Fake Virus Scams

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Fake Virus Scams

Keep an eye out for Fake Virus scams which can emanate from a mistyped URL it occupies.

Do not give them access to your computer remotely

Close the Browser window using whichever method is necessary, as it cannot escape the browser unless you download something from the page.

If you cannot close the browser window, right click the Task Bar or press Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys to open the Task Manager, choose Show Less Details, highlight the browser and choose End Task.

If this fails hold the power button to Shut Down. If you do this Edge may reload the page when it starts back up, but it will also give you an option to Start Fresh to avoid opening the previous tabs.

Also in Edge, if you try to X out of the browser WIndow, it may present a dialogue box to end the session. The webpage is allowed to put text in the box but cannot stop it from closing the WIndows when you choose OK, so that is safe to do.

If you called the scammers and they installed anything on your PC, open Settings>Apps, organize by Date, uninstall anything on that date you didn’t install yourself.

Then run a full scan with Malwarebytes

If you paid them anything, notify your bank that you were scammed.

If in any doubt please contact Howard Mobile       Landline      Email

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Christmas Presents Maybe a New Computer or Laptop

Before we know it it’ll be Christmas

If you’re thinking about a new computer or laptop for yourselves or as a present for someone, well now’s a great time to start planning

Order your computer and leave a deposit to hold it and pay it off before Christmas and have it ready for the big day

I have computers and laptops in stock so come and take a look at what I have or I can advise on what would be best for your needs now and in the future whether it be a basic or a gaming computer I’m happy to help

If interested give Howard a call or send him an email

I take all major credit and debit cards

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Known issues updating to Windows 10, version 1809

The rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809)* has been paused for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating

The missing files after upgrading bug is perhaps the biggest and most serious problem found in this new version, and it was so significant that even forced Microsoft to stop the rollout.

Thankfully, the problem now has been fixed, and the October 2018 Update should no longer delete files after the upgrade.

The only caveat is that the fixes will not recover your files. If you upgraded to the October 2018 Update before the fixes were available and your files were deleted, you’ll need to contact the company directly. Although the Microsoft support team will help you recover your files, the company will not guarantee that you’ll get some or all of your files.

I did this update on day one and have not had any problems myself

But always best to be safe which Microsoft have done

If you’ve all ready done the update fixes are being rolled out in updates and a new release of this version of windows 10 will be out soon

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Windows 10 1809 October update

This update will be coming soon in windows update so you don’t need to do anything at all Below are some of the new features

Cloud Clipboard and Clipboard history

If you are using multiple Microsoft devices, this feature is for you. Windows 10 Version 1809 will come with cloud clipboard option. This means that your clipboard contents will be saved to your Microsoft account and will appear wherever you sign into your account. Sync across devices feature is not enabled until you sign in to a Microsoft account. You can do so by following the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to System
  3. Go to Clipboard
  4. Under Sync across devices, Click Sign in.

Clipboard settings Windows 10 Version 1809

Clipboard history has also been introduced. You will be able to see your clipboard history using a keyboard shortcut. This feature is turned off by default. You can enable is by following the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to System
  3. Go to Clipboard
  4. Toggle Clipboard history to On.

After you have enabled clipboard history, you can see the history any time by pressing Windows Key + V.

Clipboard history in Windows 10 Version 1809

Dark mode for Microsoft Apps

Dark mode is all the rage now a days. All applications and Operating Systems including popular browsers are introducing dark mode in their feature set. Dark mode is the inverted mode where foreground colour become lighter and background colour becomes darker. This helps in saving eyes from damage especially when working at night.

Microsoft has introduced dark mode for Windows apps especially File Explorer. To enable dark mode, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Personalization
  3. Go to Colours
  4. Under Choose your default app mode, select Dark.

Enable dark mode in Windows 10

SwiftKey keyboard

Microsoft has improved on its virtual keyboard which is an accessibility feature in Windows. SwiftKey keyboard is like real keyboard and it can be used on touch enabled devices. After this improvement, people may find it easier to take tablets without a physical keyboard instead of laptops which have a physical keyboard, especially useful when you are travelling.

SwiftKey keyboard Windows 10 Version 1809

To enable SwiftKey keyboard, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Ease of Access
  3. Go to Keyboard under Interaction
  4. Under Use your device without a physical keyboard, turn on the toggle for on-screen keyboard.

Enable SwiftKey keyboard

Updated game bar and game mode

The game bar has been greatly improved in Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Earlier, the game bar was just a small bar with basic settings about game mode. Now if you press Windows Key + G to open the game bar, you will be amazed by the amount of features included in it.

Game Mode settings in Windows 10 Version 1809

Now you can capture screenshots from inside the game, record the game, record game audio etc.

Your Phone app

Windows 10 Version 1809 comes with a much better smartphone integration. Now you can integrate your Windows 10 Phone or even Android phone. You will be able to access your photos and send SMS using your PC instead of the phone.

Your Phone app in Windows 10

Google also introduced an app for sending SMS from the computer instead of the Android phone but this requires active Internet connection to work.

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Telstra Email Problems

Telstra/Bigpond are having email issues and hopefully working on fixing the problems

Check out this website for updates


Internet speed not good Now!

