Recent Blog Posts:

  • Website Security Rules of the Road:

    In 2014, consumer spending through the internet hit a record high of $65.1 billion. An increasing number of people are drawn to the simplicity and seamlessness of shopping online and more of them are even willing to spend higher amounts. However, the likelihood of being an internet fraud victim are likewise growing. The Internet National […]

    computer Myrtle BeachIn 2014, consumer spending through the internet hit a record high of $65.1 billion. An increasing number of people are drawn to the simplicity and seamlessness of shopping online and more of them are even willing to spend higher amounts. However, the likelihood of being an internet fraud victim are likewise growing. The Internet National Fraud Center Watch revealed that during the first half of 2015, fraud victims lost about an average of 2,579. Compare that to the amount documented for the entire 2014, which was at $895 on average. Grievances associated with basic goods acquisitions (goods that were by no means misrepresented or received) made up for about 30% of the complaints related to internet fraud, and auction buys (goods that were never misrepresented or received) made it to the top with 44%.

    Even though many e-commerce sites are trustworthy and have implemented the required safety measures in order to protect their customers, you still have to proceed very carefully. When purchasing online, please think about these simple steps:

    1. Make use of just one credit card, if possible, one which has a low credit limit, whenever you buy something online. Do not use a debit card or an ATM.
    2. Be cautious about unrequested offers by different sellers. The Internet National Fraud Information Center Watch said internet scammers used email as a method of contact and this has increased by 22% in 2004. Even though the offer could be genuine, spammers prefer to utilize this strategy to side-step reliable websites that offer protection to consumers when buying online.
    3. Deal only with trustworthy e-commerce sites that have a telephone number and street address listed on their site in the event that you have to get in touch with them directly.
    4. Read through the privacy policy of the website. A few sites may hold the legal right to give or sell your details to a 3rd party group. Check out the file to determine if they permit a chance to “opt-out” of getting special deals from such vendors or for authorization to reveal your information.
    5. Look for a lock sign in your status bar right at the bottom of the window of your web browser on your computer. Furthermore, don’t give out your information in case the site address does not begin with “https” (an indication that the website making use of a secure server).
    6. Select verified sellers only. Find out if the merchant is a confirmed affiliate of an established 3rd party like the Better Business Bureau, VeriSign, or even Guardian eCommerce. All these third-party websites see to it that online customers are going to be secured when purchasing or performing e-commerce dealings.
    7. Make sure that the posted date of delivery is acceptable. If you haven’t worked with the seller regularly, be skeptical of any site that says the delivery is going to be postponed by at least 20 days. Shipping and delivery dates of between 7 and 10 days are standard.
    8. Maintain a paper trail for all of your online purchases. Print an actual copy of your transaction and keep it safe in case you need it in the future.
    9. Be cautious about website deals that seems unrealistic. The web is filled with make money fast hoaxes and fake advertising promises. Check out all statements carefully before going forward.
    10. Contact your local Department of Consumer Affairs and ask for help in case you don’t get what you purchased, and if the seller does not reply to your calls or emails,

    Secure your computer, prevent identity theft, and more with the help of computer experts. PcRx wants to keep you safe from harm. Ask us about our virus protection services.

    PcRx Computers

    408 Main Street

    Conway, SC 29526

    843-488-4100

    http://www.pcrxcomputers.com


  • Increase Productivity With Regular Computer Maintenance:

    Many businesses are looking for ways to be more productive and having a smooth running computer is a great way to increase productivity. This requires a little computer maintenance Conway to be done on a regular basis. Simple computer maintenance tips Unless your computer completely freezes up and you have no other choice, don’t turn off […]

    computer maintenance ConwayMany businesses are looking for ways to be more productive and having a smooth running computer is a great way to increase productivity. This requires a little computer maintenance Conway to be done on a regular basis.

    Simple computer maintenance tips

    Unless your computer completely freezes up and you have no other choice, don’t turn off your computer by unplugging it while programs are still running.  Severing the power supply to your computer can easily result in damage to the hard drive and a loss of your data.

