Tag Archives: malware

Cyber Monday

It’s “Cyber Monday”, a day promoted by online retailers as “the” day to shop online. Stay safe as you browse for specials and keep in mind the age-old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” I am working late today and waiving my advertised $15 minimum fee, so if you run into trouble as you shop, please don’t pull out your hair; pick up the phone and call regardless of the time of day —or night. (more…)

Avoid This Scam

If you receive the following email, do not click the link. Instead, notify the supposed sender via a new e-mail message or by phone. It is likely the sender’s computer is infected.   If you do click the link, your browser will open and quickly redirect to a page that will attempt to force you to interact with malware. If you reach that page before you realize you were duped, use the Windows Task Manager to close your browser. When you reopen the browser, look quickly for windows or tabs (more…)

Beware of Fake Download Buttons

A leading cause of malware (junk software) infections I have seen in recent years is fake download buttons on advertisements on pages that contain a legitimate download. In other words, people arrive at a page to download a decent free or inexpensive app and are presented with one or more fake download buttons linked to junk installers rather than the software they want. I urge website operators to quit doing business with any ad rotation services that allow download buttons in ads. If this is not feasible for whatever reason, (more…)