Acrobat PDF prone to hacking

Old Concept of attack,spread virus with the help of exe files or even some files with different extension.Same methodology is used but instead of using exe files pdf files are used to spread the virus.Main drawback is user need not even click on anything its enough if you open the pdf file.This is more or less similar to a worm but the only difference is worm will spread on its own but to spread this kind of virus user have open the pdf file

Earlier, virus was spreading with the help of Acrobat Software,software used to create PDF documents.Most important thing is its also possible to hack your computers with the help of this acrobat reader.If a pdf file is going to be a virus then its possible to install some bad software on your system and after which the system information and all the other details can easily be hacked from your personal computer or laptop

McAfee has also released some patches to identify this virus and also to destroy it but not to the full extent

US Internet Provider Comcast to warn users of Virus in their PC

Comcast, one of dominant US Cable Internet Providers is testing a new way of Virus Warning. When the ISP finds out that a computer is part of botnet/virus activity, Comcast will send popup messages to the user’s browser with a message about the presence of the Virus. The users will be provided a link to go to Comcast Anti-Virus Center and will be provided tips to solve their problem.

The message will be repeated every 7 days even if the user chooses to ignore the warnings. Also the advantage of this system is that this will work irrespective of whether user has a Antivirus software installed or not.This new method is to be tested from today and if successful will be launched in a larger scale soon.

It should be noted that most Non tech-savvy users never realise their computer has a Virus/Trojan Horse and inadvertantly helping the spread of them.