    An easy to do computer maintenance tip is to always have your computer plugged into an uninterrupted power supply (UPS.) A good UPS will ensure that you have time to properly shut down your computer in the event of a power outage. It can also protect your computer from fluctuations in voltage.

    If you do have a system crash and your computer freezes up, try pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time.  This will often reboot your computer and save the hard drive.

    Conway computer maintenance should include the storage of your data.  You should have an off-site copy of your computer that can easily be restored in the event of data loss.  This is something you don’t want to put off for later.  We have customers bring in their computers every day for repair they do not have a backup.  They are sick when they learn that valuable information has been lost.

    At least once a month you should run a defrag and a scan disk program. These are programs that come standard on your computer and will help to keep your hard drive clean of fragmented files.  There are programs that will run these operations every time you turn on your computer.  Give us a call for help in this area.

    Never pull the plug out of your computer for a peripheral such as a printer will it is turned on and connected with the system.  This can short out the motherboard.

    Periodically blow out the inside of your computer to make sure that dust is not covering up the fan in the back of the computer.  Dust will cause the computer to run hotter and cause components to wear out faster.

    Always make sure your antivirus program is up to date.  There are always new viruses that will attack your system no matter how careful you try to be.

    To increase the speed of your computer try and keep as few programs as possible running at one time.  Check what programs are set to run on startup and make sure they are really necessary.

     

    No matter how careful you try to be there will come a time when you need your computer repaired.  Give PcRx a call for all your service and repair needs.

     

    PCRx Computer
    408 Main Street
    Conway, SC 29526‎
    (843) 488-4100

    http://www.pcrxcomputers.com/


  • Tips For Improving Your Computer Security:

    Nowadays, increasing numbers of people are utilizing their computers for to do lots of things ranging from communication to internet banking as well as from trading to online shopping. While we carry out all these things more often, we open ourselves to probable online criminals like hackers and crackers. Even though a few might be […]

    Computer SecurityNowadays, increasing numbers of people are utilizing their computers for to do lots of things ranging from communication to internet banking as well as from trading to online shopping. While we carry out all these things more often, we open ourselves to probable online criminals like hackers and crackers. Even though a few might be wanting to phish your personal identity and pertinent details for selling, others would just like to use your computer as a channel where they can launch a cyber attack on their other targets. Provided here are some simple and affordable methods that you can use to secure your computer.

    1. Always create backup copies of valuable information. You should also keep them in a secure place that is not on your computer.

    2. Make sure that your operating system, software, and web browsers are updated. Upon startup, computer system must inform you in case updates are available. Because of this, it is highly recommended to regularly turn off your computer and reboot it.

    3. Set up a firewall. Keep in mind that your computer will be more vulnerable to worms, viruses, malware, trojans, and adwares if it does not have a reliable firewall installed. You should take into account the advantages as well as the differences between software and hardware based firewall applications.

    4. Make sure that your browser and email settings are secured. Why do you have to do this? JavaScript and Active-X are the favorite tool of hackers when placing noxious applications in your computers. Although relatively harmless, cookies still track your activities in the internet, which can aid in building your profile. You should at least set your security settings to high for your internet zone while medium low for your trusted sites zone.

    5. You should have an antivirus software installed in your system. It should also be set up in a way that it would receive automatic updates so you will always have the latest version.
    6. Don’t open email attachments that were sent by unknown people. It just is not good enough to simply know the address where it originated from since a lot of viruses could be passed on from a recognizable email address.

    7. Never operate applications from unfamiliar sources. Also, don’t send these kinds of applications to close friends and colleagues simply because they have humorous or entertaining jokes or stories. They might have a trojan horse that is just waiting around to infect your computer.

    8. Turn off concealed filename extensions. Generally, the OS of a computer system is fixed at “hide file extension for known file types.” Turn this off so you can see the file extensions. A few file extensions are going to, automatically, remain concealed, however, you are certainly going to notice uncommon file extensions that do not fit in.

    9. Let down your PC and remove yourself from the network if you are not using the computer. A hacker can’t harm your computer if you are not connected to the network or when the computer is turned off.

    10. Think about creating boot disk on a floppy disk if your computer is broken or infected by a malware. Needless to say, you have to take on this method well before you encounter a hostile breach of your computer system.

