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  • Google: Symantec antivirus flaws are 'as bad as it gets'

    06/29/2016 3:17:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    engadget ^ | 06/29/2016 | Steve Dent
    Norton and Symantec users should take "immediate action" to update. Products from Symantec that are supposed to protect users have made them much more open to attack, according to Google. Researcher Tavis Ormandy has spotted numerous vulnerabilities in 25 Norton and Symantec products that are "as bad as it gets," he says. "Just emailing a file to a victim or sending them a link to an exploit is enough to trigger it -- the victim does not need to open the file or interact with it in any way." Symantec has already published fixes for the exploits, so users would...
  • The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything

    08/02/2015 2:06:44 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 51 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 08/02/2015 | Tyler Durden!
    From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers' basic information - name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics - but it also digs a bit deeper... and finding answers is not easy, as one privacy expert exclaimed, "there is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes 'real transparency'."
  • aartemis virus

    12/01/2013 11:20:09 AM PST · by ex-snook · 11 replies
    active | unknown
    Anyone got cure for his virus?
  • OMG100an0.exe trojan downloader--how do I kill it

    12/02/2012 10:10:04 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 36 replies
    Girlfriend's Son's computer ^ | 12/2/12 | Rebelbase
    Girlfriend's son's computer has picked up a Trojan named OMG1000.exe. Windows firwall picks up the request to allow this program to access so it can be stopped there. I've run malware bytes and Avira scans, no luck in killing it. Hijack This doesn't find it. I've done all the scans and virus software updates from Safe Mode. Google doesn't offer much help. Anyone have knowledge on how to kill this one?
  • Vanity: how do I convince a software program that i AM the administrator of my own computer??

    12/17/2011 8:29:49 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 57 replies
    self | 12/17/2011 | RaceBannon
    I recently downloaded SPYBOT Search and Destroy and ran it, it found stuff, but I cannot delete all of it because it said the administrator had to do it and I did not have that privelege! How do I slap this software up the head and let it know that I AM the administraotr of my own computer??
  • Google Hijack Malware - Windows 7

    01/15/2011 7:52:33 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 41 replies
    15January2011
    My computer is infected with malware that hijacks Google. I have swept with Webroot and Avast! No luck. Help? I prefer not to get into the registry - I lack the skills. I will be out for awhile, so thanks to all in advance.
  • HELP! kb971033 has disappeared from updates...

    03/14/2010 3:54:16 PM PDT · by papasmurf · 28 replies · 1,522+ views
    Self ^ | 3/14/2010 | papasmurf
    I received the kb971033 update last Month. I made sure it was unchecked, and did not allow it to install. Yesterday I received more updates, so this AM I looked at them. They were OK, but, I noticed that kb971033 had disappeared from the list of updates waiting to be installed. I did not "hide" kb971033, but, just to be sure, I "unhid" updates, and it was not there either. Then, paranoid that it self installed (as MS has been known to do), I checked Programs in the Control Panel, and it wasn't there either. I did a search...
  • Computer Help Needed

    03/09/2010 8:25:00 AM PST · by Williams · 35 replies · 260+ views
    A friend has an ACER Laptop running Windows Vista. It came up with a screen saying "the computer is infected witha virus, and is sending out spam emails, if you don't want to be a spammer click here", which opens a window to register foir something. Even in safe mode the computer opens to this screen only. There is no ability to close the window or to use ctrl alt delete. In regular startup it didnt fill the screen, but now the computer is staying black in regular start up after it says welcome, and then eventually shuts down on...
  • Pop-Up Security Warnings Pose Threats

    12/11/2009 3:23:19 PM PST · by Cindy · 32 replies · 1,090+ views
    FBI.gov - Press Release ^ | December 11, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Pop-Up Security Warnings Pose Threats The FBI warned consumers today about an ongoing threat involving pop-up security messages that appear while they are on the Internet. The messages may contain a virus that could harm your computer, cause costly repairs or, even worse, lead to identity theft. The messages contain scareware, fake or rogue anti-virus software that looks authentic. The message may display what appears to be a real-time, anti-virus scan of your hard drive. The scareware will show a list of reputable software icons; however, you can’t click a link to go...
  • AP IMPACT: Framed for child porn — by a PC virus (FUD with cause)

    11/08/2009 1:59:37 PM PST · by decimon · 62 replies · 2,149+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2009 | JORDAN ROBERTSON
    Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.
  • Apple slams Microsoft’s Windows 7 with three new ‘Get a Mac’ ads (with video)

    10/22/2009 8:42:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies · 893+ views
    Mac Daily News ^ | 10/22/2009
    Apple debuted a trio of hard-hitting "Get a Mac" ads today on U.S broadcast and cable networks that target Microsoft's Windows 7. In Apple's "PC News" spot, "PC" reports that the launch of Windows 7 is causing "Upgrade Fever." People just cant wait to upgrade to their new Macs! Direct link via YouTube here. In "Tetter Tottering," a PC sufferer explains that to go from WIndows XP to Windows 7 you have to move all of your stuff anyway, so move it to the personal computer rated #1 in customer satisfaction: Apple's Mac. Direct link via YouTube here. In "Broken...
  • Nasty "Security Tool" malware removal instructions.

