Viruses & Spam posts by Nerds On Call

    Viruses and spam are a large part of the reason why people don’t like using the Internet. They can steal your information or just make your computer hard to use. Fortunately, the good guys always win. Our Nerds are always surfing the Internet to find new ways to keep your computer safe, and we’ve compiled some of the best information here. Some of it it news, some of it is olds. But no matter what you’ll find here, it’ll keep you safe and happy while you’re online. Say no to viruses & spam!

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  • “Heartbleed” Bug Discovered – Affects 2/3 of Internet
    “Heartbleed” Bug Discovered – Affects 2/3 of Internet

    Researchers today discovered a serious flaw in the security software that keeps two-thirds of the web private. The bug, called “heartbleed,” has been a part of the “OpenSSL” software for two years without being detected. A patch has been written and is being distributed, but web servers running the old version are still affected. Don’t […]

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  • Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP
    Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP

    It’s time to remove Windows XP, upgrade, and move on. We published an earlier article about XP’s end of life, and the deadline is here – On March 8, 2014, you may have been greeted with a message telling you that “Windows XP End of Support is on April 8th, 2013” and a link to […]

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  • IRS Releases Top Tax Scams of 2014
    IRS Releases Top Tax Scams of 2014

    On February 19th, the IRS released its annual list of the top tax scams for 2014. As more taxpayers prepare, file, and store their data online, incidents of crimes like identity theft, phone scams and phishing increase. While these scams happen year round, the IRS warns taxpayers to be particularly cautious during tax season. Here’s […]

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  • Wearable Tech
    Wearable Tech

    This year’s Consumer Electronics Show was crowded with wearable technology like smart watches, fitness trackers, and Bluetooth jewelry. Google Glass is already in the hands of a few select early-adopters. Even those brands without a wearable device on the market, such as Apple and Microsoft, are rumored to have them in the works. Manufacturers believe […]

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  • De-Clutter Your Email Inbox
    De-Clutter Your Email Inbox

    Once upon a time, you opened your email inbox and it was – gasp – empty! I can hear you chuckling, “that is definitely a fairytale.” If you have hundreds of messages in your inbox, it is difficult to believe that your email could ever be anything other than overwhelming. But it can be. Here’s […]

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  • Is Facebook Depressing You?
    Is Facebook Depressing You?

    While Social Networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have been shown to increase a user’s feeling of connectedness with friends, family and their community, a growing body of research highlights the negative effects of social media on our general state of mind. From envy, to anger, to depression, for some users these forums offer […]

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  • The Muse Headband Exercises your Brain
    The Muse Headband Exercises your Brain

    Last night I was startled awake with a bad dream. I found myself staring at the ceiling at 4 AM, unable to get back to sleep and wishing I could relax my buzzing mind enough to catch a couple more hours of sleep. Sometimes it happens when my day’s been go-go-go, working at the office, […]

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  • Is Your PC Spreading Malware?
    Is Your PC Spreading Malware?

    I often receive emails from people who haven’t contacted me in years, with a subject line such as “check this out!” I open the email and contained within is simply a web link. When you get emails like this don’t click on the links – they usually contain malware that will infect your computer. If […]

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  • Android Phones Vulnerable to Hackers
    Android Phones Vulnerable to Hackers

    Android Vulnerability Patched Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, installed on three quarter of a billion devices. Having a master key to all of those would give a hacker near-total control in the mobile world. Fortunately, this doomsday scenario has been narrowly avoided. Bluebox Labs, a computer security company, recently […]

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  • Can Facebook Give Me a Virus?
    Can Facebook Give Me a Virus?

    Can Facebook Give Me A Virus? One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “can Facebook give me a virus?” With over a billion people logging in at least once a month, it’s no surprise that criminals are constantly working to find ways to get access to and exploit users. Here are the […]

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  • Teens Hiding Online: Study Reveals Shocking Data
    Teens Hiding Online: Study Reveals Shocking Data

    What your Teen is Hiding Online: Part 1 A 2012 Teen Internet Behavior study commissioned by the security technology company, McAfee, reveals a surprising chasm between the number of teens hiding what they do on the Internet and parents who are confident that they’re in-the-know about their kids’ online activities. Perhaps most telling: 71% of […]

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  • Find Free WiFi (almost) Anywhere
    Find Free WiFi (almost) Anywhere

