What Is the “Explorer.exe”?

images (5)The file is used to execute services of an application, system and server call for the processes msdt.exe and ntkrnlpa.exe, and to support device drivers in an Averatec computer.

The file was published at 7/13/2009 4:56:53 PM, and has a location in C:WindowsSystem32. Once active, the process will occupy 2868224 KB of memory usage.

If the memory usage of the file showed in Task Manager is over 7128250 bytes, then there is a virus Trojan:Win32/Delf.GP or Trojan Program:Win32/BaiduIebar on your machine. This file should be replaced immediately with a clean one. You can download the clean file for free with a dll tool.

Note: Trojan:Win32/Delf.GP is developed by the author of the website of buymcafeenow and spreads through installing malware.

The file with version 6.1.7600.16385 is shared by the game Deus Ex, the web browser Mozilla 1.7.13 and the antivirus Symantec Network Access Control.

If the version number changes and the file is not restored as soon as possible, your computer would receive xinput1_3.dll dolphin missing / not found errors, blue screen of death BSoD and the error code 0x0870 (The print processor is not responding).

Explorer.exe vulnerability leads

What Is “Dllhost.exe”?

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The file is used to execute the service COM Surrogate for the applications (that is, svchost.exe, WerFault.exe and iexplore.exe), and support device drivers in the ViewSonic computer.

The file was published at 7/13/2009 4:43:52 PM, and is usually located in C:WindowsSystem32dllhost exe. Once active, the file will occupy 7168 KB of memory usage.

If the memory usage of the file showed in the Task Manager is over 1698265 bytes, then there may be a virus (for example, Constructor:BAT/DBCK or Trojan Program:Win32/AdvancedCleaner) on your machine. This file should be replaced immediately with a clean one.

Note: The Constructor:BAT/DBCK is developed by the author of the website uFlysoft and spreads through installing malware uFlysoft Registry Cleaner.

The file with version 6.1.7600.16385 is shared by the game Flight Unlimited III, the web browser Opera 11.60 and the antivirus McAfee AntiVirus Plus.

If the version number changes and the process is not restored as soon as possible, your computer would receive d3dx9_26.dll missing / not found errors, high CPU / Memory usage, blue screen of death BSoD and the error code 0x206F(A reference to an attribute that is not defined in

Need Ransomware Removal? It’s Already Too Late

download (11)As a MSP, we’re all too familiar with frantic calls from prospects whose hardware have been infected with Ransomware. You can hear the panic in their voices as they ask for immediate help. Though they want us to rush in like the A-Team of IT and fix their problems, we always make sure we have a conversation first. The reason being? We want the client educated on the probable outcome before they spend any money on ransomware removal. Bottom line, it’s too late to save anything.

Ransomware Is a Serious Threat

We’ll start by giving you some perspective. Ransomware has been on the rise. In Q1 of 2015 alone, there was an increase in ransomware attacks by 165 percent. And cyber security news this year is abuzz with reports of businesses falling prey to these malicious threats. Hospitals and other healthcare institutions have been attacked and computer systems have been held for ransom to the sum of $17,000 or more.

In fact, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 992 complaints about the CryptoWall ransomware last year. Ultimately, victims reported more than $18 million in losses.

Spyware and Viruses Article CategoryDetermining If Your Computer System/Web Site Is Infected With Viruses


Hackers of the world, rejoice! I read recently that eighty percent of the small business community have obtained free virus protection, which is widely available on the internet, and those same hard-charging business warriors do not anticipate having their computer systems becoming infected with malware of any type. Even though attacks on businesses are growing every year by the tens of thousands.

Actually, some of these small business owners have indeed been infected but the malware that infected their computer systems chose not to leave overt signs. The hackers out there sometimes would rather just enjoy their breaking and entering and they want to be free to re-enter at will. They will at least have bragging rights. Keep in mind that the people they brag to will want also to get into your private areas and may just decide to not only do serious cyber damage, but may also be sure to send all kinds of malware to people from your address book and make you look like a

Can You Stop Malware With Simple Passwords

download (9)WE support the courageous few standing up to the purveyors of malware. Those malcontents either make fun of your hard work or wish to make money out of your distress. Stand up for yourselves!

Web-wise thought for the day: The best anti-virus software is no substitute for your own common sense. A majority of today’s cyberheists begin with malware that is spread via email attachments. Many of these threats will go undetected by anti-virus tools in the first few days. Read that last sentence again if you didn’t get it.