    This appears to be something brand new, and it gets past AVG antivirus. I have antivirus and am pretty careful, and can't remember the last time I picked up anything that messed up my computer like this nasty thing. It takes over when you boot up, and won't let you go into task manager or anything. I got rid of it by going into safe mode (press f8 during boot) and looking at the properties of the shortcut on the desktop. It pointed to the executable file C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\24180116\24180116.exe. I deleted this executable file and removed the...
  • Banking Trojan steals money from under your nose

    09/30/2009 8:10:46 PM PDT · by Gomez · 7 replies · 759+ views
    Researchers at security firm Finjan have discovered details of a new type of banking Trojan horse that doesn't just steal your bank log-in credentials but actually steals money from your account while you are logged in and displays a fake balance. The bank Trojan, dubbed URLZone, has features designed to thwart fraud detection systems which are triggered by unusual transactions, Yuval Ben-Itzhak, chief technology officer at Finjan, said in an interview Tuesday. For instance, the software is programmed to calculate on-the-fly how much money to steal from an account based on how much money is available. It exploits a hole...
  • HELP! COMPUTER INFECTED

    09/04/2009 5:55:59 AM PDT · by quintr · 78 replies · 2,700+ views
    Yesterday I got a notice that my computer was infected with a worm that gathers email addresses from a compromised computer, also a trojan. I started getting a critical warning on the desktop. I have long been a customer of McAfee and thought that McAfee would keep these kind of vermin off my computer. However, now it appears that problems are getting through. Need any suggestions you may have. My field is analytical chemistry, not computer science. Does anyone have a better source than McAfee. I'm willing to change -- especially if I can get a vendor that provides a...
  • Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension

    06/01/2009 5:39:51 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 35 replies · 1,627+ views
    Washingon Post ^ | 29 May 2009 | Brian Krebs
    A routine security update for a Microsoft Windows component installed on tens of millions of computers has quietly installed an extra add-on for an untold number of users surfing the Web with Mozilla's Firefox Web browser. Earlier this year, Microsoft shipped a bundle of updates known as a "service pack" for a programming platform called the Microsoft .NET Framework, which Microsoft and plenty of third-party developers use to run a variety of interactive programs on Windows. < snip > Having earlier checked to see whether the service pack had caused any widespread problems or interfered with third-party programs -- and...
  • 21 Essential Steps to Make Your PC Better/Faster/Stronger

    05/28/2009 11:24:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 85 replies · 3,357+ views
    MaximumPC ^ | 05/28/09 at 11:30:40 AM | Gordon Mah Ung
    A sucker buys a new PC at the first signs of a slowdown. A savvy power user gives his aged PC a fighting chance for redemption. From tweaking your OS to compressing files to overclocking your videocard or CPU, there are plenty of ways to tune up a computer, and none require a trip to Bob’s House of New PCs. Follow along this step-by-step as we show you 21 of our favorite techniques for making a PC better, stronger, and faster — for free. These essential tweaks and tune-ups range from common-sense caretaking measures to practical adjustments that you'd be...
  • NE Iowa couple's computer mystery stumps experts (weird)

    05/16/2009 12:29:26 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 53 replies · 2,807+ views
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 16, 2009 | Erik Hogstrom
    <p>ASBURY (AP) — Mary LaMour can't understand why her computer works at other people's homes, and outside, but not inside her house.</p> <p>Neither can a computer technician.</p> <p>"It's uncanny," said Chuck Freisinger, of Phoenix Computer Services in Dubuque. "My other technician and I looked at that situation. When it's in their house, it doesn't work. When it's outside, it works fine. She took it to a friend's house and it worked fine."</p>
  • A Year Later Computer Again is Circling The Drain...All Tech Ping!!

    04/17/2009 4:01:32 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 63 replies · 1,671+ views
    After a year of dedicated use after a computer mishap described in this thread: The Computer is Broken. Seems to be Circling the Drain in a Loop. TECH PING LIST SUPERSTARS03.02.08 chickensoup http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1979332/posts#73 Having a similar problem but the boot on the XP Pro disk doesnt seem to help. got to the blue screen once and hit the 'R" key and it loaded but just sat there and hummed. so i started to type in chkdsk/r but it would only let me type in "c".... It is now back to circling the drain to the white on black screen that...
  • Help! Virus has the best of me. And is exposing my kids to constant penis enlargement ads.

    03/21/2009 7:08:22 AM PDT · by Minn · 69 replies · 2,593+ views
    The laptop in the house, which is currently the only computer in the house, has a bad virus/trojan/dropper that seems to have me beat. All clicks on Google are redirected to phony yellow pages. Most banner ads on normal sites are replaced with ads for a penis enlargement product (as if I need that). All communication with McAfee or attempts to download, update or reinstall McAfee fail. McAffe's instructions for disabling the virus by messing with IP address flushing do no good. I'm hesitant to completly start over on this computer. It's an HP OEM machine that didn't come with...
  • WINDOWS XP SLOWWWWWWWWWW INTERNET DOWNLOADS ARE "KILLING" ME!!! (UPLOADS STILL FAST)

    03/07/2009 1:33:14 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 60 replies · 1,908+ views
    Shameless Vanity | 3/07/09 | Self
    About two weeks ago, it seems after a windows update, my internet download speed slowed to a crawl. Speakeasy speed tests show me only in the 100-150 kbs download speed range although upload speeds are generally 2000-3000 kbs - high-speed cable connection. When I'm not on the web, just doing spreadsheet work or disk burning, for example, I'm fine but web browsing is like purgatory. I've tried everything I can think of including going back and forth between IE 6 and IE 7, reformating and reloading my hard drive, deleting and repeating windows updates, but nothing seems to work. My...