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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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Smokey’s Security Forums is Site Member ASAP

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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

HijackThis & OTL (formerly OTListIt2) Log Analysis and Malware Removal & Cleaning

What are HijackThis and OTL (formerly OTListIt2)

HijackThis is a free utility which quickly scans your Windows computer to find settings that may have been changed by spyware, malware or other unwanted programs. HijackThis creates a report, or log file, with the results of the scan.

OTL is a very sophisticated Log/Report Tool, doing the same as HijackThis and a lot more. You can see it as the successor of HJT.

IMPORTANT: HijackThis/OTL does not determine what is good or bad.
Do not make any changes to your computer settings using HijackThis and/or OTL unless instructed by a member of the HJT/OTL Analyzers/Malware Hunters group of Smokey’s Security Forums.

Procedures before submitting a HJT or OTL log to Smokey’s Security Forums

– Please register on the forum… Here, it is for free.

– Before submitting a HJT/OTL log to Smokey’s Security Forums, we ask that you follow this procedure first as described… Here.

– At the moment you have followed all instructions post your HJT or OTL log on the forum… Here. German – Deutsch customers can post here.
Then please wait for your log to be answered. Answers, help and support will be given by full qualified HJT/OTL Log Analyzers/Malware Hunters. The offered HJT/OTL services are for free also.

See ya, 😉

Starbuck
Team Leader HJT/OTL Analyzers/Malware Hunters

Update 2009-12-11: from now on, Smokey’s Security Forums will only accept OTL logs, HJT logs will not be accepted anymore.

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

June 22, 2008 Posted by | Advisories, Bundleware, Friends, Malware, Recommended External Security Related Links, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Free HJT/OTL (formerly OTListIt2) Log Analyzing and Malware Cleaning Services again available on Smokey’s

After a period of a closed HJT/OTL (formerly OTListIt2) Log Analyzing/Malware Cleaning Forum I am pleased to announce that from now on Smokey’s Security Forums offer again HijackThis & OTL Log Analyzing & Malware Cleaning related Support, Help and Advice.

This (free) help will only be provided by full qualified HJT/OTL Analyzers/Malware Hunters, this for reason of maintaining the high standards of my forums: Help and Support only by qualified people.

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

April 25, 2008 Posted by | Advisories, Bundleware, Downloads, Friends, Malware, News, Recommended External Security Related Links, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment