FaceBook TALKED to me!

FaceBook TALKED to me!

PopUp on Facebook

Like everyone, I love looking around Facebook. All the cute cats (yes, I am a cat crazy person), good luck stories, bad luck stories, stories and pictures of friends and family – absolutely everything that is out there for the world to see!

The other night I decided to read a “feel good story” – next thing I know a man is telling me through my speakers that my computer has been blocked!

He tells me that I can’t shut the browser or my computer will shut down and never start again and that I need to contact Microsoft immediately before I lose everything.

Well blow me down with a feather – I decided to tempt fate and all that there is holy – I CLOSED THE BROWSER!

What happened next just took my breath away –  NOTHING! Why did nothing happen? I have ESET Internet Security and it grabbed the trojan as it was trying to access my computer and deleted the file. No Harm, No Foul! It did pop up a really nice image that “could have been” Microsoft – but it wasn’t

Beware what you click on when surfing the net. It can look harmless enough – but is it really ?

I use a couple of things to keep my (and my clients) computers safe – Addons to my browsers

WOT – Web of Trust – it works like a traffic light – showing what the rating of the websites are.

  • Green – Safe
  • Amber – Be Careful
  • Red – STOP!!

ABP – Adblock Plus – stops those annoying Pop-Ups – but it can sometimes block good popups too – so you do need to be aware!

 

Fake Microsoft Trojan

Have you been caught ?

Have you been caught ?

Who hasn’t received an email telling them that a “distant relative has died and they are the sole beneficiary” or UPS (United Parcel Service) has a parcel for you. All you have to do is “click the link” to arrange a delivery. Yes – they are scams, along with the following that we received here in our inbox this week.

 

The Original Email

Our first we received was a MyGov email – I knew I was a MyGov member so I looked it over carefully before taking these screenshots, then DELETING the email

Showing the information

Firstly look closely at the email – you will see things a little different to a real MyGov email

The worst thing about these emails – they are done for no real purpose other than infecting your computer with a virus and cause you a major headache.

 

Most likely CryptoLocker Virus

Then we received one from Australia Post – yes we get many parcels delivered to our address and sometimes miss them. When I received this email – I had to look twice then again I hovered over the link – as guess what – another fake! This time I was suppose to download the file – print out the attachement and visit Australia Post. The minute I had of opened the zip file – there goes the virus, right through my computer – Probably a virus called “CryptoLocker” Nasty NASTY virus that holds your files to ransom – 9/10 times irretrievable files.

Good ‘ol Apple

Lastly for the day good old Apple Email stating that my case was still opened and unless I solved the problem, they would terminate my account. Trojan based website again.

 

 

PLEASE PLEASE remember – make sure you have a reputable antivirus program, always keep your definitions up-to-date and that your program is scanning regularly.

We use and sell ESET Antivirus (Internet Security) – That’s how we know exactly what these emails are sending us. Those links would have infected our computers – yes, even our Mac computers – and the viruses/trojans/malware tried – by ESET stood true to it’s word and protected us.

 

Did I download the zip file from Australia Post and “test” the CryptoLocker virus against ESET ? No, we like to push the boundaries here, but NEVER EVER with a zip/exe file! Those people can be WAY ahead of most of the antivirus programs out there and we like our computers WAY TO MUCH! Stay save out there!