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  • Google: Symantec antivirus flaws are 'as bad as it gets'

    06/29/2016 3:17:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    engadget ^ | 06/29/2016 | Steve Dent
    Norton and Symantec users should take "immediate action" to update. Products from Symantec that are supposed to protect users have made them much more open to attack, according to Google. Researcher Tavis Ormandy has spotted numerous vulnerabilities in 25 Norton and Symantec products that are "as bad as it gets," he says. "Just emailing a file to a victim or sending them a link to an exploit is enough to trigger it -- the victim does not need to open the file or interact with it in any way." Symantec has already published fixes for the exploits, so users would...
  • The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything

    08/02/2015 2:06:44 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 51 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 08/02/2015 | Tyler Durden!
    From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers' basic information - name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics - but it also digs a bit deeper... and finding answers is not easy, as one privacy expert exclaimed, "there is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes 'real transparency'."
  • aartemis virus

    12/01/2013 11:20:09 AM PST · by ex-snook · 11 replies
    active | unknown
    Anyone got cure for his virus?
  • OMG100an0.exe trojan downloader--how do I kill it

    12/02/2012 10:10:04 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 36 replies
    Girlfriend's Son's computer ^ | 12/2/12 | Rebelbase
    Girlfriend's son's computer has picked up a Trojan named OMG1000.exe. Windows firwall picks up the request to allow this program to access so it can be stopped there. I've run malware bytes and Avira scans, no luck in killing it. Hijack This doesn't find it. I've done all the scans and virus software updates from Safe Mode. Google doesn't offer much help. Anyone have knowledge on how to kill this one?
  • Vanity: how do I convince a software program that i AM the administrator of my own computer??

    12/17/2011 8:29:49 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 57 replies
    self | 12/17/2011 | RaceBannon
    I recently downloaded SPYBOT Search and Destroy and ran it, it found stuff, but I cannot delete all of it because it said the administrator had to do it and I did not have that privelege! How do I slap this software up the head and let it know that I AM the administraotr of my own computer??
  • Google Hijack Malware - Windows 7

    01/15/2011 7:52:33 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 41 replies
    My computer is infected with malware that hijacks Google. I have swept with Webroot and Avast! No luck. Help? I prefer not to get into the registry - I lack the skills. I will be out for awhile, so thanks to all in advance.
  • HELP! kb971033 has disappeared from updates...

    03/14/2010 3:54:16 PM PDT · by papasmurf · 28 replies · 1,522+ views
    Self ^ | 3/14/2010 | papasmurf
    I received the kb971033 update last Month. I made sure it was unchecked, and did not allow it to install. Yesterday I received more updates, so this AM I looked at them. They were OK, but, I noticed that kb971033 had disappeared from the list of updates waiting to be installed. I did not "hide" kb971033, but, just to be sure, I "unhid" updates, and it was not there either. Then, paranoid that it self installed (as MS has been known to do), I checked Programs in the Control Panel, and it wasn't there either. I did a search...
  • Computer Help Needed

    03/09/2010 8:25:00 AM PST · by Williams · 35 replies · 260+ views
    A friend has an ACER Laptop running Windows Vista. It came up with a screen saying "the computer is infected witha virus, and is sending out spam emails, if you don't want to be a spammer click here", which opens a window to register foir something. Even in safe mode the computer opens to this screen only. There is no ability to close the window or to use ctrl alt delete. In regular startup it didnt fill the screen, but now the computer is staying black in regular start up after it says welcome, and then eventually shuts down on...
  • Pop-Up Security Warnings Pose Threats

    12/11/2009 3:23:19 PM PST · by Cindy · 32 replies · 1,090+ views - Press Release ^ | December 11, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Pop-Up Security Warnings Pose Threats The FBI warned consumers today about an ongoing threat involving pop-up security messages that appear while they are on the Internet. The messages may contain a virus that could harm your computer, cause costly repairs or, even worse, lead to identity theft. The messages contain scareware, fake or rogue anti-virus software that looks authentic. The message may display what appears to be a real-time, anti-virus scan of your hard drive. The scareware will show a list of reputable software icons; however, you can’t click a link to go...
  • AP IMPACT: Framed for child porn — by a PC virus (FUD with cause)

