Posts Tagged ‘windows security’

Microsoft Releases Critical Windows Security Update

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Windows users take heed; this one looks like a very important security update … for a change.

Back in October a rootkit was discovered that exploits a critical security vulnerability in the Windows operating system. We covered a detection and removal tool two days ago that would scan a PC and remove any traces of the Duqu rootkit from a system.


Duqu Zero-Day Exploit Discovered – Removal Tool Released

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

If you’ve been bitten by the Duqu bug, here’s a tool that might help you to get rid of it …

If you have been following security news lately you may have already heard about the Duqu rootkit that combines the technology of the Stuxnet rootkit with a backdoor trojan and keylogger. Duqu has been discovered on October 18 and infection reports have started to come in soon thereafter.


How to Modify Windows Defender for Compatibility Issues with Security Software

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

If your security programs and anti-malware software are fighting with each other, here’s how to help them get along a bit better …

If you are running a full security suite to protect against malware, there are often compatibility issues between certain anti-malware software and the built-in Windows Defender. Windows Defender is a standard part of Windows 7 and it cannot actually be uninstalled, but it can be disabled if it is interfering with your security suite.


How to Remove XP Internet Security 2012

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

It sounds like there’s another one of those “fake security program” viruses going around again … here’s how to get rid of it.

In this post I’m going to tell you how to remove XP Internet Security 2012. If you didn’t know, this is a fake security tool that produces fake pop-ups, and fake scan results, with the sole purpose of intimidating you into buying the software. All the viruses and security issues it finds are simply made up, and you’ll find this software takes over your computer and won’t allow you to do many things until you purchase the software to get rid of all those mythical bugs. You’ll find that it activates in safe mode, and safe mode with networking, and also disables Internet Explorer, making it very hard to remove.


Use Rkill to Stop Malware Processes

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Third party security programs like this always make me nervous (yeah, I know, I’m a bit paranoid,) but this one sounds pretty useful …

Rkill stops malware processes from running. It is useful because active malware processes running on your PC may not be detected by antivirus software. You can always go to the Task Manager in Windows to view active processes. If you cannot identify them, or they are blocked from the Task Manager list, you will find that the easy-to-use Rkill will stop the processes and identify them. Then you can run your antivirus program to remove the malware.


Microsoft Updates Windows to Block Fraudulent Digital Certificates

Friday, March 25th, 2011

This appears to be a relatively important security update …

If you follow this blog closely you may have noticed that several browser developers have pushed security updates in the past week (see Mozilla Releases Firefox 3 Security Updates for instance) that block several invalid digital certificates to protect users from attacks exploiting those certificates.


True System Security Tweaker for Windows

Friday, February 11th, 2011

If you weren’t careful or knowledgeable about what you were doing, I bet you could get yourself into a whole lot of trouble using this application …

True System Security Tweaker offers to change, enable or disable more than 450 security related settings in Windows. The portable application concentrates on user restrictions that are grouped into categories in the application interface. More than 20 categories are available of which some link to sub-categories. Among them security settings for Internet Explorer, the Windows Media Player, Task Scheduler, File System or the computer network.


Microsoft Security Bulletin Overview February 2011

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

This looks like a pretty important security update for Microsoft users …

Microsoft has just enabled downloads for today’s security patches on Windows Update. Today’s Patch Day brings 12 security bulletins that fix vulnerabilities of various severity affecting the Microsoft Windows operating system, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. Three of the vulnerabilities have a maximum severity rating of critical, the highest possible rating. The remaining 11 have a maximum severity rating of important.


Laptop Securer – Configure Windows Security Settings

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

This sounds helpful for mobile computers in general …

Laptop Securer, the name is a bit misleading as it can as easily be used on a desktop PC. The free software program can be used to change security related settings of Windows operating systems.

The developers have designed it with mobile Windows PCs, such as laptops and netbooks, in mind as they usually pose a greater risk of being accessed by third parties.


Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer – Validate Apps Before Release and Deployment

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

This sounds incredibly useful; why didn’t somebody think of this earlier?

Microsoft has released a free tool for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows that they have been using internally only for some time. The Attack Surface Analyzer assists “both testers and IT Pros in assessing the security of an application”. It does so by highlighting “the changes in system state, runtime parameters and securable objects on the Windows operating system” after the installation of new programs.