The hackers are getting very good at making us look silly by making their hacks look like real software, a real Microsoft Window or software Window – you hit OK and that is when you get infected. I have had a few people get infected this way and it’s not easy to fix. Anyone can fall for this and have! What makes these so difficult for the typical user is that it stops you from running your REAL anti-virus software or getting on the internet at all except to a specific page asking for money to solve your issue.
HOW-TO GEEK had a great article today that showed a few screen shots of those Hacks as well as a few solutions to solve your issue. Like I have they have had many articles around this issue and they have included links in the article if you wanted to read more. On my BLOG if you look at Security FOLDER at the top, I have my posts listed.
TAKE A READ – interesting stuff!
Here’s a Super Simple Trick to Defeating Fake Anti-Virus Malware
Some simple steps to take today to protect your family data and computers from the ever-increasing threat of infections….
1) Install anti-virus / spyware software – but remember you have to keep these up to date
2) Update your software – Setup up Microsoft Auto update and keep everything current.
3) Use strong passwords and keep them secret (14 characters long, using letters, numbers and symbols)
4) Never turn off your Firewall on your computer
5) Setup your router in a secure method to stop people using your bandwidth, but also keep people out of your network.
6) Use Flash drives carefully – Make sure any key your using, you know where it has been
7) Don’t download malware
Be very cautious about opening attachments or clicking links in email or IM, or in posts on social networks (like Facebook)—even if you know the sender. Call to ask if a friend sent it; if not, delete it or close the IM window.
Avoid clicking Agree, OK, or I accept in banner ads, in unexpected pop-up windows or warnings, on websites that may not seem legitimate, or in offers to remove spyware or viruses.
- Instead, press CTRL + F4 on your keyboard.
- If that doesn’t close the window, press ALT + F4 on your keyboard to close the browser. If asked, close all tabs and don’t save any tabs for the next time you start the browser.
Only download software from websites you trust. Be cautious of “free” offers of music, games, videos, and the like. They are notorious for including malware in the download
Get the full article from Microsoft with full details on each topic
How to boost your malware defense and protect your PC
One of those things we say we should do and don’t… My computer at home is only used by me, so I am confident that I will not do something silly and get infected. My other systems in the house is another story – my wife and two daughters use this and you never know what might happen. You need to keep yourself safe when on the WEB, if you don’t do a few basic things you just might end up getting infected and that is not fun. Sometime you can get it removed and go on, other times you have to start from scratch which could mean losing information or just a lot of time or money to get it done.
First off everyone should have Antivirus software running and keeping it up to date.
You should also be running a Malicious Software Removal Tool regularly to ensure no one has done something they shouldn’t have….This advice was too late for my father-in-law whose system got infected bad! All antivirus software is shut down, no internet access at all in order to download the MSRT either. I am hoping the USB ports are not shut down as well as I am hoping to load up the MSRT from a USB key – we will have to see!
Microsoft – Malicious Software Removal Tool
The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
is a free malware
scanner and remover which is updated every first Tuesday of each month. The tool (mrt.exe) is located in the system32 directory of Windows and it silently scans the computer
after being updated via Windows Update. MRT or MSRT does not run to scan the system all the time but any PC user can manually scan the PC to check the system from Trojans, worms and other malware that MRT can identify. Note that MRT does not detect all type of threats but was developed by Microsoft to detect and remove malware that is in the wild, especially from worms that targets vulnerable components in Windows.