During the RTV virtual tour webinar regarding the LifeLock system, Jason LaVanture mentioned a few steps to take if you thought you had spyware on your computer. Could you please do me a HUGE favor and outline those steps?
Melissa my dear,
Thank you so much for your interest in keeping your computer running smoothly. There’s simply nothing worse than having a virus or spyware taking your valuable time away from you. Let me run through what Jason (The Virtual Tour Guru) was talking about on the webinar and explain what he referred to as “Protocol”.
Before spyware does strike you down you should arm yourself by going to http://www.avast.com/download-software and http://www.malwarebytes.org/ and http://www.atribune.org/ for the ATF cleaner. These three programs should be installed on your computer and you should regularly get updates for them.
Should you ever feel that your computer is running slowly or that you’re infected you should immediately take the following protocol:
1. Update Malwarebytes and then unplug yourself from the Internet
2. Turn off System Restore (I know this is a scary thing to do but please trust me!)
3. Reboot your computer in safe mode with networking by pressing F8 during boot
4. Once logged into windows run the ATF cleaner and remove all
5. Run Malwarebytes and perform a full scan
6. Once scan is complete reboot your machine once again in safe mode
7. Run Malwarebytes again, check for updates (plug in briefly and then unplug), and run a full scan
8. Continue scanning and rebooting in safe mode until your scan comes up clean
9. Boot into regular windows, plug back into the Internet, update Malwarebytes again and run another full scan
10. If the scan comes up clean turn System Restore back on and consider yourself very LUCKY!
11. Good luck out there!
Print these directions off now and tuck them away somewhere. Trust me, when you’ve got 1800 Virtual Tour Providers around the World you tend to deal with this on a daily basis!
Real Tour Vision
When the first marketing pieces started rolling off the lines from our new RPM marketing department I was ecstatic. Happy as I remember being in years. Full color documents with up-to-date hard hitting stats on the virtual tour industry. There were easy to manipulate power point presentations as well as downloadable virtual tour preparation messages that one could upload to a phone system or stream directly off of their website as I have done here: All of these new pieces would make setting up shop a whole lot easier!
I had my first success in making some marketing materials when I used the RPM “Grand Opening” piece found in the marketing control panel. As a new member of our local MLS board the Traverse City Association of Realtors TAAR I am able to print and distribute one free flyer through the entire system at no charge. I downloaded the virtual tour company grand opening piece and went to work.
My total editing time on this piece was about fifteen to twenty minutes. When I was finished I sat back and smiled. I was truly amazed at my own work…well something like that. Who would ever find out that I really had no talent in graphical design and layout? Nobody…unless my customers read this blog and even then it does it really matter? The fact is, I am good and I make my customers look even better online. When I sent my grand opening flyer through the Traverse City real estate board the feedback I got on my piece was phenomenal. Let me tell you right now that it is one thing to walk into an office and tell people that you are an expert in online property marketing but another thing all together to have your marketing pieces transmit the same message.
I was told by my friend at the local MLS that my marketing piece looked better than most she had seen. Kudos to RPM!! If RPM can take a lackey like me who knows nothing about layouts, layers, fields, graphical design, and flyer creation look like a pro…it has got to be good.
As far as the software that you will need, I highly recommend that one uses an up-to-date editing program like Microsoft office 2007. Office 07 will be quite a hog on your computer but well worth the buy if you are looking to edit the materials that the Real Tour Vision marketing center is kicking out. I am told that you can also use Adobe to edit the marketing materials but I have yet to try that program out. For those of you out there using Office 2003 or less make the investment and upgrade. In starting this virtual tour company in Traverse City I have found that Ebay is a great place to save some money on your software. Finally, for those of you out there who are non inner circle members be sure to log in often as we are continually creating more and more free materials too!
Good luck everyone and have a great weekend.
TC Virtual Tours
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I am certainly not one to brag when it comes to being able to rip out a layout or a marketing piece. In school art class my depiction of people was always by way of stick. Later in life my great artistic ability or lack thereof did not change when I got my first computer. If I was going to run a viable virtual tour company in Northern Michigan, if I was going to be the “Online property marketing expert” I told all of our providers to become, I would need something with punch and pizzazz. Aka…I needed to look to the Real Tour Vision business startup CD that we give out to all of our virtual tour providers when they start up their virtual tour company.
It was there that we told everyone to get the foundations for their power point presentations, virtual tour company fliers, contracts and brochures. Surely our business startup CD would help BlueLaVa be the best looking and sharpest virtual tour company in Traverse City.
It was actually quite funny when I started going through the CD. How on Earth could our providers use this stuff? Where were the goods? Where are my basics? Surely there must have been some kind of mistake. I had been given the wrong CD upon startup. Somehow I received a CD from 2004. I am not a detective by any means but I say 2004 because all of the powerful hard hitting stats on the CD were quoted from internet studies done in 2004. I would have to find an updated business startup CD so I could get on with setting up my virtual tour company.
