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  • This Ipod Rocks!! (vanity)

    12/26/2005 8:18:33 PM PST · by The South Texan · 107 replies · 1,434+ views
    Self | 12/26/05 | Self
    Excuse the shameless and one once every six months vanity, but this Ipod Nano I got for Christmas Rocks! I am no old goat (33 Years old), but this thing has to be one of the most amazing pieces of technology I've had in my hand in awhile. Downloaded an old 80's U2 video an the playback is flawless. I used to be an Apple hater, but this has changed my mind. Go ahead a flame away Apple haters!

    12/06/2005 6:38:12 PM PST · by CAWats · 61 replies · 8,523+ views
    12-06-2005 | Cawats
    My computer apparently picked up a virus from I have a pop-up window saying I have spyware and "it is recommended to use antispyware tools to prevent data loss." Everytime I close the popup it pops up again. I got tired of closing it and installed it then removed it with "Add/Remove Software" in the control panel. The pop-up is back. Can anyone help?
  • Spy Axe 3.0

    12/06/2005 8:16:34 PM PST · by Carling · 87 replies · 5,144+ views
    My PC ^ | 12/6/05 | Me
    I hate vanity posts, but I am wondering if anyone in FR land knows anything about the Spy Axe 3.0 virus. It has set up shop in my toolbar and has hijacked my home page. eTrust isn't touching it. Help?!?!
  • Sony Rootkits: A Sign Of Security Industry Failure (List of 52 CD Titles)

    11/18/2005 3:16:07 PM PST · by Eagle9 · 32 replies · 1,324+ views
    TechWeb News ^ | November 18, 2005 | Gregg Keizer
    Sony's controversial copy-protection scheme had been in use for seven months before its cloaking rootkit was discovered, leading one analyst to question the effectiveness of the security industry. "[For] at least for seven months, Sony BMG Music CD buyers have been installing rootkits on their PCs. Why then did no security software vendor detect a problem and alert customers?" asked Joe Wilcox, an analyst with JupiterResearch. "Where the failure is, that's the question mark. Is it an indictment of how consumers view security software, that they have a sense of false protection, even when they don't update their anti-virus and...
  • MS' Reaction to Sony's Rootkit Raises Some Questions

    11/17/2005 6:09:52 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 79 replies · 1,658+ views
    Groklaw ^ | 13 November 2005 | Pamela Jones
    When the news first broke in the mainstream press that Windows expert and blogger Mark Russinovich (he wrote a book about Windows for Microsoft) had found that Sony's anti-piracy efforts had gone too far and that Sony's DRM was installing an undetectable rootkit on customers' computers which they couldn't safely remove, the first reaction from Microsoft was guarded. They were concerned, they said, and were evaluating what, if anything, to do: Microsoft, which also ships an anti-spyware program, recently renamed "Windows Defender," hasn't yet decided whether it will also flag the Sony DRM software as malicious code, the spokesperson said....
  • Sony has infected over one-half million world wide nets incl U.S. Military

    11/15/2005 1:43:21 PM PST · by dickmc · 109 replies · 4,396+ views
    Welcome to Planet Sony ^ | 2005-11-15 09:28 | Dan Kaminsky
    More than one-half million networks infected by Sony including U.S. military and various countries. Dan Kaminsky, ,is the expert who broke this and did the work. His U.S. and Europe infection maps are shown below and are frightening. Dan did a hell of a good job. Search Google News for "sony numbers trouble" for more in an excellent article today that is very worth reading.
  • First Trojan Using Sony DRM Spotted

    11/10/2005 10:03:29 AM PST · by steve-b · 29 replies · 1,611+ views
    The Register ^ | 11/10/05 | John Leyden
    Virus writers have begun taking advantage of Sony-BMG's use of rootkit technology in DRM software bundled with its music CDs. Sony-BMG's rootkit DRM technology masks files whose filenames start with "$sys$". A newly-discovered variant of of the Breplibot Trojan takes advantage of this to drop the file "$sys$drv.exe" in the Windows system directory....
  • Analyst: Viruses Pushing Windows Users To Mac

