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29Mar/10Off

Interesting Article on US Cities With Highest Risks for PC Infections and Scams

Today more than every, many businesses, shops, cafes, libraries and others all have Free Wi-Fi available for their patrons to use.    While a great convenience to many, this makes these cities likely targets for malicious software or scams.   As this study suggests, the targets are cities with relatively moderate incomes.   Nobody wants to scam somebody who doesn't have any money to begin with so why bother.    Cities that are more affluent are more likely to have a higher chance of success for a Paying Fake Anti-virus Software scam.   They have a wider pool of targets to hope for a bite.    Spamming email is one trick that seems to work.   People in these cities are more likely to do Online Shopping, or Online Banking.   They are up to date on the latest technological trends and tools.     The Cyber Criminals know this and use it to their advantage.

Read the entire article here.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/03/22/cybercrime-small-town-problem

Cities and Businesses are going to continue this trend so what we must do as users or consumers is protect ourselves the best we can.   This means keeping your Security Software up to date and being very careful where you are surfing while on the Internet.   Watch out for oddities that don't usually happen.   These can be signs something may be amiss.    If you are suspicious, run your Security Software scans to ensure that you can take advantage of the technology and all it has to offer instead being a victim of it.

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week.

Steve

www.zolexpc.com

24Mar/10Off

File Sharing Sites

This week, I have decided to take a little different approach to the usual blog.      I found an article on File Sharing sites and think it is a great article to share with our readers and everyone else.     I have covered this topic before but I feel this article by Ned Smith explains the risks associated with File Sharing in an easy and concise manner.   This articles explains the pitfalls of using File Sharing and tips for how to best manage it in your household.    I hope you enjoy it.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35893007/ns/technology_and_science-security

Be careful when using File Sharing Software as it is certainly an area well known to virus makers who take full advantage of unsuspecting users.

If you do get infected and can not remove it yourself or with your Security Software you can always call on ZolexPC to fix it for you.

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week.

Steve

www.zolexpc.com

15Mar/10Off

Why You Should Add RAM To Your Old PC

Adding RAM to an older PC is one easy way of extending the life and functionality of the machine.   Adding RAM will help out your machine with Starting up, Shutting down, surfing the net, watching videos, playing games, and just about everything else in between.   Every program on your PC needs RAM and the more of it to go around the more things your PC can do faster and more efficiently.    If your PC does not have enough RAM then programs will take longer to load, the machine may appear sluggish or slow to respond.     As computers get more advanced, there are more programs running behind the scenes of your machine then ever before.

Some of these programs you may see such as your Antivirus software.    These programs are designed to run on your PC at all times and are vital to the functioning of windows.   While some can be shut down with little or no harm, most should be left alone.   All of these process and programs need RAM to run and if there isn't enough RAM on your system to go around, then the programs have to wait their turn in line for the RAM to be allocated to them to perform their actions.    For example, if you have a total of 512 MB of RAM on your machine,     Normal required Windows process\programs  may account for 200-300 MB of this RAM.  You have approx 250 left for other programs on your PC.  If you open up Internet Explorer or Firefox, that may use up another 100 or so.  If you use a Chat program such as AIM or MSN Messenger that will use up additional RAM as well.   Before you know it your machine is slow to respond.   By adding additional RAM to your PC you safely run all of these with no slowdown in performance.  PC Games also require RAM, and have minimum requirements that must be met in order for the game to run properly.   If the game does not have enough RAM it may fail to install or load or just may play very choppy and crash a lot.

The decision to add RAM to your PC is a pretty easy one to make.  First off,  How old is your PC?   If your PC is 10 years old or more, it is probably not worth installing additional RAM.  The older machines can only handle so much RAM.  If this is you, it may be best to consider purchasing a new PC.    If your machine is only 5-8 years old, there is a good chance you can add some RAM to it.    RAM is not too expensive and upgrading your PC can cost you anywhere from $50-$100.    RAM is also something you may be able to do yourself.   This depends on whether or not you are comfortable with opening up your PC.    Even if you are not, the stores will not charge you too much to do this as the process is quick and easy.   You can bring your PC to the store, have the RAM installed and be ready to go in about 10 minutes.  This does not include waiting in line.

RAM comes in all different shapes and sizes so it is important to make sure you purchase the correct RAM.   A simple way is to go the website www.crucial.com and let the website scan your system.  It will give you the exact amount of RAM your machine can handle and type needed for the upgrade.  Using this information you can make the best choice for your needs and budget.     At ZolexPC we recommend Windows XP should have at least 1 GB or more.    If you are running Windows Vista, you should have at a minimum of 2 GB.   With Vista the more RAM the better off you will be.  Windows 7 for new PC's should come with enough RAM for your need but can also be upgraded.   If you can afford it maximizing the amount of RAM in your PC will certainly pay dividends.

