Ira Wilsker's archive

Hardly a week goes by that I do not get a call from a friend or co-worker asking for help with a computer that had been hijacked by one of the thousands of variants of a type of malware generically known as “rogue antivirus.” Last weekend was busy for me in this respect in that I received multiple frantic calls for help on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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It is that time of year again. We are in the process of receiving W-2 forms, 1099s of various types, and other documents that we will need in order to prepare our income taxes.

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As has become obvious in the 11 years that I have been doing this weekly column, I get many of my ideas from Examiner readers and listeners to my radio show. This column is no exception. Just yesterday, I received a frantic request from a local attorney whose computer had been hijacked by one of the endemic rogue antivirus virus programs, Vista AntiVirus 2012.

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I have been an avid reader since my earliest years. I used to be a regular at the public library, checking out so many books that I was on a first-name basis with the librarian. Over the years, I have collected a huge library of books, having read virtually all of them. Even today, it is not unusual for me to purchase several books at a time.

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If you watch any TV, you have undoubtedly seen the countless commercials for MagicJack, offering to save users hundreds of dollars a year in phone bills for a monthly fee of about $2. When it first came out about three years ago, I reviewed the original MagicJack in this column and on my weekly radio show.

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