Remove Torrent Malware

Malware Infected Torrents

Not all torrents infected with malware. Do I think our downloaded torrents have been altered to the hackers favor? Yes. How much of that “altered” software is actually harmful? Not as much as you think. I’m not saying this to comfort you in downloading torrents. Downloading torrents is risky, period. Even the experts never know what their getting and get infected. On the other hand, some torrents are actually clean, but are always altered. Those altered files may not hurt your system, but may invade your privacy on levels you are not comfortable with. They could be set to track your activity and spending habits.

I’ve used torrent software that was altered and not designed to be harmful. So no problem there. When I decided to go browsing through the different file types and browse the code of the torrents, I can see alterations that resemble Malware and redirects. Over the past 20 years I’ve had quite a few “educational” experiences with torrent infected malware games and software. Malware Infected Torrents Call: (954) 895-2555

Are all torrents are infected with malware?

The short answer, no. Not all torrents are infected with Malware. However, most are! Why yes? Because they can. Why else would you want to spend countless hours cracking thousands of dollars worth of applications? There has to be something monetarily in it for the hacker. If they want, they could gain direct root access to your computer and lock you out. Usually with some variant of Bitcoin Ransomware. I’ve heard them demanding hundreds to thousands to unlock your computer.

If you are able to deal with the risks associated with downloading torrents infected with Malware, go for it. Do yourself a favor and use a reputable VPN service before downloading torrents. I use Windscribe.

NOTE: If you want to stay safe online:

  • Stay away from downloading torrents. They are all infected.
  • Make sure your operating system has the latest security updates. (Windows/MacOS)
  • Like I mentioned above, use a reputable VPN service, I like and use Windscribe.
  • Add an extra layer of security with real-time protection using Malwarebytes Premium.

This amount of security on your computer should do the trick. If you need assistance removing viruses and malware or link injections, post in the comments below or send us an email here.

Malware is on the rise

Malware Is On The Rise

Malware Is On The Rise. There are a few new viruses out there, but the latest threat is called, Bad Rabbit. It’s a nasty ransomware virus that forces you to pay “them” in bitcoin currency in order to unlock your system. (Backup your files) The interesting thing about this Malware, there’s a timer on the screen, the longer you wait, the more you have to pay to unlock your system. (Backup your files) Bad Rabbit ransomware attacks are quickly spreading throughout Europe as we speak. Another thing I heard, the Bad Rabbit Ransomware is disguising itself as Adobe Flash. Be VERY cautious when updating your Adobe Flash player. If you want to update your Adobe Flash player securely, go here.

As for Expert Computer Help, October was one of our busiest months for Malware removal. Not just removing Malware from the Windows operating system, but WordPress as well. Hackers got into a few of our client sites as well as personal. Everything had to be cleaned!

Ransomware

What Does Ransomware Do?

What does ransomware do? It’s a virus that locks your file system, data or the functionality of your computer. The only way you can unlock your computer is by paying the ransom, usually in the form of Bitcoin. The effects of ransomware can be either an annoyance or devastating. This depends on the importance of the locked content. The cost to unlock your files depends on how valuable your data is. According to Google the last ransomware heist made close to $300,000.

We can expect more targeted and destructive attacks in the future, but also ransom demands that vary based on the attacker’s estimation of the value of the data being held hostage and/or the ability of the victim to pay some estimates of what their data is worth.

Ransomware does what?

  • Locks all files and programs, except for the ones required to pay the ransom.
  • Kills all TSR’s or Terminate Stay Resident programs that would normally be running.
  • Removes your ability to browse the Internet other than to URL locations that will allow you to pay the ransom.

Once you pay the ransom, the criminals may send you a code that you can input into the Ransomware program that then allows you to use your computer or decrypt your data. In some situations, though, even if you do pay the ransom, the criminals will just take your money and run, with you being left with your problem unresolved.

The loss of your data and computer can be devastating, sending the ransom could be even more so. Depending on how the criminals want you to pay the ransom could put you at risk for Identity Theft as the information you send may contain personal information. Therefore, we suggest that you never pay a ransom unless it is absolutely necessary for data recovery. For screenlockers you should never pay a ransom as there are always solutions to remove these infections without paying anything. Last, but not least, it is important to remember that paying the ransom only continues to fuel the release of new variants of these types of programs.

Need assistance removing ransomware? Give us a call, drop us a comment or direct email here.

WannaCry Ransomware Virus Prevention

The WannaCry Ransomware Virus has currently spread to more than 99+ countries. It has spread across the United States and is making it’s way around South Florida. The purpose of this post is to help make sure your computers are secure and safe from Malware, the WannaCry Ransomware Virus more specifically.

Prevention

1. Windows 10 seems to be the safest against the WannaCry Ransomeware Virus, we can’t say the same for XP, Vista, 7 or 8. So make sure you upgrade to Windows 10, or add a few layers of security to your old computer. (ZoneAlarm, Comodo etc) 2. Use Malware protection and a Firewall. Make sure they are always up to date or consider them useless. There are many different programs out there, we use Malwarebytes Premium because it gives us the best protection and does a great job at not eating up all of your computer’s resources during a scan. 3. Be very careful about what links you click on inside your emails. Make sure you trust the email source before you click. 4. If you frequent game sites, software, movies even politics, be careful not to click on links and ads that hover around your games. They could redirect you to a bad place.

If you have questions or you think you may be at risk call: (954) 895-2555.

Backdoor:PHP/Small.M Virus Removal Info

Backdoor:PHP/Small.MThe Backdoor:PHP/Small.M Virus is marked on Microsoft’s website as being a severe virus. This virus gives a malicious hacker access and control of your PC. It is written in the PHP scripting language and is intended to be run on a web server. Once the web server is compromised, information is returned to a malicious hacker using commands in the HTTP request. Which types of software/torrents would contain a virus with this behavior? Stolen WordPress Themes and Plugins. How do you clean you them? Download your .SQL database file and zip up your website and download it. Then scan both with an anti-virus program and then when it doesn’t find anything go looking through it file by file. Because just using software might not be thorough enough.

There are no symptoms associated with this virus. Alert notifications from your anti-virus software may be all you will see. You might notice a very small hit on performance now and then. This is a virus you do not want sitting on your computer for any length of time.  Malwarebytes Premium is my anti-virus program of choice. Windows Defender will find and remove this virus as well.

Be sure to change your WordPress login and database password before re-uploading your website. Otherwise, as soon as your newly cleaned site goes live it will get reinfected, sometimes within minutes. If you have questions or need assistance removing this or any other viruses, post your comments below or contact us here.