    11/08/2009 1:59:37 PM PST · by decimon · 62 replies · 2,149+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2009 | JORDAN ROBERTSON
    Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.
  • Apple slams Microsoft’s Windows 7 with three new ‘Get a Mac’ ads (with video)

    10/22/2009 8:42:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies · 893+ views
    Mac Daily News ^ | 10/22/2009
    Apple debuted a trio of hard-hitting "Get a Mac" ads today on U.S broadcast and cable networks that target Microsoft's Windows 7. In Apple's "PC News" spot, "PC" reports that the launch of Windows 7 is causing "Upgrade Fever." People just cant wait to upgrade to their new Macs! Direct link via YouTube here. In "Tetter Tottering," a PC sufferer explains that to go from WIndows XP to Windows 7 you have to move all of your stuff anyway, so move it to the personal computer rated #1 in customer satisfaction: Apple's Mac. Direct link via YouTube here. In "Broken...
  • Nasty "Security Tool" malware removal instructions.

    This appears to be something brand new, and it gets past AVG antivirus. I have antivirus and am pretty careful, and can't remember the last time I picked up anything that messed up my computer like this nasty thing. It takes over when you boot up, and won't let you go into task manager or anything. I got rid of it by going into safe mode (press f8 during boot) and looking at the properties of the shortcut on the desktop. It pointed to the executable file C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\24180116\24180116.exe. I deleted this executable file and removed the...
  • Banking Trojan steals money from under your nose

    09/30/2009 8:10:46 PM PDT · by Gomez · 7 replies · 759+ views
    Researchers at security firm Finjan have discovered details of a new type of banking Trojan horse that doesn't just steal your bank log-in credentials but actually steals money from your account while you are logged in and displays a fake balance. The bank Trojan, dubbed URLZone, has features designed to thwart fraud detection systems which are triggered by unusual transactions, Yuval Ben-Itzhak, chief technology officer at Finjan, said in an interview Tuesday. For instance, the software is programmed to calculate on-the-fly how much money to steal from an account based on how much money is available. It exploits a hole...

    09/04/2009 5:55:59 AM PDT · by quintr · 78 replies · 2,700+ views
    Yesterday I got a notice that my computer was infected with a worm that gathers email addresses from a compromised computer, also a trojan. I started getting a critical warning on the desktop. I have long been a customer of McAfee and thought that McAfee would keep these kind of vermin off my computer. However, now it appears that problems are getting through. Need any suggestions you may have. My field is analytical chemistry, not computer science. Does anyone have a better source than McAfee. I'm willing to change -- especially if I can get a vendor that provides a...
  • Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension

    06/01/2009 5:39:51 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 35 replies · 1,627+ views
    Washingon Post ^ | 29 May 2009 | Brian Krebs
    A routine security update for a Microsoft Windows component installed on tens of millions of computers has quietly installed an extra add-on for an untold number of users surfing the Web with Mozilla's Firefox Web browser. Earlier this year, Microsoft shipped a bundle of updates known as a "service pack" for a programming platform called the Microsoft .NET Framework, which Microsoft and plenty of third-party developers use to run a variety of interactive programs on Windows. < snip > Having earlier checked to see whether the service pack had caused any widespread problems or interfered with third-party programs -- and...
  • 21 Essential Steps to Make Your PC Better/Faster/Stronger

    05/28/2009 11:24:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 85 replies · 3,357+ views
    MaximumPC ^ | 05/28/09 at 11:30:40 AM | Gordon Mah Ung
    A sucker buys a new PC at the first signs of a slowdown. A savvy power user gives his aged PC a fighting chance for redemption. From tweaking your OS to compressing files to overclocking your videocard or CPU, there are plenty of ways to tune up a computer, and none require a trip to Bob’s House of New PCs. Follow along this step-by-step as we show you 21 of our favorite techniques for making a PC better, stronger, and faster — for free. These essential tweaks and tune-ups range from common-sense caretaking measures to practical adjustments that you'd be...
  • NE Iowa couple's computer mystery stumps experts (weird)

