Computers For Ca$h

Recycling Your Device for Students & Remote Work

Do you have a laptop you no longer use?  What should you do with it?

We might buy it from you!!

When we recycle (or refurbish) laptops, a lot of work goes into the process to ensure we safely dispose of old data and that it runs properly for the next user. We remove the hard drive, drill a hole (or have it shredded) and properly recycle it. Memory is tested and sometimes upgraded, a new hard drive is installed and Windows 10 is re-installed. Lastly, batteries and power cords are sometimes upgraded.

If you have a laptop you no longer use, consider sending me the model number and I can give you an estimate of how much I may purchase it from you (and more details)!

Recycle Your Used Laptop

Student & Work-From-Home Options Needed

Are you looking to part with old computer parts??  Well here’s your chance to do it and maybe make some cash!  As more and more people go remote, we have had several requests for old laptops.  Fortunately we’ve been able to help, but no longer have the supply.


When we recycle (or refurbish) laptops, a lot of work goes into the process to ensure we safely dispose of old data and that it will run properly for the next user.  We remove the hard drive, drill a hole (or have it shredded) and properly recycle it.  Memory is tested and sometimes upgraded, a new hard drive is installed and Windows 10 is re-installed.  Lastly, batteries and power cords are sometimes upgraded.
 
If you have a laptop you no longer use, consider sending me the model number and I can give you an estimate of how much I may purchase it from you (and more details)!

Yes, I’m Open!

We're an essential business

YES, I’M OPEN! Computer repair and IT services are essential services. Who knew?! I’m honored! 

I wanted to let you know that I am here for you if you have any computer issues or questions. 

A reminder: I am always happy to answer questions over the phone or email at no charge. If the answer is longer than normal, or generally more than 15 minutes, we can schedule a time that would be at a reasonable fee.

Computer Repairs & Help: Since I am considered an essential business, I can still receive your computer to provide services. I have also had a lot of success with Remote Troubleshooting! The cost is the same.

Before sharing techie thoughts…

The last 2 weeks has shown moments of joy as my family is spending exclusive time together. It’s also been times of great challenges for the same reason. I’m sure some of you share in the same sediment, especially if you have kids!

My wife and I are underway, navigating the homeschooling waters for our 6-year-old. I still don’t know how her teacher ever occupies 5 hours of her and 24 of her friends’ time without slipping at least some Kaluha in her coffee.

Our second cherub is now 8 months and teething. So he’s cute and loud. I’m told all babies are loud but don’t remember this with our first one. 

Both kids came down with the flu just as this health crisis began. They recovered fine as kids do. But I’m immunodeficient, so hearing that I’ve been kissing my cherubs that have the flu made my heart sink—wondering when I’d be carted away to the step-down ICU. But I made it! We made it. No flu for my wife or me. I’m now a believer that the flu shot does actually work.

So we continue to do our part. I’m really not supposed to be in grocery stores and public places at all with my partial immune system. So my wife has taken the big brunt of the shopping responsibilities and we both tag-team the kids. 

Now I just need to incorporate “Computer Repair” into our 1st grade homeschool curriculum! I’ll keep you posted.

Windows Update Rolls Out Today

Credit:   for All About Microsoft | 

Microsoft is kicking off the official rollout of Windows 10 1909, the Windows 10 November 2019 feature update today, November 12. The timing isn’t surprising, given today is Patch Tuesday, which tends to be when Microsoft commences new feature update rollouts these days.

As it did with Windows 10 1903, the May 2019 Update, Microsoft first rolled out its 1909 feature update to developers about a month ahead of today’s commercial launch. In mid-October, Microsoft made the 1909 client and server ISOs available to developers on MSDN.

Today, Microsoft is starting to make 1909 (Build 18363.418) available to “seekers,” meaning those who proactively go to Windows Update, check for updates and subsequently opt to download it immediately. As it has been doing with recent updates, Microsoft will be throttling delivery, providing the new feature update over the next few weeks to users with devices that Microsoft has deemed most likely to accommodate the 1909 feature update successfully.

Continue Reading on ZDNet…

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So I Think I’ve Been Hacked!

10 STEPS TO RECOVER FROM A COMPUTER HACK

So you think you've been hacked?So a friend tells you that you’re sending spammy-looking emails out.  But it can’t be–you had no idea.  You even check your sent email folder to see if you’re crazy, but all the emails look familiar.  You respond bewildered to your friend, not knowing what to do.  Have I been hacked??

