From the Times: "Worm Infects Millions of Computers Worldwide"

by Roberta Piket on January 23, 2009

in Messages from the Owner, Tech Thoughts and Tips

Some of you may have seen this article in the Times yesterday.

http://tinyurl.com/ckhllt

There are always worms, trojans, and viruses on the net, so I don’t believe there’s a particular cause for panic or alarm in this case. As always, please make sure you allow all Windows updates to install in order to keep your computer secure. (The Microsoft “patch” mentioned in the article should install automatically if you allow Automatic Updates to do its thing.)

If you are not sure if your computer is updating automatically and want to tell the computer to run updates click Start Menu->Programs->Windows Update.  

To further protect yourself, make sure your Anti-Virus software is running and up to date. We recommend and sell Kaspersky because it has the highest detection rates in the industry and is very reliable.

If you want a little extra insurance, check out Malware Bytes, a great little anti-malware program with a clever name. For a one-time $25 fee, it provides resident (always-on) protection in the backgound while your computer is running. You can purchase it online, and you will be sent a license key and a link to download the program.

If you need help getting it installed, we are available for a remote access appointment.

As always, if your computer is exhibiting any strange or unusual behavior, you may want to give us a call.

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Maggie McComas February 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Could you specify in your blogs whether the problem/issue applies to Mac as well as PCs? My general impression and experience over the years is that Mac is not nearly so vulnerable to viruses and such. But one can never be sure . . . thanks for all the good advice, and espeically that cat video.

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Roberta February 11, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Good point, Maggie. This was a PC issue.

It’s theoretically possible to get a virus on a Mac (although fans of Unix will argue it’s more secure than Windows), but because PC’s have 90% of the computer market share (and more than that for business computing) there are fewer viruses written for Macs.

I am familiar with one program designed to detect malware on a Mac. Here it is:

http://macscan.securemac.com/

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