STOP RANSOMWARE BEFORE IT ENCRYPTS

Ransomware has become the most devastating issue to hit computers. Imaging all of your data is gone and someone is taking money from you to return it. What makes this even harder to accept is that they cant be stopped by even the FBI. With the help of https://ransomfree.cybereason.com/ there is a way to be proactive thus blocking the encryption. Cyberreason, an up and coming computer security firm, has introduced a FREE protection software which Computrs Inc is endorsing. While Computrs Inc strongly recommends rigorously doing backs for protection we also recommend installing this free blocking package.  

AOL Desktop ending free usage

AOL is ending free use of their Desktop application. Email will still be free as long as you log onto their website at www.aol.com or at www.mail.aol.com AOL will offer a new version of their Desktop application for $3.99 per month with the 1st month as a free trial. This will be named AOL Desktop Gold. For anyone still using the AOL Desktop application you should receive an email directly

VERIZON EMAIL MOVING TO AOL

Verizon is moving its email to AOL. Don't disregard the notification when you receive it. As per Verizon you will have 30 days to comply with the migration to AOL. "What will happen if I decide to take no action to move my verizon.net email?" If you do not take action to move your verizon.net email in the 30 day period after your notification, you will no longer be able to send or receive email using your verizon.net email address. In addition, you will lose access to your current contacts, calendar(s) and email. After 90 days of inactivity, Verizon will delete your account. Doing so helps Verizon reduce their server storage needs and electrical consumption. https://help.aol.com/articles/verizon-move-to-aol-mail-faq  

Windows 10 is still available.

If you missed the July 29, 2016 date to upgrade your computer to Windows 10 there is still time. Go to the following Microsoft URL and upgrade now. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade?tduid=(14c348e893a91089cb2980533c6ee123)(256380)(2459594)(TnL5HPStwNw-0FBZfNm6YPFXNhiu3o52rA)()

Windows 7 High CPU usage & Slow Windows Updates Fixed

The issue:  Installing and searching for updates is slow and high CPU usage occurs in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
The Svchost.exe process occupies 100 percent of CPU usage when you upgrade a Windows Update client to Windows 10.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102810 KB3102810 can be manually installed to correct Windows Update getting stuck at checking for updates. It can be downloaded straight from Microsoft Download Center in the link above.

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/