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PLEASE READ! This is an important message that all should be aware of:

Many people have recently informed me that they have been contacted over the phone (or on a website popup) by someone claiming to be from Microsoft or a computer security company. If you ever receive this type of call, here is what to look out for:

--The caller uses urgent wording and claims that your computer is infected or some other problem has occurred.
--The caller asks that you allow them to remote-control your computer, at which point they access certain normal systems in the computer and claim that what you are seeing represents a serious problem that only they can fix.
--The caller claims to be able to fix your computer, but only if you pay them $$$ or give them your credit card number.

There are also websites that will pop up a false warning saying that your computer is infected and that you should call the phone number displayed. The person who answers then proceeds to follow basically the same format as the three points above.

It is very important to note:

--MICROSOFT WILL NEVER CALL YOU WITH THIS TYPE OF MESSAGE
--NO COMPUTER SECURITY COMPANY WILL EVER CALL YOU WITH THIS TYPE OF MESSAGE
--Anyone calling you who claims to be with a company that has detected that your computer is infected is a scammer.
--Any pop-ups on your computer that ask you to call a phone number to resolve problems with viruses or other security issues are scams.

If you receive one of these calls, do not listen to what the caller has to say, tell them you know what they're up to, and hang up immediately.

Please spread the word by forwarding this on to others who could benefit from this message.

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Please help spread the word! Microsoft will stop offering security updates for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. There are still many out there who are unaware of this deadline.

It is pretty easy to prepare for the End-Of-Life date for XP by upgrading to Windows 7 or 8, or simply purchasing a new computer. The prices for new computers are at historically low rates, so now is the time!

If someone you know is using Windows XP for home or business Internet access, please send this notice on to them. It would be wise to contact your computer person and get this taken care of sooner rather than later. Or contact me, and I can help you out in a timely and efficient manner!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a good day and happy computing!

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