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Phone App Infected with Malware

Flappy Bird Game Picture

Phone App Flappy Bird, target of Malware infection for users.

One very popular game app for Android and iPhone is putting Malware on the phones.

“All of the fake versions we’ve seen so far are premium service abusers — apps that send messages to premium numbers, thus causing unwanted charges to victims’ phone-billing statements,”

This means your phone sends texts you didn’t send to sites that cost money and you are responsible for the bill.

Do your research before you download.Check the author of the app online and get the one you expect.

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Shop Safely, Shop Product Stores at Amazon


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Err on the Side of Caution

I offer this advice: err on the side of caution when opening emails this holiday.

If your intuition tells you to not open that one, listen.
UPS, FEDEx, Amazon, DHL, and other delivery companies do not send emails with attachments. This is the first clue that the email may contain an infected component.

Email is the number one way that computers get infected, especially during holidays.

We expect emails form family and we do not hesitate to open them. Check the time sent on those emails. Would that relative send email at that hour?

We expect notifications of deliveries. Did you place an order with that company? Check at the website to be sure. If there is nothing on their main site, the email is probably not what you thin it is.

Banks, and financial institutions send only mail that tells you to go to their website. THEY DO NOT INCLUDE A LINK.

And most importantly, when you click on a link and then say I allow, your anti-infection software thinks you know what you are doing and by the time it is popping up telling you there is a problem, it is too late and the system has some component of the infection installed and active.

Be Aware. Malware is out there.

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Why WiFi Hotspots are Dangerous

Public Wifi Hotspots

Wifi Hotspot SignI am going to explain why WiFi Hotspots are dangerous to the safety of your personal computer. Wifi Hotspots are open doors to your computer. It is where most people get their identity stolen. Computers are connected to the Internet via a network signal from an Internet Service Provider. All the computers on that same network location are connected to each other.
At home, you control the security levels and also who uses your network and therefore who is connected to you.
Imagine for a moment living in an apartment building where all the front doors open onto a common hallway. If all the doors were standing open, as you walked down the hallway you could see into the neighboring apartments and see what furniture and possessions the neighbors had. Since the doors were open you could also walk in a “borrow” or “steal” something from the neighbor’s apartment. This is what it is like on a common network, whether that is your home or the local WiFi hotspot. All the doors are open.



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FBI Ransomware

You have not really been locked out of your computer. If you are in the greater LA area call 661 513 4727 to have the infection cleaned.


New Internet Scam
‘Ransomware’ Locks Computers, Demands Payment


There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI.

“We’re getting inundated with complaints,” said Donna Gregory of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), referring to the virus known as Reveton ransomware, which is designed to extort money from its victims.

Reveton is described as drive-by malware because unlike many viruses—which activate when users open a file or attachment—this one can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. Once infected, the victim’s computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law.

The bogus message goes on to say that the user’s Internet address was identified by the FBI or the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as having been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal online activity. To unlock their machines, users are required to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.

“Some people have actually paid the so-called fine,” said the IC3’s Gregory, who oversees a team of cyber crime subject matter experts. (The IC3 was established in 2000 as a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. It gives victims an easy way to report cyber crimes and provides law enforcement and regulatory agencies with a central referral system for complaints.)

Podcast: Reveton Ransomware

“While browsing the Internet, a window popped up with no way to close it,” one Reveton victim recently wrote to the IC3. “The window was labeled ‘FBI’ and said I was in violation of one of the following: illegal use of downloaded media, under-age porn viewing, or computer-use negligence. It listed fines and penalties for each and directed me to pay $200 via a MoneyPak order. Instructions were given on how to load the card and make the payment. The page said if the demands were not met, criminal charges would be filed and my computer would remain locked on that screen.”

The Reveton virus, used by hackers in conjunction with Citadel malware—a software delivery platform that can disseminate various kinds of computer viruses—first came to the attention of the FBI in 2011. The IC3 issued a warning on its website in May 2012. Since that time, the virus has become more widespread in the United States and internationally. Some variants of Reveton can even turn on computer webcams and display the victim’s picture on the frozen screen.

