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When using a public computer always check to see if they have an anti-virus program. CHECK IT TO MAKE SURE IT WORKS. Many of the Internet Cafes are owned or managed by individuals who have no to little knowledge of how the Internet or their computers work. The focus is on collecting your money while not providing any security for their customers

 

Tuesday September 1, 2009

INTERNET CAFÉ USERS BEWARE

A shop on the riverfront in Phnom Penh was sold in April by the three sisters who owned it. The sisters were meticulous about servicing and maintaining their equipment. They always had an anti-virus program. They had signs on the computers for the customers not to download pornography since they contain viruses and pop-ups.

After the business was sold the new owner could speak English but not read it. Shortly after she took over there was an enormous amount of virus' that infected the equipment. When the virus warning notice was pointed out to her she failed to get the point since she couldn't read it. Her previous business in another province was selling pirated DVD's but obviously not anti virus software.

She then slid the virus warning notice down below the lower task bar. This is common practice among Internet shop owners who prefer to do nothing to eliminate the virus.

TIP:

Always check the lower task bar to see if a virus warning if hidden below it. After two weeks five of the 15 computers were inoperable. We stopped using the shop. After four months we returned to check to see if the situation had been resolved but they had NO anti-virus program. By not having one it eliminates the virus warning thus the user is risk. A number of computers continued to be inoperable.

TIP:

When using a public computer always check to see if they have an anti-virus program. Ask the employees before sitting down. If the response is yes then CHECK IT TO MAKE SURE IT WORKS.

Go to My Computer and press the right button on the mouse on THEIR DRIVE C and then press scan for virus. That will show if they have a program that works. If it scans it works BUT IS NOT UPDATED. If not their pirated copy of the program expired. If it works it's not 100 %.

We check our flash before leaving the shop and before inserting it in our computers. If the shop doesn't have a program then it's up to you to decide to use your flash or use their possibly infected equipment. If the shop is negligent about having an anti-virus program then it is highly likely that the computers are infected with viruses and malware.

Many of the Internet Cafes are owned or managed by individuals who have no to little knowledge of how the Internet or their computers work. The focus is on collecting your money while not providing any security for their customers. When we pointed out to an owner of an Internet Café near the University of Cambodia information regarding how to obtain legal anti-virus protection programs as well as giving them McAfee, Inc.'s Q2 report that related to many of their problems the information was largely ignored.

The McAfee report noted that there was a dramatic expansion of botnets and the threat from Auto-Run malware. More than 14 million computers have been enslaved by cybercriminal botnets, a 16 percent increase over last quarter’s rise. The report confirmed McAfee’s first quarter prediction that the surge in botnet growth would send spam levels to new heights, surpassing their previous peak in October 2008 before the takedown of the spam-hosting ISP McColo.

McAfee researchers also found that, over the course of 30 days, Auto-Run malware had infected more than 27 million files. Auto-Run malware, which exploits Windows’ Auto-Run capabilities, does not require any user clicks to activate, and is most often spread through portable USB and storage devices. The rate of detection surpasses even that of the infamous Conficker worm by 400 percent, making Auto-Run the number one piece of malware detected around the world.

“The jump in bot and spam activity we saw in the last three months is alarming, and the threat from Auto-Run malware continues to grow,” said Mike Gallagher, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of McAfee Avert Labs. “The expansion of these infections is a grave reminder of the potential harm that can be caused by unprotected computers in homes and businesses.”

Since we have had our equipment and computers infected from virus' picked up in Internet shops we check their files before using to see what programs they use and if they have Spiders on their programs as many of them do. Sometimes it takes 10-15 minutes to check a computer before we use it but that is not as bad as the downtime and loss if our computers and flash drives are infected.

Part 1: COMPUTER VIRUSES ARE RAMPANT IN CAMBODIA & THAILAND

Part 3: WHAT IS A COMPUTER VIRUS?


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