    Find Free WiFi with a Few Simple Tips You can find free WiFi just about anywhere, particularly if you plan ahead and know where to look. Here’s how to stay productive, or kill some time surfing the net, when you’re on the go. From Panera to McDonalds to Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, getting online […]

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  • Take Better Photos with these Smartphone Photography Tips
    Take Better Photos with these Smartphone Photography Tips

    Smartphone Photography Tips for Better Pictures We take our Smartphones with us everywhere, so chances are when you’re ready to snap a quick picture of your kid or four-legged friend doing something especially cute, you’re not going to have your fancy-schmancy camera handy. Yet more often than not, these fast photo-ops end up looking dark […]

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  • Big Developments for Apple at WWDC 2013
    Big Developments for Apple at WWDC 2013

    Apple WWDC 2013 Makes Big Changes On June 10, 2013, Apple held their annual World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. The event serves as a forum for Apple to announce upcoming product releases and innovations so that developers can begin to create supporting applications and hardware. It has become a reveal party for […]

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  • Zeus Trojan Steals Bank Account Info via Facebook

    Zeus Trojan Steals Bank Account Access A nasty Trojan virus nicknamed Zeus has been spreading quickly through social media forums like Facebook and via links to fake webpages. Once a system is compromised, the virus lays in wait until the user accesses a banking account or credit card website wherein it captures login and personal […]

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  • Mobile Malware Explodes in 2013

    The numbers are out: McAfee‘s report on viruses in the first quarter of the year shows mobile malware, which exploded last year, is showing no signs of stopping. Smartphones, which just recently outnumbered “dumb phones” worldwide are increasingly becoming the targets of the same sorts of viruses and malware that we’ve worried about on our […]

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  • NERDS ON CALL: PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER NOW

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER NOW FROM SUMMER MAYHEM California, (June, 2013) – Summer is the season for computer mayhem. The kids are home from school, often unsupervised, and boredom does not bode well for your system’s health and welfare. Your endlessly-curious teenager will inevitably […]

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  • NERDS ON CALL: TOP TIPS TO FIX YOUR HACKED FACEBOOK

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com NERDS ON CALL: TOP TIPS TO FIX YOUR HACKED FACEBOOK California, (April, 2013) – Anyone who’s received a message from a friend’s Facebook account urging them to click a link or “like” a page to “Win a Free iPad” or “Get a Free Starbucks Gift Card” […]

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  • Facebook Account Hacked? Don’t Panic.

    Facebook Account Hacked? Fix it now! Anyone who’s received a message from a friend’s Facebook account urging them to click a link or “like” a page to “Win a Free iPad” or “Get a Free Starbucks Gift Card” knows that social media sites are prime targets for spam and data mining.  What do you do […]

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  • Been Hacked? Here’s What to Do
    Been Hacked? Here’s What to Do

    So You Think You’ve Been Hacked – What to do next Headlines have been shouting out, that the FBI recently investigated a website which had obtained personal information of high-profile people, and posted it online. Their credit card and social security numbers were available for anyone to see. These numbers have been conned out of […]

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  • Watch out! Top Tech Scams of 2012
    Watch out! Top Tech Scams of 2012

    Tech Scams that Hit Hard in 2012 Social media, online databases and our “connected” lifestyle has made it easier than ever for criminals to use technology to steal identities, money, and data from unsuspecting users.  Here are some of the most prevalent technology scams of 2012, so you don’t fall victim to these tricky ploys. […]

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  • New Router Vulnerability Surfaces
    New Router Vulnerability Surfaces

    Router Vulnerability Leaves Many Unprotected Yesterday the US Department of Homeland Security’s “Computer Emergency Readiness Team” issued a statement stating that a feature available on almost every router had been discovered to have a security vulnerability. But don’t worry just yet. While the vulnerability is widespread, it is not particularly serious, and this particular feature […]

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  • Java Virus Vulnerability Discovered
    Java Virus Vulnerability Discovered

    NERDS ON CALL: JAVA VIRUS Not an Urban Myth but a True Threat You may have experienced this situation before: out of nowhere, a friend messages you on Facebook or via email with a link. You instinctively click on it, and sometimes as you’re clicking on it, sometimes later, you realize it’s probably a virus. […]

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  • NERDS ON CALL Java Virus

    NERDS ON CALL: JAVA VIRUS Not an Urban Myth but a True Threat FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com California, (January, 2013) – You may have experienced this situation before: out of nowhere, a friend messages you on Facebook or via email with a link. You instinctively click on it, and sometimes […]

