Author Archives: John Barrett

Data Loss Prevention Systems

In the past, the data loss or data leakage was a big concern for big or medium companies but nowadays when we are witnessing an exponential growth of commercial espionage and the fight for “the market” become so intense between competitors, the data loss prevention is of utmost importance for absolutely all the companies, bigger or smaller. A  data leakage from within the company has direct and indirect consequences, direct as  data usage by your competitors and indirect as loss of the credibility with your customers. Nobody wants their personal data as addresses, phone numbers, Social Security number or credit card details being compromised by a company with neglectful employees …

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How data recovery programs works

Have you ever wonder, how data recovery software works ? I mean, everybody knows, when you delete files them are going to a special folder Recycle Bin, but what is happening when you empty Recycle Bin ? To understand this we must first understand how data are stored on storage devices e.g. hard drives. I don’t want to write a very “technical” article, instead I will try to keep it as simple as I can. The most commonly file system formats used in modern Microsoft Windows based systems are FAT (File Allocation Table) and NTFS (New Technology File System). The FAT and FAT32 is used predominantely by systems running earlier …

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Sandboxie — One of the best security tool

I wrote in the past an article about Sandboxie and its add-ons but I feel a such powerful security tool deserve a  more in depth review. I run a small computers business and there are no rare the cases when people call me or come to me asking for an advice how to remove different malware from the computer, therefore I’m not lacking for malware samples for analysis. Always I ask people when the computer infection occur, what they did before to get that malware, trying to track the infection source. Unfortunately very often the reason why the people get their computers infected are themselves. The people behaviour on the …

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Disable Autorun to prevent computer virus infections–USB flash drives threats

Almost any PC user use intensively the USB Flash Drives called popular memory sticks to transfer data between computers or between different devices as photo cameras, portable players and the computer. Many people use such a drive to share photos or music or even games with the friends and an Flash Drive with interesting content will travel from a computer to another borrowed by its owner. The  Autorun and Autoplay , a rather useless I dare to say and source of troubles Windows feature, and the portable character of the flash drives create the perfect context for malware spreading. From my experience, a lot of small companies which still run Windows …

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How do you know your computer is virus infected ?

It’s better to prevent a computer virus infection than to remove the virus itself but sometimes the inevitable just happen, therefore an article maybe accompanied with your comments and experiences about virus infection signs(symptoms) is necessary for a lot of us. To be able to  accomplish their main goal of stealing personal data, a lot of stealth malware are coded with low computer resources(CPU and RAM) consumption in mind and run unnoticed in your computer. One of the most advanced method to hide the malware presence, is using the rookits. Them can run at privileged levels , Ring 0 sau kernel-mode rootkits the same as a device driver or Ring …

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IObit Security 360 Free — the review

Browsing today Yahoo Answers, I saw someone recommendation for the users to try IObit Security 360 as an advanced spyware and malware removal tool. Quickly I’ve done a Google search and I found the official site of the program http://www.iobit.com/, a site with a few interesting and useful freeware and commercial tools. …removes the deepest infections, and protects your PC from various of potential spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, bots, worms, and hijackers… they say in the official site. Good, let’s try it then. I’ve downloaded 8.78MB and installed the application. The first impression was of a simple and intuitive interface, nothing to do with “advanced users” features found in other …

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About : Desktop Security 2010 removal

Today my kid 8 years old makes me “happy” again. He was browsing the Internet searching for online games and suddenly call me to see something at the computer. An avalanche of warnings and alerts was appearing on the desktop claiming the computer is infected and involved in illegal actions as spamming, the BIOS will be destroyed or will be necessarly to buy a new motherboard, I will be disconnected from the Internet and thrown maybe in the prison, and so on. The malware offered anyway a solution to solve ALL my problems : to buy Desktop Security 2010 , the only antivirus that can help me to get rid …

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