Security Alert News Reporter   

     September 2005               LANGHORNE, PENNSYLVANIA, USA   Volume 2, Issue (No 16)    
Help! I think we have a Virus.

         Here's your "Security Alert News Reporter" for September, 2005
    The "NewsReporter" is published to keep you up-to-date on the latest information we gather for avoiding and surviving the hectic hacker attacks on your computer security and personal identity that take place constantly on the internet. Many of our comments are based on personal experiences. Protecting your safety, security, sanity, and privacy is not a simple task. We're trying to make it a bit easier for you to accomplish.
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Some Highlights from TODAY'S TOPICS

. Latest Virus and Worm Threats /
    SSA Keylogger worm removal
. The Panda Report - Spying Activity
. Revised ALERT -Stinger Updated
. Privacy Theft - Important Updates
. Family Security - Updated Caring Report
. Family and Kid Friendly Sites
. Recommended - Predator Guard to Protect

   your Children
. Protect Yourself - from the No. 1 Scam
. Publications for your Family and Friends/
   "23 Critical Security Alerts" / FREE Internet
    Glossary /
5 New Article Announcements/
    Online Security while Traveling / Others
. Resources - Many FREE! / (What is i-cop?)
. Bill Hely's ebook -My Security Bible    
. Reviews of the News- really fresh
      information and encouraging news to keep
      you abreast of latest Security activities
. National Cyber Security Month - October 05
  Free Download / Errornuker Registry Cleaner

America has just experienced a tragedy, and the survivors of the Katrina disaster need help - our help - and they'll need it for a long, long time. Please open your hearts and help them in the best way you know how. We're doing it through i-Cop.

Latest Virus Threats  reported thru Sep 4, 2005 by McAfee ,
US-CERT, Panda
™ and other advisory services. (US-CERT is the operational arm
of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) at the Department of Homeland Security)

   Full descriptions including virus characteristics, symptoms, aliases and removal instructions are available by clicking on the links. This virus alert is in addition to those posted in previous month's
News Reporter issues. You can review previous Virus Alerts in the Archive files.
      CLICK on Red Virus Name for descriptions and Removal Advice
McAfee Advisory       
  • W32/Bagle.dldr is a Low-Profiled trojan.
  •     symantec Advisory

      W32.Zotob.E is a medium threat worm with high distribution

    US-Cert advisory
    Apple Mac Products Affected by Multiple Vulnerabilities

        Original release date: August 17, 2005

       Systems Affected
       Apple Mac OS X version 10.3.9 (Panther) and version 10.4.2 (Tiger)
       Apple Mac OS X Server version 10.3.9 and version 10.4.2

    Apple Safari web browser
               (See Apple Security Update 2005-007 for further information)
    No Malware Alert: no new medium or high risk alerts at this time.
    Panda  Here are the highlights from the Panda Report for Sep 1, 2005 with
     most frequently detected  malware during August, 2005

    Despite the appearance of the Zotob and IRCBot.KC/KD worms, which exploited the Windows Plug and Play vulnerability to affect numerous media companies and other businesses and institutions especially in the United States, the list of the viruses most frequently detected by Panda ActiveScan in August has not changed radically with respect to the previous month. Sdbot.ftp once again occupies first place in the ranking. This is the detection of a script that downloads the Sdbot worms onto computers via FTP. The old-timer Netsky.P crops up in second place. This notorious worm exploits a vulnerability to run itself automatically.

    Third in the list is Mhtredir.gen, a generic detection for a group of Trojans that remotely execute code on the compromised computer, without the user's consent but with the same privileges. This is followed by Gaobot, a worm with ‘bot’ functions. Bots are a type of malware designed to allow attackers to take malicious action on infected computers. The malware in fifth place is closely related to the previous example. Qhost.gen is a generic detection for the modifications that some malicious code, such as the Gaobot family, make to the Windows HOSTS file.
     (Panda is an International anti-spyware provider)


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    In following the threat activities reported by the major Security companies, I've observed the change in virus activity and severity from fast-acting, broad based global threats to more targeted worm attacks where the focus is on avoiding detection and stealing money and identities. Phishing activities are rampant, as are Trojans dropping spyware Keyloggers.

