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Handbrake Malware Attack Captures Source Code

Panic, Inc is a software develop company that makes a suite of apps for the Apple OS X platform.  In May, a mirror download server was compromised, which allowed the legitimate version of the Mac transcoder app Handbrake to be replaced by an infected version.  The OSX.PROTON trojan infecting the app allowed hackers to gain Continue Reading

The Sky Is Falling!

With 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

Is Windows 10 Making You Crazy?

Is Windows 10 Making You Crazy? Is your Windows 10 computer really aggravating the daylights out of you? Do you spend more time waiting for the Spinning Circle of Confusion than actually getting anything done? Do you find yourself longing for the days of Windows 7 – when you could actually find your stuff? Do Continue Reading

Widespread Google Docs Phishing Scam

Google Docs Attack Phishing scams are on the rise worldwide in recent years.  One antivirus company claims to have blocked 70 million phishing emails over a 3 month period.  You’ve seen the news / entertainment (newsertainment?) programs with the blurred out nude photos of celebrities (remember Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson) who were “hacked” Continue Reading

Major Scale Mac Malware on the Loose

Well, it really was only a matter of time before the virus writers turned their attention to the venerable Apple platform.  Up until now, there have really only been “proof of concept” viruses that attack the Mac OS.  There have been a few mass-distribution infections, but for the most part those only attacked users downloading Continue Reading

Microsoft Warns Against Installing Latest Update

Windows 10 Update Might Be Painful As any of you who’ve followed my posts over the last couple of years know by now, I’ve been advising against Windows 10 since the beginning. It’s still very buggy and unstable. It does things one day that it didn’t the day before. It’s a source of random chaos Continue Reading

Pop-Up Microsoft Virus Alert Scams

Microsoft Scam

I 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

Less 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

Repairing 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

Avoid Business Transactions Over Unsecured Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is extremely convenient and very tempting to use.  But should you?  This fits into the category of “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should” topics. Sure it’s convenient to park yourself in the local coffee shop, connect to their free Wi-Fi and take care of your banking.  But while you’re doing this, Continue Reading