Archive for December, 2011

Mozilla Firefox 9.0 released

December 22, 2011

Mozilla Firefox 9.0 released

Changelog:
• Added Type Inference, significantly improving JavaScript performance (20~30%)
• Improved theme integration for Mac OS X Lion
• Added two finger swipe navigation for Mac OS X Lion
• Added support for querying Do Not Track status via JavaScript
• Added support for font-stretch
• Improved support for text-overflow
• Improved standards support for HTML5, MathML, and CSS
• Fixed several stability issues

Download Firefox 9.0 for Windows:
http://goo.gl/0fnnc
Download Firefox 9.0 for Linux:
http://goo.gl/GaI8S
Download Firefox 9.0 for MacOS:
http://goo.gl/Zjqgk

Be Cautious of opening Links, Facebook worm leads to heavy infection

December 6, 2011

Needless to say, users are advised to be careful about opening any link contained in Facebook messages. If you’re not sure whether the message apparently sent by your friend was actually sent by them, it’s better to ask him about it. In this case, if they have not, you can also tell them that their computer is probably infected and the account compromised.

The researchers of Danish security firm CSIS warn about a new Facebook worm doing rounds and dropping malware.

It spreads by compromising accounts and spamming out the users’ friends with a message that contains only a link. If followed, the link takes the potential victim to a page where he or she are offered what appears to be a screensaver for download:

Unfortunately, it is not a JPG file, but an executable (b.exe). Once executed, it downloads another executable to the system.

“The worm carries a cocktail of malware onto your machine, including a Zbot/ZeuS variant which is a serious threat and stealing sensitive information from the infected machine,” warn the researchers.

The worm is hosted on a variety of domains, so the link in the malicious message may vary. Other servers are used to collect the data sent by the aforementioned malware and to serve additional malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is free!

December 5, 2011

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect your PC with the latest technology.

 Go to the link below:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx

How to stop a virus, or spyware in its tracks!

Consider this scenario:

You’re browsing the net and all of the sudden an alert pops up on the screen stating that you are infected by viruses!  Most people try to close the infected notice as they would a regular program, or they reboot the computer, both of these efforts will install the virus, or spyware.

DO NOT TRY TO CLOSE THE VIRUS/SPYWARE NOTICE!!!!!!

Do the following:

It does not matter what version of Windows you are running, by holding down “CTRL, ALT”, and pressing the “Delete” button, a menu will pop up.  Select the “Task Manager”, and then select  the“Applications” tab.  Under “Applications” select “Windows Internet Explorer”, and then select “End Task”. There may be more than one incident of “Windows Internet Explorer”, so make sure you “End Task” for each incident.  This should stop the virus/spyware before it gets installed on your computer.

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Mac Users: Did you realize that the very  first virus was discovered on a Mac?

The Mac has its own Task Manager but it goes by another name: “Activity Monitor”.  Activity Monitor functions in a very similar way to how Task Manager does in Windows, letting you manage and end tasks, applications, and processes easily within Mac OS X.