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Monday, August 31, 2009

Personal Antivirus - DO NOT CLICK ON IT!

I got a pop-up notice on my computer screen. It said that I had a virus and that it could damage my computer and prompted my to click on the little box for getting help.

Dear friends I have seen this before. Do not click on anything. Leave it there and immediately go to your protection software. Download the latest updates. Run all scans to include: Spybot Search and Destroy, SpywareBlaster, and AVG antivirus.

More on the Personal Antivirus:

"While the program is running you will also see the following undesirable behavior:

  • A Window impersonating Windows Security Center stating that you should purchase Personal Antivirus.

  • Numerous alerts stating that your computer is under attack or that you have malware running on your computer. If you click on these alerts, Personal Antivirus will be installed, or you will be brought to the purchase page for the program.

  • Your Internet Explorer browser will be hijacked to show security warnings when browsing the web that stop you from reaching your desired page.

All of these alerts and tactics are being used for one thing; to convince you that you have a problem in the hopes that you purchase Personal Antivirus. Instead of doing so, please use the free removal guide below to remove this program and any related malware."

These protection programs I are listed above are in detail in my post “Protecting Your Computer for Free!”

It is posted in this blog and also in the Running Eagle Shooting Star blog.

If you need help, please don't hesitate calling 650-669-0412 or emailing me at runningeagleshootingstar@gmail.com. An appointment is encouraged for calling in.

We have a Friday evening computer conference call for anyone to call from 5pm to 9pm Pacific time.

Conference Access phone number is: 785-686-1386 and the Passcode is: 122012# .

Can Defragging Your Desktop Speed Virus Scans?

Hi relatives,
I send my love and blessings.

The purpose of this article is to teach about the tangible benefits of disk defragmentation software for desktop, netbook and laptop computers.

The stuff we put on our hard drive gets put all over the place instead all together; but that's what happens.  We call it fragmentation of the hard drive.  What a mess!  So, we do de-fragmentation which puts it all together: the gathering of all the parts of all the different programs and files on a hard drive into one contiguous chunk.  There are some exceptions to this and it requires reading the website noted below.

Happily, this software is FREE!!

Please take the time to peruse the website that Mr. Kessels (creator of MyDefrag) put together for downloading the software and for our education of the subject.  He can be found at http://www.mydefrag.com/
He describes installation, what it is all about, how it works, recommended usage, commandline interface information, and Frequently Asked Questions.
If you wish, you can do the installation, click on the MyDefrag icon to perform defragmentation and then later come back to learn more.  I strongly encourage you to learn more because his software does more the just defragment the hard drive.  He uses some intelligent options and tells you how it all works.

When the program comes up on your computer screen, you'll see information that describes what your choices are.  So, there is a bit if education right there.

After we defragment, applications load faster, the computer boots to a useable state in less time, and backups require less time to transfer data.  Over all, you'll see a much faster computer.  Don't forget to install and run SpywareBlaster, Spybot Search & Destroy, AVG Free and Eusing Registry Cleaner .  The combination of using all of these software programs WILL get your computer running much faster!!!

I have used Mr. Kessele's defragmentation software for several years.  “MyDefrag” is his latest creation.  He gives you a lot of information that will help you to understand and get even better hard drive performance and thus better computer performance.  It is important to know that defragmentation of the hard drive saves wear and tear on the hard drive which is important to saving you money and also saving your hardware.  Note that this is not an excuse not to backup your data  and program files.  If you need more information on backing up your data and programs, please contact me at the address below.

For Microsoft Windows users, go to  http://www.mydefrag.com/Manual-DownloadAndInstall.html

If you have any questions, you can email Mr. Kessels at jeroen@kessels.com
or email me (runningeagleshootingstar@gmail.com).

Holiness David

Please click on 2009 Archives to see the rest of the very informative articles that you need to read to get more speed and better protection for you computer.

Learn "Standby" Protect your computer when you s

Hi everyone,
In one house I know of, the children do what they want (or so it seems to me from what I can hear). I tried instructing my friend on how to going through, step-by-step, to setup protection from creatures who lurk in the dark (or, how do protect your computer from those creatures we love so much, the kids). It was near impossible to do this on the phone (we did get some stuff accomplished). I said to myself, "Self, let's put this in writing so everyone can use it!" So, here it is! Read the whole thing first and then do it. If you have any questions, please call me or email.

Protect your computer when you step away

When you step away from your computer, don't leave it to the youngsters (or oldsters) to get into it and mess it up. If you don't want someone to install programs, or look at your email, or whatever, don't leave your computer open to these people. It only takes a moment for a little kid to doddle on the keyboard, or a big kid to install a program, and destroy your hard earned work (or even your hard drive [yes, this is true]).

Caution: this picture is for love, hugs, and laughs only!

This is the Procedure:

Here's how to create password protection for stand by mode (or hibernation mode).

