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Offline Squid

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Oh, no!
« on: November 11, 2017, 03:36:52 pm »
I just got a robocall telling me that my Windows license has expired and that all functions will cease!  I have to call the 800 number to get the license reinstated.  I better get out my credit card.


These scam artists need to get out and get real jobs and stop sucking the life blood out of society!!   police.gif prisoner.gif police.gif prisoner.gif


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Re: Oh, no!
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2017, 06:00:56 pm »
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I've received those calls before, letting me know that "there is an issue with your windows operating system".
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2017, 06:29:57 pm »
Greetings all,
This happened to my friend in Lincoln City, OR.  Unfortunately, he call the "855" number and things got worse.  They wanted his bank account number or credit card...he chose credit card.  Cost him $217 and they were remotely logged into his computer for over 2 hours.  He then called me. 

Darn don't know what is on his computer.  All I could suggest was the following.
1.  Download and run a free (for 15 days) copy of Malwarebytes.
2.  Download and run a "Free" copy of "Malwarebyes AdwCleaner".
3.  Download and run a "Free" copy of "CCleaner".

This has worked for me...but we have to all watch out for the "Rat B*stards"!!!

Be Safe...DON'T CLICK!
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Re: Oh, no!
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2017, 01:08:31 am »
Those were great suggestions, but your friend may want to consider an OS reinstall.

If they had remote access for a couple hours, who knows what happened in that time. I wouldn't chance anything.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 03:53:35 am »
My relatively new ( less than 2 yrs) Dell laptop has been experiencing Windows crashes lately, about once a week.  Turning the system off and on seems to get it loaded and running again.  Should I do a complete OS reinstall?  If I do, do I lose EVERYTHING?   UGH


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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2017, 09:05:34 am »
Greetings Mayhem, Squid and all you other PogoCheats,

The OS reinstall should get you back to "factory settings".  It has been my experience that I lost everything.  My biggest problem is waiting the 6 Months to get some new PassWords for some autos.  I have back-ups for Turbo Tax (2012 thru 2016)  and backups for all the documents.  My pictures are on an Apple MacBook Pro (2011 model) so I feel good about them.  I also have hard copies of MicroSoft Office 2010.

I really believe my friend would be in way over his head if he tried to reinstall the OS.   He sometimes gets "Click-Happy" and loves to look at the "Click-Bait".  Additionally, all Emails get his attention and thinks a Nigerian Prince really wants to send him some money.

Thanks again and do have a great day.
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2017, 10:28:45 am »
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2017, 10:34:06 am »
My relatively new ( less than 2 yrs) Dell laptop has been experiencing Windows crashes lately, about once a week.  Turning the system off and on seems to get it loaded and running again.  Should I do a complete OS reinstall?  If I do, do I lose EVERYTHING?   UGH

What OS are you running on it? If you don't have too much installed, I would consider it.
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2017, 10:37:55 am »
Windows 10, came with the laptop, not an upgrade.  I do have a lot on it because I use it sometimes for business.  I back up some stuff but would have to do a mega back up.  If I need to, I guess I will.  Can I just say, "ugh!"?


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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2017, 06:01:43 pm »
Squiddy, might want to try the system file checker first...see if that solves your problem. I'm an "OS reinstall as a very last resort guy"...although I do agree with Ken that it's always something you should consider when you have issues.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/929833/use-the-system-file-checker-tool-to-repair-missing-or-corrupted-system

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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2017, 06:28:47 pm »
Thanks for all suggestions.  I haven't done anything because I'm hoping that everything will just go away and leave me alone.


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Re: Oh, no!
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2017, 08:47:11 pm »
I never click on links and I don't respond to robo calls.  If anything seems messed up I just restor to a previous date......sorry you are going through this.  Fortunately I live with a computer professional and just yell lol

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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2017, 03:46:01 am »
Squiddy, might want to try the system file checker first...see if that solves your problem. I'm an "OS reinstall as a very last resort guy"...although I do agree with Ken that it's always something you should consider when you have issues.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/929833/use-the-system-file-checker-tool-to-repair-missing-or-corrupted-system
I successfully system checked, Snappy.  It ran for about 20 minutes and said it successfully fixed but it does not say what was wrong or corrupted.  I must say, my system is running a bit faster and I lost nothing.  I really hope it stops the windows crashes.  I really don't want to have to reinstall the OS if I don't have to.  Thanks so much, everyone. 
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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2017, 05:07:31 pm »
Good luck, Squid!

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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2017, 08:21:40 am »
I always thank the person for calling and ask them to explain  how windows works with a Mac and they hang up.  cheerleading.gif

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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2017, 09:50:52 am »
Windows CRASHED again and got caught up in a loop of errors.  I had trouble getting out of it.  I finally got out of it and did a FULL system check at Dell which took 40 minutes.  Anyone have any ideas short of reinstalling Windows?  TYVM

My system:  Dell Inspiron 5565 laptop
                   8 GB RAM
                   1 TB HD
                   Windows 10


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ETA:  I ran another Administrator command prompt (System File Checker) on the system and it states that no integrity violations were found.
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Re: Oh, no!
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2017, 12:36:38 am »
Windows CRASHED again and got caught up in a loop of errors.  I had trouble getting out of it.

Do you remember what the errors were? Have you tried updating your video and sound drivers?
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« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2017, 02:38:10 am »
No to the drivers.  When it crashes, it does not give errors.  I just get the blue screen of death.


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« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2017, 03:43:17 am »
Windows updated.  Sound driver updated.  Video driver states I have the current, best driver.  Thank you.  Cross your fingers!


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« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2017, 11:28:22 am »
In my experience, the BSOD is almost always a driver issue. Hopefully this will solve your issue!
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