Please be wary and do not talk to any tech support agents who cold call you with a proposition to fix your PC. We have received many complaints from upset customers who have had their credit cards charged for hundreds of dollars. These fake PC technicians will call users via telephone or Skype and ask to do a remote access to your PC to diagnose any problems by looking for malware. These tricksters will use Malwarebytes Free edition to clean your PC and then will try to upsell you a yearly tech support plan. Do not let anyone who cold calls you remotely access your PC or give them your credit card number! We are saddened to hear these stories from our users and it goes without saying that we do not knowingly affiliate with any fraudulent companies. If you have been victim to one of these, or have any information about a scam you saw on the web, please report it to us so our team can investigate.
Viruses are the biggest scourge of computer user and even experienced users can be caught by them. There are a lot of programs on the market and most of them are effective as long as you keep them up to date. The free edition of AVG is a bit more basic than the full featured commercial products, but does a good job of basic protection.
You don’t have to be surfing to dubious sites or file swapping to have your computer clogged with spyware. Even respectable websites can add tracking cookies and data miners. We recommend using at least two spyware removers, which you should run every few weeks to keep your system clean.
Our current favourite is Malware Bytes, but there are plenty of others that are both paid and free.
Spybot looks for software that snoops on your web surfing while advertising software is the target of Adaware. Using the two together catches most of the unwanted rubbish that can clog up your browser. We recommend running them once a month. Like virus checkers, they need to be kept up to date
Flooding in Thailand, the No. 2 exporter of hard drives, has killed at least 377 people since July and devastated industrial areas in the center of the country.
NetGear Inc, which buys hard drives to use in commercial storage devices, in some cases has seen prices charged by distributors more than double from levels before disaster, said Shane Buckley. general manager of NetGear’s commercial business.