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14.12.14

Enigma Software SpyHunter Review

In the world of antispyware products, SpyHunter is growing in popularity quickly. Published by Enigma Software, though, it’s not as well established as many other options out there. In fact, the Enigma company itself hasn’t always been on the right side of the malware equation, as it’s been continually accused of using slightly more aggressive advertising tactics than necessary. The real question, though, is whether or not it will protect your computer, and in many cases, it can help....

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14.12.14

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 Review 

It seems an increasing number of computers are falling victim to malware. Keeping it off of your machine has to be one of your top priorities, but is there anything you can realistically do to keep it at bay? Absolutely. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version 2.0 is a great way to keep your computer safe from harm online. It is designed for computers running on a number of different platforms including XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8....

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06.01.12

OpenShopper Adware Leaves Your System Open for Malware

Ads are part of our everyday landscape; in print, on television, and especially online, advertisements are often the cost of doing business on the Internet. We accept them as necessary, and sometimes even helpful, additions to our browsing experiences. But ads can very easily be used – or misused – by rogue programs. Not all adware programs are malicious, but those that inundate users with irritating and invasive popups and ads, while tracking and logging browsing habits, are annoying and can be dangerous. OpenShopper, one of these adware programs, does more than display ads....

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06.01.12

Gala Search: Beware of this Search “Helper”

There are more than 29 million search queries entered each minute. We depend on Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines for everything from the latest entertainment news to recipes to product information and how-to help articles. An indispensable part of nearly everyone’s Web experience, search engines help tame the incredibly vast amount of information in the cyber-world and make it more accessible. Because they are so necessary, they are also a favorite target for malware developers. Gala Search is known as a search hijacker and it is much better at directing users to rogue websites than to relevant information. A form of adware, Gala Search is more of a hindrance than help....

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06.01.12

Adware or Ad-Supported Software? A New Threat on Facebook

Over 800 million people all over the globe use Facebook; if the social networking site were a country, it would be the third largest in the world. User statistics are impressive, but periphery activity is equally interesting. According to Facebook’s own figures, users install apps more than 20 million times each day; and every month, half a billion people use an app on Facebook. While many of these, like the ubiquitous Farmville, Cityville, Sims Social, and Texas Hold ‘Em, offer harmless fun, others can leave users open to rogue attacks. What do you need to know about apps and adware?

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04.01.12

A Rogue Of Many Disguises

What is the difference between Win 7 Antispyware 2012 and Win 7 Home Security 2012? How about between Vista Security 2012 and Vista Antivirus 2012? Not a thing. Each of these is simply another name for the same rogue antivirus program. While virtually all rogue programs share the same major characteristics, these programs are indistinguishable from each other. They have the same interfaces, the same warnings, and the same popups. They use the same tactics, techniques, and tools to convince users to purchase the ultimately useless software.

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18.11.11

What are Trust Seals?

Next time you visit your bank’s website to complete a transaction or purchase an item online, take a minute to look around the homepage or on any page that asks you to enter sensitive information. You should see a small logo somewhere on the page that indicates that the site has been verified. This is a trust seal, and it is awarded to sites that are able to demonstrate commitment to good security practices and/or the presence of secure methods for transactions. It can also simply tell a consumer whether or not it is a verified business. Third party companies like Verisign award these seals in order to increase online consumers’ confidence in the sites they use. What do consumers need to know about trust seals?

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17.11.11

Security Sphere 2012 Rogueware Alert

How do you use your computer? For work? School? Personal research? Banking, shopping, entertainment, communication? All of the above? No matter how we use our computers, we need for them to be secure. As soon as we connect to the internet, we put ourselves at risk; it’s the cost of doing business online. But that cost can be cut dramatically with good security programs. The need for security has spawned an industry that seeks to exploit computer users. Rogue antivirus programs pose as legitimate security software, promising great benefits but delivering on none of them.

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08.10.11

Avoiding Zentom System Guard

Ads, scan results windows, banners, warnings, and websites all help create a picture of legitimacy online. It is much easier for us to walk into a physical location and determine that a business or product is a fake and simply after our money than it is for us to do this virtually. Online, malware developers can employ a great variety of tricks to create the illusion of legitimacy. Rogue antivirus programs depend on this, and they depend on people acting quickly and without thought. A little caution, though, can help us avoid rogue programs like Zentom System Guard and keep our systems safe.

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08.10.11

Registry Mechanic 2011 Review

Do you need a registry cleaner? There is some debate in the technical world about that; these cleaner and optimization programs are designed to remove redundant or unwanted items from the registry of Windows operating systems. Some poorly designed cleaners remove keys or files that are not critical errors, and this can impair computer performance. On the other hand, effective programs like Registry Mechanic from PC Tools make the complex, difficult job of cleaning the registry manageable for those without technical expertise. Registry Mechanic was named Software of the Year (2010) by Softwareload, and has earned accolades from users all over the world. Can it help your computer’s performance?

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