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Comment by Denis on Geekly Update - 27 April 2017 (April 27, 2017 11:12 PM)
When looking for airfares I have noticed that I get a price but if I leave the booking site then go back even only a couple of minutes later, that the...
Comment by jimmy28 on Geekly Update - 27 April 2017 (April 27, 2017 09:39 PM)
Finally! Webroot has recognized Windows as Malware!...
Comment by RandiO on [SHOCKING] Protect Your Stuff Against Static Discharge (April 27, 2017 07:51 PM)
"Electron Sink" = Where dirty electrons get washed-up!...
Comment by Barbara on Geekly Update - 27 April 2017 (April 27, 2017 06:50 PM)
I was in the market for a particular blender. I looked at amazon.com, then went directly to walmart.com where I found it for $10 less. The next day ...
Comment by Lucy on [SHOCKING] Protect Your Stuff Against Static Discharge (April 27, 2017 06:39 PM)
Interesting topic for me as I am very susceptible to this static issue, which I have solved with low tech. I have shocked my computer, heat & A/C th...
Comment by Reg on Geekly Update - 27 April 2017 (April 27, 2017 03:54 PM)
RE: Online shopping. Yep. Seen it. When I bought a hood for my riding lawnmower about 2 months ago the original search performed on my desktop compute...
Comment by Jim Swan on Geekly Update - 27 April 2017 (April 27, 2017 03:50 PM)
When I first heard of Amazon's "dynamic pricing" I was angry. The on the Freakonomics podcast, there was a report about using the same technique to ra...
Comment by Therrito on [SHOCKING] Protect Your Stuff Against Static Discharge (April 27, 2017 01:24 PM)
I used to work for Daicel Safety Systems of America (DSSA) in Kentucky. They made the canisters of gas that inflated the airbags in your car or picku...
Comment by Donny on [SHOCKING] Protect Your Stuff Against Static Discharge (April 27, 2017 03:22 AM)
Please pardon me for being pedantic, but I'd like to add to the comments regarding induced currents in ground lines. Yes, ground loops are real, but ...
Comment by JohnC on [SHOCKING] Protect Your Stuff Against Static Discharge (April 27, 2017 02:44 AM)
Interesting reminder here, Bob. The employees at my former workplace would kill their fax machines. Being the IT support guy, and being a small compa...

Viruses Articles

 

Is Your Flash Drive Infected?

Security research firm Sophos found malware on two-thirds of fifty USB flash drives that had been lost aboard Australian trains. That might suggest that you should avoid computing on Australian trains, but the broader lesson is that USB flash drives are highly vulnerable to malware infections. Here's what you need to know, and how to protect your computer from viruses that may lurk on flash drives...

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Where Do Viruses And Spyware Come From?

Several thousand new viruses and spyware programs are detected every day by security analysts. Have you ever wondered who creates these plagues, and why?

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Virus Alert - XP Total Security 2011

Somehow I got a virus called XP Total Security, and I can't get rid of it. It blocks my security software, and it won't let me download any new anti-virus tools. It's even asking me for money... how do I get rid of this thing?

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Should You Call The Geek Squad?

My computer is running really slow, and I think it might have a virus. There's also a ticking sound inside the computer. I'm not very technical, so I'm thinking about calling the Geek Squad. Do you think that's a good idea?

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How Does a Virus Spread?

I love your site and your Tourbus Newsletter! I would like to know how a virus propagates over a network? If you get a virus on one computer - do other users on the network have to do anything to get infected? Is there a good way to protect against this?

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Free Virus Scan

My computer has been acting strangely... at times it's very slow and I'm getting lots of popups. I'm afraid I have a virus, and the anti-virus software that came with my computer has expired. Can you recommend a good (and preferably free) virus scanner?

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How can I avoid computer viruses?

When I wrote in a previous article that You CANNOT get a virus just by opening or reading your email I fully expected it would unleash a torrent of emails in response. I knew this would happen, because Ask Bob Rankin readers are generally smarter and better-looking than the rest of the online population. Read on for Virus Prevention 102 -- even more information on virus prevention and the merits of anti-virus software.

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