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Q: Tech Support Scams

Hello,
Just wanted to share this experience with you all. Viruses can be a tricky thing, causing all kinds of damage and ruining your day, week, month, or even year. In times like that the weekest cowardly people come out of the woodwork and scare you into financial submission, and i want you to not be fooled by fast talking snake oil salesmen.

desktop win7 wired connection
desktop win XP sp3 wired connection, installing wireless adapter.
laptop winXP wireless
Belkin router

Problem:
I had a desktop that was a wired connectoion and wanted to give it to my kid, so i got a wireless network card and installed it. The card seemed to be working fine, but it would not connect to the internet. (it would hang on "aquiring a network address" then error out saying windows coudlnt connect..)
I called Belkin tech support who tried a bunch of nonsence scare tactics to make me believe my registry was corrupt and that i had a virus. end result- pay them money and they would fix the issue, AND i would be protected for some amount of time. I believe it is 30 days, 90 days, 6 months a year or even 3 years.

What they didnt know/ask/think about was that the router and network card were both brand new, and that the computer I was having issues with had a fresh install of win XP with paid antivirus program. When I told them "No, if I have a virus then my antivirus company needs to deal with it, im not paying both of you to solve the same issue". Well, the tech agent hung up the phone on me.
I called back and the exact same thing happened. They used tactics such as opening a command window and typing the command "tree". then at the prompt- and very quicly I might add, the tech typed "Network is infected". hit return and ran the tree command again. The tech then ran the tree command a 3rd time and and then said I had a virus, scrolled back up to where he had typed in "network is infected" to prove his case. He then gave me the "pay us for your protection" speach and when I said no, they hung up. the tech try to close the command window but i booted him off my system before he could.
Well, I called my PAID antivirus people, who worked with me and scanned and looked around, and they could not find any trace or hint of a virus. we ran malware programs, hijack this, scanned for viruses, checked the vault etc etc. no infection was found, so then I called the wireless card manufacturer who could not figure out the problem either- they didnt offer to run any registry programs nor charge me money either.
So, I called back to Belkin tech support.
The 3rd tech, looking into his notes, pulled up my processes window and identified csrss.exe- a necessary file, but known to have been used for trojan infestions in the past. while trying to explain that i had a virus and selling me their protection, he tried to google search the file and pulled up an advertisement site from the top of google list, and of course the file is infected and i need to run their registry cleaner and disinfect my system.

I'm calling BS!

In the end, I resolved the problem myself- the network card was not setup for wpa- which it was supposed to have been, it was set for wep. (yes it makes a difference)
Please beware- this is happening in all kinds of tech support issues. had an issue with windows 8 install- they tried the same thing on me- but if it is an incomplete fresh install on a repartitioned hard drive, then HOW DID IT GET A VIRUS?

dont buy into it. Yes there are times you actually do have a virus. but be carefull to understand what they are telling you. LISTEN to their tone of voice AND how adgitated they get when you ask them to back up and repeat what they just said. ask questions to prove it to yourself. it's your money, protect it!
My reasoning:
If the wired network adapter is able to see the internet, and the wired adapter isn't, then a virus may verry well be present and active- but most certainly it is not causing the issue. If it were, then the wired network adapter wouldnt work either. (especially after a few dozen reboots) And btw- what use is a trojan virus if it prevents you from connecting to the internet? Trojans are supposed to allow for hackers or malicious code to steal information from you. if the door is shut, then it cant get in or out- can't do its job- common sence.

Hope this helps!

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Preferred Solution: Tech Support Scams

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Hi this is my first post and know it has been brought up before from last summer.I feel it is worth making people aware that it is still going on.I bought a Toshiba S55T from Staples in 2015 and was in the process of getting it set up.I went to the Web site as directed to check for any upgrades and after that got busy for a few days before I could get back to it.When I went to put my PW in to get into Win 10 it said wrong one.I tried every one I had and since it was new called Staples and asked if they could help,they said yes for over $100 dollars so I went searching the net with my tablet and a few days later I called what I thought was the tech support number and was told the same spill that many others have said and being a little desperate ended up giving them $195. and control over it while they told me what to do.After I had everything reloaded days later I started getting phone calls at my house and the first one said my computer had 32,000 erras so I knew I had been scamed.I avoided the internet for months now and have been useing my tablet until yesterday when I got the Toshiba and was going to use it and to my horror it had been wiped almost clean with the PW wouldn't work again,I have since found out how to reset it from scratch which is what I'm wanting to do.What do you think I should do just remove my files which is what I did last time or fully clean the drive on this new Toshiba and if I do a full cleaning will I lose any important Windows files?Do ... Read more