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  • Files Gone? Could be a Hidden Files Virus
    Files Gone? Could be a Hidden Files Virus

    Hidden Files Virus Hits Victims Hard Imagine starting up your system one fine morning only to discover that everything appears to be missing – your files, installed programs, even your Start menu shortcuts.  If you’re one of the many people who’ve recently become victims of the “Hidden Files Virus,” this scenario may be a painful […]

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  • Antivirus Problems: Overzealous Scanning
    Antivirus Problems: Overzealous Scanning

    How to Deal with Antivirus Problems Whether you’re a Nerd who’s adept at surfing the web, or an amateur who has yet to learn the ins and outs of it, a virus scanner is one of the most critical parts of your computer. If you don’t have a virus scanner, you should probably stop reading […]

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  • Mobile Security: Protecting your Phone
    Mobile Security: Protecting your Phone

    Mobile Security for your Android Phone Two Easy Steps to Protect Yourself Whether you’re one of the millions of Americans that already owns a mobile handheld device (like a Smartphone, tablet or iPod Touch), or you’re hoping Santa slips one under your tree this year, there’s something you likely haven’t put much thought towards: mobile […]

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  • Computer Won’t Turn On? Check for Viruses
    Computer Won’t Turn On? Check for Viruses

    Computer Won’t Turn on Because of a Virus? Try This If you’ve ever had a virus that kept your system from booting at all, you know how infuriating it is. One mistake and your computer is now a very expensive brick. If you’ve never had this happen to you, consider yourself one of the lucky […]

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  • Wireless Security Breach: Reaver

    A New Program Thwarts Wireless Security Having wireless internet access is awesome, especially with how many devices these days use the technology. And with proper network security, we can be sure that al our data is safe from intrusion…as long as we don’t make any silly mistakes, right? Well, that would be nice. However, there […]

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  • Malware Primer: Deciphering the Digital Devils
    Malware Primer: Deciphering the Digital Devils

    Understanding Malware: Everything you need to know You’ve probably heard the terms “virus,” “malware,” “spyware,” and others all used interchangeably. However, these are actually all different types of bad software. The blanket term for software that harms your computer is “malware.” If you paid attention in Latin class, you’ll know that “mal” is a prefix […]

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  • The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan
    The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com ZeroAccess Rootkit: Doomsday and Armageddon all-in-one? California, (NOVEMBER, 2012) -The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan is the latest rootkit virus to gain widespread infiltration into a huge number of computers. While traditional viruses attempt to infect and destroy as many computers in their path before they’re stopped by […]

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  • The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan
    The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan

    ZeroAccess Rootkit: Doomsday and Armageddon all-in-one? The ZeroAccess Rootkit Trojan is the latest rootkit virus to gain widespread infiltration into a huge number of computers. While traditional viruses attempt to infect and destroy as many computers in their path before they’re stopped by anti-virus software, rootkits aim to keep your system working but under the […]

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  • FBI Virus is “Ransomware”
    FBI Virus is “Ransomware”

    FBI Virus is a Scam Out to Get You! I never thought I’d look back fondly on the days when malware just caused annoying pop-ups. The newest bug crawling the Web is called “ransomware,” and it holds your computer hostage until you pay a demanded ransom. The latest has several names: FBI Moneypak, Citadel Reveton […]

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  • 5 Tricks to Revive an Old PC

    Breathe New Life Into an Old PC If every click on your old, slow computer makes you want to tear your hair out but your budget just won’t permit replacing it, take heart. Even if you’ve already upgraded the hardware to the extent you can and performed all maintenance to rule out a malware infection, […]

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  • Stop Using Internet Explorer, Right Now!
    Stop Using Internet Explorer, Right Now!

    Internet Explorer Glitch Opens The Door To Hackers A bug in all versions of Internet Explorer leaves anyone using IE in conjunction with the Windows Operating System (more than 40% of Internet users in North America according to StatCounter) vulnerable to infection by Trojan horse viruses. In a Security Advisory released by Microsoft on September […]

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  • Apple iOS and Android New Targets of Malware
    Apple iOS and Android New Targets of Malware

    As computers become more prevalent, the viruses that prey on them increase as well. According to McAfee, a protection provider, malware is multiplying faster now than it ever has. In the last quarter alone, there have been 1.5 million more attacks than previously. With new technology, comes changes in the threats – botnets and ransomware […]

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  • Emma Watson Will Give You A Computer Virus
    Emma Watson Will Give You A Computer Virus

