Modding Your GTA? It May be Time To Change Your Passwords!

Grand Theft Auto 5 was one of the biggest games of 2014. With both a storyline covering three different people, an online world (eventually) and even the ability to load in custom mods to change your offline experience. But what happens when those mods come with little easter eggs or rather viruses?

Firstly we have to thank the forum user aboutseven, if it wasn’t for their observational skills we might not have noticed these issues for a while now. Thanks to a keen eye aboutseven noticed that a C# compiler was hiding in the running processes on their computer. Titled “Fade.exe” the program was even using internet access! Fake.exe turns out to have actually been a keylogger, a malicious program which often copies and records what you type into your computer before sending it over the internet. This means someone could easily log into your accounts.

In this instance two mods, titled “Noclip” and “Angry Planes”, are responsible for this nasty piece of programming. Sites have been quick to distance themselves from these mods, taking the option to quickly remove them rather than face the backlash of hosting viruses. The first thing that you should do, if you have installed these mods, is remove the mods and do a virus scan. Once you have done these, change all your passwords (best to remove the keyloggers before you change your password right?).

It’s always best to do regular virus scans and be careful with what your downloading but when people are putting viruses into our sacred mods what will come of the modding community that makes PC games last for years beyond their release?

Thank you engadget for providing us with this information.

Bitdefender Is Best Windows 8 Internet Security, AVG is Best Free Security

According to the well respected, comprehensive and independent test of internet security packages, done by AV Test, Bitdefender has come out on top as the best overall internet security package. Bitdefender received 17 out of 18 points, followed closely by BullGuard with 16.5 points and Kaspersky with 16.

The test applies to the Windows 8 operating system only and is the most comprehensive and up-to-date internet security test currently available. The results are probably quite similar to what you’d expect to find on Windows 7 too. So as a general rule if you are looking to invest in Internet Security for your Windows 7 or 8 computer you will get the best protection from Bitdefender.

If we take a look at the freely available internet securities, which a lot of people use because they offer nearly as good protection, we can see AVG Free Edition 2013 does the best scoring 15.5 points. AVG Free is followed closely by Avast Free Antivirus 7.0 with 15 points and Panda Security Cloud Antivirus Free 2.1 with 14.5 points. Microsoft’s free included Windows Defender 4.0 does badly scoring 11.5 with the joint lowest protection score.

Funnily enough some paid Internet Security packages like McAfee, with 12.5 points, Comodo Premium, with 10 points, AhnLab V3, with 10 points and Norman Security Suite Pro 10, with 12 points, all did worse than the three best free Internet Security packages.

So we can pull some conclusions from these tests, which are that if you pick the right paid-internet security (Bitdefender, BullGuard or Kaspersky) packages you can get the best security.However, you can get nearly as good free internet security from Avast or AVG and this is very often better than a lot of paid internet security packages on the market today.

To see the full details of the AV Test Internet Security testing then please visit here.

Cisco Report Shows “Good” Sites Have More Malware Than Porn Sites

When it comes to catching viruses, malware and adware on the internet “word of mouth” will tell you that porn websites, pharmaceutical sites and gambling sites are some of the most dangerous out there. Cisco’s latest 2013 annual security report challenges this commonly-held assumption about internet security. Cisco shows us that the data contradicts what everyone thinks. In fact, the riskier links were not found on the aforementioned “dodgy” websites but in fact on regular safe-looking websites such as search engines or online shopping sites.

Cisco has stated that the average person is 182 times more likely to download malware on a safe site’s advertisements than on those sites with pornographic content. A random ecommerce site is about 21 times more likely to see you infected with an internet “bug” and you are also 27 times more likely to download malware from a no-name search engine than from a counterfeit software website.

It is clear then that Cisco’s findings look set to shake the foundations of internet security. Internet users are hugely mislead in the way they use the internet and need to start changing the way they act in general as opposed to consigning particular types of websites to that “dodgy” category.

On a related subject the 2013 annual security report by Cisco revealed Android malware is going through the roof, up 2577% in 2012, and global spam email volumes were down 18% overall – perhaps due to a series of recent take-downs of large spam email servers.

If you’d like to find out more then you can do so here.

What do you think of Cisco’s findings? Is it likely to change the way you view surfing the web? Let us know your thoughts.