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Kaspersky Vulnerabilities Exploited

TweetIf you’re using Kaspersky security software… Why?   This is not the first time I’ve said I don’t recommend it. I’ve been saying this for at least 10 years, but in recent days it has been revealed that not only has Kaspersky not been terribly secure, but that the Russians have hacked it for their 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

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

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

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

Is Windows 10 Making You Crazy?

TweetIs 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

Computer Utilities and Performance

TweetLess is More Computer Performance is Impacted by Application Count Computer Speed is Inversely Proportional to the Number of Installed Applications How many more ways can I say this? I think that’s adequate. For longer than I can possibly recall, I have been saying “The fewer applications installed on your computer, the better it will Continue Reading

AVG 2015 Not Compatible with Windows XP SP2

TweetAs with  most things, we find this out the hard way after a client registered his previously functional trial copy of AVG AntiVirus, only to find his computer is an eternal reboot loop.  When he went to activate the AVG license that had worked flawlessly for about a month, AVG coerced him into downloading the Continue Reading

iCloud Drive Performance Hit

TweetSo far I cannot gather enough information to declare this a wide-spread problem, but in one isolated case I found having iCloud Drive running was causing massive memory and resource usage on a Windows 7 computer. Computer specs: Lenovo G560 Pentium P6100 2.0GHz Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1 4 Gigs RAM 4 Gigs Continue Reading

CryptoWall 3.0 Information

TweetRecently one of my clients had his computer massively infected.  What seemed to trigger this situation was an automatic upgrade to his AVG Internet Security software.  It seems that during the “upgrade” process, the system was left vulnerable just long enough to hose the system rather badly. After scrubbing it as clean as I could Continue Reading

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