How to Detect Keyloggers on Your Computer

In a world where huge amounts of information are held on computer systems, it is vital to be able to keep information as secure as possible. This can often be compromised when people find ways to hack into systems and steal confidential information.

One such way that this is often done is through the use of a keylogger, which is a piece of software that captures every letter typed on a computer keyboard and then sends it to a third-party, usually either by email or by storing the information on the computer itself for the hacker to collect later.

To stop this from happening to your system, the best way is to ensure that you have up-to-date antivirus software installed and update it regularly. Also, it is good idea to run a virus scan should you notice anything unusual with your system, for example if it is suddenly running at a slower rate than normal. Continue Reading

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Start With Kaspersky Professional Services to Ensure Quality

There are a lot of different things to think about when considering rolling out a new product or service. Not only does it require the product and staff to be prepared but it also requires that the new methods of marketing and advertising is also ready. Kaspersky Professional Services is going to have many things that they can help companies with.

Security is going to be a number one priority though. They need to ensure that hackers and viruses are not taking over any system. There are many things that they will do onsite or remotely to ensure that the system is safe.

Computer systems can be very complex. They need to be able to do a lot of different tasks quickly and easily. The consumer should have many things that they are going to be concerned about when rolling out the new campaign.

When people are installing software and other things to their computer, they may run into issues with it not wanting to download or giving error messages. Consumers are able to get the help that they need with this because a technician will be able to walk them through these steps. They may be missing one step or have other things running in the background that needs to be turned off temporarily.

Every computer system is going to be different so the tech has to be very educated as to what they should do if something else goes wrong. Their security software could also be blocking an installation of a necessary program because it is trying to download to the computer. There are many settings that can affect how the operation of it works.

A professional is going to be able to deliver advice over the phone, online or at the location that it is needed. Whatever method a person chooses, they are going to be satisfied with the work that gets done. All of the services that are provided are going to help tremendously with the security of these systems.

People will have the advantage of being able to choose which method they want to be billed. They can be billed monthly, quarterly or annually. It is nice that they can pay it all at one time and be done with it. Some companies are not equipped to be able to do this though so they will be able to pay monthly.

Remote consulting technicians will be able to access the system from a different location. They can see what is going on with it and help the company to get their system running smoothly. Everybody has different options that they will consider.

When the staff goes onsite to assist them, it is likely that they were unable to or did not wish to use the remote consulting. Everybody has a different type of system that they will use and some of them are not able to be accessed from someplace else very easily. Training will also be available to the staff so that they will be able to use the systems.

There are going to be many managed solutions that will be available. Each of them are going to be a good choice. Everybody will be able to use the services that will help them and will not have to pay for ones that they are not receiving.

It is important to check out Kaspersky Professional Services to see what is offered. There are many things that will help with security and the way that the system is operating. Everybody will run different programs and using the security software that works the best with them is going to be beneficial.

Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 Review – Is Kaspersky Any Good?

Kaspersky is a Russian computer security firm co-founded by Natalia and Eugene Kaspersky in 1997. It offers a wide range of security products for home and business PCs and includes antivirus, anti-spyware, antispam and firewall protection.

Kaspersky has received many awards for its software and it has been included in software Top 100s 2009 edition of the best software company rankings. And since 2003 Kaspersky has passed almost all of Virus Bulletin comparative tests; a feat that many antivirus software programs have failed to accomplish.

Kaspersky antivirus is available for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Tests showed that it has good performance and effectiveness on both operating systems.

It has been submitted to the leading test labs including AV-Test, Virus Bulletin, ICSA and West Coast loads and the latest tests for the 2012 version of Kaspersky have been on Windows 7 and XP. It scored 100% protection on Windows 7 for protection against viruses and this was only matched by BitDefender. On Windows XP it scored 92% for protection against viruses and it was second only to BitDefender antivirus. So Kaspersky has shown impressive results during tests and beat all other antivirus programs except BitDefender.

