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What is “Your Account Paypal has been limited” scam There are many PayPal scams around, but the “Your Account Paypal has been limited” scam is one of the nastiest. It’s a basic phishing scam that sends out email messages in bulk. So many people now have PayPal accounts, that this random targeting means that many PayPal users receive the… Read more... Facebook virus attacks and how to protect from them There have been a host of Facebook virus attacks in the little over a decade it’s been in existence. Some are fairly easy to spot and avoid, others look fairly innocuous until it’s too late. Here, we’ve listed the most common Facebook virus attacks and how to protect yourself from… Read more... Everything you need to know about the fake trojan scam What’s worse than a trojan virus? Perhaps a fake trojan virus. Fake trojans appear in the form of a pop-up window, usually in a browser and claim that your computer has been infected at that you need to take urgent action to get rid of it. This article will deal… Read more... What are the top 10 viruses of all times? Computer viruses take many different shapes and forms, and the damage they do ranges from mildly annoying to damaging an entire country’s nuclear program. Part of the difficulty in compiling a list of viruses is that there are varying definitions of what constitutes a virus, and that some viruses which… Read more... How to remove a virus from SD card without formatting it Before the days when ever computer on the planet was connected to the internet, the most common way to spread a virus was to infect removable storage media like a floppy disk. Those disks may have long since gone, but there’s one type of removable storage that is still prone… Read more... What are the most dangerous websites? If you believe everything you read in some sections of the media, the internet is a dangerous place where there are nasty viruses and malware lurking at the end of every hyperlink just waiting to harm your computer. That is, of course, not true. But there are plenty of threats… Read more... What to do if your camera is hacked Ransomware is a particularly nasty form of malware because it seeks to exploit computer users’ fear that their privacy has been compromised. As more and more malware is reported and makes the headlines, more of us become concerned for the safety of our data, as well as our own privacy… Read more... Here’s what to do if you see a fake virus alert Fake virus alerts are very common on some parts of the web and most of us have encountered one at some time or another. At best, they’re an irritation. At worst, a real risk to the security of our computers and our data. The purpose of most fake virus alerts… Read more... How to find worm malware and remove it There are many different types of malware and they work in different ways and present different types of threats to your computer. In order to better understand how to stay safe and keep your data secure, it’s a good idea to understand how each different type works. Here, we’ll look… Read more... How to avoid MacDefender and remove it if you need to MacDefender is a malware scam that poses as a virus alert. However, it’s a fake virus alert, intended to prompt the user to download malware to their Mac. When it was first discovered, it was reported widely as it was the first time malware had posed a real threat to… Read more...

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