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Almost every single customer of mine has had a few of these calls, some even while I was with them. I was wondering, has anyone created a printable paper that one could give to a person to warn them about these scams? Or should I create one of my own?
 
 

A:Infographic/handout for tech support phone scams?

Thank you for asking rsakuma -
 
We host some topics like : beware of Phone Scamming.

Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license...Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) to charge you for computer security or software fixes...Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.

 
Avoid tech support phone scams: What you need to know
Don’t fall for phony phone tech support
Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently
 
I hope that some of these are on the topic that you have requested .........
 
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Interested in finding out how fake telephone tech support scams work? Well, grab a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, and prepare to be educated, entertained, and horrified.
Chances are that you or someone you know has gotten a call from someone claiming to be from "Windows technical support" phoning up to tell you that you "computer has a virus" and offering to remove it for you - for a fee.

See also: What's the best and worst browser for Windows 10?

Now I don't know about you, but I've never had the time (or patience) to play along, so I've always been curious to find out how the conversation pans out.

Well, if you're interested in finding out what happens, grab a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, fire up YouTube, and prepare to be educated, entertained, and horrified.

Troy Hunt, security expert, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, and the brains behind the Have I been pwned? data breach service, takes the time to show us exactly what happens.
Full Article. Here's how fake telephone tech support scams work | ZDNet
 

A:Here's how fake telephone tech support scams work

Great article and I hate how these people do this kind of thing to innocent civilians by taking advantages of their knowledge. But the main question is how are they able to get the victim phone number? I been received numerous of phone called from these kind of people and the first thing they said is this: " Hi my name is blah blah blah, and we're from Microsoft Technical Department. Our server have received several reports from your computer and based on your reports it show signs your computer been infected with a virus." But good thing is I able to keep them on the phone for 30 minutes and at the end the scammer curse me with profanity words and I replied this: " Thank you for compliment, and you know? I able to keep you on the phone for 30 minutes so you can't scam other 30 innocent people."
 

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Received fraudulent phone call from 18883113841 claiming to be a dell tech support who later started verbally abusing and cursing. Seems like info has been stolen from Dell. Dell is not taking responsibility and leaving it's customer vulnerable that undermines the trust on the entire Dell company. Who would like to buy from Dell knowing that privacy will be compromised? On behalf of all affected customers, I request Dell to provide the affected customer necessary safeguards to help rebuild the customers trust on Dell by acknowledging their sufferings. Thank you very much.

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My elderly father almost fell victim to a scam involving third-party technical support.  He stubbled upon a phone number on the internet when he was attempting to locate HP technical support regarding a printer question.  I performed research on the phone number he called and discovered the company is tech4global. Tech4global advertises technical support services... for HP and many other well know products.  BEWARE of tech4global! 
 
My father needed help replacing the printer toner cartridge and the tech4global representative convinced him to allow unfettered remoted access into his computer.  The tech4global representative poked around in his system and then informed my father that he was hacked and if he paid $90+ they could remedy the problem.  My father contacted me and I told him to immediately disconnect his internet connection.  I saw that the tech4global representative accessed the windows logs and was snooping in the local user folders.  I am not sure what else the tech4global rep did (like install any backdoors?)... but he definitely tried to take advantage of my father.  It also appeared that he typed a message giving the impression that the system was hacked.  Bogus! 
 
I need to further investigate what this tech4global representative did on my father's PC.  In the meantime, I wanted to provide a warning to stay away from tech4global.  It disgusts me on how (illegitimate) companys attempt... Read more

A:Beware of Technical Support Scams - like tech4global

Thanks for the heads up on another of these scammers.
 
Just in case this so called technician did do some damage or installed back doors, ask for help in the malware removal section and follow their advice.
 
Nev.

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I keep receiving calls from fake MICROSOFT Tech support with various telephone numbers. Strange, they do not show up in my phone on line logs. They wanted me to go to FASTSUPPORT\763721586 ( do not use  these numbers). It is a company  called FASTSUPPORT.com. they also give you a complaint department where you can enter the number that you feel is causing you problems, the number of the LOGMEINRESCUE type remote access code. of course it is clear to them that you are suspicious and they will get rid of the  phone operator who didn't succeed. So do not bother to leave any complaint.

A:FAKE MICROSOFT TECH SUPPORT IS COMPANY CALLED FAST SUPPORT

Appears you are dealing with a well known scam.Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls, display pop-up alerts in your browser to call a support number or send unsolicited email messages to request personal or financial information or to fix your computer.Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulentlyIs that call from Microsoft a scam?Tell Your Relatives: No, Microsoft Won’t Call You About Your ComputerMicrosoft calling? Mind the tech support scammer!Tech Support Scamming through unsolicited phone calls, browser pop-ups and emails from "so-called Support Techs" advising "your computer is infected with malware", “All Your Files Are Encrypted" and other fake "alert messages" has become an increasing common scam tactic over the past several years. The scams may involve web pages with screenshots of fake Microsoft (Windows) Support messages, fake reports of suspicious activity, fake warnings of malware found on your computer, fake ransomware and fake BSODs all of which include a tech support phone number to call in order to fix the problem. If you call the phone number (or they called you), scammers will talk their victims into allowing them remote control access of the computer so they can install a Remote Access Trojan in order to steal passwords and other sensitive personal information which could then be used to access bank accounts or steal a person's identity.These are a few examples.Call Windows Help Desk Immediately Tech Support Scam Fake Your com... Read more

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When I installed Win8 on one computer I need a H.P. printer driver. So I went to H.P. support/download did not find the needed driver so I called their Tech. support. A friendly support guy looked at my system and told me my copy of Microsoft Win8 bought at Best Buy was not a legit copy, also my system had been infected and they needed to remove my Win8 clean my system and reinstall Win8. made me a deal of a reduced price of $250US I knew this was not right so I begged them good buy went to Best Buy where I have good friends in the Geek Squad. they got the needed driver and printer works fine.
Today my Netgear routher died, called Netgear to get my lifetime warranty. This also was a support in India guy said it would cost $39US to make sure it was the router I said thanks but no thanks. Took my old Netgear router back to Best Bye where I bought it three years ago and they gave me a new Netgear router. I needed setup help so called Netger as new user also in India guy was friendly looked at my system and helped me get it setup. Then he informed me my computer was under attack and my files were being read he could fix my system and protect my files for the small sum of just $85US. Well I was using a small backup H.P. computer on the Net. hardwired and it was almost never used. So I knew it was a India Tech. support scam again.
I think these guys in India do support for many Mfg.s and software makers, and it's an easy way to gleen a lot of fast cash from people who trust the br... Read more

A:Tech. Support Scam from India support bases.

Are you sure you were using legitimate HP/Netgear phone numbers? Where did you get the numbers from?

Are you sure it wasn't just a variation of the scams the FTC are starting to crack down on?
How Windows tech support scammers walked right into a trap set by the feds | Ars Technica

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I have a Thinkpad T450s and it is just over a year old. It still has 3 more years of warranty. Recently the lenovo solution center gave an critical error for the HDD (Read test failure) and I submitted an online request reporting it. Without even sending me an email or contacting me, they sent me a new part and gave me zero information about it. Apparently every other person can replace a HDD now! I have created 3 more cases calling their tech support to send the laptop for a depo repair. Everytime the request is rejected 'at the vendor' according to the customer care. Neither the customer care people or tech support can tell me why. Every time they create a new case, tell me I will receive a depo bag nect day, and I dont receive anything, have to call depo customer care and on hold for minimum 40 minutes, only to hear that the case has been rejected they dont know why.One tech support told me now I have to send the new part back before creating a new case, otherwise it will be rejected again. but he does not know how I can send the new part back. The return label sent to me was for the faulty HDD.Can anyone help? What is the point of paying for warranty if I receive this type of service? 

