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Ferrari 5000 – the first few days

December 31st 2006

Repeat disclosure: This article is about one of the Ferrari 5000’s sent to Hive Featured Community owners and bloggers by AMD and Microsoft. The Ferrari 5000 is a beautiful machine, and for somebody like me who is used to lower end hardware feels quite luxurious.  There’s not a wobbly button or rough edge to be seen.  […]

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It’s Showtime video – advanced malware cleaning

December 30th 2006

I haven’t had a chance to watch this video yet, and don’t know high level the information will be, but have high hopes about the content – Mark really knows his stuff [:)]  Advanced Malware Cleaninghttp://www.microsoft.com/emea/itsshowtime/sessionh.aspx?videoid=359Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow, Platform and Services Division, Microsoft

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Yes, Sandi got a Ferrari too

December 28th 2006

Some of the regular readers of my blog will have seen the brouhaha that has been brewing at Robert Scoble’s blog, istartedsomething, slashdot, and several other sites about various site owners and bloggers receiving a Ferrari 1000, Ferrari 5000 or Media Centre PC thanks to the collaborative efforts of AMD, Velocity Micro and Microsoft. I also […]

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Messenger Plus! hits 14 million active users

December 21st 2006

Patchou announced today that MP! now has 14 million active users. Of course, I congratulate Patchou on reaching such a milestone – it is an amazing success for a ‘one man band’. Patchou’s announcement about his current active user count is an opportune time to ponder why I’ve been writing about, and have been so […]

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Guess what I saw this morning…

December 19th 2006

The Messenger Plus! HOSTS file is blocking Winfixer – partially – things didn’t get any further than this popup after I clicked on the red x. The next time it appears we’ll click on the OK button and see where it takes us…

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False positive affecting TrendMicro’s online scanner "Housecall" and NitroPDF

December 19th 2006

If you use NitroPDF and Housecall, watch out.  TrendMicro’s online scanner Housecall is labelling a legitimate, and important, file installed by NitroPDF, zeon98.dll, as adware.  NitroPDF, as my regular readers will know, is an Adobe replacement that we’ve been using on site since we built the new network in June.  Its much cheaper, and faster, than […]

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Ok, so the problem of winfixer is being addressed.. what did we see advertised tonight?

December 19th 2006

Overall things have been pretty quiet on the malware front since Circle Distribution pushed out the HOSTS file update the other day – not much more than irritating ring-tone ads, and some casino stuff, and SMS dating. But, that being said, the sponsor program was kind enough to introduce me to pcsecurityshield.com – an illustrious […]

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Important information re: the Messenger Plus! sponsor program and Winfixer

December 17th 2006

Over the past 48 hours Circle Development have edited the HOSTS file on machines that are running the Messenger Plus! Sponsor Program to block many Winfixer related URLs.  This one change will go a long way towards protecting Messenger Plus! users from Winfixer malware, not only via the Sponsor Program but also from any other online vector that […]

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Quote of the Day

December 17th 2006

“Sometimes something is true even if George Bush believes it”, Tom Friedman, Meet the Press, 17 December 2006

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The Messenger Plus! Sponsor Program and Winfixer again…

December 17th 2006

Here we go again… let’s add tonight’s attempt to infect my machine with Winfixer via the Messenger Plus! sponsor program to the incidents that occurred on December 15 and December 12, November 12, June 30, June 26, June 25 and April 7. First window – the classic white window and dialogue box:http://www.ie-vista.com/images/graphi61.jpg Trend complains: Drivecleaner aka Winfixer:http://www.ie-vista.com/images/graphi64.jpg Unable […]

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