Java - If You Do Not Use It Get Rid Of It

Java

Many people have Java on their computers and will receive the reminders to update it on a regular basis which you should do.

However many people do not need it and will never miss it if you uninstall it.

Java is used by some financial institutions including the ATO so if you submit your BAS online from your computer you will be stuck with it.

For everyone else go to programs in your control panel and uninstall it as outdated Java installs can lead to your computer becoming infected.

Ransomware - Cryptolocker - It Is Getting Worse

Ransomware
Ransomware is easy to understand but hard to beat. It infects the machine, encrypts all files and then demands payment to get the files back. Ransomware works so well that most variants will even remove themselves when the damage is done, knowing you have the choice of either paying the ransomware author to get your files back, or risk losing them forever.
— https://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2016/01/introducing-the-malwarebytes-anti-ransomware-beta/

What you need to do – backup is number 1 as , if you become infected the scorched earth policy takes place - your computer will have to wiped back to factory settings and reloaded from a known good copy of Windows.

Try and also have a backup that is done on a regular basis but is not connected to the computer on a permanent basis.

If you fall victim you will have lost access to everything – its encrypted and you will need the key to unencrypt it ( that’s why you pay the ransom ) - if you do decide to pay you probably will not get the key.

It will not go away - people sometimes think it will 

Your antivirus will not help you

Take a good look at emails you are opening - Zip files ( don't open them ), invoices , need you to check details, parcel deliveries - when it doubt and you should doubt - don't open them.

If you are receiving multitudes of these emails consider moving to Gmail or Outlook.com ( the online version) – they will in most cases flag and remove.

There are also reports that infected webpages can infect your computer:

A Popular Toymakers Website Is Giving Visitors Ransomware

This site was exploiting outdated Java , Flash Player or Silverlight Plug Ins

Can you stop it running ?

Try CryptoPrevent  and or Malwarebytes Prevention but there is no longterm guarantee these will continue working as the Crypto variants are continually evolving. 

It is your actions that count :

 

crypto example

MRT - What Is It & Why You May Choose To Run It

virus infection

If you think you may have a virus or malware infection on your computer you should consider MRT.

MRT is the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool which many actually do not know is on their computer and comes with Windows and is updated monthly by Microsoft when your Windows updates are run.

This tool is designed to remove malware and virus infections from your computer and in a lot of cases does a great job or will alert you to potential issues ( if you have a lot ).

So how do you run it.

Go to the Windows button on your keyboard and press it then R , then enter MRT , then press ok and follow the screen shots below.

MRT run
MRT setup
mrt scan
mrt running
mrt results

The Malicious Software Removal Tool is not a replacement for your antivirus but gives a good second opinion but remember it is your actions that count when and if you get infected by malware or virus infections.

Links In SMS - You Need To Stop Clicking Them

SMS Messages

There is a new scam or a variation of an old scam floating around which will claim that your Apple ID password needs to be reset.

Do not click that link.

In fact do not click SMS links in general that may take you to third party sites such as banking SMS links that say there is an issue with your account.

Banks will not use this and if you believe there is an issue with your account - phone the bank and if you believe there maybe an issue with your Apple ID , logon to check your Apple ID at Apple to check.

These scams are designed to get your personal details , passwords etc 

apple id phising