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Anti-virus software was originally developed to detect and remove computer viruses. However, with the proliferation of other kinds of malware, antivirus software started to provide protection from other computer threats. In particular, modern antivirus software can protect from malicious browser helper objects (BHOs), browser hijackers, ransomware, keyloggers, backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, malicious layered service providers (LSPs), dialers, fraud tools, adware and spyware. Some products also include protection from other computer threats, such as infected and malicious URLs, spam, scam and phishing attacks, online identity theft (privacy), online banking attacks, social engineering techniques, Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), botnets and DDoS attacks.

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lookat bugtraq   and look for "Defense in depth the microsoft way" a now 52 part series.
... of microsoft not following their own advise. (With a side step of 30 something installer failures).
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Evaluating a UTM appliance and vendor can prove to be an overwhelming exercise.  How can you make sure that you're getting the security that your organization needs without breaking the bank? Check out our UTM Buyer's Guide for more information on what you should be looking for!

I need a service to monitor incoming emails to prevent viruses and spam from getting to my clients.
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I Install my product using SageKey which produces an executable install file.  It is often rejected as potentially harmful.  Would a digital certificate prevent this?

Digital certificates are expensive so I don't want to waste money.

If you have any experience, please share it.

Thanks in advance.
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Malware removal and tools.  For several years Malwarebytes, gmer, autoruns, TDSSKiller, process explorer, and HJT were my go to tools for malware removal.  As of recently, it seems like Malwarebytes isn't catching as much as it used to and I was curious what are the top tools and order of progression in using them?
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If you were to choose between Malwarebytes Premium plus Windows Defender or BitDefender primium,  which would you go with?
I've been  putting Malwarebytes Premium on my client's computers, running Win10 and Win7.  Malwarebytes seems to use quite a bit of system resources.  
It advertises that it works as an anti-virus too but I also enable Windows Defender, or run the free Avast with it on Win7 systems.
Any opinions?
Thanks,
Alan
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Hello
Can anyone explain how the Coinminer trojan infects a machine?  Our web server keeps getting re-infected.
We have AVG File Server edition and CCleaner running on it, plus Malwarebytes(free version only at this stage).
AVG and Malwarebytes keep picking up the infection and remove it, but within a day it's back.
thanks
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skype friend (who uses skype on computer. Maybe uses skype on android) is sending
click-here-on-this-link.com/my-skype-username

What do I tell my skype friend?
change your password?
what if password is already changed and skype friend can not get inside account.

This type of attack is common with microsoft acquisitions skype/hotmail
Where attacker sends a message to all contact list.
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For those interested, AV-Comparatives Summary Report for 2017 has just been released.

https://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/avc_sum_201712_en.pdf

Last Revision - 6th February 2018
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Android 7
I swipe and usually see this screen adware
1 month ago I installed battery optimizer app
And this adware started 1 month ago

adware
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Burp Suite versus Xenotics?

OSWASP has a free Anti-XSS tool called Xenotics. I like the 4800+ payloads and their use of the term "Target Reconnaissance." It's pretty scary if you imagine a hacker using that against your site. Other tools of interest are Burp Suite.

Any experience with either?

I hope for a tool that is easy for our team to quickly come up to speed and be able to use at least the majority of advanced features.

Suggestions about which of the two is better? Also, feel free to suggest one you have had personal experience with.

ALSO, if we chose to use the .NET Anti-XSS Library from Microsoft, how might that decision influence our choice of  test tool?

Thanks.
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SMB Security Just Got a Layer Stronger
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SMB Security Just Got a Layer Stronger

WatchGuard acquires Percipient Networks to extend protection to the DNS layer, further increasing the value of Total Security Suite.  Learn more about what this means for you and how you can improve your security with WatchGuard today!

Anyone had a virus like that that turning usb into shortcuts and even deleting files as well?

I suspect it is on a particular system

How to fix this ?
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Just discovered a computer on our network with Avira and a program called "BGPKiller", which seems to kill the nag popups of Avira.

I've uninstalled this BGPKiller, removed Avira, and wand to test a legit Avira EndPoint installation, but we can't access Avira anymore from this computer.

Anyone got an idea how to solve this?

  • The computer seems to ping the right IP address when we ping avira.com and it reply.
  • The computer doesn't seems to have weird entries in it's HOSTS file

When we try to access avira.com from any browser installed on this specific computer, we get "504 Gateway Time-out" error.

Thanks
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So i was majorly affected by the recent malwarebytes problem with its update. we run malwarebytes for business for our network. it killed all networking on every windows or server based machine. from what i read, the problems with the networking that people were having, were on networks with certain IP ranges. this makes sense, as my network that was messed up, was a 172.0.0.0 network. if anyone else has had this problem, i would like to see what they went through and experienced. We ran a patch that they released, and my computers were functional again for the most part. now that they are ok, i want to know if im safe now, or if i need to take other action on top to finish this mess. I have already opened a ticket with malwarebytes and have not received any response, so im hoping someone here can give me some insight. my customers are asking about it and i hate keeping them waiting.
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Hi experts,

Three days ago I tried to use my standalone home computer running Windows 7 Pro. It's anti-malware software is MBAM 3.0. I clicked on the Start button and about 20 web browsers began to load. I continued to click the red x's as fast as I could and after about two minutes of battle with them, they were gone. I clicked on the Start button again, the menu came up which could BARELY be seen like a ghost, and the browsers popped up even faster. At the same time, thirty or forty print windows emerged. These were picked off a little easier by closing them on the task bar. The web browsers were a little more difficult, taking about 2 1/2 minutes to defeat. Of course, I figured malware. I suppose I wasn't freaking out, because I have backups and a total reformat wouldn't be that troublesome, although it is work I don't have time to do.

I didn't just do a hard reboot on the computer, because I wanted to somehow get to the A/V. I was successful at that, and a MBAM scan found seven things. The first six said Trojan.generic, while the seventh said Trojan.generic/suspicious. The interesting thing is that the path was to an application that is somewhat known for being flagged; not one you would have ever heard of. Maybe it should be excluded.

But, since these were quarantined, the behavior has been normal. I can try anything, and I can't cause it to hiccup. The strange thing is, after running another MBAM scan, bringing up SAS Pro and scanning and finding nothing, I …
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After this morning's debacle with Malwarebytes, I got to thinking about another package that I recently discovered — Emsisoft. They seem to be pitching the product as both anti-malware and anti-virus. Anyone have personal experience with it to share? Thanks much, Joe
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Malwarebytes is neither the first vendor nor the last to make mistakes like this. You said in another post that they have issued a fix. So I suggest you not make a hasty exit. The next one along will make the same mistake in due course.
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Thanks for the comment, John, but I do not plan to stop using Malwarebytes...sorry if my post implied that. The incident simply triggered my thinking about A-M/A-V products and caused me to remember that I received a free, one-year subscription to Emsisoft when I upgraded my SyncBackPro from V7 to V8. But I never heard of Emsisoft and am hoping to get some feedback from fellow EE members about it. Regards, Joe
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Malwarebytes is gobbling up all physical memory! Started about an hour ago here. It also turned off real-time protection. Must be a bad MBAM update. Anyone else seeing this? Only choice right now is to uninstall it, as far as I can tell.  Regards, Joe
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Thanks for your update Joe.  I just re-enabled the Malwarebytes service and started it. Did an update and can confirm the issue has indeed been resolved. It's why I don't go to all the trouble of uninstalling.

Just about any software vendor will royally screw up like this at least once, so instead of uninstalling, I just disable and get on with my day. It also perfectly illustrates why I never rely on a single security package to keep me safe :)
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You're welcome, Andrew, I'm glad it's resolved for you, too.

I also don't rely on a single security package, although you have to be very careful when running more than one...in some cases, they can conflict with each other and cause a lot of grief. That's why you hear the popular caveat of not running more than one anti-virus product on the same machine. Cheers, Joe
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Hi One page is always my startup page. I want to remove it, but I cannot in Firefox and Chrome.

Here are steps I used:

How do I change my start page in Firefox?
Change Startup Page. On any open Mozilla Firefox window, press “Alt-T,” and then select “Options” on the drop-down menu. Under the General tab, insert the URL of a website or Web page into the field next to “Home Page,” and then click “Use Current Page” to make it your default startup page.

After I did above, it is still there when i start Firefox in Win8

Anyone has some suggestion? Thank you
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Microsoft released a video about Ransomware.  Surprisingly good.

Take a look at it here...

https://resources.office.com/ww-thankyou-ransomware-what-you-need-to-know-video.html

Curious about your thoughts on the advice being given?
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
Prevention is the takeaway. Always has been to me.  I think this is a little on the late side,  better late than never. We've had better responses here on EE than this one, imho.
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by:Andrew Leniart
I think this is a little on the late side,  better late than never.

Good point, although I'm often surprised how many business owners I still come across who say something along the lines of "Ransomware, yeah I've heard about that. What's it all about?" Better late than never is a good sentiment, but if it gets the information over to some people who still have their heads buried in the sand, then I think its great.

We've had better responses here on EE than this one

You've won that argument :)  Although this is very much aimed at non-tech savvy people and I see that as one of its strengths.  

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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I downloaded a Full Symantec 1414.0.1 (14.0.RU1) package and went ahead and installed it without any problems, so I thought.
A quick background- This is on Wn2008R2 64bit server was running  SEPM 12.xxx.
-After the upgrade a quick reboot the clients were all green and protected.  The one thing I didn't understand was -even after a successful upgrade the virus definitions were not updated.  So, I went to Symantec site and downloaded this jdb- screenshot attached- and placed it in the Incoming folder on the server- the jdb was extracted and later disappeared but the virus def-still 1/27/17 date.  
I didn't backup Symantec database before upgrading and in small network of five managed clients I didn't think that will be a major issue.  Btw-This is a closed network and no live update or internet connection.
Any thought or what I need to do to fix this problem- Thanks.
jdb.PNG
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Hello i am looking the exact link to download the Microsoft Update KB4073290.

This update according to the Symantec Engineers will resolve the annoying pop on that we see on the Symantec Antivirus that says: "There are multiple problems 2"

Thank you
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I need to clean up some computers running Windows 10 for a nonprofit. We need some free software to remove viruses and malware and get them running fast again.

Thanks for your help
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how to remove ramsomware samsam or .weapologize extension?
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Hello,

I have been infected by some ransonware i don`t know.

In the attached file is the readme file with the instructions to decrypt the files. Anyone knows the ransomware and how to decrypt it?

It seems a xorist one, but the tool by kaspersky doesn`t work.

Any information will be welcomed.
README_9670338_05489.txt
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Customer sent me this and Im double checking

Scam ?
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Anti-Virus Apps

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Anti-virus software was originally developed to detect and remove computer viruses. However, with the proliferation of other kinds of malware, antivirus software started to provide protection from other computer threats. In particular, modern antivirus software can protect from malicious browser helper objects (BHOs), browser hijackers, ransomware, keyloggers, backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, malicious layered service providers (LSPs), dialers, fraud tools, adware and spyware. Some products also include protection from other computer threats, such as infected and malicious URLs, spam, scam and phishing attacks, online identity theft (privacy), online banking attacks, social engineering techniques, Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), botnets and DDoS attacks.

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