Q: What are your hours?

A: Regular business hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Q: What makes you different from other service companies?

A: People and Businesses around the world depend on Computer Troubleshooters. We’re the world’s #1 network of computer professionals.
There are many reasons our customers call Computer Troubleshooters instead of someone else.

Here are just a few –
• We understand computers and technology issues.
• We come to you with onsite and professional service.
• Computer Troubleshooters care about our customers.
• We won’t call a job complete until the problem is resolved.

Computer Troubleshooters provides the service and peace of mind you deserve. Call us today! (+61 3) 8503 7057

Q: What areas do you service?

A: We service the Oakleigh area including Oakleigh South, Bentleigh East, Murrumbeena & Carnegie.
If you need service out of this area, please call (+61 3) 8503 7057 for availability information.

Q: What is Cryptolocker or Ransomware?

A: Cryptolocker or Ransomware is a piece of code, when run, will search all your drives for documents, spreadsheets, pdf files etc and encrypt them with an encryption key. After encryption it will usually rename the files as filename.encrypted. This code will encrypt files even on mapped drives to servers, so backups are essential. You will either have to restore from backup or pay the people who have encrypted your files for them to send you the decryption key. This usually costs around the $1000 mark and payment is usually required with Bitcoins, an internet currency.

Q: What is a Virus?

A: A computer virus is a program – a piece of executable code – that has the unique ability to replicate. Like biological viruses, computer viruses can spread quickly and are often difficult to eradicate. They can attach themselves to just about any type of file and are spread as files that are copied and sent from individual to individual.

In addition to replication, some computer viruses share another commonality: a damage routine that delivers the virus payload. While payloads may only display messages or images, they can also destroy files, reformat your hard drive, or cause other damage. If the virus does not contain a damage routine, it can cause trouble by consuming storage space and memory, and degrading the overall performance of your computer.

Several years ago most viruses spread primarily via floppy disk, but the Internet has introduced new virus distribution mechanisms. With email now used as an essential business communication tool, viruses are spreading faster than ever. Viruses attached to email messages can infect an entire enterprise in a matter of minutes, costing companies millions of dollars annually in lost productivity and clean-up expenses.

Viruses won’t go away anytime soon: More than 60,000 have been identified, and 400 new ones are created every month, according to the International Computer Security Association (ICSA). With numbers like this, it’s safe to say that most organizations will regularly encounter virus outbreaks. No one who uses computers is immune to viruses.

Q: What is a Worm?

A: A worm is a computer program that has the ability to copy itself from machine to machine. Worms normally move around and infect other machines through computer networks. Using a network, a worm can expand from a single copy incredibly quickly. For example, the Code Red worm replicated itself over 250,000 times in approximately nine hours on July 19, 2001. A worm usually exploits some sort of security hole in a piece of software or the operating system. For example, the Slammer worm (which caused mayhem in January 2003) exploited a hole in Microsoft’s SQL server.

Worms use up computer time and network bandwidth when they are replicating, and they often have some sort of evil intent. A worm called Code Red made huge headlines in 2001. Experts predicted that this worm could clog the Internet so effectively that things would completely grind to a halt.

The Code Red worm slowed down Internet traffic when it began to replicate itself, but not nearly as badly as predicted. Each copy of the worm scanned the Internet for Windows NT or Windows 2000 servers that do not have the Microsoft security patch installed. Each time it found an unsecured server, the worm copied itself to that server. The new copy then scanned for other servers to infect. Depending on the number of unsecured servers, a worm could conceivably create hundreds of thousands of copies.

Q: What is a Trojan?

A: A Trojan is a piece of code that performs unexpected or unauthorized, often malicious, actions. The main difference between a Trojan and a virus is the inability to replicate. Trojans cause damage, unexpected system behavior, and compromise the security of systems, but do not replicate. If it replicates, then it should be classified as a virus.

A Trojan, coined from Greek mythology’s Trojan horse, typically comes in good packaging but has some hidden malicious intent within its code. When a Trojan is executed users will likely experience unwanted system problems in operation, and sometimes loss of valuable data.

Q: How do I know if I have a Virus?

A: You must remember that there are very many things that can go wrong with your computer and a virus is not always to blame.
The only way you can know whether or not your computer is infected is by scanning your machine with an up to date anti-virus program.

Q: What is Spyware?

A: Spyware apps sneak onto your machine when you download many file-sharing services, open infected e-mails, or click on dubious Internet pop-up ads. They can manipulate your system, record your habits, and steal your passwords and credit card numbers. Depending on their degree of aggressiveness, they can steal your privacy or even your identity. And they can be terribly difficult to remove.