Tag: adware

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uTorrent Users Discover ‘Epic Scale’ Mining Op on PCs

Users of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent recently discovered that the program had been installing software on their machines that utilized any idle CPU power on their computers to mine for Litecoin. As of late, uTorrent has been struggling to keep up with the immense demand for its free product. Despite its immense popularity and […]

Avast Responds to How-To Geek Allegations

Yesterday morning, we posted a story detailing a fresh discovery by a blogger at the tutorial website How-To Geek. In the article, he discusses a process he found inside the SafePrice module that’s built into the Avast web browser toolbar. The toolbar, which is good for everything from keeping users safe from phishing links as […]

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Avast Anti-virus Toolbar Caught Using Spyware to Collect Data on Users

Update (Oct 24, 20.10PM CET): Avast Chief Operations Officer, Ondrej Vlcek has responded to the claims made by How To Geek, which have been covered in this post. Tech tutorial blog How-To Geek has revealed their discovery that the Avast Antivirus Toolbar had been secretly installing spyware and adware modules on user’s machines that were […]

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Kyle and Stan Malvertising Infects Thousands of Computers

A malvertising network called ‘Kyle and Stan’ has been used to attack millions of users via several websites including YouTube, Yahoo and Amazon, according to an investigation carried out by Cisco. Three security researchers at Cisco, David McDaniel, Shaun Hurley and Armin Pelkmann, shared their findings about the malware attacks in a blog post. Kyle […]

15 Million Mobile Devices Are Malware-Infected

Malware infection has reached new heights, as revealed by a new report from Alcatel-Lucent. According to the data, at least 15 million devices are infected with malware, which means the device in your hand could be infected with malware, spyware, information theft software – or all of them. Alcatel Lucent Kindsight Security Labs disclosed the […]

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160,000 New Malware Samples Generated Every Day

Up to 15 million new malware samples were created at an average rate of 160,000 per day in the second quarter of 2014 according to Panda Security’s latest report. Trojans are still the most common of malware, representing 58.20 percent of newly created threats; this however is lower than the percentage recorded in the first […]

Ask.fm Redirecting to Malware Sites, Blocked in Turkey

Popular social networking site Ask.fm has been redirecting users to malware sites, according to security researchers at Netcraft. The malware sites encourage users to install fake Java and Flash updates. Netcraft explains that users that click these downloads end up with unwanted pop-up ads. Rather than downloading a Java update, victims will instead end up […]

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New Security Flaw Found in HTTPS Connections

A group of analysts and computer scientists from Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University have published a report that claims that a small, but sizable number of connections on the Internet are being made using forged certificates designed to fool the ubiquitous web security provided by HTTPS. HTTPS is the go-to standard for encrypting connections between […]

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Hotspot Shield VPN App Surpasses 200 Million Downloads

Virtual private network (VPN) security is becoming a standard practice by many individuals and businesses. This comes as no surprise as VPNs provide users with a way to keep their IP address private and data encrypted. This prevents you from having to broadcast all your machine’s details to every website that you visit. The Hotspot […]

Microsoft Changing its Adware Blocking Defaults

Microsoft is making some changes to its security products where adware is blocked by default. The changes will come into effect on July 1. Under the new rules, Microsoft has set out a new criteria for what constitutes as adware and if a program meets that criteria, it will be blocked. “We only consider classifying […]