     

    Bring your computer or laptop to PcRx computers and let our experts conduct a thorough checkup and set up measures to ensure that all your personal files and information are safe and secure.

     

    PcRx Computers
    408 Main Street
    Conway, SC 29526
    843-488-4100
    http://www.pcrxcomputers.com


  • The Battle Against Spam:

    Let us take a quick look at the prevalence of spam as explained by Scott McAdams, OMA Public Affairs and Communications Department (www.oma.org): “Researches show unwanted or “junk” e-mail, called spam, represent approximately half of all e-mail messages received. Although it was previously perceived as nothing more than a nuisance, the prevalence of spam has […]

    Spam emailsLet us take a quick look at the prevalence of spam as explained by Scott McAdams, OMA Public Affairs and Communications Department (www.oma.org):

    “Researches show unwanted or “junk” e-mail, called spam, represent approximately half of all e-mail messages received. Although it was previously perceived as nothing more than a nuisance, the prevalence of spam has reached a point where numerous users have started to express doubt about the efficiency of e-mail transmissions, and increased concerns regarding the circulation and spread of computer viruses through unwanted messages.”

    In 2003, President Bush authorized the bill known as “Can Spam,” in December of 2003, which is the very first nationwide standards that focus on bulk unsolicited business e-mail. The Senate, which voted 97 to 0, approved the bill that, bans senders of unsolicited commercial e-mail from making use of false return addresses to camouflage their identification (spoofing) and using dictionaries to produce such mailers. Additionally, it forbids the use of misguiding subject lines and mandates emails to have an opt-out option. The regulations likewise prohibit senders from harvesting addresses off websites. Those who violate these rules will be charged with misdemeanor and could be imprisoned for 1 year.

    One major factor that needs to be reviewed concerning this: spam is now originating from various other countries in ever-greater numbers. These e-mails are harder to combat, since they originate from outside our nation’s laws and policies. Due to the fact that the Internet opens boundaries and also thinks globally, these legislations are good but they fail to address the problem.

    So, what is your opinion? Here are the five key tips to protect yourself from spam.

    Number 1: Do everything you can to prevent your email address from getting overly exposed on the internet.

    You should also be know that “spam spiders” exist. They scour the internet for e-mail addresses to spam. You can try searching the term online and you will be surprised at the results that you’ll get. Meanwhile, a website called WebPoison.org has dedicated itself to eliminating internet “spambots” and “spam spiders” by giving out fake HTML websites that produce bogus e-mail addresses.

    A few suggestions for you:

    1. Use form e-mails that can conceal addresses.
    2. Use addresses like sales@company.com instead of your complete address to help combat the growing spam problem.
    3. There are applications that encrypt your email, like jsGuard, which hides your email address on the website to ensure that it will be hard to read even if spam spiders successfully finds it.

    Number 2: Use spam blocking software like www.cloudmark.com or www.mailwasher.net. You can choose from a lot of options including pro versions. Be sure to get the software because it will save you time. Although the application is not foolproof, they really do help. You normally have to do some hand-operated set up to block specific kinds of email. Do not hesitate to ask the help of computer professionals in case you have no idea what to do.

    Number 3: Utilize several email address if possible.

    There are several free email addresses that you can choose from. In case you need to sign up for a free newsletter, be sure to have a back up email address. You can look at it like giving your phone number to a close friend and your business number to other acquaintances.

    Number 4: File attachments on emails from people you’re not familiar with are BAD, BAD, BAD.

    One of the most common problems whenever we talk about spam is that they usually come with attachments, which could have viruses. Corporations usually have filters that prevent such emails from reaching you. Always remember that you should never open the attachment if you do not know the email sender. You should also search for services that offer filtering, which are commonly provided by firewall vendors.

    Number 5: Email solutions currently have “bulk-mail” baskets. In case the one you are using now does not support this, then you might need to consider finding a new vendor. The idea is simple. People you know can free send you emails. However, those that you do not know will be placed in the bulk email pile where you can “choose” to permit them into your circle. This concept is similar to Spam Blocking but looking into other more effective alternatives is highly recommended.

