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The little virus that just wouldn’t quit

Viruses that infect computers via removable storage devices, such as flash drives, continue to make computer security headlines. Leading the gang of Internet hoodlums is a nasty worm/virus called Conficker. To date, Conficker, AKA Downadup, has infected upwards of 15...

Microsoft blows it: Autorun is still running

In last week’s article, I described a wave of viruses appearing last November that targeted removable storage devices, such as flash drives (“Look out for thumb infections,” 2-8-09). Viruses travelling on flash drives were infecting computers around the world,...

Look out for thumb infections

Thumb drive, jump drive, pen drive, flash drive, USB stick, USB drive (I prefer flash drive), whatever you want to call them, we love them; those handy little keychain-mountable storage devices that you plug into your computer’s USB port that have all but replaced...

Protect your new, shiny laptop computer

Laptop (AKA, “notebook”) computers are great. The small size and portability of laptop computers has turned them into the machine of choice for many people, me included. However, laptops have special needs that must be tended to if they are to remain trouble free....