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Q: Is a regular antivirus program good enough to protect my business computers? — Brad
If you ever watch old mystery movies, there is usually a scene where a guy is walking down a side street on a rainy night when he hears a “Psst. Hey fella. I have a secret to tell ya” coming from a dark alleyway. Well I am giving you the same “Psst. I have a secret to tell you.” It is an easy way to tell if your computer is running well and your Internet is slow and some simple things you can do to fix this.
A longtime client e-mailed me to ask if I recommended having a certain program run on a scheduled basis. The program happened to be a registry cleaner that she was considering purchasing. A few days later I received an e-mail from a reader asking virtually the same thing. The programs were the same so it sounds like a marketing ploy. This got me thinking about how long it had been since I had written a column on which programs I feel are beneficial for your computer maintenance and which ones may cause more harm than good. Please keep in mind that every PC tech has their own areas of expertise, so their advice may differ from mine.
Data Doctors: Q. I have a pop-up telling me that I am infected and to buy this software, or that I need to run a scan when my current PC-Cillin is running a scan. What is this worm called, and can you tell me how to remove it? - Jim
Q. I have Norton Internet security, yet my computer has been infected with the Antivirus 2009 program. How can this happen, and how do I get rid of it? - Glenn
Q: One of my nerdy friends told me that I should install a program called ThreatFire because it can do things that my anti-virus program can’t do.
Ever hear the line, "The more I fix it, the broker it gets"?
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Yahoo Inc. said Tuesday it has contained a malicious program aimed at the millions of people who use its e-mail service, which ranks as the world's largest.
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is distributing a free software startup kit designed to make computing safer and easier — a generous gesture driven by the company’s desire to steer technology offline as well as online.
March 14, 2005
July 19, 2004
Q: A friend got a virus in her computer, rendering it inoperable. She took it to a shop, which told her that the virus had destroyed her CPU and she would have to buy a new motherboard.
Q. I've heard that hard drives can be destroyed by computer viruses. If that happens, will I have to buy a new computer?
Q. What does "wizzy-wig" mean? I'm not sure how to spell it, but I've heard several people use the term in my office. I know it has something to do with computers, but I don't want to sound like an idiot by asking what it means. Ever heard of it?
NEW YORK - A computer virus that traversed the globe last week struck again in a slightly mutated form over the weekend and continued to spread aggressively through e-mail systems worldwide Monday.