A:HORRIBLE tech support and warranty support

You do not state which type of warranty you currently have, there are a few which will affect how TS will or can respond. I hope you get this resolved to your satisfaction...





T61, 6465, Vista

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hello to everyone!!

im working as a tech support agent for one of the biggest ISP in the US.. its a good paying job and also very challenging.. i use to troubleshoot internet connection issues for residential accounts (1 pc only) and for all other issues that i get, i browse for similar issues on the forums of this site.. well, most of them came pretty handy (esp for the security forums).. now, i got transferred to the networking department and im in a total loss!! i can do simple troubleshooting and install assists for new networking users but i really need help in issues like:
1. remote access/ port forwarding
2. invalid IP addresses on the wireless devices
3. file and printer sharing
i was browsing through all the topics but i cant find any.. if there is someone out there who can help me with this issue and give me some pointers on how i am going to do this in an easier way.. i would really appreciate any assistance..

thanks in advance!!
foxxy
 

A:tech support in need of extra support

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+, x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 767 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 109915 MB, Free - 42983 MB; D: Total - 4538 MB, Free - 690 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., A7N8X-LA, Rev 1.xx, X312345678
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
 

A:Tech Support

thank you. I understand!
 

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I wanted to make this my special post, as its my 1000, and encourage all members to use their System Restore more, I keep a system restore icon on
my desktop and make a restore point everyday, I know the computer is suppose to do it, but it makes me feel better, evertime I make drastic changes or questionable downloads I make a restore point, I simply type call it rp it only takes less than 10 seconds, if everyone did this we really could cut down on our
Tech Support. Have a good day.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/getstarted/ballew_03may19.mspx
 

A:How to cut down on Tech Support

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I have some type of virus on my computer. I keep getting pop up and unwanted icons on my desk top. I try to clear them out but everytime I go back on the internet they come back. Please give me some advise.
 

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I was giving my deceased grandfather's computer and it's has a password on it how do I get past it ?
 

A:Tech support !

Unfortunately we will not assist with that issue
One of the site rules is
Please do not ask for assistance with (or ways to bypass) a forgotten or unknown password, personal identification number (PIN) or any other type of access code that may be required on a computer, mobile device or web site. As there is no way to verify the actual situation or intent, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.Click to expand...

Please do understand that we are not doubting what YOU say, simply that we have no way of verifying that your explanation is the truth.
If for instance your computer was stolen or accessed without your permission and we enabled the person responsible to gain access to your computer, you would not be very pleased.

Sorry we cannot help
Our only suggestion is a clean install of Windows using the product key on the case of the computer if there is one.
 

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my mcafee says i have 2PWS-LegMir(trojans)that cannot be removed why is that.and how do i remove them?

A:tech support

Have you tried to remove them manually?

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To: Tech Support Guy Staff & All Other Dignitaries

I just wanna say that I LOVE Tech Support Guy. My first encounter was a few months ago, when I woke up one morning and found that my homepage had been hijacked by Searchv. I couldn't get rid of it. So I googled until I got to Tech Support Guy, and found that somebody else had the same problem. I followed the instructions and was rid of searchv. Via HijackThis. Jeez, I like that name.....HijackThis. And then came Ad-aware, and Spybot, and a whole new world was opened up to me. To top it off, it's all free. Not quite. I'm sending you guys a donation. You earned it.

pjblevin
 

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I know I know… Wrong posting BUT!

This is a scream! If you are in tech support I bet you had a day like this. Or you’re having one right now! I know that I did some years back.

A Day In The Life Of A Tech Support Guy Click Sales Guy vs. Web Dude
I know a Mod is going to move this but before you do, watch it then move it!
 

A:Tech Support Guy!!

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i trust you all will know what to do with this. i'm short of new to this so directions would greatly help.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 9:50:57 AM, on 6/13/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\mcshield.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\SHSTAT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\UpdaterUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\CasinoOnline\CsRemnd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winproc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\kx509_kfwk5.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Reference\Bookshelf 98\qshelf98.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\krbcc32s.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\devldr32.exe
C:\Program Files\Netscape\Netscape\Netscp.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Slik\My Documents\HijackThis.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\taskmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE

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A:Tech Support - HELP!

