Bogus Virus Phone Calls Scam

ACTechUK.comSomething that has been going on for quite some time now…. the phone rings and you are informed that unfortunately there is a problem with your computer. This “problem” has been miraculously detected from some far flung corner of the world and only the cold caller has the solution! Er yeah right…. Quite often the caller will say they are representing Microsoft to make them sound more official.

The next step is to get you to turn on you computer (did they not know it was turned off???) and then check something called the event viewer. To the uninitiated the contents of the event viewer can look rather daunting and confusing, which is where the caller comes to your aide…. Clearly you have a virus…. Er yeah right once more…

Bogus bogus bogus… Pure scam to get you to allow someone to access your computer remotely, install their own malware or extract credit card details to pay for their “help”.

The bottom line is, if you get one of these calls, end the call.

If you have been unfortunate enough to have been caught out by these charlatans please give me a call, drop me an email or post below and we can remove any nasty things they may have left behind.

This article from The Guardian way back in July 2010 shows how long this has been going on…


Dropbox auto photo upload trick

Worthing PC Problem Solving and RepairYou may be aware of the extra space that Dropbox gives up to 3GB extra space free for the uploading of Photos from your smartphone and now also from cameras and memory cards attached to your PC or laptop. See here…

However if you would just like the extra space without using it long term for photos, you can gain all 3GB of extra space in one hit.

Simply plug in a memory stick or external hard drive to your PC or laptop and create a top level folder called dcim (if your drive letter is F: then this folder would be F:\dcim ) .

Then copy 3GB + worth of your photos to this folder. Once copied over, safely remove the storage drive from your PC. Making sure Dropbox (version 1.4.7 or higher) is running on your computer, plug the external storage drive back in. Dropbox will automatically scan this new folder and start uploading the photos, first to your Dropbox folder on your computer and then up to the Dropbox web storage (please make sure you have enough free space on your computer to do this)

Now sit back and let the upload take place, eventually you will gain an extra 3GB of storage for free.

Once you have all your extra storage, simply delete the photos from Dropbox, making sure you do have a copy of them elsewhere of course! 🙂