I was shocked to find out that I was indeed given our most current and up to date marketing CD. “Nope, this is our most current business startup CD. That’s it.”, they told me. It’s horrifying to sit back now and look at how over the years I told many a virtual tour provider to use that business startup CD to make an order form, setup a pricing template, create a slim jim or tri-fold brochure. It is horrifying because it appeared to me to be completely impossible. The only settling and hopeful thought that came to me after this realization was the likelihood that most of our providers would be much more artistically talented than myself. One thing was for sure, we had certainly let our business startup CD fall behind. If our providers were going to compete and hit the competition hard we would have to overhaul this puppy and soon. But how?
So here I am with dated stats and marketing materials all in the format of a PDF which I had no clue as how to edit or manipulate. Meanwhile, BlueLaVa is crying for a grand opening flyer, a price sheet and a simple information packet. I am nearly bald from ten hours of getting nowhere with Microsoft office and I was literally drawing stick people when I realized it was midnight. I should have been home for the day hours ago. I was truly as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish. That’s it, Real Tour Vision corporate would have to buy a marketing company…and fast.
Owner / Organizer
Virtual Tours of Grand Traverse
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Making the decision to take on and startup a Real Tour Vision providership was a very easy one to make. It all happened on a chilly October day when Susan Hintz called me up to inform me that she had just landed the opportunity of a lifetime that she could not pass up.
At this point Susan was our local virtual tour provider for Traverse City and had spent the last five years in the business building relationships and making connections through her virtual tour company. Susan averaged anywhere from 40-80 virtual tours a month depending on the time of the season and every year her business grew along with her network. Susan landed her big fish when Al Rice, a Traverse City real estate agent asked her to enter into a partnership with her. Upon acceptance Susan would instantly acquire a shared interest in all of his current listings as well as take on all of the technology roles and marketing of his local real estate business. Susan’s years of assisting local real estate agents in the marketing of their properties had finally paid off.
As soon as I hung up the phone I was very happy for Susan’s success. The fact that the owner of a virtual tour company and property marketing partner would be a top choice for one of the areas most successful real estate agents was proof that the Real Tour Vision business model was working perfectly and our providers were growing and expanding their businesses. Our providers were indeed looked upon as the local online marketing experts by the real estate agents and business owners they serviced. But now what? Now there would be a huge hole right in our own back yard. How could Real Tour Vision not have a virtual tour provider in Grand Traverse? How would that look to our competitors?
For years our virtual tours of Traverse City had been keeping the Circlepix and Obeo photographers driven out of the area. Many had tried and many had failed. What would happen now I wondered? It was at that exact moment that a light went off and the idea swept through my head. Over the last eight years I have sat behind my desk working long hours and setting up over a thousand virtual tour providers worldwide. I had walked many of our largest virtual tour providers through the process of setting up a local and sometimes regional virtual tour company. I offered up consulting to them as each of them grew their company and many of the providers looked to me for the answers to their marketing and strategic questions. Who better to get back in that saddle and push the local Traverse City virtual tour company than myself?
It had been nearly nine years since I looked through the monitor of a camera tipped on its side. The smooth click of the steel ball bearing moving from one detent of the rotator disc to the next was nearly a faded memory. I was the first virtual tour company in Traverse City that offered still image technology. I had been the virtual tour guy, as they called me back then; the Internet Cowboy who drove IPIX out of the area. Now it was time once again. It was time to saddle up and put my new theory, procedures and strategy to the real test. But how could I possibly do this and still have time for Real Tour Vision? I already worked ten to twelve hour days making sure I was leading the Real Tour Vision network down the path to victory. I was already stretched for time. To do this right, to give this a fighting chance, I would need help. I would have to find someone to run and manage my virtual tour company. And so began my quest to setup shop and find this person to run and manage my virtual tour business in Northern Michigan.
To be continued…
Traverse City Virtual Tours
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Real Tour Vision has ARRIVED. After years of deprivation, struggle, and minor health problems we now purchase water from the Culligan Man.
It all started when Panorama Jack was having trouble with facial tics. He went to our company doctor, Dr. Damitol, and was told, “You have too much lead in your diet. You need to cut back.” So Jack started cleaning up his diet. No more snacking on paint chips, using lipstick, or licking children’s toys. Still his problems continued.
Jack decided it must be the water. But what to do? Coffee is essential to the wellbeing of Panorama Jack. Not one to be held back when confronted by an obstacle Panorama Jack did what any plucky, kick butt, virtual tour photographer/movie mogul/ladies man would do. He started making his coffee with 100% Florida orange juice. Do not try this at home. Or if you do, for the love of all that is good and green and wonderful, use PULP FREE juice. Yes, Panorama Jack had to buy a new coffee maker after that fiasco. But he also got a date and some great advice. Forget the juice and go back to water in the coffee maker.
So Jack mulled. He pondered. He wondered. He called his mom. She said, “You need the Culligan Man.” Jack didn’t waste any time. He dialed up the Culligan Man so fast his fingers were afire. He got the deluxe setup with hot and cold taps, and the pleasant glug glug of water now fills our offices. Once again Panorama Jack (and his mom) has saved the day! Jack’s facial tics are gone.
This new change has benefited the other employees too. The mood is lighter, we smile at one another, afternoon Tea is sweeter, the virtual tours are more beautiful, and life is GOOD.
Real Tour Vision
Northern Michigan Virtual Tour Provider
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