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A large number of infected systems we've cleaned recently were originally compromised by Blackhole. Be VERY careful what links you click in email (always try to check the link before clicking by hovering over it) and make sure Java and Flash are updated. This one exploits old versions of Java. 'Like' if you've updated Java recently!


IRS/Quicken spam leads to exploit kits and malware
nakedsecurity.sophos.com
A large volume of spam messages pretending to be from Intuit, the makers of QuickBooks, are flooding inboxes. Don't click the links, they lead to pages infected by the infamous Blackhole exploit kit.

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  • Working on a new business card design… 'Like' if you think it's an improvement over the last version!

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  • If you've had your PC serviced by our technicians, here is some very useful information on what was done and some excellent new features that may have been added. If you've never had your system tuned up, now is a great time to do so and this handout explains many of the reasons why! Click Like if you've had a system tuned up, cleaned, or if you plan to!

    IT Xpress TuneUp Information Sheet
    itxpress.biz
    In order to help customers understand some of the many things we do to systems brought in for a virus cleaning or tuneup, we've created this informational handout.

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  • Babies with cancer, who is looking at your profile, spider under the skin, girls being attacked, dad's walking in on their daughters… 99% are scams/hoaxes and at least want your personal information and at worst are the 1st step towards a virus infection of your PC… If you click something and it wants you to fill something out or approve/install an application before it'll show you what you clicked on – HUGE red flag.


    Active Facebook Scams & Hoaxes – February 2, 2012
    facecrooks.com
    There are several scams making their way around Facebook at the moment. Many of the ones now active are recycled versions of scams we have seen before. Most of them are using rogue Facebook applications or browser extensions to spread from user to user and a good many of the scams present a survey s

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  • Just got done setting up two more users with My ITXpert! Both had outdated versions of Java/Flash (huge virus risk) and we were able to cut the number of startup programs by 25%, vastly improving boot times! We also were able to remove a number of browser toolbars they didn't use for more screen to view websites. Like if you want a more secure PC and consider getting My ITXpert today!


    My ITXpert Service | IT Xpress
    itxpress.biz
    Frustrated with your PC? Now you can have your very own IT expert to help keep your PCs up to date, secure, and running smoothly all year long! With My ITXpert!

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  • Hackers and Viruses thrive on weak account passwords. Don't make their job easy. Many sites let you use a 'space' – if so, 2-3 word passwords are better than one string of random characters! Regardless, consider updating your passwords today!


    Today is Change Your Password Day: Celebrate by Upgrading Your Password System
    lifehacker.com
    When's the last time you changed your passwords, or at least took a good look at how many systems or services you're using old, busted, insecure passwords with?

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  • Ever wonder about the parts of Windows that hide behind IE, the Start Menu, and File Explorer? Here is a great article that goes over the many things in Windows that make it work (and how you can tweak some of them…)


    De-Mystifying the Dark Corners of Windows: The Registry, DLLs, and More Explained
    lifehacker.com
    If your Windows chops extend in any capacity beyond novice, you've no doubt encountered the ever-cryptic Windows Registry, DLL files, User Account Control, and other tools with seemingly dark and mysterious powers—but you may not know exactly what they do.

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  • Many downtown merchants will be open late on Thursdays, often with exciting specials… Check the Destination Downtown website for more details (http://downtownmebane.com/) IT Xpress won't be able to stay open this late on Thursdays currently, but be sure to come down anyway and give our many retail shops a look!


    1st Thursdays in Downtown Mebane
    curiouspeddler.com
    In case you haven’t already heard, every 1st Thursday ALL of the Downtown Shops will start staying open until 8:00pm. We are very excited to offer this nighttime shopping experience to our customers. If nighttime shopping hours are important to you, please spread the word and help us make this effo…

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  • These types of scams are very dangerous because many people believe they are clicking on something legitimate. Be on the lookout!

    [Scam Alert] do you rememeber this photo I feel so silly now!!
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    Scam Signature Messages: This video made me laugh so much haha! wtf!! [name] is this you in this video? OMG name why are you in this vid? I feel sorry for this guy! hey name why are you tagged in this vid? Wow!! do you remember this photo? Trending: September 2011 Scam T

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  • Whoops! Sorry about that flood of posts – we were making some changes to our website and FB slurped in all the posts again. All fixed now!

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  • The latest round of virus attacks have been exceptionally dangerous. Appearing as signed official installers, these trojans can wreck a windows machine, requiring a complete reinstall of Windows. By mucking with the digital certificates used by Microsoft and others to verify updates/installers, the virus can render a Windows machine unable to update itself in anyway, even after the virus has been completely cleaned off. We have seen many machines with this infection since Thanksgiving. So please be careful and stay aware of what you are clicking or installing!


    ZeroAccess Rootkit Launched by Signed Installers | Blog Central
    blogs.mcafee.com
    A few days ago, we first saw a new attack that turned out to be variants of the infamous ZeroAccess rootkit, launched by digitally signed installers and uninstallers. In the cases observed so far, the signed application is a valid program–such as the installer for recent Flash Player versions

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  • A warning from Symantec if you use pcAnywhere. Time to use something else like TeamViewer…


    Symantec: Stop using pcAnywhere, right now
    nakedsecurity.sophos.com
    Do you use PcAnywhere from Symantec? If so, you *must* read this. There's a serious security issue after it was recently discovered that source code was stolen from the company in 2006.

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  • Another one of our long time clients – McPeak Motors – is running a 10% of service special this week. McPeak offers used cars for sale, but also has a full service department, rents U-Hauls, and sells sheds/storage buildings. When they opened, they inheirited many computers and an aging network. IT Xpress updated their networking, moved critical systems to backup power, added customer accessible WiFi, tuned up numerous desktops, and assisted with many other IT infrastructure needs.


    10% off a service ticket of $50.00 or more
    This deal is no longer available.

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  • In a time when almost everyone is carrying around a camera in their cellphone, you still can't match the beauty and elegance of a professional photo shoot. From weddings, to portraits on canvas, Poythress Studio can do it all. Another long time IT Xpress client, we helped them network their entire space during a studio remodel, switch over to beautiful 27" iMacs, ensure redundant availability and backup of their massive digital portfolio, and setup a system where clients can review proofs on a large HDTV. So give them a call if you want some of life's precious moments captured and preserved.


    Wall Photos
    More fun with great clients

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  • IT Xpress is excited to announce our latest offering for PC users – My ITXpert! Let us worry about your PC so you can just use it! Our technicians can speed it up, fix common crashes, and keep it secure/up to date. All for around $10/mon! Help us spread the word about this exciting new service and click 'Share'


    My ITXpert Service | IT Xpress
    itxpress.biz
    Frustrated with your PC? Now you can have your very own IT expert to help keep your PCs up to date, secure, and running smoothly all year long! With the My ITXpert Service from IT Xpress!

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