As ransomware Bad Rabbit has been making waves online today PMCS customers have been breathing a sigh of relief. ESET was among the few antivirus companies to catch Bad Rabbit in its tracks right off the bat, and that’s part of why PMCS always recommends ESET Antivirus to its customers.
What’s This Virus?
Bad Rabbit is a form of ransomware that encrypts your computers hard drive and asks you to pay in bitcoin to have your data decrypted. The ransomware is disguising itself as a legitimate software update for programs like Flash before infecting your system. Bad Rabbit is similar to the NotPetya ransomware that swept the globe in June of 2017.
Users are infected only by clicking on the installer at watering hole sites and downloading the program, so be cautious about what you’re clicking and if you’re ever not sure if a site is safe you can call PMCS at (818)957-5647 to ask if you think a website might cause an infection.
How Do I Keep My Computer Safe?
You should always keep safe surfing practices in mind: don’t open attachments from unknown senders, don’t click on links you don’t recognize, only download updates from websites you trust, and always always always use a secure antivirus program. This won’t prevent 100% of infections, but a solid antivirus will save you a lot of headaches.
So What’s This Special?
To celebrate the strength of ESET’s Antivirus capabilities AND to encourage our customers to bulk up on their personal computer security PMCS is offering a discount on ESET Smart Security for home use from now (10/24/2017) until the end of November.
Come in to our office to have us install a brand new license of ESET Smart Security for $20 off the retail cost. While you’re here ask about having your computer checked for viruses or let us know if you’re interested in a backup system to secure your data.
The internet is a scary place and threats are around every corner, but PMCS and ESET are here to keep you safe.