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XP SP3 Support

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

XP SP3 Support

I’m sure every single one of you know about the Windows XP Service Pack 3 update, right? We here at WorldStart have gotten a lot of phone calls and e-mails about the release in the last week or so. Your comments range from how smoothly the install went to how the Service Pack completely crashed your computer and so on.

Now, I don’t want to scare you… Continue reading

XP SP3 Nightmare: Endless Reboot Loops

As you probably remember, we here at WorldStart told you all about the new Windows XP Service Pack 3 being released last week. Well, as it turns out, the new and improved SP3 is still causing some problems, especially if you own an HP computer with an AMD processor. (Now, even if you don’t, please continue reading, because it’s not just HP computers; several… Continue reading

Scanning E-mail Attachments

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Do you even think twice before you download a picture, music file or video clip that comes attached in an e-mail from a trusted family member or friend? I’m guessing you don’t, but I’m sure you’ll start after you hear what I have to say next. Brace yourself! Malicious software can easily hide itself in documents and media files and if you happen to open one of those on your computer, it could become infected as well. Continue reading

AVG 8

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

AVG 8

When it comes to free antivirus software that is also powerful, there’s really only one option. It’s called AVG Free Edition and it works great for basic antivirus protection on a home PC. I know there are several of you out there who use AVG, so I decided to give you a heads up on some big changes you should be aware of. For quite some time now… Continue reading

Comodo

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

I have mentioned before that having a good firewall is essential to computer security. I know some of you out there use the Windows firewall that comes along with your computer, but that may not always be the best choice. The Windows firewall does provide the minimum security needed to protect your files and system from unwanted access, but it also lacks many of the advanced features that are included… Continue reading

Google’s Phishing Warning

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Q:
I always use Google to search and lately, I’ve been noticing a new warning that pops up under some of my search results. It says something about phishing, but I’m not quite sure what it is. Do you have any ideas?

A:
Yes, I do believe I know what you’re talking about! I actually just heard about this the other day, so I’m glad you asked. An… Continue reading

Kraken Botnet

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Kraken Botnet

Over the past year, we here at WorldStart have written many times about the Storm Worm. This worm has become well known worldwide because of its ability to infect computers and remotely execute commands, without any detection by normal antivirus software. Well, until recently, the Storm Worm has been the “big one” to look out for, but now, there’s a new botnet on the loose that’s causing… Continue reading

Malware Threat Center

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Recently, I found an awesome Web site that helps you stay up to date on security threats around the globe. The SRI International Malware Threat Center is a monitoring site that can tell you loads of information about the newest threats, where they’re coming from and who’s fighting against them.

If you have any interest in knowing what is going on with malware threats and growth, you… Continue reading

Ditch the Antivirus?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Q:
Often times when I’m installing a new piece of software, it tells me to turn my antivirus program off while I do so. Why does it do that? And when is it safe to turn it back on? Please explain!

A:
Ooooh, what a great question! I’m sure all of you have been in this situation before. You know, you order a new piece of software and… Continue reading

April 2008 Windows Updates

Friday, April 11th, 2008

April 2008 Windows Updates

Let me see a show of hands. How many of you have already installed the Windows Updates for April 2008? I hope most of you are raising your hand, because this month’s updates are as important as ever. As you may know, a total of eight updates came through, with five of those being categorized as “critical” and the other three as “important.” A… Continue reading

Viruses: The Good and Bad

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Viruses: The Good and Bad

Today, I have some information about viruses, spyware and other malware. Listen up!

Did you know that the number of malware programs on the Web today is predicted to increase to one million this year? Yikes! The number of bad programs continues to grow at an alarming rate, but that’s actually some good news! That’s right, I said one million viruses is good news. Here’s… Continue reading

A Little More About Router Safety

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

A Little More About Router Safety

It seems like everyday, I get at least one e-mail with a question about routers. The questions range from “Which router is the most secure?” to “What does wireless B, G, N mean?” and so on.

Well, it’s pretty obvious to me that a lot of you out there would like some clarification on routers. I will do my best to answer as many… Continue reading

Preventing AutoRun Attacks From Malicious CDs

How many times have you innocently inserted a CD or flash drive into your computer, only to find out it has infected your PC with a virus? How did that happen? Why did that happen? Well, one of the causes could be the AutoRun feature in Windows. If you have your computer set up to run the AutoRun, it can launch installers and other… Continue reading

Hotel Internet Connections

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Q:
My family and I are going on vacation in a few weeks and we’ll be staying in a hotel the whole time. I’d like to take my laptop with me, but I’m not sure if I’ll have access to the Internet at the hotel or not. How can I find out? Or, what do I need to do to be able to connect while I’m in my room?

