Monthly Archives: February 2016

Uninstall Bloatware

Bloatware has had a long history of causing frustrating and often unintuitive issues with new computers; why on earth would a company put things on your brand new computer that actually slow it down? While that can be debated, what cannot be debated is the blatant benefits uninstalling this bloatware can have. First of all, what is bloatware? Bloatware is software that comes installed on a computer by default, most commonly software owned and developed by the computer manufacturer or distributer. This often includes things that claim to make the computing experience easier, but serve almost solely to nail down your computer and bring it to a screeching halt.   A brand new ASUS Q503U laptop running Windows 10, which should have worked perfectly (as nothing had been altered and it was fresh out of the box),...

CRYPTOWALL STRIKES HOSPITAL

For more than 1 week the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in California was without its computer system due to another malware strike from CRYPTOWALL. First reports were that the hospital’s data was being held up for over 3 million dollars in ransom. 

As of February 18, 2016 new reports have stated the hospital has paid over $17,000.00 to those who deployed this malware onto the network.

FBI counter terrorism cyber people have previously posted there is nothing they can do other than recommend the ransom be paid.

The management of Computrs Inc once again urges every computer user to be diligent in backing up every computer and having regular computer scans performed to protect against this latest round of CRYPTOWALL.

Malwarebytes has announce they have a beta release of available of utility that might block CRYPTOWALL from encrypting a computer’s data. Computrs Inc has begun installations of this utility as of February 18, 2016.

CNBC report “The hospital held by hostage hackers”       http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/16/

Fake Virus Scam pop-up (Call For Support Scam)

Are you getting a random pop up on your computer screen asking you to call a phone number so they can fix your computer. This is not limited to Microsoft Operating Systems. Apple users are also experiencing this scam.   Fake virus warnings have plagued the computer industry for years but never before have we seen such a rampant attempt to steal money from computer users.   Once the pop up hits you have to assume your computer is infected with an adware or possible unwanted program.  The internet browser on your computer most likely has a malicious  add on extension which needs to be removed. These extensions usually are invited in when downloading another free software. Many times free games, video recording or streaming videos are tied to malicious browser extensions.   The pop up makes a bogus claim that...