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What to Do If Your Computer is Infected with Sality Virus?

One of the nastiest computer viruses out there is the Sality virus, which is a virus that allows hackers to remotely access your computer, steal information, download additional viruses into your computer, and cause your computer to perform at a low level. If your computer is infected with this virus, you will notice that it runs slowly, has less available memory, and that you are being flooded with pop-up ads. This virus can also alter your desktop settings and Internet settings. It is important to eradicate this virus as soon as possible after you detect that it has invaded your system. Usually, the sality virus is downloaded via email.

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Filed in: Computers, Malware, Security

Is It Normal If My Headphones Get Hot?

Many people are wondering whether it is normal for their headphones to get hot. The answer to that question is yes, it is perfectly normal for headphones to become hot. If you have been using your headphones for a long period of time, they will most likely get hot. Additionally, your headphones may also get hot if you leave them in a place where they can be exposed to the sun.

Headphones can be quite expensive so you want to make sure that you take good care of them. Below are some tips for taking care of your headphones so that they can last a long time:

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Filed in: Electronics

Watch Out for the Scam Emails

As digital information becomes an increasingly hot commodity among black market operations, email scams are increasing in number and sophistication. Most internet-savvy individuals can spot scams of the Nigerian royal family variety with little trouble. However, scammers that are more adept have moved on to tactics that are less obvious, such as spoofing bank sites or phishing for financial information via official-sounding correspondence. Here are a few tips for avoiding the more elaborate scam emails today.

Your Bank Never Asks for Password or Log In

Some scam emails mimic correspondence from your bank and request that you provide a password or user name in response. Often, these emails reference an issue with your account. The scammer may try to unsettle readers with warnings or information that will cause concern, increasing the likelihood that an account holder will act quickly by sending in the requested information. Once the scammer receives the information, they have access to your bank account.

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Filed in: Computers, Email, Security, Spam

How to Uninstall a Toolbar from Your Browser

Toolbars can be helpful but they can also be a nuisance. Most browsers like Google and Firefox offer toolbars that users can customize to make surfing easier. However, there are also toolbars that install themselves without your permission and only serve to clutter your desktop. Here are basic tips on how to uninstall a toolbar from your browser.

Using the Windows Add/Remove Programs Utility

The easiest way for Windows users would be to use the Windows Add/Remove Programs option. To do this, you have to:

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Filed in: Computers, Software
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