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By Steve Espino – PC Tools Malware Research Team Stealthy malware can redirect web search results to websites other than what was initially being searched for. The user may be redirected to advertising websites, fake antivirus sites, and some completely … Continue reading

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By Steve Espino – PC Tools Malware Research Team Palladium Pro is a fake antivirus program that displays fake malware alerts on PCs in order to make unsuspecting users think that their computer has been infected by malware. Palladium Pro … Continue reading

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The advent of online advertising brought with it a heap of illegal online practices aimed at making bank.  And they haven’t gone away.  In fact, as online advertising evolves, cybercriminals inevitably find ways to fraudulently capitalize on the influx of … Continue reading

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In early 2009, an unsuspecting grandmother looking for gifts for her grandchildren online was suddenly redirected to a website containing child-pornography.  She alerted the Italian Postal and Communications Police (PPC), who began monitoring the activity of the illicit pages.  Their … Continue reading

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In our current age of ubiquitous social networking, it is easy to get drawn into what our friends and acquaintances say, do, and post. As most people choose to share stories that they find interesting, we think nothing of clicking … Continue reading

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Author: Marianne Layador – PC Tools Malware Research Team Installation Method System Defragmenter is scam-ware that imitates a legitimate utility tool that will scan the system for hard drive and memory problems. It is installed through the typical method and … Continue reading

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By Steve Espino – PCTools Malware Research Team Windows Defence is a fake antivirus program that displays fake malware alerts on PCs in order to make unsuspecting users think that their computer has been infected by malware. Windows Defence is … Continue reading

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Author: Alan  Lee – PC Tools malware research team Antimalware Doctor is a rogue security application that attempts to entice victims to pay for malware removal by falsely detecting malware on infected computers. Antimalware Doctor belongs to a family of … Continue reading

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Antivirus protection is a necessity for anyone who is digitally active. Cybercriminals, ever the opportunists, understand this need and have come up with yet another way to steal your cash – using malware that poses as antivirus software. This type … Continue reading

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Melissa Combine the illicit thrill of an exotic dancer with the manipulative genius of a hacker and you have one of the worst computer viruses of all time. Melissa was created by David L. Smith, named for his favorite Friday … Continue reading

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Most computer users don’t think twice about opening their chosen web browser and searching, exploring and clicking their way to a wealth of information. But how often do you think about how safe the communication portal is? Browsers of all … Continue reading

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Surfing the web without any kind of protection is akin to diving into bloody, great white shark-infested waters without a cage. Yes, the internet is a fantastic world of instant satisfaction that most of us can’t live without, but if … Continue reading

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The main difference between free antivirus products and purchased antivirus products lies in level of protection. Free antivirus products only protect against previously known threats – a good starting point, but one that might be trouble if you are a … Continue reading

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Fanáticos del futból han viajado de todas partes del mundo para reunirse en Sur Africa este verano a ver la Copa Mundial de Futból. La emocion del Mundial ha sido tremenda, pero los aficionados tienen que tener mucho cuidado—criminales cibernéticos … Continue reading

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Soccer fans from across the globe will convene in South Africa this summer to attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Excitement for the event is gearing up, but fans should be warned that they aren’t the only ones looking forward … Continue reading

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Malware Warning What is Clickjacking?  The newest Facebook threat tricks users into “liking” a page within Facebook, then suggests that page to your friends.  The “liked” page may contain malicious links to non-secure sites outside of Facebook.  It also damages … Continue reading

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The effort to reduce our carbon footprint – the measurement of the amount of harmful greenhouse gases released by a person or corporation – is an issue that is becoming all the more important as global energy consumption levels continue … Continue reading

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Another earthquake has struck, another hot news, and another vector of malware infection. Scientists may say that these series of earthquakes were just a coincidence and the end of the world is far from beginning. But in most probability, hours … Continue reading

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The magnitude 6.4 earthquake does not only rattle Taiwan but even the internet users as well. It is another opportunity for Malware writers to poison returned results from searches about this disaster. It now became a constant attack every time … Continue reading

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A recently reworded post on Microsoft’s attempt to pursue malware distribution in the courts makes it appear that something permanent and substantial has happened in anti-malware efforts (demonstrated by a legal and collaborative effort called “Operation b49″ to takedown Waledac C&C domains). Because … Continue reading

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