UPDATE – 26TH MAY 2016 – From our findings it would appear that the main targets are elderly users.
We are seeing an increasing number of computers repaired “locally” which have resulted in malicious scripts being embedded into the Windows Operating System
We believe that these scripts have been created with the intent to cause your PC to fail in various ways at given times with the intention to create repeat business.
Our advice to you is to check the scheduled tasks yourself.
To find the scheduled Task Manager is dependent on which version of Windows you have. See Windows options below……
Depending on what version of Windows you are using, the scheduled Task manager can be found
Click on the Start button in the bottom left.
Click All Programs – Accessories – System Tools – Scheduled Tasks
Windows Vista / Windows 7
Click on the Start Button in the bottom left and do a right-click over “Computer”.
From the menu that appears, click Manage.
In the left hand column, double click “Task Scheduler” and then click “Task Scheduler Library”
Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10
Do a right-click over the Start Button in the bottom left corner and select “Computer management”
In the left hand column, double click “Task Scheduler”
and then click “Task Scheduler Library”
A standard Scheduled Task should look something like this.
IF you see any NAMES of Tasks that are not FULL NAMES and are abbreviated then you should be very suspicious.
For Example :
BS – LAN – AV – SPOO – SD – AT – XP etc
If you find any such entries or are in any way unsure
- Call P3 on 01282 424 041
- OR bring your unit down to us and we can look together and highlight the problems that these scripts would cause
- We can then give you advice FREE OF CHARGE
*** THIS INFORMATION IS BEING COLLATED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS TO ASSIST WITH AN ONGOING ENQUIRY ***