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Save Your Computer from Malware – and Naked Journalists!

Some days, it seems as though there is a never-ending barrage of new malware out there in the cyber-world. Hackers and criminals are increasingly creative in trying to get you to click the links, thus delivering you their malicious code. People using services like Twitter also have to be concerned about malware – just ask our friend Guy Kawasaki. The trend this week is to use Swine Flu updates, and the lure of a possibly exposed ESPN sports reporter to spread malware. There are just too many schemes to list. In short – they’ll try anything, and stop at nothing.

Without a doubt, there will be new and creative means to spread malware coming tomorrow and the next week.

Along with every major news story, the hackers / criminals will be first responders. They will use these news events as opportunities to infect more computers. If you are using services like Facebook and Twitter, you have to be careful about the links that you click. And even the most careful of computer users slip up once in a while. If you are on Twitter and engaged in reading the posts, the last thing you may be thinking about is protecting yourself from malware. Hackers are counting on that.

That’s why we urge our readers to protect themselves. You may think you are careful enough, however, no one can be vigilant 100% of the time. There are drive-by downloads that can install malware on your machine without your even having to click a link. This is the type of incidence that calls for an excellent security regime on your computer. You should have an anti-virus, a firewall, and at least one anti-spyware program running at all times.

We are very lucky to have Nick Skreptos, founder of the SUPERAntiSpyware program as a friend of our community, and even luckier that he has offered his program to all of you at an excellent discount. We well know how important it is to protect yourself and your data, and we’re happy to be able to help by passing this savings along to you!

SUPERAntiSpyware has Real-Time Blocking of threats! Prevent potentially harmful software from installing or re-installing! First Chance Prevention examines over 50 critical points of your system each time your system starts up and shuts down to eliminate threats before they have a chance to infect and infiltrate your system.

Nick and the SUPERAntiSpyware team have graciously extended to you a ten dollar discount from now until July 28th, 2009.

This is a program that is highly recommended within the security community. People who work on these pages use it and recommend it, too. We use it. We need it – and so do you. We are trying to make it as easy and as economical as possible for you to protect yourself and your computer. This program is easy to use and it is effective.

Malware – Hate to be Correct

There are times when internet predictions are simply too easy. Last Monday, on these pages, there was an indication that there would be an increase in malware because of the news of the swine flu problem. Regrettably, this has come true. There has been an increase in spam, phishing, malware and other nefarious online activity.

For this reason, the suppliers of SUPERAntiSpyware were asked if they would extend their promotion with us. They have extended the generous offer to our readers until May 8, 2009 to save ten dollars off the normal purchase price.

The other reason for extending this offer for our readers is that it gives an opportunity to address an issue that one of the commenters raised. There was a question about who in the security community recommended this product. Well, names can be listed and we will do so briefly:

  • Our very own Kat is a four-year Microsoft MVP in the area of Windows Security. Kat has been working on malware-removal forums for nearly seven years now, and is an Administrator at GeeksToGo. She highly recommends this program on a regular basis.
  • Catherine Forsythe and her software assessment group recommends this program. Catherine has been assessing security programs for over a decade now.
  • Mike Healan from the original SpywareInfo site and newsletter began recommending this product when it was first introduced.
  • Sean Roe, another Microsoft MVP and owner of 247Fixes calls SAS an excellent program.
  • All of the malware-removal websites that are “heavy hitters” in this field recommend this program to their users. The list of sites includes (but is far from limited to): GeeksToGo, BleepingComputer, SypwareInfoForum, and What the Tech.

We could go on and on, but there should be a point made here. No security program is absolutely faultless. Given the nature of the internet and the pace of infections, absolute guarantees just do not happen. However, that being said, pains are taken to recommend the very best available. There may be disputes about which program is the most effective and that is bound to happen. What is recommended has been vetted thoroughly by literally hundreds of Experts in this field on a regular basis. Each and every one of them still recommends this program to literally thousands of people every single day.

