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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

Testimonials, Case Histories and Horror Stories

Completely Avoidable Data Recovery – Book Publisher Actually, all data recovery is avoidable – if you maintain a current backup.  Very simply put: “The difference between inconvenience and catastrophe is… a current backup.” You can quote me. Early in 2008, a new customer brought in an external 2.5″ USB drive for data recovery.  We were Continue Reading

A Current Backup Can Make All the Difference

The best way to be sure you will never need a backup is to be sure you have one (Murphy’s Law of Data Loss) We recommend multiple backups, preferably on different media and definitely in separate locations.  It is highly unlikely two separate structures in different cities will burn down at the same time. There Continue Reading