Category Archives: Security

Really Bad Virus – Locky

Locky is one of the worst viruses I have ever encountered and it’s very easy to accidentally install on your PC. If you ever see this sort of thing when you open a document – do not click on the … Continue reading

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Child Predator Phishing Scam Preys On Parents Fears

Just when you think phishing criminals cannot sink any further, you get confronted with a “new low”. This phishing scam preys a on parent’s fear. The scam email looks like a warning for parents about a child predator that moved … Continue reading

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Telephone from Microsoft

Microsoft do not telephone you. If you get a call from Microsoft or Windows, and probably anybody who says they think your computer has faults – it is a scam. Time and time again I have to tell vulnerable people … Continue reading

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PC behaving badly

It could be malicious software http://t.co/4Tt6BspK8T

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Microsoft Security Essentials Antivirus and XP

I used to promote this free antivirus and I still do for Windows Vista and more recent versions of Windows, but for XP Microsoft are using it to make life uncomfortable for XP users. Slowing the machine and popping up … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Antivirus

Many new PCs come with a 1 month trial of Norton or McAfee – but when that trial is up you’ll have to pay a subscription. Much more economical is to use the built-in antivirus called Windows Defender. Its free … Continue reading

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Virus Alert – Cryptolocker

This virus encrypts your files and then destroys itself. The encryption is very tight – it can’t be broken. You will be left with contact details where you can send $300 – there’s no guarantee they will send you the … Continue reading

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Safety-conscious web surfing

Generally speaking, a safety-conscious web surfer isn’t likely to run into malicious software if they follow best practices for online activity. Which is don’t visit sites that are on the edge of legality, for instance sites to do with gambling … Continue reading

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“I’m phoning you about your computer…”

“I’m phoning you about your computer…” This is probably a scam. Please warn all the vulnerable people you know that this scam is on the increase. Anybody who rings and pretends to be from Microsoft or any other computer corporation … Continue reading

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Java – security problem – uninstall

I’ve been evaluating Java. I’ve been running Windows 8 for a couple of months now and I didn’t install Java. I’ve not missed it and there have been some security problems with it. So my advice is remove it, here’s … Continue reading

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