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Removing a Virus

Viruses Abound

Every week I remove viruses from Windows computers. Here’s a common scenario:

Someone gets a fake alert like this and realizes that they have a virus.

When they call me, I tell them to turn off the computer. This is because a virus can continue to inflict more damage. It can install […]

Beware Phishing Scams

Wikipedia describes computer phishing scams:

Phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used […]

PC Malware Infections on the Rise

The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) outlines PC security threats and is based on data captured by Microsoft. Here is a download to the latest volume, covering the first half of 2010.

Much of the report covers recent botnets. Botnets start when a virus infects a computer, either through spam or an infected web page. […]

Fake Shipping Alert

Be careful of fake emails pretending to be from your bank or shopping sites. Many are phishing scams trying to get your personal information. To avoid those scams, it’s best to go directly to the site instead of clicking to the site from an email.

Other fake emails are trying to infect your computer with […]

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta

My favorite free security software for Windows is Microsoft Security Essentials from Microsoft, the folks who should be protecting their operating system.

Microsoft just came out with a beta of their next version, Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 featuring:

Windows Firewall integration– allows you to turn on or off the Windows Firewall during setup. Enhanced protection […]