               Here's an interesting scenario on a recent keylogger exploit

    Patrick Jordan, Sunbelt Software Company's most senior CoolWebSearch (CWS) expert, was doing research on a CWS exploit. During the course of infecting a machine, he discovered that (a) the machine he was testing became a spam zombie and (b) he noticed a call back to a remote server. He traced back the remote server and found an incredibly sophisticated criminal identity theft ring.

    The spyware keylogger, named Srv.SSA-KeyLogger, is a backdoor program that, among other things, secretly steals data from users internet sessions, including logins and passwords from online banking sessions, eBay, PayPal, and other programs that use html forms to collect personal information

    In my August 13, 2005 post to the Security Alert Blog, I reported that  
    Sunbelt Software  posted their removal software download link and expert
    James Healan of SpywareInfo  published an extraordinarily good step-by-step guide for those of us Win98 users who can't use Sunbelt's fix.

    You can get Expert Help and the Direct Links for Removing this sophisticated
     Srv.SSA-KeyLogger.  If you use Windows 2000, I encourage you to visit the August postings of the Security Alert Blog and test your system for this threat.

     ... Richard

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    IMPORTANT ALERT I'm changing my recent reminder about the  Free virus checking and removal STINGER tool at the Firewalls and Virus Protection site.

     (compliments of McAfee's Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team -
    AVERT) was updated on August 18, 2005 to detect and remove more than 50 current viruses including Zotob.

    It's a great little program that still fits neatly on a floppy disc - a perfect way to clean up your computer if a worm or other 'rogueware' has disabled your ability to get back on the Internet to update your security ware.
    Whenever updated versions become available,
    I'll post a notice here, on the Firewalls and Virus
    Protection website and in the Security Alert Blog. 


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      Privacy Theft  - Be on the alert for the latest spyware and Scams

    How to detect and get rid of malware and Zombie (hijacking) programs

    Usually, it's very difficult to repair the damage they cause, however, there are some really fine and very effective Programs available to Home and Small Business computer users to improve online security and minimize adware, Trojan horse/Zombie and general malware threats. You'll need three.
     Recent recommendations:  Microsoft AntiSpyware*,  Webroot Spy Sweeper (
    CLICK for Free trial), - SpywareBlaster (Download) Adaware -  and XoftSpy
    * Microsoft AntiSpyware  is currently available as a FREE Download, but you can't use it with Windows 95 or 98. I use it on my windows 2000 and Windows XP PC's, have it set for automatic updates and daily scans. Like Spyware Blaster, it's designed to  monitor in Real Time.

    Check out the Free Resources topic for more information and links to HijackThis and CWSshredder
                      Protect Yourself From the No. 1 Scam   

         Memorize this. Repeat this. You really need to know this. CompuServe, PayPal, AOL, and most all of the online money handling company employees NEVER ask you for your password, credit card number, or other personal billing information online-- via an e-mail message or instant message -- nor do they ever call you directly to ask you for this type of information.

    Scammers and phishers will try.  So now you know. Don't fall for these scams. Refuse to give out your personal billing information. Be firm; don't be fooled.


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    Family Security and Caring
    Family Caring- At some time in our lives, family members and friends may need caring support and special understanding. The FREE Care Giving/Care Receiving manual is still available from the website. Don't miss getting this valuable document, even if you aren't a Senior or aren't now involved in providing care for a loved one. All of my friends that I've shared it with agree that it's a great Resource and Guide.
    You'll want to share it, too. The download is Free (and could be worth some of its weight in gold to you someday). 
    If you already have a copy, the Author Tom Koziol, has updated some of the important information. Get the updates HERE                            ...... Richard

    We post Kid Safe Sites, because like you, we care about the safety and security of our children and grandchildren...
    ...and to help parents, grandparents and guardians guide today's young internet surfers to safe sites. There are many other website creators who feel the same concerns and responsibility. These are just a few of their sites that we have personally reviewed and tested as safe for our Grandchildren. Check them out and share them with the young people you care about.
      Please note the 'AMBER ALERT" scrolling at the bottom of this table
      If you would like to help support the Code Amber project, please click here.

