Spring has finally sprung! We're slowly getting the warmer weather and leaving behind the bitter cold winter. With that, the necessary task of spring cleaning comes along too. This year, in addition to tidying your home, consider tidying your trusted computers too!

Here are some maintenance tasks you should consider for your computer to kick off spring cleaning so that you are set to use the Internet swiftly and securely in the months ahead.


Think about everything you’ve downloaded to your PC over the past six months. Can you remember each program or file you downloaded, and where that download came from? Most likely not, and even if you can, you may have gotten more than you bargained for – in fact, you may be infected with spyware that can be used for keylogging.


In 2014, close to one billion online records were compromised in 1,922 confirmed incidents, including high profile data breaches such as Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase, Michaels and Neiman Marcus. The compromised records consist of usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and more.


By Andrew Browne, Malware Labs Director at Lavasoft

As technology and Internet-ready devices continue to become central to our everyday lives, hackers are finding more channels and new ways to gain access to the personal information of unsuspecting targets. From individuals to huge corporations, no one is safe from cybercrime.


Positive Finds is an application that displays coupons and advertisements that are relevant to a user’s web browsing activities on shopping sites, such as Amazon.com. While this program may seem useful, it also installs add-ons/plugins that may diminish browser performance as well as generate banners, pop-ups and in-text ads (underlined keywords when visiting websites) and other forms of promotions that encourage you to purchase a product or install other applications.


Data Privacy Day was on January 28 and it was celebrated internationally to recognize the importance of protecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. 

A new report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project has found that the next decade will bring a continued erosion of online privacy, which will mean that “in 2025, everything will be transparent. People will not have the illusion of privacy. …This will, of course, have consequences."


As February 14th draws closer, don’t be surprised if several spams and phishing scams find their way into your inbox.

 Valentine’s Day often offers spammers and scammers alike a golden opportunity to lure people into opening their wallets or giving away their personal information under the deceptive guise of love.


PC Mechanic is an application that claims to be a computer optimization program. It features a scanner that checks your PC for problematic and obsolete files that may be taking up unnecessary space on your hard disk. The catch is that you must purchase the full version before it will fix any of the apparent system errors it located. While this program may seem useful at first glance, so-called ‘optimization applications’ typically do not meaningfully improve PC performance.


Our friends at InfoSec Institute have once again ever so kindly written another great blog post in regards to how to remove Windows Antivirus Adviser. Let's see what Kim Crawley (our guestwriter) have to say about this PUP and the step by step instruction on how to remove it.


How To Remove RadioRage

by News Editor on January 29th, 2015 in Security Tips.

RadioRage is a toolbar application that claims to enhance a user’s web experience by offering several different types of searches, links to music sites, and the ability to listen to any web radio station from your PC.


RebateInformer is a web browser plugin that claims to notify you of available discounts, coupons and rebates when you search and/or browse the web. How it works is by analyzing websites your browser visits and attempts to find and display deals associated with products offered on the site. It is typically loaded with malware and starts automatically with windows. This is why it is considered a potentially unwanted application.


Super Optimizer, is a potentially unwanted application that claims to optimize and clean your PC. If installed, it is capable of interfering with the user experience when using your PC.