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February 10, 2009  3:02 AM

OpenDNS Service to Track and Block Conficker Worm



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Conficker, Cybercrime, Malware, OpenDNS, Security, Worm

With some estimates placing the number of computers infected by the Conficker worm at 10 million or more, Conficker has the potential to become one of the biggest botnets ever. Given that many system administrators probably don't...

January 30, 2009  4:23 AM

“Victim” of Cybercrime Found Searching for Illegal Porn



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Cybercrime, Malware, Trojan

Talk about irony. You get infected by a cybercriminal's illegal bot (Ozdok/Mega-D in this case) which takes a screen shot that shows you searching for illegal underage porn; then, security researchers get hold of some screen shots from the bot's command and control (C&C) server; while going...


January 28, 2009  1:47 AM

Using the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) from the Command Line



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Malicious Software Removal Tool, Microsoft, Security

In my September 13, 2008 post, "Software for Secure Computing: Microsoft...

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January 17, 2009  3:27 AM

Software for Secure Computing: Exploit Prevention Labs Link Scanner



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Cybercrime, Exploits, Malware, Secure Computing, Security, Vulnerabilities

With cybercriminals now actively poisoning search results and legitimate websites--unbeknownst to the webmasters--you can't be too careful when clicking on links. Take a look at this video library presented by


December 21, 2008  11:19 PM

No More Security Updates for Firefox 2



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Browsers, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opinion, Phishing, Security, Vulnerabilities

Security Fix reports that on December 16, Mozilla released its final update to Firefox 2, and plans no...


December 2, 2008  9:00 PM

Own a Mac? Get Anti-virus, says Apple



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Apple, Mac, Opinion, Security, Virus

The Mac vs. PC ads are always funny, but this one's even more of a hoot, especially since Apple quietly snuck out an advisory on November 21 that Mac users should use multiple antivirus...


November 30, 2008  4:21 PM

An MBR Tool to Combat Mebroot



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Malware, Rootkit, Security, Trojan, Virus

Assuming you or your client is not already infected with Mebroot, there's another tool you can use to easily recover in the event of an infection: MBRtool 2.3 from DIY DataRecovery. MRBTool is a freeware DOS program designed to backup,...


November 29, 2008  12:39 AM

F-Secure Claims BlackLight Will Remove Mebroot (Sinowal)



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Malware, Rootkit, Security

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck surviving Black Friday! I've been using F-Secure's BlackLight Rootkit Eliminator ever since it was first released in early 2005. It's a solid tool and has saved me from having to completely reload a...


November 25, 2008  10:11 PM

Phony Security Software Cleared from 1 Million PCs



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

According to Microsoft, the November release of its Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) removed the phony security software, Win32/FakeSecSen, from 994,061 distinct machines in just nine days:


September 24, 2008  1:12 AM

Software for Secure Computing: Trend Micro’s RUBotted



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Botnet, IRC bot, Secure Computing, spam, Virus

I stumbled across this nifty free tool when running an online scan at Trend Micro's HouseCall site. Botnets are a big problem, accounting for most of the spam on the...


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