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Mon
16
Dec
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CryptoLocker Copycats Emerge, Demand $150 Ransom

Copycats are now using their own version of the CryptoLocker ransomware scam to steal hundreds of dollars from victims. The new malware is called 'Locker' and demands targets pay $150 USD to reclaim lost files. Locker was recently discovered by ... security firm IntelCrawler, which says the new malware is basically the same as CryptoLocker: after an infection takes hold, files are scrambled and only retrieved after a ransom is paid. So far, Locker infections have been reported in the United States, Holland, Germany, Turkey, and Russia. In the US, people in Washington DC, Texas, and Missouri have ... (view more)

Fri
22
Nov
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Police Dept Duped by 'CryptoLocker' Ransomware Scam

Against the advice of security experts, a police department has paid a $750 ransom to cybercriminals who corrupted its file system using a 'ransomware' attack. The Swansea Police Department in Massachusetts was hit by a virus called 'CryptoLocker' . ... It's not yet known how the virus got onto the police department's system, though the most likely explanation is that somebody opened an email attachment laced with the virus. Many previous CryptoLocker infections have come through bogus emails claiming to carry a delivery note from a courier company. The good news was that the virus didn't affect ... (view more)

Mon
11
Nov
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'CryptoLocker' Takes Your Digital Life Hostage

The newest and most frightening threat on the web is the 'CryptoLocker' ransomware, which allows cybercriminals to take control of your digital life and then offer it back to you for a fee. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent an infection. Like ... many other infections, CryptoLocker is most often spread through malicious email attachments. However, the malware can also be deployed through malicious pages on websites and compromised browser plugins. According to reports, a CryptoLocker infection allows cybercriminals to "scramble" all of you important files -- from images to Word documents to ... (view more)

Mon
17
Jun
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NSA Scandal: Google Reveals How It Shares Your Data

Google has revealed extensive details about what it does when the government asks for access to your personal data. It's part of an ongoing attempt by the search giant to distance itself from the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance scandal . ... Google's explanation is designed to make a clear point: that it delivers the data directly to the government, rather than allowing the government to physically access Google computers. The company wants to make clear it doesn't allow officials the opportunity to access more data than the law requires. (Source: nytimes.com ) Google continues to ... (view more)

Wed
22
May
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'Files Terminator Free 2.5.0.1', and 'Start Menu Reviver 1.0.0.145'

Files Terminator Free 2.5.0.1 Tired of deleting programs only to find their files still on your system? Worried that sensitive information deleted from your system can still be retrieved? Then try Files Terminator Free, which permanently deletes ... files and cleans up your hard drive. http://elefantsoftware-en.weebly.com Start Menu Reviver 1.0.0.145 Not a fan of the new Windows 8 interface? Many fans of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 have said they miss the old user interface, particularly the Start button. Get it back with Start Menu Reviver, which is totally free. http://www. ... (view more)

Thu
25
Apr
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New Trojan Downloader Covers Tracks, Hard to Detect

Security researchers have discovered a new type of Trojan downloader capable of covering its tracks by deleting the files it downloads. That makes it harder for security experts to find and remove the downloader. The downloader, which is called ... Win32 / Nemim.gen!A, shows how malware writers are producing progressively more sophisticated tools. By deleting all of the files it downloads and uses, this Trojan makes it almost impossible to recover, isolate, and analyze component files. Sophisticated Malware Difficult to Confront According to Microsoft Malware Protection Center researcher Jonathan ... (view more)

Mon
15
Apr
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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10 Review

Special note from Dennis: Save up to 60% off WinOptimizer 10! Deal ends on May 1st, 2013 @ 11:59PM EST. Proceeds support our website, staff, and writers. You can click here to go straight to the offer . Otherwise, continue reading below. Have you ... ever wondered why your PC, laptop, or netbook isn't as fast as it was when you used it for the very first time? If you've owned a computer for any length of time, you have inevitably downloaded, installed, and later gotten rid of program after program. What you may not realize, though, is that adding and removing programs oftentimes leaves you with ... (view more)

Wed
20
Mar
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Acronis True Image 2013 Review

Update 2013/05/16: We've just received news direct from Acronis that they've discounted True Image 2013 by a whopping 60% off (upgrade) and 35% for the full version -- but only for the next two weeks, ending May 31st. This is the best deal on True ... Image to date! Acronis True Image 2013 is powerful backup software, now with new features, bug fixes, and Windows 8 compatibility. Proceeds of the sale of this fine software program support our web site and staff of writers; full 30 day money back guarantee. This program comes highly recommended. Details are at the very bottom of page - click to go ... (view more)

Tue
05
Mar
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HTML5 Browser Bug Floods Hard Drives In Minutes

A recently-discovered browser flaw could allow hackers to manipulate a site visitor's physical hard drive. At the moment, Mozilla's Firefox is the only browser not affected by the problem. The technology involved is HTML5, the latest edition of the ... standard code used to produce websites. One of the key features of HTML5 allows web developers to include code for showing multimedia -- such as animations and videos -- without the website visitor having to install special plug-in software. Web browsers have always had the ability to write some data to a computer's hard drive, usually on a ... (view more)

Wed
30
Jan
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How to Use Microsoft SkyDrive

We recently received this question from an Infopackets reader: "Hi there, I'm interested in giving cloud storage a try, but I'm not sure which service to use. Can you help me out? Thanks! Roger T." My response: Hi Roger -- certainly there are a ... number of different cloud storage services worth trying. I've given both DropBox and Microsoft SkyDrive a try and, personally, I prefer the latter. In this guide, I'll show you how to get started using that service. If you've recently upgraded to Windows 8 or have purchased a Windows 8 computer (including Windows RT, Windows 8 standard, or Windows 8 ... (view more)

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