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IMPORTANT – be careful with your email attachments!

There has been a very large run of ransomware viruses lately – you get an email that looks like an invoice, possibly from someone you know, with a zip attachment. We have had customers that have opened these with very bad results.
 
If you open these attachments, you will get a word document, that then asks to to ‘enable macros’ to view. This will infect your machine, and your files will be encrypted. The only way to decrypt them is to pay a ransom to a dodgy eastern European website, and hope you get an unlocking program in return. The best defense is to be vigilant about opening attachments, especially zip files, and to keep good backups. This new infection has bypassed many antivirus systems already. Please contact us if you would like more info.
 
Here is a sample of the emails you may recieve:
 
 
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Posted By: Ben @ MCS


Warning for Mac users – first ‘ransomware’ reports…

Users of the Mac torrent client ‘Transmission’ should update immediately to version 2.92 – head to www.transmissionbt.com and get the latest update.
 
A web hack allowed an upload of a malicious version of the torrent client, which installs a ‘ransomware’ application. This application lies dormant
on the system for a few days, and then begins to encrypt all your data – eventually demanding payment for access to your files. Once this has happened
there is no way to get your data back without paying the cost.
 
If you would like any advice about the situation please give us a bell – (09) 4355 435 or (0221) 027 021.
 
 
mac torrent client screenshot

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Posted By: Ben @ MCS


Apple support now offered! Macbooks, iMacs, iPads, iPhones!

We are pleased to announce that we will offering support for Apple products – there are very few providers locally, and support can be hard to obtain or too expensive. Bring your Macbook, iMac or any other Apple device in to Michelsen Computer Services for repairs and tune ups! If your Apple device is running slowly it may just need a good clean and tune, or there may be software issues that need resolving. If you have hardware failures or you have damaged your device, we can provide a quote for repair.
 
We use specialist providers for complicated hardware repairs, at excellent prices, and all other work is done in house. Please call (09) 4355 435 for more information!
 
 
apple macbook pro
 
 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Posted By: Ben @ MCS


Some awesome local businesses…

Went to dinner at Mean’s Vietnamese Cafe last night – the service and the food are amazing, and the prices are really good. Give it a go! Opposite Hallensteins, 13 Rathbone Street. Check out their Facebook page for more info: … Continue reading

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Check this out insane ‘CD eraser’…

The real action begins at 48 seconds…

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Pac-Man Dog eats Campfire Sparks…

  Check it out… This dude is dedicated to chomping those sparks.  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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How to find a rattle in your Toyota Surf…

Step one, remove the entire dash… It was totally worth it and it gave easy access to clean out the aircon too, so not too bad really – got rid of the stale smell in my aircon system at the … Continue reading

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Posted By: Ben @ MCS


Is your phone too smart?

Maybe you need the new ‘anti-smartphone’ – the calling only device designed to allow you to disconnect. It connects with your existing smartphone, allowing you to break free from the world of text messages, Facebook and Snapchat. No more beeping … Continue reading

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Launching new keyfinders site today!

  We are very excited to be announcing the new Keyfinders site, built by Michelsen Computer Services. Head over and check it out – www.keyfinders.co.nz Would you like your own e-commerce store? Contact Michelsen Computer Services for more info!  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Posted By: Ben @ MCS


Have you got backups? Real backups?

  So many people underestimate the importance of backups… When a hard drive fails, it can be without any warning. One day the computer won’t start, and you have lost it all!   Fortunately there are many cheap and easy … Continue reading

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Posted By: Ben @ MCS