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- Written on: February 1st, 2011
Most computer users try to be safe when they are online. Many people won’t open emails from people they don’t know. Some only go to websites they know they can trust.
But if you think you are safe online because you are careful, think again.
Microsoft has announced a new security vulnerability was discovered that allows hackers to install malware on any computer from Windows XP up through Windows 7 and all you have to do is visit a website to infect yourself.
This means that you (and 900 million other people) just became a target and all the hackers have to do is get you tto visit an infected website, deliver an infected ad to your computer, or just wait for you to make one fatal typo in your browser’s address bar.
How Can my Computer be Attacked?
With this specific vulnerability an attacker needs to get your browser to load something from an infected website. Some possible ways your computer could be infected include:
- You click on a link in an email taking your to the infected website
- A trusted website displays an advertisement from an infected website
- You mistakenly type an incorrect URL in your address bar
- Your visiting crazy Uncle stupidly just goes to the site an infects your computer
Once your computer is attacked it can sit for hours, days or even weeks before exhibiting signs of infection.
What Do I Need to Do to Stay Safe?
It is always a good idea to employ the safe computing practices I listed at the beginning of this article.
The only security software that Schrock Innovations recommends for its customers is Norton 360 because it is literally the only software program that we have installed for our customers that keeps them safe.
In fact, if you are running Norton 360 you don’t have to worry about the vulnerability discussed in this article at all because Norton has already covered it for you.
If you are not running Norton and want to switch to keep your computer safe, Schrock Innovations has Norton 360 on sale through February 6, 2011.
For only $79.99 Schrock will log into your computer over the Schrock Desk remote support service, clean any infections in your computer, install Norton 360 and configure it for only $79.99!
Contact Schrock Innovations to take advantage of this special offer before it runs out!
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- Written on: September 8th, 2009
The latest fake-alert variant spreading on the web right now attempts to play on the passions of the green-Earth movement to trick unsuspecting victims into installing fake security software.
Green AV infects your computer through click jacking (only Norton 360 can stop it).
The new threat actually plays off of a Norton 360 trade name, calling itself the 3.0 Premier Edition, and claims to be the “World’s First Antivirus Which Cares About the Environment.”
Unlike other fake alert infections, Green AV demands a price premium for those who are unfortunate enough to fall for the scam. Typically fake alert infections demand around $50 to stop popping up in your face and “heal” your PC. Green AV demands $99.
Green-AV’s website reads:
Fighting viruses, spyware, malware is not only a question of security. Spyware actualy abuses your computer, overuses CPU speed, network bandwidth, makes your PC run slow. As a result you start consuming more power, working longer, think of replacing your PC with a new one which brings more unrecyclable wastes (many computer’s parts contain toxic wastes).
This way Green AV actualy cares about the environment. We thought that our application can guard not only your PC, but whole Earth – our home planet. So to show how much we care we desided to send $2 from each product sale on saving green forests in Amazonia.
The misspellings, poor English, and the fictional land of Amazonia should tip off any reasonable person that this is a scam.
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- Written on: May 26th, 2009
Did you miss the show this week? Listen to the commercial-free recording here!
The first part of the show was a top ten list of technology fails of the decade. Next Thor moved on to the virus that has been nagging the FBI for over a week. Callers asked about some tricky marketing messages and how to avoid them, Norton 260, Adobe Acrobat updates and more.
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- Written on: March 13th, 2009
We have been busy at Schrock Innovations repairing click-jacking victims who have become infected with the latest fake-alert variant called AV 360. These fake antivirus programs infect your computer and tell you that to fix your PC you need to pay them $50 for a fully functional version of their program.
This stuff is infecting people running McAfee, Norton Antivirus and Internet Security, AVG, Avast, and numerous other widely used programs (NOT Norton 360 – more on that later). I wanted to take a moment to describe what click jacking is, how you get infected with Antivirus 360, and what you can do to prevent it.
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- Written on: April 1st, 2008
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