Posts Tagged ‘malware’

Google Software Removal Tool for Windows Released

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Although this does seem a little bit heavy handed and clumsy, it also appears to be a simple, quick way to fix Chrome when it’s acting up.

While it is difficult to come by statistics to find out how many Internet users are affected by software that is manipulating browser settings or installing add-ons and other potentially unwanted tools in browsers, it is clear that this poses a threat to many users. These modifications can be divided into two different types. First modifications that modify browser settings such as the homepage or search provider, and second modifications that add toolbars or other unwanted features to the browser such as popup ads or other browser extensions.


How to Prevent Firefox from Sending Downloaded File Information to Google

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Here’s a useful trick for those who are concerned about privacy and/or those who are confident enough in their own existing anti-malware solutions that they don’t see a need to introduce Google into the equation. That said though, this could also get one into a fair amount of trouble if one’s system doesn’t include adequate protection from malware.

Starting with Firefox 32, Mozilla will check file downloads against Google’s application reputation database which is powering Chrome’s Safe Browsing feature since 2012. If you have read the release notes of Firefox 31, you may have noticed the entry “block malware from downloaded files” under What’s New. The integration of the feature in Firefox 31 is the first step in the implementation which will be completed when Firefox 32 is released to the public in six weeks.


How to Quickly Check a Domain Using Safe Browsing by Google

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Safe Browsing feature might not be perfect, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I hope other browsers follow the same path …

Web browsers such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox use Google Safe Browsing to protect users before potentially malicious websites are loaded. This works by checking sites against Safe Browsing’s database to find out whether malware was hosted or distributed on the website in a 90 day period. When you visit a flagged site in a browser supporting Safe Browsing, a warning page is displayed to you instead of the website itself.


Antivirus is Not the Only Problem …

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

This is the second article I’ve read this week that essentially hints that antivirus software is dead. It must be true, because my tech-saavy kids have been telling me the same thing for almost a year now …

There is no question about it, antivirus software is not very effective. While tests may highlight that some programs have detection rates of 99% or more, it is not really the case. The main issue with tests is that they use known samples which are usually older than a day. The real threat however is malicious code that is younger than that, as it will often remain undetected until antivirus companies catch up and add it to the signature database of their application.


Microsoft Updates Adware Criteria to the Benefit of the User

Monday, April 21st, 2014

It sounds like Microsoft’s definition of “Adware” has been expanded. This is a boon for everyday users, but a major headache for developers of web-based software …

Many security companies have started to release products that detect adware, potentially unwanted programs, or however you want to call these programs in the past year. This is largely a problem on Windows, and usually comes in the form of software that includes options to install other software during the setup process. A common example is a toolbar, like Ask or Babylon, that gets installed alongside a free software program unless the user prevents that from happening.


Microsoft Releases EMET 5.0 Tech Preview

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit might not provide complete protection against malware, but it certainly is a valuable tool for dealing with malware problems …

One of the programs that I install instantly after setting up a new PC with Windows is Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit EMET. The program adds another layer of defense to the operating system and springs to action when malware is executed on the system. It can mitigate attacks so that they are not successful at all or reduced in scope.


Software to Run When Your Antivirus Solution Fails

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Malware or virus problems? Here are a few programs that might help to clean them up …

Running up to date antivirus software on your system is one of the best protections against threats that you encounter locally or on the Internet. While it is highly recommended, it does not offer 100% protection regardless of which programs you are using to protect your computer and its data.


How to Configure Adblock Plus’ Malware, Social Media Button and Tracking Blocking

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Almost everyone knows that Adblock can help eliminate ads from the web pages you visit … but it can also do more.

Adblock Plus is without doubt one of the most popular ad blocking tools on today’s Internet. It is available for browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, as well as mobile devices and does a solid job at getting rid of many of the ads that you are exposed to normally on the Internet.


Registry Alert Monitors the Windows Registry for Unwanted Modifications

Monday, May 6th, 2013

This sounds like a useful tool … it would be nice if Windows itself incorporated a feature like this.

Some programs that you install on your version of Windows add entries to sensitive locations in the Windows Registry. One of those places are the startup locations in the Registry that programs can make use of to autostart with Windows. While that is sometimes wanted, for instance for security software, it is often unwanted as the gain from doing so is minima, and that only if the program is trustworthy. Malware and spyware is often added to an autostart location so that it is autorun with the system.


Microsoft: AV-Test Study that Bing Serves 5x More Malware is Inaccurate

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

I’d really like to take this explanation seriously, but it’s kind of hard to overlook the fact that Microsoft has a horse in this race …

The German IT-Security institute AV-Test published the results of a test study earlier this month that analyzed search engine malware delivery. The company used a sample size of more than 40 million websites delivered as search engine results over the course of an 18 month period. One of the conclusions of the study was that Bing delivered five times as many websites containing malware as Google did while Russian-based Yandex delivered ten times as many as Google Search.