The first thing to do is stay calm!  Part of the scam here is to get people worried and scared that everything on their computer has been stolen, which is terribly unlikely.  It’s most likely that this message was spoofed with your name and/or email but that your email wasn’t hacked.

If you think your computer has been hacked, but no-one has contacted you about a strange email, start at step 4.

Let’s do some discovery. Then figure out how to get cleaned up!

1. The first thing to do is to get a copy of the email “headers.”  This is the code sent through the servers that contain an email.  The headers are found by different means in each email client.

In Apple, click View —> Message —> Raw Source
In most Outlook versions, open the email in a new window, click File —> Properties
In Gmail, Click the down arrow, then click Show Original

All headers read from newest to oldest, so the top being the latest messages and the bottom being the originating headers.  So look towards the bottom of the header and search up for the first instance of these:

Look for:
“Received From: example1.com” and this server is who really sent the message
Look for the next “by: example2.com” to see who then received the message
X-Mailer is the device used to send the message.
You can also look for the line “DKIM-Signature” and find the d=somedomain.com.  This is a third party sending an email but is authorized by somedomain.com.

 


Example Header


*A more simple solution is to paste the header into Google’s Header Check at https://toolbox.googleapps.com/apps/messageheader/ and confirm the servers used match the real sender

If example1.com matches the From name domain, then this verifies this email as legitimate.  If you notice that the example1.com is somewhere located in India or Belgium, completely different than the sender, it’s fair to say that this was a spoofed email.

If you’ve been spoofed, then it’s time to tell your friend that he/she should run their virus and malware scanner and add that sender to their blocked list (since it really isn’t you).  In this case, that’s all.  Spoofing happens all the time and there’s little you can do to prevent it.  You haven’t been hacked, nothing has been stolen.  No need to proceed to #2.

But, if your discovery from above shows the email to be legitimate, then someone is likely sending email on your behalf.  This changes things.  If you determine someone is sending emails on your behalf (or you aren’t sure), then you should take some action. Go on to #2.Virus Stamp

2. Change your email password(s) and security questions immediately.  If you have a lot of sensitive information on them, consider enabling 2-factor authentication.  If your email has been blocked or you can’t log in, Use the recovery methods provided by the email company.  Check your contacts list to make sure it’s still there.

3. Notify your friends that you’re account has probably been hacked and to not open any strange emails from you, especially attachments.

4. Virus Scans. Run your Antivirus Scanner in “Full Scan” mode.  This will take a while, but you need to do this.  Consider running a full Virus scan on your other computers to make sure nothing has spread.

What Virus Scan?  Use whatever virus scan you have installed or consider switching to Kaspersky or Avast, which have the top ratings in 2018, if you think it’s not finding the virus.  The best FREE antivirus is Avast, rated by Toms Guide and PC Magazine.

Free vs. Paid?  Well, under normal conditions I recommend using free virus scanners.  They usually take less resources and don’t bog the computer down when running a scan.  However, these are circumstances I’d recommend a paid service:

  • You have kids (or you) like to click on a lot of things, not always knowing if it’s safe.
  • Your computer stores a lot of sensitive information.
  • You want to “set it and forget it” and don’t mind paying for it.
  • You think you may have been hacked big time!  Now’s probably the time to pony-up.

 

Do I have a virus?

5. Run a good malware scanner.  Malwarebytes.com has a free one.  For serious hacks, consider paying for a virus and malware scanner combo.  Avast has a very reputable one this year.

6. Make a backup of your computer.  Everyone should have a backup! Google “creating an ‘Image’ of your hard drive.”  Keep this backup in case things get worse.

7. Contact Credit Agencies.  Depending on how much sensitive information is stored un-encrypted on your computer (ie. bank info, social security numbers), consider contacting the credit agencies to see if anything has been run through your credit.  Change banking and other sensitive website accounts you use online.  If you don’t save a lot of this type of information, you can skip the hassle.

8. Run a scan of your Windows Operating Files to be sure your operating system is running correctly.  To do this, in the search field, type “Command” without the quotes.  Right-click on the Command Program and “Run as Administrator.” On a command line type “sfc /scannow” without the quotes.

9. If you can’t access your computer, follow instructions given by LifeWire.

10. Monitor your computer!  If, after trying all of the above steps, it’s slow, freezes, restarts on its own, the next step is to reinstall Windows.  But that’s for another article!

Feel free to reach out to us if you need any help.  We offer free consultations by phone or through the help desk.  Happy computing!