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Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out

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If anybody is concerned about privacy in Windows 10, here's a good (short) article on what it tracks/records/reports by default (which is pretty much everything) and how to change the settings.

It also links out to other articles with more details if desired, as well as a free utility for customers who want to adjust things but don't want to go digging through a zillion menus:

Link to article or read below if it appears in your email:
http://bgr.com/2015/07/31/windows-10-upgrade-spying-how-to-opt-out/

Choosing a Computer Repair Service

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Unfortunately, not all computer repair companies are operated by professional computer repair technicians.  Even worse, many of these supposed companies won't even have your best interests at heart.  People are often greedy, and computer repair companies are not excluded from this lot.  You may end up running into situations where, just like getting your car's oil changed, the repair tech may attempt to charge you for something that doesn't need to be done, or may end up finding an easy fix to your problem and still charging you a higher price for something completely unrelated.

One of the best parts of living in this decade of technology is that there are a lot of options for getting your computer problems fixed.  Whether you bring your computer to a store or hire someone to remotely repair your computer, your options are usually quick and easy.  One of the best ways to save yourself some time and money is to let a computer repair technician repair your computer remotely using remote desktop or programs like Teamviewer.

While remote computer repair is a great option, often times the problems you are facing may be hardware related and will need to be handle in person.  When this happens, it's best to find a computer repair tech that can come to you or has a shop that you can bring your computer to.

When allowing a computer repair technician to enter your home, be a bit cautious especially if you found them on craigslist.  Make sure that you are not home alone and that you have a way to identify the person prior to allowing them to enter your home.  The benefits to on site repairs are endless, especially considering you don't have to do anything.  They come to you, no need to dismantle your computer or drive to a shop.  If you happen to bring your computer to the computer repair company, all you will likely need is the desktop itself, so don't worry about bringing your mouse or keyboard.

Which ever way you decide to go, make sure to review the company you are working with.  Check online on Google and Facebook to see if they have any reviews available that will help aid you in your decision with choosing a computer repair company.

How to Protect Your Computer From The DNSChanger Malware Infection

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As of July 9th, 2012, the Internet Systems Consortium will be shutting down the rogue DNS servers utilized by the DNSChanger malware infection. During an FBI sting, agents brought down a hacker ring from Estonia last year under Operation Ghost Click. If your computer is one of the 1 million computers that were infected by the DNSChanger virus, you will lose internet access on July 9th, 2012. The reason you will lose access, is that your computer may be using one of the temporary DNS servers setup by the FBI to retain access to infected computers during the shut down of the surrogate DNS servers used for the hacker ring.

How to Tell Whether DNSChanger Has Infected Your Computer

The FBI has setup a website that will allow you to find out if your computer has been infected with the DNSChanger DNS Changer Malware Infectionrootkit. By visiting www.dns-ok.us you will be able to check and see if your computer has been inected. While the website looks very cheap and almost fake, it is the correct website that was setup by the FBI. If you live outside of the US, you will need to check for alternative websites to check for an infection.

If you computer is infected by the DNSChanger virus, you will unfortunately lose internet access until you have had the malware removed from your computer.

What Do I Do if My Computer is Infected by DNSChanger

Once you've figured out that your computer has been infected by the DNSChanger virus, it's time to start figuring out how you'll get the rootkit removed from your computer. The first thing that you'll need to do is to create a backup of all of your critical files including your personal files, pictures, music and movies. After you've completed this, your safest bet is to completely format your computer's hard drive and perform a complete clean installation of your operating system.

If you would prefer to avoid reformatting your computer, there are tools that can help you remove the rootkit malware and may be able to restore your computer to it's previous state. There are programs that have been released specifically designed to remove the DNSChanger rootkit from your computer. Simply Google DNSChanger or check out Kapersky Lab's TDSSKiller.

Prevent Your Computer from getting the DNSChanger MalwareIf the infected computer is on a network in your home or office, you will need to manually check every computer on the network to ensure that no other computers were infected. You will also want to check your router to ensure that it wasn't infected by the rootkit as well.

Once all of the above checks have been done and you feel you have removed the malware from your computer, recheck everything to ensure that your computer is no longer infected and you should be ready to go on Monday when the servers are shut down. By following the steps listed above you will be able to prevent your computer from losing internet access.

 

If you think your computer is infected with the DNSChanger virus, take a look at our virus and spyware removal services and give Geeks Anywhere a call, we'll be glad to help you protect your computer from DNSChanger and any other virus issues your computer might have.

How to Choose a Secure Password

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Not everyone realizes how easy it can be for a hacker to obtain your computer password, bank password or even the password to your World of Warcraft account.  When you choose to use a simple password you risk potentially exposing your personal or private information to hackers.  Find out how to choose a secure password for your computer or website accounts here!

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