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    Hit by the stealth W10 Upgrade? Here’s what to do!

    May 24th, 2016 by

    With the new aggressive approach MS has to upgrading to W10, I suspect that we will be seeing a lot more calls asking what to do. This is a decent article on how to avoid it and what to do if, like my friend, you find that your computer was upgraded while you slept (he […]

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    One reason not to pay Ransomware: They may not decrypt the files anyway.

    May 24th, 2016 by

    Here’s yet another reason not to pay the ransom when hit by ransomware: the scum won’t give you the key. This reinforces the need for us to be prepared with backups (not connected to the network) and up to date AV and Anti-Malware. Kansas Heart Hospital hit with ransomware; attackers demand two ransoms

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    Google Apps beat out MS Office on Smart Phones

    May 24th, 2016 by

    This kind of surprises me. I understand the idea of using non-MS apps id something that many folks yearn for. Also, the Google apps have been out there for a while and folks are just not interested in switching any software once they’ve gotten used to it. I expected, though, that using familiar Office on […]

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    Yet another variation on Ransomware. This time Bundled with DDoS!!

    May 23rd, 2016 by

    As if it weren’t enough, here comes a ransomware product that adds insult to injury. Not only are you FUBAR’d, your computer starts to mess with other sites. Bottom line: Practice “Safe Computing” and keep your AV and Anti-Malware software up to date. This New Ransomware Strain Adds DDoS Bot Causing More Damage

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    With Memorial Day Coming up, a Reminder

    May 23rd, 2016 by

    As a Vietnam Veteran, this means a lot. I know it’s early, but keep this in mind on Memorial Day.

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    Toymaster Releases Volume 16 # 21

    May 23rd, 2016 by

    Security Mailer V16 #21 05/21/16 – Adobe out-of-cycle patch for Acrobat DC and Reader DC; Apple released updates for Apple TV, iOS, watchOS, OS X and security update, Safari, and iTunes; Cisco Advisories; Linux updates; Microsoft fix for slow Win 7 updates?, revisions; General security entries Part 2 1- 11 Things – ESET posting covers […]

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    Tired of updating a new W7 Install? Relief is here!

    May 21st, 2016 by

    If you’ve ever done a clean install of W7 (+SP1), you’ll know all about the 100+ updates that must be installed (often in several stages with  multiple reboots required) before it’s up to date. Well, instead of an SP2, MS has released a “convenience update” that has all the updates included since SP1. The only […]

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    Adobe has released an out-of-cycle update for Reader DC

    May 21st, 2016 by

    When Adobe releases updates outside of the normal cycle, as with MS, it usually means that an important problem has been addressed. Usual advice is to apply it ASAP. Release Notes | Acrobat, Reader

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    Is it Ransomware? Kinda! Is it fake MS Tech Support? Yeah, Kinda!

    May 21st, 2016 by

    In their never-ending search for new and innovative ways to screw us, these scum have taken the typical “Tech Support” scam and married it to a technique used by ransomware. Lock up your machine, tell you your product key is invalid or expired and “fix” it for a fee. Ransomware-like tech support scam locks screen, […]

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    Windows 10 is coming…Ready or Not!

    May 20th, 2016 by

    Looks like MS has upped the ante on getting W7 and W8.1 folks updated. I’m seeing lots of reports on the web and a co-worker at the Hospice I support reported to me that his home computer was upgraded overnight without him seeing anything (he was asleep). I really didn’t think they would go through […]

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