SPECIALS!

New Wireless N Router

Based on the Wireless-N technology, data throughput is up to 3 times faster than 802.11g devices, Provides the highest data rate of up to 150 Mbps, Fully compatible with 802.11 b/g/n wireless devices, 2.4 GHz frequency band, 3 dBi Omni directional antenna, Stable wireless connection and high bandwidth enable you to enjoy the network applications without any interruption, Easy to setup, supports WPS (WiFi Protected Setup), Supports AP, AP Client, Bridge, Bridge+ WDS and Universal Repeater modes

1 year warranty

$49.95


 


Service Special


A new Wirless "N" Router, with installation, in your home for only $150, with no hidden charges!

$150

Previously on The Village Geek...

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FBI Ransom virus

 

Rogue Product Wars

The Rogue Evolves

Free Microsoft Office?

 

Our 23 Favorite Free Programs

XP Downgrade Rights

VIDEOS:

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Take the Virtual Tour of our Zionsville Shop

ADVICE:

 

So you need a portable compputer for your child to take to school?

You really think you're special, don't you?

 

The Server Can't Be Found

You bought an i-what?

Have You Lost That Lovin' Feeling?


Repairing Your Computer


Parental Controls

Computers are Computers and They Cost What They Cost

Dealing with Tech Support

Tuned By The Village Geek

Is Your Computer Running Slow?

10 Commandments for Your Computer Sanity

REMARKS:


Iconitis; Are You At Risk?

Randomness

How Much Does a Free Diagnosis Really Cost?

The Case of Tcase


Sumthin 4 Nuthin?

Why Buy From the Village Geek

Three Reasons to Buy Your New Computer from The Village Geek

 

The Total Cost of Ownership

 

Steve's Rant on Tech Suport

Steve's Rant on Vista


GEEK'S CORNER-tech how to:

 

UEFI Why we hate it and why we love it

Tips For Troubleshooting PC Driver Errors


File Types Associated With
RealPlayer and Possible Issues


Windows File Type Basics: What You Should Know


Fast Fixes for Common Windows DLL Errors

How to Repair Computer Errors Caused by Missing DLL Files

What To Do When You Get An Error Message

Make Vista Look and Act Like Windows 7
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Smart Solutions for
Printer Problems


Understanding EXE error messages


Quick And Easy Fixes For PC Missing Or Corrupt Files

How to install Cobian 9

Cobian 9 Backup Detailed Instructions

Backup Instructions

Building Your Own PVR?

Slipstreaming Windows

Building a Do-It-Yourself NAS Server Revisited

RF Interference on CAT5 cabling

Distributed Computing

GPU, PPU, GRAM and your system part 1

GPU, PPU, GRAM and your system part 2

Building Redundancy With a SATA RAID Array

Protecting Your Audio Investment

Do it yourself DVR

Build a NAS server at home

RAID, What is it and Why Do You Care?

Firewalls and Internet Security

Data Storage, Data Backup, Data Security

WHAT'S NEW:

IE9 leaks to the Web Aug 2010

Intel Announces New Processors
Jan 2010

i7 and i5 Released September 2009

New System Specs Feb 2009

Solid State Drives Jan 2008

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MEET THE STAFF:

Brad Deiss


"Hello, I’m with tech support for Microsoft,

And we noticed that you were online and downloaded certain files that can harm your computer and cause a system crash.  We need to log on remotely to fix this for you.”

That’s how it starts, it ends with, “Hi, this is Steve from the Village Geek, I’m sorry but those scammers caused a lot of damage.  It will take $200 to $300 to save your data and get your system running again.  By the way, you need to call your bank and let them know you have had your identify stolen”

This type of scam has been going on for years, but I’ve never mentioned it before because I have only seen two cases in the first 17 years we were in business.  I mention it now because I have seen six cases in the last two months.  These scammers are getting very aggressive.  They offer the online support for a nominal fee of $19.95 or so.  While they prey on people that are less tech savvy, at least two of the recent attacks were on customers that were very savvy.  The scammers just happened to call when the customer was dealing with some issues on the computer already, and it seemed logical. 

In both those cases, the customer was charged over $400, and the scammers asked for information that would compromise their identities.

The most recent case the customer realized what was happening, and refused to give out his social security number, so the scammers locked his computer so he could never access it again.

I will give you some technical direction here, but first and foremost I want you to realize a few things.

1. Microsoft is not monitoring your individual daily online activities, and if they were watching for any reason, they would not have your name and phone number.

2. Microsoft does not call and offer online assistance. They have enough trouble dealing with the tech support calls that are made to them.

3. If you didn’t initiate contact with the person that wants to log onto your computer remotely, don’t let them. End of story.

4. NEVER give your personal identity information to anyone over the phone.

If you want to read the tech details on how they hose your computer, and how to protect your computer click here