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How I removed a FinFisher FinSpy malware infection

Ash Nallawalla

23 November 2014

Security

I don’t like catching a virus or malware (in my Windows 7 PC) and neither do most people. I wasn’t thinking about an infection issue with my PC when I read about a new, free, open-source malware detection tool called Detekt. It is far more effective at detecting malware than my copy of Norton Internet […]

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Innocent companies unwittingly smeared by Firefox WOT add-on

I installed the Web of Trust add-on for Firefox some weeks ago but I haven’t made up my mind about its usefulness. Its purpose is to allow users to rate a website in four areas: Trustworthiness Vendor reliability Privacy Child Safety

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Telephone phishing targets TurboTax users

Ash Nallawalla

4 September 2010

Phishing, Security

On Friday, September 3, Orange County PC User Group (ORCOPUG) member “L” took a phone call from a male who said he was from Intuit’s TurboTax. He asked if he had received an email from them concerning an error that affected 2008 and 2009 returns. Allegedly, the errors produced an erroneous calculation for pensions, Medicare […]

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Two Microsoft add-ons for Firefox blocked

Ash Nallawalla

19 October 2009

Security

I fired up Firefox 3.5.3 this morning and was greeted by a strange popup that said that two of the Microsoft add-ons had been blocked: Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 1.1 Windows Presentation Foundation 3.5.30729.1 This was unusual, so I searched for other reports and was led to a TechRepublic .com blog post by Chad Perrin: […]

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