Computer Giving You Problems?


  There are 2 major problems going on with being on the Internet these days. Ignoring either of them greatly reduces your Internet experience. A lot of people know about virus infections and know they can cause lots of problems with computers but seem to think it can only happen to others. You might be one of the "Lucky" people who haven't been infected yet, but sooner or later it will catch up to you. This years Connections computers have a pre installed Antivirus program called "Microsoft Forefront Endposit Security". If you decide to purchase your own Antivirus program and install it, you will not be reimbursed for it.   
     The other problem concerns what is know as spyware, malware, bots, and parasite programs. Here are 10 warning signs you should be aware of, if any of them pertain to you then your PC is most likely infected:
  • When you start your browser, the home page has mysteriously changed. You change it back manually, but before long you find that it has changed back again.

  • You get pop-up advertisements when your browser is not running or when your system is not even connected to the Internet, or you get pop-up ads that address you by name.

  • Your phone bill includes expensive calls to 900 numbers that you never made-probably at an outrageous per-minute rate.

  • You enter a search term in Internet Explorer's address bar and press Enter to start the search. Instead of your usual search site, an unfamiliar site handles the search.

  • A new item appears in your Favorites list without your putting it there. No matter how many times you delete it, the item always reappears later.

  • Your system runs noticeably slower than it did before. If you're a Windows XP, 7, 8 user, launching the Task Manager and clicking the Processes tab reveals that an unfamiliar process is using nearly 100 percent of available CPU cycles.

  • At a time when you're not doing anything online, the send or receive lights on your dial-up or broadband modem blink just as wildly as when you're downloading a file or surfing the Web. Or the network/modem icon in your system tray flashes rapidly even when you're not using the connection.

  • A search toolbar or other browser toolbar appears even though you didn't request or install it. Your attempts to remove it fail, or it comes back after removal.

  • Often you cannot even connect to the Internet, and then when you are able to, it acts like it is connected, but won't go to any web pages, as if it wasn't connected. You keep getting page cannot be displayed messages.

  • And the final sign is: Everything appears to be normal. The most devious spyware doesn't leave traces you'd notice, so scan your system anyway.

How Can SpyWare and AdWare Hackers/Companies infect your PC? Your PC may be infected if you have ever downloaded screensavers, music, games, video clips, images, and even those "smiley face" icons that have been going around for a while. Advertisers/Hackers offer these screensavers, music, games, etc. for free in order to legally "trick" consumers into installing their AdWare and SpyWare programs. There are a couple of good programs that are free downloads that are very good at removing these type of programs. One is Malwarebytes Anti-malwere. The download for the program is below. Click on the link to download it, and then install it. Make sure you check for and download the updates before running it or you will not have the most current files for the program to look for. Next run the program and follow the instructions.This one below is the program.

Malwarebtytes Anti-malware - Please go to https://www.malwarebytes.org/ and install the program. You will get a 30 free full version which blocks malicious software. The program is $25 to purchase, but is well worth the investment.

The other one is CCleaner which can also be downloaded from https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER . Run the installation after downloading it. This program works really well at removed old "temp" files and other files that are taking up space on your hard drive. This program also has a very good registry cleaning section which will clean out your registry of old and defunct files which are slowing down your system.
  

Please read the help files associated with these programs to learn how to use them. Or in other words, when all else fails, read the instructions.

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