FREE Protection Against 99% Of Ransomware (including new strains such as Petya/NotPetya)

June 28, 2017

Wow, these ransomware events (or attacks) are causing havoc worldwide. The most recent attack is Petya (see below) where it will encrypt the files on your computer and hold your computer for ransom. Very important that you keep your computers patched with current Windows updates and security software updates.

Ransomware is alarmingly quick – Ransomware takes between five and 20 minutes to encrypt every relevant file on the average hard drive (depending on the speed of the machine and the number of files). That means that even the slowest, single-threaded ransomware can encrypt several potentially important files in seconds. Since ransomware works quickly, detection and response time is of the utmost importance, which may be problematic for certain behavioral-detection solutions.

I am seeing many of the leading security software companies coming out with various products to protect against ransomware. Big money in this… If you want something FREE that will add a level of protection to your computer, give Cybereason RansomFree a look. In a nutshell, this software uses a unique behavioral approach in detecting and blocking ransomware at the entry points where ransomware typically initiates the encryption process. When the program detects ransomware activity, it suspends the activity and displays a pop-up message warning you about an imminent attack. You will then have the option to easily stop the attack by making just one mouse click.

SOURCE: Cybereason RansomFree


WannaCry Ransomware Fact Sheet

May 21, 2017

Homeland Security (ICS-CERT) released a fact sheet this past week about the WannaCry ransomware infections. This fact sheet provides information on how the WannaCry program spreads, what users should do if they have been infected, and how to protect against similar attacks in the future. I have had quite a few computer users at home ask me about WannaCry due to seeing it talked about in the news. The key protection point to Wannacry is to make sure you keep your systems patched.

WannaCry is ransomware that contains a worm component. It attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in the Windows SMBv1 server to remotely compromise systems, encrypt files, and spread to other hosts.  Systems that have installed the MS17-010 patch are not vulnerable to the exploits used. Patches to address the vulnerabilities identified in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010 are available for all versions of Windows from XP onward.

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SOURCE: ICS-CERT – WannaCry Fact Sheet


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How To EASILY Download Genuine Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 (ISO) Disk Images

May 15, 2017

Using the 4-step process of the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool you can easily and comfortably download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft’s servers. As an added bonus here, you can also download the disk images for Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, and Office 2011 for Mac, as well.

  1. Simply select the build you want to download and click on “confirm”.  In my case I selected Windows 10.
  2. Select the Edition and click on “confirm”. In my case I selected Windows 10 Home/Pro.
  3. Select the Product Language and click on “confirm”.  In my case I selected English.
  4. Select the whether 32bit or 64bit download; at which point you will be prompted to save the image file to a folder on your computer.

Windows ISO Downloader

Source: Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool


GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
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Microsoft admins: Update your systems now to prevent “crazy bad” zero-day bug exploits – A new Windows zero-day exploit has been discovered, and it’s possibly one of the most serious vulnerabilities to date. It targets Windows Defender’s Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MsMpEng), tricking it into executing code when the engine scans a file… READ MORE


Results are in: The best Android smartphone camera is… – Our search for the answer to this question saw us put Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy S8, up against the best from its rivals, including the LG G6, Sony Xperia XZs, Huawei P10, Google Pixel XL and OnePlus 3T! Now the votes are in and have been counted, let’s reveal the winner! … READ MORE


Opera is ‘Reborn,’ with new features that help usher in modern browser market – Opera Software has officially rebooted the Opera browser and relaunched it in a brand-new “Reborn” guise. The Neon-compatible browser brings a fancy new look to the browser market, as well as an ad blocker, virtual private network (VPN) service, and built-in chat functions, all of which could help separate it from the more popular competition… READ MORE

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ASUS ZenFone 3 – 5.5-Inch unlocked Dual SIM smartphone with AMOLED Gorilla Glass 5 display, 1920 X 1080 FHD resolution… READ MORE


Massive ransomware attack spreads across the globe – A new strain of ransomware is wrecking havoc all over the world, with hospitals across England and major companies in several counties reportedly affected. Security experts have identified the ransomware as a new strain of the WannaCry (also known as WanaCrypt0r and WCry) malware, and apparently its reach extends beyond… READ MORE


How to open Universal Touch-optimized File Explorer in Windows 10 – Windows 10 v 1703 includes a new UWP Windows File Explorer app file, that is optimized for Touch devices. This post will show you how to access this hidden Explorer app… READ MORE

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Google Maps for Android adds Street View images in navigation to show your turns – Google Maps has quietly rolled out a new feature that will make it easier for you to see where you need to go when using turn-by-turn navigation: integrated Street View images on the directions screen… READ MORE


