Malware

Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW.

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Malware, Security, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: You’re probably aware that there’s a massive ransomware epidemic spreading right now. It’s already affected companies and computers in more than 150 countries, and causing untold misery for hundreds of thousands of people whose computers have been rendered unusable.

Source: Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW. | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Windows 10 tip: Stop using the horribly insecure SMBv1 protocol

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Malware, Security, windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet has a post: For years, Microsoft has been recommending that you disable the vulnerable SMBv1 protocol. The recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak underscores the need to take this important step. Here’s how.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Stop using the horribly insecure SMBv1 protocol | ZDNet

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Tell Bart and other ransomware families to ‘Eat my shorts’ with new, free decryption tools | ZDNet

Posted on April 6, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Malware, Security | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has a post on ransomware: Free tools for unlocking Bart, Merry X-Mas, and other types of ransomware have been released as part of the No More Ransom initiative.

Source: Tell Bart and other ransomware families to ‘Eat my shorts’ with new, free decryption tools | ZDNet

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8 Tools that can Help Keep Your PC Secure | www.infopackets.com

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Malware, Security, windows | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

At Infopackets we’re often asked to recommend security software and tools or give our opinion on specific products. While every product has its pros and cons, as the old saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. With that in mind, I thought I’d run down the actual tools I use in my day to day life rather than when we’re testing out products. That means trying to find the balance of staying protected without taking up too much time and attention or computing resources.

Source: 8 Tools that can Help Keep Your PC Secure | www.infopackets.com

Covers:

  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Rapport
  • Lastpass
  • CCleaner
  • Malwarebytes
  • Process Explorer
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How to avoid ransomware attacks: 10 tips from TechRepublic

Posted on August 1, 2016. Filed under: Malware, Security | Tags: , , |

As ransomware increasingly targets healthcare organizations, schools and government agencies, security experts offer advice to help IT leaders prepare and protect.

Source: How to avoid ransomware attacks: 10 tips – TechRepublic

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ID Ransomware

Posted on April 13, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Malware | Tags: |

ID Ransomware allows ransomware victims to identify which ransomware variant infected their computers and if there’s a know way to recover files without paying.

The website was created by Michael Gillespie.

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How To Clean Malware from an Unbootable or Unusable System

Posted on September 22, 2015. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Malware, Security, windows | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips tells How To Clean Malware from an Unbootable or Unusable System .

This includes several freeware programs to help on Windows systems.

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How to Protect from StageFright Vulnerability [for Android]

Posted on August 11, 2015. Filed under: Android, Malware, Security | Tags: , , , |

Zimperium has a post on How to Protect from StageFright Vulnerability for Android users.

There are some steps you can take without buying additional security apps, such as turning off automatic opening of MMS messages.

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Lenovo says Superfish not a ‘security concern’, own advisory marks it highly severe

Posted on February 20, 2015. Filed under: Malware, Security | Tags: , , , , |

ZDnet has a post on Lenovo says Superfish not a ‘security concern’, own advisory marks it highly severe.

This is for Lenovo laptops that had Lenovo pre-install “Superfish” (adware) software:

The advisory also revealed the model numbers for notebooks that suffered from having Superfish preloaded:

  • E-Series: E10-30
  • Flex-Series: Flex2 14, Flex2 15, Flex2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex2 14 (BTM), Flex2 15 (BTM), Flex 10
  • G-Series: G410, G510, G40-70, G40-30, G40-45, G50-70, G50-30, G50-45
  • M-Series: Miix2 – 8, Miix2 – 10, Miix2 – 11
  • S-Series: S310, S410, S415; S415 Touch, S20-30, S20-30 Touch, S40-70
  • U-Series: U330P, U430P, U330Touch, U430Touch, U540Touch
  • Y-Series: Y430P, Y40-70, Y50-70
  • Yoga-Series: Yoga2-11BTM, Yoga2-11HSW, Yoga2-13, Yoga2Pro-13
  • Z-Series: Z40-70, Z40-75, Z50-70, Z50-75

This makes the laptop vulnerable to being hacked by others.  This post explains what it is and what it might cause.

A link to removing it is included here.

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Cheap Black Friday/Cyber Monday Android tablets

Posted on December 22, 2014. Filed under: Android, Malware, Security | Tags: , , |

WARNING about those cheap tablets for sale during the holidays (and afterwards) :Cheap Black Friday/Cyber Monday Android tablets riddled with vulnerabilities and security headaches.

ZDNet has a warning post about tests done on many of those budget tablets, including those from otherwise reputable sources.  Beware of the security holes and get some decent security apps loaded first before you do anything, especially use your own passwords for anything.

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Malwarebytes Anti Exploit – Free Security Boost

Posted on August 29, 2014. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Freeware/Shareware, Malware, Security | Tags: , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips recommends Malwarebytes Anti Exploit – Free Security Boost.

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The five most dangerous email subjects to watch for

Posted on December 12, 2013. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Email, Malware, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDnet warns of The five most dangerous email subjects to watch for.  This will have attachments to open or link to sites that will infect you with malware (viruses, trojans, root kits, etc.).

The current (but NOT the only) ones are:

1. Invitation to connect on LinkedIn
2. Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender
3. Dear Customer
4. Comunicazione importante
5. Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender

There are plenty more, but they want you to connect to someplace, and they are getting to be very good about fooling you, so be careful — messages may come from FRIENDS, RELATIVES or people you know who unknowingly have malware on their computers already that sends this stuff out.

 

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Malware in the Google Play Store

Posted on May 23, 2013. Filed under: Android, Malware, Security | Tags: , , , |

TechRepublic warns of Malware in the Google Play Store for Android app users.

The article covers precautions to take and links to security apps.

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Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download

Posted on December 5, 2011. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Freeware/Shareware, Malware, Security | Tags: , , , , |

Malwarebytes is Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal.
Also a pay version available.

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ComboFix fights malware

Posted on November 7, 2011. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Freeware/Shareware, Malware | Tags: , , |

ComboFix is freeware to scan and clean malware on your computer.

Note: BleepingComputer.com is reported as a safe site. Avoid downloading ComboFix from other sites; it may have been modified illegally.

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Security Wizard checks you and recommends

Posted on March 24, 2011. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Malware, Security | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo at TechSupportAlert offers the Security Wizard.

This is a really simple set of questions (no tech stuff — just answer no if you can’t do something) which then comes up with a set of suggested software and actions to take for your Windows version and style of using it.

Best thing I’ve seen for dummies and not-so-dumb users to get their system up to safe surfing.

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Dasient Web Anti-Malware (WAM)

Posted on October 5, 2009. Filed under: maintenance, Malware, networking, Security, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dasient Web Anti-Malware (WAM) is a service to check your site for malware which may have been planted on it, and to see if your site has been blacklisted as a potential source of malware.

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Prevent keyloggers from grabbing your passwords

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Malware, Security | Tags: , |

Windows Secrets has advice on how to Prevent keyloggers from grabbing your passwords.

Keyloggers may be software or hardware methods of stealing your passwords.  This article explains them and how to deal with them.

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10 ways to detect computer malware

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Malware, Security, Techniques | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic has advice on 10 ways to detect computer malware.

What to watch for, how to prevent it, and how to handle it.  Useful info!

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Freebyte’s Guide to Free anti-virus software

Posted on August 7, 2009. Filed under: Anti-Virus, Firewall, Freeware/Shareware, Malware, Security | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Freebyte’s Guide to Free anti-virus software has links and recommendations for anti-virus, firewalls, removal, anti-rootkit, and more.

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