My Internet speed is very slow

I’m getting 1% of my normal speeds

This is very poor service from Telstra

Firstly emails which are still not good but now poor speeds

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Please Beware of Telephone Calls from Scammers

Please Beware of Telephone Calls from Scammers

They come in many forms and say they’re from many different companies  and sound so believable


But if you get a call from one of these please just hang up the phone

I’ve picked up a laptop from one of my customers today who as fallen for such a scam

I didn’t believe it was true when she rang me

But it’s happened and I’m fixing up her laptop so she’ll be secure again

But you’re the first line of defence and if you allow them to remote into your computer then it doesn’t matter what anti-virus you have





Keep an eye on this website Scamwatch


Also you can report any scam calls you’ve had


The government should be doing more to attempt to stop these cold callers preying on the vulnerable


If you here a gap from when you pick up the phone it’s a call centre so hang up…


If you do let them onto your computer but realise something is not right pull the plug from your router which will cut the internet connection and force them off


I’m always available so if in doubt email or text me 24 hours a day or ring me between 8.00am and 8.00pm


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End Of Finacial Year – Too Late Now

EOFY is closed and now it’s too late to be thinking of buying those extra things you need so you can claim it in this years accounts

But you have another 364 days until next year closes…

Maybe it will be continued next year also?

As widely known, the Government elected to keep the $20,000 instant tax deduction in place for one more year, and with the end of financial year approaching many businesses may take advantage of the policy.

Instead of having the asset depreciate over a number of years, small businesses are now able to write off the depreciation immediately. It means that small business are more likely to buy new equipment or technology, which can make them more efficient and help them grow.

Under the rules, the definition of a small business is one with a turnover of up to $10 million.

This means a whole new raft of businesses could take advantage of the policy — but there still are a couple of caveats you should be aware of.
What kind of assets can I get?

The type of asset you can buy needs to be a depreciating asset and it needs to be worth less than $20,000.

A depreciating asset is one used in the course of business which has a limited shelf-life and is expected to decline in value.

For example, you may buy a shiny new laptop computer for your business, but in a couple of years that laptop isn’t going to be so shiny.

Previously the depreciation of the asset played out over several years – so you got a bit of a deduction one year and another one the next year and so on.

Under the government’s scheme, you get the entire thing in one hit – which makes it much simpler.

Things that qualify include:

Office or shop furniture and fittings
Display screens, kitchen equipment, signage and air conditioners
Work vehicles
IT hardware such as desktop computers, servers and printers

Desktops Laptops Desktop Parts Laptop Parts

Plant and equipment

Email Howard NOW

Or ring Howard NOW

So if you’re thinking of upgrading your computer system, wanting a new laptop or anything computer related well nows the time to start thinking about it and maybe getting a quote

I can give you a quote and get things up and running before the end of the financial year

But remember the clock is ticking…

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National Scams Awareness Week 2018

National Scams Awareness Week 2018


Scams Awareness Week runs from 21–25 May 2018. Australians are urged to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams by taking a moment to ‘Stop and check: is this for real?


National Scams Awareness Week Resource Kit

Website here

This is the ‘National Scams Awareness Week’ resource kit. This year Scams Awareness Week runs from 21-25 May. We encourage you to share these resources with your staff, customers and stakeholders to help them identify and protect themselves from threat-based impersonation scams


Please be Careful online and when answering the phone

If in doubt hang up the phone

You can contact me me here

Be Safe

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Free Ink Cartridges

I keep getting ink cartridges given from my customers that are no good to them anymore
So I thought I’d list them on here
Free to a good home
So what I have…
All Generic brands
Epson 2004XL Yellow x 2
Epson 2003XL Magenta x 1
Epson 2002XL Cyan x 1
Epson 2001XL Black x 2

Epson 138 Black x 2

Calidad 922 black x 1
Calidad 922 Yellow x 1
calidad 923 Black x 1

Canon cli-8bk Black x 5
Canon cli-8y Yellow x 1

Brother Printer LC990 and many other printers too many to print See side of ink picture for more listed number

I have 1 of each colours and 1 black so a full set 4 in total

If interested in any of the above please let me know ASAP to reserve them

Free to a good home

If anyone as some ink cartridges they don’t need

I’ll take them in and find a good home for them

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Stop and check is this for real: Scams awareness week 2018

Stop and check is this for real: Scams awareness week 2018

Scams Awareness Week runs from 21–25 May 2018

Australians will be urged to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams by taking a moment to ‘Stop and check: is this for real?’.

Scammers may pretend to be from a government agency or well-known company.

Their aim is to scare you into parting with your money or personal information and if you don’t, they threaten you with fines, disconnecting your internet, taking you to court, arrest or even deportation.

More information will be published on 21st May here

I will update this post as and when more info is posted

Listed below ar a few links to show you what scams are out their

How to report a scam and where to get help

Different types of Scams

Report a Scam here

Get Help here

My advice is if in doubt trust no one

If they give you an ID number don’t trust it’s real as it’s simple to make one up

If your worried and it’s from your internet service provider Ring them to ask if it’s true or false

That goes for your bank, electric company or any other company most of them will not ring you at home out of the blue

Don’t let them win

Simple thing to do is say I don’t have a computer and hang up

Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Howard



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