Microsoft Releases IE Fix for Browser Attack Prevention

Yesterday, Microsoft released a preventative fix for Internet Explorer. Hackers discovered a zero day exploit. Without releasing further information on the newly discovered vulnerability, Microsoft has urged its users to install the aptly dubbed “Fix It” as soon as possible, or stop using Internet Explorer entirely until they are able to release a browser update.

Hackers are likely working on reverse-engineering the Fix It, so it’s only a temporary solution to the exploit.

This exploit appeared at a time when Internet Explorer has shown an increase in market share.

Net Applications' August 2013 browser data for personal computers shows a Chrome decline.

(Credit: Net Applications)

Internet Explorer currently accounts for 56.61 percent of desktop browsers.

Microsoft plans to release Internet Explorer 11 in October. The release preview for Windows 7 will be available later this week.

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Outdated Windows OS has higher risk of being infected by malware

Microsoft Windows OS

Microsoft Windows OS

 

Which version of Microsoft Windows OS are you using? Windows 2000? or Windows XP? We suggest you to update your Windows OS to a more recent version to lower the chance of being infected by malware.

A study generated by BitDefener, (one of Roboscan’s internet security engine) reveals that 9.28 percent of the scanned systems that run Windows 2000 are still infected by malware despite internet security software.

Windows XP still has a massive followers although it is claimed to be retired by April 8, 2014, while the study shows that XP has the highest infection rate of 12.87 percent after scanning.

Computers that run Windows 7 was detected to have a 11.74 percent infection rate after running security solution. However, only 4.59 percent of the devices who runs the latest Microsoft OS, Windows 8 were infected.

OS version vs. infection rate

OS version vs. infection rate

We can see a direct relationship between how old the OS you’re using and the chances of being infected by malware. Apparently, the older the version of your Windows OS you are using, the more likely you will be  the target.

Up till today, according to OPSWAT, “Windows 7 leads the pack in the operating system market (53.8% of all Windows versions), followed by Windows XP (36.2%) and Windows Vista (8.1%).” If you are that 36.2%, we suggest you to update your OS to protect your cyber security.

Windows OS user deployment

Windows OS user deployment

Last but not the least, if you’re a Roboscan user, in addition to upgrade your Windows OS, don’t forget to keep your Roboscan Internet Security up-to-date for the best protection to your PC!

 

 

 

How To Remove Panda Cloud Unwanted Pop-up

Are you struggling to download Roboscan Internet Security or access to URLs  because this message ”The page has been blocked as it contains malware or exploits” just keep getting in your way? Even you check to agree that you’re going to continue visiting this web page no matter what, nothing happens after several clicks on “continue.”

Panda Cloud Antivirus Safe Search Protection

Panda Cloud Antivirus Safe Search Protection

Therefore, you tried to find a way to get rid of this pop-up; decided to bypass the alert and download the software in spite of the risk of getting infection, but in vain. You went to the control panel trying to find and remove any antivirus software from Panda, but in vain again, because you have never installed it at the very beginning. So what should you do?

 

3 easy steps to remove the Panda Cloud Antivirus Safe Search Protection” pop-up

1. Go to Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features>Uninstall a program

2. Search for a program called “Anti-Phishing Domain Advisor” powered by Panda Security (See blow screenshot)

3. Check to uninstall the program.

Remove "Anti-Phishing Domain Advisor" from control panel

Remove “Anti-Phishing Domain Advisor” from control panel

Remember in the post <Sneaky Spyware, Adware, Tool Bars>, we suggest you to go over your program list once in awhile to avoid any malicious software intruding on your computer without your permission? On the program list, I notice this program was installed 2 months ago while I haven’t seen it show up until 2 weeks ago; meanwhile, I can’t even remember I had opted-in to installed such program. We suggest you to keep an eye on what are installed on you computer periodically and remove the suspicious ones to guard your internet security and privacy.

Last but not the least, keep in mind that you do not have to download any software or widget in order to download Roboscan Internet Security. The message at the bottom of the pop-up misleads people to download Panda Cloud Antivirus to visit certain links or download certain software.

 

 

[News] Sneaky Spyware, Adware, Tool Bars

We recommend you keep tabs on the list of programs you have installed on your computer. Sneaky spyware, tool bars, and adware are threatening the safety of your computer and your information. Even without your permission, these programs can and will be installed on your computer while you think you are installing an innocent video streamer program or some other exciting but harmless software the internet has to offer. The file names are so inconspicuous it is easy to think they are supporting programs on your computer. When in doubt, think again. Spyware, Adware, and the likes of them can be the vulnerable spots viruses and other malware will take advantage of  to infect your computer.

Here’s what we recommend you do to make sure your computer isn’t being taken advantage of:

1. Go to the Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features

2. Go through the programs that are installed on your computer

3. Write down the programs you are not sure of (If you’re not sure what the program does, write it down)

4. Look up the programs on the Internet.

The work is a bit tedious but it is completely worth it. I found 3 relatively unknown key spyware on my personal computer. What did you find?

