We’re hearing more and more, online and via word of mouth, that Ransomware, the practice of holding your infected PC hostage until a fee is paid, is increasing to epidemic proportions. Below is a link to a New York Times article describing the practice and steps you can take to insure you don’t fall victim.
From the article: “Researchers say criminals now use victims’ Internet addresses to customize ransom notes in their native tongue. Instead of pornographic images, criminals flash messages from local law enforcement agencies accusing them of visiting illegal pornography, gambling or piracy sites and demand they pay a fine to unlock their computer.”
Please read this and advise any friend or family member that may be vulnerable.
For PC Virus Victims, Pay or Else
Sysinternals creator Mark Russinovich tracks and treats malware.
From McAfee: A new Stinger has been developed to specifically target “FakeAlert” threats being seen in the wild. This version of Stinger Detects and removes the following “FakeAlert” Variants – Kryptik, AVP Security, Fakespypro, Winwebsec, Antivirus Soft and XPSpy.
We’ve been using SpywareBlaster for years and it compliments any existing anti-malware application that you may use. A truly tiny, free, unobtrusive app that works. A paid version offers auto-updating, $9.95 for a year.
“Why SpywareBlaster? Spyware, adware, browser hijackers, and dialers are some of the most annoying and pervasive threats on the Internet today. By simply browsing a web page, you could find your computer to be the brand-new host of one of these unwanted fiends!
The most important step you can take is to secure your system.
And SpywareBlaster is the most powerful protection program available.
- Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware and other potentially unwanted programs.
- Block spying / tracking via cookies.
- Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted or dangerous web sites.”
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Each month on Patch Tuesday Microsoft releases a new update for their Malicious Software Removal tool. Do you run it? Just go to Start> Search and type in ‘MRT’. Running this scan monthly is recommended.
We’ve always been fans of using SAS as part of our anti-malware arsenal. The no install incarnation is easy to use and quite thorough in fighting adware, spyware, trojans, hijackers and even rootkits. Update the definitions and be patient as SAS scans your drive.
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