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Could your computer be held for ransom? Ransomware On The Rise

Your computer may not be physically held for ransom, but you may find that the data, information and use of it may be, through a threat called “ransomware.”  This type of threat and hoax is on the rise as reported by many popular antivirus companies like Kaspersky, Trend, and Symantec.  What is ransomware and how does it work?

Ransomware is a Trojan malware similar to a virus that infects your computer. But instead of cleaning up the mess yourself or using a source like Geek Squad, Ransomware actually infects your computer, steals information, disables hard drives and then demands money to restore the computer to you.  There are several different versions of this type of scam: Continue reading Could your computer be held for ransom? Ransomware On The Rise

Here You Have – Not Just Another E-Mail Virus

The latest email virus may have hit corporate America hard in the past few days, shutting down the major cable and internet provider Comcast as well as infecting ABC/Disney, Google, NASA and Coca Cola.  While corporations were the believed target, thanks to the ease of forwarding messages your own PC may be at risk too.  The virus has brought down other whole corporate networks not only with the virus, but the volume of messages forced through their email systems as it replicates itself.

Here You Have is a brand new Trojan virus, which in some cases our personal security software is not yet prepared to protect against. Continue reading Here You Have – Not Just Another E-Mail Virus

Facebook “dislike” scam

Even loyal Facebook fans usually have a few issues with Facebook. Now there’s something else to “dislike” on Facebook. There’s a malware scam circulating that suckers Facebook users by leading them to believe that they are downloading a “dislike” button.

Facebook recently introduced the “like” feature where Facebook users can give a thumbs up to a post or even comments about a post.

John is back from Iraq. Of course all of his friends “like” this.

Kim delivered healthy twins after a difficult pregnancy. A round of thumbs up please. No doubt everyone will like “like” to hear this.

You can even “like” a local county fair, a green retail store or your pediatric dentist.

Using the “like” button is a popular tool on Facebook and it has proven to be a successful way to promote worthy content or good news.

On the other hand, some people have voiced a desire for a “dislike” button. Maybe you’d like to “dislike” your friend’s bad review of your favorite song or “dislike” a friend’s defense of out of hand little league coach. Maybe you’d like to “dislike,” oh I don’t know, a company responsible for an oil spill.

How does the Facebook dislike button scam work?
Facebook users will get a message that says that a friend has downloaded “the official DISLIKE button. This is followed by a link so you too can have a dislike button. If you accept the app, you basically give this fake Facebook application the ability to access your profile, update your status and post spam messages from your Facebook account.

The malware will now send the message that reeled you in to everyone in your Facebook contacts.
A new twist on this Facebook scam is that you are asked to complete an online survey, which reportedly makes money for the hackers.

No one has ever actually been able to download the “official DISLIKE button” but so far the scam doesn’t appear to harm computers. What it does harm is the trust that a message from a Facebook friend is really a message from a Facebook friend.

How can Facebook fans avoid Facebook scams?
Some scam messages that appear to be from Facebook are such obvious fakes and most people know to avoid them. One of our readers once received a Facebook message from her father in law saying that he really liked the naked photos of her, accompanied by a link where she too could view them. This reader didn’t take the bait, knowing the photos didn’t exist and that her father in law would not have sent this message.
Other Facebook scams are so easy to spot but there are some tell tale signs to watch out for.

* If a post seems uncharacteristic for a Facebook friend, before you wonder what’s up with them, confirm it really is them via another way. Be suspicious of enticing entries like “OMG…” followed something sensational. For some of your friends this may be the norm but use common sense if it isn’t.

* Check out the “via” status under a post and make sure that it makes sense. Most post will read “via Facebook.” On the other hand, an update on Mafia Wars status will say “via Mafia Wars Game.” If the “via” status is different be suspicious and ask yourself if this message would warrant their own application. The dislike button scam tags the source as “the official dislike button.”

Have you been a victim of a Facebook scam? What do you like or dislike about Facebook?

Cheap User-Friendly Software Enables Credit Card and Identity Theft

This isn’t the first malware to be developed that can steal your identity and your credit card information and it won’t be the last. . . but right now it is one of the ones that your protection software may not be able to stop or even detect. And anyone can buy it.

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Personal Antivirus a Scary Scam and Software

Have you seen “Personal Antivirus” software on your computer? This is definitely not an antivirus program you want to use. What is it and where does it come from? It’s actually a rogue software that uses fear to scam you and then continues to cause you problems for a long time to come. Find out about this antivirus program that does nothing to protect your computer and a whole lot to harm it.

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Golden Cash Network Uses Bots and Zombies to Steal Data

Many of us have heard of the terms “cash cow,” “Midas touch,” and there is also the mythical goose that laid the golden eggs, but have you heard of a “Golden Cash Network?” You may think this is a new form of ATM machine but it is really a shopping mall for those looking for a quick and easy way to steal information, data and expand their spamming efforts through the use of bots and Trojans that make their way onto just about anyone’s computer.

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Comprehensive Anti Spyware Protection with Outstanding Customer Service

STOPzilla offers superior, all-around protections with a completely rebuilt Anti-Spyware engine. If you are looking for new ways of identity theft protection, especially protection from all the ways your personal computer can be attacked or even used to invade your privacy, then this software may be for you.

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Avira Antivir: Award Winning Antivirus Protection Everyone Can Afford

When it comes to protecting your computer, your work, your finances and your identity, you want to
know you are dealing with an established, award winning company that can provide you with the protection you need, at a price you can afford and technical support. Avira, and Avira’s AntiVir Software, can do all that and more?

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