Monthly Archives: March 2015

TELSACRYPT and Friends

As if it wasn’t bad enough with CryptoWall now computer users have another Ransomware to be worried about. This one targets everyone but includes gamers as its primary goal. Similar to Cryptolocker or CryptoWall it encrypts all of the data on your hard drive and holds it until you pay for the encryption key. Sophos and many other antivirus firms are unable to stop this type of infection once it hits a computer. Computrs Inc has successfully found a batch file that will block the .exe file from launching but with newer types of Ransomware it’s only a matter of time before this batch file needs to be redone. TelsaCrypt is just one of the many new issues being thrown at computer users today. We strongly recommend taking a proactive stance. Begin backing up all of the data to the...

Microsoft Patch Tuesday March 2015

Windows Updates are here again. Today we worry about not only the patch fixing the issue but will it create another problem. Microsoft, Java, Adobe, and a few other companies have addressed issues with patches or fixes only to create newer issue that caused IT people to look foolish. How often has your computer frozen just after the Windows updates were installed. If you answered "Too often" you also probably blamed your IT guy. I wish I had a dime for every time we got blamed when all were we doing was installing a patch that was supposed to fix all those annoying issue. Today Microsoft has a fix for the Freak security vulnerability. Hackers have been using the bug to break into computers with fairly weak or inadequate encryption. This month’s updates also address older bugs like Stuxnet...

I can’t get a virus, I only open safe things

How could I have gotten a virus? I only open emails from friends and I never go to websites I don’t know. These are some of the most widely disputed issues everyone claims when they are informed their computer is infected with a virus. Avoiding spyware and virus infections is almost as difficult these days as it is to avoid a cold in the dead of winter. Fortunately there are things you can do to protect your computer. While no antivirus program is perfect no matter what they told you at the store or online you should know that all is not lost when fighting virus infections. I have put together a list of items to protect your computer. First and foremost install updated antivirus and antispyware programs. Make sure to confirm they are updated at least...