[Update] Roboscan Update Server Issue Solved

Dear Roboscan users,

Last week our update server experienced some problems that caused the failure of updating; however, the issue is now resolved.

Please try updating Roboscan again for the most protection to your PC. To confirm the update has completed successfully, please click “”View Log” on the lower left of Roboscan interface.

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Update Roboscan for the most protection to your PC

If the problem remains or if you have questions, please email us at support@roboscan.com for further assistance from our tech team!

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for supporting Roboscan!

Roboscan Team.

Download the latest Roboscan Internet Security for Free here

[News] Google Releases Patch to OEM for Serious Android Security Loophole

Major Android security vulnerability was discovered by Bluebox labs, the research team of Bluebox that a master key hole can turn any application into a Torjan malware and take over 99% of the Android smartphones for the past 4 years. On July 10th, Google had already release the patch to OEM to shop to customer.

It is said that this significant flaw had been around since Android 1.6 (Android 1.6 Donut). It may impact any Android phone for the past four years; in other words, 900 million devices could be affected.

According to Gina Scigliano, Google’s Android communications manager, “A patch has been provided to our partners—some OEMs, like Samsung, are already shipping the fix to the Android devices.” However,  in order to update the security system, current Android users have to turn to their hardware vendors for updates.

In order to assure that the software has not been modified by a third-party, each program contains cryptographic signature of authentic Android application. However, such security loophole allows hackers to enable the malicious code under the condition of not affecting the cryptographic signature. In consequence, any Android developer who takes the advantage of such loophole can access to use’s phone like a legit regular app.

Nevertheless, Android users shouldn’t be worried too much. Scigliano also said that “We have not seen any evidence of exploitation in Google Play or other app stores via our security scanning tools,” “Google Play scans for this issue – and Verify Apps provides protection for Android users who download apps to their devices outside of Play.”

More about Android security: Most Androids Vulnerable Due to Outdated Firmware

Turn on 2-step authentication to enhance your social media security

Do you still remember the article about “2-step authentication” we shared on Facebook? Today, we are going to walk you through the process of setting up 2-step authentication on your social media step-by-step.  2-step authentication is not a cure-it-all for your internet security. However, it certainly makes it more difficult for hackers to break through your security line.

What is 2-step authentication?

2-step authentication (a.k.a. two-factor authentication) is composed of two pieces of authentication factors: the knowledge factor, something you know, and the possession factor, something you have. It’s similar to the idea of requiring 2 keys to open a treasure chest. In addition to the password you originally created for emails, social media or even online banking accounts (knowledge factor), you will need another key (possession factor) to access to your accounts. Your phone is one of the most popular options nowadays. By activating such security feature on your social media, you will receive a set of codes on your phone. Use this code to access your account after typing in the password you normally use.

How to set up?

  1. Click on the setting button on the upper right corner and choose the account setting option.

    Facebook login approval

    Facebook login approval

  2. On the navigation panel on your left, choose “security”; it will take you to the screen below.
  3. Enable the “Login Approval” security feature then Facebook will walk you through
    FB login approval2
  4. Facebook will send you a set of codes via SMS. Type the code in the box, then click next. As you enter the security code, you will have the option to save your device to your account so that you don’t have to generate a code for the device every time you log in
    FB login approval3
  5. If you ever login via a device unrecognized by Facebook, you will need to enter the code again. 계속 읽기

10 Common Facebook scams 2013 -Part 2.

Have you kept the first 5 common scams on Facebook that we talked about in our last post? If you need a little recap, check out 10 Common Facebook scams 2013 <Part 1>.

Ready? Now, let’s get into the next 5!

6.         Phony message on Facebook

  • Scammer from Facebook team: A phishing scam spotted by GFI Lab early this year. You will go through 5 pages of question for a security check after clicking on the link. Once the scammer has your information, it will start to spam your friends or use your identity and card information to purchase things you will never receive.
Phony message from Facebook Team spotted by GFI Lab

Phony message from Facebook Team spotted by GFI Lab

  • Check out my new Camera: I’ve seen too many times that my friends try to show me their new shopping trophy through Facebook chat; while we all know the link of the pictures will not take you to their new camera or new clothes,  but some spams or malware.
  • I need your help (and money!): Your friend won’t ask for your help by just leaving a Facebook message, especially when s/he needs your financial support. A tip to keep in mind, they usually ask you to transfer money via Western Union or other uncommon financial institute. Be cautious!

7.        Customize you Facebook:  Apps to find out who unfriend you, to change your Facebook color or getting “Dislike” button are just a few tricks of the scammers. Scammers usually insert adware, malware into the browser extension or plugins.

Red Facebook Hoax

Red Facebook Hoax

One of the most popular scam on Facebook early this year is the make-your-Facebook-red scam. After clicking the link 계속 읽기