If your PC is old and somewhat slow consider adding RAM to it today to improve performance, speed, and everything in between.  Your computer will be very happy and so will you once you see the difference adding RAM can make on your PC.

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week.

Steve

www.zolexpc.com

10Mar/10Off

File Sharing Sites And The Risks They Pose

File sharing sites can be notorious areas to pick up infections for your PC.     While File Sharing sites are useful in many ways they do have risks associated with them.   File sharing sites allow anyone to upload files, videos, data to a server.   These can then be download by people to their PC's.   So if you don't have a song you want you can find it and download it to your PC.  This allows people to share their files with others which is a great idea.   As usual all good ideas open up doors for people to take advantage of the situation.  The problem occurs because Virus makers and Infection spreaders can also upload whatever they want as well.   They  deceive people into thinking they are downloading a legitimate file such as popular song or popular video.  They can name their infection anything they want. When you think you are downloading the latest Lady GaGa song you might get a nasty infection that tries to collect your personal information instead.   You click on Poker Face and you may not be dancing the night away, but rather watching your PC go haywire as it gets devoured by a Worm.    If you click on one of these you can infect your machine within seconds.   It only takes one bad click to infect your PC.

The price you pay for the Free cost of the File Sharing sites is the Risk for getting infected.   Paid Music sites such as ITunes are perfectly safe.    Other negatives with some free File Sharing sites could be:    Adware that you may have to install on your PC to use their software.   These can be Ads that you are forced to watch or have running in the background while using the program.   Most of the programs may also use up your Internet Bandwidth if you are not using all of it.   This means that while you are surfing the Internet or watching an online video, the program can be slowing down your Internet connection by using those resources.   This can bog down your machine and is also most likely sending out information on what websites you surf.  This information is harvested in order to spam your email with useless garbage for just about anything.    People that make viruses and spyware  specifically put  infections on these sites under all sorts of different names in the hopes of spreading the infections too as many PC's as they can.    File sharing sites are an excellent and anonymous way to spread the infections.   There is no shortage of people using these sites and many do not have enough protection on their PC's.

If you use these sites, you need to be very careful when clicking on something to download.   Your Security can protect you against infections but many times by clicking on the infection, it will launch the virus.   The virus can target your Anti-virus software or other security programs to shut them down and give the infection a free pass through your system.    This of course leads to more infections and can become a serious problem.   The safest bet is to stay off of these sites.   Now no one is going to do that because they are free and very popular, but if you do use them, beware that you are putting your PC at an increased rate for infection.    Is the Free Music worth the risk?   Most people feel it is.   In this economy, who can blame them?   Just be careful out there if you use these sites.

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week.

Steve

www.zolexpc.com

2Mar/10Off

Watch Out For Fake Antivirus Software

Fake Antivirus software continues to be a constant threat to the home PC User.    Fake Antivirus software is one of the most common type of infections on the Internet these days.   They come in all sorts of varieties and names.   They are designed to specifically fool the user into believing they are legitimate.  Some will run fake scans on your PC telling you it is infected and prompting you to download more software to fix it.  Do not click on these as you will only further infect your PC.   They will try to get you to purchase software that will fix the problem but this too is usually a scam.  While they will take your money and maybe remove some part of their infection, they will also leave you some new infections.  These in turn will prompt you to pay and download additional software to fix the problem.

If you get infected with one of these, do not click on anything to proceed further.  Try to close the windows if possible using Task Manager or clicking on the X in the top right corner.   You need to get the infections off of your PC as quick as possible.   If you have Security Software, this is the time to run it.  If your Security Software can not remove the infection then you should get professional help.    The longer you let the infection reside on your PC, the more damage it will do.    One infection can easily lead to multiple infections and can get to the point where Windows may not even start up for you.

Signs that you might be infected would be Software that you do not recognize telling you that your PC is infected and prompting you to download or install something.   If it is not part of your regular Security Software, do not install or run the program.   These infections can come from most anywhere so be mindful of where you are surfing and if you get a message telling your PC is infected or may be, navigate away from the page and run your scans to make sure your PC is clean.

If you are the victim of this already and have paid money to one of these companies, you should call your Credit Card company/Bank and try to stop the charges as soon as possible.    Many of these scams may give out your information as well on the Internet so keep an eye on your Credit Cards going forward as well for suspicious charges.   Some will just take the money and run, while others may try to use the card so the sooner you can report the fraud, the better your chances are at safeguarding your card.

Again, if you can not get rid of the infection on your own, then have it removed by a professional.   Letting the infection remain is a recipe for certain disaster.

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week.

Steve

www.zolexpc.com

   

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