1. Make sure anti-virus and anti-spyware software is installed on your computer.
2. Secure your wireless router to make sure it has adequate security. Use a minimum of WPA or WPA2 security encryption on home wireless routers.
3. Never click on a link in an email. Even when my bank sends me a message via email, I never click on the link supplied. I open my Internet browser and go to the website. Identity theft schemes have gotten so good that the emails look legitimate and that’s how you fall prey to them.
4. Avoid unnecessary downloads. Download files only from sites you know and trust and which you visit on your own accord – not through a link in an email.
5. Practice “stranger danger” on social networks. Never reveal personal information about yourself, friends or family such as mother’s maiden name as it could compromise safety or identity.
6. Use strong passwords. Did you know that the most popular password is “password”? Passwords should include a combination of letters, symbols, numbers and upper and lowercase letters. Create different passwords for each site you visit. If you must write down passwords to remember them, keep them someplace secure. Never carry them around in your wallet or purse.
I wrote about Security Center in detail not so long ago and want to dispel all doubts you may have about the legitimacy of Security Center.
This is a bogus anti-malware application designed to scare you by displaying a great deal of security alerts and lists of “infected files” and then convince you it can be truly helpful when it comes to removing the virus. But as charitable as it may appear at first, in the end, it is going to ask for some money in order to provide you and your computer with perpetual serenity.
How can you tell if it’s visiting you? Actually, it is quite easy. Once you start observing exceptionally sluggish performance, occasional system crashes, or annoying pop-ups and commercial ads start taking over your screen, you may be sure you are currently hosting Security Center. It may also start changing your background or it could also block normal system files from running.
It will most probably try to control some of you system files which could damage data stored on your PC. The Security Center virus is also able to send your passwords from the Internet browser (Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook etc. ) to third parties.
To put it in a nutshell, Security Center is a malicious application and you shouldn’t consider even for a moment the possibility of paying to get the extended version. So the best thing to do after you notice its presence in your machine is to remove it as quickly as possible.
Firewall settings are of vital importance for the security of your PC and you have to be extremely careful when choosing a program. Windows Necessary Firewall is just another virus developed only to make your computer vulnerable and leave it exposed to all the existing threats. As proof of that, it can be noted that this fake anti-spyware is associated with the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials infection.
If you ever have the misfortune to encounter this anti-spyware application and see its alerts or fake scan reports on the screen, just ignore them. This rogueware is nothing but a scam and the only reason it displays these warnings, is to charge you for useless software.
When choosing a program to ensure the security of your system, you have to distinguish between a legitimate and secure anti-spyware program and malicious programs.
This post begins with a the deceptive name of the main character – Windows Troubles Solver. This is another new rogue anti-malware program. Windows Troubles Solver is very similar to the other fake security programs, distributed by the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert Trojan. It most commonly gets into a user’s PC when you enter malicious web pages or free online scanners. You will most probably notice its presence when your computers starts working very slowly and will not be able to load a web page. This rogue launches itself automatically by showing you fake security warnings and then it starts scanning your computer.
It is so arrogant that it will not even let you stop this process. After it is done scanning, it will display the staggering results, stating that your system has been assailed by an ‘Unknown Win32/Trojan’ infection. The primary objective of this rather convincing show is to make you believe that you need to acquire the extended version of Windows Troubles Solver, which can help you remove all the imaginary infections and threats.
In the end, the most important thing you need to know is that you must not believe Windows Troubles Solver if you want to stay out of trouble simply because it is useless. So what you should do is get rid of it as soon as possible.
If you have ever wondered why it is important to use only genuine anti-spyware software, here is more evidence. Another serious threat for your computer system has been detected lately under the name of Windows Diagnostic.
Rogueware programs are developed to confuse victims and make them pay for some application that is, in fact, totally useless. Similarly, Windows Diagnostic uses a Trojan to mislead you into thinking your PC is in the danger of a terrible system crash.
However, no matter how real all these warnings seem to be, they are nothing but a hacker attack. In order to seem even more real and accurate, Windows Diagnostic will act as if it scans your computer but it will just try to delude you, using false reports. Do not believe in any of these messages even if the program pretends to use some fake defragmentation tool.
To sum it up, these malicious attempts to fix any system problems are aimed only at deceiving you into purchasing this ineffective program. There is no need to buy this rouge application at all.
As we have managed to save our computer from all the miscellaneous intruder programs, we realize that there is another threat for our computer system under the name of Windows Stability Center.
Trustworthy, as it may appear to you, this program is just another rogue anti-spyware software, developed by the cyber criminals. In many ways, this program and any other intruder application are strikingly similar. Windows Stability Center is developed in such a way that it finds some vulnerability in the PC system and takes advantage of it. The fake software will produce hundreds of false alerts for serious infections.
However, these are just empty threats, intended to scare you and make you believe in some danger that does not exist. Neither the warnings of a Trojan, found on your machine, nor some of the other frightening scan messages, are valid. The one and only plan of rogueware programs, is to confuse potential victims and prompt them to pay for a “real” anti-spyware software that is just a fake one.
There is no escaping the fact that Windows Stability Center has not been developed to ensure the safety of your PC at all. On the contrary – buying this application will be only a waste of money and will, in fact, allow the intruder to accomplish its mission.
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Contraviro is a rouge program created to make you believe your computer is infected with malware and viruses. This rogue anti-spyware program is from the same family as Unvirex. Contraviro is not legitimate software and issues exaggerated and false scan results. Contraviro usually installs itself onto your PC without your permission and will be configured to start automatically when you log into Windows. Contraviro will display fake system alerts or fake security alerts to trick you to buy the paid version of Contraviro. This is an old trick from the creators of spyware. Contraviro causes your computer to slow down dramatically. Your privacy and data are at risk if it’s not immediately removed.
Can’t wait to see “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”? Thinking about downloading a pirated copy? Think again, as it could contain malware.
Cybercriminals are pushing “blackhat” search engine optimization tactics to target the most popular file sharing and P2P networks, pursuing those interested in upcoming movie releases and in particular taking advantage of the sizeable Harry Potter fan base wanting to download the movie in advance of its screening.
Fans are baited with text like: ‘Watch “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” online free. What appears to be a legitimate looking website then redirects you to a video offer which prompts you to download and install the additional “streamviewer”. The streamviewer, however, is installing malware. Suddenly, missing out on a sneak peek is the least of your worries!
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