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McAfee does not block Malware from infected Websites

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My system was infected by malware like "Smart Fortress 2012" and "My Security Shield" though McAfee live-scan and firewall were activated.

- What can I do to get my system safe in the future?

- Is this a typical problem with Windows XP or can this kind of Malware invade Windows 7 as well?

Thanks for help

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tomsimon wrote:

My system was infected by malware like "Smart Fortress 2012" and "My Security Shield" though McAfee live-scan and firewall were activated.

- What can I do to get my system safe in the future?

- Is this a typical problem with Windows XP or can this kind of Malware invade Windows 7 as well?

Thanks for help

Yes, Windows 7 can be 'invaded' as well.

The number one thing you can do to keep your system safe in the future is to Keep your system up to date with all software.

Recent attack vectors include Adobe, Apple, and Oracle products in addition to Microsoft products.

For Microsoft products, use Microsoft/Windows Update and ensure that all (and I mean All) security updates are installed. Microsoft Office, SQL, .Net Framework, and many others should be included. Though you may not have intentionally installed them, other software may have, and updates are therefore required. Make sure to check 'Recommended' updates as well.

For Adobe products, if installed, get the latest versions of Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash (both ActiveX and Plug-in versions), and Adobe Shockwave.

For Oracle products, get the latest version of Java. Unfortunately you may have to manually disable older versions Java to properly secure your system.

For Apple products, if installed, get the latest version of iTunes and QuickTime.

Unfortunately, these nuisance/malware programs like 'Smart Fortress 2012' and  'My Security Shield' tend to use older and exploitable versions of the products listed above. So, updating all of these products Is A Must.

Hope this helps.

Ron Metzger

on 4/25/12 2:50:27 PM EDT
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tomsimon wrote:

My system was infected by malware like "Smart Fortress 2012" and "My Security Shield" though McAfee live-scan and firewall were activated.

- What can I do to get my system safe in the future?

- Is this a typical problem with Windows XP or can this kind of Malware invade Windows 7 as well?

Thanks for help

Yes, Windows 7 can be 'invaded' as well.

The number one thing you can do to keep your system safe in the future is to Keep your system up to date with all software.

Recent attack vectors include Adobe, Apple, and Oracle products in addition to Microsoft products.

For Microsoft products, use Microsoft/Windows Update and ensure that all (and I mean All) security updates are installed. Microsoft Office, SQL, .Net Framework, and many others should be included. Though you may not have intentionally installed them, other software may have, and updates are therefore required. Make sure to check 'Recommended' updates as well.

For Adobe products, if installed, get the latest versions of Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash (both ActiveX and Plug-in versions), and Adobe Shockwave.

For Oracle products, get the latest version of Java. Unfortunately you may have to manually disable older versions Java to properly secure your system.

For Apple products, if installed, get the latest version of iTunes and QuickTime.

Unfortunately, these nuisance/malware programs like 'Smart Fortress 2012' and  'My Security Shield' tend to use older and exploitable versions of the products listed above. So, updating all of these products Is A Must.

Hope this helps.

Ron Metzger

on 4/25/12 2:50:27 PM EDT
Thanks,
Ron Metzger

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If this information was helpful in any way or answered your question, will you please select Accept as Solution in my reply and together we can help other members?
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If you have already fixed your problem.I would do 2 things. 1.Download & always keep an updated version Of Malwarebytes.It is a great 2nd ondemand scanner.The free version.

www.Malwarebytes.org. Also you can go here And scan your PC to see if all of your programs are updated. http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/  IF you have the room on your computer you may want to also download this tool Secunia PSI.From the same Link provided.It will tell you if anything needs to be patched.A lot of this Malware breaks your security through other program vulnerabilities.Good Luck.Also If you are still Infected here is Link for How to get rid of your problem.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-smart-fortress-2012   Good luck

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