Facebook voice message virus – a malicious campaign that can relate in the installation of a Trojan horse if the misleading voice message is played by the victim…
Even though the message itself might not always directly launch the installation of malware, it might reroute the user to some type of potentially dangerous website where cyber threats such as trojans, ransomware viruses, cryptocurrency miners, browser hijackers, or adware are distributed.
Norton Power Eraser was recently updated and I thought I would at least post some information on this security application.
This application has the ability to “aggressively” detect and remove malware that can impersonate legitimate applications, such as fake antivirus software. These applications often are described as scamware, rogueware, scareware, etc…
When using an application such as this, make sure you have some knowledge of the Windows OS above and beyond the basic level so that you don’t end up doing more harm than good. Here is a tutorial to get you started and to understand more – Click Here for Tutorial …
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Malwarebytes AdwCleaner is one of those security software options (that is FREE and Portable) that you want to remember or keep on your PC (or flash drive) in the event your computer is running noticeably slow; or strange messages start showing up; or you notice your browser’s homepage has mysteriously changed. Typically when these signs begin to appear it is a sign that a variant of malware may be present.
Here at “What’s On My PC” I run Malwarebytes AdwCleaner on a regular basis, for peace of mind. Keep in mind (be careful) this type of software is designed to aggressively pick out items that it knows to be bad or believes to be bad that may be compromising your computer.
Following a scan you are given option to delete those items and once that decision is made, the computer will typically reboot. I have included this software in my tech toolbox when assisting others and have had great success in restoring a PC to normal operation. Just know what you are deleting (getting rid of) in the end.
Source: Malwarebytes Adwcleaner
First time ever for me to have one of these scams popup on my computer. This one here is the “Google Chrome Critical ERROR” phlishing scam that comes in a variety of forms. In this case the “Security System” (whatever that is) has detected the threatening attempt to gain access to my bank logins. The crooks, in this case, are recommending that I perform a temporary block on all my accounts; THEN, the crooks want me to contact their customer support team at Microsoft. If you really take a look at the screenshot below, you can tell that the designer of this scary scam graphic does not use very good grammar.
Folks, for God’s sake, please do not fall for this scam or any of the hundreds like it. They are scams. These crooks want you to call the number, as reflected in the screenshot; THEN, the real fun will begin where they will bilk you out of as much money as they can and will even want to help solve your problem by remotely taking over the operation of your computer. They are such nice criminals…
This error can be removed simply by closing the web browser, however, some websites run scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, terminate the browser via Task Manager or simply reboot the system. Note that after re-running the browser, you should not restore the previous session, otherwise you will return to the malicious site. Also, I typically will run CCleaner and AdwCleaner. If you end up going to far with this scam and allow the criminals to take over your computer, you will need to be more aggressive in the removal process.
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Malware is finding its’ way on people’s Android devices through apps that are downloaded from the Google Play Store. Google does a pretty good job of tracking these apps down, but sometimes it is to late and the app has already made its mark. Many of these apps had strong reviews. The battery draw occurs due to the app being on a constant run time of reporting back with information and possible grabs of your data.
On Thursday, anti-virus provider Sophos published a report describing its discovery of 22 Android apps that contained a variety of malware the company has named “Andr/Clickr-ad.” The apps come from a variety of small developers, and Sophos said that Google removed them from its Play store at the end of November. One of the offending apps, Sparkle Flashlight, had been downloaded more than a million times and many of them had strong reviews, according to Sophos.
The routers affected are made by companies including Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link. Reboot your router to prevent infiltration… Better yet, update the firmware.
This is an interesting tidbit about Google Chrome’s ability to scan your Windows-based computer for malware. I tested this on a Google Chromebook and it would not launch; but, never the less, this is great. I encourage you to read and learn more about this by clicking on the source link below.
Google Chrome might be the most secure web browser around. What’s more, Chrome can actually make your whole computer more secure.
Open Chrome (or open a new tab if Chrome is already running) and type the following in to the address bar at the top: chrome://settings/cleanup.
Here’s what you should see when you do that:
IMPORTANT… Follow link below to learn more.
RogueKiller is a powerful malware hunter which uses a wide range of technologies to detect threats. The lack of a “quick scan” is going to be a problem sometimes, but if you mostly just need an emergency “second opinion” scanner it should be a great choice.
Crystal Security, a cloud-based system that detects and removes malicious programs (malware), is new to me. I am currently testing the portable version and so far the interface part looks great (user friendly). The detection engine, from I am can tell, is based on data gathered from millions of participating users systems around the world to help defend against the very latest viruses and malware attacks.
Due to not being familiar with Crystal Security, at this point, I will continue to test and use it solely as a troubleshooting application to inform when the possibility of malware exists. If you are familiar with Crystal Security, I would like to hear your experience with this. I do like the idea that there is a portable (no install) option.
I do recommend that you know what you are doing when using applications, such as this; so as not to cause accidental havoc to your PC.
SOURCE: Crystal Security
On the same day Microsoft officially began rolling out the Creators Update for Windows 10, they were also rolling out a patch for a zero-day exploit (that spreads malware) for all current Microsoft Office versions used on every Windows operating system (including the latest Office 2016 running on Windows 10). If you are running Microsoft Office at home, make sure you have installed the patch. To learn more, click on the source link below…
All versions of Office on all versions of Windows are vulnerable to this zero-day that spreads malware, so make sure you patch quickly
Gooligan is a new malware campaign that has been engineered to infect Android phones by stealing your Google Account Credentials. Anyone who owns a device running Android 4 and 5 that includes Android Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop — is most at risk The infection typically occurs via Gooligan infected apps or links in phishing email messages. Once infected, attackers are able to gain access to your sensitive information from Google apps, like Gmail, Drive, Photos, etc… Once attackers hack into the device, they’re buying apps on the Google Play store and writing reviews posing as the phone’s owners. To get the skinny on Googligan please read this article, “More Than 1 Million Google Accounts Breached by Gooligan” at a site called Checkpoint.
To determine if your account has been compromised, go to Checkpoint’s “Gooligan Checker” and enter your Gmail address…
If you think you are immune from malware in Android Apps; “Think Again”…
“Researchers from Check Point discovered malware they’re calling DressCode in 40 Google Play store apps and more than 400 apps listed in third-party app stores”…
“Once installed on the device, DressCode initiates communication with its command and control server,”
The following video also explains how DressCode works:
If you are an Android smartphone or tablet user; and, you use the Google Chrome browser (or the native Android Browser), you may want to take a look at (and install) the mobile version of Web of Trust. I currently use the PC version of Web of Trust on all of my computers to help me determine which sites are reputable and which sites are not.
Against what types of online threats can WOT protect you?
Malware & Viruses – Avoid visiting websites that host malicious software, such as viruses, spyware, and adware that can steal your information and spread to other devices.
Phishing – Turn back from malicious links in fake emails, websites and text messages that are designed to fool you into giving away personal information.
Scams – Users ratings warn you when you visit a site that may host any type of fraud designed to steal money or personal information.
Spyware – WOT can warn you when a site has been reported to host spyware, which collects your personal information without your knowledge.