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URGENT ALERT RE HACKERS, VIRUSES, AND DANGEROUS THREATs
Today I received an urgent, very loud, alert from what appeared to be Microsoft, telling me the computer was in serious danger from hackers trying to gain access to my personal information. I was instructed not to turn my computer off or leave the page and was afraid to exit. I was also instructed to call the phone number provided immediately. I was not aware of any MS security threat scams and was quite worried. The technician I spoke to on the phone assured me he was a licensed MS technician and that since my computer had already been hacked, all my personal information was in jeopardy. This was a first for me and decided it would be best to trust his judgment. He accessed my computer and seemed to think 17 hackers were attempting to take over my computer and said my entire security system was locked, so I would not be able to proceed without removal of the threat and the addition of a network firewall and an IP protection. He took me to a web page for RIGHTPCEXPERTS.COM in Tampa, and gave the impression they are affiliated with Microsoft. Because I am age 69 he offered me a "discounted price" of 299.00 and I was left to believe it was imperative, as all my devices were in danger. I was then referred to a second agent who said he would be able to remedy the problems with my PC. HE REMOVED MY SYSTEM MECHANIC AND THEN installed an AD BLOCKER, CC CLEANER, ANTI-VIRUS HACKING. HE SEEMINGLY CLEANED MY COMPUTER AND THEN INSTALLED A NETWORK FIREWALL, AN IP NETWORK ACCESS PROTECTOR. After I PROVIDED my credit card number for the charge of 299.00 I was told there was an additional fee technical fee of $120, that would be paid in 12 installments of 9.99, for a total of 420.00. I was so reluctant but thought I had no other choice but to proceed. Like another gentleman who was concerned about the legitimacy of this company, I am left wondering if they are a scam. MY INVOICE READ AM PC SECURITY, NOT RIGHTPCEXPERTS OUT OF TAMPA AND NEXWAY HANDLED THE TRANSACTION.

06/19/2019

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What file view do you prefer in your file explorer?
These are the available options on my PC: extra large icons, large icons, medium icons, small icons, list, details, tiles, content? Which one do you usually choose and what does it depend on?

06/19/2019

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Developer Training
Over the last couple of years I have been learning to use Access and to write some basic VBA and SQL. This has been a fantastic experience for me. I have found a great new hobby and possible new career since I am quickly nearing retirement from my first career. I would like to become a fullstack .Net developer. (If that is even the correct term) Can someone point me to a reputable provider for some training? Call me old fashioned, but I still prefer to be able to talk to my instructor and ask questions.

06/19/2019

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Large tiles, small tiles, or no tiles? What do you prefer?
Do you use tiles on your device, or do you prefer the start menu without tiles? If you use tiles, do you customize them, such as the size? Personally, I like to make different groups for productivity and entertainment. - Brandon C, Services Advisor from a Microsoft Store

06/19/2019

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https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/mse-protect_scanning/phone-call...

OT: phone call scams. I have been called twice from an indian accented person claiming they are from windows sevice centre, he says that my computer has been hacked and they want my details to "fix the issues".

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/mse-protect_scanning/microsoft...

The popup with the telephone number you are seeing is the malware/adware issue on your computer. It's a new wrinkle on the cold call scams and the fake antimalware programs that were previously being installed on computers that we have heard about for years. Now the scammers are trying to get you to call them....

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_other-security-winsec/...

Caller ID also matched my name/home's landline #. I actually waited on the line to see if any customer service rep would talk to me (even though I knew better than to divulge ANYTHING, and figured this to be a scam) but the call disconnected despite being told to hang on the line for a customer service person. Edit: one letter/typo

https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2017/05/18/fight-tech-support-scams

If you haven’t experienced a tech support scam yet, chances are you know someone who has. According to a 2016 global survey, two out of three people have experienced a tech support scam in the previous 12 months. Microsoft receives an average of 10,000 customer complaints per month about tech support scams from all across the globe.

https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2014/09/18/how-to-report-the-microsoft-phone-scam

Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information. You can report this scam to the following authorities: In the United States, use the FTC Complaint Assistant form. In Canada, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can provide support. In the United Kingdom, you can report fraud as well as unsolicited calls.