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Do-It-Yourself Computer Repair

Many ROCHESTER FIX MY PC computer users shy away from attempting to fix their computers due to the lack of knowledge, but even without a degree in a technology field there are several do-it-yourself computer repair jobs that you can tackle on your own, without driving your machine to a ROCHESTER FIX MY PC computer repair shop. Most computers purchased for the home have few mechanical parts that you will actually 'fix', rather most have components that can be quickly replaced.

There are two basic problems that will require attention, hardware and software problems. Occasionally, a drive unit may go bad, such as the hard drive or a disk drive, or one of the units that read external memory devices such as a card reader, a universal serial bus (USB) card, modem card or network card. When one of these devices fails it usually takes a few minutes to remove the old one and complete a do-it-yourself ROCHESTER FIX MY PC computer repair.

Most people fret over the prospect of opening the case of their computer, fearing all the technology hiding inside. In reality, once the cover is opened all you will see is several wires and hard parts.

There are certain steps you can take to reduce the need for do-it-yourself ROCHESTER FIX MY PC computer repair such as keeping your unit free of dirt and dust. Every home computer contains a small fan that maintains air circulation to keep the inner workings of your computer cool.Overheated parts tend to wear out quicker and by insuring the fan is working properly and remains free of dust, will keep it working for years. However, if the fan stops, it takes about five minutes to install a new one - and the parts are readlily available at local stores in ROCHESTER FIX MY PC .

Many computers have built-in troubleshooting programs that can inform the user what is wrong if the computer fails. Most times, it will report a problem with software and then suggest a fix. Typically, deleting the damaged software and reinstalling it wil have it running like new again.

If a video or sound card goes bad, removing the cover and removing one screw allows you to remove the old card and install a new one, and usually has your system up and running again in a matter of minutes. Even a disk drive can be replaced in short order as well as adding random access memory to help your programs run slightly quicker or just to make room for heavy-duty graphics programs. Check the internet or a local ROCHESTER FIX MY PC electronics store for these.

Probably the hardest part of do-it-yourself computer repair in ROCHESTER FIX MY PC would be in replacing the hard drive, that unit that contains all the software as well as operating instructions for the computer. Replacing the drive itself is a short, five or maybe 10-minute job, but putting all the operating instructions and software onto the new one can take time. However, time can be justified once your new drive is in place and your system is running again at top speed.

 


What is the Security Tango?

The Security Tango is my name for the dance you have to do every time you want to assure yourself that your computer is free of viruses, spyware, keystroke loggers, backdoors, trojans, and other forms of malware (click the Definitions button in the menu to see what all those things mean). It's something you need to do regularly and often - daily is not too often! The simple act of getting on the Internet and downloading email or going to a Web page can expose your computer to malicious crackers who would love to take over your machine for their own use.

Let's Dance!

To dance the Security Tango, click the Let's Dance link up above.

Two left feet? Don't worry - it's not as hard as you might think!

Which Operating System Do You Use?

Originally, the Security Tango was mostly for Windows-based computers. I'm sure that those of you running Linux or a Macintosh used to laugh yourselves sick at all the machinations that your Windows-using friends had to go through to keep themselves safe. But don't get too complacent - your time is here! As Linux and the Mac have become more popular, we've see more viruses for them. Yes, there are verified malware programs out there for both the Macintosh and for Linux. You need to protect yourself. Equally importantly, if you don't at least run an antivirus program, you run the risk of passing a virus on to your Windows friends (assuming any of them actually talk to you). And that's just not being a good net citizen!

So I've split the Tango into three parts - one for Windows, one for Linux, and one for the Macintosh. But you get to all of them by that same "Let's Dance!" button in the menu!

Top 10 Active Virus Alerts

Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Gpcode.ax

Kaspersky Lab warns users about the emergence online of a new version of the Gpcode ransomware program.

The program spreads via malicious websites and P2P networks.

Kaspersky Lab products detect the program as Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Gpcode.ax.

You can read more on our blog.

Email-Worm.Win32.VBMania

Kaspersky Lab is monitoring a new email worm which is currently spreading. Emails spreading the worm say “Here you have” in the subject line.

We detect the worm as Email-Worm.Win32.VBMania.

While the servers hosting related downloads have been taken down, we are keeping customers updated and protected against any new variants.



Net-Worm.Win32.Kido
Kaspersky Lab has detected that multiple variants of Kido, a polymorphic worm, are currently spreading widely.

Kaspersky Lab has detected that multiple variants of Kido, a polymorphic worm, are currently spreading widely.

Net-Worm.Win32.Kido exploits a critical vulnerability (MS08-067) in Microsoft Windows to spread via local networks and removable storage media.

The worm disables system restore, blocks access to security websites, and downloads additional malware to infected machines.

Users are strongly recommended to ensure their antivirus databases are up to date. A patch for the vulnerability is available from Microsoft.

