Using Strong Passwords

Using strong passwords should not only prevent a human person from guessing your password, but also a computer or computers from randomizing [guessing] your password. This is especially true if you have access to any sensitive data. Sensitive data can be anything from customer names and phones numbers, social security and credit card number to patient illness and treatment information.

Although a personal preference, here are a few guidelines when creating strong secure passwords:

 

  • DO make it over 8 characters in length.
  • DO include uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols.
  • DO change it often based on importance. (ie Banks every 90 days, etc).

 

  • Do NOT use words that can be found in any Dictionary.
  • Do NOT use foreign language words (they are still words in a dictionary).
  • Do NOT use sequential or repetitive characters (ie. 123456, qwerty, 00000).
  • Do NOT use names of people or places.

 

If you need assistance in building secure passwords, using password managers or would like us to help you secure your data, call us at (940) 320-9114 or click here to make an appointment.

Are you infected with a Virus?

If your computer is slow with pop up ads it may be that you are infected with a virus. If you are infected with a virus or malware, you can go online to Microsoft’s Safety Scanner www.microsoft.com/security/scanner to download and run a small virus scanner from Microsoft.

You can find more online scanners on Google: Online Virus Scanners

Depending on the speed of you computer, scans may take several hours to complete. You may also want to look at our article about How to clean up your computer.

If you have tried to remove the virus yourself and would like help getting your computer back to full speed contact us for help. You do not pay unless we fix your problem!

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Our instant computer support team will access your computer while you watch. We will determine a course of action and provide you with an exact quote for services. You can accept or decline the offer any time. All Work is Guaranteed! If you are not happy, you do not pay. Discover an issue with our service later? No problem. Full 30-day Guarantee on all Remote Support!

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“How do I clean up my computer?”

So you want to clean up your own computer? There are millions of software packages out there offering to keep your computer clean. Offers to clean your registery and fix your every problem with the touch of one button. Just buy their software, pay them money, and you will be set free from the computer slug run. Well, probably not.

While it is true that you will need software on your computer to help you keep it clean, it is still ultimately a process of understanding what will help the most. Adding more software does not help your computer, unless it is the right software and properly used. There are just as many ways to clean up a computer as there are software to use. This is only one way.

DISCLAIMER: JUST TO BE CLEAR, ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR DATA. SOME ACTIONS HERE CAN MAKE YOUR COMPUTER WORSE NOT BETTER. I MAKE A LOT OF ASSUMPTIONS IN THE ARTICAL. IF YOU REALLY NEED IT CLEANED UP FAST–CALL YOUR LOCAL COMPUTER REPAIR TECHNICIAN OR CONTACT WILTECH SERVICES FOR REMOTE SUPPORT (WE CAN CLEAN UP IT OVER THE INTERNET) 940-320-9114.

Now, that you are ready to start. Stop. Back up your data. If you already have a backup, that is okay. Back it up again. Any time you start cleaning your system with free third party tools, you take a chance that something will go wrong.

So you feel safe to continue cleaning your computer. You have your backups all ready just in case. Here is a list of tools that we will be using:
Microsoft Security Essentials
Note: Windows 8 no longer uses Microsoft Security Essentials. It uses Windows Defender instead.
Hitman Pro Trial version
Spybot
Malwarebytes
CCleaner
Combofix

IDrive Remote Backup

If during this process something does not work correctly, go to the next step. Then go back to the steps that failed after your computer has been cleaned by the other processes. Each of the following may be possible on your computer and many may not work. I make a lot of assumptions.

Your computer is Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. All the hardware is working correctly. You either have an infection or some other software related issue causing your computer to run slow. You have access to the internet. You may have pop ups, unwanted ads on pages that normally do not have ads or odd search results when surfing the internet.

Let’s also assume it will be easy.

Install Malwarebytes, updating the definitions when asked. If it installs without any problem, start a full scan. This may take a while depending on your system.

