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Yet another scam!

Well here we go again...although this is not a new scam it is new to me. I received a call from "Windows Technical support" telling me I was to receive a refund in the amount of $299.00 from a fraudulent technical support company, iYogi, which I have known they were bogus all along. I have never spent any money with iYogi but this guy (Indian) says I am due a refund. So I bait him aling just to see how it plays out. He asks me to write down my "unique" license ID and he will show me how to verify that number.

MOVED! Finally!

Well I have finally finished moving my office to my new location! I am now in with TRH Construction at 118 Newman Dr. Brunswick, GA. 31520. My telephone number has not changed but if you find a telephone listing for me as 912-289-9969, that number has been turned off. So please contact me on 912-399-5409 and come see my new digs! And a big and heartfelt THANK YOU to Tommy and Tonia Hull for welcoming me to share their office(thereby saving me money) :) and Thanks to all my customers, past present and future!

ONLINE SCAMS

I am still in disbelief the number of people that are falling victim to the thousands of scams that are out there today. Please everyone NEVER trust anyone unless you know them personally. Even then be wary. 99 percent of these "online computer repair companies" are simply a scam to steal your money, your credit/debit card info, or your bank info. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO FALL FOR THESE SCAMS! If someone calls saying they are from "Microsoft" or "Windows" that is 100 percent .

Surgery

Well, this has been one of the worst times in my life. While I have had many trials and tribulations throughout my life this last 6 months sorta takes the cake. Working for yourself and having no health insurance really takes a toll. I went in for surgery on June 19th in Savannah, the Doctor released me on June23rd. I had a leak in the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord, no idea as to how it happened, no evidence of trauma, just happened spontaneously. The Doctor had to go into my nose to repair the leak.

Interesting Medical stuff

Surely everyone who knows me has heard that I have been having some trying medical problem since Christmas that started with a severe nosebleed on Christmas Eve, that lead to a three hour stint in the ER. Followed by 3 more visits for nosebleeds in the days after. Finally I lived with a rhino rocket for a week. That's basically a tampon with a hose on it that is taped to your cheek so they can fill it with air. To stem the tide of the bleeding. That seems to have solved that problem which they attributed to high blood pressure and me not taking my medicine. So that was done with although I had to wear that stupid rocket to take my stepson back to his Navy base in Pensacola, WOO HOO what fun! So that drama is done and I am feeling good and taking my meds. Well for a LONG time now my right ear has been clogged with fluid behind the eardrum. The Dr thought it might be Cerebrospinal fluid and was hesitant to do anything about it, since it might cause more problems. Well we had the chance to go to Disney at the end of Feb and I went and rode a couple of the lesser coasters...i.e. space mountain, big thunder mountain. After we got back I had a cold/flu and there was a clear fluid pouring from my right nostril. When I went to see the doctor he determined it was cerebrospinal fluid and I needed to go to Savannah to same day to see a specialist. After the CT scans they determined I needed surgery to seal the leak, brain surgery. I told everyone it was Brain surgery "LITE" since it was minor brain surgery but still brain surgery. So they schedule the surgery for 3-13 and they have me in the Surgery center needles in my arm and the doc comes in and says I have an infection so they cannot perform the surgery as the risk it too high. So they admit me to the hosp in Savannah(Memorial) and pump me full of antibiotics, Next day I am cleared to return home. So they send me home and mind you I am feeling like crap and have been ever since returning from Disney and they reschedule the surgery for 3-27-2014 without informing me. Within the next week I start feeling better and the leak subsides. I make an appointment to see the doctor on the 25th to tell him about the leak, that's when I discovered they had me scheduled for surgery on the 27th. The doctor checks me ear and says that sometimes the brain will settle into the hole forming a temporary seal. So they rescheduled for 4-3 and we wait another week. I have been receiving thousands of prayers from anybody and everybody. I have started feeling like my old self again and I was thinking that there was no reason for me to have the surgery. No leak, no feeling bad , no headaches, nothing. So I go ahead and proceed with the operation, once inside they can't find evidence of a leak other than my ear is still clogged with fluid. So thankfully they did not have to perform the brain section of the surgery. They did fix the clogged ear(although I can't tell yet) but they let me go home the same day and I have been fine with little or no discomfort. The is a testament to the works of God, he does answer prayers, sometimes it is not the way or in the time frame that we want but nonetheless he answers prayers. I lift this up to God as a miracle that only he is capable. The doctors had no reasonable explanation other than the leak had sealed on it's own. Praise God the leak had sealed on it's own.

