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Int’l Standard Serial No. - ISSN: 1523-3537  2012-No. 32

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Symantec ThreatCon

As a Symantec Partner we're pleased to provide here their continuously updated 'ThreatCon' (e.g. threat condition) tool summarizing reports from Symantec's installations world-wide to provide status on current Internet operating conditions and threats.  Click on the 'ThreatCon' tool's tabs and scrollers below to see assessed threat levels geographically, historically, etc. as well as many of the specific threats that are being coped with by Internet users who are NOT protected!

Symantec's ThreatCon tool (See our always-updated LIVE COPY at the bottom of the page here).

As we write it's at level 1 noting:  "Microsoft has released their scheduled security advisories for June 2012."

DNSChanger What?, Why, & How?

Many 2SS.Com clients use AdAware from Lavasoft in conjunction with other virus and spyware protection software from Norton or Microsoft.  They make a good 'protection and recovery' combination that helps insure safe computing at home or at work and if you have them they are already protecting you from DNSChanger.

What? - DNSChanger arrives as a PC virus and then changes that PC's DNS settings.  Here (at right)
is the legitimate warning that many folks who are infected will receive:
From: http://www.technolog.msnbc.msn.com/technology/technolog/infected-users-get-legit-warning-about-july-9-internet-doomsday-751078

Why? - The 'bad guys' that the FBI took down brought in at least 14 million dollars. It took a many many compromised computers to get all that money.  There were an estimated four million computers affected in over 100 countries. It's almost a guaranteed that most of the affected computers didn't have good, updated, or even any security software.  There are  many technologies to detect and prevent these threats, but folks have to use them to actually be protected...
From: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/dnschanger-fraud-ring-busted

How? -   You can undo the damage on an unprotected PC by following a step-by-step procedure.  Here's a very creditable one...
From: http://www.opendns.com/dns-changer

A SPECIAL NOTE on AdAware 10:
Windows XP users - We DO NOT Recommend UPGRADING to AdAware10.  It's been problematic on test systems.
Windows 7    users -  We DO routinely install and use AdAware 10 on systems with 4+ GB of RAM.

Norton AntiVirus, Microsoft Security Essentials, and others, remain as the PRIMARY protection program that looks for viruses and major spyware on most PCs.  In addition, the older versions of AdAware (9.0, 9.1, 9.5, 9.6) are still updating and performing their function.  So there's no hurry to upgrade.

Links to Keep DNSChanger (and Other Bad Stuff) Away!

  1. NORTON SYSTEMWORKS WITH ANTIVIRUS?  CALL US! - We try to keep several copies around to help clients update for about $35.00, rather than using the Symantec automated renewal website with pricing of at least $49.99   If your virus subscription is running out we can often help you renew it in just a couple minutes via remote support.  For many of our 2SS.Com clients we're sure that this $35 software is cheaper than FREE choices like the one just below...  (Please ask us why?)
  2. FREE ANTIVIRUS?  Microsoft Security EssentialsWindows Security Essentials is capable antivirus software providing all the needed features including continuous monitoring of all the files on your computer, automatic updates of virus signatures and periodic 'off-hours' full scans of all your files.  If you have a PC with no virus protection there's NO EXCUSE, all you need is a legitimate copy of Windows and an Internet connection to download, install and begin to use this software. (To download Windows Security Essentials click here.)
  3. SPYWARE? Don't forget to add an 'extra' spyware checker, we routinely recommend AdAware  from Lavasoft.  (To download AdAware 10 click here or new logo at right.)

    PS:     Have AdAware version 9 (See old logo at left)?  No need yet to upgrade to version 10.  Note the Version 10 is a BIG change and will also require you to navigate a non-optional but free 30-day trial of their antivirus software.  We've also had problems with it on Windows XP systems.

  4. THREATFIRE?   Zero-day malware protection software designed to complement already in-place AntiVirus software.  Threatfire uses predictive analysis to identify programs with 'bad behavior' and block them.  (To download Threatfire click here.)



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