Install CCleaner and Spybot. Get all the updates, but do not start the scans yet. If you do not have any antivirus on your computer, run the Microsoft Security Essentials(MSE) install and update it as far as you can. If you have any problems such as being asked by Spybot or Microsoft Security Essentials to restart the computer. Wait. Let Malwarebytes finish. You may have to go get a cup of coffee or have some lunch.

Once Malwarebytes is finished it will give you the option to remove any malware found on your system. Follow the instructions from Malwarebytes. It will most likely ask you to restart. If not, restart anyway.

When your computer starts back, install Hitman Pro. Install any updates for hitman. Let it do a full scan, have it clean whatever it can clean. Then restart the computer again.

While HitMan is running you can start CCleaner. You will run 2 scans in CCleaner. “Cleaner” to remove the temp files and “Registry” to clean up the registry entries. You may also want to go to “Tools”, “Startup” and removed anything that appears to be harmful from the startup options. You can “Disable” anything that you are not sure about, so it can be turned back on.

When HitMan finishes, you may have to run the cleanup process. After Ccleaner and HitMan have ran go ahead and restart your computer. Your computer should be in better condition. You should run a full scan with Spybot.  It will probably take over an hour depending on your computer.  If it finds problems, let it clean them.

After restarting from Spybot start a Microsoft Security Essentials (or Windows Defender in Windows 8) full scan.  This will take a while as well. After all is finished, restart and rerun Malwarebytes, Spybot and Hitman Pro to make sure all is cleaned up.

If there are still problems, your last resort is to install and run Combofix. Follow the instructions to Combofix very carefully. Combofix can be a dangerous tool if you have some odd issues on your computer. After running Combofix restart your computer TWICE.

When you return from your 2 restarts, rerun Malwarebytes, Spybot and Hitman. Your computer should be all cleaned up and free of viruses now. If not, please consult a professional.

You can contact WilTech Services nationwide for Remote Telephone Support. Call 940-320-9114.

VIRUS WARNING – Invoice from your bank

It’s an old scam, but still around and looking more legitimate every day. You should never open am email from someone that you do not know. Of course they make it about money so maybe will be curious enough to open the attachment which will infect your computer.

How do you know this is fake without opening it?



First clue: The email has an attachment from an unknown source. Are you expecting an invoice from someone named Mohammand Herron? No. Strike one.

Second clue: What is the bank name: your bank? Never heard of it. That is the biggest clue and that alone tells me that this is a fake email.

Third clue: Fake contact information. Google the phone number, name and/or address in the email. Most likely the information is false or incorrect.

Strike Three–Email Deleted.

These same indicators can be used for any email. Do you know the person sending it? Are you expecting an attachment from them? Is it clear in the email that the attachment is okay? Does the email address you properly. If you get an email from your buddy Frank and it starts with Mr. {EmailAddress} you may not be getting an email from Frank. Someone may have stolen or spoofed his account. Best thing to do is give Frank a call. That will let him know his email has been hacked and he can take steps to recover.

Another Facebook Hoax about settings – FALSE


BE WARNED — If you are following links to articles and links on facebook you may be opening yourself up to possible infection from the many malware, virus and spyware attacks that attach themselves to facebook profiles and links. Do yourself a favor and have your computer checked today.. GET A FREE DIAGNOSTIC TODAY .. Call (940) 320-9114 or Chat with an technician for details.


 

The facebook post looks something like this:

 

The next 2 weeks I will be posting this, and please, once you have done it, please post done! Those of you who do not keep my information from going out to the public, I will have to DELETE YOU! I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. I post shots of my family that I don’t want strangers to have access to!!! However, with the recent changes in Facebook, the “public” can now see activities on ANY wall. This happens when our friends click “like” or “comment”… automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting by ourselves because Facebook has configured it that way. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (DO NOT CLICK), a window will appear, now move the mouse on “FRIENDS” (also without clicking), then down to “Settings”, click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on “LIFE EVENTS” and “COMMENTS & LIKES”. By doing this, my activity among my friends and family will no longer become public. Now, copy and paste this on your wall. Once I see this posted on your page, I will do the same. Thank you

 

 

Do NOT follow the instructions and do not pass this settings post around it is FALSE.

