Random Pop-Ups Annoying You?

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If you are seeing random pop-up ads asking to update Adobe Flash Player or Java within Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome, then your computer is infected with an adware or a potentially unwanted program. These update pop-ups are not from the developers Adobe Flash Player or Java. These pop-ups are annoying and they’re used by cyber criminals to spread adware and browser hijackers on every user’s computer. The fake update Flash Player or Java pop-up ads are caused by an ad-supported extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, which is distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. This malicious browser extension is typically added when you install another free software (video recording, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this adware program. When this malicious extension is installed and you browse the Internet, an ad with a fake request to update Adobe Flash Player or Java will randomly pop-up. The malicious web page will display a pop-up box stating that you need to updated or install Flash Player or Java to view a video. If you click on the “Download”, “Run Update” or “Click to install now” button, instead of installing an update for Adobe Flash Player or Java, you’ll agree to download an adware or a malicious programs onto your computer.

When infected with this malicious program, other common symptoms include:

Advertising banners are injected with the web pages that you are visiting. Random web page text is turned into hyperlinks. Browser popups appear which recommend fake updates or other software. Other unwanted adware programs might get installed without the user’s knowledge.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this fake update Flash Player or Java adware. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

 

Signs My Computer Has A Virus?

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NuAge PC has been getting plenty of phone calls lately from concerned customers who are wondering why their computer is acting very unusual. The truth is 99% of the time this means your computer has been infected by a virus or malware. With this “Signs my Computer has a virus” post, NuAge PC is using our platform to give our customers a basic idea as to the warning signs that your computer may have a virus.  Listed below are some of the most common signs…


​​1. Slowdown: Does it take longer than usual for your operating system to boot up? Are you waiting too long for some of your programs to start? It’s a known fact that malware has the tendency to slow down your operating system, your Internet speed or the speed of your applications.

2. Pop Ups: One of the most annoying signs of malware is represented by the unwanted pop-up windows. Unexpected pop-ups which appear on the system are a typical sign of a spyware infection.

3. Crashes: If your programs or your system regularly crash or the infamous BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) appears regularly, it’s a clear warning that your system is not working properly and you should look into it.

​​4. Running out of hard drive space: Regarding the hard drive, you also need to check if your physical storage space has been increasing lately or if some of your files disappeared or had their names changed.

5. New Browser home page, new tool bars and/or your browser opens unwanted websites: Did you notice your home page has been changed and you don’t seem to know why? A new toolbar seems to be placed at top of your web browser? Have you tried to access your favorite blog, but you were sent to a different address?This usually happens when you visit a website and you accidentally click an online link or a pop-up window. This action triggers the download and install of a secondary software, which is not only annoying, but also malicious.

​6. Unusual messages or programs starting automatically:​ ​If, all of a sudden, you see programs opening and closing automatically, your Windows operating system shutting down without reason or you have strange windows in the booting process and Windows lets you know that you lost access to some of your drives, this is something you should worry about.

7. Your security solution is disabled: Your antivirus solution doesn’t seem to work anymore or the Update module seems to be disabled.

8. Your friends say they receive strange messages or e-mails from you: Are your friends telling you that they received suspicious e-mails from you or instant messages from your social media account containing attachments or links? 


Disregarding these warning signs can be very harmful to any computer especially if the computer contains valuable information. We’ve hear stories from some of our customers about them losing all of their business payroll information or other important personal documents because of viruses corrupting their computer. If your computer has any of the symptoms listed above contact us today at (305) 421 -7264 or schedule an appointment with one of our technicians on our website, www.nuagepc.com. With your computer it’s always better to be proactive rather than reactive later.

Beware Of The Harmful Locky Virus!

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The Locky Virus

If you haven’t heard or read about ransom ware viruses, this email is for you. These viruses could be harmful to all of your business information stored on a computer or laptop. A type of ransom ware called Locky has infected hundreds of thousands of computers in the last month. The Locky Virus usually comes in the form of an unsolicited attachment from an unknown sender. Once this attachment is opened the Locky Virus spreads throughout your computer and locks you out. If you are locked out the only way to regain access is the pay the attackers a ransom.

Advice from our technicians

  • Backup your computer regularly and keep a recent backup copy off-site. Backups that are not kept off-site and still connected will be locked by the virus.
  • Be cautious about spam emails
  • Do not open attachments such as zip files or .rar files from unknown senders.

If you would like one of our technicians to consult you on the proper backup solutions needed (we recommend Carbonite), feel free to give us a call today at 877-NuAgePC.