    05/16/2009 12:29:26 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 53 replies · 2,807+ views
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 16, 2009 | Erik Hogstrom
    <p>ASBURY (AP) — Mary LaMour can't understand why her computer works at other people's homes, and outside, but not inside her house.</p> <p>Neither can a computer technician.</p> <p>"It's uncanny," said Chuck Freisinger, of Phoenix Computer Services in Dubuque. "My other technician and I looked at that situation. When it's in their house, it doesn't work. When it's outside, it works fine. She took it to a friend's house and it worked fine."</p>
  • A Year Later Computer Again is Circling The Drain...All Tech Ping!!

    04/17/2009 4:01:32 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 63 replies · 1,671+ views
    After a year of dedicated use after a computer mishap described in this thread: The Computer is Broken. Seems to be Circling the Drain in a Loop. TECH PING LIST SUPERSTARS03.02.08 chickensoup Having a similar problem but the boot on the XP Pro disk doesnt seem to help. got to the blue screen once and hit the 'R" key and it loaded but just sat there and hummed. so i started to type in chkdsk/r but it would only let me type in "c".... It is now back to circling the drain to the white on black screen that...
  • Help! Virus has the best of me. And is exposing my kids to constant penis enlargement ads.

    03/21/2009 7:08:22 AM PDT · by Minn · 69 replies · 2,593+ views
    The laptop in the house, which is currently the only computer in the house, has a bad virus/trojan/dropper that seems to have me beat. All clicks on Google are redirected to phony yellow pages. Most banner ads on normal sites are replaced with ads for a penis enlargement product (as if I need that). All communication with McAfee or attempts to download, update or reinstall McAfee fail. McAffe's instructions for disabling the virus by messing with IP address flushing do no good. I'm hesitant to completly start over on this computer. It's an HP OEM machine that didn't come with...

    03/07/2009 1:33:14 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 60 replies · 1,908+ views
    Shameless Vanity | 3/07/09 | Self
    About two weeks ago, it seems after a windows update, my internet download speed slowed to a crawl. Speakeasy speed tests show me only in the 100-150 kbs download speed range although upload speeds are generally 2000-3000 kbs - high-speed cable connection. When I'm not on the web, just doing spreadsheet work or disk burning, for example, I'm fine but web browsing is like purgatory. I've tried everything I can think of including going back and forth between IE 6 and IE 7, reformating and reloading my hard drive, deleting and repeating windows updates, but nothing seems to work. My...
  • Virus/Bug that causes laughter over your speakers?

    02/27/2009 8:42:37 PM PST · by KJC1 · 54 replies · 1,791+ views
    Is anyone here familiar with this? The laughter sound is like a "Mwhahaha" in a deep, devilish voice.
  • Windows 7—what's the rush?

    02/03/2009 7:10:52 PM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 101 replies · 1,894+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | February 3, 2009 | Peter Bright
    Steven Sinofsky this week reaffirmed that Windows 7 would only have a single public beta release—build 7000, still available for download for a few more days. The current expectation is that there will be a single Release Candidate in April, with RTM around July, and Windows 7 hitting stores a few months later. This plan marks a significant departure from Microsoft's historic Windows release strategy. Previous editions have had at least two betas and two Release Candidates; even Windows XP, a minor update to Windows 2000, received this treatment. Windows Vista went even further during its extended development period. In...
  • FR Related Vanity: AVG Crashed due to a FreeRepublic Cookie in FireFox 3.0.5

    01/30/2009 11:06:41 AM PST · by aft_lizard · 30 replies · 2,371+ views
    1/30/09 | me
    Here is what AVG reported: "Object name";"C:\Users\Chris\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\l97pzuzg.default\cookies.sqlite:\" "Detection name";"A file caused a crash of the scanning engine at address 774659c3." "Object type";"File" "SDK Type";"Core" "Result";"Object is in whitelist" "Action history";""
  • Need Advice on Anti Virus and Firewall Apps

