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The “FBI Virus” – or FBI MoneyPak Ransomware Virus – is a virus that sends your computer into lock down mode as soon as you boot it up. A message that reads “STOP! YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED BY THE FBI” is usually splashed across the screen and can be very convincing and even terrifying to users unaware of this virus.
This virus will then tell you that your computer has been “seized” and “frozen,” claiming that illegal activity has been detected on your computer. In most cases, the virus will demand a payment anywhere from $100 – $700 to unlock the PC.
But don’t be fooled! This is a scam and we CAN remove this virus from your computer.
Computer users who have experienced this virus will first see a full-screen warning claiming to come from the FBI, sometimes even with the official FBI seal. The warning will then demand a ransom payment through MoneyPak to get your computer up and running again – which in fact will NOT work. Unfortunately, we’ve seen too many people fall for this scam.
There are many websites out there that will provide instructions on how to remove this virus, but we highly recommend that you bring your PC to the professionals to avoid any further damage.
If you’ve been hit by this virus or think you may have a computer virus in general, please do not hesitate to contact Miken today!
Because the subject of saving money on outsourced IT is a popular and important one, we should start out by noting that there are a lot of ways you could decrease your monthly IT bill. For instance, you could simply choose less expensive hardware and software than you currently use. Additionally, you might decide to find a cheaper outsourced IT company, or even assign the maintenance of your business’ technology to an in-house member of your administrative team, rather than a technology professional.
With a little thought, you could probably even come up with another dozen ways to save money, at least for a few months, on your outsourced IT bill. The problem in each of these cases, though, you’re almost always going to inevitable end up costing yourself more money in the future… and more often than not, that’s going to be the near future.
Here are just a few of the ways scaling back your IT is likely to result in bigger expenses down the road: Read More
As a rule, things that seem too good to be true often are. We suspect that’s the reason a lot of companies have held off on making the switch to cloud computing systems, even though they are incredibly excited about the prospect of saving 50% or more on their technology expenses. Just about every business owner or manager would love to cut their bills in half and get a faster, more reliable network in the process… but many feel that there must be a “catch” somewhere in the process.
With that in mind, it’s worth asking: Is cloud computing too good to be true?
We can understand why people think that way, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s such a great idea, and such a high-ROI investment for almost any organization. To illustrate why, we’ll break down the three biggest arguments against cloud computing, and show you why they don’t really hold up against closer scrutiny: Read More
So, you’ve taken the advice of an IT employee or consultant and invested in a strong technology backup and disaster recovery plan that protects your business against all kinds of unfortunate potential accidents, both major and minor. With that out of the way, you can rest easy in the knowledge that your files, sensitive data, and even applications are safely tucked away if there is ever a fire, break-in, or other incident… right?
You certainly can, but don’t think that you’ll never have to think about backup and disaster recovery again.
You see, just like insurance policies and other protective tools, backup and disaster recovery plans become outdated over time, and need to be revisited on a regular basis. That’s partly because technology is always changing, but also because your company is, as well.
In fact, here are just a few of the items that will have to be updated on your backup and disaster recovery plan from time to time:
Any new technology components your company relies on. If you are like most businesses, you aren’t using the same computers you were just a few years ago, much less the same smart phones, tablets, software applications, and so on. Considering how quickly technology changes, it’s only natural that you’ll need to add new parts to your plan. The same goes for new pieces to integrate into your company, new pieces of software that departments come to rely on, and so on. Read More