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August 4, 2011

Geek Squeaks

SUPERAntiSpyware
Multi-Dimensional Scanning and Process Interrogation Technology
that will detect spyware that other products miss!

Awesome Wallpapers
Windows 8 Wallpaper Set 1

AskBillFirst
Fake Antivirus Industry Down,
But Not Out — Krebs on Security

Ask A Tech Teacher
19 Free Posters For Your Tech Lab

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Geek Squeak Toy of the Day

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ViewSonic PJD5123 SVGA DLP Projector 120Hz/3D Ready,
2700 Lumens, 3000:1 DCR

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Know How to Spot Badware (Malware)

April 5, 2010

I recently had a conversation with a friend, who was new to computers, and he commenced explaining to me how he was suddenly interrupted during a computer session by Microsoft Security Essentials 2010 and was requested to provide his credit card number to unlock the full version. He further explained that his computer was not functioning properly, so he proceeded to make the purchase for the unlocked version. Upon hearing this, I had to regrettably tell him that his computer was infected with malware (a virus) and that he had been robbed and to contact his credit card company immediately. His jaw dropped and said, “you are kidding me, right?”. First off, my friend was wrong in telling me that it was “Microsoft” Security Essentials 2010″, when in fact it was the rogue (fake) malware package called “Security Essentials 2010″.

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Folks, know your (legitimate) software on your computer and how to spot the badware (malware). Yes, Microsoft does make a package called Microsoft Security Essentials (without the 2010 attached to the name) which is a very good security product designed to protect you from malware, viruses, spyware, etc… HOWEVER, it is totally free and they will never ask for your credit card number. As a matter of fact, any appearance of persistent unknown security alerts (or software) that suddenly appear on your computer (that looks real) and prompts you to make payment to fix a problem is the first clue that your PC is infected. These fake security programs will intentionally render your PC useless, cause data loss and oftentimes is very difficult to remove.

Today, what I would like you to do is learn how to spot the badware and one of the best places to do that is at 411-Spyware.com.

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The author of 411-Spyware.com (Kristopher Dukes) has compiled quite a collection, with pictures and all, of FAKE security products that are engineered to instill fear, cause havoc and steal from you. Not only does she provide you with the visual experience, she also provides removal instructions and suggested software to assist with the removal process. The one thing I want you to look at with some of these, is the complexity of the removal process, which literally can take a computer tech hours to resolve; with the worse case scenario being a complete system restore.

Most likely, in the scenario that I provided that involved a friend, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say he was porn surfing… If you porn surf, pirate software, do peer2peer sharing and go click happy on any link that comes your way; then be forewarned, you will become a cybercrime victim, just like my friend.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#50)

March 3, 2010

If we were measuring time with Geek Squeaks’, I would have to say that time has rapidly passed us by.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly production (links to other blogs) of articles that are produced by the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you are passionate about information technology and computers there is no better place to stay ahead of the curve than with this weekly collection.  There is something here for everyone!

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Tech-for Everyone
The Best CPU? Hardware Upgrade

thePC Security
Auto Lock / Unlock Computer With USB – Free Download

Crazy World of G
Export This Part 2

Lifehacker
What’s the Registry, Should I Clean It, and What’s the Point?

Rarst.net
Kongregate – free online games collection

AskBillFirst
Many Microsoft Products Going Off Support Soon – Security Watch

Free PC Security
Threatfire Updated March 2010

AKS-Feel The Change
Luxand Blink!-Face Recognition Program for your PC

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Dr. Guard

Plato Press
Millions Stolen Due to Wrong Numbers

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Computer help in all languages

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Google Will Avoid the Desktop Operating System Market

Right On Technology
AT&T Fastest In 3G Wireless Tests

Snakebytez
Run Windows Commands Easily with Commands In Demand

TTC Shelbyville
Microsoft Office Cheatsheets

I Love Free Software
Ant Movie Catalog: Free Software to Catalog your Movies

Worthy Tips
Security Essentials 2010 is a fake anitivirus (Security Alert)

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with Windows Live Writer. 10

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Correcting the Slow Log on to Your Windows 7 System

WP Xpert
How To Add a Custom Header To Your WP.com Blog

Big Geek Daddy
Free Software

What’s On My PC
PortableApps Suite

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#33)

October 21, 2009

image Recently I posted an article [ link ] about the What’s On My PC… Launch Pad that is a compilation of over 300 tech sites and blogs. If you visit the Launch Pad [ link ] you will notice that some of the sites in the listing are in a larger font size. Those sites (blogs) in the larger font size are the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC… blogroll (located on the sidebar of the blog). The purpose of the larger font size is to draw attention to those sites or blogs.  Each week I pull an article from each of those blogs to highlight their accomplishments in Geek Squeaks’ of the Week. If you want to learn more about information technology and computers, blogging is where it is at. I encourage you the preview the articles below and pay a visit to each of these sites.

Computer Maintenance
Defragment your hard drive using smart defrag

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Internet Browsing Inside a Sandbox

AskBillFirst
Fake security software in millions of computers:
Symantec by Reuters: Yahoo! Tech

Tech-for Everyone
Own A Laptop? Make A Thumb Drive Theft Alarm With Free Tool

Sugarloaf Tech
Is your home in a flood hazard area?

