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Entries for the ‘Security’ Category

How to Disable Autorun

The Autorun feature in Windows allows removable devices like CDs and Flash Disks to auto-execute an application when they are inserted. An example would be inserting an application CD into your optical drive, and the setup program automatically starting up. This is accomplished by the use of an autorun.inf file in the root of the […]

MS12-020: Critical Vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop

On Tuesday, March 13th 2012, Microsoft released fixes for two reported vulnerabilities in the Remote Desktop Protocol described in the link below: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-020 – Critical The fixes for these two vulnerabilities can be reviewed here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2667402 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2621440 Obviously Microsoft releases critical security updates every month, however the problem that KB2621440 addresses is […]

Detecting and Removing Rootkits

After spending a good deal of time chasing down and removing an infection of the SpyEye Trojan, I thought it might be fitting to write about detecting rootkits, and some of the free tools that are available to help you do so. Generally, a rootkit can be defined as a piece of software that is […]