Another Day… Another Virus (Backdoor.MAC.Elanor)

This one targets Mac systems. Heads up Apple users…!

As Macs and macOS become more and more mainstream, more and more virus and malware authors are going to be writing code that targets computers coming out of Cupertino. Case in point – a new piece of malware has been encountered in the wild, allowing attackers to hijack a Mac user’s machine.

backdoorThe new malware has been named Backdoor.MAC.Elanor by researchers at Bitdefender. The software installs a backdoor onto an infected Mac that provides full access to a Mac user’s data, and full control over their web cam. The malware has been traced to the installation of an app called Easy Doc Converter.app.

Easy Doc Converter is a fake file conversion app that is apparently available from reputable download sites across the internet. The app installs a component that provides remote, anonymous access of an infected system’s command and control center. Additional components allow attackers to view, edit, rename, delete, upload, download and archive/copy off files from infected systems. They also have elevated privileges that allow them to execute commands and scripts.

This particular bit of malware allows attackers to watch computer users at their workstations via the computer’s web cam. Attackers make use of an included tool called “wacaw” to capture stills and video from infected systems, according to Bitdefender.

Thankfully, the app isn’t digitally signed with an approved Apple security cert, so if you’ve got Gatekeeper enabled (and don’t disable it, trying to install Easy Doc Converter…) you won’t get infected.

As more and more malware targets Macs, you’d be hard pressed not to find and install a decent malware scanner for your Mac. Thankfully, Soft32 has more than one good AV scanner for Mac on the site, including BitDefender Antivirus for Mac 2016.

Since they’re the ones that broke the news on this new malware, they will likely also be the first with removal instructions should you find yourself infected. If you suspect this is the case, installing this app should be your first step.

If you find that you have Backdoor.MAC.Elanor, I’d appreciate hearing from you. Please leave a comment below in the Discussion area for this column and let us know where you found the Easy Doc Converter app and if you’ve been able to get rid of the malware.

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Meet the new security solution Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014

ashampoo_iconAshampoo the popular German software developer enters the battle for the security supremacy with their first anti-virus solution Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014. This is their first attempt to launch a full-featured antivirus on the market, a product that can face all the major security threats from the online domain. Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is the successor program of Ashampoo Anti-Malware, but unlike it ancestor, Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is a true anti-virus which combines the Bitdefender and Emsisoft engines to help keep you safe online.

Featuring a sophisticated real-time protection with a good balance between security and resources needs, Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is a light breeze in your computer. Just install it, start it and let it do its work without any external intervention.

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In terms of user interface, this anti-virus is extremely easy to use. Large buttong are well placed so you can easily access the main processes: scanning your computer, or running the bonus tools like the startup programs manager, Winsock layers viewer, hosts file examiner, or the web tracks cleaner which will monitor all the main browsers installed on your computer. For the ones that are not used with the classical light theme, you can choose a second dark one which is the opposite in terms of look.

Being at version 1.0.0.0, the application is not at its peak form, so you should expect some glitches even while the Quick Scan is running, and the reports are not quite precise. But overall Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is a capable tool with enough power to secure you home PC. At $24.99 1 year license (offer available until October 8th) and 10 days trial which can be extended to 40 days if you give them you email address, Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 is a powerful solution for your regular PC and can become a ferocious contender for the best anti-virus if the German developer will constantly improve it.

Highlights

  • – Real-time protection neutralizes attacks as they happen
  • – Behavior blocker monitors application behavior and also eliminates not yet classified threats such as zero-day exploits
  • – On-access guard effectively neutralizes infection attempts during file operations
  • – Multi-engine scanner with two scan engines for maximum accuracy
  • – Integrated self-protection to prevent program manipulation through malware
  • – Daily updates keep protection always up to date

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Protect and maintain your PC using Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus 2012

Keeping your PC free of viruses, Trojans and worms isn’t always an easy thing to do. There’s a great deal of malware out there, and not nearly as many antivirus and antimalware apps. Finding the right one for you can be a bit of a chore. This is one of the reasons why you might like Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus. It’s a system utility suite for Windows.

Based on both BitDefender antivirus technology and the IObit anti-malware engine, Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus incorporates top anti-virus capabilities with an already proven comprehensive PC tune-up utility. With its real-time antimalware protection and powerful tune-up and cleaning functionality, Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus provides always-on, automated, all-in-one protection against all kinds of security threats, system slowdowns, freezes and crashes. It ensures PC security, and maintains maximum computer performance automatically without a performance hit.

