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June 3, 2011  11:59 PM

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper Beta, Rootkit

One of the problems with malware is that it is often difficult to remove while the system is running. Last week, I dealt with a particularly sticky infection that I couldn't remove until I used a boot CD. In the case of rootkits, their very nature is to hide from the system, so you often don't even...

October 7, 2009  1:59 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials is a Game Changer

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

Microsoft’s Security Essentials (MSE), released last week amidst

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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 20, 2008  5:41 PM

Super-Trojan Sinowal/Mebroot: Seven Ways to Protect Yourself

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Rootkit, Security, Trojan, Vulnerabilities

Sinowal, also known as "Mebroot" and "Torpig" to various antivirus companies, is a dangerous rootkit that uses the computer's Master Boot Record (MBR) as its...

October 2, 2008  8:12 PM

Beware Google AdWords Phishing Attack

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Rootkit, Security

Criminals are targeting Google AdWords customers with phony emails requesting the victim download a 128-bit SSL certificate. A client received this version (there are quite a few variations):

August 31, 2008  4:30 PM

CERT Says Linux is Under Attack

Posted by: Ken Harthun
CERT, Cybercrime, Instrusion prevention, Intrusion detection, Linux, Rootkit, Security, Vulnerabilities

It had to happen sooner or later; as Linux gains an ever-increasing foothold (Linux market share to reach 7% in 2008 ) in the market, it will become a viable target for criminal hackers. According to the U.S. Computer Emergency...

July 27, 2008  4:09 PM

Nine Steps to System Security – 2008

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Browsers, Email security, Firewalls, Malware, Microsoft Windows, NAT, Opinion, Phishing, Rootkit, Routers, Security, spam, Vulnerabilities

It isn’t getting any better on The Wild, Wild Web, despite state and federal government attempts to arrest and prosecute those responsible for electronically-perpetrated criminal acts. Spyware and malware of all kinds are increasingly more stealthy and difficult to remove thanks to

June 14, 2008  1:57 PM

Infected PC? Don’t Just Clean–Wipe and Reload

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

You've seen them: PCs with serious malware infections that seem to defy any and all attempts to clean them up. You persevere and eventually get rid of the files that regenerate upon deletion, clean up the autorun registry entries that keep the malware going, and kill all the malicious processes...


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