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Valueclick and Winfixer continue to be a problem

May 31st 2007

Mike Burgess was hopeful that Valueclick had cut ties with Winfixer.http://msmvps.com/blogs/hostsnews/archive/2007/05/25/valueclick-cuts-ties-with-the-winfixer-group.aspx Unfortunately I have definitive proof that this is NOT the case. See here – we have evidence of an attempt to infect systems with Winfixer TONIGHT via a malware ad via adfarm.mediaplex.com – this is one of the more *NASTY* ones – we’re not looking at just […]

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Telstra needs to *listen* dagnabit!!!

May 29th 2007

Frustration levels are high.  *Very* high.  And Telstra is the focus of said frustration. We got home from work yesterday to discover that there had been a power failure, and that not only was our internet access (which is cable) not working, but Foxtel was down as well.   The Foxtel digital box was reporting that […]

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Trend CSM 3.6 and Veritas backup conflict – automatic maintenance of quarantine directories causes Veritas backup to fail

May 28th 2007

Edit 29 May: the job failed again overnight  [:S] Edit 30 May: we increased the job time limit from 4 hours to 8 hours, which revealed that since enabling the email filtering in the Trend console the time it takes for the Citrix_Exchange_Sql backup job to complete has jumped from 3.30 hours to 5.30 hours. I’ve been seeing […]

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IE7 may exit unexpectedly when multiple tabs are open, and you close a tab that contains a non-HTML file

May 25th 2007

This problem occurs when the Yahoo! toolbar is installed, and the version of the toolbar is between 6.0.0.0 and 6.3.4.0. To resolve this problem, install the following security updates: • MS07-016: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer • MS07-027: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/932930

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HOTFIX: You cannot open a Web page by using IE7 if the URL of the Web page contains non-ASCII characters

May 25th 2007

You cannot open a Web page by using Windows Internet Explorer 7. This problem occurs if the following conditions are true: • In the Internet Options dialog box, the Send UTF-8 URLs check box is cleared on the Advanced tab. • The URL of the Web page contains non-ASCII characters. • The Web page contains […]

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HOTFIX: A script error occurs in IE6 when you view a Web page that includes a script that is transmitted by using HTTP compression, and the URL that points to the script includes a non-ASCII character

May 25th 2007

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait […]

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Audi Taiwan’s official Web site has been hacked

May 24th 2007

It looks like Asus is not the only site in Taiwan to be hacked and dangerous code inserted on it’s Web pages. Websense reports that Audi’s official Taiwan site has also been hacked:http://www.websense.com/securitylabs/alerts/alert.php?AlertID=776 As of 30 seconds ago the site was still dangerous – the iframe code pointing to misofthelp.com was still there. I and […]

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Column – Better browsing: Internet Explorer 7 offers improved security and productivity

May 24th 2007

I’ve been writing articles for Microsoft since 2004, yet I still feel a thrill when they are published.  My latest article, written for the “Windows Help and How-To” site, is lead article for “Spotlight on Vista”. You can find the article here:http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/help/a426bb85-708c-4b75-87e2-874f9be3b4aa1033.mspx Help and How-To Site:http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/default.mspx

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Just because you read it on the Internet, does not make it true

May 23rd 2007

I came across a blog entry about Internet Explorer which draws assumptions about how the program stores ‘autocompete’ passwords that are simply wrong. Here is the URL:http://www.ecommerce-blog.org/archives/internet-explorer-auto-complete-stores-your-passwords-unencrypted/ For whatever reason, the blog’s author seems to have come to the incorrect conclusion that because his “password managing program” was able to access and display his stord usernames […]

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Microsoft Security Advisory KB927891 – fix for Windows Installer (MSI) problems

May 22nd 2007

Symptoms: Your system may appear to become unresponsive when Windows Update or Microsoft Update is scanning for updates that use Windows installer, and you may notice that the CPU usage for the svchost process is showing 100%. When you try to install an update from Windows Update or from Microsoft Update, you experience the following […]

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