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Go Freeze Your Credit NOW

TweetIn the wake of the Equifax debacle… It is mandatory that you freeze your credit right now. Do NOT do this online.  If there is any chance your computer has been compromised, the bad guys will know your PIN numbers and confirmation codes the same time you do.  Do NOT take this chance.  Pick up Continue Reading

CCleaner Hacked – Infected With Malware

TweetCCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a tool I frequently use to do some routine system tweaking. Then I immediately uninstall it. Why? Because it installs real-time monitoring applets that rob your computer of it’s full performance. It’s a handy utility, as it saves me a lot of time.  I could do everything it does by hand, Continue Reading

Today’s Fake PayPal Email Scam

TweetPayPal Email Scam DuJour Today’s email scam is pretty lame by most standards, but people fall for these things every day. So… See the screenshot for highlighted obvious grammatical errors that should cause you to delete this message immediately.  But the very first clue is that you are not addressed by name.  There is no Continue Reading

Locky Ransomware Emailed to 23 Million Users

TweetRansomware is not new, as anyone with a reliable electrical supply knows by now.  Variants are many.  Results are the same.  Ransomware encrypts every data file on your computer, rendering them unusable until you pay the ransom demanded by the cyber criminals who infected your computer.     The delivery mechanisms are very simply: Infected Continue Reading

Facebook Messenger Virus Alert

TweetToday’s topic: Facebook Messenger Virus Alert Beware of Windows / MacOS / Linux virus spreading through Facebook Messenger If you receive any Facebook message with a video link sent by anyone, even your friend DO NOT click on it. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have spotted an ongoing cross-platform campaign on Facebook Messenger, where users receive a Continue Reading

iPhone Fake Virus Alerts Now

TweetWe’ve become accustomed to finding these fake malware popups on computer screens on a regular basis.  They are very disturbing and warn you that your computer is thoroughly infected, that irreversible damage will occur if you don’t call their toll-free number IMMEDIATELY and lock up your computer.  You can’t get around them (at least not Continue Reading

The Talking Computer Hijack

TweetThe 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

Dell Optiplex 980 Critical Firmware Update

TweetJust 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

TweetStay 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

TweetPanic, 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