    01/24/2009 4:17:17 AM PST · by savedbygrace · 116 replies · 1,161+ views
    I've used Semantec, Grisoft's AVG, and Panda AV apps. None of those have been satisfactory. They all tend to use too much system resources, or cause other problems. Currently, I'm using Panda AV, but it is causing start up problems and it seems to have a mind of its own WRT running scans. On the firewall front, I've used Zone Alarm Pro, but it slows my WinXP computer down. I've forgotten the names of the succession of other firewall apps I've used. Currently, the Panda AV app I'm using also provides a firewall. I'm not defenseless even without a firewall...
  • Sharing between Vista and XP

    01/07/2009 3:22:47 PM PST · by pctech · 47 replies · 969+ views
    I don't know if this has been talked about here on FR (I assume it has but I couldn't find a thread on it) but I have been trying to get file sharing to work between Windows XP and Vista. I got all the correct network protocols installed on my XP computer but I couldn't get it to see the lone Vista computer on the network. Before you ask, my son has to run Vista because of network requirements at Purdue University. When he brings his computer home it messes up the entire network since I'm running XP on all...
  • Need computer help from FReeper computer experts (fatal system error c00021a and assorted viruses)

    10/31/2008 10:12:07 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 133 replies · 2,709+ views
    This is a bit lengthy, so please bear with me. Damn, but I did something stupid and downloaded something I shouldnt have (no, not porn. get your mind out of the gutter :-)). When I downloaded this virus, the cmd screen came up and showed the following: crack.exe, serial.exe, number.exe, keygen.exe AND readme.bat I panicked, deleted those things, but it hasnt fixed my problem. It seems to have hijacked my internet explorer browser. When I clicked on the IE icon, it brought up the IE browser for all of a second or two before closing. (So, I used Firefox to...
  • Fix for "Wizard Was Interrupted Before [program name] could be installed" (XP Home Edition)

    07/21/2008 2:34:03 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 7 replies · 226+ views
    The Husaria: For Our Freedom and Yours ^ | 7/20/08 | Winged Hussar 1683
    The solution to what is apparently a common problem ("Wizard Was Interrupted Before [program name] could be installed") seems to involve "Impersonate a client after authentication" The following worked for us, although we are not computer professionals and results are not guaranteed. You need ntrights.exe (downloadable from Microsoft as part of the Windows tools resource kit). ntrights.exe -u ADMINISTRATOR +r SeImpersonatePrivilege ntrights.exe -u ADMINISTRATORS +r SeImpersonatePrivilege ntrights.exe -u Everyone +r SeImpersonatePrivilege You must restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Then the installation should work. (We don’t know which of the above three did it, we enabled all...
  • (Vanity) Need advice re: Computer debugging software

    07/11/2008 12:05:44 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 26 replies · 195+ views
    In my little house we have an HP desktop and an ARCHOS 605 wifi (amongh other things) and for the longest time they worked perfectly together. Then one day they were no longer on speaking terms. Though each by itself worked out-- and checked out-- AOK. So, after some very careful investigation -- and a $$ an hour computer guy -- the problem almost certainly is a virus, or what have you. So, can anyone recommand a good de-bugging program? We just have the plain-vanilla AOL virus protection (quit snickering) and so...well...any recommandations? Thanks
  • Micosoft Update KB951748 (WinXP) kills ZoneAlarm Firewall

    07/09/2008 12:29:36 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 75 replies · 581+ views
    ZoneAlarm forum ^ | July 9, 2008 | ZoneAlarm forum moderator
    We are investigating the issue with the MS update KB951748. For the time being we suggest you uninstall KB951748 until the issue has been resolved. We will post when we have more information Best regards, Forum Moderator
  • Devices attached to computer (Tech Vanity)

