Cryptolocker and Cryptowall Ransomware

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎01-28-2015 09:41 PM - last edited on ‎04-28-2016 04:48 PM by (4,968 Views)

It can happen in an instant. You click on an attachment from Granny and the next thing you know you are watching your files getting locked up before your eyes. Then an important-looking message pops up on your desktop demanding you pay a substantial fee to a group you’ve never heard of using a online payment method. They make it clear – pay now or you’ll never see the precious photos of your Chihuahuas again.

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Phishing Scams Target Android Phones

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎01-09-2015 09:45 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 11:27 AM by Geek Squad Agent (3,796 Views)

According to a New York Times article from last fall, Android devices are a new target for “ransomware”. These malicious software apps act similarly to the fake FBI virus scams that have been attacking Windows PCs for years. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help protect your Android smartphone or device from these scammers and their malware apps.

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Microsoft Intensifies Efforts to Fight Fraudsters

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎12-23-2014 09:50 PM - last edited on ‎04-28-2016 04:54 PM by (4,315 Views)

You’re online, watching a compilation video of cute kittens, and your home phone rings. A person claiming to be a representative from Microsoft tells you they detectsed a threat to your computer. The caller tries to frighten you into allowing a remote connection to your computer, showing you a bunch of warnings, maybe even some red error messages on your computer. The caller pressures you to take immediate action and buy their service because you are in imminent danger!

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HeartBleed: The latest threat to our security on the web

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎04-10-2014 10:28 PM (7,043 Views)

The web can be a dangerous place for computer users and sometimes the latest news can be scary — much as is the case with the recent news around the recently discovered “HeartBleed” security bug in OpenSSL, a common form of encryption on many websites today.

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Warning: it isn’t just your computer at risk from hackers. Some recently discovered issues with wireless routers from two different companies show that they too can be vulnerable to hacker exploits that can leave your data exposed to online evildoers. In one case, the affected routers allowed hackers to access data on the victim’s network, while in the other the router was used to distribute a self-replicating worm onto other users’ networks.

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Imagine this – you are sitting at home minding your own business when you receive a phone call from an official sounding person telling you that your computer is seriously infected with viruses. They say they will help you out and eliminate the viruses if you will provide a credit card number.

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SIM card phone hacking — How It May Affect You

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-22-2013 03:44 PM (7,309 Views)

The news media is currently abuzz over an announcement by Karsten Nohl of Security Research Labs, indicating that there’s a new phone hack affecting some SIM cards. What does this mean to you, and what do we know about this latest threat? 

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Ransomware Now Targeting Mac Users

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-16-2013 03:46 PM (6,045 Views)

Apple computer users have mostly flown under the “malware radar” for years. For a variety of reasons, the Mac operating system (OS) wasn’t targeted by hackers as much as Windows was, and Mac users were able to browse the Web largely unaffected by infections. But as Apple’s share of the computing market has grown, cyber-criminals have set their sights on the Mac OS.

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Fake “FBI” virus scam alert (Beware of Reveton)

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎09-10-2012 10:52 PM (11,060 Views)

So you’re sitting there, innocently using your computer, when a window flashes on the screen, bearing the logo of the FBI. You’ve been locked out of your computer for breaking some not-too-specifically-identified copyright law. The solution on the screen? Pay a fine to the “FBI” to “unlock” your computer and use it again.

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DNS-Changer malware could shut off your internet

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-08-2012 03:42 PM (1,691 Views)

On Monday, July 9th, thousands of internet users could find themselves without internet when the FBI finally shuts down the DNS-Changer malware.

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“Mac Defender” Doesn’t: Computer Users, Be On Guard

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎06-14-2011 02:08 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 10:53 AM by Geek Squad Agent (2,341 Views)

So what happens when a non-Windows OS gains traction? Well, the inevitable happens – and people using such systems without malware protection face a nasty wake-up call (yes, even systems with fruit-based logos adorning the front). Today’s example? Mac Defender.

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SECURITY ALERT: GPCode Ransomware Holds Computers Hostage

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎11-30-2010 02:57 PM (5,388 Views)

Summary: The GPCode ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts your files and holds the data hostage.

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PC Feeling a Bit Sluggish?

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-28-2010 03:16 PM (4,493 Views)

One of the more popular complaints about the home computer that we run across is “My computer is running slow. Why?” Today we are going to go over the top ten reasons your computer may be running like molasses.

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Geek Squad 2MM: Protect Your Computer Against Malware

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎01-13-2010 04:04 PM (4,026 Views)

Geek Squad 2MM: Protect Your Computer Against Malware

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Rogue Ads

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎10-23-2009 05:48 PM (3,806 Views)

Recently, the New York Times website had a rogue ad displayed in one of their banner ad spaces. Visitors to the website may have noticed abnormal operation of their computers, popup ads, or hijacked internet connections after clicking on the advertisement.

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Conficker Looks to Cash in On Infections

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎04-14-2009 09:30 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 09:15 AM by Geek Squad Agent (1,637 Views)

As we mentioned previously, the Conficker worm made news headlines upon the discovery that the C variant of the worm would start seeking updates to its malicious instructions on April 1st. While the world feared the worst, the day came and went with little visible activity.

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March Madness – Infecting Your Computer?

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎03-20-2009 09:54 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 11:06 AM by Geek Squad Agent (2,038 Views)

Geeks and sports don’t normally mix together. However, according to a recent USA Today’s Technology Live blog, sports fans and geeks alike are being targeted in a new SEO/malware scheme. Sports fans searching Google for “March Madness” related sites could have troubles ahead.

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Geek Squad 2MM: Geektionary: What is Malware?

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎01-28-2009 11:11 PM (162 Views)

In this Two Minute Miracles, Geek Squad Agents Daniel Campbell and Gerald “Chip” Underwood will define the “geektionary” term malware, and what kind of forms it can take.

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