'TREASUREHUNT' POS Malware Tool Targeting Small Banks, Retailers

'TREASUREHUNT' POS Malware Tool Targeting Small Banks, Retailers

As more US companies snuff out point of sale malware by deploying chip-and-PIN bankcard technology, attackers are rushing to exploit existing magnetic strip card systems still vulnerable to malware. A group of hackers that go by the name Bears Inc. are behind the latest barrage of attacks with a custom-built point of sale malware called Treasurehunt, according to research from FireEye. 

#FBI Issues Warning Over 'Nasty' #Ransomware

#FBI Issues Warning Over 'Nasty' #Ransomware

The FBI is seeking help from US firms as it investigates a nasty strain of ransomware, Reuters reports.

Ransomware encrypts data on infected machines and then asks for money before restoring access to information.

The FBI is analysing a strain of ransomware called MSIL/Samas that tries to encrypt data across entire networks rather than single computers.

Fake Flash and Video Player Updates - User Beware

As scams and viruses continue to evolve faster than technology, it is harder than ever to protect our computers as carefully as we need to. If you have a popup that continues to show up asking you to update Adobe Flash Player or Java within an internet browser you have a virus. These pop-up ads are not actually created by Adobe, the developers of the Flash Player or Sun Microsystems, the architects of Java. They are in fact designed to spread adware and browser hijacks on the user’s computer.

This spyware, or in more seriously situations, Trojan, sends pop-up adverts on a regular basis. It makes your computer and internet run remarkably slower. And it magically produces a search bar or toolbar that normally was never there before.

So how do you recognize this virus before you are infected? To begin, make sure to read the fine print before clicking allow on the system download. Typically the infected pop-up will request you to down load a file named flash_player_updater.exe. Or requests to “Download Now” a file named update_flash_player.exe. This adware could as well be attached to recognizable small print on downloads. So in this case set up a firewall to protect your computer because this ad will most likely show up on low-quality sites. For example, sites where you can stream pirate videos.

If the pop-up still shows up, and you are not sure the pop-up is the real deal, turn off your computer. Do not click close or try to navigate around the pop-up. You may be inadvertently inviting the spyware to self-install.

Call your local technical support team so that they can help assist you in the process of removing the virus. They will take the appropriate measures to uninstall the program from the computer system and remove the virus extension from your internet browser. In addition, they can install the real version of Adobe Flash or Java by going to the direct website and doing a download.

Rethink Associates can save your computer at any hour of the day, any day. We are a perfect solution to your computer viruses issues and can help with future virus issues as well! Call today to get a free quote and protect your computer for the long run!

Maintenance vs. Malware..

We have seen a huge increase in calls pertaining to.. "I have a virus". First off in all my years doing this, I have never seen a computer with just one virus, it is usually multiple viruses, malware, adware and all sorts of bad stuff that take your computer down.

Lately, many with proxy connections problems, Google Chrome problems, and advertising / error popups all over the screen. Malicious browser extensions, and rogue toolbars are usually what cause the browser connection problem.

The longer you let your computer go without removing the viruses, the more damage that is usually done to your computer, the operating system, your irreplaceable data files, your identity, your finances (if you bank or order online), and the computers hardware. The longer you allow these viruses to infect and multiply on your system, it is very likely the repair will cost more either by repair or replacement.

Viruses make the computers hardware work harder, a computer that is working harder runs hotter, and slows down in performance. This excessive heat, and extra work, puts a strain the hardware (motherboard, the electronics, and hard drive). Computer hardware failure, shortened life span is the end result of an overworked computer by viruses & malware.

Anti virus programs like Kaspersky, Bitdefender or Eset Nod32 anti virus are the better programs (my own personel experience and opinion), what I recommend. Again, keep in mind, not all are 100% bullet proof. Free anti virus programs only provide basic protection. Real anti virus protection starts with the computer user, yourself and any others that USE YOUR computer. And how you use the internet, what you use it for, what links you are clicking on etc. And how well you perform regular maintenance and scan your computer with specific malware scanners, periodically.

When or if looking for Anti Virus software reviews, keep in mind most of the review sites are being paid by AV program developers to rank there programs as the "best". Remember,, money talks. Again "the best" is how YOU use, & what YOU use the internet for, and how deligent & cautious you are on the internet. Anti virus protection starts with yourself.

Whether it is "viruses - malware" related or not, a computer without regular simple maintenance either by the user or repair place, will not continue to operate properly overtime.

How to respond to a malware infections?


Preventing Malware Infections can save you a lot of money..

