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Today’s Windoze Ten Trainwreck

TweetTales from the Trenches # 1803 Windoze Ten Strikes Again As anyone who has every read any of my posts knows by now, I consider Windoze Ten to be right up there with Millennium and Vista in terms of absolutely horrible OSes. So it should come to no one as a surprise that I have Continue Reading

WiFi Coverage in Your Home or Office

TweetWiFi is a funny thing. Not funny HaHa More like funny What the Hell! Remember these two important rules when dealing with Wifi Your mileage may vary Everything interferes with WiFi On the Everything list: Walls Windows Doors Microwave ovens Cordless phones Big Screen TVs Other WiFi networks (your neighbors) The phase of the moon Continue Reading

Fake Flash Player Update Latest Example

TweetThis morning I was searching for a local business to find an event to attend. I Googled the business, determined the URL looked appropriate and clicked on the link. Firefox immediately issued a redirect warning, something I always take seriously and evaluate. The next thing I know there is a Flash Player Update alert with 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

Amazon Assistant Popup Virus

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TweetAmazon Assistant Popups Galore aa.hta Sound familiar? I had a client contact me at dinner time yesterday in near hysterics.  The desktop of her Windows 7 computer had been overtaken by white screen popups that covered everything and she was working on some very high priority projects and a tight deadline. I managed to remote 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

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