This morning we are with Avon Energy Assessors Ltd at Welford on Avon in Warwickshire, we are here because the customer has reported that their laptop computer has slowed down and is not loading certain pages on Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook was not sending or receiving emails.
First we edited the registry and removed and unneeded programs from the machine amongst these are toolbar’s and recognised malware such as Babylon, Funweb, Yontoo etc. We then ran a Malwarebytes scan to check the machine and it found and removed further potentially unwanted programs (PUPS) .
We also downloaded and installed PDF creator to allow the customer to create PDF files from any program that can print.
Good morning we are with a customer on Lindsey Crescent at Kenilworth in Warwickshire, we are here because the customer has reported an issue with running Microsoft Office 2010 on their Acer Aspire Series 3 Laptop Computer.
When tested we find that there is a registry issue preventing the user profile from loading and the computer was locking up with in minutes of powering up followed by a blue screen of death stating that a memory error had occurred.
We first attempted to run the factory restore which maintains the users data this resulted in an error “WIM apply image fail error 0x45D (1117), upon reboot this resulted in a boot loader missing message.
At this point we stripped the computer and removed and backed up the customers documents, pictures and any thing else in the user folder to another computer.
We then restarted the computer holding the alt key and tapping the F10 key this loaded the factory reset menu which as we now had a backup of the customers data allowed us to run the factory restore to defaults.
Reinstall the customers programs and data, and install the customers HP Officejet Pro Wireless multi function Printer.
We are with a customer on The Fairways at Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. The customer has reported a browser hijack and other malware and other computer virus problems.
All virus removal tools are disabled by this rootkit and we had to load in safe mode then run the removal tools, it seem McAfee are not currently recognising the root kit Zero Access and we removed by installing the free version of Avast antivirus.
Good morning we are with a customer on Guys Cliffe Road at Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, we are here to help the customer solve an issue with their internet which started after upgrading the antivirus to AVG 2012 Internet Security.
Update: Before we arrived the customer had ran system restore and this had got the internet security in to a bit of a mess, the add remove programs and the AVG removal tool would not work , so we removed all the temp files and application data, ran the Windows Install Cleaner and was then able to attempt a reinstall of the program, once installed the firewall failed and got stuck in a reboot loop, this seemed to be going no where fast so we removed the program and reinstalled the AVG Free which worked first time.
We also realigned the Brother DCP585CW whilst here as the print out appeared to have a blurred shadow in normal printing mode, with adjustment this appeared to be better, with Fine mode looking perfect.
We are now with Flooring inspirations on Wharf Street at Warwick in Warwickshire, we are here to replace a faulty router with a new Netgear DSN1000 Router, after which we do but get random Connection issues on the customers Dell Computer, to solve this problem we fixed the wireless channel , cleared the TCP IP , winsocks, cache and the DNS and this fixed the issue.
We are with Paul Swanson Guitar Tuition at Greville Road on the Emscote in Warwick, we are here because the customer has reported that their MSI Notebook computer is running very slowly.
Update after removing 10 entries from the registry, we removed several toolbars and unneeded programs, found and removed a Trojan Vundo virus and other malware , updated the antivirus to AVG 2012 and flash to the latest version.
Good morning, We are with a customer on the High Street at Marton in Warwickshire, we have been called out to look at a Packard Bell iMedia 2326 computer that is misbehaving, the Customer has reported that this Microsoft Windows 7 installed computer is working fine in safe mode, but fails in normal mode by giving a security centre error on start up, Control Alt Delete is having no effect and the machine is locking up with out warning.
Update: This after checking the registry and start up files, we looked for malware and checked the Heat sink and Fan on the Processor we found nothing untoward on the computer, we checked the Event Log and found the error “Parity error on Device Raid Port 0”, this is a problem with the hard drive we have attempted to do a recovery on the drive and it reached 13 % before the computer locked up, this lock up is being caused by a failing hard drive.
The customer has decided to get a new computer, as this one is about 4 years old now and we will recover the data at that point.
We are now with a customer on Shottery Road at Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire. we are here because after a Trojan virus got on to the customers Dell Inspiron laptop computer, they performed a system restore to return the system to normal but in doing so their documents music and pictures have disappeared , so we are here to attempt a recovery of the missing data.
Update all the documents recovered , updated the Antivirus to AVG 2012 and ran a malware scan which found a number of issues including a Trojan downloader virus.
Next today we are with a customer in Farnell Drive at Stratford on Avon in Warwickshire, we are here because the customer has reported an Problem with not being able to download his Email on his main computer.
Update: on this one we removed unwanted toolbars, removed a W32.Malware-Gen Malware, ran a malware scan and ran an Antivirus Scan, reset TCP/IP and Winsocks
For our last job today we are with a customer at Palmer road at Whitnash in Warwickshire, the customer has reported issues with their computer and we here to help. They have an email that wont delete and the www.telegraph.co.uk was not opening on Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.
Next today we are with a customer on Birches Lane at Kenilworth in Warwickshire. we are here to check an Apple iPhone and an Apple iPad that has stopped sending and receiving emails plus other computer problems.
Update Vodafone have discontinued their 360 service this means any phones using email on Vodafone will need to use an alternative outgoing Email Server.
Good afternoon we are now with a customer on Russell Terrace at Leamington Spa in Warwickshire to setup an Apple iPhone Sync, check if a web booking system works correctly on the same phone, and some other computer maintenance.
Next today we are on Northumberland Road at Leamington Spa in Warwickshire we are here because the customers computer is running slow.
