Here’s something that happens every day, a message appears in your web browser telling you a virus was found and to click OK to do a scan. To get straight to the point, this is a fake antivirus program designed to trick you into installing real malware. If you see this on your browser, close … Continue reading Fake Virus Scan
Avast! is a company that makes a decent anti-virus program. They recently published some statistics that are interesting: Their anti-virus programs blocks 1 billion malware a month. That’s 1,000,000,000 attempts to install viruses, trojans, password stealers, etc on to people’s PCs. A month. And that’s just by one small company. 1 in 15 people encounter … Continue reading Malware Statistics
Some people know what a cookie is, what it’s good for and how it can be abused. If you don’t here’s a very short summary: Cookies are codes that web sites save to your computer They’re used to help web sites remember who you are. E.g. when you log onto eBay and come back the … Continue reading Flash Cookies
I just received this email – it’s a scam. If you click on the links it takes you to a site letting you download some spyware. Below is the text of the email. If you see this, delete it. Don’t click on the links, don’t download the program they have. PDF Reader 2009 – New … Continue reading PDF Reader 2009 Spyware
Some of Lenovo’s laptops have been shipped with adware installed, and it wasn’t an accident. Lenovo thought it would be a good idea if their new laptops showed popup ads to convince you buy more Lenovo products. It’s bad form, a new computer shouldn’t be popping up ads without your consent. Lenovo generally build good … Continue reading Lenovo Laptops With Adware?
There are many fake anti-virus products out there, they try to convince you there’s something wrong with your PC or Mac then either ask you for money to fix it or install real viruses. This new one’s the kind that asks you for money, it’s called System Security. It begins when you download the program … Continue reading Fake Anti-Virus
We all know that malware can steal your passwords, cause you to lose money, and spread itself to other PCs. But can malware actually cause damage to your PC? The short answer is yes. A botnet is a collection of infected PCs under a hacker’s control. There are millions of PCs today forming these botnets … Continue reading Can Malware Damage Your PC?
Some new PowerPoint files are being sent around the internet that do some bad things. When you open the PowerPoint file it runs a program that lets others connect to your PC, it then installs more malware onto it. And finally it cleans up the original PowerPoint file to make it more difficult to detect … Continue reading New Malicious PowerPoint Files
There is a competition where people try to hack web browsers (they call it Pwn2own) , the winners get thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Below are the results of the competition. It says a lot about which web browsers are safer than others: Safari running on Mac OS X – hacked in 10 … Continue reading Browser Hacking Competition Results