Scanned your computer for malware within the last week? If not, it's time to scan your computer for malware. Use up to date, legitimate antivirus software and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from malwarebytes.org to scan your computer for malware. Scanning is a good security practice and a good way to remove many (but not all) malware infections. Think your computer is infected? Install additional trusted anti-malware tools to scan and clean your computer. Do not install more than one antivirus software at once (antivirus software is your primary security software).

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Poll: Which web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Chromium, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Apple Safari) do you use or use for the most part?
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Second Poll for browser users that do not use Google Chrome, Chromium, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, or Apple Safari. Which web browser do you use or use for the most part?
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Yandex
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Security Tip of the Day: Update all software (including operating systems, programs, browsers, plugins, and extensions) regularly and configure automatic updating if possible. Google Chrome automatically updates itself, Flash, and your extensions. Why does Chrome update itself, Flash, and your extensions regularly? Security, stability, speed, performance, new and improved features, etc...

Remember all the recent Flash zero-day exploits this week. Automatic updating coupled with anti-exploit protection (like Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit) can help reduce and even prevent Flash zero-day exploits.

Beware of malicious apps and extensions on the Chrome Web Store using the names of Adblock Plus, AdBlock, Adblock Pro, Flash Player, and other legitimate adblockers and extensions. Avoid illegitimate apps and extensions by looking closely, carefully, and a few more seconds before installing something from the Chrome Web Store. Additionally, install, update, and scan with antivirus software and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, which, combined, can help detect and block various types malware. We are currently working with the Chrome Web Store support team to remove and prevent these types of attacks. In the meantime, stay safe...

Another Security Tip of the Day: Scan your computer for viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, and other types of malware with antivirus software and quarantine all detections. Additionally, scan your computer for malware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (or Malwarebytes Chameleon if your infection is bad) and quarantining all detections. Avoid many malicious websites by installing extensions like McAfee WebAdvisor or McAfee SiteAdvisor and never ignoring Chrome SafeBrowsing or McAfee WebAdvisor warnings. More useful security tips and advice following...

OS X and iOS devices are also vulnerable to malware and exploits. Malwarebytes released Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac very recently. MBAM for Mac detects hundreds of variants of Trojans, adware, and PUPs in less than six to ten seconds. Exploit protection (MBAE for Mac) and business protection (MBAM and MBAE Mac for Business) are coming soon.

What's next? It would be nice if they released a Ubuntu/Linux version of MBAM and MBAE.

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Poll: Under what condition would you decide to click-through a Chrome SafeBrowsing malware or phishing warning?
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Using Adblock Plus for blocking many dangerous malvertising and misleading advertising attempts. Adblock Plus blocks annoying ads by default with the exception of certified acceptable ads. Note that "certified acceptable ads" means the ad format is certified non-intrusive, not that the ad itself is not malicious.

Install Adblock Plus for Chrome (or another browser) from adblockplus.org, click the ABP icon in the extension toolbar (Chrome), click Options, check "Adblock Warning Removal List," and uncheck "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" if you want ABP to block all ads. On the first run screen enable malware and tracking protection. Report unblocked ads at forums.lanik.us.

Another malvertising protection tip: Install a quality antivirus product. Additionally, install a complimentary anti-malware product like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from malwarebytes.org/antimalware and anti-exploit protection like Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit from malwarebytes.org/antiexploit.

Scanning Suspicious Files with VirusTotal:
If you discover a suspicious file on your computer, you can upload it to VirusTotal where it can be scanned with 55-56 antivirus scanners. Note that some malware infections have been yet to be detected by any one of these 55-56 antivirus scanners for several months. Questions or concerns welcome here.
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