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Comment by Alex Toth on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 24, 2017 06:37 AM)
Follow up: @Lucy, @Frank, et al I, too, asked my credit card company, CapitalOne, to cancel the second year charge, with all the a/m details and more...
Comment by Dave on [TAXES] Free Tax Filing Options (February 23, 2017 11:25 PM)
I've used FreeTaxUSA two years now, and I prefer it to TurboTax. And its free. Filing the federal form electronically is free, too. Electronically fil...
Comment by Joan on Are All Online Colleges Accredited? (February 23, 2017 09:51 PM)
I'd like to add that not all of an accredited college/university's programs (online or not) may be accredited. For example: Major State Univers...
Comment by Lucy on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 23, 2017 08:23 PM)
Yes, I am sorry to say we too were charged for a renewal of Cloud service by iDrive. We had not knowingly set up to use the cloud storage service, a...
Comment by Pat on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 23, 2017 08:06 PM)
I'm another unsatisfied I-Driver. Wanted to use as a stand-alone Wi-Fi backup for laptop, desktop and tablet. Wi-Fi was a pain to say the least. Would...
Comment by Geoff on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 23, 2017 06:27 PM)
Re: the wonderful world of I-Drive. On my second attempt to contact them , I got through. I also do not want (or need) cloud storage. I am also not...
Comment by Dean on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 23, 2017 05:29 PM)
Pearl system sounds good at first, but think about it... Spend 4 to 5 hundred bucks on something that is easily removed by alert criminals? Does it c...
Comment by Dean Hadlock on How Can I Find Out Who I Am Related To? (February 23, 2017 04:13 PM)
Digital roots family finder. When I try to access the link you have I get nowhere. Is there another link?...
Comment by Monte on Are All Online Colleges Accredited? (February 23, 2017 02:55 PM)
Thank you, Bob! Our newly adopted daughter turned 17 in December, and is already looking for college options. She's already an "A" student enrolled in...
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thanks Bob, looks like you have saved a lot of people including myself an awful lot of trouble, the presentation for scanguard is so impressive it's a...

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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