Spyware Doctor Review

Spyware Doctor Review

Security is essential when it comes to computers. We strongly rely on our PC’s and when they go down you could spend days in frustration. In 1983, Fred Cohen is the one who firstly officially defined the concept of digital virus as “a program that can affect other programs of the computer, modifying them in a way that implies the approach of evolved copies of the programs.” As a consequence of the behavior of viruses, anti viruses were created to counter attack the activity of the malicious software on the computers.
Spyware Doctor with Antivirus is very friendly, providing the users with a simple interface that will allow them to properly understand the options and functions available. Spyware Doctor with Antivirus succeeds to both cleaning your already infected computer from viruses and to prevent virus infections in the future. The most important thing that makes using this program an amazing experience is the fact that it leaves the user having the control. When it scans the computer, the program displays a full report with all the identified threats and all the required information about them (what are they, what are their effects, where are they situated and so on). The next step, of doing something in order to deal with the threats, is up to the users: they can select the infections and choose what to do with them: move them, delete them or simply quarantine them.

Key Points of Spyware Doctor with Antivirus

  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • Automatic updates so you are always protected
  • Removes and blocks virus ( The way they all should work )
  • Free Support
  • Advanced rootkit detection technology
  • Download Guard checks your downloads against a cloud-based network
  • Site Guard blocks malicious websites so you avoid infections from even attempting to install

There are many other smaller features in the new Spyware Doctor with Antivirus 2011 client but with the above you get the idea.

What to do if You Paid for a Fake Security Client?

What to do if You Paid for a Fake Security Client?

In the most likely event that you have been infected with malicious software promoting fake security software, it is recommended you conduct all the necessary steps in order to remove the software immediately. However, in case you have been tricked into purchasing the paid version of such misleading applications, the situation becomes a little bit more complicated, as the privacy of your payment methods, as well as your contact details, is no longer intact.

Due to the fact that most fake security clients seem to be legitimate and professionally designed (at least at the first sight) many computer users end up purchasing the applications as a result of not knowing exactly what they are dealing with. In such cases, certain steps need to be followed in order to limit the impact of the loss of privacy.

In the event that you have purchased using your private credit card details it is recommended to immediately notify your bank and instruct them to limit access to your bank account as a result of a digital fraud. Otherwise, the creators of the fake security client that you have purchased may at any time use your credit card details once again, without any consent, to transfer funds or make purchases under your name.

Similarly to the credit card data, once using an electronic wallet to purchase a fake security client, it is recommended to instruct the payment processing company of this event and request that a refund would be done in a timely manner as a result of online fraud and electronic payment system scam attempt. Most payment processing companies are already aware of such incidents and have the necessary tools and methodologies to work around such unfortunate customer events.

Once you have made sure that your payment data is safe and nobody can re-use the data entered in the purchase process without your authorization it is recommended to change Microsoft Windows user account password as well as most email passwords and website passwords that you usually use in order to prevent unauthorized access to such resources as a result of credentials being stolen as a result of the fake security client purchase.

Even if some of the personal data entered in the purchase process is still available to the owners of the fake security client it is important to limit the impact on this information as much as possible. Additionally, removing the fake security client from your PC as well as conducting a full system scan using genuine antivirus software is recommended.

In almost all cases you should not have an issue getting your money back by simply calling the number on the back of your credit card and claim fraud.  For Debit card users we should point out that you may have a hard time getting your money back, but you should still make the phone call.

Internet Safety & Security

Internet Safety & Security

The Internet is used widely today as a source of information, entertainment and even as a business application. However, there are many unsavory uses to the internet as well. Shady individuals are always on the lookout for their next victim to commit a cyber crime to. In addition to this, children and teens surfing the internet may be subjected to explicit content in the form of sexuality or violence that could be damaging to their mentalities. Therefore it is important to maintain the correct level of internet safety within your home. Safety from malware threats.

Malicious software is generally targeted at compromising your privacy or damaging your computer for financial gain. Most malware will force its way on to your system and then demand monetary payment for some sort of result, which will also be false. Malware can get downloaded from anywhere on the internet, from websites that advertise fake security scanners to websites that claim to contain essential video and audio codec packs needed to run media on your computer. Installation of malware could cause damage to your operating system as well as completely halting day-to-day activities on your system until you make some payment, at which point the malware will still remain on your computer, bothering you until you take steps to remove it. To prevent malware from entering your computer, it is important to have a legitimate and well-tested anti-malware application such as a virus guard or antispyware program installed on your system. This software should have the capability to monitor your internet surfing activities and alert you when a potentially dangerous website is about to be accessed, and it should also be able to block any malware programs that are about to be downloaded onto your computer.

How to create and limit a user account

How to create and limit a user account

Protecting your computer from malicious software is extremely difficult if you have curious tech-savvy children who will install everything that they find on the internet on your computer. This could lead to serious security issues on your system. The best way to prevent this is to create new user accounts for your children and set up parental controls on them to stop them from putting the system at risk.

