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It’s been an interesting week with no less than three calls about the dreaded “Internet Security 2010” virus. This seems to be a new strain of something that was around early in 2009 (maybe they write them over the Christmas break when you and I are have our turkey and pies !).

Symptoms
Internet Security 2010 will try to trick you into believing that your computer has serious security problems so that you buy the program. The Internet Security 2010 virus will start and perform a fake scan of your computer. The scan report will list a number of infections and when you try to remove them, you’ll “conveniently” find out that you need to buy Internet Security first. Do not buy Internet Security 2010.

If it got on your computer it will look something the image below.

Virus on your PC. Screenshot

 

Damage Done
The good news (if you can call it that) is that the virus does not actually seem to damage your data so once removed your computer will function as normal.

How to remove
Whilst we would never pretend that you can’t remove this virus yourself, it is worth stating that it is not a job for someone who is uncomfortable with editing the Windows Registry and generally dealing with low level utility programs. For that reason we do suggest that you get an expert to remove it for you.

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Today (29th July 2009) Yahoo & Microsoft have combined forces to create an agreement that will take on the might of Google.

So what does this mean to you and I ?

Well at last Google may have some credible competition in the search space and this is no bad thing – Some of the best products and services are delivered when there is competition (remember the world with DOS and no Microsoft Windows before Apple produced their graphical interface!).

Web advertising revenue amounted to $6.1 Billion in Q4 2008 and this is set to grow exponentially as companies realise the power of the web and the ability to closely track any advertising carried out within this medium. When you compare this to traditional forms of advertising like newspaper or TV, there is an almost limitless supply of data and statistics that give the marketers an unprecedented level of control. This is a huge market and so far Microsoft has failed to make an impact (remember MSN & Microsoft Search). Yahoo were once great and to be honest do have a great product but they have been slowly trampeled upon by Google.

That said, Google got to where it is with a superior search engine and Bing is still way short of this… but things can change.

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