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Rogue antivirus apps now masquerading as utility software, too

Once upon a time, rogue antivirus apps were pretty much one-trick ponies. They tried to closely mimic the interfaces we recognize from apps like AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials and use goofily-combined names like Super Windows Antivirus 2010 Gold Pro. However, as Sunbelt reports on their official blog, malware authors are now branching out into other types of bogus apps in order to lure...

Chrome AdBlock dev pushes reassuring note to counter Chrome's scary extension warnings

The fact that Google Chrome supports extensions is great, but there's one thing I'd like tweaked: those somewhat-frightening messages Chrome displays about an extension's API access. For example, there's Typing Speed Monitor, which I recently posted. When you install it, you'll receive the following alerts: ...which certainly might look scary to the average user. TSM's developer happened to...

Outside the U.S. ? Don't try to upgrade Voice in Gmail

Now that I -- like a number of our international readers -- have the voice calling feature in my Gmail inbox, I fully intend to use it at least occasionally. Which is why I'm thankful this handy tip was posted over at Google OS this morning. If you're outside the U.S. do not click the upgrade your account button. As you can see, the results are less than thrilling -- you'll lose access to the...

Government warnings against IE cause orgy of Firefox, Opera downloads

Recently, Internet Explorer has taken a lot of heat. This time, however, it hasn't been coming from disgruntled web devs or tech-savvy folks like our readers. No, this round of 'ditch IE' requests came from the governments of Germany, France, and Australia. The result: their citizens ditching IE en masse. As you can see in the chart, nearly 300,000 Germans have downloaded Firefox in the...

Warning: Facebook can get you fired and make a cop kick your ass

We've warned you before about the risks associated with social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. There's that nasty Koobface thing floating around infecting people left and right. There are the myriad privacy concerns. But what about some more tangible, real-life risks? Little things, like getting fired from your new job like the poor sod who forgot she friended her boss. There's a...

Phishing scam hits Twitter. Don't get sucked in!

Phishers are up to the same old tricks, with a new target: your Twitter password. Several Twitter users received a direct message today that included a Blogspot link purporting to be about "a funny blog about you!" They clicked on it and found themselves redirected to a spoofed Twitter login page that grabs passwords and may use your account to propagate the phishing messages to more users. To...

Google Desktop's novel approach to the readme

Say you've written a program that a lot of people will use. Say you really, really don't want them to mess with certain of the program's files. You could give them a readme file that contains a warning, but any developer knows that getting the user to actually read a readme file is about as easy as getting a 14-year-old to give up MySpace. Google, however, has come up with a very novel solution...

Google adds malware warnings to search results

Google has recently added malware advisories to search results. When results are clicked on, Google directs users to a Warning page, where Google announces that the site you are about to visit might not be suitable. One particular instance is when "list keygen mirc" is searched. If users click on the first entry in the search results, they are directed to a Google Warning page, letting them know...