Canary All-in-One Home Security Device – See and Hear: Stream real-time video of your home with Canary’s 1080p HD camera, 147 degree wide-angle lens, automatic night vision, and high-quality audio. More Than a Camera: Protect your home with Canary’s 90+ dB siren, motion-activated recording, auto-arm/disarm, and instant access to local authorities. HomeHealth Technology: Monitor air quality, temperature, and humidity to help understand how your home might affect your health. Intelligent Notifications: Receive instant video alerts on your iOS or Android device. No Installation/Contracts/Monthly Fees Required: Plug in Canary, connect to the Internet and you’re ready to go. Free secure cloud storage included,or get even more with optional monthly plans… READ MORE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 27, 2013

October 27, 2013

Featuring: Cometdocs, the online document management system, now has a desktop app available; Is the October 31st release of the Nexus 5, a trick or a treat?; What to do if you are infected by Cryptolocker and how to prevent the infection; and, The Xbox One Console, a product that will be in high demand…

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Convert Files Quickly and Easily By Using Cometdocs
From Your Desktop

Cometdocs is an online document management system where you can convert your PDF files to Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more. You can also convert various formats to PDF. Cometdocs allows you to store and share your documents, online, for FREE. Recently Cometdocs released this desktop application where you can complete various file conversions, from your desktop, without having to go to the Cometdocs site.

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With one right click on a document, you are presented with the file conversion options for that document type. Once you have chosen your conversion, the file will be automatically converted and download to your computer in a matter of moments… GET IT HERE


Nexus 5 expected to debut October 31 in the US – TechSpot

TRICK OR TREAT?: have been following the announcements leading to the development and release of Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone. According to TechSpot, we can expect the release on October 31st…

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The anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone and Android 4.4 Kitkat software update have reached a feverish pace, especially when you consider the phone briefly appeared on the Google Play store last week. And if the latest rumors prove to be true, consumers won’t have to wait much longer for the device as the latest suggests it will launch on October 31 in the US… READ MORE


Cryptolocker: How to avoid getting infected
and what to do if you are

@ ComputerWorld

I know I posted information yesterday about Cryptolocker, but this is extremely important. If you become victim of Cryptolocker, you are at high odds of losing your personal files. I have never seen anything like this and I feel, the more I let people know, the better. If you see the below graphic show up on your PC displaying that your personal files are encrypted, you have been nailed!

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Cryptolocker comes in the door through social engineering. Usually the virus payload hides in an attachment to a phishing message, one purporting to be from a business copier like Xerox that is delivering a PDF of a scanned image, from a major delivery service like UPS orFedEx offering tracking information or from a bank letter confirming a wire or money transfer… READ MORE


This Product Is Not Guaranteed At Release Date of November 22, 2013 Due To High Demand

Xbox One Console – Standard Edition

I love it when I see a new product that is in such demand, you most likely don’t have a shot at it, until months after its’ release.

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Introducing Xbox One. Where the best games, multiplayer, and your favorite movies, music, sports and live TV come togeather in one place. Xbox One games look and feel incredibly real, with cinematic gameplay that rivals Hollywood. Watch TV or chat with friends on Skype while you play, and keep on playing while smarter matchmaking happens behind the scenes. With Xbox One, you can snap two things side-by-side on your TV, and switch from one to another instantly. Cloud-powered and built for the digital age, Xbox One is designed to keep getting better over time… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 26, 2013

October 26, 2013

Featuring: What you need to know about Cryptolocker Ransomware; WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Halloween Edition Giveaway; Microsoft’s two-factor logon authentication process; and, An external hard drive that is built to withstand abuse…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Cryptolocker Ransomware: What You Need To Know

@ Malwarebytes

Cryptolocker Ransomware is the first type of malware that I have ever seen where, once on your system, it will look for file extensions to files that you commonly use and will encrypt them so that you cannot access them (unless you have the private decryption key). In essence, your files are held hostage and you can only get them back by paying $300 for the decryption key.

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Cryptolocker will encrypt users’ files using asymmetric encryption, which requires both a public and private key.

The public key is used to encrypt and verify data, while private key is used for decryption, each the inverse of the other… READ MORE


Giveaway! WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Halloween Edition

WinX DVD Ripper typically sells for $59.99…  You can get it now, for FREE, until November 4th.

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Enjoy any DVD movies on portable players as you wish on Halloween!

No.1 fast DVD ripper with the best image sound effects in the World.

Rip any DVDs to iPhone(5S/5C), iPad, Android(HTC, Samsung, Kindle Fire), WP8, Surface, etc.

Convert DVD to play with media players in AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, MKV, M2TS, MPEG, etc.

Clone DVD to ISO image/Folder and copy full title/main content of DVD to MPEG-2 file.

