File Restore. Seriously?

I’m afraid not, because here we go again – fake computer applications infecting your system and demanding your money. Back in July I wrote about File Recovery – a fake defragmentation tool that is more than eager to foist its services on you. And here comes its younger “brother” – File Restore. Actually, File Restore’s looks and behavior is no different from File Recovery’s or other predecessors’ (including Smart HDD, Data Recovery). The main point of this infection is that File Restore poses as a useful program, it causes various problems within your system and then it expects you to pay for a service it cannot provide you with.

I’ve seen users complain all over security-related forums and help sites, saying that File Restore deletes their files and there’s no way to remove it. Well, that is rather far from the truth. File Restore is just a rogue program, and it’s not powerful enough to delete your system files (MIND YOU). However, I’ve had an experience of being infected with a fake defragmentation tool before, and my files have been “deleted” as well. Only, they were NOT. File Restore simply hides your files by messing up the “Show hidden files and folders” settings in the Control Panel. Continue reading

Microsoft goes HARD

Although we are used to Microsoft that produces mainly software applications, the company has officially announced its plane to venture into hardware production as well. This decision coincides with the oncoming launch of Windows 8. Right after the new operating system will be released, Microsoft’s new tablet Surface tablet will go on sale as well. Although a new device on the market should excite the potential customers, it is said that some of the Microsoft partners are worried.

Such hardware manufactures as Acer have expressed that Surface tablet would have “a huge negative impact for the [PC] ecosystem and other brands”. Naturally, Acer sees its as Microsoft’s try to get back it’s share in the market, because before the advance of smartphones Microsoft powered around 95% of personal computing devices, but smartphones and their operating systems shrank that share to 30%. Continue reading

XP Defender 2013

See that lady on the right? I bet you’ll be feeling just like her if you get infected with XP Defender 2013. Just yesterday I’ve mentioned it in my short rant about Win 7 Defender 2013, but just so you know, there’s also another version of this rogue called Vista Defender 2013. So what does XP Defender 2013 differ from the other two? NOTHING. Except for its name. The rest is practically the same, even with the same fake security notifications and fake scan results.

So naturally, XP Defender 2013 is present on a computer that runs on Windows XP operating system. And it tries to convince the poor infected user that his system is on the verge of breaking down because of a mass of viruses. You see, XP Defender 2013 behaves like a legitimate antivirus program and it wants the user to believe that it can take care of all security problems. Continue reading

Forever Alone? Not anymore

Facebook users in the United States will no longer have to worry about being ignored by their friends and their mom. That is, if they have some cash. Facebook now offers a paid function that shoves your posts into the Promoted posts section. Pretty neat huh? Considering you no longer need to wreck your brain, trying to figure out how to make your posts more interesting. However, I suddenly wonder whether it’s fair from the perspective of those users that will be forced to see all them promoted websites.

This new Promoted Posts section was first tried out in New Zealand. The personal promoted posts function works the same as Promoted Posts for business. Basically, if you pay Facebook to promote your post (whatever that might be – a status update, a photo or an invitation), it will be placed higher in your friends news feed disregarding the date it was posted, so your friends will notice it easier. Whether they will be annoyed by this or not, that is a totally different question. Continue reading

Win 7 Defender 2013

To be honest, I really hate Win 7 Defender 2013. Why? Because it has gazillion of versions and all of them are the same, but people think they are different! It is a definitely frustrating infection, especially if you don’t remove Win 7 Defender 2013 on time. One look is all it takes to see that it’s the same chameleon rogue that bothered us back in spring. I don’t know whether you’ve been infected with Win 7 Antispyware 2012 or Win 7 Antivirus 2012, but it doesn’t take a genius mind to understand that this rogue changes its name whenever it pleases. It also depends on what operating system is installed on the target computer.

So, for example, say you have Windows XP or Windows Vista installed, then naturally, this rogue will change its name into XP Defender 2013 or Vista Defender 2013. So you will only get Win 7 Defender 2013 if you work with Windows 7. And, just as we already know, rogues come with one single purpose in mind – money. Continue reading