Fake Email from Verizon Downloads “Balance Checker” Trojan Horse.

Big alert for Verizon users.  Emails from Verizon claiming that your account is over its limit and advising your to download and install a “Balance Checker” program are a hoax.  The program will install a Trojan Horse program that will give computer criminals access to your system.  This email started going out about 1:30 am Friday (CST).

If you ran the program, you have security problems that will require professional help.  See the article on IT World for more ...

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A Funny Thing Happened…

I have been asked a few times how I got into the web design and hosting business.  So here’s my story.
I had no intention of having a web design and web hosting business. I was starting a computer support business and developed my own web site, mostly because I could, and I was too cheap to hire someone. Then I decided to offer a do-it-yourself web design class through the local Community Education program.
Inevitably, someone wanted help ...
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AVG 9.0 Certified For Windows 7

Those of you considering Windows 7 can use AVG Internet Security, our recommended security suite, with the new operating system.  For those of you upgrading from Vista, you will probably need to reinstall the application and register your license key again.  Your remaining subscription time will remain in force.

AVG recently released version 9.0, which is available to current subscribers as a free upgrade.  PC World magazine recently featured a laboratory comparison of the top security suites, and AVG came in ...

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Personal AntiVirus Is A Scam, NY Times Website was a Source for a While

I have run across several Personal Antivirus infections lately and just read an article on PC World that does a great job explaining what the attack looks like, but then revealed that on of the infected sites that Personal AV used to generate the fake pop-up warning was the New York Times web site.  I recommend you click on the link and read this article.  If you have been to that site lately and got a pop-up warning ...

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Windows 7 Pricing Revealed

Microsoft has released pricing details for Windows &, which is due to be released October 22. The first thing to know it that there is NO upgrade product to take you from Windows XP to Windows 7.  If you wish to upgrade your Windows XP machine, you will need to see if it is capable first, and then pay full price for the version of Windows 7 you install.

If you bought a Vista system in the since June 22 of ...

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Ten Stupid Computer Tricks

I found this article to be very interesting and entertaining.  Here is the link to PC World.

The ten biggest technology blunders listed in the article are:

  • Yahoo fails to acquire Facebook in 2006.
  • in 2000, Real Networks passed on the music player design that became the iPod
  • Sony and Toshiba battle over HD-DVD standards starting in 2002.
  • Digital Research, inventor of the CPM operating system, turns down IBM in 1980, opening the way for DOS and Microsoft
  • Xerox invents the personal computer in ...
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Latest Hack – Spam Designed to Look Like Outlook Message

If you use Microsoft Outlook for reading your email, you will want to be on the lookout for an email message that appears to be generated by the Microsoft Outlook application.  It asks you to click on a link to “reconfigure your settings.”  This is not possible in the first place, and will instead take you to a website that will attempt to download and install some form of malware to take control of your computer and steal your information.

Those ...

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Fall 2009 Community Education Classes

Many of you have asked for the Expression Web schedule, and some of you have expressed interest in the LinkedIn (Social Networking and Blogging) class that I will be teaching.  A few of you are looking for other classes that I teach.

Well here they all are, listed below.

 

Days Dates Time Course Title Location
         
Monday 9/28/2009 6-9 pm Web Design with Expression Web Stillwater – Boutwells
Thursday 10/1/2009 6-9 pm Web Design with Expression Web Stillwater – Boutwells
Monday 10/5/2009 6-9 pm Web Design with Expression Web Stillwater – Boutwells
Thursday 10/8/2009 6-9 ...
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