    Reviews of Family Safe Sites


    The Crayola website goes beyond being just for Kids with its sections for Parents and Educators, too.

    PBS Kids is a respected and trusted site. We would not hesitate to send our children and grandchildren there for entertainment and education, either.

    Our website is Certified 'Family Safe' by the Institute of Family Safe Businesses.

    Ask Jeeves for Kids

    Enter your question here:
    Ask Jeeves is a trademark of Ask Jeeves, Inc., Copyright 1996-2000 Ask Jeeves, Inc. Ask Jeeves for Kids has great Study Tools, Fun and Games and News Resources,
    Kid Safe Site from
    Yahooligans! A really cool Index to the Web for net Surfers ages 8 - 14.

    Check out the Kid Friendly pages HERE and the Parent Friendly Links
    Your Site Support Supporting your Play Time with Kids
    for Kid approved activities that grownups love Click to visit Site
      We receive no compensation for displaying these links and you will be under No Obligation when you visit them. They are here because we care about the safety of everyone who uses the internet, especially our Kids.

    Predator Guard protects our children

    Help for Parents and Grandparents. Add to your computer

    Predator Guard
    provides real-time protection for children in chat rooms, instant messaging, and e-mail exchanges.
    The Home Edition Features:
    • Real-time protection in Instant Messaging, Chat Rooms, E-mail and Attachments
    • E-mail notification to parents
    • Reviews both outgoing and incoming data
    • User defined library to prevent distribution of personal information
    • Detects, captures, logs and reports violations
    • Works as a stand-alone application or with existing site blocking programs (AOL Parental Controls, Cyber Patrol, Net Nanny, and more.)
     Predator Guard  provides real-time protection for children in chat rooms, instant messaging, e-mail and attachments from online predators and pedophiles. In addition, Predator Guard can prevent all outgoing personal information, such as a child's home address, phone number and school information, or other information that is essential for a predator to make contact with a child. Purchase this Inexpensive Protection Now
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     As you may have noticed, the News Reporter keeps growing with more and more information in each issue. If you Bookmark it, you can return to re-read it at your convenience. I hope you do.   

    Would splitting the newsletter into two separate sections, and issuing   
    them two weeks apart make it easier for you to keep up with all of the news,
    tips, and useful content?   

    Your opinions will be very helpful. Please let me know how often you'd
    like to have your newsletter sent to you.    

    CLICK HERE to open a contact form where you can tell me what you think.

                                                                    thanks,   Richard  

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    Publications - Use these Reports to help your family and friends:

    . For those of you who have visited our Firewalls website and Security Alert Blog, you know that the information there is directed toward keeping you safe from hacker and cracker attacks. Additions to our bookshelf are selected with the same purpose - and we encourage you to share our reports freely. Don't miss the NEWest Free report

    Bookshelf and Special Report Alerts

    23 Critical Alerts free to subscribers


    You Should Consider when Maintaining
    Your Computer Security and Protecting
     Your Personal Safety"

    FREE Downloadable eReport for ALL Subscribers
     to the
    Security Alert News Reporter
    Already a Subscriber?
    CLICK HERE to request your Free copy


    Read how to Protect young children and family from chat room predators

    Protect Yourself and Family from Dangerous Chat Rooms and Instant Messages. If you use them, you and yours are the Hacker's newest targets.
    Hackers are already taking advantage of problems with today's IM systems. People not familiar with these new threats could easily open a new, harmless looking IM message that pops up on their screen. With one well intentioned click of their mouse on a Hacker’s phony message, could get infected. It's no longer just the teen age Chat Room users that are in danger. Whole families are threatened
    In case you missed this FREE report on the Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website, you can read it here.  Please print the report and share it with your family, friends and associates. Help them avoid the hidden dangers and threats often buried in IM messages and of predators lurking in Chat Rooms.

