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Information pertinent to Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Can You Tell The Difference Between Real vs. Rogue Security Software?

Rogue security software, also known as fake antivirus software or “scareware”, has been one of the most popular methods used by online criminals in recent years to fool computer users into installing malware and/or divulge confidential information.  Rogue AV software typically mimics the general look…

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Internet Explorer 8 Zero-Day Vulnerability

***ATTENTION: If you are a current New River Computing client covered under our RMM Service Plan, you need not worry about this vulnerability. We have automatically deployed the fix to your computers.*** Recently, there has been an Internet Explorer (zero-day) remote code execution vulnerability found…

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Microsoft Security Essentials Fails To Meet AV-TEST Standards

  Researchers at the independent anti-virus testing firm AV-TEST released their latest batch of tests in which they report Microsoft Security Essentials was only able to detect 64% of zero-day threats when running in Windows 7.

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IE Zero-Day Fixit Tool Available

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it would be issuing an out-of-band patch on Friday, in response to the latest zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability discovered this past weekend.

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New IE Zero-Day Vulnerability Discovered

Security researcher Eric Romang has discovered a new zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer, which he claims will affect fully patched versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9.

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Keyboard shortcuts for Windows

If you go to Microsoft Support, you will find a ton of keyboard and mouse short-cuts designed to save you time and let you work more efficiently. Once you get used to using Hotkey shortcuts, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. Here’s a list…

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‘Flame’ Malware Prompts Microsoft Patch

Microsoft has released a critical, emergency patch addressing the “FLAME” malware. Below is the actual post from Technet: Microsoft releases Security Advisory 271870 Hello, We recently became aware of a complex piece of targeted malware known as “Flame” and immediately began examining the issue. As many reports…

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Windows 8 Is Coming… But, Will Windows 7 Be The New XP?

Are you excited for the release of Windows 8? Today, Microsoft is making the final public pre-release build of Windows 8 available for download before the product is released to manufacturing. If you want to take the upcoming OS on a test drive, you can…

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Protect Yourself from DNSChanger

As part of Operation Ghost Click, the FBI brought down an Estonian hacker ring last year, which resulted in the takeover of the rogue DNS servers. Now, the Internet Systems Consortium is gearing up to permanently shut down deployed DNS servers that are currently serving…

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