     

    PcRx Computers is dedicated to protecting your identity on the web. Call us now and we’ll gladly help you set up measures against spam, viruses, and identity theft.

     

    PcRx Computers

    408 Main Street

    Conway, SC 29526

    843-488-4100

    http://www.pcrxcomputers.com


  • Phishing For Your Identity:

    We have all received those emails that look like they are coming from trusted websites. Emails that direct you to a website that looks familiar to update certain information, even personal data. Beware when these sites are asking you to update secure information such as social security numbers, passwords or even credit card numbers or […]

    Phishing For Your IdentityWe have all received those emails that look like they are coming from trusted websites. Emails that direct you to a website that looks familiar to update certain information, even personal data. Beware when these sites are asking you to update secure information such as social security numbers, passwords or even credit card numbers or bank information.

     

    What makes these emails so trusted is that you know the business name as one where you have done business in the past. The logo, colors and look and feel of the site look so familiar. One of the most recent examples is your domain name registrar that says your domain is about to expire. Or your hosting company that says you have run out of hosting space and your website will be taken down if you don’t update your information.

     

    There is a website called WhoIs.com that will give anyone who searches all the details about a domain – where it is registered, who owns it, the address, both email and physical, of the owner and where it is hosted. I was recently introduced to a “scraper” that will create a spreadsheet of all this information for as many websites as you put into the program. Right there at their fingertips is all the information a hacker needs. (More information later on how to protect this.)

     

    You are tempted to click on the link provided because it is so convenient and then when you do it is natural to want to correct false information. Much to your regret you find out later this was a false website that was created with the sole intent to steal your individual or business details. You, my good friend, have actually simply been “phished“.

     

    Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) is specified as the act of sending an e-mail to a recipient falsely declaring to actually be an established, genuine business. The intent of the phisher is to rip-off the recipient into surrendering their personal information, and ultimately steal your identity.

     

    It is not as simple as you think to spot an email phishing for details. At the beginning, the email may look like it is from a legitimate business such as your bank, hosting company or the local freight carrier. The field marked “From” will usually the.com address of the business pointed out in the e-mail. The clickable link even appears to take you to the company’s website, when in reality, it is a phony site constructed to duplicate the legitimate website.

     

    A lot of these people are expert crooks. They have invested a great deal of time in developing e-mails that look genuine. Users have to examine all e-mails asking for personal details thoroughly. While you are scanning your emails keep in mind that the “From” can be changed by the sender to be any email address.

     

    While it might look like it is originating from a.com you do business with, looks can be deceiving. Likewise remember that the phisher will go all out in attempting to make their email look as genuine as possible. They will even copy logo designs or images from the main site to use in their e-mails. Finally, they want you to use clickable link that the recipient can follow to easily update their info.

     

    An excellent way to check the legitimacy of the link is to point at the link with your mouse. The actual website address for the link where you are directed will be displayed on the status bar in the lower left corner of your screen. It is a very quick and easy method to check if you are being directed to a genuine website.

     

    You can protect your domain with WhoIs Guard which is offered from your domain registrar such as GoDaddy. It is about $10 a year and will hide your information from prying eyes.

     

    Finally, follow the golden rule. Never ever, ever, click the links within the text of the e-mail, and always delete the email instantly. As soon as you have deleted the e-mail, empty the trash can in your e-mail accounts also. If you are really worried that you are missing out on a crucial notice relating to one of your accounts, then type the complete URL address of the website into your internet browser. At least then you can be confident that you are, in reality, being directed to the true and genuine website. It is also a good idea to notify the organization about the fraud email.

     

    PcRx Computers is concerned with your safety and your identity, We provide virus scanning programs for your protection. However, there is much you can do to protect your identity. Never give confidential information out over the internet.

     

    PcRx Computers
    408 Main Street
    Conway, SC 29526
    843-488-4100

    http://www.pcrxcomputers.com


  • What is Cloud Computing:

    As a small business owner you need every advantage you can get.  Many business owners are turning to the cloud for this advantage.  Cloud computing can help small businesses grow at a faster pace while at the same time saving money. The concept is that you turn to other companies to store your data and […]

    Cloud ComputingAs a small business owner you need every advantage you can get.  Many business owners are turning to the cloud for this advantage.  Cloud computing can help small businesses grow at a faster pace while at the same time saving money.

