Hicurdismos – Fake Microsoft Blue Screen of Death Malware Scam

Microsoft Corporation announced on October twenty one two thousand sixteen that they found a fake blue screen malware in existence. This threat is referred to as SupportScam:MSIL/Hicurdismos.A. This malware poses as Microsoft Security Essentials.

Computers running Windows eight and Windows ten already have built in anti-malware Windows defender. You do NOT need to install Microsoft Security Essentials on afore mentioned operating systems. Microsoft Security Essentials will install on both Windows Vista and Windows seven.

This Hicurdismos malware installs a fake blue screen of death BSOD graphic onto your computer. Once installed this malware will:

* Hides your mouse cursor, to make you think your system is not responding
* Disables Task Manager, to prevent you from ending this process
* Displays this fake Blue Screen of Death image, which then occupies your entire screen, preventing you from using your computer

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This false positive blue screen of death malware includes a 1-800-418-4201 telephone support number. Microsoft never includes a phone number to dial in their legitimate blue screen error messages. Also, this bogus blue screen uses color yellow in some text.

Microsoft blue screen error messages are white font on a light blue background. Microsoft Internet Exlorer and Edge web browsers will warn you that this malware might harm your computer. When inspecting this executable once downloaded, there are obvious discrepencies.

File description, company, file version, and size information are all different. Also, this malware posing as a fake Microsoft security essentials uses a different icon. If you have been affected with this malware you can use tools like Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials, MalwareBytes, etc. to try to remove this.

Microsoft technial support will never ask for your credit card information up front. Also, their blue screen error messages never have contact information, ie. a telephone number. Another way to attempt to mitigate malware, spyware, viruses, etc. from installing on your computer is to use your Windows based computer with an account with Standard privileges only and NOT administrator privileges.

Adobe – Releases Flash Player 23.0.0.205 Linux MAC ChromeOS Windows

Adobe Systems Incorporated released Adobe flash version 23.0.0.205 on October twenty six two thousand sixteen to fix a security vulnerability. This critical vulnerability allow a person to take control of your affected system.

This vulnerability affect Apple MAC, Linux, and Microsoft Windows computers. You can find out what version of Adobe Flash player is installed on your computer. You want to make sure that you update each version of Adobe Flash player for an intended web browser.

If you have multiple web browsers you may have to upgrade each version of Adobe Flash Player pertaining to each specific web browser. If you are using a Google chrome web browser, then Adobe Flash Player will become automatically upgraded on Linux, Macintosh, and Windows based computers. If you are using Microsoft Edge web browser on Windows ten based computers, then Adobe Flash Player will automatically upgrade itself.

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Internet Explorer 10 and 11 will automatically upgrade Adobe Flash Player on Windows 8 and 8.1 computers. This update resolves a vulnerability that could allow code execution. Also, th updates fix a security whole whereby data could be written to a file system with proper user permissions.

Finally, these updates address another possible code execution vulnerability.

Following is a table of affected flash player versions and operating system platforms:

Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 23.0.0.185 & earlier Windows & Macintosh
Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome 23.0.0.185 & earlier Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS
Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge & Internet Explorer 11 23.0.0.185 & earlier Windows 8.1 & 10
Adobe Flash Player for Linux 11.2.202.637 & earlier Linux

Nvidia – Releases GeForce 375.70 Windows 10 Game Ready Drivers

Nvidia Corporation announced release of an Nvidia GeForce 375.70 Windows ten video display driver. Windows Hardware Quality Labs version 375.70 is now available for download, as of October twenty eight two thousand sixteen. This driver supports Windows ten 64 bit operating system.

This gaming ready driver includes tweaks, bug fixes, and optimizations for gaming. This driver was developed for the following game ready titles :

  • Titanfall two
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
  • The Elder Scrolls Five: Skyrim Special Edition
  • Obduction
  • Dishonored Two

Obduction Two is also supported as a game ready virtual reality driver. The following Nvidia products are supported:

GeForce 10 Series:

  • NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal
  • GeForce GTX 1080
  • GeForce GTX 1070
  • GeForce GTX 1060
  • GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1050

GeForce 900 Series:

  • GeForce GTX TITAN X
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 980
  • GeForce GTX 970
  • GeForce GTX 960
  • GeForce GTX 950

GeForce 700 Series:

  • GeForce GTX TITAN Z
  • GeForce GTX TITAN Black
  • GeForce GTX TITAN
  • GeForce GTX 780 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 780
  • GeForce GTX 770
  • GeForce GTX 760
  • GeForce GTX 760 Ti OEM
  • GeForce GTX 750 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 750
  • GeForce GTX 745
  • GeForce GT 740
  • GeForce GT 730
  • GeForce GT 720
  • GeForce GT 710
  • GeForce GT 705

GeForce 600 Series:

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  • GeForce GTX 690
  • GeForce GTX 680
  • GeForce GTX 670
  • GeForce GTX 660 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 660
  • GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST
  • GeForce GTX 650 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 650
  • GeForce GTX 645
  • GeForce GT 645
  • GeForce GT 640
  • GeForce GT 635
  • GeForce GT 630
  • GeForce GT 620
  • GeForce GT 610
  • GeForce 605

GeForce 500 Series:

  • GeForce GTX 590
  • GeForce GTX 580
  • GeForce GTX 570
  • GeForce GTX 560 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 560 SE
  • GeForce GTX 560
  • GeForce GTX 555
  • GeForce GTX 550 Ti
  • GeForce GT 545
  • GeForce GT 530
  • GeForce GT 520
  • GeForce 510

GeForce 400 Series:

  • GeForce GTX 480
  • GeForce GTX 470
  • GeForce GTX 465
  • GeForce GTX 460 SE Two
  • GeForce GTX 460 SE
  • GeForce GTX 460
  • GeForce GTS 450
  • GeForce GT 440
  • GeForce GT 430
  • GeForce GT 420

You can download a GeForce Windows 10 driver.  Click on a green and white DOWNLOAD button. If your’e not sure what type of GeForce video card you have, you can use their auto detect tool.

On their GeForce drivers download page click on a “Auto Detect Your GPU” under “About Your GPU”. That applet will scan and identify what GPU your computer has installed. Then if it detects a compatible graphics processing unit, a recommended version of driver will become available for download.