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2008-10-01 12:45:00

Microsoft and Washington State's Attorney General filed lawsuits in an attempt to protect frightened customers from buying useless software from scam artists. Such scam artists use what is called "Scareware" to trick computer users into clicking on pop-up alerts that claim their device is "damaged and corrupted". They are then persuaded to buy software that corrects the non-existent issue by offering fake security fixes. Attorney General Rob McKenna called it a blatant rip-off of consumers....

2008-09-16 09:00:24

Untangle today announced its Re-Router Technology - the first solution that enables Windows desktops to also perform network gateway services like blocking spam, spyware, viruses, adware and inappropriate websites for the whole network. Much like their larger counterparts, small companies are doing more business online and over the network. Unfortunately, the same network that delivers Internet services also creates security threats like viruses, spyware, and spam. With minimal budgets...

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2008-09-16 16:15:00

Internet security firm McAfee Inc. says that searching for images of your favorite celebrities could come with a dangerous risk to your computer's wellbeing. In a new report, California-based McAfee said searching for information or pictures of celebrities like Brad Pitt carries and 18 percent chance of infection from virus, spyware, spam, phishing and adware. The report named Pitt and singer Beyonce as the most dangerous celebrities to search for on the Internet. Cybercriminals use...

2008-09-02 09:00:25

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Overview: IAC Consumer Applications & Portals, Inc. (IAC CAP) will launch the new Zwinky Cuties(TM) virtual world, along with a performance by IAC CAP's celebrity spokesperson and Hollywood Records' pop-music sensation, Jordan Pruitt. Zwinky Cuties (http://www.zwinkycuties.com/) is a world of fanciful fun for pre-teen girls ages six and up, featuring dozens of...

2008-08-19 15:00:47

By DUNKERLEY, Adam There are many antivirus programs available, either in retail stores or over the internet, and most new computers come with a pre- installed trial version which expires after 30 days or so. These programs offer differing levels of protection, loosely falling into three categories - free, antivirus and security suites. The differences between each are significant: Free - these are readily available for download through the internet and normally offer a basic level of...

2008-08-14 12:00:28

Two well-known threats have ranked high on BitDefender's Top Ten E-Threats in July. According to BitDefender analysts, Trojan.Clicker.CM and Trojan.Downloader.WMA.Wimad.N, which have remained relevant throughout the summer, ranked first and second place on the list of dangerous threats. Trojan.Clicker.CM displays popups containing advertisments when accessing infected internet sites, while Trojan.Downloader.WMA.Wimad.N tries to trick users into installing adware disguised as a music/video...

2008-08-05 12:00:33

By Patrick Garmoe, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn. Aug. 5--There's a good chance that Jammie Thomas, found liable last October in the nation's first music download trial, will get another chance in court. That was the upshot of an hour-long hearing Monday in which attorneys for Thomas and the recording and movie industries argued for and against granting her a new trial. The Brainerd woman was found liable for $222,000 in damages for willfully committing copyright infringement by...

2008-07-31 09:00:41

WHITE PLAINS, NY, July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sellers on eBay(R), the leading Internet auction website can now add an eye-catching edge to their offered product listings, thanks to a newly expanded array of free-for-the- asking graphics applications from Webfetti, the globally popular graphics website. Long a favorite with users of social networking sites such as Facebook(R) and MySpace(R) seeking to design, customize, animate and generally "pimp out" their various personal pages,...

2008-07-30 06:00:30

By Caleb Chapman, Kerrville Daily Times, Texas Jul. 30--Trying to find the latest times for the local showing of "The Dark Knight" may prove troublesome for your PC. Computers around the world are struck by computer viruses every second, but one floating around right now hits close to home. Several local residents have been infected with a virus deceptively named "Antivirus 2008" or "Antivirus 2009," and for some, the problem began when trying to log on to the Rio Entertainment Inc....

2008-07-24 09:00:37

By Caleb Chapman, Kerrville Daily Times, Texas Jul. 24--As one local resident learned, software claiming to be a legitimate antivirus program can be just the opposite. Antivirus 2008 makes deceptive claims of system vulnerabilities to entice users to purchase the full version of the software by interfering with normal computer use. "It invades your computer and stops you from doing anything," said Rosemary McMurphy, a victim of the false software. "It keeps telling you that you have...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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