Get your sick computer on it's feet again...
This one, by far, has become the most common call that I get.
Over the past several years, the Internet has become literally overrun with people who seem to think it's funny to steal your computer's
resources to use for their own purposes. It is becoming increasingly difficult to use the internet at all without picking up a virus, or downloading
a trojan, or having someone attempt to steal your financial data or put pornography in your face.
And especially in just the past few years, the sophistication of these "malwares" has increased on order of magnitude. I'm beginning to run into some
really, really difficult ones to remove. Many of these viruses, in addition to the virus itself, are coming with a "sleeper" program that does nothing
but watch the virus program and restart it if you kill it. Some of the more clever ones will even attempt to stop your attempts to find and
defeat the sleeper.
The fault here lies with a very few
hackers, and with a very large number of "wannabes" who know nothing more than how to take
someone else's hacker program and use it themselves. These have picked up the name "script kiddies" - a moniker I don't particularly like. I prefer
to call them twits.
Many people like to pick on Internet Explorer, blaming it, as though it were somehow a security risk. The truth is that Internet Explorer is subjected to
more hacks for no other reason than that Internet Explorer accounts for more than 90% of the browser market. If you throw a dart into a dark room filled
with a thousand balloons, something's likely to go "Bang!" On the other hand are all the other browsers that, combined, account for only 10% or so of the
market, then that's like throwing a dart into a dark gymnasium that has just one balloon somewhere in it. Much less likely to hit it's target.
I sometimes take it for granted that I work on computers and on the internet without ever having a major problem. Granted, I take extraordinary precautions,
and, frankly, I do not use the internet for the sorts of things that are likely to lead you into contact with a hacker or a twit. And when I do, I am careful
to take the necessary precautions. I can teach you these precautions.
I can fix your virus/spyware problem, and I can also help you avoid running into them in the first place.