You’d be surprised how few business people don’t think of these little things, these small but important factors. Make it hard for the hackavists and they will go elsewhere to peddle their destruction.


But you also have to do your part!

Good morning friends. Speaking of common sense, let’s discuss our password control. Password control? That sounds easy, doesn’t it. But do your employees think about it with the same seriousness you know you must attach to the subject in order to keep your computer system and your

What Is Ransomware?

images (4)For several years now, ransomware attacks have been steadily increasing. Back in 2013, CryptoLocker hit the headlines as one of the first ransomware programs to be released. Until 2014, when its distribution networks were taken down, CryptoLocker wreaked havoc infecting countless personal and business computers. Since then, there have been many new ransomware infections, some of which use the CryptoLocker name, but are in fact different programs. In this post, we explain what ransomware is, the effect that it can have on your business and what you can do to protect yourself against the threat.

Ransomware is a form of malware. Malware is a general term for malicious software programs, commonly referred to as viruses, which are designed to enter our computers and other devices without our knowledge or permission, and with the intention of causing harm to our devices and the data that lives on them. There are many different types of malware and each has a different effect. Some, for example, may have been designed with the intention to compromise our data, whilst others will simply cause damage to our devices.

Ransomware is

The Ransomware Epidemic and What You Can Do

images (3)What Ransomware is

Ransomware is an epidemic today based on an insidious piece of malware that cyber-criminals use to extort money from you by holding your computer or computer files for ransom, demanding payment from you to get them back. Unfortunately Ransomware is quickly becoming an increasingly popular way for malware authors to extort money from companies and consumers alike. Should this trend be allowed to continue, Ransomware will soon affect IoT devices, cars and ICS nd SCADA systems as well as just computer endpoints. There are several ways Ransomware can get onto someone’s computer but most result from a social engineering tactic or using software vulnerabilities to silently install on a victim’s machine.

Since last year and even before then, malware authors have sent waves of spam emails targeting various groups. There is no geographical limit on who can be affected, and while initially emails were targeting individual end users, then small to medium businesses, now the enterprise is the ripe target.

In addition to phishing and spear-phishing social engineering, Ransomware also spreads via remote desktop ports. Ransomware also affects files that are accessible on

What Is Your Safety Factor Now? The Time to Discover a Hacker’s Trail Is Now Only 146 Days

download (6)WOW! Look at this! I recently read that the average time for American Small Business to figure out that their business computer system and web site had been breached was down to 146 days. That’s down from 205 days last year. And that is supposed to make you feel better? And doesn’t it make you wonder what it was that was finally noticed?

What nonsense. Last year, if you are an average business person who has a business computer system plus a web site used to conduct your business, it took you 29.2 weeks to figure out your site was hacked so that maybe you might want to check to see what damage they had done to your business as well as your business and personal reputation.

And now, thank goodness, you will only take slightly less than twenty-one weeks to figure it out. It’s all in the computer system, even if you can’t find it.

If you’re done celebrating, we can talk about this. I hope you realize that these numbers, even this year’s, are horrible and an indictment of American Business. You are not

Make Sure Your Computer System Is a “Clean Machine” for Hardware and Software Efficiency

download (7)It just stands to reason that if your business computer system is going to fulfill your serious business needs, you need to maintain some serious standards in both your hardware and your software.

As far as your business computer system is concerned, let’s call it keeping a “clean machine.” There are a number of things here for us to consider.

First: Be sure and keep your security software current and up-to-date. You would be amazed at how many people purchase serious assorted business software (that includes, but is not limited to, anti-virus protection) for their business computer system and then let them go out of date. You will find that having the very latest security software, web browser, and operating system is the absolute best way to defend against viruses, assorted malware, and other online threats.

You spent good money on these products, and you bought it precisely to accomplish certain business needs and functions. Do you now have someone who has the responsibility to keep track your products status? Software, as well as hardware can go out of date and this must be watched as

Developing Mature Networks

images (1)The level of vulnerability of information systems is increasing. You must consistently investigate the strengths and weaknesses of the system. The origination of any breach is not easy to determine. In this respect the enterprise cannot ignore these bitter realities and any denial will lead to disastrous outcomes. The IT managers must have a defined policy in relation to maintaining the quality of the network security. If you have a positive outlook in dealing with these issues, then the chances are security maintenance will be an important part of the organizational culture.

You must take a holistic perspective in outlining the security scenario of the network. However, before accessing the solution you must identify the problem. In evaluating the security requirements the enterprise must be abreast with the technological advancements and how it can help in making security effective. It must be understood that any exposure to weakness may not always be technical. Therefore, the level of technological integration that has been initiated will assist in devising efficient security protocols that can be broken down into smaller components to progress effective screening at all

What Should I Do? My Computer/Web Site Has a Virus?


Last week we discussed what we should do if we have come to believe that we have malware. What signs we look for in our computer system, etc. Now we need to go a little deeper into what to do when we come to that conclusion.

Before we dig into that, let me mention the little known fact that if you have a screen pop up saying something like:”virus detected,”that doesn’t mean you necessarily have a virus in your computer system. It could mean that you downloaded a file and your anti-virus software detected a virus and removed it before it could become a problem. It also could mean that a malicious file on an infected web page could have been detected and was dealt with. If you see that screen, don’t worry, a lot but you might want to go into your anti-virus program and check its quarantine or its detection logs to view more information about the exact viruses and what action was taken. Do this as an educational experience. You can’t know too

Cyber Security And You: Hackers Are Always Looking For a A Way In, Are You Protected?

download (5)Let’s face it, we all get lulled into a false sense of security when we don’t hear about major cyber security breaches in the news. As long as we update our anti-virus and don’t open unknown emails and don’t click on links from sources we don’t recognize we’re safe, right? Really nothing could be further from the truth. Hackers are always upping their game finding ways around and through holes in the system. These days they have even gotten quite good at creating links and sometimes emails that look convincingly real leading to websites that appear to be authentic.

Some of the things we don’t realize or think about is the fact cyber crime still costs better than $100 billion annually on average whether we see it in front page news or not. This isn’t just large businesses and banks that are being breached, but everyday users and individuals are probably at even a higher risk. Anytime you have a connection to the internet through any device your data can be compromised.

Virtually all devices are vulnerable to costly attacks, but there are a few

Protect Your Cyber-Security by Properly Protecting Your Endpoint Devices

download (4)Last time we discussed a few of the possibilities about Endpoint Devices. They can be a serious cyber threat if you don’t take security seriously enough. Many small business owners are finding out to their own chagrin that this is true.

I realize that these endpoint devices help your business in so many ways. You also have to realize the inherent security problems that can arise by not being careful.

Let’s go into it:

Think for a minute about the growing mix of devices your employees use to conduct your business. And think of the many privately owned devices like Smartphones and tablets that they use for your business as well as their own personal use. If you don’t see cyber-security problems here you’re just not thinking.

These can be among the most difficult assets for your company to manage and protect. How often have you heard of an employee losing their device. Now their personal security is endangered as well as your own.

And what is yours? How about company email messages, video assets, client information, log-ins and access codes that could be potentially exposed. And many

Does Endpoint Security Have Any Effect on My Business Computer System

download (3)Good Morning:

I had a person bring up a question the other day and I realized that perhaps a lot of small business owners might not realize the importance of Endpoint Security to their business.

If you are a small business owner who uses a serious business computer system to conduct your business, the impact of endpoint security has grown to where the business world does not even resemble your world of twenty years ago. If you haven’t drastically changed the way you protect your business computer systems from simply anti-virus software to this whole new world of electronic devices, then you are in serious danger.

If you are like most small business owners, the computer(s) in your building are the least of your business devices.

Let’s talk about this for a minute.

Endpoint security management is a different way of business processes than before. Endpoint Security Management is now a policy-based approach to your network security. It requires your endpoint devices to comply with very specific criteria before those devices are granted access to your network resources.

Think about this: Your endpoint devices can include not only your

Micromanaging Security With an Endpoint Protection System

imagesPCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets or any gadget that comprise a network are pertained to as endpoints. These endpoints, though serving a purpose may it be for productivity and efficiency, may also serve as gateways for threats to compromise the network where they are connected and destruct the enterprise’ assets. With that said, endpoint security management may act as another layer of defense that could enforce the protection provided by the network security.

Rolling out endpoint security software especially in a business setting is important and necessary because it protects all the assets of an enterprise-each computing machines plus the vital data inside each machine-from malicious attacks and data loss that might damage the whole network if not dealt with on the endpoint level.

