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