Computer scams on the increase

SEVERAL more computer scams have been reported in the Whitsundays, following the article published in last week's edition of the Whitsunday Times.

For the last six months, the team at Whitsunday Computer Doctor has been removing these scamming viruses from infected computers at least once a week, but this figure has now climbed to three or four a week.

Mark O'Donnell from Whitsunday Computer Doctor said that it is important to alert locals of the extent of the problem.

“The companies that are doing this are raking in millions of dollars,” he said.

“A few of our clients paid $70 via credit card and they still had the viruses.

“We have seen the charges here ranging from $20 to $230 for removal tools.”

He also admits that these current scams are among the most sophisticated he has come across.

“The main problem with these viruses are they are extremely difficult to remove with standard virus scanning programs.”

Mr O'Donnell urges anyone that sees one of these pop-ups to act upon it without delay.

“My best advice is to shut down your computer immediately and run a full virus scan with a couple of good virus protection programs,” he said.

“If you see a new icon appearing next to the time in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and you are getting redirected to strange websites, you need to call a professional computer expert to help you remove the viruses.”

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