ASK A COMPUTER GENIUS

OK boys and girls, I don’t want to scare you but here’s what’s going around now? It’s a variation of the “antivirus 2009” rogue anti-spyware program called ‘Antivirus 360’. Seems you’ll be surfing the net minding you own business and a box will pop up, a legitimate looking scan will start with a list of infected files and programs that it says cannot be removed unless you purchase this software. Unfortunately some of the files listed may be operating system files and if deleted your computer may not boot the next time you turn it on. And don’t think your virus protection will save you, so far we haven’t seen anything that will stop it. You can Google it and try some of the fixes recommended, or take it to your local shop and have it removed. And just for your information I read that the French Naval Air Force and Great Britain’s RAF were infected in January and were shut down for several days. It seems no one is safe from malware.

Changing the subject, how many of you have seen the commercial for ‘HULU’? I know they ran one during the Superbowl. What a great site, www.hulu.com/. You can watch old TV shows, movies, and local TV channels. If you missed an episode of your favorite show there is a good chance you can find it. With the combination of online radio stations allowing you to listen to your favorite music or commentator, and online TV letting you watch shows with fewer commercials, and at your convenience. I can see more and more people using their computer for news and entertainment. And as many of you know, a lot of the new TV’s can be used as a computer monitor. Why crowd around a laptop when you can share that missed episode of ‘Lie To Me’ on your big screen. So for those of you tired of hearing about how bad things are getting, here’s something that’s improving. There is so much being added to the internet it’s hard to keep up, so don’t be afraid to get online and find out what’s new and who shares your interests.

By the way, thanks to all of you that are taking advantage of our recycling program. It’s good to know we have kept several tons of electronics out of landfills. If you’re aware of schools or businesses looking for a place to dispose of one item or large quantities of computers, monitors, laptops, or other electronic equipment, have them give us a call at 622-6006 or see our website www.computer-genius.com/. And as always if you have any comments or questions you can email me at ask@computer-genius.com.

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