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Comment by Mike in Colorado on A Harbinger of Hard Drive Hardship? (December 9, 2022 11:03 PM)
A little more info on TESTDISK would be helpful. I'm not quite sure how I can use it to recover a hard drive that won't start up anymore. Fortunatel...
Comment by Bob Jaskolka on A Harbinger of Hard Drive Hardship? (December 6, 2022 08:03 PM)
My now retired H-P desktop was a real dust magnet, even though I regularly vacuumed the case's air intake ports. Here's my periodic maintenance method...
Comment by Dan on A Harbinger of Hard Drive Hardship? (December 6, 2022 07:54 PM)
But if it's clicking RIGHT NOW ... I told the last client who called me about this "DON'T TURN IT OFF! DON'T USE IT! LEAVE IT ALONE UNTIL I GET THERE!...
Comment by Oliver Fleming on Have You Backed Up THIS Important Thing? (December 4, 2022 05:20 AM)
Make your own UPS. Battery, Trickle Charger, Inverter. Charger into power. Battery into charger. Computer into inverter. Clean power for your computer...
Comment by Frances on Have You Backed Up THIS Important Thing? (December 1, 2022 06:52 PM)
Just want to say that whole house surge protectors are available. They go on the main electrical panel....
Comment by Kathleen A Dombrowski on Have You Backed Up THIS Important Thing? (November 30, 2022 03:42 PM)
My APC ES-550 is the best deal I ever found at a Yard Sale. It was $5.00 and needed a battery. We have a whole home propane generator because we live ...
Comment by Victor Sperber on Have You Backed Up THIS Important Thing? (November 30, 2022 10:48 AM)
I've got power points that need to be protected in 3 rooms - living room router, my study PC, my wife's study laptop. So do I need to buy 3 UPS units?...
Comment by BaliRob on Have You Backed Up THIS Important Thing? (November 30, 2022 05:19 AM)
Another BOOLMARK article - thank you Bob and the contributors herewith...
Comment by Pitou on Have You Backed Up THIS Important Thing? (November 30, 2022 04:47 AM)
I purchased an AC Delco Power Inverter from Canadian Tire Store years ago. When the power goes out, I just connect it to my truck battery and then co...
Comment by fbgcai on Have You Backed Up THIS Important Thing? (November 30, 2022 03:25 AM)
Re gas powered generators - bought one for potential Y2K disruptions (didn't happen) - sat around for a number of years so sold it the day BEFORE the ...

Viruses Articles

 

Malware and Spam: Why Do They Exist?

Philosophers have pondered the nature of evil for ages. Perhaps you also have wondered how a medium meant for information sharing has become a minefield of privacy and security risks. Spam, viruses, ransomware, identity theft, data breaches, phishing, malicious links and other cybercrimes have become commonplace. Who does this stuff, and what the heck is wrong with them? Let's take a look at what motivates the miscreants who menace millions on the Internet...

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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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