Category: Computer / Network Security

Worried about the Conficker Virus? 2 Second Test Will Tell!

So April 1st came and went with out much hassle for the much talked about Conficker virus.  That doesn’t mean it’s dead, as some 4% of the worlds PC are infected with it (mostly in the far east).  Here is a short summary from the Vancouver Sun. There are three versions of the worm and only one, which has infected the fewest systems, has the April 1 update code. The first version of the worm, Conficker.A, started to spread around the Internet in November. An updated version, dubbed Conficker.B, was released by the worm’s writers in January. Conficker.C has been

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A Helpful Microsoft Tool You Have Never Heard Of – The Malicious Software Removal Tool

Having trouble with a slow computer?  Things not running right on your PC?  Here is another unknown tool from Microsoft that you can use to help speed things up when Windows gets you down. Most of the time, a slow computer can mean one of three things.  1.  You have upgraded your OS software well beyond your hardware.  2.  You have an install of Windows that gets used a lot (especially by kids) and has not been reinstalled in over a year. 3.  You have a virus or malware that has infected your PC and taken it over. These days,

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The new breed of computer security problems…Scareware!

From http://redmondmag.com/features/article.asp?editorialsid=2617  Click to read. Many of you have already seen this type of scam or had it happen to you personally.  A window pops up telling you that your computer is in danger of being infected and you need to buy “AntiVirus 2009” to get rid of it.  These pop-ups can trick you into buying unneeded software, steal personal data and passwords, and block updates and access to anti-virus Web sites. Welcome to the wonderful world of rogue security software, also known as scareware. Scareware can attack you from anywhere (home or office) and at any time to any

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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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