Archive for April, 2012
FBI Busts Malware Ring
Late last year, the FBI busted a small group of hackers operating outside of the United States who were running an operation designed to take advantage of a flaw in Internet Explorer. The flaw and malware redirected user’s website requests and sent unsuspecting users to a site run by the hackers instead. The hackers made millions off of ads sold on the site and viewed by hijacked users.
In some cases, infected computers were also prevented from updating their anti-virus software, which in turn, made the computers more vulnerable to other kinds of malware attacks. About 500,000 computers in the United States were affected by the malware, called DNSChanger.
At its core, DNSChanger reassigned users’ DNS server to one of its own, thereby forcing the computer to travel through the hackers’ illegal ad servers. When the FBI made its arrests, it substituted clean, working DNS serviers for the rogue DNS servers operated by the ring. The FBI recently announced, however, that those clean DNS servers will be shut down on July 9, 2012.
The FBI’s rationale for substituting the servers in the first place was to give affected users time to clean and patch their systems. Some users, however, may be completely unaware that their computers are affected by the malware. Unless these users determine they’re infected and take steps to fix their problems prior to July 9, the affected users will suddenly find themselves unable to access the Internet after the July 9 server shutdown.
To help avoid major slowdowns, users should visit a special website set up by the FBI to see whether their computer is using the FBI’s DNS server. The website address is http://www.dns-ok.us/. Users who visit the site will be shown their DNSChanger status. If the website displays an image with a green background, the user’s computer is not affected by the malware. If the user’s computer displays a red background, the user must take additional steps to reconfigure/clean his or her computer prior to July 9.
At this site, visitors can also find a more complete explanation of the problem, how it originated and what affected users must do to clean their computers.
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More Habit Than Anything Else
Preserving the performance of your computer is more about developing good habits, and using certain tools on a regular basis. If you’re good about performing regular maintenance, you’ll find yourself rewarded with a computer that performs well in all circumstances.
There are simple things you can do with the built-in tools provided by Microsoft. For example, disk defragmenting and disk cleanup are two simple tasks that you can perform regularly to help avoid problems and allow your system to operate more smoothly.
Disk Cleanup (or cleanmgr.exe) is one good example. This tool comes built into the Windows operating system, and when you run it, the tool finds temporary files that take up a lot of space but aren’t really necessary. The tool identifies these files and gives you the option of deleting them to regain hard disk space.
Disk Defragmenter is another similar tool that takes free space on your hard disk and “groups” it together for more smooth disk-reading and disk-writing operations. Again, this tool is built in and free to use. You can even schedule these operations to occur regularly. In the case of the two tools I’ve mentioned here – particularly with disk defragmenter – you’ll want to run these utilities when you’re not planning to use your computer. They can take a lot of time to run, so these can be scheduled to run in an overnight period, when you’re probably not using your computer anyway.
In addition to these built-in tools, you should consider a suite of tools like Speedy PC Pro. Speedy PC Pro combines the action of a powerful registry cleaner with other tools that are designed to optimize the performance of your computer. Once installed, Speedy PC Pro takes over the task of managing your computer’s performance, and you’ll be pleased with the results!
Keep your computer hard disk neat with the built-in disk defragmenter. Eliminate unneeded files from your hard disk and wipe out extra, unneeded lines of code in your registry that can keep your computer from performing at its best, or can even make your computer crash. You’ll also get great optimization tools that keep your computer running at blazing speeds while connected to a network, and you’ll also get anti-virus protection that will help you avoid nasty malware infections.
Download a copy of Speedy PC Pro and recover the performance your computer once had!
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Solve The Performance Problem, Then Optimize
Every computer has limits, but most computers will perform admirably provided they are set up to do so. In my past several posts, I’ve provided tips you can use to help resolve some of the most common performance problems, but there are times when your computer’s configuration is what’s slowing down your performance.
Unless you know a lot about your computer’s configuration, or how to read memory usage during certain events, you may no t know that your performance is being sapped in favor of “features” you don’t want, utility programs you don’t use and default configurations that steal performance away from your computer. After you’ve cleared out all of the temp files, defragmented your hard disk, made more room on your hard drive, repaired disk errors and performed all of the routine maintenance on your computer, you still may not be getting optimal performance from your computer.
How can you improve the performance of your computer? By using Speedy PC Pro to correct errors, clean out your computer’s registry files and optimize the performance of your PC. A fast PC is the product of routine maintenance and optimization, performed regularly on the computer. You can perform all of the maintenance you want, but if your computer isn’t optimized, you won’t get the performance you’re looking for. Likewise, you can optimize your PC in as many ways as you can, but if you don’t perform regular maintenance, your optimization work will be virtually worthless.
It’s important to have a product that will help you keep your PC well maintained and optimized at the same time. Speedy PC Pro is the toolkit you want to help keep your PC flying, maintained and optimized for top performance. Speedy PC Pro downloads in minutes and gets to work right away, cleaning your computer’s registry file of unneeded, unwanted and abandoned code. Then, it works to optimize your PC performance and restore the speed your PC had when you first bought it.
Speedy PC Pro is a highly reliable, well-reviewed product that can help keep your computer fresh, fast and free of performance-robbing problems. Download your copy of Speedy PC Pro today.
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What Can Speedy PC Pro Do For You?
Speedy PC Pro does deliver the registry cleaner function you’ve come to expect, and the Speedy PC Pro registry cleaner is indeed, a very capable choice. You can count on Speedy PC Pro to remove the junk and abandoned code that can clog up your computer’s registry file, slowing computer performance as more junk accumulates.
In addition to having a trusted registry cleaner at your fingertips, Speedy PC Pro also provides a host of other tools that can help your computer steer clear of performance-draining problems. For example, Speedy PC Pro delivers a robust disk defragmentation tool, an ActiveX error correction/removal tool and built-in virus protection.
That’s not where Speedy PC Pro stops, however. You’ll need more than this to ensure your computer has the protection it needs and the tools to keep it running smartly. That’s why Speedy PC Pro also comes with a start-up optimization utility that will help ensure that your startup is as clean, smooth and fast as possible. Speedy PC Pro also provides the memory optimization tools you need to ensure that your computer makes the most of its installed and virtual memory whenever you use the computer.
Optimizing the performance of your PC is very important, and the tools I’ve discussed so far are all about optimizing. When your PC is optimized, it is performing at its peak. Optimization is only half the story, though. You also need protection for those times when damaging events occur.
Speedy PC Pro includes a complete backup and restore utility that can preserve your most critical data in the event your computer encounters serious problems. In addition, Speedy PC Pro includes built-in anti-virus protection to help keep your computer free of viruses and other malware that can rob your PC of performance, and jeopardize the security of your data.
With Speedy PC Pro, you get a full range of performance and memory optimization tools, as well as the utilities you need to provide full protection for your computer. Speedy PC has an established track record of customer satisfaction that is carried forward in the Speedy PC Pro product. Download your copy of Speedy PC Pro and discover the computer performance you’ve been missing!
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