Some notes on VirusTotal

February 9, 2016By Dan Para

Many of you are probably familiar with VirusTotal, a service that allows you to scan a file or URL using multiple antivirus and URL scanners. VirusTotal results are often used in write-ups about…read more

A look at a typical macro infection

January 14, 2016By Dan Para

For over a decade, one of the most common ways to infect a computer with malware has been the implementation of “macros” in Word and Excel documents. Macros are small scripts that automate…read more

What’s in a name?

December 2, 2015By Dan Para

Any time a malware variant hits the news we get numerous requests for information. It is typically quite difficult to provide any information based on names that have been given to threats. A…read more

What is a computer virus?

October 21, 2015By Dan Para

It is a long-standing joke that if you do a web search on any medical symptom, it will always lead to a web diagnosis of cancer. In the same manner, searching for any…read more

Tech Support Scams Continue

October 14, 2015By Dan Para

We’re regularly asked about phone calls from “Microsoft” claiming that your computer is infected, and whether or not it is a scam – it is. Sometimes it’s a call from another “tech support”…read more

Avoid Unwanted Applications

October 7, 2015By Dan Para

Has your home page changed? Are you getting pop-up ads that are “Provided by” some company you’ve never heard of? Are your search results coming from a different search engine? Welcome to the…read more

The most difficult question in computer security

September 30, 2015By Dan Para

Whenever I think of security awareness, there is one question that haunts me: How do we educate the not-so-technically inclined about security? It seems like a simple enough question, we know the basic…read more

Security Advice is fundamentally the same

September 9, 2015By Dan Para

Thinking back on the changes in what we like to call the “threat landscape” over the years, a lot has changed. From the days of actual viruses and worms spreading their way through…read more