Archive for the ‘Virus’ Category

Oh look squirrel, don’t click first. How to avoid most attacks.

February 27th, 2018 by EKG Networking

We are all too busy these days.  When an email comes into our inbox, we want to deal with it right away.  When it has an attachment that is “shared” our brains think, “oh look, something for me, I must check it now”.

Avoid that impulse!  This will help you avoid most attacks.  It may seem silly but something we tell our clients is we can put all the software in the world in place but they will still build a better bad piece of malware.  Be proactive, think before you click on the attachment.

If you notice below; the email looks to come from and says it’s “secured”.

The nicest touch.  P.S. Learn how to protect your account.

An example of phishing.

What this email will do if you open it, probably ask for your account and password for Dropbox and start to spread yuck across your Dropbox.  Or install some nice piece of ransomware to encrypt your hard drive.

This is not exclusive to Dropbox.  We are seeing this across the board.

Notice the email address it’s coming from.  Not Dropbox.  These emails will be subtle but will not come from the company.

When in doubt, call the person directly you think is sending you the email or go to the company website directly to login to your account.

Or call you trusted IT partner.

Windows 10 – Microsoft will NOT send you an email with an attachment – Scams to watch out for

August 5th, 2015 by EKG Networking

With the current release of Windows 10, there are many people willing and ready to upgrade from their previous Operating system.  Many loyal Windows users were not too happy about the Windows 8 model and were looking for something better.  Microsoft decided it was time to cater to what the people wanted when they developed Windows 10, and it shows.

Desktop users can rest assured knowing their once familiar settings are back in an updated Operating System.  This new system caters to not only the desktop user, but also the tablet and the phone user.

With a new Operating System, comes new threats to compromise it.  Unfortunately, there are programmers out there that have already created a new threat that targets the new Operating system.

It comes in the form of email that seems legitimately from Microsoft, but is most definitely not.

Once you double-click on the attached file that is included within the email, you will become infected with the ransomware software.

If you have reserved the Windows 10 upgrade, you will be notified by the small Windows icon in the lower right hand toolbar by the clock.  Microsoft will NOT send you an email with an attachment in it.

Always being on your guard is a good way to think of it.

Here is a link to an article that explains everything in a more involved manor.

– Daniel Grimm

CryptoWall 2.0 Things you can do to prevent

November 6th, 2014 by EKG Networking

Well another version of CryptoWall has reared it’s ugly head and we do mean ugly.  The only way around this is restoring a backup or paying the ransom.  Please do not pay the ransom, this only encourages this kind of activity.

NOTE:  No NON BUSINESS browsing, please communicate this to your staff.

Our new tech Daniel Grimm updated this post with the help of the awesome people over at

As many of you know, there has been a virus known as “Crypto-Ransomware or CryptoWall” that has been spreading throughout people’s computers over the past several months.  It has come to our attention there is a newer version of the virus out.  We are trying to spread awareness in reference to this, and have a list of preventative strategies and methods you can use to protect yourselves and help mitigate the risk of these types of Malware.
1.    Backup your computer every night!  Also create an offsite backup.  We like Crashplan Pro by Code42, or Mozy Pro.
2.    Make sure you have an anti-virus program installed and updated
3.    Become educated on what you should and should not do on the Internet.
4.    Use Software Restriction Policies or CryptoPrevent to make it so the malware files cannot launch

NOTE:  As of this writing, only Maximum settings which is in Beta will possibly prevent the infection from spreading.  Please keep this in mind before installing.

Here is a link to the latest version of CryptoPrevent:
Follow the wizard.  Once completed, it will ask you to launch the program, which you want to do.  It will ask you 2 questions, both of which you should say “No” to.  This is what the program should look like once it is opened.  The proper setting should be set to “Default”, and once that is done then you will need to click the Apply button.  It will ask you a question about whitelists, which you need to click “Yes” to.  The computer will need to be restarted for it to fully take effect.  Upon the restart, it will show you a message saying it was successful!

Hopefully preventing CryptoWall

Hopefully preventing CryptoWall

To read more information about CryptoWall: