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The Talking Computer Hijack

The Latest Computer Hijack The Talking Computer Hijack OK, boys and girls. The bad guys have just upped their game. A LOT. Hopefully y’all know to NEVER click on a popup message that jumps on your screen while surfing the web and tells you to call a toll-free number because your computer is infected. This Continue Reading

Today’s Email SCAM From Apple ID

The Apple ID SCAM Email contains: From: Apple ID noreply@icloud-id.org (NOT APPLE) Subject: Account Notification Message Text: Your Apple ID was used to sign in to iCloud via a web browser. <Anything that does not address you by name and / or account ID personally is FAKE.> Date: June 17, 2017 Browser: Mozila <NOTE MISSPELLING> Continue Reading

Dell Optiplex 980 Critical Firmware Update

Just released today, Dell has issued an URGENT BIOS update for the venerable Optiplex 980.  If you have one of these workhorses – or if I have supplied one for you – it needs an update right away.  This is a critical update to address an Intel security firmware flaw. If you are not comfortable Continue Reading

AVG Protects You Against WannaCry

Stay protected from Ransomware All versions of AVG protect against WannaCry One Caveat:  NO Antivirus is 100% protection out of the box. Custom tuning of the installation is critical! With 120 million new ransomware samples in 2015 alone, it is one of the fastest growing threats on the web. Hijacking your computer until you pay Continue Reading

Handbrake Malware Attack Captures Source Code

Panic, Inc is a software develop company that makes a suite of apps for the Apple OS X platform.  In May, a mirror download server was compromised, which allowed the legitimate version of the Mac transcoder app Handbrake to be replaced by an infected version.  The OSX.PROTON trojan infecting the app allowed hackers to gain Continue Reading

The Sky Is Falling!

With a nod to Chicken Little… Massive Ransomware Outbreak! By now I’m willing to bet good money you’ve all seen the various news articles telling you to bend over and kiss your ass goodbye if your computer is connected to the Internet today. In point of fact, the ransomware issue is getting worse by the Continue Reading

Is Windows 10 Making You Crazy?

Is Windows 10 Making You Crazy? Is your Windows 10 computer really aggravating the daylights out of you? Do you spend more time waiting for the Spinning Circle of Confusion than actually getting anything done? Do you find yourself longing for the days of Windows 7 – when you could actually find your stuff? Do Continue Reading

Widespread Google Docs Phishing Scam

Google Docs Attack Phishing scams are on the rise worldwide in recent years.  One antivirus company claims to have blocked 70 million phishing emails over a 3 month period.  You’ve seen the news / entertainment (newsertainment?) programs with the blurred out nude photos of celebrities (remember Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson) who were “hacked” Continue Reading

Major Scale Mac Malware on the Loose

Well, it really was only a matter of time before the virus writers turned their attention to the venerable Apple platform.  Up until now, there have really only been “proof of concept” viruses that attack the Mac OS.  There have been a few mass-distribution infections, but for the most part those only attacked users downloading Continue Reading

Microsoft Warns Against Installing Latest Update

Windows 10 Update Might Be Painful As any of you who’ve followed my posts over the last couple of years know by now, I’ve been advising against Windows 10 since the beginning. It’s still very buggy and unstable. It does things one day that it didn’t the day before. It’s a source of random chaos Continue Reading