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  1. #11

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    The federal authorities take fraud seriously.
    If they don't, a visit to your local tv station saying you got no assistance would focus their attention.

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  2. #12

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    Damn - Sounds like someone was doing a Teamviewer scam on you. They can use your system to do all kinds of crap. Did the guy try to give you a special Teamviewer login? That would have enabled them to connect right to your system.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 61
    Windows 8

    Thank You guy's very much !!! I'm going to get my thoughts together on how to explain my Win.8 problems and post them tomorrow.

    Those scumbags were going to try and take my money and they were telling those INF/PNF files were junk files and I need to delete them. I do have caller ID, but it says the # is not in service. Dang it !

    Oh, they sounded like they were from India
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  4. #14

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    INF/PNF files are system driver files, they tell the system what kind of hardware you got. Do NOT delelte those ever.
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  5. #15

    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Indian Call Centres

    We get regularly calls from Indian call centres "trying this on".

    I usually wait for them to finish their spiel and then I say:

    "I'm a computer technician"
    "I use Linux"

    The line usually goes quiet for a few seconds and then they hang up.
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  6. #16

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    I just say I'm a Mac user.
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  7. #17

    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise

    we have a 16inch talking Woody doll from toy story next too the phone and we play it for all unsolicited call ,"
    Howdy Partner this towns not big enough for the 2 of us " they get the message ,once we could hear the call telling us we were crazy .he was right !
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  8. #18

    Posts : 61
    Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Damn - Sounds like someone was doing a Teamviewer scam on you. They can use your system to do all kinds of crap. Did the guy try to give you a special Teamviewer login? That would have enabled them to connect right to your system.
    That is exactly what they were trying to do and they # on the caller ID was disconnected and when I told him I was on Disability and had know money he gave me a # to call back on which was a 253-271-4520. I told him to give me a toll free # and he said it wouldn't cost me to call that # which is a lie, because that isn't a area code in my state.

    Would the online BBB shut this down. I'm about to leave the house and when I get back from church I would like to try to get HELP from you guys and get past this mess. It really just upsets me that thieves can get away with this stuff.

    I short example to my BIG problems is when I clicked to quote a Reply to you a tab/window opens tells me I need to update FLV Player and then went to Google. It happens ever single time I click on any link. I have to use Firefox, because IE is 10x worse. Is there a way to set it up to where a tab/window will not open? I ran my virus and Malware scans last night.

    I will be in touch this evening, if my brand new computer will run. HP Pavilion with (Win.8)

    Thanks again, later
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  9. #19

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    I've gotten several of those scam calls, they used to say "we are from Windows and we have detected that your PC is infected". I guess they are even more brazen now if they are claiming to be Microsoft? One of my friends actually fell for it and let them connect. They messed up her PC pretty badly so it wouldn't connect to the Internet at all, then demanded money to fix it. She eventually clued in and hung up. I wiped the drive and did a clean install after advising her to change all her online passwords for banking etc. It was a lesson learned for her. The last call I got I just said I don't own a computer, long silence on the other end. Then a "you don't own a computer?" I said no and they hung up.
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  10. #20

    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by alfatide View Post
    This site has a free download that will clean my computer to fix the problems.

    There is NO such thing as 'free' software (or free stuff of any kind). Only the sun shines everyday for free.

    Allways think to yourself "What is the model of earning money they use". Then you will find out that it's most likely one of the following models:

    1 - showing adds and hoping people will click on them.
    2 - it's bogus software. E.a. scam, malware, virussus, ransomware etc.
    3 - it's a locked version (trail software etc.) and you must pay the unlock all the features.
    4 - the manufacturer wants you to get used to their software in the hope that you, or your company, will buy other software from their company (like Adobe with Adobe Reader. This allows you only to read. To create they sell Adobe pro or something like that).
    5 - it's genuine opensource software published under the GNU General Public Licence and is maintained by enthusiasts.

    When meant for the Windows Platform in my experience most of the 'free software' is from the category 1 and 2. And since I don't want to see any adds etc. I practicaly don't use free software. The only 'free' software I use is published under the GNU licence.

    So remember, don't believe the things you read/ see on the internet. In most cases it's not what it seems. And anything that seems to good to be true is mostlikely bogus!


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