Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How To Help Protect Your Windows Browser From Website Exploits


There are thousands of websites that are infected with malware. Often they are the ones that you would least expect. Major retail sites, blogs, news sites, churches, Schools etc., are all candidates. The scripts that are placed on these sites are designed to exploit your computer via a "drive by" attack. All you have to do is visit the site and the script looks for vulnerabilities in your Browser, as well as, the included addons and plugins. When it finds a "hole", it drops it's payload and you are compromised.

Of course, if you have everything patched and up to date (browser, Flash, Java, etc.) you would generally be protected. Unfortunately, most PCs don't fall into this category. "Drive By" infections have become very prevalent and they are capable of delivering some of the most virulent strains - Cryptolocker and other forms of Ransomware. So, what can you do? There is a simple, Free application from the folks at Malwarebytes - which we highly recommend. It is called Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. There is a free version and a Premium selection that protects additional applications. The free version shields your Browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera) and it's associated Java plugin from many of these "zero day" exploits. It runs unobtrusively along with your normal anti-virus application - it does not replace it. Other than the tray icon, you will not even notice that it is running, unless it blocks a malicious attempt. Independent tests have confirmed that it is effective and safe. You may want to add Anti-Exploit to your security arsenal.