Besides its newly built-in antivirus functionality, Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus includes all of the PRO features of Advanced SystemCare. It features one click to clean functionality to root out hidden and stubborn Viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, and adware. It also provides rapid virus database updating.

Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus’ proactive virus control technology monitors process behavior in real-time. It scans files shared with email and blocks possible threats. It’s already proven, powerful, PC tune-up utility unleashes the full power of your PC; and its ActiveBoost feature, your system resources are intelligently managed.

Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus is a decent utility suite. It’s all in one design insures that your PC not only runs at peak performance, but that it stays malware free. The only issue we found with it is its non-standard interface, which requires extra resources to run. However, given the amount of benefit you’ll receive from the app, you may not notice or mind the minimal performance hit you may take.

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No pop-ups and interruptions with BitDefender Internet Security 2012

Silence is golden, the old cliche says, and that’s certainly the selling point of BitDefender. It’s designed to offer a wide variety of security measures that operate without the user needing to pay much attention to what’s going on.

The real beauty of the application is that you don’t need to make decisions. It scans potential threats in the background and deals with them as necessary. It’s not completely “silent” as it does use pop-up notifications to tell you when it’s encountered a threat and what action it took.


Such a set-up would be relatively useless if the system either let genuine threats through, or created a lot of false positives. Fortunately its reference database is generally good quality: indeed, it’s been licensed to several other security software applications.

There are some additional features such as online back-up, anti-spam tools and parental controls. These are something of a mixed bag and should be seen more as a bonus than a primary reason to buy.

There will be people for whom BitDefender isn’t a best buy, but that’s more about the person than the software. If you want to have extensive control over what your security software checks and how, this may not be ideal. If you don’t mind putting in a little extra work to make the best use of free alternatives, the purchase price may be offputting. If, however, you are happy to pay to get peace of mind, this is one of the more reliable options out there.

Read full review | Download BitDefender Internet Security 2012

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BitDefender 2012 Suite Launched in European territories

BitDefender released their new security program suite labeled as 2012 with a completely overhauled user interface, designed to meet the demands of computer users that require protection to work 24/7 without interrupting their work and enjoyment. Along with key new features such as social networking protection and an Autopilot mode, BitDefender 2012 Suite may compete with other popular security applications (Norton Antivirus 2011, Kasperky Internet Security 2012, or AVG Internet Security).

At the moment the product is available only in Germany and UK, but further European territories will receive their native version this month. As always there are three different versions to choose from, which will cover you basic or advanced  security needs.

BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012 is the low budget product which can be acquired for £16.99 or 29.95 €. It comes with the basic Antivirus and Antispyware module, a Vulnerability Scanner, a Personal Data Filter, and the Antiphising function. This product scores a plus due to the AutoPilot functionality which provides a hassle-free experience by making optimal security-related decisions without input from you. This means no pop-ups, no alerts, nothing to configure.

BitDefender Internet Security 2012 is the middle version which offers everything that a home user needs from such a security program. Based on the same graphical interface and engine, this version comes with more features for an in-depth security solution. In addition to its sibling product, BitDefender Internet Security 2012 comes with Antispam Shield, a complete Two-way Firewall, and a Parental Control module. You can get it for £29.99 or 49.95 €.

 

BitDefender Total Security 2012 is the most comprehensive version from the BitDefender Security Suite. Besides the features and functions already present in BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012 and BitDefender Internet Security 2012, the Total Security version brings a File Shredder and File Encryption module, a Tune-up utility, and a new online service for Backup & File Synch. Being the top version of the whole suite, you have to deal with its price of £49.99 or 69.95 €.

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The best Rescue CDs to fix an infected computer that can’t be cleaned by your AV

Most of the time, when a virus is detected by your antivirus, you’ll be prompted to clean, quarantine or delete the infected files.

However, sometimes, a virus infection may be too “deep” to just remove, or your computer can no longer boot into the OS after acquiring a virus.

This is the moment when you will most likely use a rescue disc to fix an infected computer that your antivirus can’t clean.

BitDefender Rescue CDdownload

AVG Rescue CDdownload

Avira Antivir Rescue CDdownload

Kaspersky Rescue Diskdownload

 

Note: All Rescue CDs are downloadable .ISO files which you’ll have to burn to a CD/DVD using a clean computer.

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