How to create and limit a user account

The first step is to create a new user account. In order to accomplish this it is required to go to Control Panel and the to the User Accounts section, which will display you the user accounts management interface. Here you will have the option of creating a new user account. When creating the new account, set the username to your child’s name and allow the child to choose his or her own password. Save the settings you want to the account and set up file sharing if you wish. Make sure that the child’s account is NOT given administrator privileges. The wizard for the process of account creation is self-explanatory, so you should have no problem.

Now whenever the child tries to install new software on the system, they will be asked to provide the administrator password, which should be known only to you. The child will not be able to install any software without your supervision. Therefore, you will be able to stop your children from installing rogue software on your computer.

The example provided is indicating the usability of a child account that should be limited in order to ensure proper system security. However, the application of this procedure has many domains of use since in most cases it is a good idea to limit even oneself as the main user of the computer, in order to avoid making mistakes that can otherwise be prevented by not using the administrator account all the time.

Once a good user policy has been enabled it is recommended to change the password of the accounts that are active on the system once every 90 days in order to make sure that any security flaw dealing with access credentials is neutralized by a periodic password reset.


Trojans | What Are They?

Trojans, also known by the name Trojan Horses, are malicious software applications which appear to be performing a desired action for the user while in reality creating a backdoor entrance to the system for hackers to use hence it takes its name from the famous Trojan horse which was used to defeat Troy in Ancient Greece.

The main purpose for Trojans to be developed is to allow remote access to the system for hackers. The amount of access allowed depends on the Trojan and the system the Trojan is installed on. Hackers can normally attack Trojan-infected computer in many ways:

•    Using the computer as part of a bot net (to use as a Zombie to send spam emails and perform Distributed Denial of Service attacks)

•    Theft of private information

•    Installing software – more typically, other malicious software

•    Download and upload of files

•    Modification and deletion of files

•    Keystroke logging

•    Viewing the user’s screen

•    Using storage space

A Trojan need not have been developed by a particular hacker in order for that hacker to control it. Any hacker who has a good knowledge about the Trojan and about network connections can scan on a network for Trojans and simply control all the computer that contain them.

Trojans can get installed on user systems in many ways:

•    Software downloads – Trojans can be given as part of a file sharing network

•    Websites containing executable content – Trojans may be included as an ActiveX control

•    Attachments on spam emails

•    Application exploitations – if there is an error with a particular application, the Trojan can get installed in its place

•    Social Engineering methods are used to convince users that the Trojan is a legitimate program and should be installed to perform some basic function

As soon as you find a Trojan on your computer, you should take measures to remove it. The best way to remove Trojans is to use a web-based system scanning/ cleaning service or to use a legitimate virus guard application which has a good virus database which contains most of the Trojans available today.

Spyware | What is Spyware?

Spyware | What is Spyware?

Spyware is a type of malicious software that is installed on a computer to monitor the user’s activities and report them back to the spyware developer. This is in direct violation of the user’s privacy, and is banned by international law. Therefore spyware is considered as a dangerous form of software and steps should be taken to remove it from any computer it is found on. However, spyware can be hard to detect and remove, as they tend to keep a low profile while gathering user data.

Normally, spyware gathers information on the user’s habits such as internet browsing activities or spyware can come in the form of keystroke loggers which store all the user’s keystrokes and report them back to the spyware developer. Some spyware installs more malicious software, redirects web browsers and also changes system settings without the user’s permission.

Spyware cannot self-replicate like viruses or worms, rather, they must be manually or automatically installed on each individual computer that they infect. They do not attempt to infect other computers on their own. Therefore, spyware uses 3 main methods to get installed on user system:

1.    Piggybacking on other software – Usually a spyware program will get downloaded and installed along with other useful applications such as utility programs. Adware is also known to harbor spyware. Although the desired program does no harm in this instance, the spyware that came along with it does.

2.    By tricking the user – The spyware developer uses social engineering techniques to convince the user that some spyware program is useful. The user then voluntarily downloads and installs the spyware on their system.

3.    Aggressive methods – Some spyware, once installed on a user’s system, will redirect the user’s web browser by using browser helper objects to dangerous websites which will install more spyware programs on the user’s computer. Other spyware will use a Trojan virus that gets installed along with ActiveX components, video codecs or the like which will then download and install the spyware without the user’s permission.

The best way to remove spyware is to use anti-spyware applications which have sprung up with the widespread propagation of spyware among computer users. These anti-spyware applications are designed to offer live protection from spyware and to scan the computer regularly and remove any spyware that is found. Keeping one of these programs installed and well-updated is the best way to avoid your privacy from being compromised by spyware. However, there are a group of malicious software known as ‘rogue anti-spyware’ that pretend to be anti-spyware applications, however they are not real anti-spyware and are simply aimed at swindling money from users.