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03.30.2011
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Malware, Rootkits and MBR Viruses – Oh My!

rootkitsThe Fake Antivirus Programs are really getting irritating lately as the usual methods to clean them are not as effective as they used to be. I used to see rootkits only a few times a year, but ever since around October last year when online shopping began to surge for the holidays, I started seeing them every week until now when I am seeing them practically everyday. Even worse, they are now being bundled with Master Boot Record (MBR) infections as well. Now MBR infections are not that difficult to remove as long as you don’t have a non-standard MBR created from a 3rd party boot manager, but the rootkits are a pain, even for a seasoned technician. Read More Here…

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03.25.2011
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Special Announcement! – What Are You Doing Sunday Night?

ACN on Celebrity ApprenticeSince you obviously use computers, you have shown an interest in technology, and if you are like most people and have a cell phone or home phone, you know how important telecommunications is in our daily lives.

With that said, do you know who the largest direct seller of telecommunications products and services in the world is?

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03.23.2011
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Internet Explorer 9 Released

Internet Explorer 9Windows Internet Explorer 9 was released today after a year or so in the making since it’s announcement. Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) boasts a long list of new and improved performance and security features. Since Microsoft has already posted a ton of information about IE9 (see various links below), I’ll just mention a few noteworthy excerpts here. But I urge you to read the next subheading “Upgrade Tips and Lessons Learned” before you blindly decide to upgrade IE on your computer so your first experience with IE9 goes smoothly. Read More Here…

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03.22.2011
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9 Firms Raided by U.S. Marshals as Microsoft Targets Firms Promoting Malware and eMail Scams

It seems like about 90% of my customer’s PC problems are malware infections these days. Many of them ask me why do the bad guys send out these viruses. I always tell them it is about money. They respond by saying that they didn’t buy anything, but I can tell you that these bad guys are making money off you in ways you could never imagine. While some of these scams are perpetrated by individuals, some require more elaborate coordination with some very talented people, in both domestic and international locations. While the problem seems to keep growing from bad to worse, there is some very recent good news about the fight against malware. Read More Here…

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03.18.2011
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How to Restart Windows in the Safe Mode

When your PC fails to boot directly into Windows such as with a spyware infection, you will usually see a Boot Options Menu where you will have several options to choose from. The most common options to choose are Normal, Last Known Good Configuration, Safe Mode, and Safe Mode with Networking.

I usually find that when a computer defaults to the Boot Options Menu at startup, that your hard drive probably has errors, usually because of an intentional bad shutdown because the computer froze, which in-turn may have been caused by a corrupt registry, system file damage, corrupt startup programs, and/or malware infections.

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Advanced Boot Options Menu (Vista-Win7)

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02.10.2011
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Dealing With Rogue Software

What is Rogue Software?

Rogue security software, also known as “scareware,” is software that appears to be beneficial from a security perspective but provides limited or no security, generates erroneous or misleading alerts, or attempts to lure users into participating in fraudulent transactions. Read More Here…

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