Webroot Threat Team Member - Dan Para

Dan Para

Role: Threat Team Member
Threat Blog Posts: 2

As one of the first threat analysts for Webroot’s Spy Sweeper, Dan has been analysing malware at Webroot for nine years.



Posts by Dan Para:

How to avoid unwanted software

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We’ve all seen it; maybe it’s on your own computer, or that of a friend, your spouse, child, or parent. Your home page has been changed to some search engine you’ve never heard of, there’s a new, annoying toolbar in your browser. Maybe you’re getting popup ads or have a rogue security product claiming you’re infected and asking you to buy the program to remove the infection. Even worse, you don’t know how it got there! Welcome to the world of Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs.) Chances are that these programs were inadvertently installed while installing software from sites that use […]

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How not to install Adobe Flash Player

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It seems simple enough, I want to install Adobe Flash Player so I search for “flash player download and click on the first result, right? Ignoring the second link which doesn’t have a five star rating and 37 reviews, I’m brought to a page called downloadinfo.com. I click the download button, click through the download dialog box and run dialog box, come to the Optimum Download screen for my Free Flash Player. Click. Let’s see what this installs. First up is RealPlayer. Click. Next up is some program called Solid Savings. Click. Then something called Unit Layers. Click. That seems […]

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