Facebook and Twitter are Popular among Hackers and Thieves

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  IT security firm Sophos revealed Monday in its Security Threat 2010  that Facebook and Tweeter are not only for social networker, it is extensively used by cybercriminals. The survey also said that spamming on social networking sites went up to 70%. 57% of the users said that they have been spammed through social networking …. Source

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Spammers aim to profit from swine flu pandemic

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Caution advised over modern day Harry Limes

Russian cybercrooks have laid the groundwork needed to build a business cashing in on swine flu panic-buying.…

The power of collaboration within unified communications

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Antivirus Protection

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Antivirus Protection is a rogue security software which is usually installed without users knowledge or consent. It is just another scam that uses misleading methods in order to scare you into purchasing this software. However, it is not recommended to do so, because it won’t offer any protection to your computer. Uninstall Antivirus Protection from your computer after the first appearance.

Usually, Antivirus Protection is promoted through the use of trojans, fake online anti-malware scanners, bogus advertisements and video codecs. The installer of this program will be placed in a folder called PornoTubeXXX which is located in Program files. When your computer is infected with a trojan virus, it will constantly display pop-ups and system warnings stating that your computer is infected with malware. Most of the time, there is an option to hide these alerts, but no matter what you click, you will be redirected to the Antivirus Protection homepage or pay page.

When active, Antivirus Protection will automatically scan your computer each time you log on into Windows. The program will display numerous infection and security programs. These infections, though, are all fake. This parasite uses them just to care you. Most of the time, Antivirus Protection will identify harmless files as serious infections. Some of these files may be even Windows system files that are essential, so you should remove them. While running, it will dramatically slow down your computer or even make it unstable. This application will hijack he desktop and display security warnings. We should also mention that it will hijack your Internet browser too. You will notice that it takes you to entire different websites, mostly malicious ones.

What is more, AntivirusProtection will flood your computer with fake security alerts and system warnings. Don’t confuse these warnings with the real ones displayed by Windows Security Center. The original system warning will never suggest y…

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Spyware XP Guard

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Spyware XP Guard is a bogus security program. This fake spyware remover is promoted mostly through the use of misleading advertisements and trojans. The program is a scam, designed to steal money from naive or unexperienced users. You must uninstall Spyware XP Guard as soon as possible if your computer is infected.

This parasite might be installed together with other malware, but most of the time it enters the system with the help of trojans, fake online anti-malware scanners and misleading ads. Once your computer is infected with a trojan virus, you will start to see very annoying security alerts and pop-ups about privacy issues. These alerts are fake, they won’t make any damage to the system, but it will be rather difficult to close these annoying warnings. No matter what you click in these alerts, you will be taken to the homepage of Spyware XP Guard.

While running, Spyware XP Guard will ostensibly scan your computer and report numerous threats, which are false. Remember, this parasite will do all its best to convince you that your computer is infected. The application will drop many harmless files onto your computer and then identify these files as infections. Furthermore, SpywareXP Guard will constantly display fake security alerts about serious problems. These pop-ups are very similar to Windows Security Center notifications, but the main difference is that the reals ones won’t suggest you to buy Spyware XP Guard.

Spyware XP Guard will also hijack the Internet Explorer and display warnings about possible threats no matter of the site that you browsing. Likely, it will slow down your computer and make it unstable. It might be difficult to do even a regular task with your computer. With all of this said, do not purchase this software. Instead, please use the removal guide below to remove Spyware XP Guard for free.

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PC Security 2009

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PC Security 2009 is another rogue security software. This program is from the same family as Home Antivirus 2009 and WinReanimator. Likely it is promoted trough the use of Trojan-Downloader.Braviax which displays fake security alerts on the infected computer about various malware infections. Most importantly, don not purchase this program. You must uninstall PC Security 2009 as soon as it is detected.

PC Security 2009 might be also promoted on various malicious websites that provide free anti-malware scanners or through the use of fake online ads. Once installed, this parasite will be configured to scan your computer automatically each time you log on into Windows. The scan and provided results are of course false. This program drops files on your computer to simulate various infections. It will claim that your computer is infected with spyware, adware ans trojans. What is more, PC Security2009 will replace the Windows Security Center by its own. At this moment, there might be two Security Centers icons on your taskbar.

