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We Have a Winner!

We Have a Winner! (insert sounds of a slot machine hitting the jackpot here…)

Up until now, the hands-down winner for infections in our shop was a Hewlett Packard computer with 34, 363 virus-infected files.  This machine, from a 2007 Work Order, had been “protected” by Norton Internet Security, but hijacked and turned into a Zombie by a collection of Trojans so impressive and destructive, we had no choice but to back up the data and reinstall the computer.

That record, however, has just been shattered by a laptop recently brought into our office, clearly infected by the  Sysguard virus.  After removing the hard drive to backup the client’s data, we connected the drive to one of our diagnostic machines.  We started the data copy process, which was almost immediately brought to a halt as one of the files was locked and could not be transferred.  This is almost always due to a viral infection being removed or quarantined by AVG 8.5 on our diagnostic machine.  As soon as this happened, we aborted the data copy process and started a virus scan on the client’s drive.  By the time AVG had completed it’s scan, 150,072 files had been quarantined.  That’s right, One Hundred Fifty THOUSAND and Seventy Two files on one computer.  Almost all were Trojans designed to imitate expensive software, movies, music and assorted commercial products for download from this computer.  This is done to bait unsuspecting web surfers into infecting their computers while downloading something for “free”.  This is exactly the same type of infection that held the prior record.

We were SO impressed.

After removing the infections we easily finished the data transfer.

The AntiVirus protecting this impressively-infected machine?  AVG version 8.  We don’t know when it was installed or whether it had been given an opportunity to scan the drive, but Our installation of AVG 8.5 easily removed all infections without our diagnostic machine suffering any ill effects.

As we’ve told our clients for years: If you aren’t going to follow our installation instructions, let us do it for you.  You’ll be glad you did.

Did I mention the previous runner-up, with 29,400 infections was a machine from 2007 protected by the AVG Free edition?

There really is No Free Lunch, you know…  No reputable software vendor will give away their flagship product, right?

Don’t trust your computer to “Free” protection.  The repairs can be much more expensive than the full commercial version of AVG.

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Name: Wizard

Short Bio: The Computer Wizard (TCW). TCW was founded by Warren P. Harris in 1994 to service and repair computers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Relocating the business to Plano, Texas in 1999, TCW continued to flourish when an unfortunate loss of data for a wedding Mr. Harris photographed, caused him to research data recovery options. Realizing he would have to either pay someone to recover the photos or find out how to do it himself, the rest, as they say "is history". Approached by a friend who was a Private Investigator in 2006, Mr. Harris studied for his Investigator's license and began honing his skills in Computer Forensics. The company was renamed DFW Computer Integration in 2015.

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