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How many pins are there on a standard SCSI-2 connector?

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A:PC Tech Support Help

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I have been getting screens, such as the one attached on several occasions. When I call tech support we have to go through all the tests and nothing shows. The tech has me do a few things and he even takes control of the computer and does some things. Of course, immediately thereafter everything seems to be working fine but eventually I get this screen.  This morning, 08/10/17 the computer gave me the screen I have attached, I sent the technician the picture of the screen and he sends me this response
"Thank you for contacting Dell Technical Support. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you to help ensure you continue to enjoy the use of your Dell system. ?? Please contact Dell Technical Support any time at 1800-624-9896 for quick resolution Service Request Number 951652777
 
Please contact Dell Technical Support any time at 1800-624-9896
please have your service tag or express service code ready. You could also resolve your issues by logging onto our support site www.support.dell.com for basic troubleshooting assistance and information related to order status, driver downloads and queries regarding your Dell system. Please allow our representative to contact you within 48 to 72 hours. Your satisfaction is very important to us. Thank you for choosing Dell."
I think my hard drive or worse, my computer is failing.  I have warranty until 01/19.  What can I do? If I keep calling nothing seems to get fixed.

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Hello everyone. I applied for a tech support job with my local ISP. I have no schooling, just computer knowledge as a hobby for 10 years. I troubleshoot all my friends and family's computers pretty well. What kind of short term schooling could help me land a tech support job? I feel I have the knowledge but could use a basic course to put on my resume. Any other advice on computer jobs that are a good start to a new career? Thank you.
 

A:ISP Tech Support Job

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I bought a new PSU, that came in the mail today. Once I started up the computer I discovered that my USB ports don't work. Last Friday when my video card died, my 4 year old broke the two front USB ports. The computer's manufacturer surmises this shorted out the back ports and now wants to replace the motherboard and case. Both are under warranty, thank goodness.

So now my conundrum, I didn't buy the new PSU from the manufacturer, but it is the same brand as my old one. Do I just send the box back with the new one (which lets them organize the cables ten times better than I can) or do I put the old one back in? Or do I send both? There is nothing wrong with the old PSU, it's just not powerful enough for my new graphics card, which is NOT leaving my possession!

I'm sure I'm over thinking this, I just don't want to be screwed over.

Thank you for any help or advice.
 

A:Does Tech Support Need both Old and New PSU?

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My computer has become very slow in loading programs such as Firefox. Once it is loaded it doesn't work smoothly as before. Not Responding message appears and everything stops working for a while. Scrolling also doesn't always work. Sometimes the arrow changes to the hourglass and stops working. After a while it changes back to the arrow again and so it continues.

Quite regularly I get the "script not working" message window in the middle of the screen with "continue" or "cancel" options. Sometimes it is the Shockwave plugin and at other times it is Google or other script. And often the end program command doesn't work. For the last few days, script error message for Internet Explorer comes on at powering up.

I have been thinking of reloading Windows but with no more Microsoft support for XP I don't know how I am going to get the updates.

I know the laptop is very old(2001) but I really use it mainly to check emails. Any help in resolving the above issues would be highly appreciated.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
shafiahmed

A:TECH SUPPORT

First off, All updates are available for Windows XP and will continue to be available till the end of time. There will just not be any NEW updates for XP. I just installed XP on an old computer 2 days ago and ran all of 142 Windows Updates.
As for your current installation, try running a Clean Boot. If this works then add one startup item at a time, restarting each time till the computer becomes unresponsive, then you know what the problematic program is.
Also, go to Start/Run and type chkdsk C: /R and press enter, in the command prompt type a Y for Yes and reboot the computer. Check Disk will go thorough 5 stages and takes some time. It will check your HDD for integirty.

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So, like most people should, I use an ad blocker. Also, like most people should, sites that you enjoy or visit a lot, you should contribute to them. This can be easily done by turning off your ad blocker for that one particular site. I did that for Tech Support Guy and the ads were still blocked.

