Author: Jim Collison

New Windows Worm Hits More Than 8 Million PCs Worldwide. It’s Not Where You Think!

A new Windows worm, known as Downadup, is running free globally and F-Secure has estimated that within the last 2 weeks, it has infected well over 8 million PCs.  The numbers only continues to grow.  The good news for you is that it mostly affects business PCs and not home users.  Microsoft released a patch to fix this issue back in October but many corporate IT departments have been slow to apply patches in house.  If you have your automatic update feature turned on in Windows and have been receiving and installing regular updates, you should be fine.  You might

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New Security Tool to Help You Fight the Bad Guys! – Malwarebytes

I came across a posting over at zerosource.org that peeked my interest.  It is new security tool called Malwarebytes (available from http://www.malwarebytes.org/) that according to the site: “can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.” This hit my radar because I got a call from a friend a couple months back who was having problems with the Microsoft AntiVirus 2009 malware.  Malware, a portmanteau from the words malicious and software, is software designed to infiltrate or

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Burger King gets defriended by Facebook

I posted last week how Burger King has endorsed an application that rewarded Facebook members with a free Whopper if they defriended 10 Facebook friends.  It seems that Facebook has shut that site down due to what they are calling “privacy concerns.”  The official Facebook response sounded like this. "We encourage creativity from developers and brands using Facebook Platform, but we also must ensure that applications follow users’ expectations of privacy. This application facilitated activity that ran counter to user privacy by notifying people when a user removes a friend. We have reached out to the developer with suggested solutions.

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Want to try Windows 7 beta? It doesn’t necessary take a geek!

A geek like Jim, right? Come on, you were thinking it! You have most likely heard all the hype around Microsoft’s newest OS release, Windows 7. It is technically in what the computer industry calls “beta”, which really means they want the public to help them test it. (Almost every Google product is in beta!) Microsoft released Windows 7 for public beta last Friday and it has been one of the most popular downloads since Firefox 3 last year. So popular in fact, the servers Microsoft used to host the download were quickly overloaded and they had to shut things

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Helping the Average Guy with a Donation? Take Advantage of a Deal!

Deals OR visit http://amazon.theaverageguy.tv While Podcasting has a bunch of free options…not everything is free.  Here at the Average Guy Network we pay for things like webhosting fees and bandwidth for the downloading and streaming of the audio and video content.  If you have enjoyed what you hear and feel compelled to give, a donation to the network is always welcome.  $1, $2 or $10, your gift helps to keep the lights on. Thanks, Jim for all the Average Guys (and Gals)!

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