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Falling for Fake Support Popups can be Expensive

TweetYou know the ones I’m talking about.  You’re minding your own business surfing the web and all of a sudden your browser is unresponsive and you see a message from “Windows” Support telling you your IP address is at risk – or your computer is infected with some hideous virus – and to call their Continue Reading

The Talking Computer Hijack

TweetThe Latest Computer Hijack The Talking Computer Hijack OK, boys and girls. The bad guys have just upped their game. A LOT. Hopefully y’all know to NEVER click on a popup message that jumps on your screen while surfing the web and tells you to call a toll-free number because your computer is infected. This Continue Reading

The Sky Is Falling!

TweetWith a nod to Chicken Little… Massive Ransomware Outbreak! By now I’m willing to bet good money you’ve all seen the various news articles telling you to bend over and kiss your ass goodbye if your computer is connected to the Internet today. In point of fact, the ransomware issue is getting worse by the Continue Reading

Pop-Up Microsoft Virus Alert Scams

Microsoft Scam

TweetI honestly thought I had written about this a long time ago, but in searching the entire blog, I found out otherwise. If you see something like the image below, DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER. It is a SCAM. They will try and talk you into taking control of your computer to “prove” that you Continue Reading

Computer Utilities and Performance

TweetLess is More Computer Performance is Impacted by Application Count Computer Speed is Inversely Proportional to the Number of Installed Applications How many more ways can I say this? I think that’s adequate. For longer than I can possibly recall, I have been saying “The fewer applications installed on your computer, the better it will Continue Reading

Repairing Hard Drives

Murdered Hard Drive

TweetRepairing Your Failing Hard Drive This is actually not possible.  But for the sake of discussion… This topic comes up from time to time and I think I may have even written about it years ago in another blog, but that blog is history, since I sold The Computer Wizard in Plano, TX.  The blog Continue Reading

Just Say NO to Flash Player Updates

Tweet Adobe’s Flash Player is Ubiquitous It is employed on virtually every computer in the world. It’s purpose is to enable live streaming of videos, ads, news articles and the like that take the form of movies or animations. For years now, one of the most popular distribution vehicles for malware has been fake Adobe Continue Reading

iCloud and iCloud Drive Problems Solved

TweetIf you are an iPhone user… Your life is probably more complicated than it used to be, And iCloud is to blame. Let’s start by asking some basic questions first: Do you find yourself emailing photos from your phone to your email account just to get the photos on your computer? Are you frustrated trying Continue Reading

Clickbait Ads Lead to Fake Microsoft Support

TweetClickbait is becoming an epidemic Clickbait is any embedded ad with a titillating headline (we would call it a come-on) that hints at something shocking, surprising — or risque’ to be found by taking the bait.  It never materializes.  The results are always disappointing at best – and your search history is being harvested by Continue Reading

Samsung S7 Update Voice Mail Hell – Solved

TweetBasically we are all guinea pigs (unpaid beta testers) seemingly for every technology company lately.  Microsoft raised this to an art form by giving away Windows 10.  Think about it… Why would they give away a new operating system for a year?  Two reasons: If you didn’t pay for it, you can’t complain about it. Continue Reading