I'm using Firefox and I started disabling some of the privacy features that I use. I disabled Tracking Protection and the ads appeared. Great.. or so I thought. There isn't anyway to disable tracking protection on a particular site. Technically, you can, but it's session based. After I close FF and start it back up, it doesn't keep my individual preference for TSG.

I wasn't sure if FF by default enabled Tracking Protection or not. I mean, if it is enabled by default, then EVERY guest user that visits TSG on FF is not seeing ads, meaning TSG is missing out on a lot of profits.

So on another computer, I completely removed FF and downloaded a fresh, uncustomized copy. Tracking Protection is enabled by default, but oddly, I now saw ads on TSG. Back to the drawing board.

I started customizing this fresh install of FF and after enabling Never Remember History, I no longer had ads. So it appears that this isn't one feature of FF blocking ads on TSG, but 2. If I disable one of the features (doesn't matter which), ads appear. It's only when BOTH features are enabled that ads disappear.

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A:Ads on Tech Support Guy

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I have a LG X120 notebook with windows XP, will it be able to be viewed threw an HAIER LCD Television.
 

A:Tech support

Hi Debbie, and welcome to TSG.

If this is your computer (http://www.lg.com/hk_en/notebooks/lg-X120-L), it has a VGA video output connector.

Your TV would need to have a VGA, DVI-A, or DVI-I video input jack. The TV would also need to support at least one of the video resolutions and refresh rates that the computer can feed to the VGA connector.
 

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What do I use to remove mall where from my Windows 8 PC. ?
 

A:Tech Support

would you read the following
http://forums.techguy.org/virus-other-malware-removal/943214-everyone-must-read-before-posting.html
and post the logs required

I will then move to the virus / malware forum for assistance from a virus/malware expert
Note it can take up to 48 hours to get a reply as they are very busy in that forum and only authorised members are allowed to reply
 

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Hi
Here is the problem I can't even get to this forum on my main computer to get help. I was gone out of town on a fishing trip and let some people stay at my house now my main computer is screwed up. web pages keep redirecting and any web page that i try to go to like this one just comes up web page not found or it redirects you. one of the idiots that stayed removed avg and installed avira which i know is good but it wont pick up anything wrong i would like some help but like i said i can't get to this forum to get help any ideas????

skid

A:can't even get to tech support

Please follow the instructs from this webpage (sticky):

http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...oval-help.html

You shall have a proper set of logs for us after that. Someone shall be along shortly

* Kindly note that threads without the proper logs shall likely be ignored.

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For greyknight17:

The greyknight quests in troubled lands
Where truth is hid in shifting sands;
Elusive demons there do dwell
Of deadly might and visage fell,
Wresting power from local lords
With blue screen shields and pop up swords,
They lay waste to all they see,
Leaving nothing as it used to be;
But with bright sword and favored lance,
Our champion makes the devils dance
To a tune they hear and can’t resist,
Something like: “Stop and desist”,
And in the end, their fate is writ
With mighty scans and combo script
And so with bow and courtly praise
A toast to you, greyknight, I raise:
“Thank you sir for work well done,
Evil slain and battle won;
The blue screen of death is banished here,
And we’re computing now without fear.”



I didn't get to drag a notepad file on top of Combofix like so many others.

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I use Firefox and Safari and when I'm on Myspace,some pages wont load all the way,right after,I get a error message and I opens another page and says Download Adobe9. I tried to download it but I can't find the download or install it
 

A:Tech Support,please!

two steps
for windows ask about mac or linux

1. make sure you have the newest version of firefox and or Safari

2. http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html and download

3 make sure to check the right plugin checkboxes when in stalling
 

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Greetings Cookiegal: I just now joined and this is my first post. I have read the rules and especially your admonition above: "it's NOT a place to ask questions or seek assistance or other people's opinions on products or services". I am trying to comply with everything but I cannot find an appropriate category. My post would be to solicit reviews & recommendations of the commercial general purpose tech support services. I am not totally tech ignorant but I am old & have a lot of new stuff, so I need a "hand-holding" type of personal tech support with online remote access to my stuff. I see a lot of advertisement for those services but I don't have a clue, need guidance to select one. Cookiegal, please instruct me how & where to properly post this issue.
 

