Don’t Shoot the Messenger

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.” – Napoleaon Bonaparte The bad guys do their homework. They don’t just go willy-nilly infecting any old website. Oh no, they constantly research the most common searches, at any given time, and then infect those websites. More bang for the buck, as they say. Special events, like the…

Crapware. You’ve Got It.

“As long as people accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.” – Dick Cavett We service a little over 1,000 machines a year. I know this because I’m a meticulous record keeper. (You say anal, I say meticulous).  And after 6 1/2 years of business, I can accurately say that only a…

Searches & Scammers & Money……Oh My!

“My computer never has bugs. It just develops random features.” – Anon I am a huge proponent of free stuff on the internet, and use many free pieces of software to debug, repair, clean and tune customers’ computers.  I’m also an advocate of education & self reliance when it comes to personal computer ownership and…

Malware – The Original

“I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.”― Stephen Hawking Last time I checked, 78% of the work done at Computer & Software Solutions involved some…

Malware & You (and Me)

“Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window”. – Steve Wozniak As stated in a previous post, we clean a lot of malware infected machines. How many you ask? Well, for the purpose of this post, 874. That’s how many infected systems we’ve seen, in the two year period, between September 2011 and…

The 5 Stages of Grief – Malware Version

“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequila.” ― Mitch Ratcliffe mal·ware ˈmalˌwe(ə)r/ noun Computing noun: malware 1. software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems. In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross introduced the 5 stages of grief, in her book…