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This Week’s Latest News and Updates on Information Security

 October 25, 2013

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Official PHP Website Falls Prey to Hackers Did you recently visit the official website of the open-source PHP programming language? Let’s hope you did not. News are up that the site has been compromised, and is being used to drop a Trojan horse onto systems used to visit the site....

Alert: Ransomware are on the loose. Know what precautions you should take to prevent data loss

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 October 22, 2013

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A few weeks back we had informed our readers about CryptoLocker – a new type of a ransomware that has been let loose on the Internet. This post discusses some more important facts about this malware, and steps you must take to prevent it from affecting your computer. What is...

CryptoLocker – the New Ransomware on the Loose

 September 23, 2013

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Previously we had reported about the “FBI virus”. The virus locks the computer screen and stops the user from using the infected machine until they agree to pay a certain amount of money to the cybercriminal. Today, we will discuss a new entry in the list of file encrypting ransomware;...

What is Ransomware and How to remove it using Quick Heal?

 August 12, 2013

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Ransomware is called so, because it holds the victim’s computer hostage in return for money (ransom) from the user. This post tells you about ransomware, and how Quick Heal helps you deal with it. What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a sophisticated malware. It hijacks the victim’s system and renders it...

Security news and updates from the last week

 February 15, 2013

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India – Where most of the world’s spam originates from A large amount of email spam originates in India. This interesting report shows that most of the world’s spam actually originates in India. Facebook has more than 50 million duplicate user accounts worldwide Facebook officials have claimed that there are...

Top 10 Quick Heal security blogs for 2012

 December 27, 2012

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2012 has been an eventful year for malware and security threats. A number of innovative social engineering tricks, malwares and threats reared their ugly heads and caused losses all around the world. We witnessed all kinds of attacks by hackers and posted a number of findings on our blog. Here...

New ransomware spreads through malicious links in Skype IMs

 October 11, 2012

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A new malicious worm that spreads through Instant Messages (IMs) over Skype has been discovered. This worm manifests itself as yet another variation of ransomware and also unloads itself to generate a click fraud from the users’ machine. The worm is a strain of the Dorkbot virus and it utilizes...

How to remove the FBI Moneypak virus from an infected machine

 September 27, 2012

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Last month we had highlighted the growing threat of a fake FBI notice in the United States which turned out to be a form of ‘Ransomware’. This ransomware was called Moneypak since it demanded a payment of a sum of money through a prepaid Moneypak credit card. In this scenario,...

Fake FBI ransomware demands money to unlock machines

 August 8, 2012

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A new variant of ransomware has been spotted in the United States. We would like to bring this to the notice of our US based customers and also inform users from other geographical locations. What is ransomware? Ransomware is a potent form of malware that locks down an infected machine...

“System process at address 0x3BC3 have just crashed” Ransomware

 July 25, 2011

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“System process at address 0x3BC3 have just crashed, please follow these steps to deactivate it from your system.” This is a fraudulent system error warning that alerts users of an erroneous system risk and then prompts users to call the premium-rate phone number mentioned to resolve the apparent issue. This...