    11/09/2005 4:18:59 PM PST · by Vermonter · 175 replies · 2,174+ views
    Security Pipeline via Yahoo ^ | 11/8/2005 | Thomas Claburn
    Windows users are getting sick of computer viruses and are increasingly switching to Macs, according to a research note issued on Monday by New York-based investment firm Needham & Co. The report downgrades Apple's stock from a buy to a hold based on the high price of the computer company's shares. But it cautions that "the frenetic pace of innovation at Apple could present new opportunities," which might merit a higher share valuation. Much of that innovation of late has involved the iPod, specifically the company's video-capable fifth generation iPod and its iPod Nano. On October 11, Apple reported the...
  • Mac OS X inherently secure, hackers not interested

    10/24/2005 10:52:07 AM PDT · by Panerai · 80 replies · 1,449+ views
    MacNN ^ | 10/24/2005
    Successful assaults by viruses and other malware on the Mac operating system are rare as it has better security and attackers are less keen, says Stephen Wildstrom of BusinessWeek. "There is endless debate among security experts about whether the paucity of successful assaults on Apple's OS X is attributable to better security or attackers' lack of interest in an operating system whose share of the market is in single digits. I think it's some of both." Wildstrom says one reason Mac OS X offers inherently better security is that it was designed with relatively little concern for compatibility with earlier...
  • Computer Help Requested: Invalid boot.ini file / CHKDSK /r /p freezes at 5% (posting in chat)

    09/30/2005 7:52:34 AM PDT · by jdm · 22 replies · 5,202+ views
    Good morning fellow FReepers -- Been trying to "fix" my brother's computer. Upon booting, an error message is displayed: Invalid Boot.ini file Booting from c:\windows\ And then: Windows\System32\Config\System missing or corrupt. Can't get into safe mode. I booted from the XP Pro disc and ran the recovery console. Ran CHKDSK and am told: "The volume appears to be in good condition and was not checked. Use /p if you want to check the volume anyway." When running CHKDSK /p or CHKDSK /r the process hangs/freezes 5% in. I tried the command bootcfg /rebuild to no avail. The error is "Failed...
  • Now, Every Keystroke Can Betray You

    09/18/2005 5:35:49 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 52 replies · 2,567+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/18/05 | Joseph Menn
    Bank customers know to shield their ATM passwords from prying eyes. But with the rise of online banking, computer users may not realize electronic snoops might be peeking over their shoulder every time they type. In a twist on online fraud, hackers and identity thieves are infecting computers with increasingly sophisticated programs that record bank passwords and other key financial data and send them to crooks over the Internet. That's what happened to Tim Brown, who had account information swiped out of the PC at his Simi Valley store. "It's scary they could see my keystrokes," said Brown, owner of...
  • HELP! I've Been Micro-Hosed

    08/18/2005 12:12:59 AM PDT · by lafroste · 82 replies · 1,678+ views
    Myself | lafroste
    I've had what started out as a minor problem with my computer escalate way out of control. Two nights ago I got impatient waiting for all the junk on my computer to load after an installation reboot. I hit the reboot program before I should have, it clashed with a just loading Zone Alarm, corrupted a Zone Alarm dll, and all heck broke loose.The corrupted file looped and brought my system to a standstill. I finally got it turned off (unless I highlight it or do anything to it at all), but I can't delete it (inpage error), I can't...
  • iBook sale erupts in chaos, stampede

    08/16/2005 10:10:33 PM PDT · by budman_2001 · 8 replies · 641+ views
    (Excerpt)PHOTOS as it happened: SlideshowMore Photos: SlideshowUPDATED: 8:08 p.m.Chaos erupted this morning at the Richmond International Raceway as thousands of people stampeded through the gates in a rush to buy used iBook laptop computers for $50 each.There were several minor injuries and one person was taken to a hospital with a leg injury, fire Battalion Chief Steve Wood said during a 1 p.m. news conference. In all, 17 people were treated, the majority for heat- or diabetic-related problems, he said.Thousands of Henrico County residents and/or taxpayers stood in a half-mile-long line as dawn broke while others waited in cars parked...
  • Microsoft sees 3 'critical' Windows security flaws

