Norton Power Eraser – A Tool To Help You Eliminate Deeply Embedded Malware

Norton Power Eraser was recently updated and I thought I would at least post some information on this security application.

This application has the ability to “aggressively” detect and remove malware that can impersonate legitimate applications, such as fake antivirus software. These applications often are described as scamware, rogueware, scareware, etc…

When using an application such as this, make sure you have some knowledge of the Windows OS above and beyond the basic level so that you don’t end up doing more harm than good. Here is a tutorial to get you started and to understand more – Click Here for Tutorial

Norton Power Eraser v4.0 Beta screenshot 1 / 2

Source: NortonLifeLock Rescue Tools – Norton Power Eraser


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Watch Your Wallet — Avoid These 3 Money Scams | The Motley Foll

This is a “must read”… Motley Fool briefs you on 3 money scams that are tied to “Taxes”, “Social Security” and “Medicare”. I have a motto here at What’s On My PC and it is “believe nothing, verify everything”.  You can learn more by clicking the source link below.

The more you learn about scams and scamming techniques, the less likely you’ll be to fall for them. As you go through your financial life, saving, investing, paying taxes, collecting benefits, getting healthcare, and so on, be alert for those who want to take advantage of your hard work.

We see lots of criss-crossed yellow signs that say scam alert.

Source: Watch Your Wallet — Avoid These 3 Money Scams


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Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Rip-off Artists

As one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of fraud, forgery, and cybersecurity, Frank Abagnale knows how scammers work. In Scam Me If You Can, he reveals the latest tricks that today’s scammers, hackers, and con artists use to steal your money and personal information–often online and over the phone. Using plain language and vivid examples, Abagnale reveals hundreds of tips, including:

• The best way to protect your phone from being hacked
• The only time you should ever use a debit card
• The one type of photo you should never post on social media
• The only conditions under which you should use WiFi networks at the airport
• The safest way to use an ATM


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7 tax scams to watch out for this year | Yahoo Finance

Between figuring out how to file, trying to understand my W2 and remembering how to do basic math, it can be extremely stressful. But there’s something even scarier lurking out there this time of year: tax scammers. Yes, in case wringing your hands over the taxman weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose. Luckily, there are a few ways to spot these scams and protect yourself.

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Hundreds of counterfeit online shoe stores injected with credit card skimmer | Malwarebytes Labs

We recently identified a credit card skimmer injected into hundreds of fraudulent sites selling brand name shoes. Unfortunate shoppers may not only be disappointed with the faux merchandise, but they will also relinquish their personal and financial data to Magecart fraudsters.

Source: Hundreds of counterfeit online shoe stores injected with credit card skimmer | Malwarebytes Labs

DO NOT Fall for the “Google Chrome Critical ERROR” Phlishing Scam

First time ever for me to have one of these scams popup on my computer. This one here is the “Google Chrome Critical ERROR” phlishing scam that comes in a variety of forms. In this case the “Security System” (whatever that is) has detected the threatening attempt to gain access to my bank logins. The crooks, in this case, are recommending that I perform a temporary block on all my accounts; THEN, the crooks want me to contact their customer support team at Microsoft. If you really take a look at the screenshot below, you can tell that the designer of this scary scam graphic does not use very good grammar.

Folks, for God’s sake, please do not fall for this scam or any of the hundreds like it. They are scams. These crooks want you to call the number, as reflected in the screenshot; THEN, the real fun will begin where they will bilk you out of as much money as they can and will even want to help solve your problem by remotely taking over the operation of your computer. They are such nice criminals…

This error can be removed simply by closing the web browser, however, some websites run scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, terminate the browser via Task Manager or simply reboot the system. Note that after re-running the browser, you should not restore the previous session, otherwise you will return to the malicious site. Also, I typically will run CCleaner and AdwCleaner. If you end up going to far with this scam and allow the criminals to take over your computer, you will need to be more aggressive in the removal process.


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BEWARE – NEW Taxpayer’s Email Scam

by Homeland Security – CISA

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning about a new email scam in which malicious cyber actors send unsolicited emails to taxpayers from fake (i.e., spoofed) IRS email addresses. The emails contain a link to a spoofed IRS.gov website that displays fake details about the targeted recipient’s tax refund, return, or account. The emails instruct the recipient to access their refund information by entering a provided password on the spoofed website. By entering the password, the victim unintentionally downloads malware that could enable the malicious cyber actors to take control of the affected system or obtain sensitive information.

Source: IRS Warns of New Email Scam | CISA

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