Worms Spreading via Web Sites (Virtual Chase)
(25 Jun) Security researchers warn that a new worm is quietly infiltrating PCs and stealing passwords and financial information. Rather than spreading through email, this worm attacks those who visit certain infected Web sites using Internet Explorer. Users of other browser brands are not affected.
While the government is not releasing the names of the infected Web sites, those who formerly and unknowingly spread the virus include the Kelley Blue Book and MinervaHealth Inc., a Jackson, Wyoming company. The only protection folks have, short of a patch from Microsoft, is high-level security settings. Here's a checklist of things you can do to protect your PC:
1. Install anti-virus software and keep it up to date.
2. Scan for viruses at least once per week.
3. Install a software firewall and keep it up to date. Configure it for the highest level of security.
4. Learn how to use the security zones in Internet Explorer. Use high security settings for the Internet zone. You can then lower the settings for "trusted" sites. This security tip
explains how security zones work and how to configure "trusted" sites.
5. Install Spybot Search & Destroy and keep it up to date. Use the immunize feature to load known sources of spyware and adware into your "restricted" sites zone.
6. Install IE-SPYAD
and keep it up to date. Use it to load known sources of spyware and adware into your "restricted" sites zone.
7. Regularly check programs running on your computer. Ctrl-Alt-Del opens the Task Manager. You can check the programs launched at startup by running the system configuration utility. To do this, enter "msconfig" (without quotations) in the Run command line (Start/Run/msconfig). If you don't recognize a program, search for information about it in the Windows Startup Online
also has a good list of adware and spyware programs. (It automatically checks your PC for known parasites until you disable ActiveX controls.)
Detecting and removing spyware can be extremely difficult. If your PC performs slowly even after cleaning it up with anti-virus and anti-spyware software, take it to a technician. Chances are it's still infected or certain files are damaged.
Web Attack Targets Financial Data