Windows 10 Anniversary Update: why is it worth upgrading your PC?

Microsoft has been continuously improving Windows ever since it was released, developing new versions of this OS every couple of years. Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and numerous other variants have finally built up to Windows 10 which is the most recent and probably the most groundbreaking version so far. But Microsoft developers did not stop just there and have just released a real game-changer – Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Apart from the useful and fun features such as Windows Ink, allowing the users to make handwritten notes and pin them on the screen or the collaboration with Xbox, in this new update a lot of attention is given to the system security as well. For instance, Windows Information Protection feature is set to protect users against unauthorized access of the personal data which might be attempted by different applications. Improvements were made to the Windows Defender as well. This in-built protection shield can now be scheduled to run regular scans and provide in-depth analysis of the computer’s security parameters. Also, with this new version, you will now have the option of protecting your PC and even individual applications using facial or fingerprint recognition.

Needless to say, system updates are crucial for a smooth and stable system performance. By upgrading your operating system, you also ensure that your computer runs according to the newest security standards. So, in collaboration with reputable antivirus utilities, such as SpyHunter, system updates can significantly increase the malware defense as well. Though Windows 10 Anniversary Update is a major upgrade, new system updates are being released almost every day, thus cyber security experts encourage checking for them regularly to keep your system up-to-date.

eSolutions experts notice a revival of old ransomware viruses

Ransomware viruses are among the most prosperous cyber infections today. Even though these viruses been around for quite some time, the major upheaval in their development and distribution has been noticed only in the last couple of years. New versions of these malicious file-locking viruses are being released daily. Of course, most of them are terminated after the experts find ways to bypass their malicious codes. But some continue to live on.

Back in 2012, the Internet community was targeted by a virus called ACCDFISA. This infection has been infecting computers, locking them and displaying a threatening notification about the supposedly illegal activities carried out using the computer in question. The access to the system and the files on it were then blocked, and the victims had to pay a considerable amount of money to be able to use the computer normally again. Luckily, this infection was soon decontaminated when the experts managed to come up with an effective decryption solution. The virus distribution soon ceased and it seemed that the threat was defeated. For the surprise of the virus analysts and the whole cyber security community, ACCDFISA version 2.0 was spotted, continuing the dirty deeds of its predecessor. The four years of silence do not seem to have had any impact on its severity.
Occurrences like these only justify that the battle with cyber infections is unpredictable and never ending. Thus, constant analysis of these infections is necessary to help experts and regular users learn more about how they can avoid them. You can always find the latest infosec news on

An illustration of the ransomware virus revival

After security concerns with official Pokemon Go version, Pokemon Go virus comes up

Firstly, we must clear things out – Pokemon Go is NOT a virus. It’s a newly-presented game that relies on augmented reality and uses your geolocation to let you capture Charizard, Venusaur, and other Pokemon all around you. It seems that privacy concerns noticed in the first versions of this game have already been eliminated with updates and the only tip we could give you before making yourself a member of Pokemon Go community is checking permissions of the app before installing it on your device.

However, there is another thing that you must know before installing Pokemon Go. According to the latest reports, scammers have already started launching fake versions of this app that are infected with malware. The latest warning about Pokemon Go virus comes from Russia – one of users, after being tricked into downloading a pronounced Pokemon Go version, discovered a Cerber virus on his device. The virus locked it down and informed its victim that he has to pay a ransom in exchange for its locked files. Besides, there have been noticed several similarly-themed apps on App Store and Google Play Store, such as “Install Pokemongo” and “Guide & Cheats for Pokemon Go”. While they have already been removed from the stores, there is no doubt that similar fakes are coming our way.


FBI warns organizations of a notorious SamSam ransomware

If FBI issues a warning about a specific virus, it means that it is rather a serious menace than a simple cyber threat. According to its latest report, schools, hospitals, and similar organizations should be especially careful with a data-encrypting virus called SamSam ransomware which has already attacked MedStar hospital in the US. In exchange for a decryption key, SamSam asked it to pay 45 Bitcoins or $18,500. Fortunately, MedStar has a backup, so its authorities didn’t have to pay a ransom, but this is not a typical scenario. Typically, victims either pay the money and wait for a decryption key (which sometimes fails to arrive!) or face the loss of their data.

It seems that SamSam ransomware doesn’t require users’ interaction when it tries to infiltrate the system. According to security experts, it targets servers thru JBoss vulnerability. For that, it uses a special tool called JexBoss, which is known as an open-source penetration testing tool. Unfortunately, but there is nothing much to do while trying to prevent SamSam. The most important thing to protect yourself is to backup your data.

This job isn't always easy

Cerber becomes another concern of eSolutions

Cerber virus showed up only several months ago. However, it appeared right after Locky ransomware, so it hasn’t received as much attention as we dedicated to the first threat. That’s a shame because it has turned out to be a serious threat to people’s files. According to the latest news, there is a multi-million spam campaign happening behind our back which is used to spread Cerber. Fortunately, these infected email messages are written in broken English, so you can spot them right after they show up in your inbox. Here is one of such messages that you should avoid:

Please find attached our invoice for services rendered and additional disbursements in the above-mentioned matter. Hoping the above to your satisfaction, we remain.

However, the example which is given below reveals that not each of spam messages is clearly fake. Please, be careful with spam.