To make things worse, PC Security 2009 will flood your computer with very annoying alerts and notifications about useless or unwanted files on your computer. Here are several of those fake alerts:

“WARNING! PC Security 2009 has found 30 useless and unwanted files on your computer!
19 of those those items are considered as critical privacy compromising content
8 of those those items are considered as medium privacy threats
8 of those those items are considered to be junk content of low privacy threats
Personal data at the reach of anyone’s hand
Internet history records available
Compromising and adult material stored on your system
Chat session’s logs and personal Emails easily reachable”

“Trojan Detected!
A piece of malicious code was found in your system which can replicate itself if no action is taken. Click here to have your system cleaned by PC Security 2009.”

“Privacy is at…

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Virus.BAT.Gary.705

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Virus.BAT.Gary.705 is a false security threat displayed by the rogue spyware remover Windows Security Suite. This false threat is supposedly related with file named exec.sys, whereas process exec.exe is classified as malicious and registered as W32/Spybot-Z Trojan. There is a chance that your computer is infected with this trojan as well as with Windows Security Suite. That’s why you should your PC with reputable anti-spyware application.

The false Virus.BAT.Gary.705 reads as follows:

“Your computer is infected. Warning! Spyware found! Detected: Spyware; File Name: exec.sys; Name: Virus.BAT.Gray.705

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Adware.Component.Toolbars

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Adware.Component.Toolbars is a false security threat generated by the rogue anti-spyware program Smart Defender PRO. Once your computer is infected, this false threat will be displayed mostly in bogus security alerts. It might be listed in fake scan results too. Adware.Component.Toolbars alert reads:

“INFILTRATION ALERT. Your computer is being attacked from Internet. It could be a password-stealing attack, a trojan-dropper and so on. DETAILS: Attack from 119.226.114.205; Attacked port: 21373; Threat: Adware.Component.Toolbars. Do you want this program to block this attack?”

No matter what you click on this fake alert, you will be immediately taken to the Adware.Component.Toolbars pay page. In order to get rid of this false threat you must remove Smart Defender PRO from your computer. The removal guide below explains how to remove this infection for free.

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Unauthorized Remote Connection Pop up

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“Unauthorized Remote Connection” Pop up is a fake security alert generated by a rogue program called Windows Security Suite. If your computer is infected with this parasite, you may see this alert:

“Unauthorized remote connection!
Your system is making an unauthorized personal data transfer to remote computer!
Remote IP: 128.154.2611
Local IP: 10.0.2.15
Port: 23365
Warning! Unauthorized personal data transfer is detected! It may be your personal credit card details, logins and passwords, browsing habits or information about files you have downloaded.
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Security Central

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Security Central is a bogus program advertised as reliable security software. It uses false scan results, fake security alerts and browser hijacking in order to scare you into purchasing this program. It is obvious that this infection should be removed upon detection, otherwise SecurityCentral may cause even more damage. Remember, do not purchase this program!

Usually, Security Central is advertised through the use of trojans, fake online anti-malware scanners and other malicious software. Most of the time, Trojans display legitimate looking pop-ups or security alerts similar to Windows Security Center warnings. These alerts state that you computer is infected with trojans, adware or spyware. You may see this fake alert:

“Security Central
Threat Found
Alert
Object:
SYSTEMControlSet001ControlSafeBootNetwork
Comment:
Atta ck from: 111.90.181.116, port 47333
Attacked port: 10631
Threat: Trojan-DDoS.9″

Information about possible attacks and security threats might be also displayed. The main goal of such behavior is to trick you into downloading Security Central.

Security Central is form the same family as Spyware Protect 2009, Antivirus System Pro and Barracuda Antivirus. Once installed, this program will ostensibly scan your computer. The scan results are false and can be easily ignored, however, don’t remove these files, because some of them might be legitimate ones. Otherwise, you can make your computer unstable. To add some more, Security Central will constantly display very annoying security alerts about various infections and security issues. These alerts are fake too. The worst thing is that they will show up like every 1-2 minutes. It can be almost impossible to to even a regular tasks with your computer.

While running, Security Central will hijack your browser. Most of the time, you will be taken to the homepage of this parasite. The same goes with Google search results. Security Central will redirect you to various maliciou…

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China spam crisis provokes researcher’s ire

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Name and shame campaign aims to change attitudes

A security researcher is calling for action against Chinese internet firms which are failing to protect their services from abuse by cybercrooks.…

Offloading malware protection to the cloud

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