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10 Reasons Why Windows Security Is Better than Ever

by Shanmuga

"Windows isn’t very well known for providing the kind of security users really want. Windows has long been the favorite target of malicious hackers that have run amok in the operating system. Over the past few years, things have only gotten worse for Microsoft. Until Service Pack 2 was released for Windows XP, users were

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Facebook Tips: Staying Safe While Using Games and Apps

by Shanmuga

"If you’re one of the 63.7 million people playing the popular Farmville game on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed a change in how you earn points. FarmVille’s parent company, Zynga, agreed last week to remove deceiving mobile subscriptions and "scammy" offers that lure players to register for services in exchange for game currency, which helps players

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Flash flaw puts most sites, users at risk

by Shanmuga

"Hackers can exploit a flaw in Adobe’s Flash to compromise nearly every Web site that allows users to upload content, including Google’s Gmail, then launch silent attacks on visitors to those sites, security researchers said today. Adobe did not dispute the researchers’ claims, but said that Web designers and administrators have a responsibility to craft

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Browsing malicious websites

by Shanmuga

"Kaspersky Lab announces the publication of the analytical article “Browsing malicious websites” by Costin Raiu, Kaspersky Lab’s leading security expert in the EEMEA region. The article provides an overview of the threats a user may encounter when visiting seemingly safe Internet sites. The author examines what drives the cybercriminals and how they use websites to

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New Research Shows How To Block Stealthy Malware Attacks

by Shanmuga

"The spread of malicious software, also known as malware or computer viruses, is a growing problem that can lead to crashed computer systems, stolen personal information, and billions of dollars in lost productivity every year. One of the most insidious types of malware is a "rootkit," which can effectively hide the presence of other spyware

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Windows 7 may be secure, but are Windows users safe?

by Shanmuga

"Windows 7 users got a nice surprise on Tuesday when Microsoft released its first set of security patches since unveiling the new operating system last month. Of the 15 bugs patched, none affected Windows 7. When Microsoft launched Windows 7, it was billed as the company’s most secure release ever — the culmination of a

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The Gumblar system

by Shanmuga

"Analysis of some infected websites showed that the only way to inject the infection of Gumblar was by using FTP access, because those websites have no server-side scripting. Later this was proved by an analysis of FTP log files. The malicious code injection in HTML pages (which is a simple insertion of <script> tag in

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Is Antivirus Dead?

by Shanmuga

"…antivirus programs have been getting less effective as new viruses are more frequent and existing viruses mutate faster. Yes, antivirus companies are forever playing catch-up, trying to create signatures for new viruses. Yes, signature-based antivirus software won’t protect you when a virus is new, before the signature is added to the detection program. Antivirus is

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How a Botnet Gets Its Name

by Shanmuga

"Because the security industry lacks a uniform way to title botnets, the result is sometimes a long list of names for the same botnet that are used by different antivirus vendors and that can be confusing to customers. As it stands now, the infamous Conficker is also known as Downup, Downadup and Kido. The Srizbi

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Drowning in Passwords: Tips to Stay Safe and Sane

by Shanmuga

"You’re savvy enough to know that identity theft and illegal access to personal and financial data are real-world problems that you want to avoid. But what are you doing about it? Odds are, not much, says Andrew Jaquith, a computer security analyst at Forrester Research. "There are two classes of people; those who seem to

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How to block Microsoft SpyNet

by Shanmuga

Microsoft Security Essentials Microsoft Security Essentials is the latest avatar of Microsoft antispyware. It is a signature based free antimalware software that can be used to protect your system against potential threats, such as viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software.

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Microsoft Security Essentials – What you need to know?

by Shanmuga

What is Microsoft Security Essentials? Microsoft Security Essentials, formerly known as Morro is a free, signature-based, basic antivirus, anti-spyware product that is the replacement for Windows Live OneCare. MSE is similar to Windows Defender that is included by default with Windows Vista and Windows 7, but includes antivirus definitions in additon to antispyware definitions. As

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Free Kaspersky Virus Removal Software

by Shanmuga

Not many would know that Kaspersky Labs the publishers of the Kaspersky antivirus provides an excellent freeware tool for removing all kinds of Malware. Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool is a fully functional, on-demand and frequently updated utility that can detect and remove viruses, Trojans, worms, Spyware, Adware and rootkits from a PC. This tool is

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Microsoft unveils shield for critical Windows flaw

by Shanmuga

"With attack code that exploits a critical unpatched bug in Windows likely to go public soon, Microsoft wants users to run an automated tool that disables the vulnerable component. The bug in SMB (Server Message Block) 2, a Microsoft-made network file- and print-sharing protocol that ships with Windows, affects Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and

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Malware Defensive Techniques Will Evolve as Security Arms Race Continues

by Shanmuga

"While the majority of malware attacks stick to tried and true methods, malware authors are getting better at being stealthy and finding ways to fight back against the security pros trying to thwart them. A well-known example of this is the Conficker worm disabling anti-virus updates by blocking infected computers from accessing the Web sites

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Total Security 2009 (System Security) Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

This scareware uses the season’s template “My Computer Online Scan” to install itself. This template uses a combination of gif images and JavaScript to simulate an online scan and fake warning messages about non-existent malware on the victims’ system. While the popups and warning messages are infrequent compared to other rogue security software, this one

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Find and Remove Zeus (Zbot) Banking Trojan

by Shanmuga

According to Trusteer a security company, “Zeus is the #1 botnet, with 3.6 million PCs infected in the US alone (i.e. approximately 1% of the PCs in the US)…Zeus is a financial malware. It infects consumer PCs, waits for them to log onto a list of targeted banks and financial institutions, and then steals their

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Why virus writers are turning to open source

by Shanmuga

"Malware developers are going open source in an effort to make their malicious software more useful to fraudsters. By giving criminal coders free access to malware that steals financial and personal details, the malicious software developers are hoping to expand the capabilities of old Trojans.

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Microsoft sues scareware scammers

by Shanmuga

"Microsoft filed lawsuits against five companies Thursday, accusing them of using malicious advertisements to trick victims into installing software on their computers. The company is suing DirectAd Solutions, Soft Solutions, qiweroqw.com, ote2008.info and ITmeter, saying that these companies have used ads…

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Antivirus Plus Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

The current version of Antivirus Plus rogue security software uses the Fake Windows Security Center to push the victim to register the software. The interface of Antivirus Plus is well designed and the spurious popup and other warning notifications are very frequent. The fake windows security center interface also is a good copy of the

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Windows Protection Suite Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Windows Protection Suite is a rogue security software. On visiting an infected Website, this rogue security application triggers a popup dialogue box with the text: “Warning! Your PC is at risk of virus and malware attack. Your system requires immediate check! System Security will perform a quick and free scan of your PC for viruses

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SaveKeeper Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

The Savekeeper is one among the latest of the family of rogue security applications. I have observed this scareware being downloaded and prompted to install by the Fake Windows Security Center rogue. This needs to be manually installed. This also installs a bunch of random named exe, dll, bin, cpl and ocx files in the

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Fake Windows Security Center Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

On visiting a infected Website, this rogue uses a variety of animated images to simulate an online scan that fraudulently claims to find many non-existent malware on the victims system. The purported scan runs even if the user clicks the cancel button. The scareware starts downloading in the background irrespective of where you click on

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