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WordPress Hackers At It Again

security-against-wordpress-hackersYes, unfortunately they are at it again. It seems there has been a huge run of attacks on WordPress blogs lately. It’s disturbing, really. I wanted to write this post today to remind you that there are some things you need to be doing actively and regularly to protect yourself.

Number one – keep your WordPress installation up to date. It is easy to do and very important! In these updates are also security updates and patches in addition to cosmetic enhancements.

Number two – make sure you delete any plugins you are not using. Don’t just deactivate them, remove them completely. Why keep them if you aren”t going to use them anyways?

Number three – there are some plugins you can use to help protect your blog. Here are some recommendations that are free:

  • Wordfence
  • Block Bad Queries
  • WP Security
  • Login Lockdown

Number four – when you are done editing your blog please “logout” before you leave. Don’t leave any open doors for hackers to slip in.

There are numerous other things you can do to help protect your blog. If you are really serious, then there’s Secure Scan Pro. This plugin is one of the best investments I have made for my blogs.

I have a complete post about it here

Either way, you need to protect your blog. There are free methods and paid methods, both of which will do the job. Paid methods offer more options but not everyone can afford them.

I hope this post at least reminds you to do the simple things like keeping plugins and WordPress updated. Please comment with more ideas, advice, opinions or just to say hello 🙂

Legitimate Malware And How to Remove Spyware After An Install

Spyware RemovalThere are plenty of reasons why adware is “bad.”  Are there any instances when adware is valid and authorized?

A number of shareware programs presently are available bundled with spyware and adware.  The basis is this:  If you try out the program, and enjoy it, you may use it.  Until you pay for it, the programmer is paid from the ads that the shareware program displays. 

If the user somehow kills or takes out the ads, consequently he is also forced to uninstall the program that was supported by the ads.

In many cases, such ads appear in the actual program, similar to a compact frame or corner of the program’s window.  In most cases, though, the ads are displayed by a solely separate program inside the same installer program.

In the event the spyware and adware is authorized, then it has to be explicitly displayed within the set up, and the user requires the option of not installing it.  This really is where adware acquired it’s inferior reputation. 

Spyware Removal TipsMany adware softwares simply install together with the ad-supported program, without ever informing the user. 

The user is then surprised by the ceaseless storm of pop up ads on his or her pc or laptop when he or she isn’t even visiting internet websites and the assortment of strange programs on the hard drive that he doesn’t recollect downloading.

The primary element of whether or not malware is “legitimate”:  When the user has no problem sharing demographics data for a product he or she enjoys using, then the malware that comes with that product is legal and acknowledged. 

Having said that, if a different user thereafter sits at the same computer–one that will not know the adware is there–then it’s no longer a legitimate application. 

The person being spied upon by way of the spyware, or perhaps made to view the pop-ups delivered by the spyware and adware, must understand as well as accept what the program will do.

More Spyware Removal TipsSo what do you do when you have installed legitimate spyware but no longer want it on your computer? In most cases, simply uninstalling the software will not do the trick.

The spyware will remain nested in your registry and system directory and will continue to haunt you. You will need specialized spyware removal tools in most cases. The solution I use in these kinds of situations is Malwarebytes.

Simply download the free version, run it, and see all the files left behind by the so called legitimate spyware. Malwarebytes can scan deep within your registry to find malware left behind by the software containing the unwanted adware.

Most of these files buried within the registry are impossible for a regular computer user to find. That is why we need specialized tools to help us.

Once you have scanned your PC with Malwarebytes and can view the files that need removed, just follow the on screen instructions to finish cleaning your system.

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Is your computer bugged?

Is your computer buggedIt’s a common problem. Computer slows down to a crawl, popups from out of nowhere, browser has a mind of it’s own, your homepage is no longer YOUR homepage. These are symptoms of spyware, adware, viruses, malware, and other bugs. Once you get these bugs on your system, it is very hard to track them down and remove them.

There are some solutions. Many different software programs to scan and clean your computer. But did you know that some of these programs are spyware or trojans themselves! Have you ever had this popup that appears every time you restart your computer? Soon as your desktop appears, this popup comes out of nowhere and says you need to scan your computer because it is infected. Friend, that is a trojan program.

They want you to scan your computer then buy the software to clean your supposedly infected computer. It’s the hackers way of spamming you to get your money. These trojans are VERY hard to get rid of. But there is hope 🙂

There is one program of hundreds that I’ve tried and it’s the only one that was successful in ridding my computer of the trojan that plagued it. The name of this miraculous program is Malwarebytes.  And the best part is – it’s free!

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Install it and be sure to update the definitions. Run a full scan first. Since this is the first time you are running the program, it will take quite a while to scan your computer so start the scan then go grab a snack. When the scan is done you can remove the bugs it found then restart your computer. I recommend this program to everyone. It was a lifesaver for me!

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