Posts Tagged ‘Windows XP’

Fake anti-virus cloaks itself to appear to be Microsoft Update

Published by pratyushkp on June 9th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Original post on Sophos. Author – Chester Wisniewski

We are seeing the criminals behind fake anti-virus continuing to customize their social engineering attacks to be more believable to users and presumably more successful.

Last week I wrote about fake Firefox malware warnings leading users to rogue security software. This week they’ve started to imitate Microsoft Update.

The page is nearly an exact replica of the real Microsoft Update page with one major exception… It only comes up when surfing from Firefox on Windows. The real Microsoft Update requires Internet Explorer.

The same site was also hosting the traditional Windows XP explorer scanner we have seen for years, as well as a new Windows 7 scanner.

Similar to spam messages that have corrected their grammar and use correct imagery and CSS, the attackers selling fake anti-virus are getting more professional.

They use high quality graphics and are using information from our UserAgent strings that are sent by the browser to customize your malware experience.

Just like visiting your bank you should only trust security alerts in your browser if you initiated a check with Microsoft, Adobe, Sophos or any other vendor for updates to their software.

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IE9 Downloads Cross 2.3 Million in One Day IE9 Downloads Cross 2.3 Million in One Day

Published by pratyushkp on March 19th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Microsoft on Cloud 9

The final version of Internet Explorer 9, the latest iteration of Microsoft’s web browser, was released to public two days ago on of March 15. In just 24 hours, the browser managed to cross 2.3 million downloads. That’s a pretty impressive number, considering only Windows Vista and 7 users can download this browser. Of course, Microsoft couldn’t be more pleased with this news, as is evident from their blog post. In comparison though, Firefox 3 managed to cross 8 million downloads in a day, creating a world record for itself back in 2008. Then again, Firefox is a multi-platform browser, available to Mac and Linux users as well.

We are glad that IE9 is getting a good response. It’s quite a good browser and for the first time, Microsoft has a browser that can compete with the best of the browsers out there. Unfortunately, unless the Windows XP users upgrade to Windows 7, we don’t really see the percentage of IE6 users to drop any time soon. Too bad IE9 is not available for XP users.
To download IE9, click here. To read our full review, click here.

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coming soon mozilla’s firefox 4 beta 8

Published by pratyushkp on November 16th, 2010 - in Social, Technology

Firefox will soon release its browser Firefox 4 Beta 8 by the end of this month.

Mozilla’s latest version of Firefox 4 Beta 8 which will soon hit market will promise users faster speed for page loading and graphics. It also promises improved hardware acceleration for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 as well as some significant changes to the HTML 5 support. In addition to this it will feature graphics block list to ensure that Firefox doesn’t crash and will be able to accelerate the composition of layers with Open GL and Direct 3D.

The browser which will come out with more beta versions is currently being worked upon. There are about 66 bugs to fix of which 19 are critical, once done the Beta 8 will roll out by the end of this month. A significant change in the new browser will be its speed and its better interaction with heavy graphics pages.

According to Joe Drew of Mozilla “This release of Firefox will be faster on more web pages while at the same time being compatible with more computers.”

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Microsoft To Unveil Beta Version Of Explorer 9 in September

Published by pratyushkp on August 31st, 2010 - in Social, Technology

The Beta Version of Microsoft Web browser Explorer 9 will be launched on September 15.

As Microsoft sets to complete 15 years, it is looking unto web browser explorer 9 to gain its sagging popularity among Internet users. The company has marked September 15th for the launch of its Beta version of its latest Internet Explorer version 9.

To be launched in a press conference titled “The Beauty of the Web.” the company will send invites to select group of VIP web developers, designers, bloggers and press for the launch event in San Francisco. The new browser boasts of compatibility with HTML-5 thus leaving out flash, with HTML5, a web-standard platform can be used that requires no plug-ins. Also, IE9 uses the power of the user’s graphics processor to accelerate web content. Microsoft has also worked on its JavaScript Engine giving it a much-needed upgrade, considering how badly IE lagged behind competitors in JavaScript performance tests.

Unfortunately the browser Explorer 9 only works on Windows Vista or Windows 7 and is not compatible with Windows-XP.

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