Computers

Discussion in 'Computer Questions' started by pegmih, May 13, 2013.

  1. pegmih

    pegmih Active Member

    I would venture a guess that 1/2 the people in Sun City, AZ, do not use a computer.
    The reason they give varies from "used one too much at work" to "don't want to"
    (my translation is they are afraid!).

    There are 2 computer clubs in SC - Mac & PC.
    All libraries including SC & county have computers for use by those with a library card.
    If you don't have a card, I think you pay a small fee.
    Also, the SC library offers a 1 hour free individual class.

    As for me, I love computers and enjoy teaching/helping others.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2013
  2. bmac007

    bmac007 Member

    I agree but if anyone out there has any questions about a computer or about how a website forum works like Talk Of Sun City.. ust ask and let us know.. looks like there are plenty of folks who can help
     
  3. pegmih

    pegmih Active Member

    Sometimes I get a popup that says my computer is infected with about 3 things.
    I just ignore it. Good or bad?
     
  4. archer

    archer New Member

    If you are getting the popup when you are on-line yes...ignore it. There are several sites that tell you that your computer is infected then want to sell you expensive software to remove what they may well have infected you with. Get a free program like malwarebytes to check you computer for viruses, never use one that is offered to you in a popup....or an e-mail.
     
  5. archer

    archer New Member

    I think that as we get more and more baby boomers moving into Sun City we will see the number of computer literate residents rise rapidly.....
     
  6. pegmih

    pegmih Active Member

    Good advice. Thank you. The popup did come up when I was online.
    I will check out malwarebytes.
     
  7. BruceW

    BruceW Member

    Yes please do not click the yes/accept button on the "your computer is infected" pop ups, they are almost always a nasty virus. They are not a virus that hurts anything on your computer, but if you say yes/OK, etc. A virus program will load on you computer that will scan it and tell you about all the fake viruses you have. Not so bad you might think, but the program will continue to haunt you until you pay money to get rid of the viruses you don't actually have. Once installed the program has protection built in and will not let you remove it and it will continue to haunt you with fake infection messages that ask for more money to help you remove viruses that aren't actually on you computer. Malwarebytes is good, but if you are not computer savvy some of these fake security viruses are pretty stubborn and are really tough to remove even by a professional.
    I wish the people that write these viruses would use their God given talents for positive things instead of trying to steal from others.
     
  8. pegmih

    pegmih Active Member

    I got the popup again.

    Here is what it said said:

    Trojan PSW.Win32.launch Critical Remove Active
    HackFoolWin32/welevate " " "
    Adware Win32Fraud " " "

    Again, I just exited.
     
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  9. archer

    archer New Member

    I don't know what browser you are using but you can turn off popups in most browsers.
     
  10. Cynthia

    Cynthia Well-Known Member

    pegmih, you probably already have the malware on your computer and you need to get rid of it or the pop up will not stop. most likely it's coming from inside you computer not out. I will find a free cleaner for you.
     
  11. Cynthia

    Cynthia Well-Known Member

    right now most are saying this works best for 2013. Its free but they might want you to pay after 30 days...just remove it if you don't want to pay. The ones that are always free do not work as well as the paid versions so it's best to take the 30 trial instead to keep using the free versions. this one is called Malwarebytes antimalware

    FYI, if offered do not accept an AVG browser/search protection. The AVG cleaner and malware program might be good but they make it so they are automatically your primary search engine and it's VERY hard to get rid of it.
     
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  12. Anita Mae

    Anita Mae New Member

    I have a Malware protection as well as disk cleaner....both as add ons. I feel both work well. But, careful sometimes too many "protections" can counter act and not help at all --
    I think a lot of folks who are maybe, 80 or older might just not be in that "computer age" -- however, a lot of Sun City folks do enjoy this modern tech !:afro:
     
  13. Cynthia

    Cynthia Well-Known Member

    it's good to have protection but even if you have it that doesn't 100% protect. sometimes you still need to download a cleaner of a different brand, or one or two if the item is stubborn.
     
  14. archer

    archer New Member

    Malwarebytes does not need to be paid for, and the free version does have all the features you need for removing malware on your computer....they do have a paid version with "extras", but as far as dealing with malware, the free version is adequate.
     
  15. Cynthia

    Cynthia Well-Known Member

    well in my experience (and many others) they do not update the free ones with all the latest known items as often as they do the paid versions. the features you need are included but not all the latest updates to remove the daily onslaught of malware.
     
  16. archer

    archer New Member

    True, you have to update it yourself, but if you are diligent in doing that you have all the latest virus identities. I do not recommend malwarebytes as your only virus detection service, it is best....especially for novice computer users, to have a good all around virus/firewall/malware/identity theft protection. Malwarebytes is excellent as an assist to a complete software package for keeping your computer safe....it often will pick up things that the paid services have missed.....and vice verse.
     
  17. archer

    archer New Member

    For general virus detection and protection check out AVAST....I put that on my daughter's computer with good results (she is totally uninterested in how the computer works, just wants one that is reliable and virus free) and have used it on some clients computers when I was concerned they did not have adequate virus detection and protection. Malwarebytes, that we have been discussing above, I use occasionally to pick up anything other programs may have missed.

    It's just habit for me to be overly cautious and diligent about computer security. I've been working in computers since 1967....first as a programmer, then as systems analyst, then as project manager.....and finally I started my own business doing data base design and maintenance for non-profits. Because I had client information as well as my own on my computer, I kept a lot of duplicate protection software. I can say that I have never had a virus take hold on one of my computers....I wish I could say the same for my husband. After spending many hours ridding his computer of some viruses and trojans I put Norton 360 on his computer and he has been trouble free ever since. Yes it costs, but the peace of mind is worth it.
     

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