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Old 01-16-2009, 04:28 PM   #1
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Arrow Internet Security & safety

This thread will be used for computer safety & personal internet safety tips.

We can add info posts & links about software, viruses, Trojans, malware, spam etc.

I'll add the Mozilla Firefox page containing the addons you can add right into the Firefox browser. {in FF go to Tools , then addons and you can use the get addons button to take you to the page also}
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

I'm trying quite a few of them , so after a bit I'll let you know how each works out for me.

I made this a sticky thread so lets try use it for the links and posts about specific tips and if you want to discuss something we can start a thread below
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A list of our past threads on viruses and security topics and helps.

I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place and I can add others as they come up.


http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread71629.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread69897.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread68562.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread68181.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread67411.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread64192.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread66679.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread62670.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread57288.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread59061.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread54589.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread57949.html
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread57680.html

these are the most recent on the topic as of 1/16/09
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sites with virus and safety information-

http://www.viruslist.com/en/index.html
http://usa.kaspersky.com/threats/
http://www.symantec.com/norton/secur...onse/index.jsp
http://www.bitdefender.com/site/VirusInfo/
http://us.trendmicro.com/us/threats/...ary/index.html

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/security-channel.htm

http://www.getsafeonline.org/
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WOT {web of trust} It's a browser add on.

I've been using this for 3 months now and really like it.

If you do a lot of searching or shopping online it's a great help - it has color coded icons that warn you of safe or not so safe sites.


more info

[WOT, Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam.
Protect your computer against online threats by using WOT as your front-line layer of protection when browsing or searching in unfamiliar territory.
WOT's color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites - green to go, yellow for caution and red to stop – helping you avoid the dangerous sites. Surf safer and add WOT to your Firefox now.


Updated November 11, 2008 ]
Mozilla Firefox add on -
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3456

WOT website demo
http://www.mywot.com/en/demo

Now for IE also-
[IE addon

Keep your computer safe from online threats like spyware, adware and viruses. Get warnings about online scams, sites with adult content and spam. Protect your wallet from unreliable online vendors, phishing attempts and identity fraud.

Join us now and download the WOT addon for Internet Explorer. It's free!
System requirements

* Operating system: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista (XP or Vista recommended)
* Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer (7.0 recommended)]
http://www.mywot.com/en/download/ie
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Default fast-moving Conficker computer worm

A thread on it- http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread82637.html

The fast-moving Conficker computer worm, a scourge of the Internet that has infected at least 3 million PCs, is set to spring to life in a new way on Wednesday -- April Fools' Day.


http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/conficker.asp
http://www.technologyreview.com/wire/22364/?a=f

Am I at risk of having the Conficker worm?

Most antivirus software could detect and block the Conficker worm, so if you have updated antivirus software on your computer, you are at a much lower risk of being infected by the Conficker worm.

If you or your network administrator have not installed the latest security updates from Microsoft and your antivirus provider, and if you have file-sharing turned on, the Conficker worm could allow remote code execution. Remote code execution allows an attacker to take control of your computer and use it for malicious purposes.

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/com...conficker.mspx
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- Panda Security's weekly report on viruses and intruders -

Virus Alerts, by Panda Security (http://www.pandasecurity.com)

[This week's PandaLabs report looks at a banker Trojan and two new
examples of fake antivirus programs.

Banbra.GJT is a new variant of the well-known Banbra family of Trojans.
This Trojan is designed to steal users' banking details. Once the file
is run, an error message is displayed. The Trojan, however, proceeds
with the infection process and displays a video on the screen (see it on
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/panda_security/3907305382/).
Meanwhile, a Trojan called Banbra.DQQ is downloaded in the background.
This Trojan steals users' credentials when they connect to bank
websites.]


[RegistryDoktor2009
(see image on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/panda_security/3907341940/) is the first of
the two fake antiviruses that we will cover today. Like all malicious
programs of this kind, RegistryDoktor2009 tries to trick users by
showing a series of false infection warnings. Then, it prompts them to
buy "security" software to resolve these infections. In reality however,
users will be paying for a fake product that does nothing. So, besides
losing their money, they will be unprotected and utterly vulnerable to
any threat.]


