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From AVG to Avast to Anything Else (almost)

TweetOver the last 13 years or so, I have personally been responsible for the sale, installation and fine-tuning of at least four thousand (4,000) licenses of AVG AntiVirus products of one kind or another.  The reason is this.  It has very simply been the most effective Windows based protection available.  At the same time, AVG Continue Reading

What You Don’t Know About Windows 10 Updates

TweetWindows 10 Updates May Not Be What They Seem One of my major pet peeves about Windoze Ten is the update process. You cannot stop it. You cannot override the update process. You cannot disable the updates. Updates can wreck the OS. It may choose to do a full reinstall in the middle of the Continue Reading

Another Fake Microsoft Support Hijack

TweetI had been out for some time when I came back and heard this pulsing sound and a recorded voice in the background. I had left Google Chrome up with several tabs open. Facebook, CNN, National Weather Service, Google Calendar and a ticket order form for Annie LIebovitz tickets at SMU. One of them spawned Continue Reading

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

AVG Protects You Against WannaCry

TweetStay protected from Ransomware All versions of AVG protect against WannaCry One Caveat:  NO Antivirus is 100% protection out of the box. Custom tuning of the installation is critical! With 120 million new ransomware samples in 2015 alone, it is one of the fastest growing threats on the web. Hijacking your computer until you pay 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

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

Notes From My Presentations

TweetFrom time to time I do presentations for local groups and as such I am posting my notes from these events here with useful links and additional information. I am adding some valuable links here that I cannot easily provide during my presentations, along with recommendations for some useful tools to protect your computer and Continue Reading

Win 10 Upgrade = Total Data Loss

TweetAs you all may know by now, I try to make a point of documenting avoidable disasters as an educational tool.  Today’s complete clusterf*ck comes courtesy of Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade process and was further enhanced by Microsoft “Support” (if you want to call it that).  If you don’t want your data to go up Continue Reading

AVG 2015 Not Compatible with Windows XP SP2

TweetAs with  most things, we find this out the hard way after a client registered his previously functional trial copy of AVG AntiVirus, only to find his computer is an eternal reboot loop.  When he went to activate the AVG license that had worked flawlessly for about a month, AVG coerced him into downloading the Continue Reading

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