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Microsoft helps FBI in exposing Scareware Fraud Schemes.

Investigators from Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, with the support of Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center and Customer Support Services, helped the Federal Bureau of Investigations, USA, in tackling fake antivirus , security or other optimization software (rogueware or scareware) scams.

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Microsoft: Windows 7 x64 users may want to turn off Aero for the moment

Microsoft is investigating a new public report of a vulnerability in the Canonical Display Driver (cdd.dll) in Windows operating system. Although it is possible that the vulnerability could allow code execution, successful code execution is unlikely due to memory randomization. […]

Security Warning: Foxit 3.3 ‘force-installs’ foistware

Our forum member hackerman1, who had earlier managed to install Windows 7 on a Pentium 2, has posted a very disturbing fact about Foxit pdf reader v 3.3. UPDATE 15.05.11: Well, when I went on to install Foxit 4.3.1.0323 yesterday […]

Stay away from Fake Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

With Windows 7, the latest version of Microsoft Windows, reaching general retail availability on October 2009, it was just a matter of time before malware creators rose to the occasion, and exploited users ‘eagerness  to install it on their PCs.

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report 2H09 released

Microsoft has  released it Security Intelligence Report with a focus on the second half of 2009. Microsoft Security Intelligence Report provides in-depth perspectives on malicious and potentially unwanted software, software exploits, security breaches, and software vulnerabilities in both Microsoft and […]

What is Rogue Software & how to check for, prevent or remove it?

Rogue Security Software, also known as Scareware, is software that appears to be beneficial from a security perspectivebut provides limited or no security, generates erroneous or misleading alerts, or attempts to lure users into participating in fraudulent transactions. How did […]

Microsoft warns against Security Essentials 2010 !

One of the oldest tricks used by rogue antivirus products is to use a similar name as, or have a similar look and feel to, legitimate security software. It’s been commonplace for them to mimic the Windows Security Center.

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Troubleshoot: Windows 7 Firewall, Diagnostics, Tools

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, in Windows 7 & Vista is a stateful, host-based firewall that filters incoming and outgoing connections based on its configuration.

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Windows files and folders you may exclude from Antivirus scans

Microsoft has published a Knowledge Base article that lists down recommendations to improve performance in Windows in an Enterprise environment when running antivirus scanners. Microsoft recommends that you not scan the following files and folders with your antivirus scanner. These […]

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How to run Windows Defender from the Command Line

Windows Defender, as well as Microsoft Security Essentials, has the ability to scan, update or run other tasks from the command prompt. The application MpCmdRun.exe is situated in the %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender or %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Security Essentials folder respectively and is called as […]