    Celebrity Crushes Can Give You a Computer Virus Emma Watson is at the top of the list “Most Dangerous Celeb to Search For.” If you’re reading this and you don’t know who Emma Watson is yet, you might want to finish reading this article before you perform a Google search for her. The young actress […]

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  • Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft
    Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

    Online Identity Theft Prevention On August 3rd, 2012, a tech writer for Wired’s “Gadget Lab,” Mat Honan, was the victim of identity theft. His iPhone, iPad and MacBook were remotely wiped, his Twitter account hijacked and his Gmail deleted. He lost irreplaceable photos from the first year of his daughter’s life, hundreds of emails, and […]

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  • Simple & Easy Computer Maintenance
    Simple & Easy Computer Maintenance

    Do It Yourself Computer Maintenance You may think computer maintenance is only for the Nerds among us, but there are many easy things you can do to speed up your PC without investing a lot of time or money. Whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, performing some basic computer maintenance can ensure your system […]

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  • DNSChanger: What you need to know

    DNSChanger: How To See If You’re Infected, How To Fix It If You Are. On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is clean, companies that have compromised systems in their network […]

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  • DNSChanger: July 9th FBI Pulls Plug

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Shawna Bell 1-800-919-6373 marketing@callnerds.com DNSChanger: PCs Infected with DNS Changer Will Get Cut Off California, (July, 2012) – On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is […]

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  • 3 Things To Do When You Set Up A New PC

    Set Up A New PC: Protect, Transfer, Store After scrimping and saving, researching and debating, you finally settle on the perfect new PC, only to realize once you get it home and plugged in that you can’t get much use out of it until you get the files and programs from your old PC onto […]

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  • Laptop Repair: Fix it or replace it?

    Laptop Repair Can Be Costly, But Some Repairs Are Worth It. When I made the switch from a desktop computer to a laptop, the idea that everything that previously took up my entire desk could now fit in such a small, portable device was revolutionary. However, the first time that my keyboard failed, I realized […]

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  • How to Stop Spam

    Simple Tools and Tips to Stop Spam Now that I have a newborn in the house, the last thing I have time for is weeding through an email inbox filled with offers for 30 percent off at a store I bought one thing from three years ago, or daily newsletters from an online magazine touting […]

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  • How to Remove a Virus

    How to Remove a Virus: The Best Anti-Virus Software Do you remember back when your computer was shiny and new, it likely came with pre-installed Norton or McAfee antivirus software. It would periodically pop up little notices that it had downloaded the latest updates, and you felt snug and secure when you surfed online. Then […]

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  • Online Computer Repair: Is It Safe?

    Online Computer Repair: Is It The Force or Magic? These days, we want everything fast, from food to computer repairs. If you’ve seen the TV ads for iYogi.net, you may have wondered, “How can a tech in India fix a computer in Nantucket?” I’m here to unravel some of the mystery of Internet-based tech support […]

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  • What To Do Before You Call Tech Support

    Simple fixes could keep you away from tech support I am clueless when it comes to appliances. More than once I have called out a repair person to fix my dishwasher or dryer, only to discover that the power cable is loose, or that the exhaust is clogged with lint. A little basic troubleshooting could […]

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  • Computer Problems: Dirty Little Tech Mistakes
    Computer Problems: Dirty Little Tech Mistakes

    Computer problems can be avoided with some simple tips. I ate breakfast in front of my computer for over a year before that fateful day when a coffee-in-the-laptop accident made me change my ways. Well, at least my habits involving liquids in proximity to electronics.  You’re probably saying you’ll never have computer problems like this… […]

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  • Why You Should Upgrade Windows NOW!
    Why You Should Upgrade Windows NOW!

    Upgrade Windows now, seriously, we can wait…started yet…? Your computer’s operating system is the most integral part of how your machine functions. It determines how you view and launch programs, how stable software runs, and how your desktop looks and functions. Whether you’re nursing a trusty Windows XP machine or have resigned yourself to living […]

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  • BEWARE! The Latest Scams – Arm Yourself and Outsmart those Thieves
    BEWARE! The Latest Scams – Arm Yourself and Outsmart those Thieves

    I’m a big fan of technology making life easier. Unfortunately, it also makes it easier for scam artists to target potential victims. For many, the relative newness of using email and Web access for banking, shopping and paying bills leaves them vulnerable to crooks looking to steal personal information for financial gain. Trust your instincts […]

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