Avast’s CCleaner distributing malware

JohnMHoyt Computer Security, Managed Services, Microsoft, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

This is a shocking bit of news. The popular “CCleaner” application from Avast which is used by millions of people, may have been distributing malware via a backdoor. Just as shocking is the fact that Avast didn’t notify users. (Avast is security software company and provider of anti-virus/anti-malware products). An update has been released, however. You should install if it …

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3 Billion Devices Run Java… And many need to update it!

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Linux, Mac, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

Oracle’s emergency update to Java Runtime Environment and the Development Kit should be applied, immediately. If you are using Java on your system… Please make sure it is up to date, or consider disabling it all together if you can live without it to decrease the likelihood you could become exploited. A large number of the machines that we are …

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An attempt to unlock the computer by yourself will lead to the full formatting of the operating system…

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Mac, Microsoft, Partners, Secure IT Alert, security, Trend Micro, Windows Leave a Comment

Here’s a scary message to get on your computer: “An attempt to unlock the computer by yourself will lead to the full formatting of the operating system. All the files, videos, photos, documents on your computer will be deleted.” If you are using a Microsoft Windows based computer, or even a Mac running Windows on it, and you become infected …

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“We’re from the government and we’re here to help!” – FBI in regards to removing Coreflood from infected computers

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Connectivity, Homeland Secure IT, Microsoft, security, Windows 1 Comment

The FBI seized control of the Coreflood servers a couple weeks ago, drastically reducing the traffic that was being generated by the large botnet by stopping the update of the bot clients. This will allow anti-virus programs to begin to discover the presence on infected machines and hopefully remove it. That’s awesome, but what’s next? The FBI is seeking to …

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