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FLV Player Update popup –what is this?

Please be aware that FLV Player Update popup is a fake warning message. It has been created to lead you to download malware programs to your PC. This popup is actually a malicious application that acts as an online scam which is usually used to spread false advertisement. Usually it is distributed via malicious sites, lurks in freeware programs and hides itself in spam email attachments. You won’t even know and realize that you even have this malicious program on your system until it suddenly pops up. In addition to displaying misleading pop-up warning, FLV Player Update popup malware also slows down your computer as it takes up a big part of system resources.


Windows AntiVirus Tool is a program that belongs to the family of Rogue.FakeVimes computer infections. This application only pretends to be an anti-virus program, but instead it shows fake scan results, reports the computer infections that do not exist, and does not allow you to run any other applications.


Data breaches have been dominating headlines recently... It also comes with a good reason and bad intentions. The number of identity fraud victims jumped to 13.1 million in 2013, a new report from Javelin Strategy & Research finds. That's an increase of 500,000 from 2012 and the second highest number of victims since Javelin began conducting its annual study in 2004.


Tax fraud is a serious crime. Tax refund fraud itself affects millions of people every year and costs the government billions of dollars. In 2011, fraudsters stole more than $3 billion from the government via an estimated 1.1 million false returns. That same year, the Internal Revenue Service blocked more than 12 million false refund claims worth more than $40 billion.


As part of Microsoft’s longstanding commitment to privacy, they have just released their findings and results of a survey that shows the privacy attitudes of technology savvy individuals in the US and four European countries (Belgium, France, Germany and the UK).


Most people think that their computers or mobile phones can only be hacked if they download a program or go onto a website that looks suspicious. However, the latest ring of cyber attacks point to a completely different method of infection.


Data Privacy Day was held recently on January 28, it is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.


With hackers getting more and more intrusive, let's try our best to make 2014 a much more secure year. The first step is coming up with resolutions to make involving the way we work and operate in the digital space everyday.


Our Director at Malware Labs, Andrew Browne has prepared an overview of what we can expect in terms of malware trends in the coming year.





As we already know, hackers and cybercriminals are constantly seeking new and creative ways in gaining access to your computers and stealing your personal information.


There is no better time to shop online than the holidays, when the hoards of shoppers can sap your energy and holiday spirit.

But just be aware that the Grinch may be stealing the presents and he might be stealing your personal information if you don’t take precautions for safe online holiday shopping.


To stop the festive period becoming a bonanza for fraudsters, consumers are being encouraged to become wiser to potential online fraud and pay greater attention to personal internet security.

Here are SIX top tips on how to protect yourself while shopping online this Christmas: