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Malware Minute: Stay Safe on the Internet

Topics this week:Chile mine rescue story SEO poisoning, Twitter phishing, U.S.government advisories on money mule recruitment and bank-account takeovers and best books for malcode analysis and reverse engineering.

The 2 Biggest Security Threats in 2010

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Scareware and You

Without a doubt the largest threat to the security of your computer, identity, and bank account is YOU.

The best firewalls and most effective antivirus won’t help a bit if you, the user, clicks on Rogue Security Software and fake warnings. Known also as Scareware, this thief is fooling you big time. When it knocks, do not open the door.

Ask Leo: Is It Safe to Delete This File?

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By Leo Notenboom

My C: and D: drives have many gigabytes of .DAT files under “Documents and
Settings”. I’m trying to free up space on the C: drive. Can I delete any of
these files? I really don’t know what they are, how they got there, or why they
occupy so much space on my computer!

I don’t know.

Honestly, I have no idea either as to what they are, how they got there, or
why they occupy so much space. That’s the problem with “.dat” files – there’s
no way to know what they are without more information.

But I do have some ideas on how to determine if deleting them is ok, and
ways to do it safely. And those ideas apply to any file type, not just
“.dat”.

ASK THE PROS September

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A new school year can be stressful for the kiddies heading back with books, backpacks, and probably some new laptops here and there. This is a great time to make sure their computer is ready for a new year. Give them a system clear of Virus and spyware. Clear out old temp files. Defrag the hard drive. You never know how much space is needed for taking notes frorm the new teacher.

March 2005 Newsletter

Happy Birthday PC Pitstop!
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January 2005 Newsletter

More Information on Safe Surfing
PC Pitstop Test Enhancements
Top Dawg Challenge Winners
Is AMD Cleaning Intel’s clock?
Join the PC Pitstop Folding or SETI Team

Are Your Children Safe from Spyware?

If you have kids, then the computer they use — which may also be the computer you use — is vulnerable to infestation by spyware. Spyware preys on the behavior of children, and teens in particular, by parking itself in the programs they download and on the sites they visit. Peer-to-peer music-swapping software, free online games, screen savers, song-lyrics sites are prime destinations for kids and many of them can carry an unwanted payload that can melt down a machine. But by teaching your kids appropriate behaviors and habits, and using some protective software, you can go a long way toward preventing spyware from gaining a foothold on your system.