SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
What are computer viruses and how to protect yourself by Ben Hampton • Ben@sonomapcrepair.com
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GLEN ELLEN, CA. ~ Have you heard the hype about computer viruses? Maybe spyware, adware, malware or trojans? So you might ask what is a computer virus and how can it affect me? Lets start with what they are. An infection no matter what type is a small software program that is designed to spread form one computer to another and cause havoc. They can inter- fere with the normal use of your computer by, displaying ad's, asking for money, send- ing emails out to spread them-
delete everything on
aspects of the win- dows system or even your
entire computer. Viruses are mostly spread from clicking on links or opening attach- ments in emails from people you don't know or emails you weren’t expecting they can also come from download- ing files form unknown web- sites. A few symptoms of an infected computer are slug- gish slowness, programs you don't recognize running con- tently or popping up often and possibly asking for you to pay a subscription fee. Strange emails being sent out or an
internet home page you don't recognize. Once infected the removal process can be diffi- cult, lengthy and dramatically different depending on the infection. It is recommended that someone who is experi- enced in virus removal insures that all the elements of the infection are gone so it cannot come back easily and quickly To avoid and protect yourself from infections of all types its essential that you keep your computer up to date with the most current software and updates. You should always use caution when opening emails from people you don't know or downloading things from the internet. It is also very important to use a qual- ity anti-virus program. There are good free programs like Microsoft security essentials and the free version of Avast. If you are looking for a more complete protection suite then I recommend Kaspersky inter- net security or Avast internet security. I’d love to hear from you. If
you have a technical or com- puter related question of any kind, think your computer is infected or want help ensur- ing your computer is infection free and setting up your inter- net
security system please send an e-mail. I look forward to answering your questions next month.
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brate the region's culinary arts and provide an opportunity for patrons to taste premium wines and microbrews from the county. "We are fortu- nate to live in an area that offers such a rich diversity of locally grown and crafted products," said Nick Frey, Sonoma County Harvest Fair President, "The Harvest Fair Board is committed to recog- nizing Sonoma County's agri- cultural evolution over the last 30 years by celebrating our wine, microbrews and culi- nary lifestyle." Harvest Fair's competi-
tive exhibit categories will be incorporated into the Sonoma County Fair's already thriving program, explained County Fair Manager Tawny Tesconi. "The County Fair delivers "family fun" at its best, so this realignment of activities makes perfect sense," said Tesconi.
The Board of Directors continues to work on spe- cifics of the new plan and will announce details some- time in May. The 2013 event will remain on its traditional weekend and is scheduled for October 4-6 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. For more information, visit www.harvestfair.org
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12 • March 2013 • UPBEAT TIMES Choices are the
hinges of destiny. Attributed to both
Edwin Markham and Pythagoras A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. ~Rita Mae Brown Weird Facts & Trivia - 4
Felix Hoffmann, a German chemist, produced a stable form of acetylsalicylic acid, more commonly known as aspirin, in 1897. Hoffmann, was searching for something to relieve his father's arthritis. He studied French chemist Charles Gergardt's experi- ments and "rediscovered" acetylsalicylic acid--or aspirin, as we now know it.
The first air brake invented by George Westinghouse in 1869 revolutionized the railroad industry, making braking a safer venture and thus permit- ting trains to travel at higher speeds. Westinghouse made many alterations to improve his invention leading to various forms of the automatic brake. By 1905, over 2,000,000 freight, passenger, mail, baggage and express cars and 89,000 locomotives were equipped with the
Westinghouse Quick-Action Automatic Brake.
Charles Taylor built the engine that provided the power to achieve the first powered, sus- tained, and controlled flight of an airplane.on December 17, 1903 by Orville and Wilbur Wright. The aluminum, water- cooled engine was built from scratch and without drawings in only six weeks. The cast aluminum block and crank- case weighed 152 pounds.
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