Thursday, January 17, 2013

All Sony Laptop Makes-Models Repair

PC Virus Doctors repair all makes and models of Sony laptops; PC Virus Doctors are NOT an Authorized Sony Service Center.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Symantec Spots Worm to Sabotage Businesses

A worm has been found that is designed to sabotage businesses, according to a Symantec blog. The worm attaches itself to the SQL data bases of business servers and starts seeking specific words. The worm, titled w32.Narilam, can erase data from drive storage and may be impossible to repair without a thorough data backup.

The worm targets corporate databases and is designed to sabotage and destroy data therefore disrupting business activity and costing businesses money and time in order to repair the damage and resume normal business. Most of the activity has been seen in the Middle East where once it gains hold in the system it spreads throughout the network to other drives and even USB drives attached to computers.

The worm is written in Delphi which is used to create other destructive malware targeting SQL databases. Dallas Virus Removal has experienced many of these destructive worms and viruses that may often corrupt and damage boot files where the system must be reinstalled. W32.Narilam, however, is not intended to steal data but simply to destroy data tables within the SQL database.

A caution for all business owners and individual computer users to always backup data and be prepared for disaster.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Malware Shaming on Personal Computer Users

PC Virus Doctors have seen an increase in the Reveton malware that displays a splash screen and freezes the computer with the splash screen sometimes showing an FBI logo and demand for ransom money, also known as ransomware. The new scam involves porn images that are now replacing the FBI fake logo scheme, according to PCWorld.

The malware can be very difficult to remove with often times the hard drive must be pulled and worked on. This technique may not always have the best results as cleaning the viruses and trojans may not be 100%. Upon booting the splash screen may be gone but now the screen is just blank with either boot file corruption or just a blank splash screen where computer access is still not possible after the "cleaned" drive has been reinstalled in the original desktop or laptop.

Users experiencing their computers with porn images frozen upon booting can call PC Virus Doctorsfor immediate assistance.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dell Computer- Laptop Repair

Dell Computer Repair is performed by PC Virus Doctors in Dallas, TX. All Dell desktops and laptop models are repaired in-house. Laptop repairs include, screen replacements, keyboard replacement, dc jack repairs, ram replacement, hard drive replacement, laptop top covers, laptop bottom covers and software repairs or operating system replacement.
PC Virus Doctors' Dallas PC Dell Repair includes desktops with the following repairs but not limited to software repairs, virus removal, operating system installs just like "off the shelf" as delivered by Dell manufacturing. Dell desktop hardware repair includes hard drive replacement, RAM upgrade replacement, sytem board/mother board replacement, network card replacement, power supply replacement, dvd rom replacement, floppy drive replacement and all other hardware repair/replacement.
Dell Computer repair in Dallas is available 24/7 with appointment.

Toshiba Laptop Repair

Toshiba Laptop Repair is performed in-house by PC Virus Doctors in Dallas, TX. We have successfully repaired numerous Toshiba machines without any difficulty; parts would need to be ordered, none available locally.

Toshiba Laptop Repairs include:
  • LCD Screen Replacement
  • Keyboard Replacement
  • RAM Upgrade/Replacement
  • Motherboard Repair/Replacement
  • CPU Replacement\
  • Hinge Replacement
  • Top Cover Replacement
  • Bottom Cover Replacement
  • Virus Removal
Call PC Virus Doctors for assistance in broken laptops.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dallas Computer Repair- Data Transfer from Old PC's

PC Virus Doctors is able to move data from older computers to your new desktop or laptop. A new folder can be created on the desktop and the old information can be transferred over to the new PC. Folders may be transferred without any loss of data as long as the hard drive integrity is sufficiently holding the data. The old folders under "usernames" are typically where all information is stored (minus application data):
  • My Documents
  • My Pictures
  • My Folders
  • My Music
  • Outlook or Outlook Express
Any other data can be transferred to the new unit as needed by the customer. Data can also be extracted to an external drive such as a flash drive or larger hard disk external drive. Flash drives are easily affordable for smaller data sets and provide easy portability on a keyfob or lanyard and can be password encrypted. 

