How to protect your Windows computer from the Petya ransomware attack

A new ransomware named Petya hit high-profile targets in multiple countries, including the United States, on Tuesday.

While Petya has not infiltrated as many machines as ransomware WannaCry did in May, it is more dangerous and has the power to create more damage. Here’s how to protect yourself and your small business from attacks like Petya.  Read more.

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Microsoft’s Anti-Malware Program Is Still Bad

In spite of a recent effort to improve the performance and detection rates in Windows Defender, Microsoft’s anti-malware tool is still not very good at its job. According to the latest tests, it’s downright lousy.

The latest round of tests performed by German institute AV-TEST, one of the most respected and regarded malware testing shops, show that Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool fared the poorest in removing an existing infection.

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Microsoft Ends Its Deceptive Windows 10 Upgrades

After spending the better part of a year aggressively pushing consumers to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft is finally taking a step back with the acknowledgment it went too far.

Customers have endured unwanted downloading of the software onto their PC without being told, then unwanted upgrades. And finally, the Get Windows 10 (GWX) application was changed so if you clicked the red “X” at the corner of the window thinking it would opt out, Microsoft treated this click as a confirmation of a scheduled update.

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Cybersecurity and 8 Steps to Preparing for the Inevitable

There is no mistaking it, cybersecurity and data breaches are now front and center of everyone’s mind. Just in the last month we have seen two governments—the Philippines and Turkey—get hacked, not to mention the massive amount of government-shaking data leaked as part of the Panama Papers.

We have also seen governments creating more legislation around cybersecurity strategies, a good indication that they are trying to keep up with the times. For example, Australia just launched its new strategy in the later part of April.

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