Fast Solution is a computer services company that services Barrie Ontario as well as the surrounding areas. So why would we put out a how-to guide to protect yourself from threats if that is exactly how we make money? Simple, once you realize that we are here to help, hopefully, you will call us for any other issues as well as tell your friends!
Every day I get a call or two from someone saying “my computer is slow”, “everyone on my email contact list received an email from me that I didn’t send” and/or “every time I go on to the internet I get lots of pop-ups and my computer takes me to pages that I didn’t request.”
My easiest solution for anyone reading this is to get a proper anti-virus. I realize everyone says they know this, but I assure you from the countless calls we get about this topic, everyone does not know this. Your parents, your friends, and your family need to be told this, because once any of the above happen, it is too late.
Now at Fast Solution on-site computer services, we are a little biassed because we are gold resellers of AVG. Many people will call and say “well this shouldn’t have happened because we have an anti-virus on our system”. But once you dig a little deeper you will find that they have the free version offered on-line. So whether it is the free version of AVG, avast, or any other anti-viruses, you are not getting the protection you would get with a paid version. Sounds like a sales pitch right? Well it in fact it’s just the opposite. I make much more money having to come in and clear a virus, than what I can make selling you a proper anti-virus.
By arming your computer with a paid anti-virus, you will avoid tons of issues, and potentially damaging emails because many of them have a built-in scan that will do the work without you knowing. What I mean by that is that there are constant scans going on making sure that attachment you just clicked on in your email doesn’t have a virus attached to it that is ready to infect your computer.
Another great feature of AVG is that it pre-scans websites. You will see a small icon beside a site’s address (during a search) telling you that AVG has scanned the site and it is safe. This is especially important if you have kids that are on the computer. Nothing entices my three kids more than the idea of winning something. So when they go on to Webkinz website and see something that says they “won”…they click. Because we have AVG, a page comes up letting us know that the re-directed site that should have come up is potentially unsafe, so it stops my kids from going further. Even if I am not around, I can feel safe that my kids won’t be able to infect my computer.
I realize that this may not be the most enticing of topics to blog about, but virus makers are not going away any time soon. I also realize that not everyone knows about this so I implore you to share this with the people you care about before they too get hit. In fact, I will make it more enticing. If I receive a service call from someone because you forwarded this or shared it on Facebook, I will give the customer and you $25* off the next time you need our service. It doesn’t get better than that….well maybe it does…buying a proper anti-virus and not having to have a service call at all!
*cannot be used in combination with another offer