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Cigarette Smoke and Computers

I always find this interesting… and gross.
Below are pictures showing the inside of 3 computers, all showing similar areas of the processor fan.

This is what the processor fan of a new computer looks like:
Fan-New

Here is what you can expect one to look like in a computer that is around 5 years old:
Fan-5yrs

This picture is a computer also around 5 years old from a home where cigarettes are smoked. The fluffy stuff around the inside of the fan is about a half inch thick! The same substance is equally caked on every other part in this computer. Breath deep my friends!
Fan-5yrs_Smoke

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Browser Hijack

Browser Hijack

Browser hijacking is a computer hack tactic where certain elements in a webpage seemingly take over your computer. Lately it has been very common to hear of someone who has a warning screen on their computer stating that they have a virus. The user will not usually be able to close this window, and the only way out is to call a 1-800 phone number given in the message.

If you call the phone number, the person at the other end will seem to have all of the answers and will be prompt to assist you with the problem. In all actuality, that person is going to lead you to having more trouble that you already have and will charge you money for doing so. If you follow his or her lead, they will request remote control over your computer. This should be your Red Flag!!!

If this happens to you, the first thing that you want to do is try and close your browser. But do not use the buttons provided on the screen. If this is not an option, the next step will be to hold your power button down until the computer shuts down. But I only recommend this as a last resort.

When you turn your computer back on, your web browser will think that your computer crashed and will offer to restore the previous session of websites. Do not allow this to happen or you will be back to square one!

Below are some examples of what to watch for:

virusfakebrowserblocked msefake

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Internet Service for the County

If you live in an area where AT&T DSL seems to be the only option, it may be to your advantage to check this out!

Connect GRADD powered by Q Wireless is a wireless internet service that is often a great option for those who live in an area where faster internet services (such as cable) cannot reach. Connect GRADD utilizes various water towers and other tall objects to mount their antennas. When you call to setup a service, they will first schedule a time to survey your residence to see if you can receive their signal and if so, how strong that signal is. Your options for internet speed are reliant on how strong their signal is.
Connect GRADD covers Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster counties.

Here is a link to the webpage that will provide a phone number and pricing options: http://my.connectgradd.net/.
This is a link to their coverage map: http://map.connectgradd.net/.

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