Posts Tagged ‘virus’

Bypass Firefox’s “Blocked: May Contain a Virus or Spyware” Message

Friday, November 21st, 2014

When I’m warned that a page may contain a virus or spyware, I generally take heed and avoid that page … but what the heck, some folks like to live dangerously I guess.

Google Safe Browsing maintains a list of files, sites and pages that the company has flagged as malicious. The product has been in use in the company’s own Chrome browser for some time and recently implemented in the Firefox web browser as well.


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.


Beware of, “Hey is this your Skype Profile Pic” Messages

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Heads up; there’s a new virus scam hitting Skype users …

A new virus is making the rounds that is affecting the Skype communication software. The following messages are used to spread the virus: hey is this your skype profile pic or hey, is this your new profile picture, or hey, cool profile picture, is this it. Remember that it is likely that there are other variations in the wild.


Windows XP has 10 Times the Infection Rate of Windows 7

Friday, November 11th, 2011

I’ve got a lot of friends and co-workers who still cling loyally to Windows XP … I wonder if articles like this one will change their minds?

The Security Intelligence Report is a biannual report by Microsoft that analyzes past and present security trends. It focuses on “software vulnerabilities, software vulnerability exploits, malicious and potentially unwanted software, and security breaches”. The latest report published yesterday focuses on the first and second quarter of 2011 and compares the findings with data from previous years.


USB Dummy Protect – Create Fake Files to Block Viruses

Friday, May 13th, 2011

This seems like a simple-yet-relatively-effective way to protect your USB drive from bad stuff …

Question: How can you protect USB devices like sticks or drives from being infected with computer viruses? Some users are lucky enough to have USB devices that have write protection switches, just like floppy drives had back in the good old days. They just need to pull the switch to write protect their devices.


New Sex Worm Spreads Like it’s 1999

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I believe that they’re also referring to this one as the “here you have” virus, since that phrase often appears as the subject of the infected email …

Ten years ago where were worms like Kournikova and I Love You that were infecting computers worldwide with malware and getting mainstream attention on the news.  In that time operating systems and anti-malware programs have improved but now a new sex worm is making its way around the world according to the BBC.


Network security: Seven tips for desktop malware first responders

Friday, May 14th, 2010

This is definitely very helpful advice for anybody who uses the internet …

A few months ago I was attending a conference in Orlando. It was cold by Orlando standards, and the locals, mindful of their dependence on tourism during a recession, were apologetic – that is, especially hospitable. It was a productive meeting and I had a bounty of business cards and URLs to check out. An hour before leaving the hotel for the meeting’s second day, I connected to the hotel network and browsed a few sites.  One of the sites, an engaging blog, featured a lively set of comments with a blog post, so I absentmindedly clicked through the comments. I paused to answer a knock at the door, and returned to find that a bit of malware had begun to take over my Windows notebook.

This preamble explains the Windows-centric character of this blog post. The principles would be similar for non-Windows platforms, but the particulars would vary.