Posts Tagged ‘Hard disk drive’

Did Google or Microsoft Put Malware on Your Computer?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

There are two large Internet ad services, one is owned by Google and Microsoft has the other.  Microsoft’s service is MSN and Google’s is DoubleClick.  Many computers had malware silently installed on their computer just by browsing seemingly innocuous websites.

According to The Register, http://www.theregister.co.uk, “Among the titles silently thrust on marks was HDD Plus, a piece of malware that falsely claims users have serious system errors that can only be fixed by buying a premium version of the program.”

By default, most browsers provide no protection from this type of attack.  We expect to have a white paper out shortly which will describe how to protect your computer from malware attacks such as this.

This article was written by The Boss of HITman Services, a computer and IT company serving the Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties of New York.

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My Computer Has a Virus Again – Porn Again

Monday, December 13th, 2010

You’ve probably head it before, my computer has a virus again. Running a computer and IT services company in New York’s Capital District, we hear that pretty often.

Recently a woman brought her computer in stating her computer has viruses again.  Overhearing the conversation, I instructed one of the techs to perform a forensics investigation on the hard drive because it is not normal for a computer to come back unless something else is going on behind the scenes.

The tech found many traces of pornography website visits on the computer.   I placed a call to the woman to review the situation with her.  It was a very interesting conversation.  She was very polite and insistent that it couldn’t be her teen son or her husband visiting the porn sites and it must be her kindergarten aged child as the child knows how to use Google and can read.  Hey, whatever.

We received a call from our client who said over the weekend, a confession was made.  It wasn’t the kindergartner.  Who’da thought!

This article was written by The Boss of HITman Services, a computer and IT company serving the Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties of New York.

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Server Upgrade on a Beautiful Weekend

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

This past weekend I joined one of our tech’s in a network upgrade.  We had a good battle plan laid out and a good portion of the work was done before we were onsite.

The server we replaced had been in use since the early part of the last decade.  It is amazing to think that servers back then had hard drives under 100 MB.  Besides the new server we also upgraded the infrastructure.

While the install took longer than anticipated, the results were well worth it.  The only bad part is we were inside on a gorgeous Upstate New York weekend.

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