    06/23/2008 11:27:00 AM PDT · by processing please hold · 40 replies · 364+ views
    June 23, 2008
    I'm trying to download a picture of an M-14 I got for my birthday to my hard drive and I keep getting the message: "We've detected several devices attached to your computer, please select the device you want to get images from."
  • Yahoo Email Using IE Version 6

    06/21/2008 12:54:37 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 11 replies · 101+ views
    Anyone else experiencing problems in the last week using Internet Explorer version 6, Windows XP? I am using the "old" Yahoo email as opposed to their new email layout due to the configuration. When I attempt to click on any email to open it, it freezes and I get the gray box that says an error has ocurred from MSFT asking if I want to report the error. At first, I submitted the info. and saw that there is no fix for the problem and never gave the type of error. However, if I access Yahoo email using Firefox, all...
  • Two new Get a Mac ads were released this weekend...

    05/12/2008 11:11:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies · 57+ views
    Apple Computer ^ | 05/11/2008
    Pep Rally and Group Therapy... Pep Rally Group See the Get A Macs ads here.
  • Adware, spyware -- How to stop this crap

    03/02/2008 7:15:35 PM PST · by no nau · 234 replies · 1,518+ views
    My computer is infested with this crap and I can't get rid of it. None of the free services can solve the problem, and I might even pay for such a service, except that all of them seem to be just folks willingly to take advantage of you and charge you more money, and possibly infect you more. Has anyone here seen this? How should I and anyone else deal with this?
  • Windows Vista, One Bad Year Later

    01/12/2008 4:06:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 196 replies · 350+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 01/11/08
    Windows Vista, One Bad Year Later A year since the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft is cringing at the poor sales of the new operating system. It was initially touted as a landmark new development to reinvigorate the IT industry, prompting expectations of wide-ranging “Vista effects.” Instead, Apple’s new operating system, which now also works on PCs, is stealing the thunder. Microsoft has hurriedly responded by developing a new version of the old XP. ◆ Windows Vista flops According to market researcher Net Applications, Apple is enjoying the largest-ever share in the global operating system market with Leopard, the...
  • Linux’s Free System Is Now Easier to Use, But Not for Everyone [Ubuntu Review]

    09/17/2007 1:58:54 PM PDT · by TChris · 46 replies · 209+ views
    All Things Digital ^ | 9/13/07 | Walt Mossberg
    This column is written for mainstream, nontechie users of digital technology. These folks aren’t necessarily novices, and they aren’t afraid of computers. They also aren’t stupid. They simply want their digital products to operate as promised, with as little maintenance and hassle as possible. So, I have steered away from recommending Linux, the free computer operating system that is the darling of many techies and IT managers, and a challenger to Microsoft’s dominant Windows and Apple’s resurgent Macintosh operating system, OS X. Linux, which runs on the same hardware as Windows, has always required much more technical expertise and a...
  • Need help: problem installing Windows XP upgrade to a Windows ME machine

    05/06/2007 3:13:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies · 878+ views
    My bad self | May 6, 2007 | My bad self
    I need help on installing a Windows XP upgrade to a Windows ME machine. The computer is a Micron Systems IBM-compatible machine with 640.0 mb RAM and a 667 MHz CPU clock. I'm getting the following error after the Windows XP setup restarts the computer: A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps: Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly-installed hard drives or hard drive controllers....
  • Novell Launches "Get a Mac" Spoof ads

    03/23/2007 5:46:43 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 44 replies · 668+ views
    Novell ^ | March 21st | Pete Mortensen
    Youtube links below. Novell's website is very slow
  • Ten reasons why you should buy a Mac

    03/21/2007 9:19:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 46 replies · 678+ views
    The Register ^ | 03/21/2007 | by Tony Smith
    Yes, you can accept Apple's logic that "it all just works" straight out of the packaging, but there are better reasons for moving to a Mac than a factor that's just as true of modern PCs these days. Now there's an x86-based PC sitting under the hood of every modern Mac, the old battle lines are blurring. Time to reconsider the once expensive, always stylish, now Unix-based Mac platform? We say yes. 1. Not-so-heavy metalI've seen so many plastic-panelled laptops that have been knocked off desks and ended up with cracked cases or - worse - broken screens or -...
  • *Vanity* Laptop power cord or jack problem

