Posts Tagged ‘malware’

Warning! You should update your Media Player Immediately

You didn’t expect this pop-up.

Is it alright to just hit ‘ok’ ?

How about just closing it?

No and NO!

By hitting ‘ok’ OR closing it by clicking on the red close window box,  you could be downloading some nasty stuff.

Look closely at the pop-up – notice if there is bad grammar (like a capital ‘I’ in immediately?)  Look at the website you went to – does the pop-up pertain at all to the site? (If you don’t need Media Player for this site, why would you need to update it immediately?)  These are sure signs that these pop-ups may not be what they seem.

Best bet is to shut your internet window down and start over.  Go to your Task Manager (right click on your taskbar along the bottom of your screen), hit the processes tab and highlight (in this case) “iexplore.exe”. Click the End Process button in the lower right. Keep doing this until all “iexplore.exe” are gone. If you’re using Firefox, end the “firefox.exe” process. If using Chrome, end the “chrome.exe” process. This will close your internet window.

Why?

You want to end all the processes because the malware is using the same process (i.e. iexplore.exe) and without a much more technical look behind it, you won’t know which is which!

Better safe than sorry…

Happy computing!

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WARNING! July 9 DNS Changer Malware Alert!

The news stories are covering this all over the place, so we thought it would be good for us to get you the details as well.

Basically, before tomorrow – July 9th, 2012 – be sure to go to http://www.dns-ok.us/ to make sure you aren’t infected.  Very few computers have been infected, but it can’t hurt to check yours out – and do it before tomorrow, as the malware keeps you from going to the internet! It is a pretty busy site, so you may need to wait a bit.  To make it short – if the background turns green, you are safe.  If it turns red you will need to take a few more steps to clean up your system.

If you’re not a do-it yourselfer, there are quite a few good companies that will do this for you. http://www.dcwg.org/fix/
You can read all about it at http://www.abcactionnews.com – and if you waited too long to check out the site, you can always pick up the phone and give us a call… not that you can read this after tonight at midnight and you have been infected…
Happy computing!

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Can I just click OK?

Click here

What if the greatest threat to your company documents, inventions, client list and financial info, was already inside your firewall?  Don’t think too long about it because it’s already true.

Yeah those wonderful co-workers in your company, especially the ones that bring donuts in on Friday, they’re also the weakest link in the chain of security that prevents your sensitive business information and secrets from being broadcast around the world.

Sound scary?

In our field of networks, computers, firewalls, antivirus, anti-malware and anti-threat, it’s well known that the most effective technique that hackers use is social engineering.

Social engineering in the hacker world tells them how to set their trap right where a normal carbon unit would step.  Even in the legitimate world of software makers like Java or Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Internet Explorer, what we like to call crapware gets downloaded every day.  Your machine tells you that you need to update and so you agree to its all-knowledgeable directive and click through the screens until it does its thing and goes away.  Only you didn’t see the little checkbox asking if you also wanted this other program, or that you’d prefer your homepage and search engines to be changed to this site or that.

Yet just clicking OK without thinking is kinda like walking alone through New York’s Central Park at night counting Benjamins in your wallet, all the while singing “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straights.

Here’s a silly example:  If you were perusing the City Pages website, perfectly legitimate, reading about upcoming music and movies and other events, and you came across a button, and I’d like a show of hands here, that said “Don’t Click This Button”, how many of you would click that button?  Just to see what was on the other side?

In case you’re wondering, a Minneapolis underground music website actually had a button like that.  On the other side of that click was a simple page that said “You’ve been added to the list”.

So the hacker playbook says lull people into clicking on stuff they always click on or trust, or pique their curiosity, but slip a little bug to them along the way.

Almost sounds like a thrilling spy novel doesn’t it?

One piece of advice:  Be aware, don’t just click OK.

Another piece of advice: Consult a professional IT company like Computer Wrangler who can advise you and even train your staff in secure computing.

Happy computing!

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