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Comment by Jim on The Best Upgrades for Your Old Computer (December 16, 2017 04:01 PM)
I switched to Linux long ago and haven't looked back. Bought a laptop from my son with Win 10 on it. Dumped that after a five hour update among other ...
Comment by Evanna on The Best Upgrades for Your Old Computer (December 16, 2017 10:29 AM)
Upgrading the monitor is insignificant, specially for old computers. Its better to focus mainly on the processor and memory. Buying a new HDD/SSD will...
Comment by MG on [DANGER] Free Wifi Hotspots Can Be Risky (December 16, 2017 03:15 AM)
@Ronald Hargarten, Betternet is free. You just need to ignore/click off the trial....
Comment by Ole on Geekly Update - 13 December 2017 (December 16, 2017 01:47 AM)
Not sure if Bob or anyone who own and work with an HP Laptop Computer is aware that a security notice has been issued regarding potential key-locker ...
Comment by JDeC on [DANGER] Free Wifi Hotspots Can Be Risky (December 15, 2017 11:28 PM)
Thank you for that extra bit ifo Laurie ;-)...
Comment by Tony on [DANGER] Free Wifi Hotspots Can Be Risky (December 15, 2017 11:23 PM)
@Lucy - If you purchased your own Modem/wireless router and didn't give your ISP the login password then your safe. When I set my equipment up and cal...
Comment by Lucy on [DANGER] Free Wifi Hotspots Can Be Risky (December 15, 2017 09:56 PM)
Laurie Thank you for taking the time to help me, I will hop over to that article now....
Comment by Laurie on [DANGER] Free Wifi Hotspots Can Be Risky (December 15, 2017 09:14 PM)
@Lucy - If your ISP does have the wi-fi hotspots in customer model/routers (not all do,) then you can likely disable it. There is a very good article...
Comment by Dave H. on [DANGER] Free Wifi Hotspots Can Be Risky (December 15, 2017 07:09 PM)
Thanks, Bob. Good stuff, as usual. In this day and age, anybody who doesn't, as an absolute minimum, have their firewall up DESERVES to have their dig...
Comment by Ronald Hargarten on [DANGER] Free Wifi Hotspots Can Be Risky (December 15, 2017 05:30 PM)
In your article you recommend using a FREE app called Betternet. I downloaded the app and installed it, but it is not free. You are allowed 1 FREE r...

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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