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Comment by Rochelle on Beware the Fake Tech Support Scam (August 20, 2014 07:05 PM)
Grump, Hank and Jon have the right idea. The calls are not so much the problem as discouraging them from calling again. A friend found another solutio...
Comment by Geoff Dunstan on Beware the Fake Tech Support Scam (August 20, 2014 06:56 PM)
I too have received 2 such calls from Microsoft in the last 12 months. I simply told them I knew it was a scam and hung up. If only the average comput...
Comment by marcel on Beware the Fake Tech Support Scam (August 20, 2014 06:50 PM)
I've been receiving these calls of late. last time i believe the man needs a hearing aid cause i used a air horn on him. sorry i know it was wrong to ...
Comment by Hank on Beware the Fake Tech Support Scam (August 20, 2014 06:43 PM)
These calls have been happening for years. The first time I got one I went along for a while until he asked me to allow remote access. At that point I...
Comment by jw on Uninstall These Windows Patches NOW! (August 20, 2014 06:42 PM)
I've also had problems with my graphics card lately as well as blue screen crashes. Had no idea one of these security patches might be the cause. Yea...
Comment by IanG on Beware the Fake Tech Support Scam (August 20, 2014 06:35 PM)
22% of people actually fall for this scam? I cannot believe that people can be so gullible. No wonder the scammers keep doing it if their success rate...
Comment by Jon on Beware the Fake Tech Support Scam (August 20, 2014 06:33 PM)
I've gotten calls here in Sweden. I reply in Swedish and they hang up....
Comment by grump on Beware the Fake Tech Support Scam (August 20, 2014 06:28 PM)
I've received quite a number of them & like to play dumb & waste their time by stringing them along. After a while I confuse them by telling them I'm ...
Comment by George Workman on Beware the Fake Tech Support Scam (August 20, 2014 06:24 PM)
Yes this happened to me about 6 months ago. They called saying that they received an alert when something in my windows XP system locked up and I got...
Comment by Tom Cameron on Beware the Fake Tech Support Scam (August 20, 2014 06:19 PM)
I have had three of these within the last 14 days - all with Indian accents. The give there names as Nigel, Mark or William - very likely ! I keep th...

Beware the Fake Tech Support Scam

Have you received an unexpected phone call from a helpful customer service rep of Microsoft, or perhaps your ISP? I didn't think so. But many people have received calls from scammers posing as tech support reps, warning that their computers are infected with malware and offering help to fix the purported problem...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 20, 2014 | Category: Reference


Are You in a Mobile Phone Dead Zone?

It’s a minor nuisance to experience poor cellular reception as you pass under a bridge, through a tunnel, or between tall buildings. But it’s a much bigger deal if your home or office (or just certain rooms) are in such a “dead zone.” Here are some gadgets that can help to bring your cellular signal where you need it the most...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 19, 2014 | Category: Mobile


Uninstall These Windows Patches NOW!

On August 2, Microsoft began pushing out its monthly bundle of Windows security patches and feature updates via Windows Update. By August 5, hundreds of users’ PCs were failing to boot after being powered off; the infamous Blue Screen of Death appeared. Some tech-savvy users traced the problem to a handful of patches in the August 2 release. On August 15, Microsoft pulled the flawed patches from Windows Update and advised users to uninstall them. Here is what you need to do:

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 18, 2014 | Category: Windows-7


The Problem With Free Wifi Hotspots

Coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores, airports, hotels, and other public places often provide free access to wireless Internet hotspots. But along with the freedom to move around while computing comes the danger of being digitally mugged. Here are some some simple tips you can use to make sure you're not broadcasting your business to snoops and hackers while using wifi hotspots...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 14, 2014 | Category: Wireless


Do You Need a Disposable Email Address?

Have you ever visited a website which required your email address to make a purchase, create an account or gain access to information? I'm sure you have, and in some cases you've probably done so hesitantly, thinking that you might be opening your inbox to a flood of spam. A disposable email address provide a handy solution to this problem. Read on to learn more...

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Posted by Bob Rankin | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 13 August 2014

Is Windows 8 an even bigger flop than Vista? Can you print your own bionic man for less than six million dollars? And are birds conspiring to poop on bloviating world leaders? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 13, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


HOWTO: Send a Mass Email

A reader asks: 'I want to send emails to a large group of people on a regular basis. But I've heard that if you do it wrong, you'll get tagged as a spammer, and your emails will never be delivered. What software or services do you recommend for sending email to a list of people?' Read on for the answer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 12, 2014 | Category: Email


10 Stupid Things You Can Do To Mess Up Your Computer

Aside from actually drop-kicking it or smashing it with a sledge hammer, it's fairly difficult to actually break a computer. That said, there are a number of ways to render your computer just slightly more useful than a doorstop. Certain careless acts can cause crashes, freezes, painfully slow performance, loss of data or invasion of your privacy. Here's my list of stupid things you can do to really mess up your computer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 11, 2014 | Category: Security


HOWTO: Get Free College Textbooks

Tution and fees inflict most of the pain of college costs, but the price of textbooks is especially galling to students and parents. Textbooks are notoriously expensive, and often are useful for only one semester. But a consortium of educators is making high-quality college textbooks available in free, open-source forms. Here's where to find them...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 08, 2014 | Category: Education


ALERT: Serious Security Flaw in USB Drives

Undetectable malware can be hidden in any USB flash drive, according to security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell. This is very bad news for home users who pass around USB drives, and for corporate IT managers who may have to ban the popular devices from business networks. Read on to learn more about the USB devices, and what you need to do...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 07, 2014 | Category: Gadgets


Geekly Update - 06 August 2014

Why are privacy-invading 'smart meters' bursting into flames? Would you finally backup your hard drive if it took less than a second? And why are robots getting the best seats at baseball games? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 06, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Is Your AntiVirus Getting a Bad RAP?

One antivirus program shattered two records in the latest VB100 antivirus protection test. Read on to learn which program dominated a field of 35 competitors to earn the “best overall protection” honors and the highest test score ever recorded in the “proactive detection” category...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 05, 2014 | Category: Anti-Virus


Which e-Book Reader Should You Buy?

Amazon has a big hit in the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. There’s a lot to like about this portable, single-purpose device that does its job so well. But there are other excellent alternatives available. Read on to see how they compare...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 04, 2014 | Category: Mobile


Wireless Phone Chargers

You've got a wireless phone, but more often than not, it's tethered to the wall charger with a wire! The advent of wireless phone chargers promises to eliminate that hassle. Read on to learn more...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 01, 2014 | Category: Mobile


Where Has Google Voice Gone?

Google Voice isn’t going away, as some headlines suggest. Instead, it’s going everywhere. If you're not up to speed on this nifty service that lets you make free phone calls, read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 31, 2014 | Category: Telephony




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