There are three levels of ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malicious software which is designed to block your access to your computer until you pay a specific amount of money.
1.) Scareware – These are lowest on the totem pole and include fake anti-virus and anti-malware clients detecting non-existant issues and demanding money for the program to fix it.
2.) Browser/Screen locking ransomware – Think of the FBI moneypack virus where they claim to have detected illegal activity on your computer and demand a “fine” to prevent further prosecution.
3.) Encrypting ransomware – This ransomware is the worst of the worst and encrypts all [...]
Computers can be odd creatures. Since a lot of the processing happens in the background you’re likely not to see what is happening unless you know what to look for. Here are some quick things that you can do to speed up your PC. There are some issues a simple reboot can fix so I always start there. If a reboot fails to fix the problem feel free to try the below solutions.
1. There is a runaway program hogging your resources
Open up your task manager with the following key strokes: CTRL+Shift+ESC and once that is opened you may need to click “More Details” if your screen looks like mine did below.
Once you click “More [...]
Phishing is the act of sending an e-mail to an end user falsely claiming to be a company or person to coerce the person into sharing private information that can be used for identity theft.
It is most common for the e-mail to direct a user to visit a website where they are asked to login or update personal information such as a password, credit card, social security number, or bank account numbers. The website is bogus and will capture and steal any information that is entered on the web page.
Examples of Phishing Scams
There are many examples of a phishing scam. Ebay and Paypal are both websites that are popular for phishing. An important rule of thumb if you [...]
Picture this: you turn on your computer and you wait. And wait. And wait. Once you finally load into the desktop your internet is sluggish, programs are taking a long time to load and you mouse clicks aren’t registering.
You might have a failing or hard drive or…. You might be infected.
Sometimes a malware infection is obvious. Other times it’s a silent killer.
Let’s take a look at the signs:
You have ransomware
This one is the most blatant infection. With this one they want you to know that you are infected and they will take your data, lock it with a key no one in the world can replicate, and demand you pay them in order [...]