CyberDefender – Two Thumbs Down!!

I received a worried call from a client last week.  They were getting spyware pop-up and balloon warnings, and were concerned they had a virus of some kind,  Based on the behavior they described, it sounded like a case of Antivirus 2009 or one of the similar crapware download Trojan programs.

When I started working on the computer, I saw that the alerts and pop-ups were from a "security" program called CyberDefender.  I quickly Googled the name, and actually ...

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Sick of Spam? Maybe its YOUR fault!

I use nine e-mail accounts, a little high for the average guy, but I have several special use accounts for web site responses, and other special purposes.  And I get spam – tons of it, hundreds to sometimes more than a thousand a day.  Most are caught in the spam filtering provided by my e-mail hosting company, probably 400 – 500 or more per day.  Then my AVG Internet Security catches another 100 – 200 and puts them ...

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Malware Writers Getting More Clever By The Minute

I have been dealing with several malware exploits recently that I must admit I developed a grudging respect for the level of programing sophistication that was used.  I just got done dealing with a Facebook distributed malware install that finally required a full system restore.  I just found this article today, which describes yet another new attack vector.

Latest Sneaky Web Attack: Hijacking Your Clipboard To Post Spammy Links ((Mis)Uses of Technology)

by Michael Masnick from the ...

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Backup Your Files Already

You know you should do it.  And yet you haven’t.  The goal is to have your original data, and a copy or better yet, two copies of your data stored in a location that is physically remote from your main location.

There are a lot of options, such as:

  • Floppy disk – don’t even think of this one – too small and easily affected by magnetic fields
  • CD and DVD – turns out burned CDs and DVDs may have a shelf ...
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The Internet – The Levelest of Playing Fields

I have been quietly, and at times not quietly, in awe of the Internet for some time.  I am a fan.  An enthusiast.  I may be and evangelist.  Why?  Well…

1 I can become an instant expert on any subject.  My profession is computer support, which is really a pretty wide ranging area of knowledge, which changes by the second.  So I can Google up an answer to almost any problem in the blink of an eye, and learn ...

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More on Restoring the Desktop

Found this on the web.  Thanks to "mslacoupl" from Grand Juction CO, and the site Help.com.

RESOLUTION
Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

To resolve this problem, follow these steps:1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then ...

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More on Rogue AntiVirus and Rogue AntiSpyware Crapplications

Some call them spyware some call them badware, some call them rogue applications.  How about "crapplications?"  Of course the concept of "crapware" already exists, and relates to the unordered, unwanted, and basically lame "bonus programs" (AOL, anyone…..anyone???) that come pre-installed on new PCs and is best treated to a quick removal via Control Panel/Add Remove Programs.

Just out from PC Tools, the software company that produces Spyware Doctor, release the following information about top threats today.  Spyware Doctor, by ...

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Watch Out for AntiVirus 2008

I’ve had 3 cases of AntiVirus 2008 show up with clients lately. AV2008 is the rogue "antivirus" infection that is making the rounds.  I have seen it named Vista Antivirus 2008, XP AntiVirus 2008, and just plain AntiVirus 2008.  It is not an anti-virus product, it is a backdoor Trojan horse combined with fake virus warning pop-ups, fakes Blue Screens of Death, and other nonsense, and is design to part you from your cash.  DO NOT PAY FOR ...

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Why I Hate Norton Symantec Security Products

I took a call from client number 5 who has had problems after installing Norton 360.  Forget about it being a processor and memory hog. Forget about it bringing older computers to their knees.  Forget about the five times I have personally tried to set up the backup feature and failed due to quirks with the Symantec web site.  Forget about the pricing.  This client cannot open PDF or other file attachments in e-mail.  Their business – just ...

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