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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
2:15 pm Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Every Monday, 2.20pm-4.45pm at Theale Library. Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook:[...]
4:00 pm VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and French - Children Workshop! @ Vici Academy | England | United Kingdom
Learn to make French Crêpes (so practise new vocabulary), then we bake (to learn lots of action verbs), then we cook (just like French Chefs!) and of course, WE EAT (and play French shop!). The fun of the kitchen is also[...]

Top Tips on Virus Protection for Your Computer

Over the last year or so a new and vicious set of viruses has appeared to threaten your PC.  Typically, they arrive in your email inbox in the form of a .zip or .doc / .docx file attached to an email that may look as if it has come from someone you know.  If you open the attachment, a program runs that encrypts all your data files to make them unreadable.  It can also do the same for any backups or data you have stored on external disk drives, in the cloud or anywhere else that it finds connected to the PC.  It then puts up screens telling you that if you don’t pay a ransom within a certain time, your files will be unrecoverable.

And they do not lie.  Miss the deadline and they destroy one of the all-important digital keys used to encrypt your files.  Once that has gone, there is nothing you can currently do to retrieve your data.  If you do pay the ransom, usually by having to set up a Bitcoin account, they do send you the decryption key.  But the virus is still on the PC and may be tracking everything you do, so additional work is then required to remove it and thoroughly clean the PC.

And don’t get smug, Apple Mac users.  There are variants of this targeting your machines as well.

So what can you do?  There are a number of virus protection steps you can take:

1. Never open a .zip, .doc or .docx email attachment unless you were expecting it and know what it should be called.  If you have any doubt, telephone the sender to confirm.  The virus writers are spoofing email addresses, so if you reply to the email because you think you know the sender, you’ll actually be talking to the bad guys.  And guess what they will tell you to do…….

2. Do not rely on ‘permanently on’ backup, such as the cloud or an external drive that is left connected to the PC (or an Apple Time Machine).  It’s a pain, but the only way to do it these days is to use an external drive or stick and plug it in when you need to backup.  Then remove it as soon as the backup is complete.  By the way, don’t think you are backing up if you use Drobox, OneDrive or similar.  These are not backups, they are file sharing systems.  And anyway, they will be encrypted by the virus as well.

3. If you do catch one of these nasties, contact a professional for help immediately.  The time window you are given before your encryption key is destroyed is usually only about 5 days, so you need to act fast, especially if you do not have a recent safe backup as described above.

No apologies if this all sounds scary.  The people behind this are not the traditional lone programmer sitting in a dark room creating a virus to see how far it gets out in the world.  They are organised criminals who are utterly heartless.  All they want is your cash and they don’t care how much grief they cause due to the loss of irreplaceable photographs, family histories, etc.

For further information or advice on computers please contact:

KCS feature imageGraham Curtis
Kennet Computer Solutions
07891 114758 / 01672 520988
grahamc@kennetcomputersolutions.co.uk
www.kennetcomputersolutions.co.uk

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