    08/09/2005 2:03:40 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 49 replies · 1,297+ views
    AP via ^ | 9 August 2005
    Microsoft Corp. warned users of its Windows operating system on Tuesday of three newly found "critical" security flaws in its software, including one that could allow attackers to take complete control of a computer. Computer security experts urged users to download and install the patches, which are available at "Users (should) apply the updates as quickly as possible," said Oliver Friedrichs, senior manager of Symantec Security Response, part of security software company Symantec Corp. SYMC.O. Microsoft said that vulnerabilities exist in its Internet Explorer Web browser, the most severe of which could allow an attacker to take complete control...
  • Microsoft fixes serious Windows flaws

    08/09/2005 2:56:44 PM PDT · by Panerai · 78 replies · 1,798+ views
    Cnet News ^ | August 9, 2005 | Joris Evers
    Microsoft on Tuesday issued alerts on several security flaws in Windows, the most serious of which could allow an attacker to gain control over a victim's computer. Microsoft released six security bulletins as part of its monthly patching cycle, three of which it deems "critical." The Redmond, Wash., software gives that rating to any security issue that could allow a malicious Internet worm to spread without any action required on the part of the user. One bulletin addresses three flaws in Internet Explorer. Of all the issues Microsoft offered fixes for Tuesday, these put users at most risk of attack,...
  • Spyware Phishing Now a World-Wide Epidemic

    07/19/2005 10:06:47 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 16 replies · 906+ views ^ | 7/19/205 | Staff Writers
    Nova Scotia July 19, 2005 -- SpyCop today announced that the use of commercial monitoring spy software is on the rise in Internet phishing schemes, the latest scam used to steal personal information and even entire identities. The Anti-Phishing Working Group, web site at, explains: "Phishing attacks use both social engineering and technical subterfuge to steal consumers' personal identity data and financial account credentials... Technical subterfuge schemes plant crimeware onto PCs to steal credentials directly, often using Trojan keylogger spyware." The commercial spy software market has made available over 525 payware spy programs which include URL recorders, keyloggers, chat...
  • Corrupted PC's Find New Home In the Dumpster

    07/16/2005 11:54:18 AM PDT · by summer · 82 replies · 2,085+ views
    The NY Times - Business Section ^ | July 17, 2005 | MATT RICHTEL and JOHN MARKOFF
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 - Add personal computers to the list of throwaways in the disposable society. On a recent Sunday morning when Lew Tucker's Dell desktop computer was overrun by spyware and adware - stealth software that delivers intrusive advertising messages and even gathers data from the user's machine - he did not simply get rid of the offending programs. He discarded the whole computer. Mr. Tucker, an Internet industry executive who holds a Ph.D. in computer science, decided that rather than take the time to remove the offending software, he would spend $400 on a new machine. He...
  • Critical fixes for Windows, Office coming

    07/07/2005 1:27:43 PM PDT · by Panerai · 17 replies · 948+ views
    Cnet News ^ | 07/07/2005 | Joris Evers
    As part of its monthly patching cycle, Microsoft on Tuesday plans to release three security alerts for flaws in Windows and Office. Two of the security bulletins apply to Windows, and at least one of them is deemed "critical," Microsoft's highest risk rating, the company said in a notice posted on its Web site Thursday. Its Office productivity suite will get one bulletin, also rated critical. The notice did not specify whether one of the patches will be for Internet Explorer. Microsoft earlier this week offered a workaround for a known flaw in the Web browser that opens the door...
  • Can You Trust Your Spyware Protection?

    05/31/2005 6:41:03 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 92 replies · 2,735+ views through Yahoo! News ^ | May 31, 2005 | Andrew Brandt
    The next time you run a scan with your anti-spyware tool, it might miss some programs. Several anti-spyware firms, including Aluria, Lavasoft, and PestPatrol, have quietly stopped detecting adware from companies like Claria and WhenU--a process called delisting. Those adware companies have been petitioning anti-spyware firms to delist their software; other companies have resorted to sending cease-and-desist letters that threaten legal action. In most cases it's difficult for customers to determine whether their anti-spyware tool has delisted anything and, if so, which adware it skips. "When a spyware program gets delisted, users won't be aware of its presence," says Harvard...
  • XP Questions

    05/12/2005 8:38:33 PM PDT · by maui_hawaii · 26 replies · 440+ views
    I am running MS XP home version on my laptop. For some reason the clock in the lower right hand corner always reads in military time. I do not want to try to figure out when 22:00 is. How can I change it to make it read normal people time like "7:05" etc?