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  ShadowMale

Some people around here (KitKat) have complained that I don't do enough around here anymore. So now I'm offering. I don't have much in the way of family stories, or things in that nature. Some of you know that despite my muscular apearance.... I'm really just a computer geek.

So here is my offer. I will offer a blog on technology, and computer advice. My issue is this; I have 15 years+ knowledge in computer sciences, but I'm not much of a writer. I have writers block trying to sign my name (i'm also dyslexic.... no kidding).

So what I need, due to my inability to start a conversation without insperation, are some suggestions. Let me know what things you would like to know, need to know, or were curious about, and didn't realise I would ramble on about for hours before you decide you weren't that interested to begin with.

So here is the place to post some starter ideas about tech blogs you'd like to see.

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lunanegra

Nov 10 @ 12:28AM  
Can you upgrade RAM on a 9yr old computer?

Whats a light weight but effective virus protection suite?

Through which outlets would I be able to study for an A+ Certification?
tassie1

Nov 10 @ 3:21AM  
yeah but we know how kitkat goes on about nothing
she's not happy unless she's complainin about something
onehornytoad69

Nov 10 @ 6:50AM  
Sup Doc!
Sounds like a Plan!!!
I'll be back tomorrow with some questions!
Thanks for sharing!!!
williams990

Nov 10 @ 8:18AM  
Ok...im pc stupid...how does one get more ram...cause mine says i need more...& is it expensive? & im dyslexic also....so i may need pictures lol
Wordsofwit

Nov 10 @ 8:52AM  
Thank you for your generosity and kindness in reaching out to offer your expertise in assisting Pervians with their PC and Internet questions/issues.

I am Mac based so I don't have too much in the way of concerns or help that I can offer.

However, there is one thing that I have been encountering that I fully understand conceptually, but am unable to successfully communicate to less computer savvy friends.

I have had a few people contact me telling me that my computer is infected with a virus and that I have spread it to theirs. Of course, this is not true as My OS has never been successfully attacked by a virus anywhere in the world.

I just can't make them comprehend that the virus bearing email allegedly from me that has my name as the sender is not actually from me. What has happened is that my name and email address have been harvested to get them to open the virus laden email.

Perhaps you could explain how this works and explain best practices in forwarding emails as well as how to avoid launching the virus through due diligence.

Also are viruses still .exe files?
sugarnspice005

Nov 10 @ 8:56AM  
Cool!!!! Computer classes here in Pervia!!!

1bunny629

Nov 10 @ 1:21PM  
Wow! This is great! I need to clean my lap top keys. What should I use as a disinfectant to keep it clean and germ free without damaging the pc?
ShadowMale

Nov 10 @ 8:44PM  
Can you upgrade RAM on a 9yr old computer?
While it is possible, it is generally not cost effective. Older RAM tends to cost more than newer RAM, and a PC that is 9ys old most likely will not support enough RAM to make much difference.

Whats a light weight but effective virus protection suite?
Microsoft Security Essentials. It is lightweight, based on enterprise technology use in large corporations, and is free. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials
Through which outlets would I be able to study for an A+ Certification?
Here in Georgia, they have a grant program that can be used to obtain A+ and other certifications through technical colleges. I would recommend checking with you local college system to find out if they have such a program there. If not, then you my want to search for a training center nearby. Make sure though, that they are of good reputation, and offer a course work that aligns with CompTia standards. I don't recommend using self paced books, as they are always behind the latest information due to delay in the time of publication, and reading a book doesn't offer the hands on experience that A+ is actually testing you for (The A+ cert is intended to repersent certification that the person has around 8 months of actual experience).

Go here for more info on CompTia: http://www.comptia.org
ShadowMale

Nov 10 @ 8:53PM  
Ok...im pc stupid...how does one get more ram...cause mine says i need more...& is it expensive? & im dyslexic also....so i may need pictures lol

There are many ways to aquire more RAM. The price depends on the type of RAM your PC uses, and how much you need. Generally, newer systems are cheaper to buy RAM for, usually ranging between $40 - $100.

