May 2020 Archives

For Mark Thorson Only


During this stressful time many people are turning to Zoom to stay connected and work!  I think the Zoom company is doing a great job and of course they are having massive growing pains.  I do not believe they are "spying" on you.

There are however hackers and scam artists.  Here is part of a warning from an authority:

Fake Zoom Downloader Is the Latest Method of Attack on Remote Workers 

Riding on the coattails of the massive rise in popularity in the video conference solution, remote workers new to Zoom need to be wary of where they get the Zoom installer program. 

We've written before about the various types of Zoom-related attacks that have sprouted up over the last two months. The latest chapter in this saga involves an actual Zoom installer program laden with backdoor malware. Available on malicious third-party sites (and not from Zoom's official website), these installers are offered up using phishing emails and spam campaigns designed to direct potential victims to these alternative installers. 

The compromised installer does deliver an installation of Zoom, but also installs the remote access trojan (RAT) WebMonitor, giving attackers remote access to an infected computer via a web browser. 

This kind of attack isn't new, but the rise in necessity and popularity of video conferencing solutions makes Zoom the perfect brand to leverage. 

To avoid becoming a victim, the simple answer here is to remind your users to do these two things:
  1. Don't act on unsolicited emails about software updates, even if they seem pertinent.
  2. Only download software from the official website, if at all.

Windows Updates due Thursday May 14th

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May 12th is Windows Update Tuesday!   Thursday the 14th is the day to install Windows updates.

NOTE:  The new Windows 10 2020 is beginning to download and install.  This will take a long time to install.  DO NOT turn it off because it is taking longer than you think it should!  

When it happens you will see changes to the Start pop-up. Don't panic.

Windows 7 users.  January of 2020 was your last update from Microsoft.  Contrary to the SCAM pop-ups and SCAM phone calls, your PC will NOT quit and you will NOT lose your files.

You are getting big scary pop-ups from Microsoft telling you about this, they included them in your last updates!

We can do a Windows 10 upgrade here for you.  It costs $50.00 and includes a "tune-up".  You DO NOT need to buy Windows 10!  You will have to leave the PC with us.  

Only install all Important updates.

No Optional.


CCleaner Update 5.66 May 4th, 2020

New CCleaner Update!  AGAIN
Cleaner version 5.66 has appeared.  

Click on the link below.  Chrome will automatically start a download.

Google Chrome pops up Microsoft's Save As window.  Make sure you know where it is going (the folder name) before you save.

Watch quickly the small pop-up that opens in the bottom left corner of my blog web page. Run the downloaded file by clicking on its name in the bottom left corner.  

As always, watch each screen closely as you install.  

Click the Blue Decline button on the AVG Anti-virus advertisement or the Avast Secure Line advertisement or any other advertisement that opens!  Un-check any boxes that allow other products!

After it installs, it will try to get you to run "Take my PC Health Check".  X out of that screen!

Delete the downloaded file after you are done.

Dean Hancy
PC Bits

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