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    Imorive you Online Security when traveling

    If you take your laptop computer with you on your travels, this interview with the Author of "Travel Cheap-Travel Well" contains tips and advice to help maintain your
     Online Security while Traveling in the United States and Abroad.

    The author, Victor K Pryles, discusses computer security and offers first hand advice on maintaining personal safety while on the road, high seas and in the air.

    Click to read it here or Down Load it from this link and share this FREE 10 page report with the travelers you care about. (It's in eBook format; download in less than a minute and zip to open) DOWNLOAD HERE

    This is the book that prompted my interview with Victor Pryles. He included so many money saving Tips and Useful Resources that I sought his first hand advice on keeping my laptop free of bugs and stuff when traveling. There's so much more in his book, though, it would be impossible to describe it all here... but it's summarized on his web page where he describes everything he included, like --
    all the travel hot spots, the unknown secrets, the special deals and comprehensive travel savvy, and a great deal more
    ; knowledge that would take years to learn on your own. He put it all in one place --- in the "Travel Cheap - Travel Well!"- Confessions of A Traveling Pauper eBook.
    I feel confident you'll find Victor's web page to be a  fascinating review in itself.
    Click here - it won't cost you anything to look.

                                                   ... Richard
          Can you afford the cost of getting the viruses out of your cmputer?                       
        Don't get trapped by Rogue Anti-Spyware software
    Trying a new anti-spyware program? Avoid being duped
        or robbed by false positives.
        "Rogue/Suspect" means that these products are of unknown,
         questionable, or dubious value if used for anti-spyware

         In case you missed this FREE report on the Firewalls-and- Virus-Protection website, you can read it here.  Please print the report and share it with your family, friends and associates. Help them avoid the hidden dangers and threats often buried in software programs that are supposed to clean up, not infect your computer.


    Is your Firewalls and Virus protection Safe Enough?

     Is Your Firewalls and Virus Protection Safe Enough?

    This FREE report will help you identify viruses, prepare for attacks and infections and guide you in their removal. It's a
     9 page, easy reading guide that covers the threats we all face in our daily use of the internet. It's a basic education in understanding and Avoiding Virus Grief

    Down load it from this link (it's in PDF format):                    

    The download includes a ReadMe page with instructions for unzipping and using your Acrobat Reader, and even a link to the Adobe website where you can get your own free Acrobat Reader if you don't already have one


    Is a keystroke logger spying on you?
      Is a Keystroke Logger Being Used To Spy On You?
    Many of the tools and tricks in use today to spy on your internet activities are exposed in this 7 page report. This look into spyware will alert you to the ease in which your identity could be compromised, or stolen.

    Open the FREE report in a new webpage by clicking
    Are Keystroke Loggers Spying On You?
    (No downloading necessary, and you can print it right from
    your browser window.)


    Can you afford the cost of getting the viruses out of your cmputer?

      How Much Money would it cost you to regain the use of your computer after a serious virus infection?
    It cost one of our friends a whole lot of money, much aggravation and lost time, lost records, and a major inconvenience to recover from the havoc caused by the worms and viruses that had infiltrated their computer over a period of many months.

    In case you missed this FREE report on the Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website, you can read it here. Our friends have recovered full use of their computer and now encourage everyone to learn from their experiences. Please print the report and share it with your family, friends and associates.

     What's an Internet Glossary?
                                                Ours is FREE. It's an alphabetical list of dozens of
    the terms you'll find used in many of the articles
    and news reports that relate to the Internet.

    With our Glossary, you'll be able to decipher
    acronyms, like CGI, CSS, DSL, GIF, ISP, and more

    Do you know the difference between
         Cookies and Crackers?
         Firewalls and flame?
         Internet and Intranet?
         Surfing and Scrolling?

