CryptoWall 2.0

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A new version of the CryptoWall ransomware has been released, titled CryptoWall 2.0, that includes numerous “enhancements” by the malware developer, to resolve issues in the previous version.  Since it was first released, CryptoWall has been a huge threat for computer users and network administrators, as it will encrypt all local data, as well as all data found on network shares. CryptoWall 2.0 now includes upgrades that …

A Short List of Basic Tips for a Longer Lasting PC

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Here are a couple of simple things to keep in mind about your computer, to help it have a good long life. Your PC should always be plugged into a power strip/surge protector.  Power spikes and outages can cause major hardware and software issues.  If you experience frequent power outages, you may want to consider getting a battery backup surge protector. Make …

MALWARE, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

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This is a repost of our very first blog, back in August of 2010.  In general, not much has changed in the Malware world- it’s still out there, and you still need to protect yourself.  If anything, its coders have gotten sneakier, so our tools have also changed, to keep up with the threats.  We no longer recommend Norton Anti-Virus, as …

These Amazing Devices Prove We’re Basically Living in a Star Wars Movie

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I remember watching the Star Wars movies and wishing I could live in a galaxy far, far away, so I could play with light sabers and shoot laser guns.  After doing some research though, I found that we actually aren’t too far off from being able to do those things, right now!  Here are some of the Star Wars-esque technological advances …

Fake Microsoft Tech Support Scammers

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People get scammed every day by fake tech support folks making unsolicited phone calls to technically-challenged victims, with the intention of exploiting their computer. Cyber criminals may claim to be “calling on behalf of” Windows Helpdesk, Windows Service Center, or Microsoft Support. Microsoft warned that these scammers will try to “convince you to visit legitimate websites and download software that will allow them to …