Horse Racing Site Forced Offline After Third Consecutive Ransomware Attack

Three Strikes–You’re Out! Racing Pulse, a popular horse racing website that is based out of Bangalore, India, was forced offline on January 17, 2017 after suffering its third ransomware attack in a week.  The last, and most critical, encrypted their entire site. Dharma ransomware, the variant that took down Racing Pulse, encrypted all of the website’s data.  The […]

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St. Louis City Public Library No Longer Offering Free PC Use

Update 1/27/2017: After two days, the St. Louis City Public Library technical staff was able to fix the impacted computers.  The system hard drives were wiped completely and restored with available back-ups.  The St. Louis City Public Library is currently unable to offer free computer use to the community due to a ransomware attack that […]

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Hackers Demand $43K To Restore Indiana Cancer Services’ Systems

Cyber criminals have hit a new low, proving they don’t care who their victims are as long as it may lead to a large payout.  According to Network World, hackers breached Indiana Cancer Services’ systems on January 10, 2017.  They then encrypted a server, followed by a ransom demand of $43,000 to restore this server. […]

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Gmail Phishing Attack – Tricking Even the Tech Savvy

Gmail Users Targeted in Phishing Attack A phishing attack, that has been confirmed by Inc. to be in existence for over a year, is gaining awareness.  Gmail users are being targeted by hackers, infiltrating their inboxes.  Once the cyber criminals gain access to a persons email account, they have the ability to review all recent incoming and outgoing messages.  […]

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Love Our Newsletter? Read Additional Articles Here

You Love Our Content?? Gee–Thanks! We recently conducted a survey to obtain feedback on various aspects of the weekly PC Pitstop newsletter.  After reviewing the data, I found a few things particularly interesting.  Out of the 454 participants, the responses were filtered down to those who consistently open the newsletter and find the content relevant to their […]

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Testing Proves Most AV Solution’s Proactive Detection Is Plummeting

Proactive Detection Rates Over Last 12 Months As technology advances, you would think your anti-virus would too, right?  After all, that too is technology.  However Stu Sjouwerman from KnowBe4, recently posted an article regarding the plummeting proactive detection rates for most security solutions.  Stu stated, “You would expect that with modern machine-learning techniques, proactive protection […]

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Fareit Malware Returns With A Vengeance

The malicious software named “Fareit” has returned, and with a vengeance.  Fareit malware focuses on breaching your computer’s security, in an effort to obtain critical login credentials. The History of Fareit This particular form of malware was discovered in 2012, but has continued morphing throughout the years in an attempt to bypass anti-virus protection. Historically, […]

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Application Whitelisting – Our Nation’s Solution to Cyber Security Crisis

Application Whitelisting–Our Nation’s Solution? Never in our history has cyber security been a bigger threat than it is now.  Whether it is our computers, smart phones, tablets, televisions, smart watches, etc., they’re all at risk.  Recent reports stated, over 3 million users were exposed to malware in the fourth quarter of 2016, almost a 23% […]

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Cleaning Your Computer’s Registry — Is It Necessary?

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What is a Registry? Before going into detail about cleaning your computer’s registry, first I want to discuss your registry is.  The registry within your PC holds details about every piece of your computer.  For instance where programs are stored, which programs are in your Start menu, which programs have shared applications, and so much […]

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Ransomware Victimizes Kanawha County Schools

Kanawha County Schools Struggles To Regain Access Another county school was victimized by ransomware this week.  Kanawha County Schools, located in Charleston, West Virginia was hit with ransomware on January 11, 2017.  As of today, January 13, 2017, the school continues to work on regaining access to their encrypted files. Officials are not reporting the […]

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The Latest Ransomware Craze – Holding MongoDB Databases Hostage

As if our jobs as IT admins isn’t difficult enough, hackers have taken to finding misconfigured MongoDB databases, and are holding them hostage, until a ransom has been paid. Similar to traditional ransomware, where files on a computer are encrypted until a fee has been paid, databases, are being held hostage, instead. The modus operandi […]

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Four Months After Infection, Medical Facility Discloses Ransomware Attack