Waiting Can Cause Problems While You’re On Deadline

Most computer users have seen a sudden warning pop up on his or her computer screen. “Your computer is infected,” the warning says. “You need to take action immediately.”

Countless novices have made the mistake of heeding the warning. They click onto a link that tells them their computer has thousands of infections. Panicked, they then click a link that instructs them to buy a “security” software program that will get rid of the infections and prevent future infections.

The computer may have an infection, but oftentimes the “security” software program is a farce that isn’t identifying infection problems and won’t help computer users get rid of or prevent infections.

In fact, the program itself is oftentimes what computer aficionados call a Trojan horse — a malware program that can infect the computer with malicious viruses and destroy the computer system so badly that computer users will lose their data and/or be unable to work on their computer. Buying the malware program can also result in your credit card account number being used to steal from you.

How do you respond to this situation? The first thing to know is that you should not NEVER follow the popup program’s instructions. Then, you should run your computer’s internal anti-virus program. Windows Defender is such a program. You can often find it by clicking the flag on the lower right corner of your screen and hitting “Troubleshooting.”

Downloading an anti-malware program can also help. Many anti-malware programs such as Anvi Smart Defender are free.

If the malware program is installed, you should do a “System Restore” that restores your computer to the state it was in before you had a problem. You can find System Restore by clicking onto the flag and then clicking “Recovery.” You should also make sure that new software programs are removed from your computer by hitting the icon on the bottom left of your screen and then hitting Control Panel. Your Control Panel should include a “Programs” section that lets you uninstall a program.

“Malware and Computer Security,“ a University of California-San Diego Academic Computing Department report, confirms that a popup that tells computer users that their computer has a “ridiculous” number of viruses is a sign that your computer might be infected. It says other signs include:

* Popups that run automatic scans.
* Returned e-mails with virus warnings.
* A computer that is running much slower than usual. Your computer could be running software programs in the background that you didn’t know were installed.
* A computer screen that suddenly turns black.

“Computer Security Tips for Preventing Malware Infections,” a Wentworth Institute of Technology report, confirms the importance of anti-malware programs and making sure that you don’t click onto a popup program that could be a Trojan horse. It also says that you should:

* Make sure your anti-malware programs are up-to-date. You should bookmark the program’s website when you download it and check monthly if it has been updated.

* Do NOT click onto a link that you received from an e-mail from an unexpected source. It’s also common for a friend’s e-mail system to be hacked so be careful if you receive an impersonal e-mail from a friend with a link.

* Use a free software program called BrowserCheck to make sure your Internet browsers are up-to-date.

* Change your Internet browser settings so you have to approve a plug-in rather than have it launched automatically.

A Wellesley (Mass.) College report also has valuable tips on how to protect your computer from malware infections.

Malware Warning: Watch for Emotet

Malware Alert: Look out for Emotet

A Malware program named Emotet is on the rise, and it is particularly nasty. It sends bogus emails about banking transactions and steals your financial information, even over secure HTTPS connections. While this Trojan has been most effective in Germany, it’s found its way to the U.S. and across the rest of the world. We at Rethink live by a Stay Informed, Stay Secure mentality. National experts advise that everyone learn about this potential threat so you can be proactive about protecting your private information.

How Emotet Works

Emotet is old school in that it sends you a spam email message that looks like it comes from your bank. The message then contains information about a specific financial transaction and prompts you to click on a link. Your downfall isn’t typing in his login information on a fake banking website; it is the action of clicking on the link. This is where this Malware is particularly bad. When you click on the link, the malware then downloads a code in your browser that monitors your activity. When you legitimately log into your online banking account, the malware learns your credentials along with other personal information.

Unlike many other spam emails, the one from Emotet may not contain grammar or spelling mistakes. Since the malware hides until you visit a banking website, a trick called “network sniffing,” you may not notice any difference in the way your computer runs.

How to Protect Yourself against Emotet

  1. Download and install antivirus and anti-malware programs from reputable companies. Rethink Recommends Bitdefender Internet Security, and some additional tools on our site HERE, such as RKill, and Malwarebytes. Scan your computer regularly and keep the software up to date.
  2. Don’t click on any pop-ups or links that you did not search for or solicit.
  3. Don’t click on links in emails that supposedly come from your financial institution. If you see something of concern, login to the bank’s website in a new tab or browser, or call its customer service number.

Viruses and malware are getting smarter and more stealthy. By being smart about how you check your emails, surf the Web and maintain the security features on your devices, you can avoid data theft and computer repair. Contact Rethink Associates if they have questions about the best antivirus and antimalware programs to use, safe computer practices, or about what to do if they think they have a virus.