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WinDefender 2009 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

WinDefender 2009 is one of the recent rogue security software. A variant of the rogue IE Defender and Total Secure it deceptively looks similar to Windows Defender, a legitimate Microsoft anti-malware program. A rogue security software belongs to a family of software products that call themselves as antivirus, antispyware or registry cleaners and often use […]

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Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 5 released

by Shanmuga

The half-yearly Microsoft Security Intelligence Report provides an analysis of data collected by Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool and other Microsoft security products. It provides trends in software vulnerability disclosures, E-Mail Threats, Spam and Phishing and malicious and potentially unwanted software. Some of the interesting trends noticed in Malicious and Potentially Unwanted Software are: In […]

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Get Free Anti-virus and Free Anti-spyware!

by Shanmuga

Norton Security Scan is a free antivirus tool provided by Symantec, the makers of Norton Anti Virus line of software products. Norton Security Scan provides on-demand scanning (must be manually run) and removal or repair of Viruses, Trojan horses and Hack tools like keyloggers, etc.

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Spyware Guard 2008 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Spyware Guard 2008 is a new entrant to the family of rogue security software. It is not to be confused with SpywareGuard a fine freeware from Javacool software. A rogue security software belongs to a family of software products that call themselves as antivirus, antispyware or registry cleaners and often use deceptive or high pressure […]

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Spyware then and now

by Shanmuga

Google brought back its oldest available index from the year 2001 on the occasion of its 10th birthday. It brought back certain nostalgic memories…I was into my second PC, a Compaq. That was the year I first got the internet connection at home through a 56kbps dial-up connection and that was the year I truly […]

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Antispyware Pro XP Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Antispyware Pro XP or Anti spyware Pro XP is one of the many variants belonging to the family of rogue security software. The following is an account of my experience with this rogue.

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Understanding Search Engine Privacy and How to prevent Snooping Part I

by Shanmuga

Search engines keep records of every search, ever made in a way that can be traced to individuals. They retain users’ search data -anonymized or not- to eternity. They put web cookies on their computers that makes it possible to match search queries to their computer address, their name…if they are logged in…and possibly more […]

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XP/Vista Antivirus 2008 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

This rogue anti-malware application mostly installs via encoded re-directs from hacked web pages. When you happen to visit a hacked web page on a otherwise legitimate website your browser is automatically redirected to a rogue ware hosting website which shows a popup with a the text “Your computer is running slower than normal, maybe it […]

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Celebrity Malicious Spam Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Recently my inbox was filled with spam containing subject lines "Re: Offical Update 2008" and number of catchy celebrity themed storm worm lines… I opened one of the spam mail with the paris hilton subject line and clicked on the single link which promised to let me view a previously unseen video of the celebrity.

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Fake XP SecurityCenter Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

XP SecurityCenter is rogue antimalware application installed through dubious means like a link in a spam mail or through a link in a hacked website. It’s look-alike of the legitimate Windows Security Center and it does what other rogue antimalware apps do that is to scare the unfortunate victim by throwing various pop-up messages about […]

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Google Chrome: Security and Privacy Implications

by Shanmuga

Google’s new browser named Chrome and released as a beta version is drawing flak for its (non)implementation of browser security and privacy.

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Antivirus 2009: Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

This post analyzes the installation method of a rogue antivirus application Antivirus 2009 and its effective removal as observed by me. Antivirus 2009 is a fake antivirus application, designed to scare the users with fake alert screens about non-existent and often misleadingly named threats found on your system. When the user tries to clean the […]

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Malware: Antivir64 Manual Removal

by Shanmuga

Further to my earlier blog about Antivir64 Rogue Antispyware software, there were many enquiries about how I managed to get rid of it off my system. Let’s start with the files and registry keys created by this malware. The following were found in my fully patched Windows Vista system:

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Malware Alert: Antivir64 Rogue Antispyware

by Shanmuga

Antivir64, a new rogue antispyware is on the prowl, it seems to be installing from scanner.antivir64.com with an affiliate id 1050 (scanner.antivir64.com/?aff=xxxx). The victims are redirected -probably through .htaccess file hack- from certain pages of legitimate but hacked websites. A quick google search shows first reports of blog sites getting hacked to redirect visitors to […]

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ZoneAlarm to offer security software for free today

by Shanmuga

CheckPoint Software Technologies Ltd, the makers of the famed ZoneAlarm range of security products will give away full versions of ZoneAlarm ForceField software on Tuesday, August 12.

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Alert: Enable "Always use https" setting in GMail

by Shanmuga

Google last week introduced a security setting designed to protect GMail users sessions from getting hijacked. The setting is provided as an option in the "settings" page of your GMail account. If you haven’t enabled the "Always use HTTPS" option, it’s time to do so now due to the emergence of an automated cookie stealing […]

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Another list of tips to protect your Home computer

by Shanmuga

Couple of days back, I came across A Few Tips to Help You Protect Your Home Computer compiled by Deborah Hale in the Handler’s Diary over at SANS Internet Storm Center.

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