            Get the answers from our FREE Internet Glossary.
            Click HERE to Download yours
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    There are a lot more Articles and Reports at the Firewalls and Virus Protection website. Look them over for the helpful 'keeping safe' info they contain. Our most recent library additions include

      PC Cleanup for Windows XP
      Viruses and Worms - The Problems and their Solutions
      Good Password Tips and Password Management
      Avoid Losing Data Files from your Recycle Bin
      Planning for Disaster Recovery -Protecting Your Data Files

      and visit the
    Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website with its many publications relating to protecting the security of your family, both on the internet and off. They are FREE. You can go to their pages covering
                     Consumer (family) Protection HERE.

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     Resources - many Free.  It's easy to install the latest Firewall, anti-virus(*), spam blocking, and spyware removal software on your computers. Download all of these programs, and more, mostly for FREE, from our Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website pages.
    Check them out. If you need to block Spam, find the links on the 'Spam and Spyware' page. Same thing for Cookie Crumbling tools, Spyware protection, etc. Most of them have a purchasable Upgrade option, and by trying the free versions, you can upgrade the ones that work best for you. 
    (*) Here's the best link to Grisoft's AVG  Free anti virus software, in case you missed it in recent issues of the News Reporter
     Browser Hijacking
    is still a major problem. One of the outstanding sources for information about browser hijackers and tools to remove these predators is still available on the website.
          It's loaded with powerful information and helpful advice that zeros in on the hijacking problem. If you are experiencing any similar problems, be sure to follow the link to their forum. There are literally thousands of postings from which you will learn and possibly find the advice that will help you resolve your own issues.
         You can download HijackThis from the Software link on the SpywareInfo website. Be sure to read and follow their instructions to the letter if you want good results.

    We learned about this program from the extraordinary website and forums built and maintained by James Healan, webmaster of

    DOWNLOAD latest cws shredder  which is now a part of Trend Micro
     It'll find and remove those nasty Cool Web Search trojan horses.

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     Here's a powerful, inexpensive, and helpful resource

    Did you know that popular, everyday gadget items like MP3 music players (Apple iPod for example) and digital cameras can "walk" your precious data and records off your premises, right under your unsuspecting nose?

    In The Hacker's Nightmare™ the danger is fully explained and an inexpensive, easily-implemented solution offered. You'll learn the dangers and the means of prevention.

    Hackers, virus and spyware writers and other unethical persons
    are becoming more and more sophisticated every day. Their attacks and the undesirable and often dangerous stuff they sneak into our computers slow them down, and threaten our personal lives with increasing severity.
    Ever since I found the eBook, "The Hacker's Nightmare" that tells how to really Keep Hackers, Worms and Germs out of my PCs, it has received my highest recommendation to family and friends.
    It's my Computer Security Bible.
    Bill Hely, 20 plus year veteran of internet security consulting. has loaded it with valuable information and  plain common sense. We could fill this and future issues of our News Reporter for the next few months just talking about them.
     Bill has designed a webpage that describes many of the security tricks and tools that will help keep that nasty stuff out of your computer. Review The Hacker's Nightmare Story HERE. Some sample (Free) chapters are available to early visitors.
    Some testimonials Bill received recently--
    "My heartfelt thanks to you for finally writing a book about Internet security in
    a language that us 'non-techies' can understand...

    "Reading The Hacker's Nightmare actually made me physically cringe as
     I realized just how easily [intruders] could access my system despite the
     fact I have installed expensive software to prevent just that."
                                                                              - Eric Hart - Proprietor
                                                                     - Christchurch, New Zealand
    "If anybody is interested at all in protecting their system [The Hacker's Nightmare] is certainly a purchase they should consider making."
                                                                                        - Bob Parsons
                                                                             - Founder & President

                                                                               - Go Daddy Domains
                                                                        - Scottsdale Arizona USA

      and here's My Favorite Resource


                      i-Cop is a resource I'm proud to be a part of.
    You have probably noticed the various references to it throughout this newsletter, the Firewalls and Virus Protection website and my Blog.

