Remove Malware News for the Week of 8/20/2012

Rather than making a bunch of posts for this week I’ll just keep adding to this one.

Avast Releases Mobile Security 2.0 for Android.  You can read about it here – https://blog.avast.com/2012/08/20/feature-rich-avast-mobile-security-2-0-launched/ and you can download it via Google Play.

The parts I love about this app:

  • If you lose your Android phone you can login into a portal and remotely wipe your entire phone (ensuring private documents and emails stay private).
  • You can rename the anti-theft app to something else like “phone guide” for example
  • Network Monitor let’s you see what apps are consuming how much bandwidth

Microsoft Releases 9 Critical Patches

The Shamoon Worm (a.k.a Disttrack) wipes your PC!

  • Heralding back to the days of old when malware was truly malicious, the Shamoon virus rewrites OS files on Windows PC’s making them unbootable (until you reload the OS after a format).  The part that scares me is that Shamoon spreads from PC-to-PC.  Initial points of infection seam to be emails disguised as legit files.  Shamoon is currently targeting energy companies in the middle east.

Updated the ToolKit Page

Next Review – DoNotTrackPlus (DNT+)

Here’s a description of DNT+ 

DoNotTrackPlus stops data collection by preventing your browser from communicating with
those companies and leaving a digital trail. DNT+ gives you the peace of mind to know
that you aren’t creating a virtual profile of yourself as you surf the web that can be used
against you. Currently, DNT+ blocks tracking by more than 200 companies and 580 tracking
technologies. It can speed up page loads by up to 4x, creates the fewest website errors of
any tracker-blocking tools on the market, and is the only such tool that rebuilds social buttons

6 Responses to Remove Malware News for the Week of 8/20/2012

  1. Michael Hazell August 22, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Thanks for the news Matt. I appreciate it.

  2. Scott August 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    What are your thoughts on the recent Dr. Web Live CD Beta release? Rumour has it that it will have an MBR repair function and allow you to edit the registry for malware remnants that block processes.

    • mrizos September 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

      No real need to edit the registry, I prefer to just get rid of the actual modification/binaries involved.

  3. 1234shre August 25, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    matt, you could my
    http://support.clean-mx.de/clean-mx/viruses.php to get some real 0-day things…just come down the cean mx page and moveitems to display to 2000 and you get a ton of fresh stuff on there..

    • mrizos September 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      Forgot to say THANKS! for this.

  4. DDD August 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Finally Avast Mobile Security has a Web Interface included alongside with SMS Commands. YAY!!

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