Win HDD refuses to die!

It would seem as though developers behind the Win HDD rogue defragmenter has taken it upon themselves to create an application which will fight to the nail not to be removed. This frustrates me even more because if my PC was infected with this rogue, I would want a clear cut solution to eradicate Win HDD off my PC for good.

No such luck, as Win HDD’s vitriolic attack has even surprised industry professionals, it’s going to take a powerful security tool to be able to permanently get rid of Win HDD. This rogue hails from a family of similar rogue defragmenters, most notably Check Disk and Ultra Defragger.

Making use of the same scareware tactics as these similar rogue defragmenters, Win HDD tries to convince the user that it found hardware problems where there is none, and that in order to “fix” these problem, the user needs to pay for a Win HDD license.

It will inform the user of these supposed “errors” by making use of various fake security notifications, the most notorious of these being:

“Windows detected a hard drive problem.
A hard drive error occurred while starting the application.”

“Critical Error!
Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.”

You should never pay any heed to this types of extortion, and should take steps to permanently eliminate Win HDD off your PC for good.

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Facebook copyrighting the Internet?

It seems Facebook is in the last throws of actually copywriting the word ‘Face”.  That’s right, Facebook wants to be the sole proprietor of the word “Face” in ” the context of social networking sites and other specific computer-linked activities because they have built up a reputation in the name Facebook, of which arguably ‘face’ is the dominant element.”

 

Now this might seem like another ploy by Facebook to exert its online domination, but speaking as a loyal Facebooker I’ve always said quit your wining, or get off Facebook.  All the people bemoaning the lack of sophisticated safety features on Facebook seems to annoy me these days.  If you don’t like it, don’t use it.  After all, how can you expect stuff you release onto the Web to remain private?  Isn’t it public property then?

 

OK please, hold the comments.  Many arguments can be, and have been fought over this subject, and that’s not even what this blog is about. The bottom line remains; Facebook is the Top Dog, and the rest are only followers. For now at least, until the new Facebook inevitably enters the scene.

Antimalware Doctor spreading DOOM and GLOOM wherever the trail leads

It would seem as though I’ve finally become exasperated with all the supposed “security programs” out to magnanimously keep the virtual citizens safe from online fraud and attack. Unlike the name suggests, Antimalware Doctor does not offer any diagnostic or remedial qualities to any infected PC, but is a harmful infection in itself. This, among many other reasons negates the need to eliminate Antimalware Doctor as soon as its presence is detected on your system.

 

Making use of the traditional scare tactics employed by the common variety rogue, Antimalware Doctor goes out of its way to win the trust of its intended victim. As soon as the rogue infiltrates the system and roots its infection, Antimalware Doctor will bombard the user with incessant popup messages. These popup messages are used as a vehicle for fake security alerts to convince the user his PC is infected. One of these notifications read as follows:

 

Warning! Removed attack detected!
Antimalware Doctor has detected that somebody is trying to block your computer remotely via {Trojan Worm BX12.434.CardStoler}.
Transfer for Your private data via internet will start in: 7
We strongly recommend you to block attack immediately.

Antimalware Doctor has detected that somebody is trying to transfer your private data via internet. We strongly recommend you to block attack immediately.

Your computer is subjected to hacker attack. Antimalware Doctor has detected that somebody is trying to transfer your private data via internet. We strongly recommend you to block attack immediately.”

 

 

It is important to realize that Antimalware Doctor is designed, marketed and distributed by criminals, and nothing this rogue has to offer holds any benefit to your PC. The only way to limit the damage posed by this insidious rogue is to obliterate Antimalware Doctor for good.

 

Check Disk redifining benchmarks for rogue defragmenters.

It would seem as though hot-off-the-press Check Disk rogue defragmenter has caught the security industry as well as its victims by surprise with the vitriolic intensity of its attack. Taking control of its victims’ PCs, Check Disk will cause irreparable damage to a PC if left untreated. It’s clear from this that the only alternative is to eliminate Check Disk off the system immediately. Yet for some reason Check Disk and similar roguewares still enjoy immense commercial success. In order to understand this phenomenon, you need to look at the workings and nature of the rogue in question – Check Disk.

Merely imitating the workings of a real defragmenter, Check Disk offers no benefits to an infected PC, offering nothing but trouble and a headache.  Users won’t even be aware of the Check Disk infiltration of their system until symptoms start to appear. As a first line of attack, Check Disk will inform the user that his PC is not performing optimally. It will do this by making use of annoying and incessant popup messages and fake system scans. These scans and their results should never enjoy any attention as they are fake and suspect. Some of these messages will read as follow:

“Critical Error
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.”

Windows detected a hard drive problem.
A hard drive error occurred while starting the application.”

As part of its attack, Check Disk will make operating the system impossible. Users won’t be able to open any legitimate programs, and the system will experience increased instability and will be slowed down to the point of being utterly worthless. Users might be tempted to simply acquiesce to Check Disk’s demands and pay for it, but that is the worst thing to do. Rather stop Check Disk by having it removed by properly functioning security software.

Sophistication behind pw.exe rogues? Some think so!

See now this is just pure laziness. If you’ve ever looked for an example of how developers of rogue security products look for shortcuts to mass production, look no further than wp.exe. This executable acts as the main executable for a host of rogue products. You can either be impressed, or disgusted by this fact. Either way, you need to eradicate wp.exe off your system completely.

How pw.exe works is it can take various forms in terms of rogue applications, but each of those rogues are the very same product, with the same nasty nature. What further confuses users dealing with a pw.exe rogue is that it has the ability to adapt to its surroundings where operating systems are concerned. Some of the rogues associated with pw.exe are XP Antispyware, XP Antimalware and XP Guard. If the operating system is Windows Vista, the names will simply change to Vista Antispyware, Vista Antimalware and Vista Guard. This is exactly the same for Win 7.

It is for this reason, among others, that pw.exe remains largely unidentified and unassociated with these various rogues. Do not mistake pw.exe’s intention. It was developed by criminal rogueware developers with the express intent of fleecing consumers out of their hard earned money. It makes use of the same extortionary measures of traditional rogueware, such as fake scanners and bogus security notifications.

Do not believe any correspondence received from pw.exe or its affiliated rogues, and kill wp.exe in your Task Manager before attempting removal. One thing is for sure though; you need to get rid of pw.exe in order to secure the safety and privacy of your system.

Google bounces off the Christmas rush

It would seem Google wants its part of the global Christmas shopping rush, and has revealed its latest venture – botiques.com, a virtual shopping mall. I don’t know about you, but I usually get nervous when a company previously unassociated with sales stars spewing commercial endeavors. Granted, Google has always dabbled in sales, but not in direct consumer sales such as what they’re taking on now.

Combining the winning recipe which has helped many before it make their fortune – celebrity and shopping combines to be a kickass combination! Boutiques brings the best of the best together, in essence a site with many different e-stores, like a real mall hosts plenty of shops, see?

Time will tell if this latest venture of Google will be sustainable and profitable, but like with so many of its past endeavors, this one seems to be on a hot train headed for success!

Facebook surpasses expectations once again

It would seem as though FACEBOOK wants to add another revolution to its credentials. Aiming to “revolutionize Internet communication,” the 26 year old FACEBOOK creator Mark Zuckerburg recently announced that FACEBOOK will be adding e-mail to its long list of attractive qualities.

This means that FACEBOOK users are now able to mash together email with instant messages, mobile SMS messages and FACEBOOK chats all into one single stream of communication.

The inspiration for this genius aspirations comes from the newly coined term Age of Urgency, according to Mark, where users want a rich and thorough history of their past correspondence with their contacts, and to receive all lines of communication instantly.

The famous TechCrunch blog, which reports on the latest SciTech news has called this move of FACEBOOK a “Gmail Killer.” Personally I wouldn’t be so dramatic or quick to drop the ax over Gmail’s head, as I, and plenty of other die hard Gmail fans still find pretty good use for our accounts.