    The concept is that you turn to other companies to store your data and to share software applications over the internet.  There are some risks involved, but it can make small companies grow bigger at a faster pace and save money.

    Uses of Cloud Computing

    Most companies use their own computers to store data.  If you have large amounts of data, for example a gaming company, your need for storage will outgrow your available space.  Many companies are opting for cloud computing rather than purchase additional on-site storage.

    Cloud computing allows companies to store data and only pay for the storage space they use. Think of this like your local storage facility.  You want a small storage area, you only pay for a small area, if you need more space, you upgrade to a larger storage container.

    Many hospitals are turning to cloud computing for software applications that streamline the admittance process. These programs can be accessed using a mobile device eliminating the need for tablets or laptops.  The staff has quick access to patient information right in their pocket.

    Revenue from cloud computing is expected to double by the year 2014. There are risks in using this new technology.  Amazon suffered a major shutdown due to cloud computing in April of 2011.  This raised questions on the reliability and security issues of using cloud computing.  You are relying on the internet link to your provider and access your information.

    Many people are leery of the security issues with using the internet for data transfer.  It will take time for the public to be comfortable that this is a safe way to do business.  Think of it like when the refrigerator was first introduced and people feared that their electric bill would be excessive.  As people started using refrigerators, word of mouth spread and they become more confident in the device. The same will hold true with cloud computing.

    If you have storage needs for your small business computers, give PcRx a call to discuss the best solution for your business.

    PcRx Computers
    408 Main Street
    Conway, SC 29526
    843-488-4100

    http://www.pcrxcomputers.com


  • 4 Tips to Help Your Computer Survive a Storm:

    Myrtle Beach Computer Repair experts at PcRx would like to give you some great advice for this time of year when we are experiencing a lot of thunderstorms. Tip #1 If it’s raining out, save often. This sounds so simple but how often do we forget.  If you are in a Microsoft Office program such […]

    Conway computersMyrtle Beach Computer Repair experts at PcRx would like to give you some great advice for this time of year when we are experiencing a lot of thunderstorms.

    Tip #1 If it’s raining out, save often. This sounds so simple but how often do we forget.  If you are in a Microsoft Office program such as Word or Excel, you can use the short cut key <ctrl> + S.  It takes about 2 seconds to save a lot of hard work.  Note – this short cut works in a lot of programs so give it a try.

    Tip #2 If it’s storming out, turn off your computer.  I know – you have a lot of work to do and just can’t stop. Believe me you will be glad you did when you don’t blow up your computer.

    Tip #3  If it’s thundering out, turn off your computer and unplug it from the wall/electric source. Ok, if you are not going to take this advice, make sure you have a good backup program.  Give us a call and we can help you out with this.

    Tip #4 To avoid doing 1, 2 and 3, consider getting one of these devices. Not only do they save your computer from a meltdown, but keep your computer running during the storm. Plug your modem into it and you are still surfing away while lighting is going on. It’s pretty cool to see the first time you are running on a battery during a storm. It’s like a having your own Yankee candle – you can just keep on working.

    They run about $80, sold at most electronic stores.

    Now… a computer should not be plugged into one of these…

    They are useless. Sure, they are good for getting more power, but do nothing for you in regards to saving your computer during a storm. And I bet most of you have your computer plugged into one right now.

    Myrtle Beach Computers Power 2If you can’t afford the $80 price tag on the big power back up, you can consider a cheaper model sold at most Lowe’s, Target, Walmart type stores. These run about $20.

    If you need help with figuring out all of your cords and would like a home visit, please fill out this form and we will get back to you to schedule an appt. If you have had your power destroy your computer and you want your data back, we can help with that, too of course. Or better yet, let’s set up online back up today!

    PcRx Computers
    408 Main Street
    Conway, SC 29526‎
    (843) 488-4100
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  • Summer Guide to Cyber Safety Part 2:

    Today we will discuss if you really have to stay connected while on vacation. In our previous article we recommended you stay away from public computers such as those in hotels and Internet Cafés. But sometimes that is easier said than done so here is a short guide to Going Online in Public. First and […]

    cyber safety ConwayToday we will discuss if you really have to stay connected while on vacation.

