Posts Tagged ‘antivirus software’

January 7th, 2011 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Northern Virginia Computer Viruses Disguised As Antivirus Software

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Northern Virginia Computer Viruses Disguised As Antivirus Software – PC Viruses Disguised As Antivirus Software, Northern Virginia

It all starts off with a pop-up on your computer with a warning message telling you that your computer is infected with a virus and to update your anti-virus software, but really it’s a malicious program that targets your personal data to steal your bank account information and freezing your system.

This fake anti-virus program will look like it is scanning your system for viruses but is actually attempting to steal your personal data instead.  When you click on the “remove viruses now”, instead of removing viruses from your computer, viruses are actually being installed.  Not only are these viruses not detected by some actual anti-virus software’s, some of these programs will also prevent you from opening your actual anti-virus program or the “add/remove programs” in the control panel to try to get rid of them.

If you believe that you have fallen victim to one of these scams it is important to get it taken care of right away.  Here at Geek ABC we specialize in virus, spyware and malware removal and can help you remove these programs.  We can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  You can also check out our blog at http://geekabc.blogspot.com/ for more information on other topics.  We provide mobile, onsite computer service and repair for businesses and residents throughout the Washington DC metro area.

A few things that you can do to protect yourself from such scams are to:

  1. Install  antivirus and antispyware software and keep it up-to-date
  2. Install a firewall and keep it turned on
  3. Keep your OS (operating system) up to date using automatic updating
  4. Always use extreme caution when opening links in e-mail or social networking sites.  If you do clink on links, make sure they are from a trustworthy source
  5. Familiarize yourself phishing scams and know what scams are currently circulating as well as common scams that have been around for a while

Nobody should have to deal with issues such as these but the fact is they are out there and anybody can fall victim.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help with your computer or network.  And if you have been struggling to find a trustworthy computer and network repair and service provider, your search is over!

Geek ABC is a locally owned and operated computer and network service and repair company with dedicated professionals that you can trust.  We provide onsite and in-house computer and network service and repair with prices starting as low as $99.  Our 90 day warranty on labor is the best in the local industry and we pride ourselves on 100% satisfaction guaranteed.  We have the expertise and specialize in desktop and laptop repair, emergency data recovery, data migration and backup, virus and spyware removal, network installation and repair (both wired and wireless), network security, software and hardware installation and upgrades, as well as many other complicated issues such as the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD).


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November 22nd, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Washington DC Metropolitan Area Building Your Own Computer

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Washington DC Metropolitan Area Building Your Own Computer – Components For Building Your Own PC, Washington DC Metropolitan Area

If you have ever considered building your own computer here are the components you will need to look in to:

ATX case

Power supply

MB: Motherboard

CPU: Central Processing Unit

CPU fan

Case Fan

MEM: Memory

HD: Hard Drive

Optical Drive: DVD/CD/CD RW

Memory Card Reader

Video card (Graphics card) (Can be onboard)

Sound Card (can be onboard)

LAN (Network Card can be onboard)

Wireless network card

Keyboard

Mouse

Monitor

Speakers

OS (Operating System): Windows 7

Microsoft Office 2007

Antivirus software

*(Floppy )

*Modem

If you have any questions or need advice, Geek ABC is here to help.  Geek ABC is a local computer network and repair service company that provides same-day in-home computer network and repair services.  If you have questions we can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com or you can give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) for more information or to schedule an appointment.


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October 28th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Fairfax Virginia (VA) Pirated Software

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Fairfax Virginia (VA) Pirated Software – The Risks Of Pirated Software, Fairfax Virginia (VA)

Recently we had a customer call in who had used popular website for services to find someone to come in and update her computers’ OS’s (Operating System’s) to Windows 7.  Unfortunately, for her, this turned out to be more of a nightmare than a cheap and easy way to get things done.  The version that the person installed was pirated, and not only did she lost important data but it is costing her more in the long run than had she gone out and bought the software herself and had it installed by a professional.

Geek ABC is a locally owned computer service and repair company.  Our computer geeks have expertise in, but not limited to, desktop and laptop computer repair, emergency data recovery, data transfer and backup, virus and spyware removal, network installation and repair (both wired and wireless), software and hardware install and upgrades, as well as remote tech support and one-on-one training.  Geek ABC services the entire Washington DC Metro are and we can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to set up an appointment.

Pirated software is nothing new, but for those who don’t realize what they are getting in to; using and having pirated software can cause major problems, for you and your computer.  It puts your computer and your data at great risk.  The pirated version of Windows 7 that came out before its release date had a Trojan virus, malware, and botnets attached to it, and these did serious damage to a lot of people’s computers, before they realized it.  Most antivirus software’s weren’t ready with the Window’s 7 updates; therefore there was not way for them to detect these viruses.

Some other risks that come with pirated software:

  • Often the software lacks important elements that prevent you from performing upgrades
  • No warranty protection or support
  • Putting you, your company, or the company you work for at risk for copyright infringement
  • Could be infected with viruses or other malware that could damage your hard drive or cripple your network
  • And worst of all it could lead to criminal prosecution

In the long run, making sure that your software and operating systems are legal will cost you less, even though it seems like a lot at first.


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