New Windows attack can kill firewall

Hackers have published code that could let an attacker disable the Windows Firewall on certain Windows XP machines. The code, which was posted on the Internet early Sunday morning, could be used to disable the Windows Firewall on a fully patched Windows XP PC that was running Windows' Internet Connection Service (ICS). This service allows Windows users to essentially turn their PC into a router and share their Internet connection with other computers on the local area network (LAN.) It is typically used by home and small-business users. The attacker could send a malicious data packet to another PC using … Continue reading New Windows attack can kill firewall

FTC launched online quiz-show style game (New Game Tests Who to Approve and Who to Remove)

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a new game that quizzes players on their online social networking practices and offers tips to help keep kids and teens safe online. The game, “Buddy Builder,” is available in English and Spanish. In the game, players move through different rounds by correctly reacting to common requests found on social networking sites. For example: Accept or Deny: It’s me, your Uncle John! Thanks for the link – Aunt Mary and I love your page… can you add us to your buddy list?When players accept, they are advised: Yes, this is a fairly safe bet … Continue reading FTC launched online quiz-show style game (New Game Tests Who to Approve and Who to Remove)

Webroot offers SpySweeper with Antivirus

Webroot announced the availability of Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus. Developed specifically for consumers seeking an effective, yet easy–to–use program to protect their PCs from the two most damaging types of Internet threats, Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus integrates best–of–breed anti–virus technology from Sophos into Webroot’s award–winning line of Spy Sweeper anti–spyware products.

Virus writers target web videos

The growing popularity of online video has caught the attention of malicious hackers and hi-tech criminals. Security firms are reporting more and more instances of booby-trapped Windows codecs – file compressors – required to play some video formats. Some of the codecs let users play types of net-based video, but also have spyware and adware wrapped inside.

Shavlik Technologies joins Anti-Spyware Coalition

Shavlik Technologies is the newest member of Anti-Spyware Coalition.  Shavlik is a recognized leader in network security products and technology solutions.  If you are aware of the software called "Microsoft Network Security Hotfix Checker (HFNetChk)" [now integrated with Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)], you already know about Shavlik [:)]

Free Vista to PC Buyers (October to December 2006)  Microsoft is working with PC manufacturers (e.g. Dell, HP etc) to provide free Vista to PC buyers.  PC buyers from October to December 2006 that has Windows XP as pre-installed will be able to get free Vista as upgrade.  Check out the above link. Read the press release at

CA is offering up to $6,500 in Identity Theft and Virus Protection Coverage on CA Internet Security Suite 2007 Computer Associates (CA) is offering the following to new and existing customers: Identity Theft CoverageCA Internet Security Suite 2007 users can safeguard data on one PC with Mobile Lifeline™ that includes powerful identity theft protection worth up to $5,000 if your identity is compromised. Plus, Virus Protection CoverageIf a PC fails due to a virus infection after CA Internet Security Suite or CA Anti-Virus is properly installed, the user can receive up to $1,500 in technical service and hardware replacement. Read more on the above link.  Take note of the footnotes.

Hard to work if there’s only one

I enjoy beta-testing a lot but it's kind of hard to work and to beta-test if I only have one machine.  My 2 desktops were dead.  They died when I moved house.  The 'movers' accidentally dropped BOTH desktops.  All are in pieces.  My external drive is working though so that helps in storing anything I can't afford to lose this time and until I get a new desktop.  I'm planning to get from Dell again.  I was very disappointed with Dell Inspiron 630m and Inspiron 9400 (hardware issue out-of-the-box).  I thought I will never order from Dell again.  I am … Continue reading Hard to work if there’s only one

Symantec Device Driver Elevation of Privilege

Symantec was notified of a vulnerability in a device driver which, if successfully exploited, could allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges or to crash the system. Affected Products Product Version Solution Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 8.1 8.1.1 MR9 Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 9.0.3 and earlier 9.0.4 MR4 build 1000 or later Symantec Client Security 1.1 1.1.1 MR9 Build 393 Symantec Client Security 2.0.3 and earlier 2.0.4 MR4 build 1000 More at