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Top 3 PC User Peeves: System Slowdown, Sluggish Startup and Browser Lag

PC slowdowns, lengthy startups and sluggish browsing are the most common peeves of computer users, according to antivirus software provider Bitdefender. To pinpoint the causes of common gripes, the security company outlined the top 10 technical problems that users face with their computers. Most users complain their PCs are aging and can no longer cope with newly installed software because of poor processor...

Hackers Grab Opera Certificate, 1,000 Users Infected with Password-Stealing Malware

Over a thousand Windows users were infected with password-stealing malware after hackers stole a software-signing certificate from Opera and used it to write malicious code. Users affected by the cyber-attack automatically installed the Trojan, which posed as coming from Opera’s legitimate software. In the last week, following the attack, Bitdefender detected the malware mostly in the US. The Oslo-based com...

Chinese PCs with Pirated Windows Have Security Bugs, Says Microsoft

Chinese PCs running pirated Windows still have security vulnerabilities, according to Microsoft. The software giant launched a new campaign against piracy and warned users of security dangers they face when installing counterfeit products. "What we are finding is that increasingly cybercriminals are targeting both businesses and consumers right here in China," said Nick Psyhogeos, vice president of Microsof...

Ready, Set, Go! First Worldwide Windows Hackathon

Microsoft launched a hackathon for Windows in more than 30 locations around the world to encourage developer interest in creating programs and applications for the operating system, according to a media release. This is the first time the Redmond-based company organizes a hacking competition worldwide. WOWZAPP 2012 is aimed at students, developers and entrepreneurs interested in developing apps using Window...

Microsoft Readies Cumulative Fix for Critical Bugs in Office 2007, 2010

Microsoft announced it will patch 20 security flaws in its product line-up next week. According to the Redmond-based vendor, the upcoming update will deliver security fixes for Office, SharePoint Server, SQL Server and Windows products and close significant holes that could allow attackers discretionary access to the vulnerable systems.   Particularly important in the upcoming Patch Tuesday is the delivery ...

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