Generally, the transfer can successfully be completed the following day with prior notification; just call PC Virus Doctors.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Devry's Top 5 Computer Security Threats

Devry Institute publish an article listing their top 5 computer security threats. One threat that PC Virus Doctors' Dallas Virus Removal often encounters is (1) malware and bots. Poisoned websites and advertising are a popular way to deliver malware. Adware and spyware is prevalent with some companies putting hard-to-remove cookies and tracking software on computers to report back data about what products and services people are looking for so those company can display the ads the way the want. Some of these malicious softwares can track users every move and can take their passwords.

(2) Devry also lists spam as PC security offenders. Often time spam can be sent in bulk that trick users into clicking a link that takes them to a tainted site that will install malware and then track or scrape passwords from users browsers. This malicious software can also scrape contacts from users address books and send emails to them claiming you need money because you are in trouble.

(3) Phishing scams are usually sent by email to users in attempts to look like an official company and asking users for personal information like names, addresses, date of birth, social security numbers, bank accounts, passwords, etc. If in doubt never respond to these and denote this emails a phishing attacks if your email client allows this demarcation.

(4) Unsecured wireless networks are also an exploit criminals may use in attempt to gain access to your desktop, laptop, phone, iPad or other wireless devices attached to the network. Wireless networks should have a strong password using letters, numbers and symbols if permitted. Passwords should be changed every so often and written down so they are not forgotten.

(5) Lost Data is reported as a top 5 PC security issue. Data from laptops, desktops, phones, iPad and other devices should be routinely backed up. Theft can also be a problem with laptops and portable mobile devices being used in airports, coffee shops and other public places.

Users needing help in securing their devices and with repairs can contact PC Virus Doctors' Dallas Computer Repair for expert help.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Java- Critical Patch Update; Oct. 2012

PC Virus Doctors has seen an increase in suspected Java Exploits that allow malware to install on unsuspecting users' computers. The clues for Java Exploits include malware removers that report names that include "Java Exploit" and after removing the 'exploits' Java then reports in the lower right hand task bar that "Java Updates are Available".

The below table guides users to the current Java Updates available:

JDK and JRE 7 Update 7 and earlierJava SE
JDK and JRE 6 Update 35 and earlierJava SE
JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 36 and earlierJava SE
SDK and JRE 1.4.2_38 and earlierJava SE
JavaFX 2.2 and earlierJavaFX

Users suspecting Java exploits or having trouble updating Java should contact PC Virus Doctors' Dallas PC Repair for malware removal.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dallas Computer Repair- Replacing Laptop Parts

PC Virus Doctors has seen an increase in the amount of physical repairs to laptops as users are opting for for repairs versus buying a brand new laptop. An especial increase in the amount of motherboards but also laptop DC jacks replaced/repaired or USB circuit boards replaced and other similar internal repairs.

The most efficient way of ordering internal laptop parts is not by using the manufacturer and model number but by actually pulling the part and retrieving the part number. Then our Dallas PC Repair will conduct a search in order to find the most economical part in the closet location or fastest delivery time.

Once the part is received, installation will start and finish within 24, GENERALLY. Dallas Computer Repair can not ensure that a rigarous schedule/project/repair may be in progress and that task will be completed before another task is initiated.

The drawback to replacing laptop parts is that they must be ordered as few parts are available in the Dallas maetroplex. Parts can be found in the United States must often on the East or West coast and other times in the Midwest. ETA on parts is sometimes one week from either coast if by US Post Office or about 3 days if UPS or FedEx typical delivery time.

Laptop users wishing to revive a dead laptop can call PC Virus Doctors for assistance.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Computer Repair Dallas- Motherboards

PC Virus Doctors' Dallas Computer Repair has increasingly replaced motherboards within the last several months. Althogh one of the most laborous jobs that can be taken, it is possible to revive the laptop in a more economical manner than buying a new laptop.

Motherboards are generally not available in the Dallas area and the internet is utilized to find the most economical motherboard available for our customers. Generally the cost of a used motherboard is around $100. PC Virus Doctors will then place new thermal paste between the CPU and CPU heatsink that is 99.99% synthetic silver allowing the coolest possible working temperatures.

Turn around for these projects, motherboard replacement, is typically around a week due to ordering and shipping. Once the motherboard is in, the motherboard is installed and generally available by 12pm noon the following day.

Call PC Virus Doctors to schedule an appointment.