Posts tagged malware

Ransomware: Holding Data Files Hostage

You’ve probably heard the term “ransomware” on the news several times in the few last months. What is ransomware? It’s a compilation of the terms “ransom” and “malware.” Malware = malicious + software Software is any kind of program that runs on a computer or electronic device. Malicious software is, like it sounds, bad. Many […]

Stay in CTRL: Computer Crash (Not) Immanent!

“Do not turn off your computer or you will lose everything!” “Call this number now to reach tech support.” Have you seen or heard alerts like these, warning that a computer crash is immanent or that you have thousands of errors? They’re called scareware, a type of malware that attempts to frighten you into calling […]

Tune-up Software: Not the Answer for Slow Computers

Are you tired of your sluggish computer? Have you been looking for ways to speed it up? If you think a tune-up software will help, that’s not the best solution. There’s no legitimate tune-up software on the market with proven results of better system performance. However, there are many PUPs available, potentially unwanted programs, which, […]

Tech Scams: How can I know if it’s legit or not?

An error message appears on your screen. You’re trying to decide if it’s legitimate or not. Should you take action? Are you at risk? The following list conveys common aspects of fake alerts that can be classified as tech scams, scareware, and malware. Scareware screens are messages designed to be frightening that can draw you […]

Unnecessary Toolbars as Malware

A common feature of malware that can get installed on your computer is unnecessary toolbars. They can make your browser run more slowly, especially as it opens up since it takes longer to load the extra “features” along with your homepage. One of the primary goals of these toolbars is to generate even more malware […]

Safe Browsing Tips & Things to Avoid

What’s safe to click on and what isn’t? Browsing the web requires wariness. Some customers feel like they can’t go anywhere or click on anything, and to a point, that’s true. You can’t safely click on just anything. It takes caution and common sense to make sure the links you visit are not riddled with […]

Scareware: Alert! Your Computer is (Not) Infected!

Alert!  Your computer has a virus! Do not shut off your computer, or you will risk losing your data! Call this number right away (888) 888 – XXXX. Have you ever seen messages like this pop-up on your computer screen? Maybe there were lots of pop-ups that suddenly appeared, windows you weren’t able to close. […]

Free Seminar: Online Security for Parents

“Almost constantly” is how one-fifth of Americans describe how often they go online, according to a recent Pew Research Study on Internet users. 73% of adults reported going online at least daily, and that statistic jumps to 92% for teens. The percentages for those who answered “almost constantly” were similar for both groups—21% of adults […]

Your computer needs some TLC

Computers are like cars, they need some TLC, maintenance and periodic tuneups. Once it starts getting slow, sluggish and unusable, it might be one of two reasons 1) your computer needs a tune up 2) there is a problem with your physical computer hardware. Most times, it may need just a tune up. The amount […]

Seven Signs to Spot Phone Tech Scammers

“I’m from Microsoft and I’m calling to let you know we detected some security risks on your computer.” Have you ever received a phone call that began with a line like that? Have you ever allowed a technician you didn’t know take control of your computer remotely? Scammers are running rampant right now, calling as […]

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