I began working with Cooks Paint and Body in Pace in January, and though they are wonderful people and do great work, another opportunity popped up that I wasn't looking for or expecting. In April I became the IT Manager at Exit Realty NFI in Pensacola. I still work some evenings at Panther Computers, but I foresee a near future where I will be only doing so by appointment. I'm glad that NW Florida allowed me to provide service with integrity for 14 years, but the need for computer stores is going the way of VCR repair. I'm still here for those who need me as my schedule permits. I'm excited to be a part of the Exit team and look to help them grow the business through my IT and Marketing expertise. https://www.facebook.com/floridaexit/
Store hours are Monday-Thursday 6PM-9PM, and every other Saturday. Onsite appointments and remote sessions are an option in the evenings and every other weekend. My day job takes precedence and I may not be able to be here these hours, so please call ahead first. Holidays will still impact these hours as well.
Projected weekend dates for the rest of this year:
Panther Computers now offers the Panther Pounce Tuneup. In response to customer requests, we are now offering this alternative to the full Panther Tuneup (regularly $150) with this faster turn around time to quickly get you back up an running. This is a quick hit tuneup that simply removes the most obvious virus and malware infections for $75 that allows you to continue using your existing protections and antivirus software.
I'm here today to make you aware of a scam that I believe is happening with nearly all international call centers, but especially those in India. Based on dozens of conversations with my customers over the last three years, it is my belief that call center employees that answer calls for US based businesses like AT&T, Amazon, and other high profile companies are transferring calls out of the legitimate call center to illegitimate businesses that try to scam money from you.
Panther Computers now sells items on Amazon. We have over one hundred items available locally at our Milton location or you can order online and have it shipped. Eventually we will have all of our new inventory online at Amazon so you can see what we have in stock. Used items and parts will not be listed, so come by or call if you need these or special order items.
CoinBase is a virtual currency exchange for BitCoin that has become licensed in the US to exchange BitCoin for Dollars. Here is an article from PCWorld with the details:
Do to the increased number of ransomeware viruses being seen on computers being brought into Panther Computers, we are adding a new utility called Crypto Prevent to the software installed on computers during our Panther Tuneup. You can read the article below on CryptoWall for more details on ransomeware viruses and their effects. We will install the free edition, free to homeowners and businesses alike, but you may consider the paid premium version for automatic updates.
Over the last several years there have been several ransomeware viruses that will encrypt your data in a fashion that will cause you to loose the data or have to pay to get your files back. CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense, CTB Locker, and now CryptoWall. It is now more important than ever to ensure you have backups of all your important personal and business files as you could be infected from any number of sources.
Panther Computers has invested in an enhanced system to provide better tracking and histories of our clients, their computers, and the work performed. We now have the ability to provide you email and SMS (aka texting) updates as we begin and proceed with the work on your computer. You can also click on the Status link under services to log into your tickets online for a current status. We are continually looking for ways to improve the service we provide our clients.
Panther Computers now offers our remote access service, Panther Rescue Remote, to our customers. Panther Rescue Remote can allow a Panther Computers technician provide you local support from our offices saving you travel time and expense. All you need is a working high speed internet access for the computer and we can provide instruction, configuration, and technical support.
The support is by appointment and first come first serve, but we will expand availabilty and offerings as demand increases. Stay tuned for pricing and other details as we fully deploy Panther Rescue Remote. Whether in the store or by remote we'll make your computer PuRR like a kitten.
We are bumping this article back to the top as there has been a recent increase of these calls in the NW Florida area. We have one computer in the shop now that has been completely locked and is in danger of having had tax documents tampered with or "stolen. We've had a second customer relate that they have had no less than five phone calls trying to coerce them into letting the Indian sounding caller take control of their computer. Watch videos and more on our Facebook page on this an other computer scams.
You may have noticed one or more commercials on TV that claims that they can remotely connect to your computer and make it "work", however be sure they don't charge you if they can't. Most problems today are spyware and virus related and there is absolutely no way this can be cleaned remotely, even if your Internet is working. If your system is just bogged down from normal use, be sure you pay no more than you could at a local shop for a service that is hyped late night alongside the vacuum cleaners, kitchen gizmos, and colon cleansers.
- Category: Recycling
We have joined the National Rechargeable Battery Recycling Program. This means that we can now take your old cell phones and rechargeable batteries found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, camcorders, and remote control toys.
Panther Computers is dedicated to balancing the impact of technology on our environment through recycling programs such as this. If you too are concerned and wish to safely dispose of Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Lithium Ion, and Sealed Lead batteries weighing less than 2 lbs simply bring them to our store in Historic Downtown Milton, one block west of the court house. Whether your buying new technology or recycling the old, come by Panther Computers and you too will see that nothing beats a panther!
- Category: Recycling
Panther Computers will take old computers for recycling in limited quantities. We don't recycle old tube type monitors as they require special handling due to high amounts of lead - please consider the other suggestions found in the FAQ What can I do with my old computer. We have begun to disassemble the old computers down to their basic components and recycle them. Small quantities would probably be refused by local scrap yards, but as we accumulate truck loads of the old cases (sheet metal) we will turn it in to reduce what ends up in the landfill. Yes sheet metal (iron based) might only cover (pennies per pound) the gas to take it, but Panther Computers is committed to finding ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle - especially reducing the impact of our industry on the environment.
Here are pictures from one of two truck loads we recently took for recycling. This trip kept over 500lbs of metal from the land fill!