    In our previous article we recommended you stay away from public computers such as those in hotels and Internet Cafés. But sometimes that is easier said than done so here is a short guide to Going Online in Public.

    First and foremost of all if you have the least amount of concern regarding the computer you are using DO NOT use it to access sensitive sites like banking, brokerage, etc. This is obviously a judgment call and you best use your good judgment here. You just don’t want to use a compromised computer.

    If you log onto an information sensitive web site, be sure to logout when you have completed your cycle. Do the following

    • Log out
    • delete the web history
    • close the browser when you are done.

    This is important –  you don’t want any sensitive data stuck in the cache or in any way accessible.

    If you would like to increase your cyber browsing security you can install a portable version of Firefox on a USB drive and load the browser directly from it instead of the computer. This would increase your cyber security.

    Backup and Encrypt your data so even the snoopers cannot find their way.

    Use only the strongest of passcodes or phrases.

    Of course keep your Anti-Virus up to date.

    When you return from traveling, it is a good idea to stop by your local computer experts at PCRx and have them do a complete scan of your laptop.  This only takes a few minutes and can save you hours of frustration.

    Happy Travels

    PcRx Computers
    408 Main Street
    Conway, SC  29526
    843-488-4100


  • Summer Guide to Cyber Safety:

    The summertime is here in full force – tourists, vacations, travel for fun and business. Most of us will hit the road sometime this summer.  With all the devices that travel with us to stay connected from laptops to iPads to SmartPhones, we are more than ever at risk to a security breach. Some of […]

    Cyber Safety ConwayThe summertime is here in full force – tourists, vacations, travel for fun and business. Most of us will hit the road sometime this summer.  With all the devices that travel with us to stay connected from laptops to iPads to SmartPhones, we are more than ever at risk to a security breach. Some of this risk is harmless and others will cause you to need serious computer repair.

    Hackers love to take advantage of unaware travelers and we need to stay sharp.  Keep in mind that hotels, airports and other WIFI networks are hostile territory and we need to have our defenses up for cyber safety.

    Here are a few tips from Myrtle Beach Computer Repair

    Common Sense Check – you have all heard the saying “If it looks to be good to be true, it probably isn’t true.”  This philosophy holds true in the cyber world as well as in the real world.  If your summer vacation to Washington DC offers a personal meeting with the president, chances are it won’t happen.  Do your homework on any offer and make sure that the company that stands behind the offer has a good reputation.  Look for any hidden charges or requests for information that is not necessary for the transaction.  Check with the International Air Transportation Association or the Better Business Bureau to ensure cyber safety.

    Unbelievable Coupon Deals – there are reputable social media sites such as Groupon or Living Social that offer great deals.  However, many sites have taken on the “look and feel” of a legitimate site and are there to simply scam you, install malware or take your credit care information and run.  Be careful where you shop online.  If you receive an email with a link to a shopping site that you have not signed up to receive information from – beware!  It is probably a scam.  Most sites rely on search engines for people to find them.

    Credit Cards vs Cash – the best way to pay when you are traveling is with credit cards.  This will provide you with protection against fraud and theft.  Don’t use debit cards except for getting cash from an ATM.  Keep a small amount of cash on hand for tips or the occasional bus or cab ride.  Never bring your checkbook – leave it at home.

    Avoid Public Internet Access.  Avoid the computer at the hotel or airport and internet Cafés.  Even novice hackers can steal your logon and passwords.  In our next post we will give you some ideas on ways to stay safe if you must use public access.  Until then make sure that the public WIFII at your hotel is legitimate.  Only logon with a recognized source.  For example, the hotel should have their own logon for you to access and not simply take you straight to the internet.  As an alternative, you can access the internet on your laptop via your SmartPhone.

    Passport security – did you know that the new e-passports come with an RFID chip so not only can customs read your information, so can hackers!  This can happen from several feet away.

