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VersaTrust has been serving the Texas area since 1997 , providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Watch Out! Windows 7 Loses Support in January

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If you use Windows 7, you need to be aware that Microsoft will end support for your operating system in January 2020. Now is the time to upgrade to Windows 10.  

Windows 7 is an operating system that still has plenty of serious fans – in fact, it was only earlier last year that the market share for Windows 10 moved past Windows 7. Considering that Windows 10 was released in 2015, that is saying something. All good things must come to an end, though, and Windows 7 is no exception. Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 in January of 2020, which means that it will become much more difficult to keep the OS up and running moving forward. And a recent announcement from Microsoft has let Windows 7 users know that they are going to be seeing bigger, full-screen pop-ups to warn them of the upcoming end of life of the operating system.

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URGENT:New Ransomware Propagation Campaign-Nemucod/Teslacrypt

No, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, isn’t releasing a new ransomware variant to boost Tesla’s profits. We have multiple clients who have been hit, almost simultaneously, with a relatively new ransomware variant called Teslacrypt, which appears to be delivered via a seemingly valid zipped email attachment similar to the following:



The attachment name can be a variant of the example above. The encryption key appears to use the uncrackable RSA-2048 bit encryption and the cyberterrorists only accept bitcoins as payment.

In both cases, the VersaTrust Antivirus software detected the attempted infection and notified us. We instructed the users to immediately unplug their computers from the network and turn them off to stop any encryption that may have been occuring. Fortunately these clients have our hourly server backup system, with good backup being the only way to recover from these types of infections.

Please send an urgent reminder to your employees to never open an email attachment or click an email link unless they can verify it’s authenticity from the sender. This is the best way to practice safe computing as these are by far the most common methods hackers use to propagate these campaigns.

We’re available as always for any questions you may have.

Danny

Danny Owens
CEO
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