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Posts Tagged ‘safety’

More eMail Dangers

Posted by cotojo on November 7, 2008

There are many emails in circulation which contain a variety of Trojans contained in the .zip file attachment.

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Sandboxie – Ultimate Malware Protection

Posted by cotojo on July 9, 2008

As many of you will be aware, I normally only ever write an article about Freeware Programs and tools, but I am making an exception here, as this little program will give you more safety and security while surfing than any other piece of software, be it free or paid for and it is very affordable.

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Ad-Aware 2007 – Tutorial

Posted by cotojo on September 17, 2007

This video will briefly show you how to use Lavasoft Ad-Aware.

It’s very simple and straightforward to use, but don’t rely solely upon one such program to keep the nasties out of your PC.

Please note: Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2007 has been replaced by Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008, for details click here.

I also recommend the regular use of CCleaner, SpybotS&D, MRU-Blaster and Advanced Windows Care.


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Skype Targeted With Worm

Posted by cotojo on September 13, 2007

Skype, the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is considerably less secure than traditional telephone lines.  Many people have switched to using Skype because of the savings they can make, and many have abandoned their traditional telephone lines altogether.

Skype was founded in 2002 and was bought by ebay in 2005 for US$2.5 billion.  It has seen a steady rise in the number of subscribers to its service. 

However, it still has many pitfalls, including the latest Worm called ‘W32/Ramex.A’.

It spreads through the peer-to-peer instant chat utility and is activated when a user clicks on a link within an instant message asking recipients to download a file.

It is very cleverly disguised within a jpeg image of soap bubbles, one of Windows default built-in wallpapers which has been embedded with a malicious executable code.

This code installs Spyware that can easily steal passwords and other personal information. It may also block users from visiting certain websites and stop programs from running or responding. It also connects to a remote server to download additional malicious code.

It is often titled ‘really funny’ or ‘look at this crazy photo sent to me’ with a clickable link.  Once clicked, users who continue to download the file then have the risk of their machine becoming infected, and it then uses Skype’s application program to access files on the infected machine. The worm then attempts to replicate itself and then send out messages to recipients on the users contact list.   

Ensure your anti-virus is up-to-date, windows updates are downloaded and installed, especially The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which was last updated September 11th 2007.  To remove the worm and its variants go to the link below and Download the file, save it to your Desktop (or location where you store downloaded files) and once the download is complete, select Run and the program will install. You then have the option of a Quick Scan, Full Scan or Customized Scan.   

Select Quick Scan and if any Malicious Software is found you will be prompted to run a Full Scan which may take several hours depending on your machines hard drive capacity but it’s worth it for the safety and security of your PC.

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Posted by cotojo on September 3, 2007

This is a very nasty and insidious spyware/malware program.  Spyware experts are now saying that the makers are borrowing  code from other malicious programs to install rootkit like features on infected machines.

More recent versions of CWS spyware now have features similar to rootkits which allow the program writers to hide their files on Windows operating systems.

These new variants can hide their settings in the registry and also hide rootkit files in alternate data streams.

The software is usually installed on a machine by visits to malicious websites or  emails using various ploys to get users to download and install the script.

Once installed, CoolWebSearch will hijack browsers and redirect users to some of the several bookmarks it imports.  When you attempt to change your homepage back again it constantly overwrites it,  it slows down general performance and causes Windows to freeze, crash or reboot, and can also make you victin to a Denial of Service (DOS) attack.

Getting rid of it is now much easier.  TrendMicro have a free CoolWebSearch removal program

Use this utility to get rid of CoolWebSearch and it’s related programs. 

Also download Spybot S&D and use its TeaTimer protection, which runs in the background and alerts you to any attempted registry changes.

If you are running Windows, also use  Advanced Windows Care.  Both of these programs will add a large number of changes to your Registry.  This is nothing to be concerned about as the changes are necessary to stop any nasties from attching themselves to your pc and making changes you really don’t want.

Keep your anti-spyware up to date and if you click on any links that prompt you to download, read the EULA first.

Check for rootkits on your machine.

As with all programs, regular updates is essential to offer you greater protection.


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