If it can happen to your computer occasionally, then it will certainly happen to your WordPress website, perhaps more often. Malware or other viruses and infections or cyber-attacks are a huge mess. Cleaning them us is often tedious too and disheartening. Still, we’re here to help you clean a WordPress malware infection in the simplest way possible.[Read more…]
Computer viruses have existed for as long as we can remember. Well, almost.
The first computer virus (externally released) is thought to be ‘Elk Cloner’. It is attributed to Rich Skrenta. It infected Apple DOS 3.3 computers and was spread via floppy disc – in those early days, the floppy disc was the main method of spreading viruses. That was back in 1982.
Funnily enough, Skrenta created the Elk Cloner as a simple prank when he was 15 years old. Elk Cloner embedded itself in a computer’s memory when an infected disc was used. It then spread to other discs that were used later on. [Read more…]
According to Facebook:
“Previously, if you suspected you may have malware installed on your device, you would either need to run anti-virus on your device or wait until Facebook identified an actionable threat. Now, with our new self-enrollment malware checkpoint, you will be able to proactively obtain your choice of a free anti-virus product to scan and clean your system.”
The announcement comes just months after Facebook announced malware-removal software partnerships with McAfee and Microsoft.
The new system offers McAfee’s Scan and Repair option and Microsoft’s Security Essentials platform. Once downloaded both applications offer the chance to scan for and remove suspected malware. The programs Facebook says will not interfere with already installed anti-virus programs. [Read more…]
A quick warning for Twitter users today, a new Twitter worm exploit has been discovered that uses the Google URL shortener service, sending users to fake antivirus sites.
The worm works by sending users through a goo.gl link to a site that offers a service called “Security Shield” which is in fact a piece of malware. The malware as detected by Sophos virus scans is called Troj/FakeAV-CMG.
Twitter is aware of the worm and their safety account claims they are “working to remove the malware links and reset passwords on compromised accounts.”
Gizmodo, Gawker Media’s hugely popular technology/gadget blog, has had to apologise to its readers for allowing ads containing malware to be published on its site during the past week.
Their ad sales team was duped by an elaborate scam that would have infected some users with software that may have caused random passwords and possibly initiated phishing attacks. [Read more…]