June Computing Insights from EagleTech Computer Service PDF Print
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Monday, 06 June 2011 21:47


Greetings from EagleTech Computer Service!

Mac Viruses

Many of you have heard that if you buy a Mac you won't have to struggle with viruses...well...it's not true any longer.  Two Mac viruses are attacking Mac computers by the thousands around the world "Mac Defender" and "Apple Care." The Apple call centers are in a real quandry because they technically are not allowed to help the caller remove it.  They're only allowed to encourage them to purchase an antivirus software.

Sooo, before you rush out to buy a Mac, because you've heard Macs don't get viruses, this is no longer true.

Here's an article that chronicles the struggles the Apple Care Centers are facing:

An AppleCare support rep talks: Mac malware is "getting worse"

Here's another article showing that the virus creators for Mac are getting meaner each day:

Mac malware authors release a new, more dangerous version

Refurbished Computers

Right now I have several refurbished computers available.  They are priced well below their actual worth, but I know if I priced them any higher it would not be worth it for you to purchase one compared to purchasing a brand new computer, but these units are excellent and are capable of upgrading RAM for even faster speeds if you need it.  You can check them out here:

Refurbished Computers


Windows 7 Pro - $29.99

Do you have a child in college?  If you do and if they currently have Windows Vista operating system on their computer you can go to the following link and obtain Windows 7 Professional for only $29.99.  That's a savings of around $235.  Here's the link:

Window 7 for College Students


Printer Repairs

If you need your printer installed or it needs software configuration errors resolved I'm always happy to assist, but...if your printer hardware is broken then I'd like to recommend you give "The Portland Printer Place" the opportunity to look over and probably repair your printer.

Here's their address and contact information:

1340 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

(503) 232-9174


IE 9

As you may know, Microsoft is touting Internet Explorer 9 as the best thing since sliced bread. It’s supposed to be very fast, very secure, and very contemporary with all sorts of fancy bells and whistles. For the most part, these claims are true. However, not all Web sites or browser-based applications are compatible with Windows Internet Explorer 9, so there are a lot of folks who would like to hold off on upgrading to this new version. If you are one who would like to avoid installing it then simply pay attention to any Windows updates that are offered and just uncheck the automatic installation of Internet Explorer 9 when it's offered.

I've been using it for a few months now and it seems to be very stable.  It's not available for Windows XP operating systems but it is available to you if you have Vista or Windows 7.  To obtain it you only need to go to the following link:

Internet Explorer 9

Desktop Themes

Want more desktop themes for your Windows Vista or Windows 7 desktop?  Here's a link to some really nice themes:

Windows Themes

The "Hide" Virus

Warning!  There is a new strain of virus on the Internet that is infecting more and more computers all the time. It will likely have the fake antivirus appearance of popup screens appearing that warn you your computer is infected with many viruses and for just $60 they will get them all off for you.  Of course don't go for it!  But, even once you remove the virus they have left behind a new effect...most to all of your personal files will be missing, your start menu will be blank, and your programs menu will be blank.  It is a bit unsettling to say the least.  Don't panic though, they aren't really gone...they are just hidden.  Research technicians are quickly developing utilities and insights for restoring all your data, but I don't think you are going to be comfortable trying to repair things yourself.  The process is a bit challenging, plus, in some cases your programs directory will need to be completely reconstructed from scratch and it is a bit challenging to complete it.  I would be happy to come out and restore everything for you, so don't let this newest attack scare you and be very careful what you do to restore things... it may just make things worse.

Best of success to you in all your computing.

I’m here to assist you when you need it.  My onsite residential fee is still $26/hr and for the commercial setting it is $35/hr.  Once again...for any clients you send my way, who use my services for an hour or more, I'd be happy to credit you with a 1/4 hour of free computer service.  Do let me know if you send folks my way and I'll keep notes on that as a credit for my next visit to you.

Thanks so much!

Your Computer Technician
Tom Sparks

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