IF there was a dubious program recommended, the inbox would feel it within hours of the program being featured. This does not happen. One person raised an issue. Nevertheless, let there be no doubt whatsoever that computer security and keeping your data safe are taken seriously here. It would be wonderful if no security products were needed. That is not going to happen any time soon. Therefore, we present serious security software to our readers and do hope that, with the good prices, some time and focus will be paid to keeping the computer safe. It matters because it can impact upon you and then others online.

More Malware on its Way – Protect Yourself

Every major news service on the planet is carrying stories about the tragedies and possible escalation of problems concerning the swine flu outbreak. It is a serious problem with the possibility of becoming significantly worse. One of the first responders to this global concern is the hacking / malware community. Hackers and criminals are viewing this swine flu problem as an opportunity. Slick malware may be on its way, if it is not propagating at this very moment. It is only a matter of time. These hackers may be seen as first responders of the very worse kind.

The news is just one venue. Are you on Facebook? Have you joined Twitter? These are just some of the example of social media where people are sharing and clicking on links. If you are on Twitter and have a good number of followers, there are links posted every minute. It would be so easy for a hacker to play the social network and drop some malicious link there. And it will happen more and more often.

You may think you are careful enough. However, no one can be vigilant 100% of the time. There are drive-by downloads that can install things on your machine without your even having to click a link. This is the type of incidence that calls for an excellent security regime on your computer. You should have an Anti-Virus, a Firewall and at least one Anti-Spyware program running at all times. For an Anti-Spyware program, we are recommending SUPERAntiSpyware. We have an excellent deal for you that offers real time protection:

SUPERAntiSpyware has “Real-Time Blocking of threats! Prevent potentially harmful software from installing or re-installing! First Chance Prevention examines over 50 critical points of your system each time your system starts up and shuts down to eliminate threats before they have a chance to infect and infiltrate your system.”

The program offers much, much more and you can read about it at the links provided. This program is being offered at a special rate for our readers. There is a ten dollar ($10.00) savings until May 3, 2009.

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This is a program that is highly recommended within the security community. People who work on these pages use it and recommend it, too. We use it. We need it and so do you. SUPERAntiSpyware will detect and remove Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, Hijackers, Rootkits and many other types of threats. This program is easy to use and it is effective. If you have any problems with SUPERAntiSpyware, let us know. We will tell the founder / director of the company and have any problems addressed. Nick Skrepetos is well known in the security community and he stands behind his products. And if you need this program in large numbers, let us know. We will see if we can help with pricing for your company.

Protect yourself. There are more malware programs coming and these malicious programs are becoming better and better. Let SUPERAntiSpyware give you and your data first class protection.

Fighting Viruses and Spyware

Mohd Ali tuned in today for the live calls, and just so happened to catch me discussing anti-virus / anti-spyware software:

Hello Chris. Since the topic inside the chat was about anti-virus, I would like to share some things with you that you might be interested in. I think that anti-virus these days is essentially useless. In the “old days”, they used to repair floppies and take care of viruses. However, now they slow down the entire system, and show flashy graphics. As you said, you can avoid 99% of viruses and spyware if you are more careful as to what websites you surf, and what you download. But in case you DO get infected by a malware, here’s a rather simple way to remove it.

You will only need one program. Unlocker assistant, it is located here: http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/ – easy! What this program allows you to do is that it frees the binary resources being used up by a process. Since viruses are always running inside the background as a separate process, you need this application in order to get rid of it.

Once you have the program installed, check the run key inside your registry. Both inside the LOCAL_MACHINE and LOCAL_USER parent keys. The viruses add themselves inside those keys in order to start upon booting. So simply locate the key the virus has added. You can google the executable names to separate the malicious start up programs from legitimate ones. The key actually gives you the path to the malicious binary.

Simply unlock the binary by right clicking it, and clicking unlock from the context menu. Then you can delete the virus. Then simply delete the registry keys the virus has added. This only takes a few minutes, but it at least allows you to keep your computer running without anti-viruses eating up hundreds upon hundreds megabytes of RAM.

I’m not sure Mohd has nailed the terminology or nuances of these digital nasties, but his tool discovery seems like it could come in handy for those of you who find yourselves fighting desktop crap on a regular basis. You’re going to need several tools to keep you clean from spyware, etc. Best one, according to geeks in the trenches, is SuperAntiSpyware.