    Give your ears a break – when you are not using your Bluetooth device, turn it off and disconnect it from your phone.  Hackers can use your Bluetooth to steal your information or install malware.  Always remember that your conversation can be overheard.  Never give out personal information in a public area.

    Social Media TMI – if you are heading out of town, do NOT post is all over Facebook, MySpace or other social media sites.  Make sure that your home address is NOT listed in your profile.  This is like giving a personal invitation to have your home invaded.  A friend of mine is an artist and she mentioned that she would be at an art festival all day.  She had her home address on her profile and had set the permissions so that only friends can see.  When she returned at the end of the day, her home had been invaded. When the thief was caught, he said he got the information from Facebook.  He had told her he was a friend of a friend and she accepted the friend request.  Even if you set permissions on your social media sites, don’t include your address on your profile.

    One last tip – before you leave on vacation be sure to connect with your local computer technician and have anti-virus protection installed on your laptop or notebook.  This will go a long way toward keeping you protected.

    We hope that these tips will keep you safe during your summer vacation.  Enjoy the sunshine and disconnect from the cyber world and connect with family.

    PcRx Computers
    408 Main Street
    Conway, SC  29526
    843-488-4100
    http://www.pcrxcomputers.com


  • Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx on Antivirus Protection:

    Why is it important in today’s business world to invest in anti-virus protection?  With the rapid changes in technology, it is imperative now more than ever that you protect your computer.  Less than honest individuals are using some very clever techniques to steal your information. Just this morning one of our customers reported receiving an […]

    Antivirus Protection ConwayWhy is it important in today’s business world to invest in anti-virus protection?  With the rapid changes in technology, it is imperative now more than ever that you protect your computer.  Less than honest individuals are using some very clever techniques to steal your information.

    Just this morning one of our customers reported receiving an email from the Electronic Payment Association with an attachment.  If you did a search on this organization, you will see that it does exist, however, there is a place on its website that explains that fraudulent are being sent and they would NEVER send an attachment.

    Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx recommends that you install software that searches for the threats to your computer and then eliminates them from being a problem.  With so many antivirus programs available, how do you know which one to install? Unfortunately, there is no definitive right or wrong answer.  Many people have asked us about the free programs that are offered and programs for which you pay an annual subscription.

    Before we answer that question, let’s take a look at viruses in general.  Unlike a human virus, a computer virus can be detected and eliminated prior to actually causing problems. A computer virus seeks to enter your hard drive and wreak havoc on your files.  They slow down your computer by using up your hard drive space not leaving space for online programs, such as your browser, to work.  They are looking to steal personal information such as financial data.  What you are left with is a big mess that is a real problem to unravel.

    In many instances, antivirus software will come pre-installed on your computer.  If this is the case, then it is probably a free trial version of the software or a paid subscription that was ordered when you ordered your computer.  The goal of this software is to detect a virus within items on your hard drive and remove them based on either your specifications or the person that setup your hardware.

    In the case of a paid subscription, you will receive a message when it is close to time to renew.  This will usually be in the form of a pop-up message warning you that your account is about to expire which will leave your system unprotected.

    When that message appears, you have the choice of renewing the subscription or opting for one of the free versions available. Either way you will want to do your homework before making a decision.

    So what do you need to look for?  An antivirus program needs to alert you when a virus is trying to hack your system.  Spyware falls into the antivirus category and should let you know if you’re in danger prior to downloading a file or if you have downloaded a file that is infected.

    Free programs usually provide these services but at a minimal level.  Often you can get by with a free program and they will offer you additional features for a fee.  Depending on your usage and the security level of what you store on your computer you may need the extra features. Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx technicians can help you decide what is best for you and your situation.

    If you are careful where you go on the internet and never open unsolicited attachments, a free antivirus program will probably work.  Being aware of where you are going on the internet and following good procedures for downloading and opening attachments eliminates much of the risk.

    Take our advice:

    If you are using a paid subscription and are still within the 30-day trial period that most programs provide, do some comparison shopping between free and paid versions.  If the free software gives you have you need, you are in good shape.

    Remember it only takes a minute to give us a call at 843-488-4100 and run by us what you are currently using or plan to use for our advice.

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