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Online Computer Tips Monthly Newsletter - September 2012

 Posted: September 15, 2012 -

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Latest Virus/Security Alerts:

Chase Bank virus\phishing scam

Many people do online banking and there are a lot of online bankers that do their banking with Chase bank. Chase is one of the largest US banks and allows you to do many types of transactions from their website so you don't have to go into the bank.

It seems that there is now a Chase phishing scam going around that tries to steal your personal banking when you log into the site. Once you get the virus on your computer and log into your Chase online banking account, the virus comes alive and you are prompted to verify your account by providing your ATM card number and PIN as well as your social security number and driver's license number.

Chase has stated that they will not ever have you verify your account in this way so if this happens to you close your browser and check your computer for viruses. Then once you get it cleaned up you may want to request a new Chase user ID and password just to play it safe.


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September's Poll:

Have you ever used the Linux operating system?
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Augutst's Poll Results: 
How many times per day do you log onto Facebook?

0-3 - 83%
3-5 - 17%
5-10 - 0%
I live on Facebook - 0%

Tip of the Month:

Create a Windows Vista or 7 System Repair Disc

Everyone who uses a computer knows that there will most likely be a time when your computer will not want to start. This is where a system repair disk may be able to save the day. A system repair disk is used to boot your computer into a mode where it can perform a repair process on your Windows installation and hopefully get your computer going again. If you have a Windows Vista or 7 disc you can boot with that but if you only have restore discs that came with your computer they may not do the trick because they will most likely want to do a format of your system and restore it back to the way it was when you bought it.

If you don't have a Windows disc then you can create a recovery disc from within Windows ahead of your upcoming disaster to be ready for it. If you are doing this on Windows Vista you will need to have service pack 1 installed.

Click Start, then in the Search Box, type Create a System Repair Disc. An icon should appear in the list above. Click on it to start the disc creation process.

A wizard will open up. Make sure to have a blank disc in your CD/DVD Writer and click on Create disc.

Windows Recovery Disc

It will then put the files together that are needed for the recovery disc and burn them to the disc in your drive. When its complete it will pop up a box telling you to label the disc as a repair disc and you are ready to go.

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Hot Product of the Month: Belkin Slim Laptop Backpack


Most people who travel with their laptop to work or school have a laptop bag allowing them carry their laptop and accessories without damaging it. But many people don't like to have to carry their laptop bag by its handle or have it over their shoulder. This is where the Belkin Slim Laptop Backpack comes into play. It allows you to safely carry your laptop on your back making it more comfortable and leaving your hands free for other things.


  • Lightweight and versatile back pack for 15.4-inch notebooks and essentials
  • Durable polyester exterior and a plush Soft-Touch lining for extra protection
  • Stylish dark gray and green color combination
  • Convenient headphone grommet for easy access to your MP3 player






Important Windows and Office patches:

Just a few September patches but October should offer many

Microsoft rolls out it operating system and application patches on the second Tuesday of the month but it appears that September won't be a busy month for developers in Redmond. This month there are only 2 updates which will give Microsoft a break before having to deal with the release of Windows 8 next month. There will only be security updates for Visual Studio and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

In October Microsoft will also be dealing with blocking access to all digital certificate keys shorter than 1,024 bits. This means that IT teams will have to ensure that server certificates are all up to date so that everything runs smoothly when the mandatory switch comes next month. This doesn't really concern the home user but mainly businesses who use the Windows server operating system.

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Interesting site of the Month:

Get out there and learn something on the National Geographic Education website. They have interactive multimedia presentations, mapping tools that show the geography of the area you are looking at as well as a content library with all kinds of information.

Reader's Question of the Month:

Resizing pictures for email

Joyce writes in with a software question
Question: I take pictures with my digital camera and sometime with my iPhone and like to email them to people but when I attach a bunch of them and try to send them it takes way too long and then the email will get bounced back to me saying it was rejected because of a mailbox size limit or something like that. Do I need to set my camera to a lower megapixel setting to make the pictures smaller or is there a better way to attach them? I don't want to have to do 10 emails just to send 10 pictures.

Answer: The best way to send multiple pictures in one email while still maintaining a good image quality and not having to change your camera settings is to resize the pictures before sending. Resizing will reduce the size of the file and the size of the picture while still leaving the quality as good as the original if you do it the right way. A quick and easy way to do this to multiple pictures is the use the free image resizing tool which lets you right click an group of pictures and then resize them all at once. Using the large setting works the best to keep the pictures as close to the original size while greatly reducing the file size.

There is a Windows 7 and Vista version as well as version for XP.

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Tech News of the Month:

New computers being sold with viruses right out of the box

Viruses and spyware are a big enough problem these days from all the spam email we get and shady websites out there. When you get a new computer you expect it to be virus free, at least until you get one on there yourself.

It has been discovered that there are computers coming out of China preloaded with viruses that activate when turned on and begin searching for other infected computers on the internet and steal personal and banking data from your computer along with other things

This was discovered by a team of Microsoft researchers in China checking out reports of counterfeit software. What they got in addition to that was a virus called Nitol which has its home in China along with 500 other types of malware. Nitol has also been found in the United States, Russia, Australia and Germany. It's easier to get away with using counterfeit software in China and this allows computer manufacturers to sell computers cheaper.

Microsoft also shut down the domain of a company that was hosting the sites where this virus was reporting back to along with almost 70,000 other malicious subdomains.


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