Happy Holidays to you and your family!

This time of year many businesses take time off for the holidays, so scammers are working more in hopes that you won't be able to contact trustworthy businesses and other sources for confirmation about a questionable "problem with your account/service/computer or device".

In the coming weeks, be on the alert for popular scams such as:

  • Calls or recorded messages from "Microsoft", "Windows", "Apple", "Amazon", "Your Internet Provider", "Google" and other imposters claiming that there is a problem with your service or account - and the caller needs to fix the problem immediately.
  • Website pop-ups from the names listed above, again claiming that there's a problem with your device, service or account and usually accompanied by wording designed to scare you. A phone number will be listed in the message urging you to call immediately or there will be dire consequences if you don't call.
  • Emails from the names listed above, urging you to take immediate action about a problem with a recent order, an expensive order that you didn't place, or a delivery problem or confirmation.

If you get any such call, pop-up or email similar to what's listed above - DO NOT REACT TO THE ADVICE OF THE MESSAGE OR WARNING. 99% OF THE TIME IT'S A SCAM THAT'S MEANT TO SCARE YOU INTO MAKING AN IMMEDIATE JUDGMENT WITHOUT THINKING IT THROUGH RATIONALLY. Legitimate companies will send a letter to your postal address if there are any problems that need to be addressed.

What to do: If it's a call/recording, hang up and ignore it. If it's an email y ou can check the status of online accounts the way you normally do - via phone number on a bank card, or going directly to a website and logging in - but never by clicking a link or attachment in a questionable email. If it's a pop-up on your computer or device, simply close the warning or shut down your device the way that you normally do. After a restart the "warning" message should be gone. If it's still present after restart, do not call any number presented on the screen. For more information click here to read about more computer scams .

Computer/ Internet Tips & News
December 2018
Reno's PC & Technology Help Experts since 2003 

Affordable PC Repair - Experienced IT Consultants 
In-Home Service & Remote Support

No Geek Speak: Local techs that speak 
a language you can understand
Support for Windows - macOS - iOS - Android
Your next computer must include this part
If your computer is over 5 years old you may need to purchase a new one to be fully protected against Spectre and Meltdown - a security flaw revealed early this year that exists in most processors that power modern computing devices ( see October's newsletter ). With the end-of-support for Windows 7 occurring in January 2020, that may be another reason to consider the purchase of a new computer by the end of 2019.

But don't buy any computer before reading our new computer buying information newsletter .

Some new computers come with a Solid State Drive (SSD) instead of a mechanical/spinning Hard Disk Drive (HDD) - the part that stores the operating system, programs and your personal files. Computers with a SSD are much faster, reliable and energy efficient - which is particularly useful if you're using a laptop computer.

To read new computer buying information, click here .
Computer service eGift Cards still available for
holiday gift giving
Gift the unique gift of computer service with a Computer Techs eGift Card. Gift amounts start $49 for 1/2 hour of computer service. Click here to learn more and order your eGift Card .
News briefs posted to our Facebook feed
A Facebook account is NOT required to read the following news articles...
Tell a friend about us - get a $20 service credit
If you’re happy with our service, please let others know by recommending us to your friends and family, and/or by writing a review about our service. If you personally recommend us to a friend or relative and we help them, you get $20 off your next service call.

Why trust someone who “knows” computers and works on them in their spare time? Why trust someone who you called from a pop-up ad on your computer? You shouldn’t! Computer Techs is a local business that works with computers and related devices on a daily basis and has been doing so since 2003. When you need help with your computing devices, you can trust Computer Techs to be there when you need us, and stand behind our service.

When people search for Computer Support or Repair Services on the internet, they often search Google, YellowPages.com or Yahoo Local. Please consider letting others know about our service by posting a review at one or more of the following web sites: