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Look, what's that over there? Sophos nips Windows DNS DLL false positive in the bud

A Windows operating system library was wrongly identified as malware by Sophos's antivirus scanner for some users on Tuesday. Security software from Sophos quarantined dnsapi.dll, provoking a modest number of complaints on the antimalware maker's support forums. The main gripe seemed to be bogus alerts generated by the …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2018

2.8 million victims squared up by malicious Minecraft apps

ESET researcher Lukas Stefanko says a whopping 2.8 million users have downloaded malicious Minecraft Android applications. Stefanko found 30 malicious apps uploaded to the Google Play store over nine months masquerading as Minecraft cheats and tip guides. "All of the discovered apps were fake in that they did not contain any …
Darren Pauli, 25 May 2015

Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

A dodgy Symantec update brought pain for those remaining Windows XP users who rely on Norton to defend their undead operating system free from viruses. In a statement, Symantec admitted the problem but downplayed its significance. This issue has now been resolved. The limited number of customers affected should run a Live …
John Leyden, 8 Sep 2014
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Researcher details how malware gives AV the slip

Researcher James Wyke has discovered throw-off tactics used by malware to frustrate investigators. These tactics were part of a suite of impressive methods VXers used to find technical artifacts that could help them distinguish between computers belonging to victims and those used by malware researchers. While malware writers …
Darren Pauli, 26 Aug 2014

Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

Researchers have detailed a rare form of Windows malware that maintains infection on machines and steals data without installing files. The malware resides in the computer registry only and is therefore not easy to detect. It code reaches machines through a malicious Microsoft Word document before creating a hidden encoded …
Darren Pauli, 4 Aug 2014

AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

Security software firm AVG net income has fallen from $24.7m in Q2 2013 to $13.7mn in Q2 2014, according to financial results out Wednesday. The profits slide is explained by the slip in revenue from $100.4m in Q2 2013 to $88m in the three months running up to 30 June 2014. AVG responded to the results by revising its outlook …
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2014
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Infosec bods try Big Data in search for better anti-virus mousetrap

Infosec house Panda Security is looking to Big Data and application monitoring as a means to achieve better malware detection. The launch of Panda Advanced Protection Service (PAPS) is a response to the widely known shortcomings of signature-based anti-virus detection as well as a means for Panda to sell extra services. The …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2014
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This Apple Mac has malware. How do I mop up?

Readers' Corner We all know that Macs don't get PC viruses. But they can and sometimes do get Mac viruses. Hence this terse request from Dewix in El Reg forums. Mother-in-law has managed to get malware on her Mac. Anyone recommend a no fuss AV? Somewhat sparse on the details, Dewix. Reg readers can you help? Recommendations here. Thank- …
Aaron Milne, 16 Jun 2014

Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

A misfiring antivirus update from Kaspersky Lab "effectively levelled several networks" last months including systems at Britain's NHS, The Register has learned. A Kaspersky update released on 25 October falsely classified a Windows system file, specifically tcpip.sys, as malign and quarantined it. The procedure left Windows …
John Leyden, 7 Nov 2013
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How to stop intruders without knocking out the workers

Sysadmin blog For a sysadmin, fighting malware feels like an uphill battle that you are never going to win. Security software vendors are in a constant catch-up game, trying to create definitions to protect their customers from the latest round of malware. Sysadmins have the tough job of using their various security software and devices, …
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John McAfee tweets from BEYOND THE GRAVE: Drug binge death? Not me, mate

Antivirus software wild man John McAfee has joined Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Fidel Castro, and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in receiving a premature obituary. Internet rumours that surfaced on Tuesday falsely claimed the self-described “eccentric millionaire” and entrepreneur had died at the Palms Casino Resort in …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2013
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AVG: That World of Warcraft hack? RIDDLED with malware

A new cross-platform security product that covers desktops, smartphones and tablets is likely to be a key area of development for desktop freebie virus-scanner firm AVG during 2013. AVG is best known for its free anti-virus scanner for Windows PCs, but over the years it has broadened its range to include more functional PC …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2013
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Antivirus update broke our interwebs, howl Win XP users

Updated Thousands of Windows XP users were blocked from accessing the internet this week after they applied a misfiring antivirus update from Kaspersky Lab. The issue affected both consumer and business versions of Windows XP. Vista or Windows 7 users were untouched by the snafu. Even so, Kaspersky's support forums quickly filled up …
John Leyden, 6 Feb 2013

Symantec: Don't blame us for New York Times hack

Symantec has taken the unusual step of commenting on a story about a customer, issuing a robust statement denying its anti-virus products were to blame for sophisticated targeted attack on the New York Times. The Gray Lady revealed yesterday that it had been persistently attacked for four months by China-based cyber insurgents …
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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

A study released in December by US security outfit Imperva has tipped a bucket on the multi-billion-dollar anti-virus industry, claiming that initial detection rates are as low as five percent, and concluding that enterprise and consumer anti-virus spend “is not proportional to its effectiveness”. Working in conjunction with …
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Avira antivirus patched but still not fully Windows 8 ready

Avira has rolled out a patch that makes its popular freebie anti-virus software more compatible with Windows 8. Earlier this month the German firm admitted its products were not yet compatible with Windows 8 after users complained that attempting to run Avira's software on Microsoft's latest operating system results in the …
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2012
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Avira 'fesses up: Our software isn't compatible with Windows 8

Update Freebie anti-virus firm Avira has admitted its security software is not compatible with either Windows 8 or Windows 12 Server. The German firm issued an advisory on Friday admitting its products would not be compatible with Windows 8 until the first quarter of 2013 after users complained that attempting to run Avira's software …
John Leyden, 6 Nov 2012
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Sophos antivirus classifies its own update kit as malware

Sophos users woke up to mayhem on Thursday after the business-focussed antivirus firm released an update that classified itself and any other update utility as a virus. As a result enterprise PCs running the application went haywire, generating false positives reporting SSH/Updater-B malware. Sysadmins were bombarded with …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2012

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