    It's the International Council of Online Professionals, i-Cop for short. I believe anyone actively using the internet to provide information, services or sell products will benefit by subscribing to i-Cop's publication - The Internet Marketing Trade Journal. It truly sets the standard for Honesty and Integrity Online. I'm proud to be a member.
    This FREE ezine is vitally important to online business owners and anyone even considering making money online! We keep folks
    informed about all online issues and programs to participate
    in, or avoid. Subscribe to
    The Internet Marketing Trade Journal here::                  ...Richard
              thank you, Richard

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    Reviews of the News (more encouraging news about controlling
         SPAM,  SCAMS, pornography, and protecting Personal Consumer 


    Spam suppression efforts and results

    Federal Grand Jury indicts three people accused of sending pornographic bulk
    e-mail in a major international spam case

    In a recent release of the news at I read,  the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a Federal Grand Jury indicted three people accused of sending pornographic bulk e-mail in a major international spam case.

    The DOJ accused the three of distributing bulk e-mail advertising pornographic Web sites containing explicit images of adults having sex. The unsolicited e-mails may have numbered in the tens of millions.

    The grand jury issued indictments against former Arizona resident Jennifer R. Clason, 32; Jeffrey A. Kilbride, 39, of California; and James R. Schaffer, 39, of Arizona.

    A fourth person involved in the case, Andrew Ellifson, 31, had pleaded guilty last February to one count under the Can-Spam Act and one count of criminal conspiracy. His conviction marked the first related to the distribution of obscene spam e-mails, the department said.

    The defendants were accused of sending the spam to earn commissions. They designed the e-mails to make it difficult to determine the identity of the sender by falsifying the "from" line and sending the spam from Internet addresses registered in the Netherlands while the domain names were registered in Mauritius.

    Federal investigators noted that from January through June of 2004, America Online received more than 600,000 complaints regarding obscene e-mail that allegedly had been sent by the defendants. Investigators also pointed to data collected by Spamhaus, a nonprofit agency, that they say shows the defendants' operation to be among the 200 largest in the world and one that may have generated tens of millions of unsolicited bulk e-mails.

    A nine-count indictment was issued to the three defendants. Each was indicted on two counts of fraud under the Can-Spam Act and one count of criminal conspiracy. Under the Can-Spam Act, it is illegal to distribute unsolicited commercial bulk e-mail.
    (from news at


    Teen hacker goes to the house of detention
    highlights from an article by René Millman of the SC Magazine dated Aug. 18, 05

    A teen hacker who rented out botnets to launch Denial of Service attacks has been sentenced to five years in juvenile detention and ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution.

    Jasmine Singh, 17, of Edison, New Jersey, admitted he caused attacks against the websites of, based in Delran, New Jersey and Distant Replays of Atlanta, Ga. Three other retailers were also thought to have suffered attacks. Singh was accused of launching more than 30 attacks of which he admitted to five.

    Deputy State Attorney General Kenneth Sharpe said the attacks cost the victims more than $1.5 million through lost sales and getting websites back online.

    Singh uses the botnets at the alleged bidding of 18-year-old Jason Arabo of Southfield, Michigan, to help give Arabo's rival website an advantage in selling his sporting goods, the court was told.


         The US Department of Justice receives August's  'Good Guys' check mark.

        and another goes to NJ
    Deputy State Attorney General Kenneth Sharpe    
           'Good Guy Check Marks' to date )
    √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √ √(See Archives)
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    "User Education" is the focus of our Firewalls and Virus Protection website and the "Security Alert News Reporter".  
    Are your IM and Chat Room Buddies alert to the growing Instant Messaging and Phishing threats?  In case you missed this FREE report on the Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website, you can read it here.  Please print the report and share it with your family, friends and associates.
    As a P.S. to the above comment, encourage your friends to check out our  "Security Alert Blog". The most recent Blog entries include these helpful and timely posts:

       Helping the Victims and Survivors of Hurricane Katrina

       Warning for Children - The hidden dangers of Dust Off !
      Law enforcement officials arrest two young men suspected  of
                            being responsible for the Zotob computer worm.
    (August posts)

     ●  Up to the minute running report on the Zotob worm with instant
                           publication of detection and removal software
    (August Posts)

    How Should everyday home users plan for a computer disaster?
    (August Post)

    ●  Add our information blog to your list of Must Read spyware
                           avoidance resources.
    The more useful information you have about
                           the scourge of malicious spyware, the better chance you'll have of avoiding
                           the grief and frustration it can bring.

