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We are a computer repair and maintenance company started over 10 years ago and based between Cupar and St Andrews, which means we are ideally placed to serve all of East Fife, specialise in PC repairs and diagnosing & repairing all kinds of computer, laptop, internet and network problems for both home and small businesses in East Fife

We specialise in computer repairs, giving your old machine a new lease of life. We can help with installation of additional hardware, i.e. scanners (for all those family photos), printers and other devices. We give annual support through our one off payment which will cover any problems which can be solved remotely. You also have the added convenience of our home service. We will come to you and endeavour to repair your machine on site. Although we may need to take it back to the workshop we will bring it back as good as new.




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What is Ransomware?angry

(Part 1)

If you don’t know what ransomware is, read on. You’re in danger of losing all of the files on your computer. Ransomware is a small piece of criminal software that highjacks your computer by encrypting your files, denying you access to them, and then demands online payment for their release. It’s one of the most shameless forms of cyber extortion, and in some cases, actual blackmail.

The threat is very real. If you use email, browse websites, spend time on social networks, connect to local networks (at work, at home, or in public spaces), or use removable USB drives, whether on a desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet, you are always a click or two away from a ransomware infiltration. Don’t be a victim. Outsmart cyber-criminals with a few simple steps. It’s easy, but only if you know what to look for.

How do you get ransomware?

Ransomware is most commonly distributed by email, social network messages and infected websites.

Email

Most ransomware is distributed by the popular malware infection technique known as “phishing”, in which you receive an email that is designed to look like it comes from someone you know or should trust. The goal is to get you to open an attachment or click on a web link in the email, which then downloads malware like ransomware to your system. Criminals will study your social networks and other public information to learn details about you to make their phishing emails more believable, e.g., by discovering where you went to school and crafting a message that looks like it comes from your alumni association.

Social networks

One of the many new techniques that ransomware gangsters are using to distribute their malicious wares includes the use of social network and instant messaging apps.

For example, criminals may send you a Facebook Messenger post that includes a graphics attachment with the commonly-used .SVG file name extension. SVG files look legitimate to the Messenger app and your browser’s white-list filtering, and so execute automatically when viewed in a standard web browser. Once opened, the file executes and redirects the reader to a website which invites the user to install a browser extension so that they can view a (fake) YouTube video. Installing this extension opens the door for a ransomware infection.

What does it mean for you? Be wary of installing software or browser extensions in response to social media posts and instant messages.

Social networks

One of the many new techniques that ransomware gangsters are using to distribute their malicious wares includes the use of social network and instant messaging apps.

For example, criminals may send you a Facebook Messenger post that includes a graphics attachment with the commonly-used .SVG file name extension. SVG files look legitimate to the Messenger app and your browser’s white-list filtering, and so execute automatically when viewed in a standard web browser. Once opened, the file executes and redirects the reader to a website which invites the user to install a browser extension so that they can view a (fake) YouTube video. Installing this extension opens the door for a ransomware infection.

What does it mean for you? Be wary of installing software or browser extensions in response to social media posts and instant messages.

 

 

Happy New Year.

2017

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16th    December 2015

(BBC News 14 December 2015)

What is ransomware?


Computer viruses that threaten to delete your files unless you pay a ransom are known as ransomware.

Security experts have warned that ransomware is the fastest growing form of computer virus.

Like other computer viruses, it usually finds its way onto a device by exploiting a security hole in vulnerable software or by tricking somebody into installing it.

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The computer virus that blackmails you