Cryptolocker – a scary new kind of virus

CryptoLocker is virus that encrypts your data files (word, powerpoint, pictures, music, videos, etc.). Your data is then held for ransom and try to extort money from you.

CryptoLocker tends to get in through phishing emails with attachments which fool you into opening them.

Although the virus is quite easy to clean, the encryption cannot be by-passed, and infected files can only be restored from backups. If you have no up-to-date backups you may be at risk.

This is likely to be the shape of things to come – Cryptolocker is the worst virus I have dealt with.

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Windows XP Expires in April 2014 – what to do?

Windows XP Expires in April 2014, and after that date will become increasingly insecure.
If you are running XP you should act soon. What are your options?

In this post we look at four possibilities:

  • Continue to use XP but Stop Connecting to the Internet
  • Upgrade to Windows 7
  • Buy a new PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Install Ubuntu Linux and give my old PC a new lease of life
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Save 40% on a new Windows 7 PC or Laptop from Dell

  • The Dell Outlet sells computers which have been configured on-line by customers, then returned to Dell within a few days of purchase.
  • Maybe the customer didn’t like the keyboard, or had specified the wrong component.
  • Because it has been pre-configured to a particular customer’s specifications, Dell cannot resell it as “new”.
  • So they knock about 40% off the new price and sell it as “Refurbished”.
  • In fact these computers are pretty-much brand new, and can be quite a bargain!
  • This post tells you where to go and what to look for…
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How to use ISO Files – Part 1 – Mounting

By Peter Owen  People often ask how to open iso files or how to extract iso files. The short answer is: you can’t. An .iso (named for the International Organization of Standards) file is an image file of an optical disc – essentially, rather than being an archive of the files on a CD or […]

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