Security, Mostly Malware, News

Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems Instead of quoting the whole article or trying to re-write it here, click the link and read for yourself some of the information unearthed in a patent filing by Microsoft which Ars Technica says would be the mother of all adware. But that?s a good thing because the patent says so. “It would inspect “user document files, user e-mail files, user music files, downloaded podcasts, computer settings, computer status messages (e.g., a low memory status or low printer ink),” and more. How could we have been so blind as to not see the marketing value in computer status messages?” Sounds great……not.

Ransomware… Holding Corporate America Ransom! Have you been targeted by ransomware? Did you get a message similar to this one?

“Hello, your files are encrypted with RSA-4096 algorithm ( You will need at least few years to decrypt these files without our software. All your private information for last 3 months were collected and sent to us. To decrypt your files you need to buy our software. The price is $300. To buy our software please contact us at: and provide us your personal code -xxxxxxxxx. After successful purchase we will send your decrypting tool, and your private information will be deleted from our system. If you will not contact us until 07/15/2007 your private information will be shared and you will lost all your data — Glamorous team.” says hold up before you pay anything, they already have a decryptor for the files. They have a good program, it has removed some stuff on computers I have scanned that nothing else would, Spybot, Adaware, Ewido, etc.

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