[Finally, Proof Defender2009
(see image on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/panda_security/3906563561/) works very
similarly to RegistryDoktor2009. It tries to trick users into believing
they are infected and offers them fake security software. In this case,
users can choose to pay with their credit cards or with a PayPal
account. The result is the same as in the previous case, but in this
case, the malware can also steal the credit card data entered by the
targeted user. ]


More information about these and other malicious codes is available in
the Panda Security Encyclopedia
http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeuse...-malware/encyc
lopedia/.
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Default Free Anti-virus, Online Scan And Rescue CDs Links

http://cyberinsecure.com/links/

Home page -
http://cyberinsecure.com/
Daily cyber threats and internet security news: network security, online safety and latest security alerts
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Arrow Computers Worldwide Targetted By A Destructive MBR Worm Zimuse

Computers Worldwide Targetted By A Destructive MBR Worm Zimuse

[The worm uses two ways to spread – either via embedding in legitimate websites, in the form of a self-unpacking ZIP file or as an IQ test program, or via Exchangeable media, such as USB devices. The fact that it relies on USB devices to propagate is responsible for its rapid dissemination, which is likely to increase even further.

To date, the worm’s two variants - Win32/Zimuse.A and Win32/Zimuse.B differ in the method of spread and the timing of activation. While the A-variant needs 10 days to start spreading via USB devices, its B-variant needs only 7 days since infiltration. Moreover, the time needed for the execution of the destructive routine is shortened in the B-variant from the original 40 days to 20.]
http://cyberinsecure.com/computers-w...r-worm-zimuse/
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Lightbulb Exploit viruses and old Java updates:

We have a relatively new Win 7 laptop. It crashed recently and it was so severe, we had to reformat the harddrive.

During all this time, we discovered it had 4 versions of Exploit on it which eluded our virus protection program. In fact the crash occurred AFTER we updated Adaware, before its weekly scan.

Here is the thread about what we discovered about this messy crash:
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread157917.html

Near the end of the thread are links I strongly suggest all Microsoft users should read carefully:

When you update Java on your computer the old versions remain active as programs. These programs are attacked by the Exploit virus malware, and it blocks your ability to open any antivirus program you have, and blocks your connection to the internet. My son made a Windows rescue disc from the Windows website and found the 4 versions I posted on that thread. He removed them, but the damage was already done, as Exploit itself only enables malware to enter and hide in .exe files.

Yesterday I went to the Java website and downloaded Java 27.
By clicking on the site, after, it actually read our cookies and told us what to delete. This rather takes the uncertainty factor away from this task. I cleaned up this desktop yesterday, which so far has not been infected, that we know of.

We also removed all Adaware programs from our 3 computers, since I don't think this is a valuable tool anyway.

Java does not over-write its old versions, so they pile up on your computer offering a "window" for malware to attach to.
All in all I removed over a Gig of them yesterday. It took about 1/2 hour.

We didn't know this, our experienced techie son didn't know this and it was tricky even finding this out by searching Google.
So I am posting this here for our members to go to Microsoft's link on the topic and then visit Java, and do the clean up of your programs in the computer control panel. This may save you major grief, with a crash, that is not recoverable from.
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We have a relatively new Win 7 laptop. It crashed recently and it was so severe, we had to reformat the harddrive.

During all this time, we discovered it had 4 versions of Exploit on it which eluded our virus protection program. In fact the crash occurred AFTER we updated Adaware, before its weekly scan.

Here is the thread about what we discovered about this messy crash:
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread157917.html

Near the end of the thread are links I strongly suggest all Microsoft users should read carefully:

When you update Java on your computer the old versions remain active as programs. These programs are attacked by the Exploit virus malware, and it blocks your ability to open any antivirus program you have, and blocks your connection to the internet. My son made a Windows rescue disc from the Windows website and found the 4 versions I posted on that thread. He removed them, but the damage was already done, as Exploit itself only enables malware to enter and hide in .exe files.

Yesterday I went to the Java website and downloaded Java 27.
By clicking on the site, after, it actually read our cookies and told us what to delete. This rather takes the uncertainty factor away from this task. I cleaned up this desktop yesterday, which so far has not been infected, that we know of.

We also removed all Adaware programs from our 3 computers, since I don't think this is a valuable tool anyway.

Java does not over-write its old versions, so they pile up on your computer offering a "window" for malware to attach to.
All in all I removed over a Gig of them yesterday. It took about 1/2 hour.

We didn't know this, our experienced techie son didn't know this and it was tricky even finding this out by searching Google.
So I am posting this here for our members to go to Microsoft's link on the topic and then visit Java, and do the clean up of your programs in the computer control panel. This may save you major grief, with a crash, that is not recoverable from.
We just did the clean up. We had one extra of Java on both of our computers. Thanks much!
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