Security Issue With CCleaner

Piriform’s CCleaner is a popular computer cleaning and optimizing product that many people use.  I have my doubts about the real effectiveness of these utilities, but many of my clients swear by it.  I have used CCleaner myself several times as one of the tools I used to clean up a malware infection.

Recently, the CCleaner software code was modified  to include a malicious backdoor.  This warning was published earlier in one ...

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The Economics of the Tech Support Scam

We have reported a few times about the tech support scammers who use cold-calling phone lists or browser pop-ups with 800 number “support” lines to trick people into paying $300 or more for “malware removal” and other services that the computer doesn’t need.  And the pop-ups can be scary and convincing as in the example image.

Naked Security recently reported on the work of ...

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Retailing Hall of Shame – Office Depot Tech Support Scam

office-depotIt was recently reported in Naked Security that a Seattle television news crew interviewed an Office Depot employee who alerted them to the practice of selling in-store repair scams to customers who came in looking for computer help.  This whistle-blower told a story where employees where encouraged and even pressured to run the chain’s “PC Health Check” on evey computer ...

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Does Your Computer Have A Malware Infection?

malwareToday we are going to look at the symptoms that your computer may be displaying that are indications of a malware infection.

Visual Symptoms

These are signs that you will see on your computer display, and are the most obvious symptoms.

  • Ransomware  – The last stage of a ransomware or cryptoware infection is the prominent display of instructions on how to pay the attackers to get your decryption key
  • Fake Security Pop-Up – I haven’t ...
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Important Alert for Lenovo Owners

Lenovo-logoA rare Tuesday post, but this is too important to wait.  If you own a Lenovo computer, you need to uninstall the Lenovo Accelerator application.  A recent security advisory from Lenovo reveals that the Accelerator application can allow an attacker to access Lenovo computers

“A vulnerability was identified in the Lenovo Accelerator Application software which could lead to exploitation by an attacker with ...

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Password Strategy Part 2

password1In our last article we recommended a publication from the GCHQ on passwords, and today we continue that discussion.  Many of the recommendations are suggestions we have covered before in previous posts, but the importance of having secure password procedures can not be overstated.

Change all default passwords

All of our network connected devices come “ready to go” right out of the box in most ...

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PC Trial-ware Is a Security Risk

So you bought yourself a new computer.  It has everything, a touch screen, built in WiFi and Bluetooth, anything you could want.  And a whole bunch of stuff you didn’t want, in the form of pre-installed software programs, trial-ware, and other bloat-ware and crap-ware that causes an unrelenting stream of pop-ups asking you to purchase and activate these mostly worthless programs.

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As ...

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Removing Junk Programs From Your Computer

Bloatware, crapware, trialware, PUPs Potentially Unwanted Programs)  This stuff fills up our hard drive and usually has a component that starts automatically when we reboot our computer.  With all this unnecessary stuff running in the background, your computer runs slower. And a lot of this stuff pushes advertising, either as pop-up, search redirects, or on the web pages we are viewing.  Where does all this stuff come from?

If you bought your computer at retail, much of this stuff comes preinstalled. ...

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