When Your Computer has a FLAT
Copyrightę2012 by Ed Howdershelt
ISBN 978-1-932-693-38-6


   If you've ever caught a Mac or Windows computer virus, worm, or trojan, you know how devastatingly destructive they can be.

   You probably also know that a truly new piece of malware will get past all the usual antivirus programs. They can only defend against known variations of viruses, worms, and trojans.

    And you likely know the vast majority of malware is designed to attack Windows computers. That's not a slam against Windows. It's just the way things are.

   If your business or your immediate happiness in life depends on a Windows computer, spend the price of a beer and get this booklet.

   You will be told - in simplest possible terms - how to work around a Windows crash.
   You should be able to save your passwords, favorites, important files, and personal info at the very least.

   You should also be able to thoroughly delete things you wouldn't want a computer tech -- or anyone else -- to see.

   When I say 'simple', I mean this booklet will assume you have NO convenient time to spare for learning how to fix Windows or computers. It will also assume you have no interest, because if you had any interest, you'd already know what's in this booklet.

   You just want your computer to work again as soon as possible, if only to get your super-private stuff safely out of it before you have to take it to a shop for real repairs or replacements.

   This booklet is cheap because enough of the right kind of searching would turn up this same info... eventually. None of it is really secret stuff of any sort. All I'm doing is boiling it down to present it quickly and concisely in one short easy-to-follow file.

   Good enough? If so, read on...

When things go all to hell

1. A lady named Sandy owns a nearby bar. When she began screaming one late-October afternoon, I abandoned my pool game to rush to her back room office. She was raging at her almost-new computer because it had locked up. When she clicked on various icons, nothing worked. She couldn't even reboot or turn off the computer from the 'Start' menu. Windows couldn't run and Sandy had to upload some orders. Using the 'restore' key during a power-up would have destroyed them.

2. During a motorcycle trip to Maggie Valley, NC, I met a lady accountant and fellow biker from Iowa named Christine at a motel.
   When she turned on her laptop, the screen immediately flooded with 'You have a virus' pop-up windows. None of her other icons could be clicked because of all the pop-ups. As fast as she closed them, new pop-ups would appear.
   Aside from needing to keep in contact with her office, she hadn't checked her private email or Facebook for two days and she was having withdrawal pains.

   I could waste your time with other examples, but I won't. You really only want to know how I fixed their computers.

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