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Happy 31st Birthday to Computer Virus.

Elk Cloner

31 years ago the first computer virus was created today. It was a 400 lines of code on an Apple II machine, yes you read it correct Apple not Windows (or MS-DOS). The first virus for PC (personal computer) was on an Apple computer, in the year 1982. It was written by a then 15 year old kid Richard Skrenta on 1981 as a prank on his friends. The name of the virus was “Elk Cloner”

Richard Skrenta
Richard Skrenta with his Apple II computer.

So what did the first virus do to the computers? The virus was basically harmless, it did not delete or corrupt your data, nor did it steal your credentials. What it did was that on ever 50th boot of the computer it would show a message.

“Elk Cloner: The program with a personality

 

It will get on all your disks

It will infiltrate your chips

Yes, it’s Cloner!

 

It will stick to you like glue

It will modify RAM too

 

Send in the Cloner!

Note the first ever computer for MS-DOS machine came on January 1986, named Brain.

“Win 8 Security System” has nothing to do with Windows8 ,its just a Fake Antivirus , rouge software.

There has been a lot of Fake Antivirus, it has been a trend that , the name of these softwares were always named in such a way that it can be confused with a Windows or Microsoft software. The latest one is “Win 8 Security System” it can be very easily confused with a software program or some software related to the upcoming Windows 8, by general computer users.

The Win 8 Security System works by installing a rootkit driver that takes the control of all the process of the operating system.

Win 8 Security
Win 8 Security, the Fake Antivirus software.

 

The rootkit is installed in the C:\Windows\system32\drivers\51991c15f7a6834.sys (note the numbers are random, your may be a different filename but the location is the same) The rootkit is of two  variant the 64bit , the rootkit disables the Windows 64bit kernel-mode driver signing. The cyber criminals also went ahead and slef signed the rootkit driver, note that the certificate date starts from 30th August (yesterday) !

Note the date of the certificate on the Fake Antivirus it starts on 30th August thats yesterday.

The virus also creates a Fake Action Center which shows the user that the computer is not fully protected.

Fake Windows Action Center

Browser Hijack, the proxy settings gets changed it happens both IE and Chrome , so whatever you type in the address bar it gives a fake  warning.

The main purpose of these fake antivirus is to scare the user and ask them to pay money and says that if you pay money the will get it out of your system and you should know this they wont! even if you have submitted your credit card (which is taken by the cyber criminals) I have seen many people who have regretted submitting their credit card. So, my request is that please do not submit your credit card, they will steal your money and not fix your computer.

They say to buy the software and they will fix your PC, but they wont trust me.

 

Clicking the shortcut icon to buy the software will add this to your computer registry   Target: C:\WINDOWS\system32\reg.exe add “HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT” /v FrameworkBuild /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f that will open the shopping cart

Shopping cart designed to steal your credit card information.

 

 

How to remove it?
You must be wonderring how to remove this from your PC. You can use the Hitman Pro software (you will get a free licence with the download)
 
Hitman Pro running on 64 bit machine.

 

Is Windows 8 Spying On You?

Recently there has been reports that the Microsoft”s Windows 8 is spying via SmartScreen. Analysis by security researcher Nadim Kobeissi have found out that there is potential privacy threat to Windows 8 users due to ScreenSmart system. The ScreenSmart is built to check if the application that the user wants to install contains malicious code.

“The big problem is that Windows 8 is configured to immediately tell Microsoft about every app you download and install,” Kobeissi wrote. “This is a very serious privacy problem, specifically because Microsoft is the central point of authority and data collection/retention here and therefore becomes vulnerable to being served judicial subpoenas or National Security Letters intended to monitor targeted users.”

The SmartScreen keeps a note of all the applications you install and researchers have also claimed that the install logs from your computer hard drive are also sent to Microsoft. And this data can be snooped by third-parties. As because the data is sent over from your computer to Microsoft over casino online SSLv2 protocol which is breakable.

Although as you might know SmartScreen can be turned off, but the system automatically gives you reminder to turn it of. And yes Microsoft have denied the fact. I am sharing a screenshot of captured packet from a Windows 8 system which clearly shows that the data is being sent to Microsoft and the data can be received by third party.

 

So what do you think? do comment below.

Are You Sure You want to use Google Drive? – Google Drive vs Dropbox vs SkyDrive vs iCloud.

Cloud has been the hottest topic recently. Like many cloud storage services Google launched its own cloud service named Google Drive. So lets have a look at what the different cloud services offer to their user.

Google Drive

Company: Google

Initial Free Storage Space: 10GB

Supported OS : Windows, Mac, Android.

Dropbox

Company: Dropbox

Initial Free Storage Space: 2GB

Supported OS : Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, BlackBerry

SkyDrive

Company: Microsoft

Initial Free Storage Space: 2GB (25GB free upgrade for old users)

Supported OS: Windows 7, Mac, Android, iOS.

iCloud

Company: Apple Inc.

Initial Free Storage Space: 5 GB

Supported OS: iOS, Windows 7,Mac.

Well  while selecting a service which will store your essential files you need to be careful. Generally people tend to select the cloud service that offers the largest storage, I personally look for maximum compatibility with different OS/devices. But in a cloud service the most important thing to look is the security and privacy. Well security wise I think Google will do a great job protecting my account from unauthorized action, but when it comes to privacy I have big problem whit Google Drives latest Privacy Policy, and I am sure a lot of people will have the same problem if they come to know it. But usually we just click “I accept”

Here is the terms and conditions, the Privacy Policy. (Please read at least the bold words)

Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.

So in a lay man’s term Google pretty much owns everything what you upload to the Google Drive, wish I could upload my worries.