Protection from Malicious Attacks

So how can endpoint security systems actually protect a device from potential threats? Most endpoint security software has an antivirus feature which detects and destroys viruses, and an anti-spyware which protects from spywares or software that gather information covertly through internet connection. These two features are expected to be constantly updated on certain viruses, malwares, and spywares that also evolve

Thanks for Not Securing Your Security Cameras

download (2)As a surprise to some and totally baffling to security specialists, there are over 30 Million surveillance cameras in the United States that aren’t password protected. More surprising is that computer scientists are currently creating new technology that would give law enforcement the ability to tap into any one of these cameras. Normally, pointing out how many unsecured cameras are in use is followed by a story of a foreign hack where access to those cameras was leveraged by bad guys. This time, it’s the good guys trying to make use of this ‘weakness’.

This new approach is being designed to help first responders with information to swiftly respond to crimes. David Ebert, an electrical and computer engineer at Purdue University, believes that it makes sense to help people by taking advantage of information (ie- from surveillance cameras) that’s already out there. If the camera feeds are accessible anyway, why not leverage them for the betterment of society?

While some are anticipating the implementation of the new technology to help in crime scenarios, others are worried about the potential abuse of the access. As with

Are Employee Personal Electronic Devices Dangerous to Small Business Security

download (98)Can my employees using their own endpoint devices endanger the cyber security of your business? ”

Good Morning:

A lot of small business owners are starting to allow this and the answer, of course, is YES, your business computer system will possibly be more vulnerable. In fact, how can it not be? But that doesn’t mean that it should never happen. So let’s cover a few things to help you can decide if it is safe for your small business.

Inside some businesses it will work fine.

This is a business decision that you need to make with thoughtful deliberation as well as valid information. What is good for some businesses will be dangerous for others. Some call it the BYOD transition and it opens up all kinds of potential small business security issues.

For one thing, you need to always check to make sure that your employee’s device has anti-virus protection. No exceptions. You simply must determine that it can handle any possible security concerns, especially if you have company network with company data installed on it. Consider all data to be sensitive and therefore a valid

General Computer Protection Strategies to Employ

download (1)In addition to buying software for anti-hacking and anti-virus protection, there are a number of additional strategies that you can employ on your computer and as you operate your computer to help protect it against intrusion and to protect your information wherever you may choose to let it reside. Here’s a list of some tips that will help you.

    • Turn off or logout of your computer when not using it – the less time your computer is online, the less it is being seen by externals that may mean you harm.
    • If you have more than one person in your household using your computer, set up separate “firewalled” accounts for each of them – don’t let people onto your system through your own login and password.
    • Keep your anti-virus software as current as you can. Update it regularly so that you are protected against the newer viruses that have been identified and have been guarded against by your anti-virus software provider.
    • Increase the privacy settings on your computer. In an upcoming lecture, I show you how to update these settings if you are using Windows 10.

How Can Email Encryption Help Your Business

download (99)Though people are connecting more and expressing themselves more through various online channels, at the same time they are also growing increasingly protective of who is given access to these details and who is not. From email accounts to phone screens, everything digital is protected by passwords today. However, this overprotectiveness is totally justified as there are security threats all around us, hackers and eavesdroppers who relentlessly try to access information that is not meant for them.

Emails are one of the biggest victims of security threats and given the confidential nature of emails, dealing with these threats is much essential. Especially in business organizations where emails are the primary means of communication and sensitive information like bank account details, balance sheets, ledgers and operational plans are exchanged every second. A simple breach could result in loss of millions depending on the sensitivity of the information. Email encryption is the answer to these security threats and here’s how it will help business organizations.

What is Email Encryption?

As the name suggests it is the encryption of emails so

3 Ways That Can Help You to Remove Malware

downloadMalware, spyware and viruses have one particular thing in common. They very easily slow down your computer, steal important information and corrupt vital files. There are many other unsuitable and inappropriate things that they are capable of doing. It is a well- known fact that not all the malwares are created in an equal manner and there are some items that are harder to remove when compared to the others. There are three ways that you can use to get rid of malware. These have been explained as follows.

1. Scanning

There are thousands and millions of different programs that are out there in the virus/spyware removal category. Also most of these programs are free which a good thing is. Different programs will give you different results and thus it depends on what exactly you wish to get from these programs. Hence the best thing that you can do when your computer is infected with multiple viruses is to run multiple programs. In order to get around this thing, you can either scan the system or you can enter the safe mode on your Windows system.