videos And Pictures To Facebook

 

Receive E-Mail From Multiple E-Mail Accounts

 

Protect Credit Details With On-Screen Keyboard

How To Create A FREE E-Mail Address

 

Open/Read E-Mail With/Without Attachment(s)

 

IE8 Internet Options - Delete Your History

The Basics Of Using The FREE E-Mail Address

 

Reply To An E-Mail

 

IE8 Internet Options - Reset Security Zones

Yahoo Messenger Contacts, WebCam & Headset

 

Forward An E-Mail.....With Attachments

 

IE8 Internet Options - Manage Pop-Up Sites

Yahoo Messenger - FREE Int. Calls And Friends

 

 

 

IE8 Internet Options - Content Advisor

Internet Explorer 8 Accelerators Explained

 

 

 

IE8 Internet Options - Remove Unwanted Diallers

RSS Feeds Explained / How To Subscribe

 

 

 

IE8 Internet Options - Manage ADD-ONs

Web Slices Explained / How To Subscribe

 

 

 

IE8 Internet Options - Advanced Settings

Create A PayPal Account - Secure Shopping

 

Download And Install Thunderbird Email Client

 

How to Enable/Disable Javascript/Cookies

 

 

Set Up Existing Email Account In Thunderbird

 

Online Shopping: Pay As You Go Debit Card

Install A Talktalk Wireless BB Modem/Router

 

 

 

Online Shopping: Register P.A.Y.G Debit Card

 

 

Create Folders In INBOX Folder / Move E-Mail

 

Download/Install Microsoft Security Essentials

Wireless NW Connection / Network Key / Router

 

WLM Settings, Style Format And Stationery

 

 

Secure A Wireless NW/Router With Password

 

Save O.E E-Mail And Address Book

 

 
 

 

Save WLM Email And Contacts

 

 

Set Up YouTube Video Account - Upload Video

 

Import O.E E-Mail / Address Book - EML Files

 

 

 

The  Control  Panel

 

Software  Installation  /  Usage

 

Hardware  Installation  /  Usage

The Control Panel Programs Explained

 

Guidance For Installing Software On Windows

 

Guidance For Installing Hardware On Windows

Uninstall A Program Or Piece Of Software

 

Install MS Office Home And Student 2007

 

Install WebCam Drivers Only - No Bulky CD SW

Device Manager: Install, Disable, Update Drivers

 

Install RealPlayer SP - RUN And Install

 

Download A Driver Installation File (SW Drivers)

Backup Files With BACKUP AND RESTORE

 

Install QuickTime Player - SAVE And Install

 

Install WebCam Using Installation CD/DVD

Restore Personal Folders, Files Or Both

 

Install Firefox Web Browser - Custom Install

 

Manually Install Printer / Delete Problem Printer

 

 

Install Firefox Add-Ons And Plug-Ins

 

Transfer Media From Digital Camera To PC

Make A Program The Default Program

 

Office 2007: Download FREE Clipart (Images)

 

Manually Burn (Copy) Files Onto A CD/DVD

Set A Program's, Default, Protocols/File Types

 

Auto-Recover/Save WORD / EXCEL 2007 Files

 

Burn (Copy) Files Onto A CD/DVD Using Software

Set A Protocol's/File Type's Default Program

 

RIP (Save CD Audio Tracks) As, MP3, Files

 

How To Install (Remove / Insert) Laptop Memory

Set AutoPlay Default Actions For Media

 

Disable Or Enable Start-Up Programs/Tasks

 

Flash Drive: Format / ReadyBoost / exFAT

 

 

Disk Cleanup / Speed Up The Hard Drive

 

 

Create A, Standard, Windows User Account

 

How To Use SAFE MODE To Troubleshoot

 

 

Parental Controls - Set Up And Edit Settings

 

DOS: Scan Windows System Files For Problems

 

How To View Common Computer Specifications

 

 

The Registry, Reg Cleaners and Reg Tweaks

 

Get Cheaper HW/SW From A Computer Fair

 

 

Actions To Take When PC Crashes/Freezes

 

How To Safely Remove A Hardware Device

 

 

How To Fix Computer Problems Remotely

 

How to Partition (Split Up) a Hard Drive

System Restore: Repair (Restore) Windows

 

Free, Important, Downloads For Windows 7

 

How To Scan A Photograph Or Document

 

Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation
 
 

 

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