Security Alert! WannaCry Ransomware Encryption

SECURITY ALERT!

Major Ransomware is encrypting files, leaving users helpless

May 13th, 2017

A major Ransomware virus, termed WannaCry, is making it’s way around the internet. The parasite will encrypt your files, without your knowledge, then ask for a ransom to get the files unlocked. It has effected major companies, like FedEx. A patch has been released from Microsoft for all of their operating systems (most receiving the update in March)

If you feel like you have been a victim of this parasite, please contact us right away to discuss your options!

If your not sure if your systems security is up to date, or want to make sure your system is protected against this parasite, please bring in your machine right away!  Our technicians can install industry leading software to prevent infections and install all relevant updates.

See our complete e-mail here regarding this issue: Action Computers Newsletter – Security Alert!

Interested in receiving future security updates from us? Click here: E-mail List Signup

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Introducing our new Simplified Service package!

Introducing our new computer repair program: Simplified Service! $129.99 includes ALL LABOR for your repair. NO Add-On Charges! NO Hidden Fees! NO Confusion!

$129.99 + Parts
Covers EVERYTHING

For example, you are bringing your computer in for a virus cleanup.  Normally this package costs $129.99.  However, when the technician runs the diagnostic, he finds that you also need a new hard drive.  This would add another $89.99 + parts to your bill.  With our Service Simplified – you only pay for the extra part.  That’s it!

Bring in your computer today and ask for the Simplified Service package!

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HUGE sale and markdowns for our Halloween sale!

We have made some HUGE markdowns throughout the store on many of our popular items, including laptops, desktops and monitors! Come check us out today and visit our desktop and laptop pages for more details!

http://actionpc.com/computer-pc-deals-notebook.php

http://actionpc.com/computer-pc-deals-desktop.php

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call! 303-759-1668

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Holiday shopping? Check out our latest products for sale here!

The holidays are a busy time for us! Since we have been selling so many products, most that we only have 1 of, we haven’t been able to keep up with our product pages! Check out our OfferUp page for the latest inventory!

Click here for Action Computers on OfferUp

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Windows 10 is now available on our new and used computers!

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Windows 10 was released on Wednesday. This exciting new operating system, released by Microsoft has all of the features of Windows 7, combined with some of the liked features of Windows 8, all combined with some new things unique to Windows 10!

From Microsoft:

Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use, with lots of similarities to Windows 7 including the Start menu. It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware you already have.

Upgrading to Windows 10 is easy.  Within the first year of it coming out, it’s free too!

Looking for a new PC with Windows 10 loaded? Action Computers has a great selection starting at $209.99.  Come down today!

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Looking for our latest inventory? Check out our OfferUp page!

Action Computers is now on OfferUp! OfferUp is a great way to sell products online. Check out our Denver and Arvada pages to see our latest inventory of desktop and laptop computers as well as accessories!

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Arvada:Arvada OfferUp

If you find something you like, feel free to come down to the store or give us a call!  No need to work through OfferUp!  Denver: 303-759-1668 Arvada: 303-420-0410

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Performance parts: June edition

There are several performance parts that we are carrying in our new builds that our technicians are suggesting:

Intel Core i7 4790

GeForce GTX750

GeForce 970

240GB Mushkin SSD

Intel Core i5 4440

Coolmax ZU1000 power supply

AMD FX 8320 8 Core

Asus Maximus VII Hero motherboard

Asus Crossblade Ranger

Looking for a customer built computer with any of these parts, or even higher end performance parts? Give us a call and we can customize a computer for your needs!

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Our tech explains: how to avoid viruses and parasites

Have you infected your computer in the past? The process of removing it can be costly and frustrating.  Here are some tips to make sure you avoid viruses and parasites in the future!

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When searching, watch out for advertisements!

When you search for something, be sure you are going to the intended web site.  In the image above, anything in the green area is safe.  Links in the red areas are not always bad, but depending on the search, can lead web sites that have parasites.  For example, if you search for Starbucks, their web site will normally be first in the green section.  You may notice one of the ads will say starbucks.8m.com, or similar, which may take you to a junk web site.

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If someone sends you a link randomly, use caution!

This is a sign of an e-mail address that has been hacked. If you aren’t expecting a link from the person, don’t click on it!  If you aren’t sure, call them!  These links almost always lead to a virus.  Luckily, even basic antivirus programs catch most of these scams.

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Go to web sites you know

If you are looking for news, for example, go to cnn.com and don’t click on any associated links.  Normally big web sites like these are fine.  However, going to smaller blog style web sites to get your news might put you at risk for more parasites.

Using these tips can help you avoid parasites in the future.  If you ever have a question about a specific web site, or if your machine has become infected, feel free to give us a call!  We are happy to help.

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The weather in Colorado is wild: protect your electronics!

You’ve seen it: bright, blue skies. 30 minutes later, black skies and tornado sires. While you think that the weather can only damage things like your house or your car, don’t forget about your electronics!

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Your 15 year old surge strip isn’t doing its job!

Look at your surge strip! Electricians suggest replacing surge strips once a year, even if they say they are protecting your equipment and even if the weather has been fine. A surge strip will absorb a certain amount of power (called Joules).  So, a 1000 joule protector will protect your equipment better compared to a lesser rating.

Your equipment is expensive to replace!

A surge may not damage just simple components.  For example, a surge that gets to a computer can take out your power supply, your motherboard, and more expensive components.

Don’t think a power strip is a surge strip

There are a lot of power strips out there that don’t offer protection.  These are no better than plugging the equipment directly into the wall.  Don’t trust them to protect your equipment!

Have questions about protecting your equipment?  Feel free to come in any time and talk with us!

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$10 laptop adapters online – be careful!

“But they are only $10 online”

A phrase I wish I never had to hear again – but a phrase that I understand. Why spend twice the price on something that appears to do the same thing as a cheaper alternative? We found the results frightening.

“Its just a charger”

I woke up this morning to find my tablet did this while I slept. Is this normal?

This was on another forum I came across.  The person asked why their battery popped out of their tablet over night.  The answer: third party charger or cord.  While a charger cord will plug in the same and charge the same, they may not always charge the battery the same way.  This can cause damage to the battery or the device.

“It says Dell compatible”

So did the battery that was added to this laptop.  This was a computer that was donated to Action Computers after the customer came in, looked for a battery, decided to buy one online, and had a problem:

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The problem with AC adapters, cables or batteries that are not genuine products is that they are not made the same way.  Most of them are made in factories by workers who should never be dealing with electronics.  Also, they don’t go through the same testing (UL certifications) as an original adapter would.

We carry genuine AC adapters for used prices.  Don’t worry about buying a dangerous product that may cause you or your machine harm!  Even if we don’t have an exact match for your computer or device, we carry branded alternatives that we have heavily tested and trust.  Yes, they may not be the cheapest option – but they are going to last!

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