We Hired a Hacker

We Hired a Hacker


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Security is not an option anymore.  While operations in many IT organizations went against security (1)(2) for years, it is now obvious that security needs to be at the beginning of every process. Threats are on the rise.  According to Symantec(3), the US is an easy target for ransomware hackers, and email is still the main weapon of choice.  Phishing …

Deworming the Apple


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So we have seen a rapid rise in Mac “Malware”… I hesitate call the trouble we have seen as malware. The troubles fall into two categories; webpage alerts that can not be dismissed and Mac Keeper. The webpage alert is a shake down scam. It takes 10minutes of work, 13 lines of code and a website that will run any …

Heartbleed Bug

List of Major Websites Affected by Heartbleed Bug


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People are freaking out and emailing us about the Heartbleed bug that has apparently affected 2/3 of all websites out there. Here is a great website on what the Heartbleed bug actually is. Keep yourself protected by reviewing this list of websites affected by Heartbleed. We have also included some basic tips about keeping yourself safe from the potential negative effects of …

Virus Removal and Malware Removal


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Every internet user dreads the possibility of a corrupted system. It happens more easily than you might think. Perhaps you download something from the internet or open an unidentified email. The next thing you know, advertising pop-ups appear out of nowhere or your browser is redirected to a sight you’ve never heard of. Your computer slows down or crashes completely. …

Inbox Toolbar Malware


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Onsite with a client today we saw that the Inbox toolbar malwalware can remain the default search provider in Firefox even after purging from system via Add/Remove through a hidden setting. So if you are removing InBox and you see firefox, open a new tab in Firefox to about:config, scroll down to keyword.url, right click and choose Set to Default.

Hallmark Postcard Virus


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This is a new virus that was discovered yesterday 12/7/2010.  This is not your standard run of the mill virus that has been going around.  What it does is infects and wipes the “0” (zero) sector of the hard drive rendering your machine unbootable. So please if you receive any email with “hallmark postcard” attached to it delete the email …

Upgrading AVG to AVG 11.0


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Here are some basic steps for upgrading to the latest version of AVG.. What you need to do if you are going to download their new free version, first you must uninstall AVG from your machine.  That would require you going to Start, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs (or Programs and Features if using Vista or Win 7) and then select …

10 Ways to Prevent Your PC From Getting Infected


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Disconnect your PC from everything. No internet, no thumb drives from friends, no cds, nothing. This way obviously is not practical. If the email is not from someone or some entity you know, delete it. If you are at all unsure, delete it. If the FROM email is your email or some variant of your email, delete it. If the …

Homeowners! Don’t Pay for AntiVirus Software!


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Most Antivirus software vendors will hate us for saying this, but we never recommend that homeowners use ANY of the paid anti-virus solutions. Period! Our current favorite is Miscrosoft Security Essentials. Yes a product from Microsoft that is actually free and REALLY WORKS WELL! Read our post on Microsoft Security Essentials and learn how to install MS Security essentials in …

How to Install MS Security Essentials in About 3 Minutes


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Many MePush customers call and want to know what anti-virus software to use. We always recommend the free solutions (read here for more explanation why not to pay for AV software). Currently, our favorite is MS Security Essentials. Watch the video below for a easy to follow and basic installation guide.