Welcome to the Island Rambles Blog

Welcome to my blog world. This is a photo blog, poetry and short story blog about my life on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings. I am also at my Facebook Page Island Rambles or Islandrambles at YouTube.


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Monday, May 30, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Light Reflecting Life

I am always looking for the light.  The right light for the camera. A camera is really light reflecting life.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Better Late than...

Better late than never.  Busy week. For Macro Monday a bee in Blue Flowers.

Ransomeware Fake Support Scams

Ransomeware and Fake Windows Support Scams
So many people are telling me about various computer scams they are having so I have copied this from my previous blog and will add some more to it now.  Disclaimer: I am a senior trying to help other seniors.  This is the little copied part below from a previous posting:
"Computer Senior Tip:  My Rant of the Day!
Please remember if you get a pop up from Microsoft saying you have a virus and you must call a number to fix it.  Please Please do not call the number it is all a scam.  Microsoft will never send you a pop up or a warning or freeze your computer.  Just hit Ctrl, Shift and esc.  You can see the Task Manager and End Task for whatever they have frozen. You can also just turn off or unplug the computer. They will say on the pop up or the frozen page , the scammer says "Do not unplug your computer". But that is just the scam. There are so many computer scams now. Don't open a zip file on your emails either or open any of those scam emails from people you don't know. That is my senior rant of the day.  I try to check and recheck any links that I put in here on my blog.  I am asking those who comment not to put any links in at all."
OK now I will add some more stuff.
What can happen is you are on a website and your computer locks up and is frozen. Or you get the Pop Up.  Also a page saying it is from Microsoft Support will appear on your frozen page.  It will look really good and will not even have spelling errors. They make it look exactly like an official Microsoft site. Also there may be a sound warning you.  They will tell you not to turn off your computer or unplug it. They want you to phone their scam number. That is exactly what you must NOT do.  The best way to end the task is to do what I listed above, go to Ctrl, Shift and esc. When the Task Manager comes up just click end task on the running frozen program to End Task. If you can't do that just shut it down or unplug it. You may also get emails saying it is from Microsoft Support, it is not. They just want you to pay money to unlock your computer and most of them don't do it.
Check who is sending you each email and don't open attachments unless you are sure who it is from.  When you download be sure you download from exactly the verified company.

Ok so you get the dreaded frozen computer and you want more help:  Here are the help numbers and links.  They are all Microsoft links, really verified Microsoft links and I checked them all many times.

When you are back on line.  Do a complete scan. Do a restart. Look for key loggers. Update everything possible.  Remove everything you don't really need.  Clean all cache, etc.  A good check list is on my Windows 10 Update Issues Page. When your computer is frozen you will not be able to get to these links, that is when your cell or your tablet is handy. If your computer is infected and you called the number and did not turn it off, then the next step is to take it to the computer shop.  Disclaimer:  new ones are coming out every day so they may have other ways of getting into the computer.  A call to a computer expert is always the best way to go if you have one.  If you back up everything on your computer you have no problems, just have the computer shop have the drive wiped and put it all back.

Here are the helpful links:  These links tell you what you got and what to do.  You can talk online to a representative of Microsoft.
Microsoft Support
Online Microsoft Support Contact
(they will ask for your account, number)
Microsoft Support Scams detected by Windows Defender
Microsoft Malware Protection Center
Microsoft Malware and Virus Description Encyclopedia
Microsoft Search the Malware encyclopedia
Microsoft Virus and Malware Protection Download Centre
Microsoft Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Software FAQ 
Microsoft Malware Protection Center Help.  How does Malware Infect My Computer

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Windows 10 Update Issues Island Rambles

If you find you get the Dreaded Blue Page of Death each time there is a Windows 10 update or your computer slows right down, I will try to put in some helpful ideas that I found but I am not a knowledgeable computer repair person, I just found this interesting when I was looking it up as I had a Windows 7 Computer that was updated to Windows 10 and stopped working.

Disclaimer:  I am not a computer person so you will probably know more than I do about computers and will laugh at these ideas.  I assume that all of your stuff is backed up to your hard drive and that you have set a Restore Point on Windows 10 and have a back up for that. You can even export your Favorites from your Browser to a file.  It is easy to back up your photos to a hard drive.

You can put your emails on a backup file and your contact list. Even before you start to read this do that. Also if you have a local computer repair store they will know what to do to fix it but most of them want to wipe the computer and start again and they have to reinstall everything. Can be costly.

l. First get rid of all the junk on your computer.  Stuff you never use but be sure that you are just getting rid of stuff that is not essential to your computer.  Just get rid of things you installed over time and do not need anymore. Even clean out your browser and downloads.
Some Adobe products are causing issues, even photoshop. I removed my Photoshop and my Adobe Reader.  Windows seems to have it's own Reader. Check this out before you do this.

2. You could do a Defrag of your Disc C and do a clean up of it, run as administrator. (Check Windows Administrator Tools)

3.  You could make sure you have the drivers for anything you have installed and make sure it is updated.  Just make sure everything is updated.

4. You can also do a disc check of C by right clicking on it and you will see where is says check disc.

5.  Windows has a Windows Update Troubleshooter and you can run that also. It gives you a nice report. I think I downloaded it from Windows.  See links below.

6.  I made sure my version of Windows 10 was up to date.

7.  I checked that my anti-virus was working with Windows 10.
Some people turn off their anti-virus when updating if it is causing some issues.

8.  You can check your Ram and Memory.  Windows 10 has some of these helpful things in Windows Administrator Tools. There is an Event Viewer there also to see what event has just happened.

9.  Check that you have the latest Java installed if you have it.

10.  Some people found their computer fixed some issues when they rebooted three times.  It is not good to do a hard shutdown of your computer, when you force it to stop in the middle of updating but I had to do this.  Don't do it.

11. Some people found that they had video programs on their computers without the correct drivers or not updated drivers.
I removed a lot of my Video Converters as they were not safe anymore anyway. Oh you can download a Driver Checker and it will check things out. You can go to your computer company and they will also have drivers and a driver check for you to do for your type of laptop or computer.

12.  A huge issue is with the wireless mouse/keyboard by logitech, for me I have to pull that mouse key out to do an update and also I went to the website and installed the updated drivers and software.
I would just pull out the key when updating if you can and if you think that is the problem.

13.  The Printer is another issue.  Make sure if you have a printer connected, check that it has the latest drivers.  Go to the manufacturer website and they  have it or perhaps install your disc again, if the disc is more than a few years old it may not have the right drivers though. The websites are now putting the correct drivers and software on their sites to download.

14.  There are some command prompts that you can do but I will just link below to some of them as I am not confident in that area but I have done a lot of them and my computer came us clean.

15.  You can look at your Task Manager and see if anything is really out of wack or if something has taken over your computer and is using all the CPU.

16.  You can check your Device Manager and see if there are yellow icons, double click the device and click on the drivers tab to see if it works with Windows 10. (some things say compatible with Windows 10).  I think there is a compatible logo on the right click of your mouse also.

17.  If your Anti-virus offers a vulnerability scan or some scans of some kind I would run them right at the start before any of this as it will give you some ideas.  You could run one of the cleaners available also.

18.  If all fails and your computer runs the Blue Screen for more than three hours or three days! each time it updates, you can call the Microsoft help numbers and go to their Help forums.  The help numbers are different for Canada and the U.S.A. so just google them.  Hope this gives some help to some of you.  See links below.

19.  I thought of one more thing you can go to Settings, Power Management and check you have correctly put in your info there. You will also find your Windows Update section there and can put in stuff there.  You can manage your Start up applications also.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

Microsoft Support Stuff

Microsoft Global Customer Support

Microsoft product tool support page

On Line Support for Microsoft

Microsoft Community

Systems Update Readiness Tool Microsoft 

Windows 10 Help Categories

Windows 10 Forums for Help

How to do a Clean Boot

Microsoft Download Centre

Make Programs Compatible Windows 10

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Fire in our Country

There is a fire in our Country, can you help? The town of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has had a terrible fire.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Yellow-Headed Blackbird Swan Lake

 Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary Bird News!
There was a Yellow-headed Blackbird at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary this week.