This is Bryant, your computer guy from Quick Fix on Pantops representing the research efforts of the Quick Fix team. I wanted to let you know how you can protect yourselves... for free. This is the problem... over the past couple of months, we have noticed an increasingly viscous class of infection. It is able to get past any and all virus protective systems. It doesn't matter whether you run Norton, McAfee, AVG, Trendmicro, anything. No antivirus software can stop this type of bug.
It is a class of program called a rootkit. Rootkits have been around for quite some time, but this particular type of rootkit has been able to evade detection, deletion, and proactive blocking. It is really nasty, and is used to deploy nasty malware such as System Security, Antivirus 2010, trojans, keyloggers, etc. Read about it for yourself:
These articles may seem a bit intimidating, but don't worry. They are just meant keep you informed. We will keep on top of this stuff so you don't have to. :)
The vast majority of the time, these infections are spread by visiting websites. Not necessarily 'dark alley' websites, either. A couple of months ago, my wife was looking at Verizon and Alltel's websites when her laptop got hacked! It is shocking, I know. I watched it happen. Presumably, one of those sites got compromised, if even for a short time (30 seconds or so). The attackers deployed their software to anyone who was connected at that time. It took days to clean it up. And, now, there even exist “legitimate” internet distribution networks for malware (whereby virus creators pay websites for every machine infected with their virus as a consequence of connecting to the website). It’s not covert-only anymore. It is happening overtly, out in the open.
To keep yourself from being hacked, you should start to use the following FREE tools:
*Or you can use Comodo Antivirus (which includes antivirus, a sandbox, and a secure DNS service).We have provided download links to all of these directly from our website. None of these are traditional antivirus software programs. We still use antivirus software, and would recommend you use it too... but it simply will not help you versus this new class of bugs.
The most important tool to use is Sandboxie. Sandboxie approaches malware protection from a whole new angle. It doesn't attempt to block anything. What sandboxie does is run your browser from within a contained space on your system and its hard drive. Anything transmitted to your machine from the web while browsing is unable to escape this container. When you close your browser, the container is obliterated.
I got a nasty case of the dreaded 'System Security' infection. Little popups appeared everywhere. I got a new icon blinking in my system tray saying I was infected. My browser was redirected to strange sites wanting my credit card. I calmly (well... kinda calmly) closed my browser like I normally do and... PRESTO! Not a trace of the infection. This infection would have made a computer unusable that was not using Sandboxie. It would have also taken many days to fix. Because of this wonderful tool, I rectified the problem in 2 seconds... by closing Internet Explorer. It totally made my day!! :)
We will not harass you for not using our recommended tools. After all, this is our job! We will, however, efficiently take care of your PC and give you a free candy bar in the process. :) Just give us a call if you have any questions.Sincerely,The Quick Fix Team
As a managed services provider, our primary job is to be proactive. We monitor, backup, update, and protect.
We love taking care of our clients, and can help you take care of yours, too! QuickFix offers a robust reseller program!
76% of all malware attacks happen through Email. Not only is our email safe, but it’ll also be your work-horse.
We keep workstations running quickly and safely so that you and your team can focus on working instead of fixing.
Having a reliable, fast, secure network is like having a safe, fast, and secure ambulance. There should never be another way.
Our in-house web team provides white glove web maintenance, construction, and design.