There is a recent virus that has been circulating around the Internet via email. You will see that the email is sent from iTunes Online Products (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject “Thank you for buying iTunes Gift Certificate!”. As for the body, below is the exact message that you will see.
You have received an iTunes Gift Certificate in the amount of $50.00
You can find your certificate code in attachment below.
Then you need to open iTunes. Once you verify your account, $50.00 will be credited to your account, so you can start buying music, games, video right away.
The attachment on the email received is Gift_Certificate_151.exe with an icon that looks exactly the same as Microsoft Word document. The good thing is 31 out of 41 antivirus engine has detected it as a threat. This attachment is a trojan that secretly downloads a file called tulb.exe from a russian domain and the tulb.exe file tries to establish a connection to an IP address at Netherlands.
If you have received such email, delete the email immediately and DO NOT open the attachment. If you have accidentally ran the attachment, run a full scan using your antivirus to remove the trojan.
Panda Security is a computer security company founded in 1990 by Panda’s former CEO, Mikel Urizarbarrena, in the city of Bilbao, Spain. Initially centered on the production of antivirus software, the company has expanded its line of applications to include firewall applications, spam and spyware detection applications, cybercrime prevention technology, and other system management and security tools for businesses and home users. One of Panda’s currently most famous security product is the free Panda Cloud Antivirus.
Panda Security is offering 3 months free subscription of Panda Antivirus Pro 2010 to Microsoft users to protect computer against viruses, spyware, rootkits, hackers, online fraud and identity theft. This new version of antivirus comes with a few new features and also a lot of improvements. Most important it is now 80% lighter on the memory usage which makes the program much faster and doesn’t slow down the computer.
Panda Antivirus Pro 2010 comes with Anti-Malware Engine, Advanced Proactive Protection, Personal Firewall, Anti-Rootkit, Anti-Phishing and Anti-Banking Trojan Engine. A 6 months subscription for 1 PC cost US $23.97 and getting a 3 months free subscription saves you $15! You can download the full version of Panda Antivirus Pro 2010 installer from the link below and install. No serial number is required to activate the free 3 months license.
Website login credentials can be stolen by hackers, social engineering or even by malicious tools such as keyloggers. A carefully planned hacker wouldn’t want to get detected and tries to stay in control of the account or computer as long as possible so that he can gather as much private information as possible about the user. This means that even if the hacker knows the password, they wouldn’t change them so that you wouldn’t suspect a thing. They would continue to snoop on your email, bank accounts, transactions and etc.
Facebook has a great security feature where it can notify you via email if someone logged in to your Facebook account from another computer, device or even location. All you need to do is to follow the steps the enable the privacy security protection.
1. Login to your Facebook account
2. Click on Account on the top right and select Account Settings
3. Click on Account Security and select Yes for “Would you like to receive notifications for logins from new devices.” and click Submit
4. Log out from Facebook and then relogin.
5. You will be prompted to register your computer by entering your computer name.
Your computer name will now be registered via cookie and if another computer or location logged in to your facebook account, you will receive an email notification. This may not be a perfect solution because the computer name can be changed but it does provide an extra layer to prevent against facebook snoopers.
We have previously shared with you on how to obtain a free 180 days subscription for McAfee VirusScan Plus by becoming McAfee’s fan in Facebook. Here is another free subscription offer by McAfee which allows anyone to have a free 6 months subscription in their McAfee account. McAfee VirusScan Plus comes with a SecurityCenter module where you can manage your McAfee products and also configuration, a VirusScan module to scan and remove viruses, Personal Firewall module to keep hackers out and a SiteAdvisor module to check on dangerous websites.
Licensing McAfee products is not as simple as downloading the trial version and then activating or registering it with a serial number. It requires a McAfee account which subscription will be tied down to the account. Follow the steps below on how to get your free 6 months McAfee antivirus for free.
2. Fill up the form to create a new McAfee account
3. You should see a McAfee VirusScan Plus (6-month subscription) in the receipt. Check your email and click on the link from McAfee to activate your account.
4. You should now see “Account Activated. Thank you.” page. Click the “click here” link from the webpage.
5. Click the Download button and then followed by I Agree button.
6. Again click the Download button to download the DMSetup.exe file.
7. Run DMSetup.exe and login with the McAfee account that you have created by keying in the email address and password and click Next.
8. Proceed with the on-screen installation instruction.
Malware Defender is a HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention System) with firewall. It is effective to protect your computer system from all forms of malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, adware, spyware, keyloggers, rootkits, etc.). Malware Defender is also an advanced rootkit detector. It provides many useful tools that can be used to detect and remove already installed malware. Since Malware Defender is a HIPS which provides rule and behavior-based system monitoring to guard against unwanted changes, it can be used alongside traditional antivirus software to add an extra layer of security.
Malware Defender is able to provide file, registry, network and application protection. There are a few tabs on the program which is Rules, Processes, Kernel Modules, Network Ports, Hooks, Autostarts, File and Registry. Most of anti malware program has all that feature but what make this program special is the logs window at the bottom that shows every process and action is being performed on your computer.
According to latest Matousec’s Proactive Security Challenge report, Malware Defender got number 2 when tested against the suite with 148 tests. Malware Defender is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and 7 only 32-bit.
Many windows features can be tweaked (disabled or enabled) via registry and virus makers has used this feature to make it even tougher for a normal Windows user to remove the virus using Windows built-in tools. They can disable registry editor (regedit), windows task manager, system configuration utility (msconfig), command prompt (cmd) and many more. Antivirus are also getting better in combating against these viruses and removing them from your computer. However, it hasn’t come to a stage where it can restore the damages or disabled features in Windows.
To fix the disables Windows features caused by virus, spyware or malwares, you will need a third party application such as Virus Effect Remover. This is a software tool, which removes, deletes, and negates, all of the harmful effects, caused by either Viruses or Trojans. Virus Effect Remover enables users to remove the worst damaging effects, caused by viruses or trojans, to the Windows registry and most Windows file system. Currently it has the ability to repair taskmanager, regeditor, msconfig, folder options and even the Windows Automatic Update, bringing it back to full operation again.
All you need to do is click the “One Click Registry Heal” button which will detect and fix problems. It also comes with additional tools such as startup and services scanner, block a virus from auto running, module locking which can help users track and kill the virus, and remove the infection from the operating system.
Dr.Web is the first Russian antivirus software which was first released on 1992. It is even earlier than the famous Kaspersky antivirus which was founded on 1997. The software offers a wide range of anti-virus and anti-spam solutions and is used by Yandex, Russia’s biggest search provider, to scan e-mail attachments. There is also a Firefox add-on for checking links with online version of Dr. Web. The desktop home version of its security software is called Dr.Web anti-virus 6.0 and includes anti-rootkit, anti-spyware, shield, SpIDer-Mail components. It doesn’t have a main graphical user interface to control the components but everything can be controlled from the system tray icon by right clicking on it.
Dr.Web antivirus 6.0 1 year for 1 PC license normally cost €21.84 but you can grab a free legitimate license by following the steps below.
2. Complete the form. The page is in Chinese and you can use Google Translator to translate the page. The first box is for entering a username, second and third box for password, fourth box is email, as for the fifth box (QQ), enter any number and finally fill up the random code that is displayed and click the button on the right.
3. After the page finished refreshing, click on the image that looks like the one below.
4. You will need to fill up the 15 questions survey by selecting the buttons. Click the button at the bottom of the page when finished selecting the answers. Your personalized Dr.Web antivirus 6.0 serial number will be generated.
5. Download Dr.Web Antivirus 6.0, install and use the serial number to activate the program by converting it into a license key file.