Posts Tagged ‘malware’

Don’t Panic!

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis July 18th, 2011

If your PC gets attacked, don’t freak out.  First remember CTRL-ALT-DEL and TASK MANAGER can help you kill IE windows and other stuff without clicking the window (which sometimes ACTIVATES the critter!).  To clean it up:  your virus protection (you DO have it, right?!) may only catch part of the problem.  The best tool to clean up other parts is Malwarebytes AntiMalware.  It’s free for personal use and you can get it here.  Install it, run a full scan, and remove everything it finds.  LOOK AT THE LIST and beware of anything that says ROOTKIT or KEYLOGGER.  If you get one of these, you should CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS on any accounts you accessed with that computer.  If you got a rootkit, contact a professional.

Another Facebook hoax

Helpful Hints, News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis May 16th, 2011

Ok, this one has been around awhile, but it keeps getting re-circulated.  There are FAKE ADS out there that claim to be able to tell you who viewed your Facebook (FB) profile and how often, etc.  DON’T FALL FOR IT, it will infect your PC, and possibly hack your FB account.  You should scan your PC for viruses and malware, and then change your FB password.  If you have been hacked by this beast, it will post a big green button (see picture) on all your friend’s pages.  If anyone clicks it, it gets passed along.  Instead, hover your mouse in the top right and click the X, then choose Remove Post.

Rootkits

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis November 17th, 2010

Watch out for this one!  It’s a broad category of software  nasties that can be planted by the latest malware and trojans, but if you get one of these, it requires special attention (good reason to watch the list of things your anti-virus finds).  A rootkit basically allows COMPLETE CONTROL of your PC, and can record keystrokes or anything else.  IF YOU GET ONE:  run Combofix from Bleepingcomputer.com, and go change all your passwords on any account you logged into from that machine.  (NOTE:  be very careful with Combofix…and follow directions exactly)

VIRUS ALERT

News, Warnings | Posted by Dennis November 10th, 2010

There’s been a major outbreak over the last two weeks that’s kept me running like mad. It’s called ThinkPoint, and it looks like a Microsoft security product. It’s NOT. It’s a nasty piece of malware that’s trying to get your credit card number. Reports say it’s hit all over the U.S. It took out several mission critical PC’s for some of our major clients. We can PROUDLY say that none were infected that followed our recommendations for protection.

Don’t panic

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis October 5th, 2010

If you get attacked while surfing (e.g. a window pops up saying you are infected – that IS the infection!) Just press CTRL-ALT-DEL and run task manager. Click on every browser window that’s open and choose END TASK. I’ve had this happen several times from Google results.

Sage Advice

Warnings | Posted by Dennis October 3rd, 2010

Ok, so this is something all my friends, family, and clients need to know: I clean up virus/trojan/malware attacks every day. Lately, the vast majority are coming from the social networking pages like MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube. Maybe you caught the irony – check out all the icons below for a complete list of such sites LOL. Anyway, there are some standard things you can do to prevent getting “infected”. 1) MAKE SURE you have good virus protection! 2) NEVER click on stuff from people you don’t know/trust (i.e. don’t take candy from strangers!) and 3) keep your browsers and software up-to-date. But here’s a special one: If you like to check YouTube videos often, WATCH OUT FOR FRESH ONES!! If the video has only been up for an hour, it could be an infected one that some hacker has dropped. I’ve caught ’em doing this with infected videos for about an hour, then they take ’em down to keep from getting caught