“We are getting dozens of complaints every day,” Gregory said, noting that there is no easy fix if your computer becomes infected. “Unlike other viruses,” she explained, “Reveton freezes your computer and stops it in its tracks. And the average user will not be able to easily remove the malware.”

The IC3 suggests the following if you become a victim of the Reveton virus:

Do not pay any money or provide any personal information.
Contact a computer professional to remove Reveton and Citadel from your computer.
Be aware that even if you are able to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware may still operate in the background. Certain types of malware have been known to capture personal information such as user names, passwords, and credit card numbers through embedded keystroke logging programs.
File a complaint and look for updates about the Reveton virus on the IC3 website.

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If you didn’t install it

If you know you didn’t install a program, you can recognize a counterfeit.

You should become familiar with the programs installed on your computer. Programs are listed under the Control Panel in Windows.

This will help you to PREVENT a malware attack.

If you get an email or a pop-up that says you need to update your PC Protection software, and you KNOW you have nothing named PC PROTECTION, it can be deleted and ignored.

But, if that same pop-up reappears, you have a form of the infection and should seek help.


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PC Scan is Malware

PC Scan Malware Screenshot


Another one IF you get a pop up that says PC Scan blocked a threat, the malware is already on your system. The infection blocks every known program on the system. To clean it, you will have to boot with an anti malware disk.

Comodo, Avira and a few others have these available online.

Another know infection that looks like a real program is the Antivirus Scanner: It usually gets and updated name each year.

Malware home-antivirus-2010The screenshot here is from 2010. This is Malware, not a program you want running on your system.

You can get a get Anti-Malware program that will scan and protect your system form infections like these.

Recommended Anti-Malware Programs:

Kaspersky E-StoreKaspersky Lab is one of the fastest growing IT security companies worldwide, with award-winning solutions available to protect PCs, Macs, Android Tablets and Smartphones from the latest malware and threats.


avast! Internet Security is easy to use and powerful to protect. Avast Internet Security is a powerful, and affordable protection program. If you have kids who get online, or just want to set it and forget it, this works, The information screens will notify you if you have to do something, but other than that it just protects your syste and updates in its own. I recommend this one for people that wish to have the program do the work.

Trend Micro Home & Home Office Trendmicro is a powerful Anti-Virus tool for Internet Safety and protection. The company keeps up on reported infections and issues the updates as it is required. Easy to use and powerful.

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Spohos has free Rootkit Tool

You have to give Sophos your email address, bu the download is immediate and the tool installs and checks your files.

Sophos link
If you do not have the technical knowledge to know what the results of the scan mean, consult a trusted PC technician.
I am available for phone support calls. See the products page at

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XP Security Tools is Malware

You may turn on your computer and suddenly be confronted with the message that your system is infected with a large number of viruses. You may no longer be able to get on the Internet.
This is not a real report and your system is not infected.
XP security Tools 2011 is just this year’s version of malware to scare you into buying their software. It does disable you normal anti-virus and Internet security software, so it creates a doorway for real Trojans and viruses.

This can be removed and you can gain access to the Internet without re-imaging your PC.

First the infection must be removed. You can run Malwarebytes newest version. It will take out all the XP Tools software. You may experience faulty program shortcuts and windows errors. This can be repaired using a registry fix tool for Windows XP. I found this link and ran the tool to remedy the damage done by the XP Security Malware. Here is the LINK.

If you are uncomfortable with cleaning this up yourself, it can be done remotely. Feel free to call for assistance.

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If You are Getting Pop Ups

You are probably infected with Spyware or Adware, two forms of Malware.  This symptom should be addressed immediately as these infections often open the door to infections that cause more severe problems.

Scan your computer for malware. I recommend the Malwarebytes program for this purpose. This program is included on the AntiDisk, sold on Ebay.

It is easy to use,a  free version is available and is not limited for cleaning and removal.

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