Cleaning up a compromised Edge Browser

The Edge browser is from Microsoft for windows 10 and server 2016. They advertise that it is more secure and that it has improved performance. You can hit the blogs and learn that everyone Edge-Elipsesis having the issues. But what if you do? If your edge browser gets compromised start by going to the top right and hit he ellipsis.Then click the settings

 

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“Choose what to clear”

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Now select “show more”

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After you show more check all  the boxes and click clear. This will reset everything when your run edge the next time.

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You also want to make sure your popup blocker is on. To get there Ellipsis>Settings>View Advanced Settings.

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Here is the top half of the advanced settings

edge-advanced-top-halfAnd the bottom half.
edge-advanced-bottom-halfAd the last little bit.

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So turn on the popup blocker and make decisions on the rest. Each setting plays a role in the security. I like the default settings.

At this point you still need to restart the edge browser. You cleared everything, and set the popup blocker.  Closing and opening edge will save the settings. It will also indicate if this procedure helped your situation. If you are still having issues contact us. We do provide remote support services by appointment.

Microsoft Edge – Bulletproof?

Microsoft Edge is the lightweight browser integrated into windows 10 and the new server 2016 platforms. It is supposed to be fast and bulletproof right?  No. It can be compromised.

I tested a few questionable search sites for non existent hardware drivers to see it would stand up or be hijacked. My test system was a dell laptop running as an administrative user.  It is also loaded with Webroot corporate antivirus. After choosing a site and the suggested driver I viewed the detail webpage and chose to download.  The anticipated popups arrived.  They were peddling an updated media player. I was certain it would deliver a virus.  Alt F4 closed edge. Then I rebooted. When I re-opened edge the popups were back. Webroot did not see a virus because there was none. The point is that edge was altered and the cleanup did require some work. In a future post I will look closer to see what plugins can be used  what approaches to taken to secure edge from the same test. Please leave your comments and questions.

Antivirus: DO YOU HAVE IT

Make sure you do have antivirus and that it is up to date. Also verify you have a backup plan and that you have a current backup. There is a new virus out and it is Nasty. Besides stealing your information, it also encrypts your files. They ask you to pay to decrypt. That apparently does not work. Either prevent the infection, or have a good disaster recovery plan. Read more below.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/cryptodefense-ransomware-information

ID Theft and Your Security

Holidays come with a price. Don’t let your guard down. You need to protect yourself and your identity.

Let’s start by keeping track of your personal documents. Try not to dismiss simple things like credit card offers and or bills. Don’t just throw them away. Shred or destroy them. In the wrong hands they can be used to hurt you. Buy a safe or use the safety deposit box to store birth certificates, passports, insurance, financial and social security documents.

Keep track of your credit score. Experian, Trans Union and Equifax are the three major credit agencies. Experian has a great program to help you monitor things. It’s program includes training materials to help you expand your knowledge of credit security. Getting informed about credit is a good place to start.

Place a hold on your credit with all three agencies. It serves the purpose of preventing new credit from being taken in your name without your knowledge. You will pay a small fee when placing or releasing credit holds. Did you know that when a company runs your credit it actually lowers your credit score?

Stay on top of your personal electronic security. Most new computers sold today come with antivirus already loaded. If you want more security or you have an older computer I recommend Comodo internet security professional. In the event that you get a virus while it is installed and you pay for a repair, your Comodo Internet Security Pro subscription provides up to a $500 warranty. Comodo Internet Security Pro runs 40 dollars and it covers three computers. Pricing is tiered based on the subscription term you choose. Comodo Internet Security Pro has built in free technical support. The support system is called geek buddy.  Comodo does offer an upgrade to have technical support for issues not related to their product.

Avoid getting a virus. When checking e-mail, social networking or shopping online scrutinize everything before you open it.

1. Does the senders email address match the name or company?
2. Do you know who it is?
3. Is it something they would normally send?
4. Is the website properly secured?

If you have any doubts do not open it. Avoid marketing content unless you are absolutely sure it is safe. This is where most attacks are occurring. The hacker will impersonate and trick you into installing his virus on your computer. He will then have your address book and logins to the sites you frequent. Please be careful.

On the business front there is a lot more to worry about. The payment card industry isn’t the only industry that needs to be aware of electronic identity theft.  All businesses that store demographic information for their customers should be concerned about its security. Up-to-date systems with Antivirus should be maintained and regular security audits should be performed.

If you have questions or would like some help please don’t hesitate to contact us.