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Signs of Malware

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

You all know there are millions of malware infections out there today. It seems as if there are tons of new infections that pop up everyday. In the past, I’ve written about how antivirus software and anti-spyware software don’t always find all of the infections on your computer. After writing that article, I received several e-mails asking, “How do I know if I have a virus?” Well, today, I will… Continue reading

The Importance of Full Virus Scans

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

A reader asks: My antivirus software says it has “real time” protection. Since it’s always monitoring for virus activity, do I ever need to run a full virus scan on my whole system?

Well, the quick answer is yes. You still need to run a full virus scan about once a week.

Now, I’ll give you the long answer with full explanations!

Most antivirus… Continue reading

Checking for Infections with VirusTotal

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

As I’m sure some of you know, not all antivirus programs will find every virus. Some antivirus programs will call a virus by a different name, while other programs miss a virus threat altogether.

The makers of antivirus software do their best to make sure their product will detect every virus out there, but that’s not always 100 percent possible. While it would… Continue reading

Antivirus 2009

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Antivirus 2009

Just a few weeks ago, Erin wrote about a fake antivirus program called XP Antivirus 2008. That program forces itself onto your computer and starts causing all kinds of trouble.

Now, it looks like there’s another program out there doing the exact same thing. I have received several phone calls and e-mails about a program called Antivirus 2009. That program does the same thing XP Antivirus 2008 did… Continue reading

Spam: In Alphabetical Order?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

So, tell me, how much spam do you get in a day? I know that if it weren’t for my spam filter, I would have over 50 spam messages in my Inbox everyday. The amount of spam you get depends on a lot of things. Of course, you will get more spam if you sign up for untrusted newsletters, post your e-mail address on Web sites or if you respond… Continue reading

Internet Explorer 8: More Security Features

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Internet Explorer 8: More Security Features

It seems as if Microsoft just keeps pumping more and more security features into Internet Explorer 8. A few days ago, Microsoft released the second beta version of IE8 for testing. The newest release includes even more security than what I’ve written about before. Let’s check it out!

On top of domain highlighting and anti-spyware being built in, Microsoft has added a feature called… Continue reading

Firefox 3: Too Secure?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Firefox 3: Too Secure?

Over the past few weeks, I have received many e-mails about an issue with Firefox 3. So, today, we’re going to sort this mess out!

How many of you Firefox users out there have seen this screen before?

I know I have. When I first saw that screen, I thought, “I better get away from this site!”

I would expect that if you saw a… Continue reading

New Spam: From CNN and MSNBC?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

New Spam: From CNN and MSNBC?

I have received several phone calls this week from readers saying they have been getting a ton of spam e-mail from CNN and MSNBC. The e-mails have headlines indicating they are breaking news alerts from either of the very popular news companies. Now, I’m sure all of you are smart enough to know that CNN and MSNBC would not actually send out spam, but… Continue reading

August 2008 Windows Updates

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Can you please tell us what all was included with the Windows Updates for August 2008?

I would love to! I was going to do that today anyway, so I’m glad you asked. Just like this time every month, the Windows Updates for August 2008 were released this week and if you haven’t installed them yet, you really should do so soon. And just like the… Continue reading

Socially Engineered Attacks

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Socially Engineered Attacks

Do you use the popular social Web site of I’m sure if you don’t, you probably know someone who does. Facebook is one of the best Web sites out there for keeping in touch with friends and family. You can share your interests, pictures, ideas and happenings with everyone you know on the site.

Now, I’m sure if you’ve read any of my other articles, you… Continue reading

XP Antivirus 2008

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

XP Antivirus 2008

I’m willing to bet that a lot of you started groaning as soon as you read the title for today’s Quick Tip. Several of you have been e-mailing me the last few weeks about the XP Antivirus 2008 ordeal, so I figured it was about time I go over it. I know the whole issue has put many of you in a panic, but I… Continue reading

Create Strong Passwords – Sing It!

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Sing Your Password

I know we featured a password tip in the newsletter just the other day, but in the meantime, one of our loyal readers (thank you Mr. Kenneth J. Roberts!) sent me another great password idea. It’s the method he uses for all of his passwords and I thought it was so great, I just had to pass it along to all of you as well… Continue reading

Vishing: A New Type of Scam

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Vishing: A New Type of Scam

Just when you thought there couldn’t be another way to get ripped off on the Web, along comes a new scam for stealing your personal information. This scam is called vishing and it combines an older type of scam with a new twist. Let’s see what we’ve got!

I’m sure by now you all have heard of phishing scams. They are the ones that… Continue reading

Saying Yes to Spam?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Saying Yes to Spam?