    03/16/2007 7:28:38 PM PDT · by mom4kittys · 50 replies · 781+ views
    I have to jiggle my power cord at the jack in order to get power or to charge my battery. It is very annoying because it moves every time I breathe if it is in my lap. How do I determine if it is the cord or the jack (or both) and if it is the jack, how is it repaired? Does anyone else have this problem? I've been through several cords, but maybe there is a problem with the jack as well.
  • Bill Gates loses his grip on reality

    02/05/2007 12:10:48 PM PST · by JohnSheppard · 7 replies · 430+ views
    Macworld ^ | 02/05/2007 | Peter Cohen
    We Mac users hear a lot about Steve Jobs’ “reality distortion field”—the aura of his charisma its sanguine effect on the Apple faithful. If Steven Levy’s recent Newsweek interview with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is any example, Gates’ reality is pretty distorted too. But I’m not so sure it has as much to do with charisma as it does with self-delusion. In excerpts of the interview published on the Newsweek Web site, Gates said that the newly released Vista’s selling point to the average consumer is features likes Sidebar and its ability to handle large amounts of photos, HD movies...
  • 'Get a Mac' ads contribute to Mac sales

    02/05/2007 9:59:46 AM PST · by JohnSheppard · 25 replies · 371+ views
    macnn ^ | 02/05/2007
    Apple's 'Get a Mac' ad campaign is boosting company sales -- which grew three times faster than sales of PCs over the last three months of 2006 compared to the same period in 2005 -- according to AdWeek. Creative Strategies president Tim Bajarin says the Mac comparison approach is working, noting that half of all Macs are sold to non-Mac users and that Apple's share of the total computer market is growing steadily -- from three percent three years ago to five percent in 2007. The ads depict a nerdy 'PC guy' played by comedian John Hodgman and a hip...
  • New Exploit Rocks IE, Downloads Scores Of Spyware, Adware

    09/19/2006 5:36:00 PM PDT · by Eagle9 · 94 replies · 2,911+ views
    TechWeb ^ | September 19, 2006 | Gregg Keizer
    An unpatched vulnerability in all editions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is being exploited, security researchers said Tuesday, with the attack dumping a broad range of adware, spyware, and Trojans onto PCs whose users simply surf to an infected or malicious site. First reported by Sunbelt Software -- although rival Internet Security Systems claimed it was the first to discover the bug -- the vulnerability is in how IE renders VML (Vector Mark-up Language), an extension of XML that defines on-the-Web images in vector graphics format. The previously unknown -- and thus unpatched -- bug inside IE is already being...
  • New Apple "Get a Mac" ads soon?

    09/05/2006 5:18:08 PM PDT · by Panerai · 4 replies · 356+ views
    MacNN ^ | 09/05/2006
    Though its ads are frequently polarizing, Apple continues to produce new "Get a Mac" commercials as part of a concerted effort to take advantage of its resurgent influence in technology. Word has arrived from blogger Nick Starr that Apple has begun showing new ads in the campaign at its stores ahead of potential Internet or television appearances. The three new segments continue the earlier approach. One of these (pictured) is said to feature model Gisele Blumchen and likely focuses on Apple's computer design, while a second sees the main actors in business suits and a third presents them in psychotherapy....
  • Symantec: Vista probably 'less stable' than XP

    07/19/2006 5:33:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Register ^ | 19th July 2006
    The networking technology underpinning Windows Vista may be less stable on release that that behind Windows XP, according to an analysis by security firm Symantec. Microsoft has re-written its networking stack for Windows Vista in order to allow for "easier maintenance, improved performance, and improved stability". But an analysis by security researchers at Symantec found a variety of security flaws with early builds of the OS. In a white paper based on this research, Windows Vista Network Attack Surface Analysis: A Broad Overview (PDF), the researchers conclude that Vista may be less stable, at least for the immediate future, than...
  • Hacker fears 'UFO cover-up'-(ccused of hacking into Nasa and the US military)

