28
Apr

Secondhand hard drives lead to identity theft

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Thinking of giving away your old PC? Think again. A recent study by an agency in the United Kingdom found that nearly 10% of all secondhand hard drives contained personal information, including phone numbers, addresses, and even bank account and credit card information. Since these hard drives are passed from one owner to another, the presence of personal data poses a serious security threat. S
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27
Apr

Windows Conficker worm continues to hound PC antivirus experts

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about Apple’s poor response to the notorious Flashback virus, which infected over half a million Mac OSX computers in order to create a massive botnet. However, Apple’s chief competitor – Microsoft – is also not immune to virus problems. A recent PC security report suggests that a virus called the Conficker worm has been detected nearl
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24
Apr

Antivirus software in 2012: Why it is more important than ever

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On antivirus software websites all over the internet, you’ll hear the same message being repeated over and over again: viruses are more dangerous today than they have ever been in the past. Is this an exaggeration designed to sell more antivirus software? Or are viruses today actually that dangerous? The truth is, thanks to advanced technology, people who design viruses have been able to crea
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21
Apr

Hundreds of WordPress Blogs Infected with Malware; Flashback Mac Virus to Blame

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We’ve been following news about the Flashback virus for several weeks now at the Top 10 Antivirus blog. If you haven’t already heard, Flashback is one of the biggest viruses to ever hit a Mac-based operating system, and it has wreaked havoc on the security of computer users around the world. Flashback is being used to turn Macs into a massive botnet. Once that botnet is activated, an infect
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20
Apr

Google Warns of New Redirect Virus

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Earlier this week, Google notified over 20,000 websites that they may have been infected by JavaScript redirect viruses.  The widespread attack targeted specific webpages, as opposed to entire websites as a whole, and may have infected even more than 20,000 websites. Part of the problem with this new redirect virus is the fact that it uses unfamiliar JavaScript. Google is warning webmasters to
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19
Apr

New Phishing Method Challenging PC Security Experts

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Phishing has been a persistent threat to computer users for many years. It refers to the efforts made by a hacker to get somebody to give out personal information online.  This is usually done through fake emails from your bank, malicious websites, or other simple tricks. But PC security firm ESET has warned that hackers have stepped up their phishing efforts. Today, hackers are using infected
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19
Apr

New Hotel Virus Stealing Customer Credit Card Information

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If you’ve stayed at a hotel lately, then you may want to check your credit card statement. A new virus is floating around the online underground marketplace that hacks into check-in software used by many hotels. The virus infects the hotel’s system and then seeks out customer credit card information. The virus is labelled as a Remote Access Trojan, also known as an RAT, and it specifically
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13
Apr

New Virus Targets Bit Torrent Users

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Usually, people who download torrents from the internet consider themselves to be a little more computer-savvy than the average person. However, a new computer virus is testing that theory by sending Bit Torrent users fake antivirus notifications. The virus is called SFX Fake AV, and it uses a deadly combination of scareware and ransomware to convince users of infected PCs to input credit card
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11
Apr

New Phone Call Scam Tricking Computer in North America

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At the Top-10-Antivirus.net blog, we like to keep our readers up-to-date on the latest malware information. Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard increasing reports about a phone call scam tricking users across North America. The unsolicited phone call, often from a heavily-accented man, will ask you to confirm your home address and possibly other personal information. The caller will also say th
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11
Apr

Apple Continues to Fight Against Flashback Virus

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Frequent readers of our blog will know about Apple’s recent virus problems. Just a few days ago, we told you about how Flashback has infected nearly half a million Apple computers in North America, and how it is actively monitoring the online activities of hundreds of thousands of people online. Today, that virus has been contained, which means that it likely won’t spread to any more iOS-based
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