  1. Click Start.

  2. Open Control Panel.

  3. Open Power Options

  4. Click the Advanced tab, then click to fill the check-box for “Prompt for password when computer resumes from stand by. It will be the same password you used to log-on to your user account.

  5. That's it, but don't forget to click on Apply.

Note: You use your Windows password for both stand by and hibernation.

Note: Make sure you setup user accounts for these youngsters and oldsters. Be absolutely sure that you get this done before letting all users onto the machine. See below. It only takes a couple of minutes.

But wait; there's more!

While in the Advanced tab of Power Options, note that there is a section titled Power Buttons.

You will see one of two versions: one for desktop computers and one for laptop computers. The one for laptop computers will have a line, When I close the lid of my portable computer:.

The desktop computer shows two options for Power Buttons:

  1. When I press the power button on my computer: If you don't have a stand by button on the keyboard, I suggest selecting stand by.

  2. When I press the stand by button on my computer: If you don't have a stand by button on your computer, select the power button option above.

Let's talk about the computer power button. You have two options on the desktop computer power button. If the computer is turned on and you press and hold the power button for 5 seconds, it will turn the computer off. If you have set your computer to go into stand by (as instructed above) using the power button, then momentarily pressing the power button will put it in stand by.

If you have laptop, there will be three options:

  1. When I close the lid of my portable computer: you select which option you want. My wife likes to put her laptop into stand by when closing the lid; I like to go into hibernate when closing the lid.

  2. When I press the power button on my computer. I use Shut Down

  1. When I press the stand by button on my computer. I use Stand by.

On many laptops there are power managers included that work with the Windows XP power options (manager). For example, on my laptop, I have my stand by function set for Fn + F4. If I want to go into Stand by, I use Fn + F4; to come out of stand by, I touch Fn. For When I close the lid of my portable computer: I use hibernate. That's for a an IBM ThinkPad laptop, a Dell will be probably be different.

Just a word about Stand by and Hibernate: Stand by puts all of your open files and other data that you use but don't see into memory. Hibernate puts the same stuff on hard drive. Stand by is very fast, but if you turn it off or loose power, its all gone. If you use Hibernate, it takes longer to boot back up, but a power outage will have no effect.

Setting Up User Accounts

Setting up User Accounts is so easy; you just have to do it. So, if someone comes along and screws up your computer, you point that finger at yourself.

Click on Start, click on Control Panel,click on User Accounts, click on create a new account, type a name for that account.

Select the “Limited” account type (it is extremely important to select “Limited”). On the same page, click on Create Account button.

That's it! It is so easy!

Remember, you are the Administrator of this computer. You da' boss.

Actually, the last step is to teach all users how to log-on properly. If they don't like it that's too bad. Another thing about “you da' boss” is that you can do it with love. With loving kindness work with the other users to help them to understand why we have to do these things differently now.

Help and Support Center

Learn to use the Windows XP Help and Support Center. It will save you a lot of aggravation in the long run. It can also help when describing a problem to a computer technician.

Here's how:

Click Start, then click Help and Support.

Many questions can be answered right here. If you don't get the results you want, try another word or phrase. Be patient. Try the glossary, it's real easy. So, using new word or phrase, go back and look for more search topics.

Speaking of the glossary: if you are curious about a word that you saw, but didn't understand in one of the XP pop-up windows, this is a good way to find it. Again, learning this stuff will help in the long run.

Have fun, be patient.


Holiness David

Be careful. Don't click on anything until you read it.

Flash from the desk of Holiness David!!

Do you get pop-up messages on your screen telling you that you have a virus in your computer?

Don't click on anything until you look and read more closely.

Don't click to accept their warning, yet.

If it is a Microsoft warning on your Microsoft Windows computer; then follow instructions very carefully.

If is a Norton or Symantec warning and you have Norton or Symantec installed on your computer, then follow the instructions very carefully.

The same is true for whatever antivirus you have installed. If it is not a warning from the maker of your antivirus program, don't click to accept their hoax warning.

They tell you to click here to find out how to save your computer and data.

Too many of these are spam/scam criminals. They get you to buy their scam-infested and virus infested programs. Some of the downloads they get you to download have viruses in them (be sure to scan everything you download before using).

You give them money to buy their poor quality infested programs and they sell your information to other spam/scam criminals; usually within minutes, you will start getting charges made to your account for things you didn't purchase. They make so easy to rob you.

Before clicking on their “Buy Now” or "Download Now" prompts, open another browser window and do a web-search to determine if they are reputable.

Here is another source of unwanted junk:

Some people surf the web, searching for specific media or programs to download. Some websites that are contacted for downloads have malware and viruses loaded into the program you are downloading. This is another reason to scan everything you download.

One utility program I downloaded, had an advertising program written into it. If I had not scanned the download, their malware would have gotten into my computer.