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New research shows rise in “deceptive downloads”

According to the latest cybersecurity report from Microsoft, “deceptive downloads” were the top threat for 95 percent of the 110 countries surveyed. What are deceptive downloads? Deceptive downloads are legitimate downloadable programs (usually free) such as software, games, or music that cybercriminals bundle with malicious items. For example, you might receive a file in email...

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Clean up malware resulting from the Bamital botnet

On February 6, Microsoft announced that its Digital Crimes Unit had worked with Symantec to successfully deactivate a major botnet called Bamital. Below is an overview of Bamital and how you can remove it from your computer. Botnets are networks of compromised computers, controlled remotely by criminals who use them to  secretly spread malware, steal personal information,...

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Take care with ransomware

Have you ever received an email or seen a warning page on a website claiming that legal authorities had detected illegal activities on your computer? This scam infects your computer with a type of malicious software called “ransomware.” The aim of ransomware is to prevent you from using your computer until you pay a fee...

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Protect your PC from the latest threats

Since the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report was released last month, we’ve been discussing some of the findings here, including research on the Conficker worm and the prevalence of rogue security software called scareware. Here are three Microsoft tools that can help you protect yourself from these threats and others: Microsoft Security Essentials offers free real-time...

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FBI warns against hotel net connections

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning earlier this month that travelers should be careful using Internet connections in hotels. Some travelers had inadvertently downloaded malicious software onto their computers when they accepted fake security updates. Reportedly, hackers had compromised hotel networks (mainly outside of the United States) so that when travelers tried...

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Microsoft battles Zeus ID theft botnet

Microsoft, in collaboration with the financial services industry, successfully executed a coordinated global action against the Zeus botnet. Zeus is a type of malware that can monitor your online activity and record your keystrokes to commit identity theft. Learn more about the botnet takedown. If you think that your computer might be infected with the...

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Latest privacy and online safety tweets

Latest privacy and online safety tweets

The Microsoft Privacy Team and the Microsoft Online Safety Team have gathered all the latest news in privacy and online safety, so you don’t have to.  If you like what you see below, follow @MSFTPrivacy and @Safer_Online. Microsoft’s Brendon Lynch recognizes NCSA’s new leadership role for Data Privacy Day See how Win32/FakeSysdef Trojan infects a...

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