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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

Today’s Email SCAM From Apple ID

Tweet 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 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

The Sky Is Falling!

TweetWith 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

Major Scale Mac Malware on the Loose

TweetWell, 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

TweetWindows 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

Just Say NO to Flash Player Updates

Tweet Adobe’s Flash Player is Ubiquitous It is employed on virtually every computer in the world. It’s purpose is to enable live streaming of videos, ads, news articles and the like that take the form of movies or animations. For years now, one of the most popular distribution vehicles for malware has been fake Adobe Continue Reading