Detailed descriptions of Net-Worm.Win32.Kido.btNet-Worm.Win32.Kido.dv and Net-Worm.Win32.Kido.fx are available in the Virus Encyclopaedia. A dedicated removal tool is available here.

Virus.Win32.Gpcode.ak
Kaspersky Lab has detected a new version of the ‘malicious blackmailer’ Gpcode - Virus.Win32.Gpcode.ak.

Kaspersky Lab has detected a new version of the ‘malicious blackmailer’ Gpcode - Virus.Win32.Gpcode.ak.

The new Gpcode variant encrypts files with extensions DOC, TXT, PDF, XLS, JPG, PNG, CPP, H etc. on hard drives using an RSA algorithm with a 1024-bit key.

After encrypting files, the virus leaves a text file in the folder next to the encrypted files with following message:

Your files are encrypted with RSA-1024 algorithm.
To recovery your files you need to buy our decryptor.
To buy decrypting tool contact us at: ********@yahoo.com

Currently, we detect the new variant, but we are unable to crack the 1024-bit key. Our analysts are continuing to work on both the key and the virus to resolve this issue.

Kaspersky Lab recommends that all Internet users enable maximum protection from malicious code and network attacks on their computers, refrain from executing suspicious programs received from untrustworthy sources and back up any important information on their computers.

Detection of Virus.Win32.Gpcode.ak was added to Kaspersky Anti-Virus signature databases yesterday, on June 4th, at 15:39 GMT. Please make sure to update if you haven’t already.

If you have fallen victim to Gpcode.ak, try to contact us using another computer connected to the Internet. DO NOT RESTART or POWER DOWN the potentially infected machine. Contact us by email stopgpcode@kaspersky.com and tell us the exact date and time of infection, as well everything you did on the computer in the 5 minutes before the machine was infected: which programs you have executed, which websites you have visited, etc. We'll try and help you recover any data that has been encrypted.

For more information about the malicious program, please read our weblog.

Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.nf
Kaspersky Lab has detected mass mailings of a new variant of Warezov, Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.nf.

Kaspersky Lab has detected mass mailings of a new variant of Warezov, Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.nf. At 8.00 Moscow Standard Time, 19 April 2007, 70-85% of the malicious content in mail traffic consisted of various forms of a new modification of Warezov - the Warezov.nf worm.

A few hours before this point, there was a noticeable increase in mail traffic of an earlier modification of Warezov - Warezov.do which featured in the October 2006 Top 20.

If you are using Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 or Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 with Proactive Protection turned on, new variants will be detected without the need to update your antivirus databases.

A full description of Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.nf is now available in the Virus Encyclopaedia.

Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.mx
New Warezov variant mass mailed

A new version of Warezov, Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.mx has been mass-mailed.

The worm spreads as an attachment to infected emails. Once launched, it may terminate antivirus and firewall programs and download other malware.

An urgent update to antivirus databases has been released.

If you are using Kaspersky Anti-Virus/ Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0, enable Proactive Protection, and new variants will be detected without the need to update antivirus databases.

Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.ms
A new variant of Warezov has been mass mailed, and is spreading rapidly

Kaspersky Lab has detected mass mailings of a new variant of Warezov, Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.ms. The mass mailing started on 3rd April 2007.

The worm spreads as an attachment to infected emails. Once launched, it may terminate antivirus and firewall programs and download other malware.

An urgent update to antivirus databases has been released.

If you are using Kaspersky Anti-Virus/ Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0, enable Proactive Protection, and new variants will be detected without the need to update antivirus databases.

A detailed description of Email-Worm.Win32.Warezov.ms will be available in the near future.

Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin
Multiple variants spreading

Multiple variants of Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin are currently spreading. The most recent variants are Zhelatin.u, Zhelatin.r and Zhelatin.t

New variants may be functionally similar to each other and to previous variants.

Users are reminded to keep their antivirus protection up to date, and to scan any suspicious emails with an antivirus solution.

If you are using Kaspersky Anti-Virus or Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0, enable Proactive Protection, and new variants will be detected without the need to update antivirus databases.

A detailed description of Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin.o is available in the Virus Encyclopaedia.

Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin.u
New variant of Zhelatin spreading rapidly

Kaspersky Lab has detected a new variant of Zhelatin, Email-Worm.Zhelatin.u.

Zhelatin.u is a repacked version of an earlier modification, and has the same functionality as previous variants.

Users are reminded to keep their antivirus protection up to date.

If you are using Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0, enable Proactive Protection, and new variants will be detected without the need to update antivirus databases.

Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin.r
Sharp increase in the volume of Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin.r

Kaspersky Lab has detected a sharp increase in the volume of Email-Worm.Win32.Zhelatin.r in mail traffic.

It is functionally identical to Zhelatin.o. Zhelatin.r is simply a repacked version.

If you are using Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0, enable Proactive Protection, and new variants will be detected without the need to update antivirus databases.

Courtesy Kasperky Lab

 

 

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For example, if they simply fall on your front walk you are responsible. If they so much as cut their finger and need stickes the same rules apply.

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