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Your hard drive is failing…or is it?

Malware tricks are getting ridiculously elaborate, like this fake hard drive diagnostic check built to fool users.

Computer trojans that pretend you've suffered a virus infection are nothing new, but malware is also appearing that fakes hard drive errors. And they're getting increasingly elaborate.

Take this example in the video below: a seemingly fully functional hard disk diagnostic tool which runs a disk scan, complete with blinking blocks of what the non-technical person might assume to be hard disk sectors.

The Australian Broadband Guarantee

The Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) program comes to an end on 30 June 2011. To receive an ABG service before the program ends you must satisfy eligibility requirements and have registered successfully on the ABG Broadband Service Locator by 31 May 2011. To claim an incentive payment under the program, your chosen ABG provider must have connected and supplied an ABG service by 30 June 2011.


The NBN: Guide for Consumers

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has launched a new document to educate consumers on the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The NBN: Guide for Consumers website was the result of collaboration between the consumer group and the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC AU).

Download the NBN Consumer Guide produced by ACCAN

Consumer Alert: Viral Do Not Call Register email

Viral email with misinformation on release of mobile numbers to telemarketers & associated mobile charges

The ACMA is aware of an email currently circulating providing misinformation about mobile numbers being made 'public' in the near future. It advises that as a consequence mobile users will be charged for calls made by telemarketing companies to their mobile service.

Computer Scam

Dont let scammers scare you into believing your computer is infected with a virus or is sending them error messages. Even if the caller claims to be a representative from Microsoft or another genuine service provider, you should be very wary of anyone who calls you out of the blue and tries to trick you into letting them gain remote access to your computer.