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Fake Flash Player Alert!

TweetFake Flash Player Alert! Fake Flash Player downloads are among the most notorious sources for viruses, malware, identity theft and ransomware. Attached is a great example of what you might find when searching for a Flash Player update. I NEVER recommend just clicking OK on a popup suggesting you need Flash Player updated. Many of 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

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

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

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

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

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

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