Most online Kaspersky antivirus reviews by customers are positive. And the poll we ran at Best Buy Antivirus for “Best antivirus for Windows” shows that Kaspersky was number one, beating BitDefender, Norton, Panda and other leading programs. This reflects the positive experience that many customers have had with this vendor over the years.

There are pros and cons associated with Kaspersky antivirus 2012 and we’ve included the major ones below:

Pros

1. Kaspersky detects new threats at a 100% success rate according to AV-Test

2. It protects from a wide range of threats including viruses, worms, spyware, Trojans, rootkits, keyloggers, hackers, phishing attacks and more.

3. It has features and tools that are normally only found in more comprehensive Internet security packages.

4. It includes three licences for use on three computers.

5. Kaspersky has a virtual keyboard which prevents hackers and keyloggers from stealing your personal details.

6. Its updates run in the background and do not slow down your PC or interfere while you use it.

Cons

1. The Kaspersky antivirus 2012 price appears high and you can easily find a cheaper antivirus program. But it includes a three-user license so you get to protect three computers for the price of one.

New Rogue “Antivirus System” locks you out of safe mode

By Tyler Moffitt

Recently we’ve seen a new fake security product running around that has made improvements to the standard rogue. Typical rogues are annoying, but relatively easy to take care of. Previously, all you had to do was boot into safe mode with networking and remove the files and registry entries (or install Webroot). Support forums everywhere use safe mode with networking as the “go to” mode for virus removal as non-core components are not loaded at start up and it’s easier to isolate problems. In the vast majority of the rogues we see, they are not loaded in the few modules which start up in safe mode. Antivirus System does, however, and it also applies some new and improved social engineering tactics to fool you into thinking it’s a real program trying to help you.

Once loaded onto your system, any executable you try and launch will be stopped and flagged as malicious – pretty standard. Eventually the interface will come up and will start scanning. What’s unique about this variant is it does actually scan your system. I do not mean it removes malware or does anything beneficial, but the infections it reports are real files on your computer. This variant flagged Dell drivers that are exclusive to my laptop model and one of my chrome extensions. This indexing of real files is a big improvement over the transparently fake “scan” buttons on previous rogues that just lead to an animation of a loading bar along with a generic list system files. Antivirus System also has many “features” which appear on most legitimate security applications. It has Internet Security which is similar in description to Webroot’s Web Threat Shield. Their Personal Security attempts to spoof features like Webroot’s Identity Shield, and Proactive Defense fakes features similar to Webroot’s Real Time Protection. This rogue even has configuration settings like “Concede resources to other applications” alluding that it can lower how much of a resource hog it can be – if you pay for it. Of course none of these “features” do anything, and if you try and switch them on you’ll just be presented with their purchase screen.

Removal without Webroot installed

Most experienced users would immediately go into safe mode with networking after seeing this. This won’t work, as the rogue is attached to the explorer shell, which is a module loaded in safe mode, and it will lock you down after you launch any executable (regedit, task manager, standalone virus removal tools, ect.). This is probably the point where most people have run out of options and consider taking their PC to a 3rd party technician where you’ll likely pay double the ransom cost of the Rogue. There is no need to do this as there are plenty more tricks to get around these rogues.

  • Boot into Safe mode with Command Prompt (doesn’t launch explorer shell)
  • The first screen that comes up is cmd.exe, type: “control nusrmgr.cpl” to launch the user account screen
  • On the user account screen click on “Manage another account”
  • On the Manage Account screen click on “Create new account”
  • Call this account whatever you want and then create the account (just make sure it has administrator privileges)
  • Reboot the computer and then log into that new account (safe mode or normal mode)
  • This new account won’t have those policies the virus created and you should be able to use this account freely You can install Webroot to scan and remove the virus, or you can just delete the files and registry entries associated:
  • DELETE:
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\21.4.exe
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\app.ico
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\cache.bin
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\support.ico
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\uninst.ico
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\vl.bin
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\21.4.exe
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\app.ico
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\cache.bin
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\support.ico
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\uninst.ico
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\vl.bin
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “avsdsvc” = “%CommonAppData%\pavsdata\21.4.exe /min”
  • MODIFY:
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]
    Default=”C:\\ProgramData\\pavsdata\\21.4.exe\” /ex \”%1\” %*
    to
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]
    Default=”%1\” %*