Ransomeware hit yet another medical facility.  On August 30, 2016, ransomware struck the Susan M. Hughes Center, impacted both office locations.  The Center is located in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  This attack impacted over 11,000 patient records.  However, the Center did not inform the patients of the security issue until late […]

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One Red Flag Tells You These Support Scams Are Fake

Tech support scams are all over.  One of the most popular are scams occurring includes cyber criminals posing as Microsoft’s technical support.  This isn’t a new scam, but remains widely used. Microsoft BSoD Support Scams For those who are unaware, the Microsoft BSoD (Blue Screen of Death) tech support scam is a screen that takes over your PC, […]

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Punishments for Cyber Criminals – Or Lack Thereof

We must find a way to catch cyber criminals who continue to victimize businesses and home computer users, worldwide.  Cyber criminals made $1 billion in ransomware payments alone in 2016. If and when these hackers are caught, what is an adequate punishment? Punishment For Cyber Criminals – Or Lack Thereof Krasimir Nikolova, a Bulgarian native, was extradited to the […]

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Malwarebytes Removes PC Matic PUA Categorization

PC Pitstop is pleased to announce that Malwarebytes is no longer flagging PC Matic as a potentially unwanted program. Both applications can once again co-exist on systems. The Malwarebytes detection began on December 5th, and we initiated efforts to resolve the issue. On December 23rd, we made contact with the proper people at Malwarebytes. After […]

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LA Community College District Pays $28K to Retrieve Locked Files

The first publicized ransomware attack of 2017 is a hefty one! After returning to school after the holiday break, Los Angeles Valley College found their computer files were inaccessible.  It didn’t take long for the college to determine it was a malicious cyber attack that took down their systems.  According to The Washington Times, the school notified […]

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Network World Weighs in on Malwarebytes’ Accusations of PC Matic Being a PUP/PUA

“Never Disable A Competitor” In an opinion piece on Network World, Andy Patrizio broke down the current situation between our company PC Pitstop and Malwarebytes. Andy believes that an anti-malware product should never disable a competitor and he even dinged Microsoft for doing that in the past. He also states that, “The idea that one Microsoft security partner would […]

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Ransomware Offers Decryption Keys if Victim Educates Themselves on Cyber Security

Ransomware, malware that encrypts your files and holds them for ransom, has taken an interesting turn.  Typically after encryption, the cyber criminals make a payment demand in order for the decryption keys to be sent to the victim.  However, a new ransomware has hit the market that makes a slightly different demand. Ransomware Offers Free […]

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PC Matic Dominates with Perfect Virus Detections on the Venerable VB100

In April 2016, we released PC Matic’s Super Shield 2.0 engine at no additional cost. There were numerous improvements in the new engine. Super Shield 2.0 Improvements enhanced signature based detections enhanced hash based detections enhanced DLL detections 100% internally developed and implemented eliminating our reliance on Vipre’s black list engine new script based detections […]

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Accredited Organizations Deem PC Matic as Legitimate Security Solution

Is PC Matic malware? Malware, or malicious software, is a categorization of software that is intended to cause damage or disable computers and computer systems.  Taking into consideration the definition of malware, it can determined PC Matic is not malware.  PC Matic is not malware.  Here is why: 1.       PC Matic is a certified anti-virus product by the ICSA Labs.  ICSA […]

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Windows Operating Systems Life Cycle – End of Extended Support Coming for Another Windows Product

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End of Support for Microsoft Windows Products – What does it mean? Windows Operating Systems life cycle report, which Microsoft maintains, provides end-of-support dates for each of Microsoft’s Windows products. Based on the report, support for Windows Vista happens in April of 2017. Source: Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet  – Dec 2016 The life cycle report […]

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Another California Medical Center Struck With Ransomware

Ransomware Strikes Another California Medical Center This has been a rough year for California medical institutions being victimized by ransomware.  Another medical facility, East Valley Community Health Center, located in West Covina was struck with ransomware in October of 2016.  Reports by Health Data Management state the facilities computer systems were fixed within a day of the […]

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