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Playing with Ransomware

Interested in what it looks like when a system is hit by ransomware?  Here is a link to the guys at Know How (part of the Twit.tv network) doing a demonstration on just what it looks like if you were unfortunate enough to be hit by the Wanacry Ransomware attack.  They also try some tricks to protect files and even attempt the recovery program developed called Wanakiwi.

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The Importance of Backups

Do you have information saved to your computer that you have no where else?  What would you do if one day you could no longer access that info? These days people save their pictures, documents, and videos to their computer and no where else without a second thought. With today’s ransomware  and failing hard drives your data could easily be lost.  Ransomware viruses go after your personal data and will hold that information hostage until you pay them varying amounts of money.  In many cases even if the ransom is…

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WanaCrypt Ransomware

WannaCry/WannaCrypt/WanaCrypt0r 2.0 is the latest ransomware out there targeting Windows machines.  Ransomware basically holds your personal files hostage until you pay the creator of the virus. Once on a computer WanaCrypt checks the network and spreads through Windows file sharing infecting vulnerable computers on the network. Please remember your backups! Your best defense against these infections are image backups.  Once your files have been encrypted you can only get them back via these backups or by paying the ransom (sometimes unsuccessfully).  If you need help with your backups we can…

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Keylogger found in HP Audio Driver

An update to HP’s audio drivers released in 2015 introduced new diagnostic features. One of these is used to detect if a special key had been pressed or released. Except it seems this was poorly implemented, as the driver ultimately acted like a keylogger, capturing and procesing every single keypress. Read More @ TheNextWeb

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Malware cleanup

Malware and spyware are one of the most prevalent problems we encounter when working on our customer’s PCs.  Malwarebytes reports that from Jan 2016 to Nov 2016 malware found in the wild increased by 267%.  In the fourth quarter alone they cataloged nearly 400 variants of ransomware. With this increasing threat sometime antivirus and antimalware applications can’t keep up.  All it takes is for one malicious fake application or a tag-along with a free and otherwise safe application to be accidentally installed and before you know it you’re system is…

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