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Comment by RandiO on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 17, 2019 07:12 PM)
There are variety of bearing types being used for PC fan/cooling requirements, in addition to supplementing the plain-old 2-wire fans with (3-wire) PW...
Comment by John Douglas on Here's How to Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (November 17, 2019 06:05 PM)
What is the difference between the free and donor version? If there is no difference, how much do you think I should still donate? Thanks, I have re...
Comment by MAP on Here's How to Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (November 17, 2019 05:19 PM)
I have used Privazer for several years. It has not failed me yet. Does nice job of cleaning up drives, even WD backup drives....
Comment by Michael Hampshire on Here's How to Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (November 17, 2019 01:17 PM)
Downloaded the donner version and ran it yesterday.At 72 years old I don't know much about Computers (My first was a Tandy 1000) but I do trust Bob so...
Comment by Peter on Here's How to Make Your Computer Indestructible (November 16, 2019 06:48 PM)
It reminds me of Shadow Defender which returns the computer to its previous state after a reboot. What I do is make regular (daily and intra-day) bac...
Comment by Steve on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 04:14 PM)
I recall a Dell desktop with a whine coming from the power supply fan. After discharging any power left in the supply, I opened the case, removed the...
Comment by BAW30s on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 01:15 PM)
The effects of PSU deterioration can be quite subtle compared to those Bob describes above. One I have come across more than once is that the compute...
Comment by BaliRob on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 08:39 AM)
The original complainant was talking about a 'noisy fan making an awful noise'. As Bob has reminded everyone that HEAT is the enemy of the computer. ...
Comment by RandiO on Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply? (November 16, 2019 05:08 AM)
@DaveSmart >> The answer is yes and then some more. But the better answer should be either "maybe" or "sometimes"; after factoring in the 'you gets w...
Comment by Brad on Here's How to Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (November 16, 2019 05:04 AM)
I've been a happy camper using PriaZer for several years. Running two desktops and one laptop all have Windows 10 I'm wondering if the negative commen...

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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