Rarst.net
Shame and technology

Lifehacker
Turn Your PC into a Home Surveillance System [Security]

Computer Too Slow
Download Accelerator plus (Premium) Review

thePC Security
Online Malware Detection and Removal With Panda Active Scan

Free PC Security
A-Squared 4.5 Free

AKS-Feel The Change
Get Steganos Password Manager 2009 FREE

Carol’s Vault
Free Flash Mp3 Player from Flabell.com

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Softcop

Tech~Line Lounge
How To Engage Your Blog Community

Plato On-Line
Broadband Leadership Stats

Is You GEEKed Up
Which Operating System Should I Use?

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Add-ons Blocklist | Mozilla

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Antivirus Now available: Microsoft Security Essentials

Freeware Pharmacy
Auslogic’s Disk Defrag

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Prevent Unintentional File Deletion With Free System Protect

Right On Technology
New Chrome OS Download

Snakebytez
How to create a Password Protected Secret Drive

Tux in the Midwest
Drupal Notes – Modules – Creating the Files

Worthy Tips
Cute Rank – An excellent free search engine
keyword analysis tool for SEO lovers

TTC Shelbyville
Best Wireless Tool – Free

I Love Free Software
Gmail Notifier: Get an alert when you get a new mail

Technize
How To Make Gmail Work Offline

Freeware Elite
OpenOffice 3.2 Beta released

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa. round 2

Tune Up Blog about Windows
A Step-by-Step Guide:
How to Upgrade from Windows Vista to 7

Mrintech
Best Collection of Windows 7 Wallpapers for You!

What’s On My PC
Klondike Forever…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#25)

August 26, 2009

If you are new to What’s On My PC… you will notice on the right side of the blog a category listing for Geek Squeaks’.  The Geek Squeaks’ category is a weekly roundup of articles from the bloggers that are on the What’s On My PC… blogroll.  I encourage you to visit these blogs to learn more about information technology and computers.

Geek Squeaks'

Evilfantasy’s Blog
A rogue security test site?

Plato on-line
H1N1 Vaccine and National Security

Spywarebiz
BitDefender gets real about what you want in online security

Teck~Line
Critical Update for Adobe Flash Player (Reblogged)

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SaveSoldier

Carol’s Vault
Finding inspiration on Twitter

AKS-Feel The Change
Music Search Engine – Find All Your MP3 Songs

Lifehacker
Tech Support Cheat Sheet
Reveals the Secrets of Troubleshooting

Rarst.net
FilterMyRSS.com – light online filter for feeds

Tech-for Everyone
The Best 10 Minutes

AskBillFirst
Setting up your browser to open multiple home page tabs

Free PC Security
Keepass – Free Password Security

Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Save Your Machine – Keep it Clean

Mrintech
Google Pack: All Essential & Free Softwares!

Piyada’s World
List of fake antivirus and its removal tool

TTC Shelbyville
Change Firefox’s Default Search

Tux in the Midwest
Robot Hands Will Rule the World

Snakebytez
Tiny Program to Automatically Shutdown Computer

Is You GEEKed Up
Windows 7 Post Install Customization Checklist

Scoroncocolo
Windows Notepad

What’s On My PC…
A super easy way to listen to internet radio…

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BEWARE of “ScanVirus” – A “FAKE” Cloud Anti-Virus Service

February 14, 2009

With the wave of cloud apps appearing on the internet, I knew it would be a matter of time before malware would find its’ way into the cloud. Panda Labs, an international network of research and technical support centers devoted to protecting users against viruses, discovered  an interesting “cloud” tactic that is being used to trick computer users into infecting themselves with malware.

The cybercriminals in this particular case have created a pretend web site (called ScanVirus – Cumulative Online Antivirus Service) that lures the visitor into thinking their computer is infected (see graphic below). The confidence of the visitor is gained from the displayed logos that are “copies” of logos from actual legitimate anti-virus and anti-malware companies. Upon visiting the site, the visitor is prompted to download a file called “AntiVir.exe”, which Panda Labs has identified as being malware (called “Adware/Antivirus 2009).

Beware of ScanVirus

To learn more about “malware” and to download software to “protect” your PC, I encourage you to read the following:

“FREE” Internet Browsing Protection…

Taking A Byte Out of Malware

Protect yourself against FAKE Anti-Virus
and FAKE Anti-Spyware Software…

Basic Computer Security Precautions You Need To Know
(at Bill Mullin’s “Tech Thoughts)

Internet Plague – Rogue Antivirus
(at TechPaul’s “Tech-for Everyone”)

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Rogue Security Apps… BEWARE!

December 3, 2008
Perfect Defender 2009 – Beware!  Rogue Security Application…
clipped from billmullins.wordpress.com
Add Perfect Defender 2009 to the massive number of rogue security applications currently circulating on the Internet, seeking out unaware users in order to steal their money.
Like all rogue security applications, Perfect Defender 2009 is a master at using Trojans, and fake advertising, to convince unaware Internet users to install this rogue application.
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Bill Mullins at Tech Thoughts is a leader in monitoring the rogue security applications that are dominating the internet and infecting people’s computers. I encourage you on a regular basis to visit Bill’s blog to keep up-to-date on these types of applications and to learn how to stop them in their tracks… The newest threat; “Perfect Defender 2009″  Get the 3-step removal solution at Bill’s blog –  [click here]

 

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