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need a quick virus/spyware scan? June 4, 2007

Posted by brandon in firefox, freeware, IE, malware, software, trojan, virus.
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Panda NanoScan is a browser based program the scans your computer for ickies. You install a small plugin the first time you run it. NanoScan works with IE and Firefox.

The quick scan takes about a minute to run. If you want something more thorough, the TotalScan will do a complete system scan.




Small. Fast. Powerful.



it’s not just for windows anymore… February 17, 2006

Posted by brandon in mac, malware, virus.
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The day of reckoning has arrived for Mac users. Internet security firms have discovered the first Mac OS X worm. Called OSX/Leap-A, the worm spreads through Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iChat instant messaging system.

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Warning over Valentine’s e-cards February 14, 2006

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Valentine's cardsValentine’s Day could be a bonanza for malicious hackers, internet security experts are warning.

For the full article go here

Kama Sutra virus prevention and cure February 3, 2006

Posted by brandon in malware, trojan, virus, worms.
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This mass-mailing e-mail worm uses an old trick–the lure of pornography–and may delete your critical Microsoft Office files.


Name: Kama Sutra, aliases include CME-24 (US-CERT), MyWife (McAfee), Tearec (Panda), Nyxem (Sophos), Blackmal (Symantec, Computer Associates, Vet), and GREW (Trend).

What it does: Disables security apps and attempts to overwrite data files on your PC.

Means of transmission: E-mail and shared network files

How to recognize: E-mail suggesting a sexually oriented file attachment, and possibly the inability to run an antivirus scan.

Who is at risk: All Windows users

Full Article: Kama Sutra – CNET reviews

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Fake email from FBI/CIA November 22, 2005

Posted by brandon in email, malware, spam, trojan, virus, worms.
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Fake Email from the FBI or CIA is Really a Worm
Summary: The newest version of the Sober worm disguises itself as a fake email from the FBI or fake email from the CIA.

Both the FBI and Internet security companies have announced this week that there are a fake email from the FBI and a fake email from the CIA going around which are really being sent by the Sober worm. They include an attachment, which is of course the worm, and so if you get this fake email from the FBI or the CIA, don’t open it!

So far the text of the email seems to be fairly consistent, with the primary variation being whether the email appears to be email from the FBI, or email from the CIA. In both cases, at least so far, it contains the same name of the supposed sender, “Steven Allison”.

The email reads:

“Dear Sir/Madam,

We have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.

Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are attached.

Yours faithfully,
Steven Allison
Federal Bureau of Investigation-FBI-
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW , Room 3220
Washington , DC 20535
Phone: (202) 324-30000″

Said Graham Cluely of Sophos, “This variant of the Sober worm may catch out the unwary as they open their email inbox this morning. Every law-abiding citizen wants to help the police with their enquiries, and some will panic that they might be being falsely accused of visiting illegal websites and want click on the unsolicited email attachment. All users should be reminded to follow safe computing guidelines, and PCs should be kept automatically updated with the latest anti-virus protection. Anyone who may have information about the Sober worm’s author should report it to the computer crime authorities. This malware writer has been maliciously attacking innocent computer users for over two years, and must be stopped.?

The FBI has requested that anyone who receives this email report it to the FBI. You can report fake email from the FBI here.

[Internet Patrol]