A:help with Tech Support Services

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I believe that I posted the following in the incorrect heading "Software" when I should have posted it under hardware. Therefore I am posting it once again and hoping in desperation that someone will be able to help me with this problem. Thanking you in advance for any assistance!

Two weeks ago I purchased the Samsung Galaxy S tablet model: TS-700 with ?Kit Kat 4.4.2? which is exactly what I wanted. I ran into constant notification attempts by Samsung to get me to install Lollipop 5.0.2 which I do not want. I tried to evade these attempts but finally lollipop was automatically installed on my tablet without my permission. I turned it on to find the installation process in progress and a warning not to turn off the tablet. I hadn't thought to prevent this by disabling automatic updating. So I got blind sided by Samsung.
I now want to downgrade from lollipop back to Kit Kat 4.4.2 as I detest lollipop and it immediately started causing problems whereas Kit Kat was working like a charm.
Before attempting this, I am seeking a qualified tech persons knowledge, advice and instructions on the best way to do this. I am reasonably computer smart so I am confident that given precise instructions I can do it.
I just need to know that the information and instructions provided are dependable, precise and if followed carefully should work correctly. I watched a few utube videos on the subject but none applied to my specific tablet and I felt uneasy about all of the toute... Read more

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I am posting regarding the scam you have covered in this link http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-windows-has-been-block-tech-support-scam
 
It's the 'Remove the Windows has been Blocked Tech Support Scam'
 
However, unfortunately I did call the number, and when they wanted money I said absolutely not. Now, when I power up that PC, I get a pop-up that asks for admin password (not the Windows or BIOS popup). I tried command prompt, system restore, and reinstalling windows deleting everything but what was installed and personal files, and still the same popup requesting a password. I tried Esc, and cancel and enter, all not working. 
 
Any suggestions? Any help at all greatly appreciated

A:Tech Support Scam

 If this happened to me, I'd restore from a recent full system backup.  If you don't have one, you'll probably need to do a clean install.

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Once upon a time, I received emails/notifications from threads I'm watching or participating in from TSG in my Update folder, now all goes to Spam.
This began before this new computer....and at first was sporadic, some notifications came through, others did not, now it's all spam.
Looking at Google Help, I added Tech Support Guy to my contacts, but that didn't seem to do a darn thing.
It may be that it's because I registered with TSG with a charter.net email, and set up gmail to harvest from there, but even so, it used to work just fine, a few months past.
Perhaps there's a setting I'm missing?
 

A:gmail and Tech Support Guy

Maybe try changing your email address from charter.net to gmail.com? https://forums.techguy.org/account/contact-details
 

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If you are looking for such kind of services from which you can communicate in anywhere in the world as well send some documents also. Yes, Brighthouse is the best option which comprised of many features and functions for the users. You might confront some issue related to it, but you should not worry at all as there is an option in the form of Brighthouse Email Customer Support Number where technicians will assist you in resolving the issue

Know More:
https://www.technicalsupporttollfree.com/brighthouse-customer-support/
 

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Hi all i need a tech support for mysql debian 7.7 am trying to connect my webserver (shared) to a mysql server (vps) and i get Can't connect to MySQL server on 'ip' (110)
 

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so recently I was sent here from a trusted advisor regarding my virus issue, here was the details to that
https://forums.techguy.org/threads/...r-questions-on-security.1206672/#post-9482957

also i had a question regarding my photos as my computer had a photo of my drivers licence should I be concerned about that?
 

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i m unable to open add/remove programs in the control panel.i tried out appwiz.cpl to open ,but there wasn't any response.
i even tried the following one,

Click Start => Run and type in "regedit" {without the quotes}
Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load

In the right-hand pane, delete all the Values whose data value is set
to "no".

but nothing works . plz any of the tech geeks out there help me 2 sort out tis problem.!!!!!!
 

A:tech support for windows xp!

hello,

Check any one from below three ,
1.have you tried in safe mode...?

or

2. This happens if your user account does not have Write access to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Setup \ Oc Manager \ TemporaryData

Type regedit.exe in Start, Run dialog

Navigate to the above registry key

Choose Permissions from Edit menu

Click Advanced, and click Add.

