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Monday, 01 November 2010 00:00


Greetings from EagleTech Computer Service!
In my ongoing commitment to providing you with helpful insights, here are some things you might want to consider:
  • I'm continuing to suggest, if you have AVG free antivirus installed on your computer, that you not upgrade to the new 2011 version.  I am still hearing of bugs in it.
  • Facebook continues to be a focal point of hacker/virus attacks.  The one that seems to be catching the most folks is the invitation to view the "I saw you in a video..." scam.  It tells you it needs a little helper program to initiate the video and that's where you get the virus.
  • If you are thinking about purchasing a new computer and want a really good price I'd like to recommend you check out  .  Their prices are excellent and my clients tell me their service is great too.
  • If you need any computer software or hardware I like  They have great service, fast delivery, and just about anything you'd need for your computer.
  • Just a word to the wise...I recently read a news article of a single mom (not by any means a person of great wealth) who was targeted by the music industry to go after her for using Kazaa peer-to-peer download service to download music offered by other people throughout the world.  She is being sued for $1.5 million for using this service.  The music industry views all of these peer-to-peer services (BearshareLimewireKazaaFrostwire,etc.) to be venues used to steal revenue from the music industry, and they are regularly making examples of average folks to warn against using these programs.  If anyone in your family is using any of these services "BEWARE" your computer may be in an FBI watchlist, without your knowing it, and you may find yourself in court just like this gal. There is no legal place to obtain free music on the internet.  If you have children you might want to check their computers, because as their parents, if they use these services it is you who will be penalized. The two best services that I know of are Rhapsody and iTunes. The fees per song are very reasonable, especially when compared to being sued for $1.5 million...
  • Here's a link to the news article:
  • Have you recently been the victim of a stolen contact list, in which your friends report back to you that you have sent them an email advertising "Viagra?"  In some of these cases, if your friends open that email and click on the link, they will immediately receive a virus.  Soooo, what has happened?  A virus maker loaded a virus on your computer from a website you visited and it's primary purpose was to have it send back to the hacker your email password.  Once they obtain that they install a virus that sends a Viagra link to all your contacts when you send any email to anyone.  Two things need to be done.  One is to immediately change your email password, and secondly, have me come out and remove the virus from your system.  You might want to do this before you alienate all your friends and contacts.  
  • Again and again I find folks installing multiple antivirus softwares on their computer and multiple registry cleaning programs.  The problem is that all these programs tend to slow down your system and they conflict with one another.  As for the registry cleaners...many times I find they remove files from the registry that are needed and then the entire operating system has to be rebuilt to get your programs and Windows functioning correctly again.  If you want to clean your registry I generally install Ccleaner on your computers and this is a gentle and safe program to use on a weekly basis.  You only need one Antivirus software and I generally recommend either AVG,Avira, or Avast.  Any of them are free and work just fine, but you only want one of them on your system.
Well, I hope these little tips will be useful to you.  
Is your computer running slowly, have viruses, need your network setup, need a printer installed, or any one of a million other computer needs?  I'm always here to help!
Is it time to back up your data, delete everything on your hard drive, and then reinstall your operating system again, with the result of a computer running like it did when new?  My fee for this wonderful service is still $110.  You won't believe the difference it will make to your computing enjoyment.
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 $23/hr and for the commercial setting it is $30/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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