This week’s security article will be a little bit different, but it’s definitely worth the read! I know I spend a lot of time telling people what to do to keep their computers safe. I always tell people to keep programs up to date, never reply to spam and keep a good set of security tools available. That’s what you should do, but what if you… Continue reading

Firefox: Is It More Secure?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Firefox: Is It More Secure?

For those of you who have not yet tried out the Firefox Web browser, here’s another reason why you might want to give it some thought!

Recently, a study was done on Web browser usage on the Internet. Several companies, including Google and IBM, analyzed how many people were using outdated and non-secure browsers on the Web. The study looked at which browser and what… Continue reading


Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

For the longest time, I’ve been looking for a free program that would allow me to safely encrypt certain files on my computer. I have tried many different freeware options, but none were as secure or as easy to use as the program I’m going to show you today. It’s called AxCrypt and it’s bursting with magnificent features. Let’s check it out, shall we?!

1.) If you want to begin… Continue reading

Control That Virus

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Control That Virus

A computer virus is a lot like a human virus. It’s contagious, disgusting and something you’d like to stay away from as much as possible. Just like a cold virus, it can be passed on very quickly and it’s difficult to recover from.

So, how does one catch a computer virus? Well, the most common way of transferring and contracting viruses is by copying infected material onto… Continue reading

Vista Privacy and Security

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Vista Privacy and Security

What do you say we take a look at some of the privacy and security options in Windows Vista? Here we go!


As a convenience, by default, Windows Vista saves and displays a list of recently opened files and programs on your Start menu. It’s supposed to make it easier to find a file or program, but in reality, many users would prefer that information… Continue reading

New Gmail Security

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

New Gmail Security

Here are some new features for those of you using the Gmail e-mail program! It looks like Google has been working very hard lately and they have built in a couple of new features for Gmail that give you more control over your e-mail account. The new features allow you to see a log of when your e-mail was last accessed and there’s even one that allows… Continue reading

Trojans Still Dominate

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Trojans Still Dominate

Early last week (on July 7, 2008 to be exact), the Panda Security company released their report on malware for the second quarter of 2008. As you may recall, for the first part of 2008, Trojans made the top of the list and it looks like they have dominated once again. The Panda report showed that Trojans made up 63 percent of all new malicious… Continue reading

Windows Updates vs. ZoneAlarm Fixed

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Is there a fix yet for the ZoneAlarm problem you talked about in Friday’s newsletter? If so, please tell us what we can do. Thanks for all your help!

I knew this question would be popping up all over the place throughout the weekend and I was right! My e-mail Inbox is just filled with queries about the ZoneAlarm issue. First, just to get everyone up… Continue reading

Windows Updates vs. ZoneAlarm

Friday, July 11th, 2008

I installed the Windows Updates for July yesterday like you told us to and now I’m having trouble getting connected to the Internet. It seems as if the Updates changed something on my computer and I can’t get it to work right. Do you know anything about this? If you do, please help!

I was going to talk about this today anyway, so I’m glad you… Continue reading

Secunia PSI

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Today, I have a free download and an amazing security tool all in one! The program is called Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) and it does something I’ve been seeking for a long time.

Do you ever wonder if all of the programs on your system are up to date? I know I have! Everyone has so many programs on their computer and… Continue reading

New Security Fixes

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

New Security Fixes

Today, instead of telling you about a new scary threat to your system, I have some good news! As promised, I’m keeping you up to date on security issues we have covered before. I have two fixes for some pretty big bugs still looming around the Web. Let’s see what we’ve got!

First, let’s talk about Safari. If you remember, a couple weeks ago, I wrote about… Continue reading

Security Warning: Exiting Explorer

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Security Warning: Exiting Explorer

Unfortunately, there are some ignorant people in the world today and most of them are on the Internet. Recently, a cruel Internet prank surfaced that preys on just about anyone. But if you know what the prank is, you won’t fall for it, so please keep reading to learn how you can keep yourself protected!

The prank involves a “cool trick” that can be done by… Continue reading

Firefox 3 Hits Record: A Continuation

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Firefox 3 Hits Record: A Continuation

I know we talked a little about this last week, but I have some more to tell you regarding the Firefox 3 record breaking, so please listen up!

I’m sure most of you know that the newest version of Firefox just came out last week. Firefox 3.0 is the newest Web browser online today and it has a ton of new features that everyone… Continue reading

New Ransomware on the Loose

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

New Ransomware on the Loose

I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but I have some bad news on the security front today. Do you remember a few months ago when I wrote about ransomware? Ransomware is basically a virus that takes over your computer and demands you to pay the creator of the virus for a code that will bring your data back. Most of… Continue reading

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