Computer Physicians loves Boulder! We are glad to be your full time Computer company in Boulder, CO. We have been in business since 1999. Our office is close by Boulder servicing Boulder regularly. Call us for a appointment in Boulder Colorado. Providing Computer Repair, upgrades, sales, installations, troubleshooting, networking, internet help, Virus removal, and training.
I went to fix a computer from a customer in Erie, Colorado who got scammed from someone that took over their computer on remote access saying they were from Microsoft.
I traced the steps.Very interesting what they did they use the command prompt to put fake commands in saying that hackers were infiltrating your system and they needed to pay money to fix the issue. They said they were from Microsoft and need to fix the problems created by the hackers.
There are no hackers they put fake messages in certain places where you check the system for errors. Here’s a printout of the Windows command prompt with bogus information
People who are not technicians are fooled by this. but this is a command prompt this is not a error screen. That’s why it says it’s an unrecognized command Copying and pasting bogus error information in the command prompt you supposed to only be typing commands People get confused by this who don’t know about computers.
Saying that you must install Microsoft services at $1.54 a piece 198 times for each service. Then they take the credit card information charge your credit card for that and God knows for what else. They also did other things working very fast having the customer do things on the computer to distract your attention and having a lot of pop-up screens. While taking over the computer with remote access.
I was able to undo any damage they caused and get the computer back up and running like before. So in the end I fixed the issue. But people need to call Computer Physicians if they get a problem with their computer so that they don’t cause more issues or problems. This hacker could have done worse if the customer did not call Longmont Computer Physicians to come solve the issue.
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Here is some news about the latest computer viruses out today that Computer Physicians in Longmont/Boulder, CO can help you with:
A new ransomware exploit dubbed “Petya” struck major companies and infrastructure sites this July 2017, following last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack, which wreaked havoc on more than 300,000 computers across the globe. Petya is believed to be linked to the same set of hacking tools as WannaCry.
Petya already has taken thousands of computers hostage, impacting companies and installations ranging from Ukraine to the U.S. to India. It has impacted a Ukrainian international airport, and multinational shipping, legal and advertising firms. It has led to the shutdown of radiation monitoring systems at the Chernobyl nuclear facility.
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Computer Physicians in Longmont, Colorado provides PC Computer Repair, Data Recovery.
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Onsite at your location or in shop at our workshop or remote (over the internet) in Longmont, CO, since 1999.
Computer Physicians, LLC provides:
- Onsite, in-shop, and remote PC troubleshooting, repair and customization
- Network setup, maintenance, troubleshooting
- Data Recovery
- Internet setup, troubleshooting, repair
- Virus, spyware, malware, and adware removal
- Hardware and software repair
- Laptop screen replacement
- Smartphone help, setup, and training
- Website design, hosting, marketing adwords
- Computer Sales – new and used systems available
- Computer peripherals, parts and accessories for sale
- Upgrades & Installations
- Building customized PC computer systems
- tutoring & training
- Computer and network security
- Working with all versions of Microsoft O.S. From DOS to Windows 8.1, Server 2012.
- Troubleshooting, maintaining, customizing application programs such as MSOFFICE, ACCESS, EXCEL, WORD, QuickBooks, email programs, Outlook, Outlook express, etc.
- Troubleshooting and maintaining networks-wireless, wired, router setup, switches, cable modems, CAT 5e cable installations.
- Email, internet problem solving and customization
- Networking – managing users, groups, sharing, permissions, printers and troubleshooting the network. stand alone PC’s as well as workstations.
Prompt, quality on-site help, training, service & repair, networking, upgrades, sales, troubleshooting. . In many cases we can be working on your computer the day you call, either at your location or ours. Since 1999.
We are A+, and Microsoft Certified Professionals with advanced computer college degrees working with Windows operating systems, Windows Server, Network Security, Internet, Network setup, and troubleshooting.
Computer Physicians has added a main location in Longmont Colorado near 19th and Main. You can drop your computer off there. Call for an appointment drop off time. This at the original location created in 1999.
Computer Physicians, LLC Colorado customers frequently ask many questions about their computers. Therefore we have created a blog to help customers understand some topics in the computer and internet world.
What is Malware?
Malware is short for “malicious software.” Malware is any kind of unwanted software that is installed without your adequate consent. Viruses, worms, and Trojan horses are examples of malicious software that are often grouped together and referred to as malware.
These Are A Few Of The Signs That Malware Has Entered Your PC:
- You start seeing an excessive amount of pop-up ads.