Type your username in the Select User or Group Box

Allow Set Value permissions to your user account

Click OK and close the dialog
If above registry not help...
3. Check with Malwarebytes,

http://www.filescrunch.com/techspot/0825/mbam-setup-1.46.exe

Install Malware and update it.. and do full scan.

remove infected registry and do reboot.

hope it will works fine.
 

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Hi, little glitch. When you good people notify me of a related post I duly open the email and normally right click on the link and "open in a new tab". This works fine. If however I LEFT click on it, I get an empty box, centre screen and the pc locks and I have to hack thru' task mang to get going again. Not really a prob but I would like some info if possible.

Many Thanks
Dave.

A:tech support cracks me up

What program is this for? Is it for Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook??

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IRC tech support channels

Just curious, does anyone know of any irc channels that would be good for asking general tech questions?

A:IRC tech support channels

I don't know of any personally...but google probably does :)

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Hello All:
247 PC help appeared after I opened an email message. OOPS

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 2:31:40 PM, on 10/19/2012
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\WRSA.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\WRSA.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application
Data\ShopAtHome\ShopAtHomeHelper\ShopAtHomeWatcher.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\PCPowerSpeed\PCPowerTray.exe
C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE2.0\OpwareSE2.exe
C:\Program Files\OnlineVault\OVTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Inbox Toolbar\Inbox.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Hp\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Program Files\24x7Help\App24x7Help.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\REBATE~1\REBATE~1.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\24x7Help\App24x7Hook.exe
C:\Program Files\24x7Help\App24x7Svc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Progra... Read more

A:Unwanted 247 tech support

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Does anyone know of a printer manf. that is not out-sourcing their tech support ? [US based tech support]

A:US based tech support

Heh

I think those days are gone.

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Over this past weekend I have been getting calls from "Windows Tech Support". The first time the tech said my computer was sending out warning messages to them. I asked him how it was doing that I cannot remember what he said he asked "you are using windows OS correct?"
I said so I use a Mac he hung up when I said that. I just laughed and let it past. A few hours they call back. They have called several times and today they call claiming they are "Dell tech support" I do have a Dell laptop (How they know that?) They said my Dell was sending them warnings
bla bla bla. I told them I was running Linux they hung up. I laughed again and let it pass. Then an hour later they call back. Frustrated I told them I was not home and asked if they could call back. I am waiting on them to call back. I have made a whole drive backup with True Image. I am going to let them log in and I will be watching what they do. I got a text document on my desktop named "credit card info" don't worry all that is in it is
idiot typed all over it. I cannot wait for them to call. I am going to be very careful with this. I will be watching to make sure they don't harm my system. I could set up a VM and do this but don't really have time. 

A:Windows Tech Support

If you're not going to use a VM do NOT let them access the computer. I don't care how carefully you monitor them, they could still do something to a PC on your network.

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Hello guys.

I recently bought my grandparents a laptop. They are 60-70 years old. Now, I live three hours away from them. And this is their first experience with a computer. So I am trying to help them, but tech support over the phone is difficult and can only go so far.

I am looking for some software that I can install on my computer, and their laptop, so that when they are having issues with their computer I can take control of their laptop, see their screen, fix their issues, and walk them through it. Free or paid is fine.

thanks

Braden
 

A:Tech support for grandparents.

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Okay,I messed up, my laptop (Toshiba L755) was infected and just after xmas I noticed my documents and pictures (everything for my 501.c.3 animal rescue) was GONE. I panicked and somehow wound up on the phone with ATS. They had me put it in safe mode and THANKFULLY (from what I saw) all my pics and docs were there!!! They did a remote in to my laptop and said it would be several hours and they would fix it, A WEEK LATER (with daily phone calls) NOTHING, and on the second day, everything was gone from safe mode too. I was furious and even tho they refunded my money, I still do not have my stuff back, I am heart broken, these docs and pics are SO important to my nonprofit work, it has been horrible... Can anyone help???

A:Advanced Tech Support (ATS)

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