How ever, if your not comfortable installing RAM into your PC, you may need to take your PC to a computer shop, and have them install it for you. Most shops charge either a minimium fee, or a minimium hour of labor. Either way, if they try to charge you for more than an hour, they are ripping you off, as installing RAM generally takes less than 15 minutes in most machines. Ask around and check the shops reputation beforehand, as not all computer shops are created equally.

(Nxet tmie i wlil inludce pcituers)
ShadowMale

Nov 10 @ 9:29PM  
Thank you for your generosity and kindness in reaching out to offer your expertise in assisting Pervians with their PC and Internet questions/issues.
Very welcome.

I have had a few people contact me telling me that my computer is infected with a virus and that I have spread it to theirs. Of course, this is not true as My OS has never been successfully attacked by a virus anywhere in the world.
iBotNet Those of you that want the email adive, skip to towards the end. First, I want to address the "My Mac isn't infected" bit. If you want the full technical, click the link, and read away.
While I understand that Macs are certainly less prone to attack at this point, this is not because it is impossible. In the above article, you notice that the method of attack is not a virus, but rather a botnet. It is quite silly to argue that Macs are still virus free, as the entire technology community has long since realized that creating botnets and java exploits are far more advantageous to malware creators. In other words, who cares that Macs don't have virus, when they are handing out spam, and other infection to both Macs and PCs.

I just can't make them comprehend that the virus bearing email allegedly from me that has my name as the sender is not actually from me. What has happened is that my name and email address have been harvested to get them to open the virus laden email.
That is also possible, and actually likely, but I would never discount the possiblity of other explanations. I work on both PCs and Macs, and I have witnessed the effects of the "click it and make it go away" syndrome that so many say only affects Windows users. Some Mac users will also blindly click ok on warnings and think nothing of it.

Perhaps you could explain how this works and explain best practices in forwarding emails as well as how to avoid launching the virus through due diligence.
Indeed, at the end of the day, computer security is ultimately each induviduals responsibility. If you get suspicious email from anyone, do not open it. And I may make enemies here on this one, but forwarding chain emails, and urgent virus threat warnings from places like Snopes.com is a huge tax on our internet system. I know most of you mean well, but a lot of those letters were originally sent with one intention. To collect the addresses of all those that pass it along, and use that to send spam. That is right, you heard me, if you pass forwards, you might be inviting spam. And more inportantly, you have become a source of spam which can land you on a black list that blocks your from sending and recieving email correctly.

Also are viruses still .exe files?
Viruses are never exe files. Before you go opening every .exe file however, ALL .EXE files CAN be infected with a virus! The infections themselves insert themselves into other files, and they can infect an ever growing number of file types. So no, .exe files are not the only source of infections anymore.

Also of note, as of this year, most of the infections are now Java exploits. Java is used on almost all websites these days to some degree. Whether you know it or not, you have almost deffinately had Java running in your internet browser at some point. These Java exploits redirect your browser to websites to download other files to use in infecting your computer. Unfortunately, these infections come from known good websites that were infected. The only method of defense is to keep your anti-malware (anti-virus) software up to date.
ShadowMale

Nov 10 @ 9:36PM  
Whats a light weight but effective virus protection suite?
After reading this question again, I noticed the word "suite."

While the free Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is very effective, it is not a full suite.

If your willing to fork out some money for a much more "fort knox" solution, I recommend AVG Internet Security suite. You can buy it at places like Wal-Mart for around $60 for three PCs. It includes a system that scans links in google to make sure the website is safe before you click to go to it, and a scanner that will scan files before you download them.

I have used AVG for years, both at home and on networks systems. It runs pretty lightweight considering how much it offers, but considering how much more protection it offers, there will surely be some degrade in performance of your pc. In my opinion, it is worth the peace of mind knowing it isn't something else slowing it down.

For most though, MSE will likely do just fine.

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