The settings you would be having the user change is what allows them to see your information in their News Feed.  So “un-checking” all your options means they do NOT see anything from you in their “News Feed.”  They will still be able to contact you and everything else will be the same–they just will not get regular Facebook feeds from you.

Please do not do this and do not allow your friends to pass this information around.

 

 

What have you been doing on Facebook?

Ever “Liked” something on Facebook or made a comment about something, but within minutes can’t remember exactly where to find it again.  Or maybe your prankster girlfriend just got on your page, now you are wondering what she posted or changed.  You can see it all:

Log into Facebook and Click on Your Name

Facebook - upper left - Your Name arrow

 

Click the “Activity Log” button under your cover photo on the right side.

You will see a list of all your activity including post, likes, etc.

 

 

 

Contact Lens melt to your eyes at BBQ – FALSE


BE WARNED — If you are following links to articles and links on facebook you may be opening yourself up to possible infection from the many malware, virus and spyware attacks that attach themselves to facebook profiles and links. Do yourself a favor and have your computer checked today.. GET A FREE DIAGNOSTIC TODAY .. Call (940) 320-9114 or Chat with an technician for details.


The story looks something like this

Important Information :
A 21 year old guy had worn a pair of contact lenses during a barbecue party.(An event or meal at which food is cooked outdoors over an …open grill or fire) While barbecuing he stared at the fire charcoals continuously for 2-3 minutes. After a few minutes, he started to scream for help and moved rapidly, jumping up and down. No one in the party knew why he was doing this?
Then he admitted into the Hospital, the doctor said he’ll be blind permanently because of the contact lenses that he had worn. Contact lenses are made by plastics, and the heat from the charcoal melted his contact lenses.
DO NOT WEAR CONTACT LENSES WHERE OVERHEATING AND FLAMES ARE CONCERNED…. OR WHILE COOKING…!
Friends if u feel the information is important, Please share this message to all your near & dear ones.

 

You can see this debunked at

 

Facebook Tips – Change Cover Photo

To change your cover photo (header photo), first click on your name to go to your page.
Facebook - upper left - Your Name arrow

On your page, hover over your existing cover photo and you will see a button in the lower left of the photo that says “Change Cover.” Hover or click on that button to display the options.
Facebook - Change Cover Photo Options

If your new photo is already in your photo album, click “Choose from Photos.” This will let your select a photo from your album. Click the photo. You can also select “Upload Photo” if you want to add a new photo from your computer. Browse to your new photo and upload it.

Whichever you select you will have the option to position your photo by moving it around before saving. Once everything is in place, click the Save Changes button.

If you find you want to change the position again, you can select the “Reposition” option from the “Change Cover” options to adjust the photo position.

Or if for some reason you want to remove your cover photo completely, just click remove.

Facebook changes often, this process may have changed since this was written. If you would like to add suggestions or improvements feel free to add them in the comments area.

 

USPS E-mail Attachment is a virus.

If you get an email from what appears to be USPS with an attachment, it is most like a virus.

From: USPS client manager Terry Dunlap [mailto:reports@usps.com]
To: { your email address }
Subject: USPS delivery failure report
Attachment: USPS report id##########.zip
Notification
Our company’s courier couldn’t make the delivery of parcel.
REASON: Postal code contains an error.
LOCATION OF YOUR PARCEL: KnoxvilleFort
DELIVERY STATUS: sort order
SERVICE: One-day Shipping
NUMBER OF YOUR PARCEL: Z3UI3N0Y1Q
FEATURES: No
Label is enclosed to the letter.
Print a label and show it at your post office.
An additional information:
If the parcel isn’t received within 30 working days our company will have the right to claim compensation from you for it’s keeping in the amount of $8.26 for each day of keeping of it.
You can find the information about the procedure and conditions of parcels keeping in the nearest office.
Thank you for using our services.
USPS Global.

As far as I know USPS does not hold your package ransom either, if something is wrong they just send it back.

USPS does not send out emails like this.  If you think you have been infected, you can contact WilTech Services 940-320-9114 for assistance.