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Security

Adobe Flash security woes: How to protect yourself

by Shanmuga

"Adobe’s Flash Player software is on 99 percent of Internet-connected desktops, offering up multimedia and video capabilities on a multitude of popular Web sites such as YouTube. But the Adobe Flash platform has been beset by a rash of security problems that give intruders potential access to computers running the software.Issues have included one recent

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Security researchers continue hunt for Conficker authors

by Shanmuga

"There are several ongoing investigations attempting to find the authors of the Conficker botnet, one of the fastest spreading worms in history, but those responsible for the worm have proven elusive. Security expert Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer at F-Secure Corp., said he is aware of several ongoing investigations, but was asked specifically not to

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Personal Security Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

On being redirected to a compromised website, this scareware displays a message ” Warning!!! “Your personal computer needs to install antivirus software! Personal Security can perform fast and free virus and malicious software scan of your computer” The fake scan is simulated with the use of javascript and gif animated images irrespective of whether the

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Security Tool Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Security Tool is one of the recent entrants to the family of rogue security software. Once installed the Security Tool scareware makes all the right noises expected from a fraudulent security software. A slew of warning messages in various sizes and colors about non-existent malware constantly bombard the desktop in order to scam the user

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Ad-Aware maker showcases Rogue Gallery

by Shanmuga

Lavasoft Malware Labs, the maker of the popular Ad-aware anti-spyware product, have announced setting up of a gallery of rogue security 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 sales tactics and deliberate false positives

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The Root of the Botnet Epidemic

by Shanmuga

"Over the course of a few days in February 2000, a lone hacker was able to bring some of the Web’s larger sites to their knees, using just a few dozen machines and some relatively primitive software to cripple Yahoo, eBay, E*trade, Amazon, ZDnet and others for hours at a time. No one knew it

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Antivir Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

As soon as the user tricked into visiting the compromised website, the browser is minimized and a dialogue box titled “Message from webpage” pops up with a message “Warning!!! Your personal computer needs to install antivirus software! Antivir can perform fast and free virus and malicious software scan of your compute“. Clicking on Ok or

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Antivirus Uninstallers – Remove security software cleanly

by Shanmuga

Computer security software like anti-virus and firewall programs are notorious for leaving behind file and registry traces when uninstalled. I have found that using the in-built uninstaller via Start > Control Panel > Add\Remove Programs first and then followed by the official clean-up tool released by the respective vendor is quite effective in removing the

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How to check Websites/Blogs/Web pages for Malware

by Shanmuga

The web today is not a benign place. There are many bots (automatic programs) that are constantly scouring the Web looking for a vulnerable computer. Once the bots find one, whether a home computer or a Web-server, they try to compromise the computer by surreptitiously installing its payload. In the case of a Web-server, it

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A Security Wish List for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9

by Shanmuga

"Just what is in store for Internet Explorer 9 from a security perspective remains unknown. But in light of Microsoft’s announcement, some security pros shared their thoughts with eWEEK about what they would like to see in the upcoming version of the Web browser.

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10 Lessons Google Must Learn About OS Security

by Shanmuga

"Google is new to the operating system market, so it has to demonstrate that it understands how to build and maintain a secure Web OS. The history of Windows security has shown there are many avenues of attack against a desktop operating system. There are even more potential attack strategies for an online OS. But

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Top Internet Security Trends of 2009

by Shanmuga

"The Security Response team has compiled the top security trends of 2009. We pulled data from the Global Intelligence Network and the experiences of the thousands of analysts and security experts at Symantec to come up with the top trends for the year. While none of these trends will be a surprise to anyone even

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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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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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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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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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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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Safety Center Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Safety Center…a rogue security software, mimics Windows Security Center and tries to passes itself as a legitimate security suite. In addition to the various popups it also uses fake voice alerts and desktop hijack to scare the user to buy the bogus application. It uses a combination of animated images which gives the impression of

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5 Security Flubs Users Make When Browsing the Web

by Shanmuga

"You can install the best firewalls, patch religiously, and make sure your anti-virus software is always up-to-date, but there is one online risk factor you can never control: the user. Whether they are downloading dangerous content or falling prey to phishing scams, the end user continues to be the toughest security risk to mitigate in

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Security holes, malware spike in 2008

by Shanmuga

"If you worry that the Internet is a scary place full of digital pickpockets and online identity thieves, your fears will be bolstered by the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report released Tuesday. The report finds huge increases in the number of security holes in software and the number of Internet threats, particularly attacks in

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Security Software: Protection or Extortion?

by Shanmuga

"…We Don’t Need No Stinking Security Software. Security software is a scam. A rip-off. A waste of money, a pain in the neck, and a surefire way to bring even the speediest PC to a crawl. Half the time it seems to cause more problems than it solves. Oh, and one more thing: It’s unnecessary.

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Privacy group to FTC: Google’s cloud is unsafe

by Shanmuga

"A Washington-based privacy group wants the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation of the cloud-computing services offered by Google – including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and others – to ensure that they are as secure as Google promises they will be.

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BBC team buys a botnet, DDoSes security company Prevx

by Shanmuga

"In a bit of an awkward and highly unnecessary move, a team at the BBC’s technology program Click has purchased a botnet consisting of 22,000 malware infected PCs, self-spammed themselves on a Gmail account, and later on DDoS-ed a a backup site owned by security company Prevx (with prior agreement), all for the sake of

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