Monthly Archives: March 2017

Google It.

Google it. Twenty years ago it might have been something naughty. Today most everyone knows it means to search the internet for the answer. How did Google’s search engine become the Kleenex or Xerox for the computer industry? Looking back just a few years we had Yahoo, Bing, and who could forget AOL as our search engines. Why did Google take over as the standard for looking up everything? As an IT person since 1981 I would have to say it’s the ease of operation as well as the clean look of their home page that has propelled it to become the number 1 search engine. Search queries are simple to read and it looks the same whether you use any of the internet browsers. When using a smart phone to search the internet the same familiar...

Computer pop ups while online “You need to call ..” DON’T FALL FOR IT

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 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 for...