One of the things that I see on everyone’s computers that no one knows where they come from are Internet toolbars that tend to pile up in your web browser. I always ask if my client ever uses it, and they all answer that they aren’t sure where it came from. The answer is that you actually downloaded it yourself, and here’s why.
Last week, I was updating a client’s Java, something everyone should stay on top of to make sure they have the latest security fixes, and I came to this step pictured below:
On this page is an ad asking you to download the McAfee Scanner I installed it on clients machines and it asks for the Ask Toolbar. The problem is that it’s already checked. Many people will just hit the next button and not notice that they are installing an additional piece to the original software they were after. You then have an annoying toolbar taking up space in Internet Explorer. These serve no purpose, clutter up your internet window, and take up resources thus slowing your computer down.
I’m basically saying to be careful when downloading anything from the internet, or even keeping legitimate software updated. These companies make money recommending free antivirus and toolbars and the fact that they check it without your consent is dirty. Make sure you read every page instead of just blindly clicking next just to speed up the process, it could save you the headache of having to clean up your computer.
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Well it is almost holiday shopping season. During this period; many people opt to online for doing a good majority of their Christmas shopping. Virus hijackers like to take advantage of the extra online traffic by writing new virus code and infecting thousands of sites in order to get their malware out into the wild. We see it happen year after year. One of the most aggressive of these infections is ransom ware called the FBI virus. This virus is brutal once it gets into your system. Depending on how long it stays in your system, your computer can be locked down sometimes even in safe mode with no easy way to get into your operating system. The fake screen that pops up looks very real and can be intimidating for many people. Essentially the virus lets you believe that you are committing a violation and you need to pay $200.00. The money is usually requested to be made as a money pak from Walgreen’s or Wal Mart. As real as it may appear, it is a fake program. Do Not Pay the $200.00 as the screen will still remain on your computer and the virus will still be there.
One of the worst aspects of the FBI virus is that it is almost never stopped by anti-virus software. It appears to be most common with video sites and X rated websites.
In addition we have seen an increase in exe hijackers and the system restore virus that actually changes the configuration of your files so that you think they have been erased. These virus variants are a bit easier to remove but registry fixes often have to be implemented in order to get the machine back to a normal state. Most of these virus attacks will take several steps to completely remove. It can almost never be done just by a simple scan from your anti-virus program.
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The Conduit Virus (shown above), is a piece of malware that redirects your browser to search.conduit.com, an internet search engine. There is also a Conduit toolbar that can get installed on your computer. The malware will hijack your browser, and add toolbars and change your default search engine and homepage. It puts files on your computer that can restore it if you try to change these settings back.
Apart from changing your browser settings, this virus can also compromise your computer’s safety and even your personal safety. This is because this virus spies on your internet activities. This is how it is able to display the pop-up ads. If you use your computer for financial and personal transactions, it may get the passwords and private information. If this information gets into wrong hands, it can lead to internet fraud and identity theft. It turns out that this is a spyware and backdoor of the worst imaginable kind. Even worse, it will open up your computer to all kinds of additional malicious applications from third parties, which can be installed without you even noticing, once the primary backdoor is open. This virus can also lead to computer crashing and slow down. This is because it corrupts your system files and is takes up space on your system memory.
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