Removal with Webroot installed

If you already have Webroot installed, then you shouldn’t even have to scan as we should block this in real time.  If you happen to come across a new zero-day signature that doesn’t yet have a determination, then you should know about Webroot’s ability to remediate infections without a database determination. All you have to do is open your client, click the “System Tools” tab, and then click “Start” under Control Active Processes. You’ll then be presented with the screen below, which shows all the active processes that are running:

Anything running under the “monitor” column should be scrutinized. If you find anything randomly named under AppData or ProgramData, then you would set it to “block” and run a scan. Upon finishing the scan, Webroot will remove the file and roll back any changes made by the malware.

Webroot support is always more than happy to help with removal and any questions regarding infections.

 

Article Source: http://blog.webroot.com/2013/07/17/new-rogue-antivirus-system-locks-you-out-of-safe-mode/

How to Disable McAfee Firewall

McAfee firewall comes as a built-in component of a few McAfee antivirus programs namely McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012/11 and McAfee Internet Security etc. McAfee firewall also comes as a standalone program namely McAfee Personal Firewall, McAfee Personal Firewall Plus, and McAfee Internet Security etc. In case you experience a problem with your network or wireless connection, you may think of disabling McAfee firewall. So, here is a free McAfee firewall support guide for you. It will help you easily disable McAfee firewall program.

Instructions:

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012/11 and McAfee Internet Security

The user interface for these three antivirus programs is quite similar. So, you can easily turn off firewall in whichever of the three programs you are using. Look for the M icon on the desktop or in the system tray. Double-click the icon to open the McAfee antivirus console. The screen that will open now will be anything by the name SecurityCenter, Internet Security, or AntiVirus Plus 2012/11 depending on the type of McAfee program you have.

On the Home screen, you will see the security status of your computer. Look at the third option which is Firewall: On. It indicates that the firewall is turned on. Click the angle sign next to Firewall: On. Click the Settings link on the right hand side. You will see the firewall status. Click the Turn off button. When prompted for a confirmation and action to turn the firewall back on, select a time period from the drop-down arrow. You can select any time period from the given options. If you want to disable the firewall permanently, select Never and then hit the Turn off button. Save the changes and exit the McAfee console.

McAfee Personal Firewall& McAfee Personal Firewall Plus

Look for the M icon in the system tray, right-click on it, and select Personal Firewall from the drop-down options. From Personal Firewall, point the mouse to select Disable. Alternatively, you can double-click the M icon to open the McAfee SecurityCenter console. When in the console, look for Personal Firewall or Personal Firewall+ (depending on your version) in the left hand panel and click it. You will see the status and history of the firewall program. Look at the top where it says ‘Personal Firewall or Personal Firewall Plus is currently protecting your computer. Click here if you want to disable Personal Firewall Plus’. Click on disable, the underlined link. Confirm the action if prompted.

In McAfee Personal Firewall Plus, you can turn off firewall in another way also. Double-click the M icon to open the McAfee SecurityCenter console. Click Internet & Network in the left hand panel and then click Configure. Click the Firewall protection is enabled strip. Click the Off button. When prompted, select a time period to turn the firewall automatically back on and then hit the OK button. You can select Never from the drop-down arrow in case you want to turn off the firewall permanently.

Additional Tips:

You must re-enable firewall after your issue has resolved. Firewall protects your computer from unauthorized access and hackers. Contact a McAfee technical support or McAfee antivirus support service in case firewall doesn’t turn off and cause further issues.