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Security news updates from the last week

July 27, 2012
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Android malware learns a new trick
Mobile security software and a cautious nature can help you avoid risky apps over the Android Market (Google Play). But researchers have now discovered a way to convert good apps into malicious ones via an update, after they have been installed on a device. Google’s Bouncer (software to detect threats) allows apps to add functionality through updates but seems to contain a major loophole that can be exploited.

Skype’s privacy invasion
The biggest news of the week was the revelation that Skype now records and stores user conversations. There has been a widespread furor over this piece of news because until recently, Skype was the most private and safe way for people to communicate and video chat online. Some believe that this is terrifying news, but our opinion is that it is not a big deal. All other similar services already do this, so why the outrage now? Did you really think this would never happen?

Gamigo passwords leaked
Leaking hacked passwords seems to be the flavor of the month and the latest victim is an online games publisher, Gamigo. Based in Germany, Gamigo publishes several MMORPGs. The network was hacked in March 2012 but email addresses and passwords were publicly revealed just a few days back. How many passwords you ask? 8.2 million. This is the biggest password leak of 2012 and emphasizes the prevalent risks of online services.

London 2012 Olympics scam
Facebook witnessed a scam involving the giveaway of free Olympics tickets. This is what we had predicted a few weeks back and we will be providing a follow-up of this soon. A wall post was seen on Facebook which promised free tickets. The post was linked to the domain “hllp: // liveolympictickets.com”. This page is a startling replica of the Olympics website and fools people into buying tickets and entering credit card details. Be warned; do not fall for such tricks. Moreover, latest reports show that almost 12% of the world’s spam originates in India. Yes, no other country can match that. So we advice our readers to be vigilant and careful at all times.

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  1. rajashekar reddy rJuly 27, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    would like to know youtube real player download is not functioning in my computer any restriction made by your soft ware quick heal any locking is made by quivk heal anti virus by internet provider please confirm

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  2. i have 3 pc in LAN. only the lappy having the QH dosent let me logon to internet (Hathway). while connecting to Hathway broad band, I.E. starts its login page instantly on other PCs (one is haveing NTAV & one Mcafee antivirous)except this one. i have told this number of times but problem is not resolved yet.

    [#ZON-899179] is the complain number. if possible please help.
    its a almost 10 days old request but no body called up from your end.

    Rgds
    sachin

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  3. Narendran KJuly 28, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Hi Rahul,

    Just a quick question, regarding the spam links, most of the kits try too exploit the adobe and penetrate.

    Do you have some technical insight of the spam links and the way it works?

    Regards,
    Narendran K

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  4. vishal mehandirttaJuly 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    i got 4 month free internet security with sony micro vault, but while going for registering it is not working. plz suggest.

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  5. impala properties pune indiaJuly 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    all well we are happy with this , thanks good day, .from mr, zoher esoofally pune.

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  6. HI RAHUL,
    I hav a doubt regarding an issue that i hav seen hidden recycler folder in d, e, f drives in my computer which im suspecting to be virus even if i delete it permanently i can see it again after restart . can u pls suggest me something to get rid of this virus. im using quickheal total security nd i hav tried to delete it with secure delete dod method but didnt workout

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  7. If we are working in Excel Sheet then Quick heal made Much Temporary file .
    in original File Location.

    please Solve this problem.e

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  8. anitivirus doesn’t perform the update process

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  9. Just bought Samsung Galaxy S3 cellphone.
    I am first time Adriod user and was told that this OS is vulnerable to spam, Virus attacks..what do you suggest a best way to tackle this.
    Is there any write-up that gives an overall view of what are the threats that a phone like mine will have due to download of apps…

    Cheers
    Anil

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  10. After using Quick heal system is working slowly…….

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  11. VIJAY KUKMARJuly 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Quickheal is one of the best antyvious in the other antyviour that quickheal work propely distroy virou that is very-very fine I am quickheal user from three years

    Reply
  12. sahara indiaJuly 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    VERRY NISE QUICKHAL

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  13. Ansumay DattaJuly 28, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Thanks for the valuable information.

    Regards,
    Ansumay Datta

    Reply
  14. Dattatray Annaji KulkarniJuly 28, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    by mistake”ALOT”has been downloaded.and from your end whenever I open internet
    getting your massage that it is malware one. and several time I requested you
    to give me guidance to remove the same, but no fruitful information till today
    not received from your end.please do the needful.

    Reply
  15. Rocking DevJuly 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    In my system email protection, firewall protection and browsing protection does not work. Can u help me how to activate these things.

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  16. why quick heal cannot detect netvizor?

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  17. Hi Rahul, I am getting some e-mails regarding winning of prize money of some big amounts. I am sure these are fake mails and they also ask information of my bank details. How can I get rid of these mails from my e-mail ID and how can I save my information privacy and my PC too from such fake e-mails?

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    • Hi Manoj,
      If you have Quick Heal installed on your machine, you will be protected from such threats. Phishing emails are easy to spot. You must delete them as soon as you see them.
      Thanks.

      Reply
  18. I need the key plz. Give it to me dude.. I like it..cool.

    Reply
  19. we have opted for quick heal antivirus pro before few months ,but now a days theres a constant message that a trojan virus is found even if not in internet please suggest me what to do ,i have windows seven ultimate

    thanks

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  20. SANJOY PALJuly 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Why temp file appears after save a excel file in a drive ????

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  21. Anand Roshan RajJuly 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Hi,
    No Quick Heal does not interfere with such activities.

    Reply
  22. ravindra kumarJuly 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Nokia OVI Suite doesn’t work through USB cable. However it works through Blue tooth. With the same Equipment, connector and software it works on the other computers not having Quick Heal AV. Does it prevents connecting PC with Phone through USB cable.

    Regards

    Ravindra Kumar

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  23. its very easy way process.i like this anti software..

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  24. Thanks rahul,
    And yeah it was previously predicted that one such scam for free olympics tickets may happen.

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  25. vivek tiwariAugust 5, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Thanks aakas
    And yeah it was previously predicted that one such scam for free olympics tickets may happen.

    Reply
  26. suchandra pradhanSeptember 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    my quick heal anti virus pro 13.00,2012 is taking a lot of time to update and its not scaning virus as i wanted………..

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  27. QH is not updating.

    ERROR IS….unknown error occured while processing defination file.please check
    if you are having sufficient free space on your system.

    WHAT CAN I DO FOR THIS?

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  28. wheather to update regularly quich hill pro in comparison to total security

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