Security

AVG is leading brand in computer’s data security and protection. Its the best virus protection which now includes new privacy features to protect your private data from hackers and malicious unwanted programs (spyware, malware). Even the AVG antivirus free version is efficient in protecting your PC as compared to many other popular free antivirus solutions. In my opinion AVG free version was left behind in popularity and functionality by Avast and Avira free versions. But things have changed a lot now and AVG is tough competitor to other security solutions available in the market. You need a good antivirus for your PC at all time working in background. If you think Windows Defender or Windows Security Essentials can protect you completely then you are wrong because those solution only provide basic protection for PC. We have an offer for everybody to get the one year of full PC protection free from AVG.

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Recently, confidential data from popular photo and video sharing app Snapchat was compromised and was made available online to download freely. Two exploits and Snapchat’s API were published by Australian hackers last week, but were ignored by the Snapchat so here comes the reaction. Anonymous hackers hacked the Snapchat database couple of days back and released the information on a website snapchatdb.info. Snapchatdb.info was suspended due to huge traffic and download requests but the usernames and phone numbers of around 4.6 million Snapchat users were exposed. You can still view the cached version of the website here. Hackers provided a link to download hacked database as SQL dump or CSV file. The main purpose of the hackers seemed to be releasing huge information of millions of phone numbers and usernames to collect donation in return and to alert Snapchat so that they may fix the exploits.

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A friend of mine wanted to transfer his data from a USB drive to my PC but the USB had no visible files. It was showing that it had few GBs of data in it but all it contained were few shortcuts. Antivirus program detected few viruses from that USB which were deleted. Furthermore I scanned and cleaned the USB drive by using some other antivirus tools (AdwCleaner, JRT, Spybot S&D, TDSSKiller and more). The USB was still not showing any data. It however displayed a hidden folder with no name. The folder had no name and it was showing zero size. Virus created a folder without name and transferred all the USB data in that folder. I had cleaned the USB. Now all I had to do is to retrieve that hidden data from USB drive. Here is how to do it.

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With time, Antivirus software have been improving a lot. Couple of years back, only few security software companies offered free antivirus protection but now more and more security companies are joining this league and we can download free antivirus from almost any security software company and use it freely to protect computer. However the question arises that is this free antivirus security solution enough to protect our data, computer files and our online activities or not? If you use only single free antivirus software in your computer, you are not protected and there are fair chances that your computer is infected with malware and spyware hidden deep down in system files and folders unnoticed by your free antivirus solution.

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We have shared several ways to unblock websites here, here, here, here, here and freeware software ‘Freegate‘ to unblock blocked websites and here is another useful software to do just that and to bypass download limitations of websites. Software is multi-platform, and can be used on PC such as on MAC, Windows, Linux, and on mobile devices such as Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod. Free version allows 25GB per month bandwidth, 512KB/s data speed, data encryption, OpenVPN, PPtP, country switch, IP switch, censorship bypass, and support via email, live chat and messengers. Hide your IP address, go anonymous online, secure your privacy, encrypt internet data, remove downloading limits, go free online with Hideman.

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Developers have found open redirect vulnerability in Quora app for Facebook that made stealing Facebook accounts easy. Quora is a Facebook app that connects you to everything you want to know about and it has over 500,000 monthly users, so the victim base for this attack can be considerable. Here is a video demonstration of how to steal any friend’s Facebook account if target Facebook account has Quora app enabled in his Facebook.

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In many cases you web browser proxy settings can be changed. Web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome are vulnerable to proxy setting changes if malware like Trojan-Banker.Win32.Capper enters in PC. This malware adds a special URL to the ‘Use automatic configuration script’ option in the Internet connection settings. The CapperKiller utility is a free portable software that will eliminate this malware from infected PC and fix the proxy settings for all web browsers. If your PC is not infected by above mentioned malware but your browsers proxy settings have been changed, still you can use this guide and software recommendation within to fix your PC.

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Remove TDSS rootkit, bootkits, rootkits, viruses and trojans from PC. TDSS rootkit is also known as Rootkit.Win32.TDSS, Tidserv, TDSServ or Alureon. A rootkit is a program or a program kit that hides the presence of malware in the system. A rootkit will penetrate into the Windows system and intercepts the system functions (Windows API). It can hide its presence by intercepting and modifying low-level API functions. It can also hide the presence of particular processes, folders, files and registry keys. Some rootkits install their own hidden drivers and services in the system. TDSSKiller Anti-Rootkit Utility is developed by Kaspersky Labs and is very efficient in detection and elimination hidden malware from PC. Its a freeware and portable utility.

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