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Microsoft Scam

TweetI honestly thought I had written about this a long time ago, but in searching the entire blog, I found out otherwise. If you see something like the image below, DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER. It is a SCAM. They will try and talk you into taking control of your computer to “prove” that you Continue Reading

Ransomware Attacks Apple Platform

TweetRamsomware!  What the hell is that? For the last few years, the worst-case scenario for computer “infections” has been Ransomware. Ransomware (CryptoWall, CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense) is malware delivering a payload that encrypts Every.Single.File. on your computer.  Once infected, you will NOT be able to open any photos or documents after the infection has fully deployed.  The Continue Reading

BinkiLand Search and CutePDF

TweetToday’s PSA While working on a decent sized network yesterday, one of the users mentioned some nasty little program added into the applications that would not uninstall. Binkiland Search is the culprit. This is MALWARE and takes over your search function. Even Revo Uninstaller couldn’t see / remove this pest, so I had to manually Continue Reading

Ransomware Recovery is Not Possible

TweetToday’s PSA: In case you live in a cave somewhere, #ransomware has become a very profitable enterprise for a group of criminals from the (predominantly) eastern bloc. I am currently in the process of recovering the data from a laptop infected with Cryptowall – the latest very nasty iteration of this #extortionware. The “IT guy” Continue Reading

New, Nasty Trojan Attacks Mac Processor, Steals Data

TweetDevilRobber, the latest in a growing trend of Mac-centric infections, hijacks the GPU to generate Bitcoins, while harvesting sensitive user data.   Also known as “OSX/Miner-D”, DevilRobber was discovered embedded in “Torrent” downloads of Graphic Converter 7.4 obtained from bit-torrent file-sharing sites. Detailed in a security report from Sophos released last Saturday, this particular Trojan Continue Reading

Chuck Norris Says Change Your Router Password… or He’ll Kick Your Butt

TweetRecently, a new botnet (group of devices working together to attack or distribute infections to other systems) was discovered infecting everyday routers as well as enterprise routers worldwide.  This cleverly crafted infestation attacks even Linus-based devices.  Egads!  How is this possible?  Isn’t Linux immune to infection? Not if you don’t change the default username and Continue Reading

Search Engine Infections on the Rise

TweetThe 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

We Have a Winner!

TweetWe 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

TweetOver 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