The issue here is that Lavasoft have released a program called Ad-Adware Pro Security and if your using Ad-Aware the malware remover they will offer you this product as a trial, the thing to remember is that you most probably already have an antivirus program installed on your computer so the options are to uninstall your current antivirus if your thinking of taking or not installing the pro version. If you do accidentally install two antiviruses on one computer it will slow the machine down substantially.
This morning we are with Avon Energy Assessors Ltd at Welford on Avon near Weston on Avon, Luddington, Long Marston, and Binton in Warwickshire to perform a repair and some maintenance on the customers laptop computer, the main problem being with Microsoft Outlook 2007 being slow to load and Suggesting exit issues, opening in safe mode, sync not finishing , this required updating to service pack 1 and a hot fix loading, in addition to this we also updated the IBM Thinkpads drivers and various other program updates.
Good morning this morning we are in Warwick trouble shooting a wireless router installation, it seems one computer out of the devices here is not finding the wireless Router and we need to establish why.
Update Turns out the wireless router installed was set to auto and had choose channel 13 and for some reason the wireless card was set to US so was only able to see up to channel 11, reset to UK and all seems well plus removed a search bar from the computer.
For the next job today we are in Stoneleigh to maintain a computer for a customer, the main issue is checking the Antivirus on the PC and its reported to be running slow.
Update: The main thing effecting the speed of this Dell Studio laptop was the web control software supplied that was hogging resources so we removed this and other programs by editing the registry.
We also gave the customer some tuition on an Apple Macbook Pro.
First job this Afternoon I am at Kenilworth in Warwickshire we are here to repair the customers Dell computer system this looked as though we required the network card replacing , The Dell computer also required us to attempt a repair on its outlook PST Files.
For this Dell computer repair it turned out that the drivers for the existing network card needed updating from the Microsoft Windows updates and the Microsoft outlook issue was an error clearing the clean file flag and it required a hot fix from Microsoft installing to Repair this issue.
This morning I am in Coventry at Matrix Lasers Setting up and New Computer on the existing network.
Here we are transferring the Documents, Setting up Sage Accounts , installing a PCI parallel port card to run an Epson dot matrix printer , transferring emails and address book, generally attempting to make the new machine visually similar to the one that it’s replacing.
This morning we are at Combrook Near Compton Verney between Wellesbourne and Kineton in Warwickshire to remove a root kit virus called “Smart Fortress 2012” this is going to be a scam to take money for a so called antivirus that claims you have thousands of virus’s or registry issues – standard scare tactic should be removable by editing the registry and running a Malwarebytes Scan.
Update : This malware was more trouble to remove than the previous version we had to run system restore and choose a date earlier than when the virus arrived, followed by a check on the registry and a full Malwarebytes scan.
Further Update : it turns out this arrived via an email claiming to be a Federal Express missed delivery and the customer had opened an attachment
This morning i spent an hour cleaning up a computer on the Welsh Road between Cubbington and Offchurch.
It had an update software from Macrovision running and this was holding a large percentage of the computers resources, Slowing the PC down and increasing the fan noise.
We disabled the updater and various other applications and left the Dell computer running well.
Today started in Kenilworth to clean up an old desktop pc that was not booting, and help setup a new laptop.
Followed by setting up Windows networks shares for a firm of designers in Leamington Spa it seems no one likes file permissions.
This afternoon we are with a customer in Eathorpe, We are here to repair an issue with Outlook Express, We also remove search bars updated the antivirus and firewall and other general computer maintenance.
We are on Offchurch Lane in Radford Semele, The customer has reported that the mouse cursor keeps freezing whilst they are using their IBM Thinkpad laptop computer, We ran the Spybot, Adaware and Avivra Scans on this computer and found a number of Viruses and malware which was removed, This solved the issues reported
Good morning we are now with a customer on Archery Fields in Warwick, We are here to do a bit of software fault finding because the customer is having an issue with Windows 7 Activation, this is solved and the customer is up and running again
Good Morning, Today we are with TopGrass at their Birdingbury Road Location in Marton, We are here today because the customer is reporting that one of the computers are running Slow.
Update: on this one there was a number of programs using to many resources for this computer, We removed Google Desktop and other memory resident programs that were not required, Updated the antivirus to Avast and installed and ran a Malware Scan
Good Morning, Today we are with Employment Law Training in Wellesbourne, We are here because the new Wireless Kodak ESP7 all in one printer is giving problems with the scanner interface, we have updated the firmware and software to the latest versions available but are still having issues, To progress any further here we have had to raise a support ticket with Kodak (0870 2430270) unfortunately this also means we have to return another day after they have responded.
Update after a number of Calls we obtained an error code 2005.
Good afternoon, We are now with a customer on Windy Arbour in Kenilworth, We are here to solve an issue a Files Permissions error with Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, The issue here turns out to be a piece of malware called IAV this needs to be removed from the Registry and then any associated files removed from the machine this one had an EXE, LSP, Toolbar, And a browser hijack, We removed all these and retested the PC all clear.
Good Afternoon, For our next job today we are with a customer on Binswood Avenue in Leamington Spa, We are here because the customer has reported after a Windows Update the computers Internet Explorer stopped working.
Update : We tested this one with the -extoff extension and it worked fine so we removed incompatible addons and removed unneeded toolbars, and this solved the customers issue, we then also ran a malware check to make sure the computer was clean.
Next today we are with a customer in Stoneleigh near Kenilworth, We are here to remove a fake antivirus called Personal Antivirus 2010, This computer was also infected with several Trojan Horse Viruses, and produced a Fake Blue Screen.
Good morning we are at a customers on the Woodloes in Warwick, the issue here is that the computer freezes intermittently and the webcam does not work correctly, it also gives a “1628 Failed to complete Installation” error, to fix this one we required to edited the registry and install windows updates.