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Safe Computing and Preventing Malware Infections

The current outbreak of the polymorphic worm Downadup, aka Conficker and Kido, and all its variants make very clear that many users don’t act in a responsable and secure way. After all, at the moment 9 (nine) million PCs are contaminated by that worm for reason of a missing Microsoft Security Update for Windows (KB958644). At the same time numerous users don’t posses safe computing and surfing habits, ignore standard precautions, haven’t the slightest idea how to prevent malware and in case they have a PC contaminated by malware they are trying to clean the PC by themselves or by self-declared “security experts”. Keep in mind that malware cleaning/removal isn’t a job for amateurs, it is a dedicated job for well trained and full qualified malware hunters.

Safe computing/surfing and preventing malware is a matter of education. Only well educated users have the reasonable possibilty to remain “clean”. The sole aim of me and my staff on Smokey’s Security Forums is to fulfill this aim by providing the user for free with Education, Support, Help and Advice, and in case the PC of the user is infected by malware to offer malware cleaning/removal by real security experts: comprehensive trained, full qualified HJT/OTListIt2 Analysers/Malware Hunters.

Some basic rules for safe computing, related links at the end of this post:

– Activate the automatic update function in Windows. Always accept and install all updates offered by Microsoft.
– If you don’t like automatic updates, consider to use the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA). MBSA is an easy to use free tool that helps individuals, small and medium businesses to determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. It will improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common administrative vulnerabilities and missing security updates on your computer systems.
– Always install all Service Packs offered by Microsoft.
– Educate and protect yourself, e.g. by visiting my board and reading the FAQs, How-To’s and Advisories concerning Safe Computing and Preventing Malware.
– In case your PC is infected by malware, adware or any other undesired badware or nasties visit my board to get rid of such crap. Only full qualified HijackThis & OTListIt2 Log Analysers/Malware Hunters will care about these infections and help you in a professional way, of course for free, to get rid of it. Note: only registered board members will receive malware removal/cleaning help, registering on my board is also for free.

Update 2010-14-03: Guests allowed to post on Smokey’s for Log Analysis and Malware Removal help

Links

Smokey’s Security Forums
FAQs, How-To’s and Advisories concerning Safe Computing and Preventing Malware
HijackThis (HJT) & OTListIt2 Log Analysis and Malware Removal/Cleaning Assistance and Services
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) Frequently Asked Questions
Download Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Safe computing!
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January 17, 2009 Posted by | Advisories, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Bundleware, Downloads, Friends, Phishing, Recommended External Security Related Links, Toolbarware, Uncategorized, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Smokey’s Security Forums Seasonal Competition 2008

Smokey’s Security Forums is pleased to announce Smokey’s Seasonal Competiton 2008.

This competition will give you a chance to upgrade to the full paid for versions of security software, all licenses will be valid for a minimum of 12 months.

It’s our way of trying to help a few members by making sure they have adequate security cover for the coming year, obviously by having a license they would receive better protection than the ‘free’ versions offer. Several of the top security companies have donated licenses for this competition.

The competition will start on Monday 1st December 2008 and will run until Sunday 21st December 2008, A list of all winners will be published on Tuesday 24th December. All times are in GMT.

All registered forum members have a chance to win ‘free’ licenses for a lot of top notch security programs, e.g.:

– Internet Security Suites
– Firewalls
– Anti Virus programs
– Anti Malware programs

If you want to join this competition you are invited to register for free on Smokey’s Security Forums. Keep in mind that only valid email addresses will be accepted, so no temporary and/or so called 10-minutes accounts.

Please login on Sunday 30th November to Smokey’s Security Forums for full details on how to get your hands on these free security software licenses and participating security software companies.

On behalf of Smokey’s Team,

Smokey
Site Owner Smokey’s Security Forums

Smokey’s is Site Member ASAP – Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals™

November 28, 2008 Posted by | Alerts, Downloads, Friends, Malware, News, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment