Computer viruses and other malware can slow down your computer, corrupt your system, damage or modify your files, and even steal important information such as credit card and bank account information. Digital Handyman has been safely removing viruses and spyware for over 20 years, and is constantly learning about new security threats and how to counter them.
Most users are unaware that their computer is already compromised by malware. InfoWorld reports that thirty percent of computers in the United States are infected with some form of malware, making the US the 8th highest among developed countries.
With our state-of-the-art detection tools, we can scan your system, analyze problems and present you with a custom solution to eliminate dangerous malware from your system.
Virus/Spyware Removal and Repair
Digital Handyman can safely remove all types of unwanted and malicious programs, and in all but the worst situations, recover lost data, and repair damaged files.
The best way to ensure that you are not plagued by viruses and other malware is to take a proactive approach. Digital Handyman can help determine how vulnerable you are to cyber threats and recommend a long-term solution to ensure that your data and personal information remain safe and secure.
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Excerpt from Digital Handyman Email Newsletter
DON’T FALL FOR THIS PHONE SCAM.
Callers claiming to be Microsoft computer security engineers are coercing home computer users to provide information which allows remote access to individual files and personal data. This approach, sadly, works. According to a survey reported by InformationWeek, 3% of call recipients were deceived with this type of scam, which first emerged several years ago and has experienced a recent resurgence.
Our area is now being targeted. I have been contacted recently by 4 customers who received a call from someone with a heavy Indian accent claiming to be from Microsoft. In all cases the caller said that they had detected a virus on their computer that needed to be addressed. Unfortunately, one customer (still half asleep, as he had been woken up by the call) followed the instructions provided by the “Microsoft” tech. He was asked to visit teamviewer.com and create a remote session, giving the caller complete control to transfer files and/or install viruses. Eventually the victim became suspicious, turned off his computer and called me — but not before a virus was installed that allowed future access to the computer. If I had not removed the virus, the perpetrators could have stolen tax information, credit card numbers and more.
The very next day I too received such a call (the caller ID was “Unknown 10-1267”), and much to my delight, I spent a good 30 minutes obtaining information about the scam. I asked the caller (Daniel Smith) “How do you know I have a virus on my computer?” Daniel told me that my computer is connected to Microsoft servers and they monitor for virus activity. (This is absolutely not true; Microsoft doesn’t monitor individual computers). Daniel was very anxious for me to provide the numeric password required to remotely connect through teamviewer. I started to read the number and stopped. “Daniel”, I said, “I have to go now, a circus elephant has just escaped and I think it stepped on my sister’s foot.” Silence. “Actually, you have contacted a computer professional with 22 years of experience and I am going to report you to the FBI and local authorities”. More silence and then “click”.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
- Do not provide personal information or allow remote access to an unknown or unsolicited caller.
- Contact Digital Handyman to detect and safely remove viruses, and to provide ongoing protection from hackers and other Internet threats. Hundreds of local businesses and families trust Digital Handyman to keep their computers virus-free.
- If you do receive a suspicious call, report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.