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PCs Come Pre-Installed With All Your Favorite Malware

Malware and viruses are bad, but so long as you’re careful, your PC will stay squeaky clean, right? Maybe not. Microsoft has found that many PCs from China are coming with malware pre-installed, as many as a fifth.

As if bloatware wasn’t bad enough, the four offending computers all run forged versions of  Windows, forged versions of Windows with all kinds of nasty functionality baked right in. Generally, the malware is designed to control the PCs for use in a botnet, In worse cases, the viruses could remotely engage cameras and microphones.

You’re probably safe; most of the computers that suffer from this come from relatively unregulated markets like China. Still, even if your laptop is clean having more infected computers out there isn’t going to be good for anyone. Microsoft has been trying to fix the problem with a lawsuit, but it’s a big problem to fix. For the time being, don’t buy a new computer in China if you can avoid it

Work-from-Home Scheme and Malware Served on Fake BBC Site

It’s not uncommon for us to find shady websites that replicate the ones of the BBC, or Channel 5 News in an attempt to advertise fake work-from-home jobs. However, it’s somewhat unusual to find such sites that bring something extra, such as the Blackhole exploit kit and a nasty Trojan. More on this story at Softpedia

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Scareware now targets Firefox browser

We have been reading about a lot of rogue software targeting Mac users – but its now time for Firefox users to be very careful.

A new scareware detects your user-string from your browser and if you are using Firefox, it will display a fake alert stating that a security scan is in process, with a button recommending that you Start Protection.If you click on the Start Protection. button, it will proceed to install a rogue antivirus software on your Windows computer.

Firefox does NOT include a virus scanner, so should you see such an alert, you know what to do! Simply close the browser and make it a point to not visit the website where you may have seen this alert, reports Sophos.

If you use Internet Explorer, you may get the regular Computer folder dialog box which appears to be running a system scan inside your IE.

I guess we are going to be seeing more and more of such ways to steal money from people. Cybercriminals will use such scareware tactics to scare people into downloading malicious software onto their computers and/or pay for a fake rogue software. This is something we all need to take care of.