Avoid PC Matic

Avoid PC Matic

I am sure this advertisement didn't fool anyone. The TV commercial promises to completely and magically heal everything that could possibly be wrong with your computer. It even saves the gentleman from going to the store and the lady gets to go to girls night - all...

Secure Passwords

Secure Passwords

In the last several days two people that I know had their email hacked and everyone in the address book was sent a link which I have no doubt would infect the computer if followed. Please, right now, create a strong password policy for yourself and implement it with...

Scam Alert: MyCleanPC.com

Scam Alert: MyCleanPC.com

I regularly remove viruses and spyware from Windows PCs. It is unfortunate that there are so many infections for Windows computers, but it is a Windows world for the most part and so we have to protect and clean our computers as best we can. What is worse than the...

Backup, backup, backup!

Backup, backup, backup!

Why should I backup my computer(s)? Hard drives fail. That is it, plain and simple. They don't need a reason to fail, a certain percentage of hard drives are going to fail at some point in their life and in most cases there is no advanced warning. Everything that you...

What is a Web Browser

What is a Web Browser

Okay, I came across this today and decided to simply share. To some of us who do more than just use computers it seems so obvious, but in my work I frequently find myself explaining to people what a Browser is. This short video does the subject justice:

Use Strong Passwords, Please

Use Strong Passwords, Please

Email password breaking is on the rise as a way to send out spam. This is especially true with Hotmail and Yahoo email accounts, but can, and likely will, happen more broadly. It is true, and has been known, that spammers can fake the “From” address of a message and that this can cause spam to just look like it came from your address, but the more recent trend has been for hackers to break into your Webmail account and send the spam right from your email.

This trend is especially useful because they often don’t get caught in spam traps since the message authenticates normally from known good senders and servers. This method of sending spam is going to get more common over time because the attacker not only gets the opportunity to send spam but also can harvest fresh email addresses. Two things spammers find most valuable.

Play PowerPoint on a DVD Player

My lovely wife, December, requested this of me just hours before she needed it. She didn't get the disc in time for her event, but most of the answers I found doing a search required downloading unnecessary software so I decided to try and save someone else time by...

maxmyspeed.com might be a scam

TV Commercials for a product that promises to boost your computer performance had me curious. I wanted to know, first if the product had been reviewed by any credible computer news magazines, or Websites, and second if it would boost the performance if an old laptop I...

Malicious Software (Spyware) Removal

Removing malicious software from computers running Windows has become a routine part of what I help many of my customers with. Some of this is so routine that I am comfortable with the user performing these steps themselves. In many cases the following steps...

Brian Haines

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