Beware Windows 7 users: Malware campaign targeting IoT devices.
With Windows 7 end of life, important security patches are no longer researched or provided by Microsoft to end users,” Ori Bach, CEO of TrapX Security, told CNET. “This can leave anyone using Windows 7 susceptible to attack, not only by existing malware or attackers, but also by any new campaigns that develop in the future, which will exploit unknown vulnerabilities in Windows 7.
End of Windows 7 support hits industries like manufacturing particularly hard, as it relies on embedded devices running the OS that cannot be updated easily, leaving networks open to attacks like this. The malware in this campaign could cause IoT devices to malfunction, potentially harming workers on the manufacturing floor, disrupting production, and/or leaking sensitive data, according to the report.
To avoid attacks that target Windows 7 on your devices, Microsoft recommends that you either upgrade to Windows 10 (which you can still do for free), or buy a new Windows 10 machine. But if you’re a Windows 7 mainstay, you should at least follow these Windows 7 security tips to keep your device as safe as possible.
The below following instructions rely on users installing the Malwarebytes for Android app, but this app is free to use, so it shouldn’t be any issue for users. Continue to instruction or click here to Learn more
Step 1: Install a file manager from Google Play that has the capability to search files and directories. (ex: Amelia used File Manager by ASTRO).
Step 2: Disable Google PLAY temporarily to stop re-infection.
- Go to Settings > Apps > Google Play Store
- Press Disable button
Step 3: Run a scan in Malwarebytes for Android to identify the nameof the app that hides the xHelper malware. Manually uninstalling can be difficult, but the names to look for in the Android OS Apps info section are fireway, xhelper, and Settings (only if two settings apps are displayed).
One developer has installed Windows 10X on a MacBook, and a brief video shows that it appears to run well. Microsoft is designing Windows 10X to run on dual-screen devices, but it simply treats the MacBook as a single display and splits it in half so apps run on either side. It even appears to support casting to external displays. Learn more