Newest Ransomware Virus

So where do I begin...Ransomware, Spyware, Virus, adware...whatever you choose to call it, is ramping up. Now more than ever you must be diligent, suspect everything...trust no one or anything related to your computer and your files. They are now using an encryption software to infect your computer via email with an attachment. Always be wary of email especially with an attachment even from a trusted source. Typically the email will come from a shipping company UPS or FedEx saying you have an undeliverable package and they need you to open the attachment to show you the tracking info so they can deliver it. Be very aware of any attachment in your email and pay special attention to the name of the file...DELIVERY INFORMATION.PDF.EXE is an example of a file with a DOUBLE EXTENSION. The PDF stands for PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT a completely harmless file the is read using Adobe Reader, but the EXE part is an EXECUTABLE extension meaning the file is a program that will run on your computer. More than likely infecting you with some type of virus. They also use .COM which is another type of file that will run a program on your computer(not related to the .COM at the end of web addresses). Please be aware at this time of year shipping is always heavier than usual so that is what makes this virus spread even more rapidly. The virus named Cryptolocker is particularly nasty as it will encrypt all of your files and you will be unable to recover them. Unless you pay the ransom, that can range from $300 to $700, or by making sure you have a reliable backup. Otherwise you WILL lose most if not all of your picture, videos, music and documents. I recommend a service like Carbonite, they offer a backup solution that is seamless, if you are online it is always backing up to the Internet or Cloud if you will. They will backup everything on the computer for $5.00 per month and that is for unlimited storage. Best of all once it is set up there is nothing you need to do it happens in the background always protecting you. Other benefits are the ability to access your files from any computer. I had a client with this service that had their computer stolen, a few days later the backup started again, meaning the computer was accessing the internet from some other location. I was able to retrieve the IP address from Carbonite and we subsequently traced it back to a Comcast address and the police were able to recover the computer. So all-in-all this is a great service for a great price. Feel free to call me if you have any questions about the Encryptolocker virus or Carbonite, I will be glad to assist in everyway possible.

Another Year!

Well another year has passed...turned 46 yesterday. Doesn't feel much different but it does feel strange to be almost 50. My father passed when he was 50 so if I manage to make to 50 I am not sure how that will be. I don't feel OLD yet but it is strange how you never feel as old as others think you are. 20 somethings think they know everything but they are in for a rude awakening! You don't really figure it out until you get marrried even then it just depends on your character. When you have other people depending on you that really makes a difference.

Just Checking in!

Not much to say right now, just checking in in case anyone actually has time to read these things. Much less me have time to write them. Everything is doing ok right now, business is good, not overwhelming, more than enough to keep me busy all day and into the evening. One thing of note, I have removed several virus's of late that are related to the FBI warning virus. You will receive a warning on your screen that overlays everyhitng, hence you are unable to access your computer. The overlay warning states your computer has been linked to suspicious activity(i.e. copyright infringement, pornograpghic websites) and has been locked. Your fine to unlocvk the computer is $200.00 payable to the FBI. You must get a MoneyPak from Walgreens...etc, in order to unlock the com[puter within 4 days or else you could be subject to further fines and possible arrest.Just FYI for those that don't already know, this is COMPLETELY false! It is an attempt to seperate you from your hard earned money. Please call me if you think you have this particular virus on your system, do not fall prey to the jackals!(Yes last time they were wolves, next time they might be lemurs who knows, :) ) Thanks for taking the time to read my ranblings. Have a blessed day!

Beware of Phone Scams!

It seems that there are these unscrupulous folk that are intent to prey on the uninformed, uneducated and ignorant. They will call you and address you by name They will claim to be calling from or on behalf of Microsoft about some errors that were reported from your computer and this must be fixed right away. They will take you to the Event Log of your computer which shows multiple red errors most of these errors are benign and not a danger to your computer in any way. They will tell you your computer is in danger of crashing any moment and must be repaired.

First Post for New Blog!

Not sure about this whole Blog thing, pretty sure very few people want to check on my musings and ramblings. Maybe I will have something valuable to say and on those days I will try to remember to post on here but more than likely not. I generally have other things of greater importance than to record monotonous drivel here. However do check back from time to time as you might find something useful(though I highly doubt it :) ) Thanks for reading!
 
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