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Accidental installations are kind of sneaky and not good for your computer and your health. It's easy for companies to fool you into accidentally download them on your computer so you have to pay attention when you update or download programs to to your computer. Here is how
they get on your computer; an update or a download of some sort comes up and usually
it’s mandatory. For this example we’ll
use Java. We’ve all seen the little
orange box come up saying there’s an update available. Typically these kinds of software’s (Java,
Adobe, and Microsoft) are all trusted hosts but some sneaky softwares will tag along onto these trusted sites in the form
of check boxes.
Notice the check box that reads: “Yes...”
That is the
culprit. Make sure to pay attention when
installing any form of update or software to see if they are trying to add any
form of additional “FREE”
trial software or even any form of TOOLBAR
. Avoid these at all costs.
Another way to accidentally install something is thing is when you go out looking for downloads.
A good example is something you may have seen someone use: Daemon tools. The download page is somewhat tricky. Look at this picture.
Notice the black arrow where the actual
download link is, and the big green download is the evil doer. Notice in the red box, the word ADVERTISEMENT.
They don’t do a good job at
differentiating between the two, but why should they? Every time someone clicks
that link, the host site makes money. Can you blame them?
The moral of the story is to be careful of what you click
on. Make sure there are no hidden chock boxes and read download pages
carefully. If you have any questions or
comments please feel free to email the any member of the tech team.
Hello District Staff,
I would like to take a few minutes of your time to go over some very important information. As of late, we have been experiencing some
virus issues that seem to root from malicious strikes on users in the form of
Windows notifications. These
notifications seem legitimate, and pose as a real issue that your computer is
trying to overcome. They come from
emails, websites, advertisements on websites, really anywhere. They are smart too, they mask themselves so
that the average user cannot distinguish a true Windows error message from the
virus/malware. In no way are we pointing
fingers, we just want to share some knowledge.
Let’s go over a brief description of what these things are;
Malware: Software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems
Virus: Software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to
files or other programs on the same system.
The key terms here are in bold, disabling a computer will
stop the user from being productive. A virus that reproduces itself infects
multiple files, that can then be spread to other machines via email, USB Flash
drives, etc. Both of these are not good for the health of the computer, the
network, the user, or anyone attempting to fix it.
Preventative action is the best action, that’s why we have
anti-virus software. There are many out
there that claim to work wonders. After
using many different programs myself, and testing them, I have my own opinions
that I have formulated on these software’s, but that isn’t important right now. What is important, is that we here in sunny
Brown Deer Wisconsin use a small and light weight program called Vexira. It’s red and not very cool looking. It looks
Sometimes you may get a small pop up in the bottom right of
your screen, typically when you plug something new into your computer, like a
flash drive or a new cd. It will be a tiny white box with a red top on it that
asks if you want to scan the new device, typically you can ignore it. It’s just Vexira being cautious. This should be the ONLY THING you ever get prompted about in terms of anti-virus.
Windows pop ups that people see from time to time claiming there is a threat to their
data or files or anything of that nature that may be compromised ARE NOT REAL.
These come from the
internet and are the primary source of malicious
software attacks. They are evil, and they may look like this;
Please notice some key giveaway’s that this is false. There
is no title of the error message in
the top left corner of the blue bar. “Your
PC is at risk of a virus AND malware
attack.” A true error will give you
the EXACT problem followed by an
error code at the bottom. “Your system requires immediate check!” No true error message will
say check, nor will it have an exclamation point. The dead giveaway is “quick and free”. Nothing is free, that’s life.
Upon seeing ANY message
that even remotely resembles this please press the red X at the top, and close out. Upon doing so it may prompt you
with another scam message, this is how you can be 110% certain that these
messages are malicious. Another way to close
this is to go to the bottom of your screen, on that start panel,
and RIGHT CLICK on the message and
go to close. This screen capture is off my computer, my start panel is on the
left side of my screen, and I’m running Windows 7, however it works EXACTLY the same way on your computer.
This information is invaluable to know, because it will not
only help prevent horrific virus
infections on our beloved BDSD Network but it will also help you as a computer
user be more aware of malicious software when you are at home using your own
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to
discuss this further please feel free to email Anthony or I and we would be
happy to go over this in more detail.
Also, if you do manage to get what you may think is a Virus or any form
of malware attack on your computer please put in a ticket so we can address it
Thank you for your time.
Good afternoon Brown Deer Staff,
I trust that all of your spring breaks are going well!
Today I would like to spend a few minutes and talk to you about what we here have to offer you, and our students, in terms of internet browsing capabilities. For those of you that are not familiar with the term "Internet Browser" it is the software that allows us to navigate the world wide web. Like the many varieties of cars, there are many varieties of browsers in the world. The ones that we are going to focus on are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. These would be considered the top three or "mainstream" internet browsers. They are also the only ones we currently support here at the Brown Deer School District. Each one of these browsers has something different to offer. Lets start with a very brief history lesson. Internet Explorer was first, and it comes prepackaged with Microsoft's Windows Operating System. Eventually, as the population of programmers got smarter and the internet became more efficient, Mozilla Firefox was born and was the reigning champ. About one year ago, Google being the massive internet mogul that they are launched the Chrome Project. Google Chrome, as we know it, is the fastest and lightest Internet Browser known to man.
What does this mean for you? Well, we here in the tech department strongly recommend using Chrome for everything on the internet with just a few exceptions. Skyward, we know, doesn't get along with Chrome because they're not up to date with their software/server configurations. We're confident that in the future, they'll come around. Google Chrome's ability to function on such a low amount of resources allows it to be so fast and "light". It loads quicker, renders information and search statistics faster. Also, with this summers planned transition to Google Doc's, it will really centralize our ability to communicate with each other and our students. If you ever run into a problem loading anything in Google Chrome, we would recommend trying it in Internet Explorer simply because the location which you are trying to gain access to, may not support Chrome entirely.
Please, enjoy Google Chrome and all of its wonders. If you have any questions or concerns, you know where to reach us.