Big Ransomware Attack

The Ireland healthcare system has been hit by the biggest ransomware attack yet. The attackers requested $20 million for the keys to the systems data. The prime minister said they would not pay but I think they may have to because it is projected that the total to get things back in order is $600…

Preventing Ransomeware

You must be diligent to prevent randsomeware or any other malware from get on your computer  or network. Here are some important security tip: Your first line of defence is to keep your operating system up-to-date. If all of those computers in Europe had updated their operating systems those machines would never have gotten infected. Make…

Malicious Software Removal Tool

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is a freely distributed virus removal tool developed by Microsoft for the Microsoft Windows operating system. First released on January 13, 2005, it is an on-demand anti-virus tool (“on-demand” means it lacks real-time protection) that scans the computer for specific widespread malware and tries to eliminate the infection. It…

MS MRT will now remove Ask Toolbar

Microsoft has done a really great thing. The Microsoft MRT (Malicious Software Removal Tool) and Microsoft’s Defender (antivirus) now identifies the “Ask Toolbar” as malware. Antivirus companies have refused to do this because it is packaged with “legitimate” software like the Java Runtime. Microsoft was right to do this because no one wants the Ask Toolbar. Not only does it…