Boot Device Not Found Error or Hard Drive Not Detected

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This series of error messages- Boot Device Not Found,  Hard Drive not Detected, No Boot Device Found, No Bootable Device,, No Boot Partition Found, Hard Disk Drive Failure, Data error Reading Drive, Blank screen with flashing Cursor, Seek error – Sector not found, Missing Operating System, Operating System Not Found, Primary Hard Disk Failure, Error Loading Operating System, Drive not Ready- all these messages are really saying the same thing. The computer can’t find your operating system so it can’t boot into Windows.

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The easiest thing to check is whether the hard drive, or the cable running to the hard drive may have come loose from the motherboard. Connecting the drive or cable snugly to the motherboard will quickly resolve the problem.

The hard drive on the left has a loose cable, the one on the right shows the cable connected snugly.
The hard drive on the left has a loose cable, the one on the right shows the cable connected snugly.

Virus or malware infections can also damage or remove the Windows boot files, which would give you this message. Sometimes a Windows Update doesn’t install correctly or isn’t finished installing when you restart your computer, and that can prevent Windows from starting too.

Many times, the error results from some type of problem with the hard drive itself. You can read my post about some of those problems here.

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If you receive any of these messages and want to get your computer working again and recover your data, contact me for an appointment.

 

 

 

2016 Back to School Cleanup Special

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After a school year of  web browsing, term papers, music and movie downloads, and game playing, your computer can use a good clean up before school starts in the fall. I’m offering a deal on total cleanup of your computer. Either a complete Virus and Malware cleanup on your laptop or desktop computer, or a total PC Overhaul.  Either service is now a $80 flat fee, a $20 savings off regular price.

Once it’s all cleaned up, you might want to consider getting a professional backup of your important files.

$20 for 16GB of data, $40 for 32GB of data, $80 for 64GB of data. Those prices include a USB flash drive. pcoverhaul - usb16 You’ve got plenty of time to get your computer cleaned up before school starts in the fall, but don’t wait until the last minute! This special deal lasts until August 22nd.

 

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Bitdefender Antivirus Deal

As a reseller, I’m pleased to be able to offer discount pricing on Bitdefender Antivirus. Bitdefender was rated one of the top antivirus products of 2015 by both PCMag and PCWorld.

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Email Me to place an order today!

 

Malwarebytes offers pirates and duped customers 12 months of its premium antimalware product for free | VentureBeat | Security | by Emil Protalinski

The Amnesty program is for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium customers “who have been inconvenienced by piracy or abuse.” The new key you receive will be exclusive to you going forward, while your old one “will cease to work after a period of time.”

Source: Malwarebytes offers pirates and duped customers 12 months of its premium antimalware product for free | VentureBeat | Security | by Emil Protalinski

 

‘Your PC may be infected!’ Inside the shady world of antivirus telemarketing | PCWorld

Tech support schemes have barely slowed despite legal action by the FTC. Some adware programs display messages to people suggesting their computer is at risk, even though the adware programs aren’t designed to detect security problems.

Source: ‘Your PC may be infected!’ Inside the shady world of antivirus telemarketing | PCWorld

 

CryptoPrevent Malware Prevention | Foolish IT

Nick from Foolish IT is behind this useful software that will help prevent you from being infected with any of the various cryptolocker/cryptopwall encryption virus variants. There’s a free version, but I highly recommend paying for the premium version to get full automated protection.

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CryptoPrevent is an Anti-Virus/Security Software Supplement, originally designed to prevent infection from the CryptoLocker threat which emerged in late 2013. Since that time, CryptoPrevent has grown into a robust solution, providing protection against a wide range of ransomware and other malware.

Source: CryptoPrevent Malware Prevention | Foolish IT

 

How to prevent mobile malware in 3 easy steps | PCWorld

Mobile malware tends to loiter in a few “bad neighborhoods” online that you should stay out of anyway.

Source: How to prevent mobile malware in 3 easy steps | PCWorld

 

PC Overhaul is Now an Antivirus Reseller

I’m proud to announce that PC Overhaul is now an antivirus reseller, which means I can offer a 20% discount on all the major brand antivirus and internet security products on the market.

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If you’re not sure which antivirus to choose, PC Magazine recently published it’s 2015 antivirus review, which you can find here.

To purchase an antivirus subscription, or for more information, contact me via email.

 

Virus Removal Services

Thousands of new computer viruses and malware programs are created daily.  Even with virus protection, one third of computers worldwide are infected with some form of malware. It’s a common problem and the majority of computers I work on have some form of virus, spyware, malware, or a combination of all 3 installed on them.

If you suspect your computer has a virus, but aren’t sure what to look for, here are a few common signs your PC or laptop may be infected.

•  The computer is slow to start, or programs take a long time to load, or don’t load at all.

•  Your home page has been changed  and/or your web searches are being redirected to a strange site.

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•  The internet suddenly stops working on your computer, but other computers or devices like phones and tablets can connect without a problem.

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•  Pop up messages, especially a large number of pop ups, could indicate some type of infection.

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•  Toolbars!

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•  Warnings of virus infection from antivirus software you don’t remember installing. These fake antivirus programs ARE the virus. After running a scan, they prompt you to pay via credit card for the full program to remove the virus- which they infected you with in the first place. Even after paying to “register” the infection usually remains on your computer.

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•  Ransomware is a newer type of infection that locks down your computer, hides your files and demands payment to grant you access to them again. Older versions (FBI, Department of Justice) will pretend to be law enforcement who have locked your computer down due to illegal internet activity. Newer ransomware like Cryptolocker and CryptoWall are almost impossible to decrypt.

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There are hundreds of other symptoms but these are some of the most common. If your computer exhibits these symptoms or just doesn’t seem to be running as well as it should, give me a call. I have over 15 years experience and deal with thousands of malware infections each year.