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Fake Antispyware Program

Sat 24 April 2010

Jeez...did I watch a weird movie or what? The name of the movie you ask? Cypher. It was released in 2002 and is about corporate espionage. The movie had so many twist and turns you really had no idea who was what until the end and even then I'm not sure. It started off rather slow and somewhat boring but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. Just real strange - I will not bore you with the plot but I will say you might want to watch it when you have a hankering for something really different.

Yesterday I watched Boondock Saints II - I didn't like it as much as the first one but I did like the ending. Just more of the same two dudes killing dozens of bad guys without getting shot. It too had some nice surprises in it even more so than the first movie. But unfortunately the plot was exactly the same so nothing new to watch. I'd skip it if I were you.

I've been having a real problem when I try to return a call to Lina. I don't get through but rather get what sounds like a fast busy signal. Finally I got Lina to get an AT&T guy out but at first he could not find anything wrong. After repeated failed attempts by me to call he, he discovered my telephone number has been blocked! How did that happen? Lina would not have blocked me at least not on purpose. Also, she claims not to have that call blocking feature on her phone. Here's the strange thing - sometimes I do get through while other times I don't. How can the blocking be sometimes off and sometimes on? And another thing, I don't think I'm the only one who has this problem. The AT&T guy gave her a number to call on Monday to cancel the blocking but I have a hunch this is not over yet. Too many strange things have occurred but we'll see what happens next week.

Tom called from Atlanta asking if I could help him with a virus/Trojan on his desktop computer. He some how got the dreaded fake antispyware program - this is the one which keeps popping up saying your computer is infected. It blocks the HTTP port 80, hijacks your browser, and blocks you from running security type programs to clean it out. I've had experience with this nasty thing in the past and after a couple hours of working on the removal, we finally got it out. Rogue security software mainly relies on social engineering in order to defeat the security built into modern operating system and browser software and install itself onto victims' computers. A website may for example display a ficticious warning dialog stating that someone's machines is infected, and encouraging them to install or purchase scareware. This damn thing has been a real problem for a lot of people including John, Wendy, Lina, and more. In fact, it tried to get into my computer too but I knew what to do. You see, it comes into your machine through an open browser and it will not allow you to close the browser as it downloads itself to your machine. If you quick enough, you can open your Task Manager and kill your open browser which in turn will stop it right in its tracks. Unfortunately, most average computer users don't know that in fact, most may not even know what a Task Manger is in the first place or how to run it. At this point I believe Tom's machine is clean again - he has no idea where it came from in the first place.

Posted at 05:22 pm in Computer