Cryptowall 4.0 Watch

Russian Hackers are Behind Cryptowall 4.0; Bitdefender Creates Vaccine

Cryptowall 4.0 spam servers are located in Russia, according to

ongoing analysis by Bitdefender’s anti-malware

team. The Javascript-written malware downloads the CriptoWall component from a Russian server.

The investigation also reveals the encryption algorithm used is AES 256. The key is encrypted using RSA 2048, most likely because this second algorithm is resource-intensive.

Targeted countries we have identified so far include: France, Italy, Germany, India, Romania, Spain, US, China, Kenya, South Africa, Kuwait and the Philippines. Russian users seem to be safe. The malware doesn’t proceed with the encryption process if it detects Russian as a keyboard language.

How to prevent getting infected

Following the footsteps of its predecessors, CryptoWall has become a financial success for its creators. Recent numbers show that


3.0 inflicted an estimated $325 million in damages in the US alone. Its high turnaround prompted other cybercriminal groups to write new code that uses more sophisticated encryption algorithms. Therefore, it’s becoming harder for AV vendors to crack the code and come up with a solution.

To stop the spread of this threat, Bitdefender anti-malware experts have developed an antidote, a piece of software that allows users to immunize their computers and block file encryption attempts.

Download CryptoWall 4.0 vaccine


Please remember that this tool acts as an extra layer of protection, together with your anti-malware solution. If your computer is already infected with CryptoWall 4.0, the vaccine will not help disinfect it. The tool should be installed and used as a proactive measure against this specific strain of ransomware.

Are you having issues with your Wifi at home?

There are a few things you can do to help your WiFi signal at home.  First, don’t put the router in a cabinet, or hide it because you don’t like how it looks.  Yes, I’m talking to you. Just like how your phone may not reach a cell tower when you are in the basement, your router may not be reached as easily when you have it in the cabinet, sitting on top of your computer.  Yes, I know you hide that desktop away too.

If you have a router that has two antenna, check the position of the antenna.  All devices have different antenna orientation, which way the antenna points.  You should have one antenna vertical, and one horizontal.  Perpendicular. Signal is better when the antennas talking to each other are in different orientation.  Not to mention that having the two antenna close together, like on the router, they may interfere with each other.  So having one vertical and one horizontal simply works better.  Also, having them shaped like a “V” makes them perpendicular to  each other.  Better? Yes!

Can a Beer Can really improve your WiFi?  Yes it Can! (Sorry)  Just type in “using a beer can to improve WiFi” at Google or YouTube.

If your router is near a Microwave or metal objects, move it.  We can help you adjust your frequencies on your cordless phones and router that might be interfering with each other too.  Also make sure your Firmware is updated. We can help you with that.


Windows 10 update woes

Recently you may have seen that your computer is eligible for a Windows 10 upgrade.  While most of these upgrades install smoothly there are still users that have issues during or after the upgrade.  If you are one of the unfortunate few with upgrade issues give us a call.  We can get you upgraded or rolled back to Windows 7.  If you would like to run a fresh install of Windows 10 on your computer, we can also help there.  Give us a call for information.  260-347-5559

Virus Protection

If you are currently using a “free” antivirus product, you may notice that it is providing you, free of charge popups and advertisements for their software.  YAY!


We are now selling a great Antivirus product that won’t slow your computer down, and since it isn’t free, you won’t be getting popup advertisements and accidentally downloading upgrades that are free trials and eventually render your computer UN-usable.  Best of all, it is available in 1-3 pc license, and the definition subscription is 1-3 years, or you can buy a lifetime license.

Give us a call at the office for details!


AT&T Phone system issues

Just to let you know, our phone may be ringing busy.  AT&T is currently having issues.  You can contact us via the contact form if you need us.  We are still here!



Remote Online Backup Services

If you need backup services, we offer them.

Online backup is available starting at $25 per month.  Secured on our servers, encrypted on your end, compressed to save storage space.  HIPPA Compliance, and PCI Compliance.

For more details, contact Matt at 260-347-5559.



Have you received a phone call about computer problems?

Just wanted to inform you about a recent onslaught of phone calls from people claiming that your computer has contacted Microsoft about multiple computer issues. These people are fishing for money from you to fix your computer! DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO CONNECT! They will ask you to remotely connect them to your computer and they will fix it for you for a price of $99 – $299. Whether they can fix your computer or not, don’t trust them!

If you get this phone call, just tell them not to call you and hang up. They will probably call you right back!

Absolutely the right choice!