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post Jun 2 2014, 06:03 PM
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http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/uk-ha...ns-9474392.html
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Andy Capp
post Jun 2 2014, 06:48 PM
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Advice from Get Safe Online

Install internet security software from companies listed on Get Safe Online's Facebook and Google+ profiles to download a free tool to scan for Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker, and remove them from your computer

https://www.facebook.com/GetSafeOnline

Do not open attachments in emails unless you are 100% certain that they are authentic

Make sure your internet security software is up-to-date and switched on at all times

Make sure your Windows operating system has the latest Microsoft updates applied

Make sure your software programs have the latest manufacturers' updates applied

Make sure all of your files including documents, photos, music and bookmarks are backed up and readily available in case you are no longer able to access them on your computer

Never store passwords on your computer in case they are accessed by Gameover Zeus or another aggressive malware program

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27668260
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post Jun 2 2014, 09:28 PM
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Not so easy if, like tens of millions worldwide you're still using xp pro.


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post Jun 2 2014, 10:47 PM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jun 2 2014, 10:28 PM) *
Not so easy if, like tens of millions worldwide you're still using xp pro.

Time to upgrade or switch vendor.
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post Jun 2 2014, 10:49 PM
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I'll get the laptop out. Ubuntu with Firefox.


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post Jun 3 2014, 10:10 AM
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All techo-babble scary.

There are thousands of threats out there RIGHT NOW. Let alone "you have 2 weeks"

This isn't a terrorist film with a timeline.

Honestly most news agencies should stick to politics.


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post Jun 3 2014, 12:26 PM
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QUOTE (motormad @ Jun 3 2014, 11:10 AM) *
All techo-babble scary.

There are thousands of threats out there RIGHT NOW. Let alone "you have 2 weeks"

This isn't a terrorist film with a timeline.

Honestly most news agencies should stick to politics.


Of the people I have helped in the recent past, if they had followed the advice above, it is unlikely I would have had my evenings disrupted by them. This also goes for general data loss too.
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post Jun 3 2014, 04:00 PM
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Woman on box last night from Symantec last night said there was a botchecker there; can't see.

However, have used Trend before:

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/uk/

It's programme will scan your machine.
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post Jun 3 2014, 06:18 PM
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Common Sense beats computer malware & viruses!

If people were to practice "safe hex" then these scams would not work!

Sadly there is not much you can do if people have not got any common sense.

If you receive an email from anybody with an attachment, you should always ask yourself:

Do you know the sender?

Do you trust them?

If you get an email supposedly from a online retailer or parcel company, if that mail has an attachment DO NOT OPEN IT!

Online retailers etc., do not format their orders, receipts etc like that, Amazon will NEVER send you an email with an attachment!

These current scams ALL need you to physically open the attachment, it is that action that runs the virus code!

Make sure that you have manually changed the settings in your email program or webmail client, so that it does NOT OPEN ANY attachments.

You should also consider setting your email client to display/read ALL emails in PLAINTEXT format.

Remember practice "SAFE HEX" and use common sense and you will NOT go wrong!

There are lots of good Antivirus & firewall programs/software available, best advice stay well clear of Symantec (Norton) and also McAfee crapola, as they are BLOATWARE.


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post Jun 3 2014, 06:27 PM
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Avast! is one of the better free antivirus programs, though the new woman's voice is like nails scratching down a blackboard.
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post Jun 3 2014, 06:46 PM
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It's what i use.


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post Jun 3 2014, 08:40 PM
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QUOTE (motormad @ Jun 3 2014, 11:10 AM) *
All techo-babble scary.

There are thousands of threats out there RIGHT NOW. Let alone "you have 2 weeks"

This isn't a terrorist film with a timeline.

Honestly most news agencies should stick to politics.



Quite agree, and I will also add a dirty great YAWN!!!

All this scaremongering is quite frankly, scaremongering, but does give a chuckle.
And what is the difference between a serious virus and a not so serious virus? Either way, it shows you have been stupid or are using out of date anti ****. Or heaven forbid the very first ever person to suffer a new one!!


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post Jun 3 2014, 09:10 PM
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QUOTE (x2lls @ Jun 3 2014, 09:40 PM) *
Quite agree, and I will also add a dirty great YAWN!!!

All this scaremongering is quite frankly, scaremongering, but does give a chuckle.
And what is the difference between a serious virus and a not so serious virus? Either way, it shows you have been stupid or are using out of date anti ****. Or heaven forbid the very first ever person to suffer a new one!!

Viruses are not really the problem, it's other malware like trojans, rootkits and backdoors.
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post Jun 4 2014, 07:49 AM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Jun 3 2014, 07:27 PM) *
Avast! is one of the better free antivirus programs, though the new woman's voice is like nails scratching down a blackboard.

I agree!
I think it's an attempt by an American designed techno voice trying to sound English!
Sounds like a female version of D!ck van Dyke in Mary Poppins. laugh.gif
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post Jun 4 2014, 08:18 AM
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I much preferred the old voice: "your virus dadabase has been updaded" smile.gif

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or are using out of date anti ****.


x2lls - what on earth did you type to fall foul of the naughty word filter?
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post Jun 4 2014, 11:08 AM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Jun 4 2014, 09:18 AM) *
I much preferred the old voice: "your virus dadabase has been updaded" smile.gif



x2lls - what on earth did you type to fall foul of the naughty word filter?



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post Jun 4 2014, 08:27 PM
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Who remembers the millennium bug when all the computers, aircraft and washing machines were predicted to crash.

What I don't understand is how they can hold it back for two weeks then it's all he!l let loose.
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post Jun 4 2014, 09:09 PM
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QUOTE (Exhausted @ Jun 4 2014, 09:27 PM) *
Who remembers the millennium bug when all the computers, aircraft and washing machines were predicted to crash.

What I don't understand is how they can hold it back for two weeks then it's all he!l let loose.

I suspect you haven't read the article, or if you had, you haven't understood it. wink.gif Meanwhile, perhaps one of the reasons the 2k bug didn't cause any hassle was because of the fuss made; people prepared for it?
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post Jun 5 2014, 08:38 AM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jun 4 2014, 10:09 PM) *
perhaps one of the reasons the 2k bug didn't cause any hassle was because of the fuss made, people prepared for it?

True enough - in 1999 I had a six-month contract in Brussels (nothing to do with the EU) checking and updating a company's legacy software for precisely that reason.
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