The Bad AntiSpyware List

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There are so many choices out there for Anti-Spyware programs. The problem is… do you realize how many of them are scams? There is a huge list of Rogue Anti-Spyware programs available, which I read off in this video. Keep in mind that any programs you hear me read are BAD, and should be uninstalled immediately if they are on your computer.

A Rogue Anti-Spyware program is one that has been tested by Experts in the field of Spyware removal. These programs can make it onto the naughty list in one or more of the following ways:

  • False positives In cases where it is noted “false positives work as goad to purchase,” the apps in question produced inexcusable false positives on a “spyware-free” system.
  • Poor scan reporting This means that the application either did not provide information about what it found or did not report enough information about the basis for the items it found.
  • Knockoffs/rip-offs The term “knockoff” means at the very least that the app in question substantially imitates the look, feel, and experience of another program. With some of these “knockoff” apps there may be evidence of more serious borrowing from other programs, but there are no specific allegations to that effect as yet from the affected parties. The term “rip-off” means that there are specific allegations from the affected parties of unauthorized borrowing from their applications.
  • Aggressive/deceptive advertising “Aggressive” advertising consists of the obnoxious, intrusive, use of pop-ups, false GUI elements, or other advertising techniques designed to badger, pressure, or coerce users into buying the application advertised. “Deceptive” advertising employs advertising techniques and information designed to create a false sense of alarm among users in order to stampede them into purchasing the application being advertised.
  • Flawed, inadequate detection schemes “Flawed, inadequate detection schemes” refer to scanning techniques that are insufficient to produce reliable detections of spyware, adware, and malware. These detection schemes typically rely exclusively on matching file names/path and Registry names/paths without using MD5 hash checking or signature matching to uniqiuely identify detected components. In some cases, there may be other problems with the detection scheme, such as failing to scan all drives on a system or skipping key system areas during scanning.

So now what? How do you know what to trust? The following applications are recommended by Experts in this area, as well as this site.

Don’t let yourself get taken in by claims of “100% protection”. Do your research, and make SURE that what you are buying or installing on your computer is a legitimate program.

CORRECTION TO VIDEO We were discussing who is responsible for the Rogue list. Suzi does, in fact, own the website it is hosted on. However, a man named Eric Howes is responsible for putting together and maintaining this Rogue list.

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Delete Spyware, or Delete Anti-Spyware?

Brandon Edwards holds a similar philosophy to mine as far as spyware and anti-spyware programs are concerned:

I’ve been watching your videos since the day you started on YouTube. I just watched your video relating to spyware and the program you recommended for protection from it. I just had a thought I would like to share with you.

I used to run antispyware programs and virus protection programs religiously and had them run as a background process as well (did this for probably the better part of 5 years, and they work). The biggest thing I’ve noticed over the last 2-3 years since I’ve stopped using those programs entirely is that I no longer really have any issues with the stuff I was trying so hard to protect against in the first place. I currently do not run any form of antivirus program or antispyware program regularly and run a dual core PC with Windows XP Pro SP2 and dual boot with Vista Ultimate. The only tools I really use to keep my PC in top form are System Mechanic Professional (minus its virus and spyware protection) and Diskeeper (defrag tool). I also still keep Spybot around in case I have some reason to run a manual scan, which is very rare.

To sum up, I would just really like to stress that I’ve you are fairly tech savvy and use a good browser(and some common sense) with a pop up blocker built in(Opera, Firefox, etc.) it’s very possible that all those protection programs you run are doing nothing but slow down your system. However, I’m not suggesting that you don’t keep something around to scan and fix if you have a problem (spybot, superantispyware, etc.) I’m really not trying to denounce the usefulness of some of the protection programs on the market, but for myself and many others they may serve next to no purpose, as I’ve found is the case for me.

See, if people would stop downloading programs from P2P networks and avoid pr0n online… they’d be 99% safer. If you really wanna buy an anti-spyware product, we have a standing 30% discount for SUPERAntiSpyware.