Fixing the “XP Internet Security 2010″ Warning

There are many different types of malicious software that at first glance appear harmless. And it seems they appear at the same time that a problem is occurring on your PC. This is no coincidence, but a well-thought trick to get people to separate themselves from their money.

XP Internet Security 2010 is that type of situation and it is very tricky. Here’s what happens: A pop-up window shows up appearing to scan your computer and detecting viruses along the way. After the scan is complete it quotes a price to pay to rid yourself of all the viruses it discovered.

It is important to note XP Internet Security 2010 is a cover-up for many Trojan viruses in itself. It can make it impossible to work when having pop-ups show all over your monitor until you throw your hands in the air and begin to scream.

In trying to remove this malicious software it will sink its teeth into the desktop and not permit you to open up any program or file you have a link to.

This is not for the faint of heart. To fix this problem it is important to have more than one computer to crack this puzzle. Also, it helps to have someone that has some fair amount of computer debugging skills. If you feel you are able, then click here to try these steps and safely remove it.

The battle begins and we will always stand victorious when it comes to this nonsense. Do not fall for the “XP Internet Security 2010″ trickster.

Please call us if you are having this problem or something similar to it. I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation. His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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Preventing Hacked Emails

Have you ever received an email from a trusted friend where the content of the email was simply a website link which upon clicking sent you to a Viagra website?

These strange emails indicate your email address has been hacked by hackers accessing your contacts and sending off spam garbage and other potential viruses.

How do you deal with this?  The first thing is to answer the following questions in order to narrow down the ways the hacker was able to access your computer in the first place:

  1. Do you have an anti-virus program? In a previous article I indicate the importance of picking a proper anti-virus program.  With the competition of today, most programs offer a 30 to 90 day trial period.  After expiration you can continue to use a slim down version of the program if you choose or just buy the full version.
  2. Is your current anti-virus program set for automatic scans? This is a feature for those who are too busy to do manual scans, especially if you are constantly using the computer.  Automatic scans run behind the scenes so you can continue to do your work.  The computer will operate at a slower pace during this time, but with frequent scans the process can take less than 30 minutes.  This can also be configured to scan your email application and can quarantine suspicious items.
  3. When was the last time you received updates from Windows and actually installed them? If you are on your PC, Windows will automatically notify you of updates.  This is usually an official notification and should not be ignored.  If you are not a PC geek, I recommended that you set your Windows Update to automatic installation.  Hackers love to attack the PC operating systems, and the experts at Microsoft are continually fighting them with new updates.  Installing the updates can take some time.  I recommend it be done before going to sleep or when you will not be using the computer for a few hours.
  4. How often is your computer hacked into? This is something you will have to monitor and take action if you suspect your computer is being controlled by someone else.   Pay particular attention to changes on your desktop, or odd programs that are installed.  If you are pretty competent with PC’s then remove these programs, but only after making sure it isn’t essential for the normal function of your computer.

If you use a good anti-virus program and keep your Windows updates current, but  are still having problems then your computer needs the assistance of a computer professional.  I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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How to Keep your PC Castle Clean and Secure

Okay, you have your security guard (Anti-virus program) for your PC Castle for your PC Castle, and now you would like to employ a cleaning lady and handyman to keep your castle in Ship-shape in Bristol fashion.  How much is this going to cost, and how am I going to handle all this?

There is no need to worry.  You pay them what you can and refer them to others to make it worth their time.  That’s it.  Consider the following recommendations:

  1. Perform periodic internal cleaning and scanning of your computer. There are various inexpensive online programs that you can download to do the job yourself, and save money.  See my article A Clean Computer for more information.
  2. Reduce your chances of being a high risk target. This means not downloading suspicious programs, opening strange or unfamiliar email attachments, or responding to email from unknown contacts.
  3. Help your friends and warn them. There are tricky instances where you may receive emails from a known contact or friend, but their email does not look right and appears to be something they are unlikely to send in the first place.  They are not sending you this email intentionally, but rather their computer has been infected by a virus. Learn how to solve this problem, and notify them about this so they can fix the problem immediately.  See my article Email Hackers for more information.

Keep in mind there is no such thing as 100% protection.  Your common sense will guide you if you come across potential viruses.

I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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Picking Proper PC Protection for Anti-virus

When buying a brand new computer you will find that it comes with a pre-installed anti-virus program, which often has a trial period lasting anywhere from 30 to 90 days before a pop-up alerts you to shell out some more cash.

I have found that most clients do not know what to do when that pop-up window appears.  They usually are thinking “Should I purchase this anti-virus program?”, “Is there something better out there?”, or “Can I just do without it and save the money?”.

First of all, you can’t do without it.  There are so many malicious programs out there that it would be similar to going for a cruise without a life vest or life boat.  You might make it, but it’s not worth the risk.

Next, you can probably do better than what they gave you.  Norton and McAfee are the most common pre-installed anti-virus programs, but they are too expensive and they are too unruly.  In other words, they have a tendency to slow down the speed of your computer and they are not the easiest to use.

So what do you look for in a program?  You will need to find out if it can do the job without slowing down your computer and if it is easy to use.  My two recommendations are AVG Free Anti-virus and Avast! Free Anti-virus.  They are free to use and easily accessible via download.  Yes, they have a 30 – 60 day trial, but upon that period you have a choice of buying the full version or using a slim down version of the program for as long as you want.  You will still receive the necessary updates, and the occasional promotional pop-up, but it will do a fine job.  When you get accustomed to it and you think you need the other bells and whistles, then you can buy it at that point as well.

I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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