Securely Using Public Computers

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I have written several articles in the past about ways you can protect your computer, but what if you’re not using your own computer? What if you’re using a public computer instead (at a library or hotel, for example?) Those computers may not be as secure as your home system, and you need to take the proper steps to ensure your personal data stays safe. Here

Parental Control Bar

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Parental Control Bar

Today, I have a security tip and a free download all packed in to one! I’m sure there are many of you parents and grandparents out there who are concerned about the possibility of your children and grandchildren accessing Web sites that are not intended for them. Well, lucky for all of you, I have a solution! I was able to find a program called Parental Control

DVD Parental Controls

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

DVD Parental Controls

Most of you probably know that setting parental controls for the Internet limits your children and grandchildren to certain Web sites. But I’m willing to bet that you’ve never heard of setting parental controls for DVDs that are watched using Windows Media Player, am I right? Well, it’s true! You can activate Windows Media Player’s parental control feature to restrict your children from viewing any DVD movies… Continue reading

Windows Updates for March 2008

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Windows Updates for March 2008

It’s that time of the month again! Yep, the Windows Updates for March 2008 were released on Tuesday, March 11 and if you haven’t installed them yet, you need to get busy! Just like every month, these updates are very important for the safety of your computer. If you don’t get them soon, you’re really going to be missing out on some heavy… Continue reading

New Browser Security

Friday, March 14th, 2008

New Browser Security

Over the last few weeks, Erin has written about both Microsoft and Mozilla releasing the newest versions of their Web browsers for testing. Internet Explorer 8 Beta and Firefox 3 Beta are now in their testing phases and they both offer a bundle of new features that will help keep you more secure. I thought I would run through a few of those features today, just to… Continue reading

Trojans: Still on Top

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Trojans: Still on Top

Do you often wonder where different types of malware stand in comparison to each other? For instance, are Trojans more dangerous than spyware or is it the other way around? I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time thinking about which one is the worst when it comes to the damage it could do to my computer. Well, today, I’ve… Continue reading

MonaRonaDona

Friday, March 7th, 2008

MonaRonaDona – Another Security Tip

I have received a number of e-mails and calls about a new threat called MonaRonaDona, so instead of a download today, here’s another security tip for you! The MonaRonaDona is a virus that will stop certain programs from running correctly and it will put a message on your Internet Explorer screen that says “MonaRonaDona.” If you search on the Internet for a fix to this… Continue reading

More on IRS Phishing Attacks

Friday, March 7th, 2008

More on IRS Phishing Attacks

I’m sure you all know it’s tax time again, right? As we all battle the hassles of doing our taxes, some phishers have decided to take advantage of this time of year. As you know, phishing is the act of sending e-mail or other communications with the intent of trying to get personal information from an individual. Since it’s tax time, it’s the perfect opportunity… Continue reading

AIM Privacy

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Q:
I use AIM quite a bit to talk to my family and friends, but lately, I’ve been worrying more and more about my privacy. Are my instant message conversations kept private or am I putting myself at risk? Please explain!

A:
Oh, I’m so glad you asked! I know a lot of WorldStart’s readers use AIM (AOL’s instant messaging program) and some of you may even use… Continue reading

Ransomware

Friday, February 29th, 2008

I’m sure all of you have heard of worms, Trojans, adware, spyware and viruses, right? Those nasty little bugs are the reason for troublesome computer problems throughout the world. Well, today, I have a new type of attack to add to the list. This type of bug is called ransomware. Ransomware has been around for awhile in the computer world, but it hasn’t really taken off until recently.

So, what… Continue reading

Grouply Safety

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Q:
In yesterday’s newsletter, you had an article about Grouply, which struck me as odd. I heard that Grouply is a phishing site and that I shouldn’t use it. Can you please explain that to me?

A:
Wow, I’ve gotten so many questions just like this one in the last 24 hours, I think I’ve lost count! It seems like most of you sent me an e-mail as… Continue reading

E-mail Spoofing

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

I have received a number of questions lately about e-mail spoofing, so today, I will discuss the topic and let you know what you can do to fight against this type of e-mail identity theft. Let’s get started!

For those of you who have never heard of this, here is a little information about e-mail spoofing.

Email spoofing is a common e-mail trick used… Continue reading

Rebate E-mail Scam

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Q:
I saw something online the other day about a rebate scam. Do you know anything about that? If so, please share the details. Thanks!

A:
Excellent question! This is something that has been plastered all over the Web since about the last week in January (2008) and it’s something every computer user should be aware of. So, what do you say we stop wasting time and get… Continue reading

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