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Facebook Infections Continue

Several times a day we get people bringing in badly infected computers with the current variety of the Fake Antivirus family of Trojan Horse bug in circulation.  These infections are all the same, look similar in spite of having different names (because they’re all created with the same toolbox) – and have the same goal: Continue Reading

Are You A Victim of (or a Participant in) Software Piracy?

We have seen a growing number of computers coming into our shop that have been serviced by other shops or unaffiliated independent technicians where the computer contains pirated software / Operating Systems.  This has been done without the owner’s knowledge or consent — but that does not make them innocent of the crime. We had Continue Reading

Search Engine Infections on the Rise

The bulk of the Fake Antivirus infections making up the viral epidemic spreading like wildfire since June of 2008, had been coming from Facebook and Myspace web pages until recently.  Lately, we have seen a shift in the source of infection to web search results.  Both Google and Yahoo searches have been bringing up infected Continue Reading

Protecting your Mobile Phone

Mobile phone hacking (like tapping a landline) is becoming so easy it is (or at least should be) incredibly frightening.  Stay tuned to our blog for a lot more information on this topic in the very near future as we assemble all the critical information.  Meanwhile, to protect yourself from falling prey to someone who Continue Reading

Keyloggers

We are occasionally approached to assist with the gathering of evidence via keyloggers (usually incorrectly referred to as Spyware) by individuals hoping to gather information about a spouse’s activity. We always decline these offers, as it is illegal to do so. Refer to the following excerpts from the Texas Penal Code: TPC § 16.02. Unlawful Continue Reading

Facebook Security Warning

We’ve been telling people this for over a year, even published a security bulletin from AVG to this effect, but apparently never published an actual warning regarding the real risks associated with using Facebook (and MySpace). Both of these Social Networking sites have been under attack since May 2008 by criminals intent on extorting money Continue Reading

LightScribe Drive Warning

Something we’ve recently discovered with more computers outfitted with LightScribe drives is corrupted writable CDs as a result.  We use CDR disks for our diagnostics and tools in the shop, since the latest (since mid-2008) viruses started infecting USB drives when they were inserted.  On three different occasions, we have had every disk inserted into Continue Reading

We Have a Winner!

We Have a Winner! (insert sounds of a slot machine hitting the jackpot here…) Up until now, the hands-down winner for infections in our shop was a Hewlett Packard computer with 34, 363 virus-infected files.  This machine, from a 2007 Work Order, had been “protected” by Norton Internet Security, but hijacked and turned into a Continue Reading

Sysguard.exe Infection at Record Levels

Over the last 2 weeks we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the infection rate from Sysguard.exe.  This infection masquerades as an Antivirus / System Security Center interface, reporting dozens of infections allegedly from an assortment of fake viruses, trojans and worms.  Whatever you do, DON’T give in to the threats and intimidation to pay them Continue Reading