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September 30, 2009  8:22 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials Goes Live

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Microsoft, microsoft security essentials, Security, Security management

Microsoft Security Essentials is now out of beta and ready for download.

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September 19, 2009  3:05 PM

Malvertising an Ever-expanding Threat

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Cybercrime, Firefox, Fraud, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Scam, Scareware, Secure Computing, Security

As if we don’t already have enough to deal with, it seems that malvertising--a technique where malicious code is placed in an online ad to either mislead the user or infect their computer—is on the rise. Microsoft recently filed five lawsuits against unnamed individuals accusing them of posting...

September 5, 2009  3:03 PM

Good PC Security Begins With a Baseline

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Browsers, Critical update, Firewalls, Malware, Microsoft Windows, NAT, Patch management, Routers, Security

I received some good feedback on my “14 Golden Rules of Computer Security” list, in particular, this comment from Michael: “…you encourage people to go through...

August 26, 2009  8:54 PM

Convert Any Live CD to a Bootable Thumb Drive in Minutes

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Live CD, Security, Security tools, Utilities

A visitor to my Ask the Geek site told me about a great little utility, UNetbootin for Windows and Linux that allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions...

July 17, 2009  2:32 PM

Panda’s CloudAntivirus Update

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Fun stuff, Secure Computing, Security, Security management

When I turned on my laptop this morning, I was greeted with a red X on the Panda icon in my system tray. When I clicked on it, the program informed me that my beta version would expire in 10 days and I should download the latest release. I was ready for a sales pitch; I’m happy to say there...

June 30, 2009  3:19 PM

Panda’s Cloud Antivirus (Beta) is a Winner!

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Cloud Computing, Opinion, Panda Security, Software

I've been using Panda Security's free Cloud Antivirus for awhile and I must say I'm impressed. It's there, but you'll never know it unless you look (the little panda icon in the system tray). I rarely get...

April 22, 2009  2:09 AM

It’s Not Your Fault

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, insecure, Malware, Opinion, Rant, Security

I’m going to take a lot of heat for this post. Maybe. Unless I’m right (which I usually am). So, let me just get it out of the way: The state of security on the Internet today is NOT YOUR FAULT. Neither is it the fault of the clueless surfers who click on any and every link in their email and...

April 10, 2009  11:46 PM

Conficker’s raison d’etre? Profit, of Course

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Botnet, Conficker, Cybercrime, Scam, Scareware, Security, Worm

More than a week after Conficker’s much-hyped April 1st activation date, the botnet has come to life and is using a P2P communication system to update itself on what is believed to be millions of infected PCs. Along with the update, the worm is downloading

February 24, 2009  3:37 AM

Scareware – Yes, People Do Fall for the Ruse

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Malicious Software Removal Tool, Malware, Scam, Security, Social Engineering, Virus

What happens when people fall for the scareware ruse and actually install the stuff? Oddly enough, they may not even know they’ve been duped. Their systems may run a little slower, but they may be fooled into thinking they’re now being protected by the malware they’ve installed. What...

February 18, 2009  5:05 PM

Scareware–Using Fear & Deception to Dupe Consumers

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Cybercrime, Malware, Scam, Security, Virus

You're checking out your favorite web sites when out of the blue a scary message appears on your desktop, which may look like the picture below, or it may just be a box that says "Warning! Spyware detected on your computer!"

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