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Here are a collection of quick technical tips to help you navigate today's technology waters. We will add a new tip every week so please check back often and share this link with everyone you know.

Rootkit spyware viruses
Recently a rash of Acrobat Reader, Flash & Java based Rootkit spyware viruses have been creating problems for a lot of PC users.

If you are surfing the web and you receive a message that states you need to update your flash player, Java applet or Adobe acrobat program. DO NOT update from that site. It MAY be a virus and your virus software will not pick it up until after you have said yes to the prompt which is too late. You can get infected.

What to do: Bookmark & Leave that site. Go to the vendors site and update the program yourself. Here are the links:

Flash: http://www.adobe.com/downloads
Select Get Adobe Flash Player.

Acrobat: http://www.adobe.com/downloads
Select Get Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Java: http://www.java.com/en/download/inc/windows_new_ie.jsp

Once you have updated your program go back to the site you were on with confidence . If is still asks you to update/install software then it could be a virus. Say no. You may receive a message that states this site needs "X" to run properly, you can say yes to this. Be sure NOT to install software for those sites.

How to make your Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS)
last longer
. UPS systems come with two sets of outlets, "Battery Backup" and "Surge Protection".

So if you have a UPS on your computer equipment make sure not to connect your printer to the battery backup portion. Printers draw large amounts of power when printing which draws from the battery and will shorten the battery life. Plug your printer into the surge protection side. This will protect it against electrical spikes and not draw from the battery.

How to read new versions of Microsoft Office Word,
Xcel files & PowerPoint.
If you are using Microsoft Office version 2003 or 2007 and you receive a file created in Microsoft Office 2010, chances are you are not able to open that document.

Microsoft has a convertor that you can install free of charge that will allow your earlier versions of Office to open the new 2010 files.
Here is the link: Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Mac Virus information. If you believe you have been a victim of the new (April 2012) Mac Virus please see these (2) pdf files. The first pdf references the second pdf. All of this information is from F-Secure Corporation. PDF One, PDF Two. See links below for Mac antivirus software.


DNS Changer Malware.
Check your PC(s) to make sure you do not lose Internet connectivity in July.* There is Malware that can interrupt your Internet connectivity, it is classified as DNS Changer Malware. There is a non-for-profit organization “DCWG” http://www.dcwg.org  that has been created to address this situation.
 
Here is what you need to do:
- Go to this site http://www.dns-ok.us/ You will either see a Green background meaning you are okay or a Red background meaning your computer may be compromised.

If you are not infected – GREAT. Just pass this information to others to spread the word.

If you are infected, you can go to the help page http://www.dcwg.org/fix/ or give us a call to set up an appointment to help you with this situation at 516-318-6408. Make sure to backup your information first and follow the software manufacturers guidelines for use & licensing. NetworkCPR.com is not responsible for third party software recommendation.
 
*Read the full articles:
New York Daily News http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hundreds-thousands-lose-internet-july-fbi-article-1.1065209?localLinksEnabled=false
FBI http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/november/malware_110911

FBI: "Update on March 12, 2012: To assist victims affected by the DNSChanger malicious software, the FBI obtained a court order authorizing the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) to deploy and maintain temporary clean DNS servers. This solution is temporary,
providing additional time for victims to clean affected computers and restore their normal DNS settings. The clean DNS servers will be turned off on July 9, 2012, and computers still impacted by DNSChanger may lose Internet connectivity at that time."

Links:
Follow Manufacturers guidelines for use and licensing.
NetworkCPR.com is not responsible for third party software recommendation. If you need help removing viruses give us a call to make an appointment.

Superantispware. Good spyware software. 45 day free trial
Malwarebytes. Stronger spyware protection. 15 day free trial
Combofix. Very strong Spyware removal software (be careful)
Avast. Antivirus software (free for personal use).
Windows Security Essentials. Free Antivirus software. Install on new systems
CCleaner. Registry cleaner and temp file cleaner
7zip. Free compression software
Open Office. Free office productivity software suite
LogMeIn. Remote software (free for personal use)
Second Copy. Document backup software (Fee)
Carbonite. Remote Backup software
Bouncback Ultimate. Complete backup and restore of computer
Webmasters. Web Hosting
Sophos. Mac Antivirus

Question & Answer:
Question: Is their antivirus software for Iphone 4?
Answer: From About.com, PDF

 

 




 


Quicktips

quicktips:
Rootkit Spyware

UPS battery life
Read Office 2010 files
Mac Virus Information
DNS Malware Changer
Links

Question & Answer

 

 

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