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Vulnerability in exposed ports in older Windows OS

A vulnerability has been found existing in unpatched versions of Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft recently issued the first patch for Windows XP in May 2019, years after the last patch was released. Attackers are searching for vulnerable unpatched Windows systems that…

Malware found in CCleaner Installer

CCleaner infected with Malware

About the Attack: Pirform released an announcement yesterday (18th September, 2017) informing their users that CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 had been compromised, as an attacker managed to place malicious code inside the official CCleaner releases. Users who had installed either of these versions, estimated to be 2.27 million people, may have had non-personally identifiable…

Two Free Flowchart Programs

All my staff can now create flowcharts and I didn’t spend thousands buying the gold standard Visio. We looked for alternatives and found two good ones: A great bit of free software called yED A great free cloud app Google Drawings Both of these will get the job done quicker than if you used word or paint.…

Do not install patch KB3159398

This week was patch Tuesday for Microsoft, the regular once a month release of all the security updates contains a patch you should NOT install if you want your group policies to run normally. Apparently this patch breaks any security filtering set in group policies, meaning mapped network drives, printers and a whole swag of other settings…

Internet Explorer is Losing the Browser War

In 1995 Netscape had 80% of the market. By 1998 Internet Explorer had more than 50% of the internet browser market and over the next decade grew that to more than 90% Now it’s Google Chrome’s turn with recent data showing it is now the most used browser. Google Chrome is what we recommend you use too 🙂

Apple ends QuickTime on Windows

Be very careful opening “MOV” files from the internet, there are two bugs in Quicktime that Apple won’t patch and these bugs are actively being used by hackers right now. This is big news in the computer world, Apple didn’t tell anyone about this, it took a few questions from Trend Micro before Apple said……

The most common virus today…

Hackers are always evolving their attacks and the latest bugs have gone back to using social engineering to get into your PC. A great example of social engineering is the Snow white virus from 2002, you can see the virus email below and you would not believe the number of people who clicked the attachment wanting to…

Patch your PC urgently!

A new bug has been found in Outlook. If you read an email you can be automatically infected, you don’t have to do anything except read or preview the email. There’s more details on this attack here but if you haven’t applied the Microsoft Patches released on December 8th 2015, you need to apply them ASAP. If you are a customer…