We’re removing the W32.Xpiro virus from four Lake Norman area computers today! We started yesterday and this infection is nasty. Not only does it do the normal virus stuff like open backdoors, allow other infections in, and duplicate itself, this thing is corrupting executables as well. Last night, we found that it had corrupted the executable files for Intuit Quickbooks, Adobe Reader, MS Paint and Google Chrome on two unrelated computers. These applications had to be reinstalled and the Windows operating systems (one with Win XP, the other with Win 7) had to be repaired this morning. I’m still not sure how these four computers (two from Mooresville, one from Cornelius, and one from Cleveland) originally contracted the W32.Xpiro virus. To be safe, make sure you update your antivirus definitions, complete regular scans, be very careful on opening emails with attachments, and watch the links that you’re clicking on when surfing the internet (remember, anyone’s website can be hacked and infections deposited). If you do find the W32.Xpiro infection on your computer, we’ve found more success with Norton Power Eraser and Microsoft Security Essentials than with McAfee, AVG, or even Malwarebytes in removing these infections. Be warned that infected executables will have to be disinfected and/or deleted to remove the W32.Xpiro virus and the applications and/or operating system will have to be repaired to operate. Be careful out there!
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There has been a significant increase in phishing attacks on both PCs and Macs. Read the full story from Ed Bott of ZDNet at http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/new-wave-of-phishing-attacks-serves-malware-to-pcs-and-macs/4648?tag=nl.e539
There’s a new scam email going around that claims to be from Intuit (the makers of QuickBooks and Quicken). Do not open any links on the email! This is not valid and should be deleted! If you have any questions, Intuit’s real phone number is (877) 683-3280. The wording of the email (at least a portion of it) is below:
Thank you for buying your accounting software from Intuit Market. We are working on and will message you when your order ships. If you ordered multiple items, we may send them in more than one shipment (at no extra cost to you) to provide faster processing time.
If you have questions about your order, please call 1-800-955-8890.
Please download your complete order
id #066186219998 information at Intuit small business website.
• Email us at email@example.com.
• Call us at 1-800-955-8890.
• Reorder Intuit Checks Quickly and Easily starting with
the information from your previous order.
To help us better serve your needs, please take
a few minutes to let us know how we are doing.
Submit your feedback here.
Thanks again for your order,
Intuit Market Customer Service
Again, this is a bogus email and is used to transmit viruses and/or steal personal information. Do not click on the links!