    05/06/2006 5:11:23 PM PDT · by Flavius · 90 replies · 2,270+ views
    bbc ^ | Friday, 5 May 2006 | na
    In 2002, Gary McKinnon was arrested by the UK's national high-tech crime unit, after being accused of hacking into Nasa and the US military computer networks. He says he spent two years looking for photographic evidence of alien spacecraft and advanced power technology. America now wants to put him on trial, and if tried there he could face 60 years behind bars. Banned from using the internet, Gary spoke to Click presenter Spencer Kelly to tell his side of the story, ahead of his extradition hearing on Wednesday, 10 May. You can read what he had to say here. Spencer...
  • Free Republic *Pager* stopped working after latest MS Security update - [ActiveX control]

    04/16/2006 3:36:36 PM PDT · by HairOfTheDog · 39 replies · 1,036+ views
    Ever since the last Automatic Update from MS, the FR pager has stopped working right. When it tries to work I get the popup below. My husband has played around with the settings in IE at Tools-Internet Options-Security, but enabling Activex Controls there is not fixing it. Running XP Home SP 2 - all up to date... IE 6.0 MS Antispyware PC-Cillan Not sure which of these is stopping me up or where to look.
  • New Twist on Spyware--Ransonware (My Title)

    03/16/2006 7:43:24 PM PST · by yhwhsman · 36 replies · 1,360+ views
    LurHQ ^ | March 11, 2006 | by LURHQ Threat Intelligence Group
    In May 2005, a trojan called PGPcoder was discovered in the wild by Websense Security Labs. The trojan's purpose was to encrypt a user's files, then demand a ransom for their decryption. Although this scheme seemed novel, it is actually predated by over 15 years, by a similar scam in 1989. LURHQ's Threat Intelligence Group has now discovered a third such scheme involving ransomware which we are calling Cryzip. Unlike PGPcoder, which used a custom encryption scheme (which was subsequently reverse-engineered by LURHQ), Cryzip uses a commercial zip library in order to store files inside a password-protected zip. Although the...
  • Help! Installing external DVD-RW slows computer down horribly

    03/09/2006 10:05:48 PM PST · by GB · 12 replies · 384+ views
    I am hoping some of my Freeper brethren can help me out here. We have a Dell Dimension 2350 (I think that's the model, it's a 2300 series), 2.2 ghZ P4, 512 MB of RAM. I recently added an external Lite-On DVD-RW drive, that is connected into one of the back USB ports. I love the drive, I went with the external rather than the internal because we're probably going to get a new computer pretty soon, that I hope will be equipped with an internal drive, in which case I'll pass this drive along to my wife whose Dell...
  • Apple profit surges 95 percent on iPod sales

    01/18/2006 6:12:19 PM PST · by Panerai · 108 replies · 1,280+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/18/2006
    Apple Computer reported a 95 percent rise in quarterly profits on exploding sales of its iPod music players, and notched more than one billion dollars in sales through its retail stores. ADVERTISEMENT Apple s stock, though, fell in after-hours trading because Apple offered a forecast that fell short of Wall Street estimates. Apple reported net income of 565 million dollars, or 65 cents a share, for the first fiscal quarter to December 31, up from 295 million a year earlier. The report beat analyst forecasts of a profit of 55 cents per share. Sales rose 64 percent to 5.75 billion...
  • The Windows MetaFile Backdoor?

    01/16/2006 9:48:37 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 106 replies · 2,183+ views
    Security Now! ^ | 13 January 2006 | Steve Gibson/Leo LaPorte
    This is a transcript from a show Steve Gibson did with Leo LaPorte. The link to the audio is at the above link. Also, I will excerpt a little of the relevant information here.Steve: And so, you know, because I'm a developer when I'm not being a hacker, I wanted to understand - oh, and the other thing is, I want to write a robust testing application, you know, that always works all the time. So I wanted to know, like, okay, what bytes have to be set which way, what matters, what doesn't. Because, you know, that's the way...