One of the easiest yet least known ways to drastically improve any PC’s ability to defend itself against malware such as adware or spyware is to simply redirect malicious websites using the hosts file.What is a hosts file and how does editing it block malware?
Before we begin, let’s first talk about what a host file is. When a PC accesses the internet, it uses a DNS server to resolve domain names to IP addresses. Your PC then follows the IP addresses to the servers that will serve you a webpage or provide you with another service.
For example, when you type in Google.com, your PC will ask a DNS server what the IP address of Google.com is. The [...]
Spyware, adware, ransomware, rootkits, worms, viruses, trojans, keyloggers, hijackers and more. These days, there are literally millions of ways your computer could get infected by some sort of malware and generally speaking, dealing with this stuff is a massive pain in butt. Many of these malwares not only attempt to look legitimate, but they also embed themselves by modifying registry keys and other system settings to ensure that once they’re in a system, they don’t leave.
Luckily, there are some great people who have developed some effective tools to remove that malware so you don’t have to figure out how to do it manually. Here are some of the best [...]
After all the national attention Lenovo received for the whole Superfish debacle, I think we all knew that Lenovo wasn’t going to get away with without a good class action lawsuit, and according to a recent filing in a US District Court in Southern California, one is already in the works.
Filed by Jessica Bennett individually and on behalf all all the poor souls infected with the Superfish adware, the lawsuit alleges that by installing the Superfish adware, both Lenovo and Superfish violated a series of state and federal laws including California’s Invasion of Privacy Act, Federal Wiretap Act, Trespass to Personal Property/Chattels and [...]