Tag Archives: malware

Show Your File Extensions To Avoid Malware

A common tactic with malware involves a file naming scheme. By default, Windows hides file extensions of known file types. A file will show as “Resume” for example. If this is a Word document, it will display a Microsoft Word icon. If it’s a PDF file, it will display an Adobe icon. The icon displayed, […]

Poweliks Malware Removal

Poweliks Malware Removal I just got done cleaning a “Poweliks” infection from a client’s PC in Muskego. It went undetected by two anti-virus / anti-malware products. Symptoms of this Trojan horse include slow performance, high disk activity, lots of connections displayed when you type netstat at a command prompt, and powershell appears in task manager […]

Cryptolocker Malware – Protect Yourself

The Cryptolocker malware has been spreading across the US. It infects your computer and encrypts your data files with a key that only the attackers have. They demand that you pay them to get the key and unlock your files. This threat can actually result in data loss, so BE AWARE! Do not open any […]

Anti-Virus Ratings

I am often asked about Anti-Virus Ratings… what is the best anti-virus / anti-malware program for home use? I have to say, none of them really impress me.  Nonetheless, some are better than others.  Here is a guide from PC Magazine.  Note that the anti-virus ratings change every year, and the best product this year […]