    There are dozens more posts available in the Blog Archives. Read our Blog Posts HERE. I urge you to Comment, Challenge and add your own opinions to ours.

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    Are you campaigning with us?
    Have you participated in the Computer Virus Awareness Campaign?

    It appears as if some positive progress is being made in alerting your friends and family of spyware dangers. Many of the Spyware monitoring organizations and individuals have noted the changes in Hacker and Spammer tactics. Because so many internet users have built up their defenses against malicious spyware, these cyber criminals have had to develop increasingly more devious and sophisticated attack schemes, challenging the anti-spyware software developers. We're caught in the middle of this battle. We cannot drop our guard now.

    Now you can do even more. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has set October 2005 as the
    National Cyber Security Awareness Month
    How to help?   Heed their CALL TO ACTION: BE A CYBER SECURE CITIZEN

    Securing your personal computer plays a crucial role in protecting our nation's Internet infrastructure. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is a public-private partnership focused on promoting cyber security and safe behavior online. It drives awareness and response to pressing cyber security issues; providing tools and resources to empower home users to stay safe online.
     More and more consumers are using computers at home to create wireless networks and access the Internet using high-speed broadband connections. In addition, they are using their home computers to conduct their personal banking, shop for groceries and make purchases online. With the expanding possibilities that are being created from powerful new computers and wireless home networks comes increased risks of harmful attacks if consumers are not careful.

    Their website gives you the information needed to secure your computer. You'll find tips on how to safeguard your system, a self-guided cyber security test, educational materials and other Internet resources, as well as valuable information from our supporting organizations.

          National Cyber Security Awareness Month — October 2005

    Working in collaboration with our government and industry partners, NCSA is sponsoring National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October 2005. The mission for this initiative is to raise awareness of cyber security so that users improve their cyber security preparedness. The National Cyber Security Awareness Month will feature fun, educational programs, events and initiatives throughout the month targeting Home Users, Small Businesses, Education audiences (K-12 and higher education), and Child Safety online.

    NCSA invites you to participate in the National Cyber Security Awareness Month programs so be on the lookout for more information as we approach October. In the meantime check out their Top Ten Security Tips for more information on keeping your computer safe from hackers. For more information contact or visit the  National Cyber Security Alliance


    Please help us help your family, friends, and associates enjoy a safer and less frustrating internet experience. We encourage you to share this information with them or suggest they subscribe to this newsletter. 

     I like to say that Sharing is Caring    ......Richard


         All of us, too, need to

    act, by educating ourselves and by making sure we obtain the necessary programs to protect our computers.
    Those programs include a firewall; installing and updating anti-virus software; using anti-spyware software that can identify and delete programs that have migrated to our computers; using spam filters to protect e-mail; and downloading patches that update software and web browsers.
    It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Keep in mind that
    these programs are only as good as their latest updates!
    I hope your machines aren't infected with any viruses that send out spam.
    How can you be sure? Do some 'house-cleaning' on your system. Scan for spyware and viruses and while you're at it, install a diagnostic program so that you can discover any viral ills on your PC.
    Have you checked the health of your computer's Registry? I have, with
    errornuker.  It's a powerful diagnostic utility that scans the Windows Registry to identify errors and provide ways to optimize it's performance.
    Your Registry could need a clean up, too, if you have these Registry Problem Symptoms
    • PC keeps crashing at critical times
    • PC needs frequent rebooting
    • unable to remove a program using add/remove dialog
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