GET IT HERE


Keep your Microsoft account safer with two-factor authentication

@ PCWorld

PCWorld has a nice article about using two-factor authentication with your Microsoft accounts.  I highly recommend a person to use this; not only with your Microsoft accounts, but with your Google accounts, as well…

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If you use Microsoft services like SkyDrive, Outlook.com webmail, or Xbox Live, you have a Microsoft account. If you have a Microsoft account, you might use it to store personal information that you wouldn’t want hackers to be able to get at. You know, credit cards and tax returns and such. Turning on two-factor authentication can help keep would-be data thieves out, and your secrets secret… READ MORE


Silicon Power SP Rugged Armor A30 1TB Shockproof 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 External Portable Hard Drive

In today’s world of electronics, it is a plus when you can find devices that provide shockproof protection.

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The Armor A30 simply provides the best all-around protection in an amazingly tough and durable enclosure. It offers military-grade shockproof protection by including a shock-resistant silica gel from the internal structure to the exterior which adds an extra shield to withstand shocks and crushes… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 8, 2013

October 8, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A FREE Start Menu For Windows 8.1): I keep reading that Windows 8.1 will have a Start Menu; however, I also read that it is not the real Start Menu, as we know it. To help you with this, I encourage you to take a look at Classic Shell. The developers recently updated Classic Shell to make it fully compatible with Windows 8.1 (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (The 5 Links You Should Not Click): ABC has a nice write-up, that you should read to educate (and remind), on what to look for (and not do) to prevent a malware or ransomware attack to your computer… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Desktop Publishing In The Cloud): As cloud computing continues to move forward, I am seeing more and more complex applications being made available. LucidPress’ online desktop publisher is no exception (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Easily add 9 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports to your PC ): In need of additional USB ports? Always go with a powered USB hub. Today I came across a 9-port hub that has built in surge protection and built in ports to charge your devices (SEE BELOW)…

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Classic Shell Start Menu Updated (Version 4.0)

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Classic Start Menu can replicate the start menus found in older versions of Windows from 95 to Windows 7. You have 3 styles to pick from – Classic, Two Columns, and Windows 7… GET IT HERE


The 5 Deadly Clicks: The Links You Should Never Touch

@ ABC News

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Here’s a scary scenario. You’re innocently surfing the Web, maybe on an unfamiliar site, not paying close attention. Suddenly your computer screen fills with illegal pornographic images of minors. You try to navigate away, but a warning screen branded by the National Security Administration’s Internet Surveillance Program pops up with the message: “Your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution.”

You are then offered a sort of Hobson’s choice: Pay a fine immediately, or face prosecution for downloading child pornography… READ MORE


LucidPress – Online Print and Digital Publishing Software

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Lucidpress is a design and layout app that enables anyone to create beautiful print and digital documents. Sign up free Try the demo Lucidpress in 60 seconds Perfect for print Create stunning documents in less time than ever before… GET IT HERE


Anker® USB 3.0 9-Port Hub + 5V 2.1A Charging Port with 12V 5A Power Adapter

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Easily add 9 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports to your PC and enjoy data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps for faster sync times.

Additional charging port (2.1A) offers enough current to charge either a smartphone or a tablet at high speed. USB 3.0 ports supply 0.9A each.

Lightweight, “power-bar” design effectively saves space. Blue LED indicates normal operation.

Designed with a built-in surge protector to keep your devices safe. Supports hot swapping. No installation of drivers required for Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 or Mac OS X 10.2 and above.

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Avoid Retyping A Document With Online OCR

February 21, 2013

I recently was faced with situation where I had a hardcopy of a typed document where there was no editable or electronic version available and I needed a way to access and edit the document without completely retyping it.

It was at this point I started to think in terms of OCR (optical character recognition). OCR is software that has the ability to take typewritten (and sometimes handwritten) text and convert it to a digital version that can be electronically stored and edited. In my case, I did not want to install software on the computer, and started to think even further outside the box. I wondered, are there any online OCR services on the internet?

As I have said before, “if you can think of it, someone has done it”…  There are quite a few OCR services out there that I tried and the one I am settling with is called Online OCR… Online OCR is a free service in a “Guest mode” (without registration) that allows you to convert 15 images per hour.

Online OCR

I was able to take the hardcopy of the document, scan it to a PDF file, upload the PDF file to Online OCR where the text in the file was read and subsequently converted to an editable Microsoft Word document. What sold me on Online OCR was that Online OCR managed to convert the document and retain the formatting (fonts, table, etc…) to near perfection.

Online OCR’s conversion process with recognize 32 languages and can handle up to 8 different input file formats and produce 6 different output formats:

INPUT FORMATS:

  • PDF (All types of PDF files including multi-page PDFs)
  • TIF/TIFF (Multipage TIFFs supported)
  • JPEG/JPG
  • BMP
  • PCX
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • ZIP files containing the above types of files can also be uploaded.

OUTPUT FORMATS:

    • Adobe PDF
    • MS Word 2003/XP
    • MS Excel 2003/XP
    • Html 4.0
    • RTF
    • Text Plain

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