- Your PC’s operating system slows down significantly.
- The amount of spam you receive in your email increases.
- Your email account may send out messages to your contact list that you did not send. Sometimes it contains pornographic material or even a trojan or worm.
- The home page you have set in your browser is altered.
- When you try to access a web page in your favorites list, another web page appears that contains advertising or content that encourages you to enter your personal information.
- Your computer completely crashes.
- You are unable to access your antivirus program to remove the malware.
If your computer has become unstable, that’s a sign that something’s wrong. Some malware messes with important files that keep your computer running properly. That could cause your computer to crash. If your computer crashes when you try to run a specific application or open a particular file that tells you that something has corrupted the data. It could be malware.
Does your computer seem to run much more slowly than it used to? This could be the result of malware as the malicious code begins to drain your computer’s processing resources. If you aren’t running a resource-heavy application but your computer is very slow, you might have a computer virus.
Strange messages indicating that you can’t access certain drives on your computer are another sign that something is wrong. In a similar vein, applications that won’t run or files that won’t open may also be the result of infection. Other indicators include hardware (like printers) that no longer responds to commands. While none of these guarantee the presence of a virus, they do suggest that something is wrong with your machine.
If you notice that file sizes are fluctuating even if you aren’t accessing those files, that’s another sign of a computer virus. And finally, if you access menus and their appearance is odd or distorted, you could be the victim of a malware attack.
It’s important to remember that computer viruses are one potential cause of problems like the ones we’ve listed here, but that they aren’t the only cause.
Types of Malware
The more you educate yourself on malicious software, the better off you’ll be. Malware is not a virus. In fact, it consists of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, adware, rootkits and many other nasty infections. Some of these programs are more of an annoyance than anything, while others pose a serious threat to your computer. Regardless of the type, each of them offer their own unique security threat, and they should be avoided at all costs.
The computer virus is the most infamous form of malware. It is a self replicating program that infects a system without authorization. A virus is often transmitted via email but can also be distributed through various storage mediums such as a flash drive. Once installed, it will execute itself, infect system files, and attempt to propagate to other systems. The impact of a virus ranges widely from slow system performance to wiping out every file on your computer.
Though closely related, worms and viruses are two completely different types of malware. Both have the ability to self-replicate and propagate by attaching themselves to files. While a virus moves from machine to machine with the help of a human, a worm tends to leach onto network traffic and can be a corporation’s worst nightmare. In no time, it can travel through the internet and inflict great damage from deleting files to creating backdoors that give its creator control of a system.
Similar to the mythical wooden horse used by the Greeks to invade Troy, the Trojan horse is a very deceptive program that appears harmless but is actually one of the most dangerous types of malware. It may arrive as a friendly email attachment or present itself as a useful application on a website. Because it does not have the ability to self replicate, a Trojan cannot be classified as a virus. However, it does have the ability to deliver destructive payloads and unload viruses, worms or spyware.
Spyware is a sneaky program that tracks and reports your computing activity without consent. While it isn’t designed to inflict damage, spyware can terribly affect the performance of your computer over time. Spyware usually comes bundled with free software and automatically installs itself with the program you intended to use. Signs of spyware include sudden modifications to your web browser, redirects of your search attempts and the frequent displaying of pop-ups. In this instance, spyware can also be termed as adware which is essentially add-supported software that has the ability to track your activity.
A rookit could be a single program or collection of programs designed to take complete control of a system. This type of malware is employed by hackers and gives them all the abilities of a system administrator from a remote location.
Rootkits are very sophisticated as they make hackers very difficult to find. They are often used to infect other computers and enslave them as zombies, forcing them to attack other machines, distribute spam or steal passwords. When attempting to track a rootkit’s creator, the search usually ends with the first zombie while the hacker goes undetected.
As you can see, malware is abundant and will attempt to attack your from every direction. However, there are several security solutions and system updates that will help to keep you protected. Combine these tools with safe computing and you have a much better chance of keeping the malicious software away.
Computer Physicians, LLC Colorado provides:
- System Crash Recovery
- Data Recovery
- Internet setup
- Computer, internet, and network Troubleshooting
- Virus, spyware, malware, and adware removal
- Hardware and software computer repair
- Computer Sales, systems, parts
- Upgrades and Installations
- Building PC computer systems
- tutoring & training
- Computer and network security
- Computer PC repair
Located in Erie, CO we service the Colorado front range, including:
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