Posts tagged viruses

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 […]

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 […]

HELP! My Homepage’s Been Hijacked!

You click on your Internet browser, expecting to see your e-mail or Google, but instead another page with a strange search bar shows up.  At the top of the screen are several toolbars you’ve never seen before.  When you try to open a new webpage, unwanted ads pop up.  Suddenly a window that seems like […]

WEEU Live Security Broadcast

PC Ninja hosted its second WEEU live security broadcast at the Ninja Den on July 16.  Head tech ninja Melvin Foo and radio host Mighty Mike Faust discussed online security, and special guest Detective Robert Heiden of the Berks County District Attorney’s office joined the conversation on current scams and safety issues.  Here are some […]

The Most Common Way Viruses Access Your Computer

At PC Ninja we often hear the question, “But I have antivirus.  How did I get viruses?”  It is wise to have antivirus software, but there is no guarantee your computer will be 100% safe.  Customers then wonder, “I didn’t do anything.  Someone must have hacked in.  How do they do that?”  Well, the truth […]

Cleanup for Computer Components

Spring is giving way to summer, so while you finish up your spring cleaning list, consider adding your computer to it.  Towers, monitors, screens, and keyboards can quickly collect dust, and as devices that we use for several hours on a daily basis and may share with family members or coworkers, some basic cleaning every […]

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