For the 2nd time, Bill said No to Ask Toolbar

Our friend, Bill Pytlovany a Microsoft MVP and author of the popular WinPatrol said “no” again to Ask Toolbar. Thank you Bill for providing a clean installer of WinPatrol!.  Also for understanding what the users want and making their system clean by not adding any crapware, unwanted components and/or unnecessary programs by third party. You can read the post of Bill at the 2nd attempt of by offering him to bundle Ask Toolbar on WinPatrol.  If you don’t have WinPatrol yet, check out my review at Bright Hub about WinPatrol. 

Malware SPAM: SVB Bank (HDstream_player10)

There’s a lot of these bad emails today and been deleting some earlier. It keeps coming: SVB Bank Interactive Windows 2009 Installation for SVB Bank Interactive component. News page explains how to add the necessary installation components to your application. Here are some easy tips to get you updated fast: Proceed to view details: Sincerely Oscar Hawk. 2009 SVB Financial Group. Customer service department. At the time of this post, no browser have block it yet.  We need to report and block these links (but if you are not in a test machine, do not even load those pages). IE’s … Continue reading Malware SPAM: SVB Bank (HDstream_player10)

Another work-around for IE8 starting slow

Another work-around for IE8 starting slow (if you don’t have immunization by any tool) is posted by MVP and ZDNET writer, Ed Bott: Register the actxprxy.dll file in XP or Vista See if that will help anyone because it help others. See also IE8 Fix It solutions and others: Other discussion here and here.

Malware SPAM:

From: "United Parcel Service of America" Subject: Postal Tracking #SBNP7397170YYXN Hello! We were not able to deliver postal package you sent on the 14th of March in time because the recipient’s address is not correct. . Please print out the invoice copy attached and collect the package at our office. Your United Parcel Service of America Only 4 malware scanner have detection at the time of this entry here. See also

Conficker Removal and Detection

There’s many information on the internet about Conficker worm. Don’t wait to be infected, run the Conficker Detection/Removal tool.  ISC have the list of the said tools: Patch everything.  Make sure the real-time protection of your Firewall and AV is running.  Have a back-up (just in case).  Be careful on what you do and where you go online.

Winners of ESET Smart Security Licenses at Calendar of Updates

We let the members to try to guess below 33 icons: Unfortunately, no one is able to guess them all! but we still have winners of ESET Smart Security License (highest score is 24 out of 33 icons).  We’ve announced the winners of ESET software at the forums (here).  Congratulations and Thanks for participating! Thanks also to ESET and fellow Microsoft MVP Aryeh Goretsky for the licenses 🙂 The answers is in the forums also.

Work-around by users on slow startup of IE with immunization

Ever since IE8 was released, users of Spybot-S&D and/or SpywareBlaster programs are seeing slow starting of IE8. MS IE Team confirmed the issue with IE8 and looking for ways to address it. Some users have found a work-around to make IE8 load faster again while IE8 is immunized: 1. By immunizing IE8 while it is open. Two users have done this (see comments by GXJ and JollyMoon in 2. By re-installing Spybot-S&D and/or SpywareBlaster then re-immunized IE8. I’ve tested this method and it works also. So… for users of Spybot-S&D and/or SpywareBlaster that wish to continue immunizing Internet Explorer … Continue reading Work-around by users on slow startup of IE with immunization

Scammers using Malwarebytes to scam users is not related to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or  If you receive a call from them, reject it.  Marcin of terminated the affiliate account of More info at MBAM forums. Thanks to Steven for the alert.

Mozilla Advisories; Firefox 3.0.8 released

MFSA 2009-13 Arbitrary code execution through XUL <tree> element MFSA 2009-12 XSL Transformation vulnerability Firefox v3.0.8 is ready and I hope FF users will install it soon to enjoy the above security fixes. Download it manually if you like:

Questions and Answers: Conficker and April 1st

Q: I heard something really bad is going to happen on the Internet on April 1st! Will it? A: No, not really. Q: Seriously, the Conficker worm is going to do something bad on April 1st, right? A: The Conficker aka Downadup worm is going to change it’s operation a bit, but that’s unlikely to cause anything visible on April 1st. Q: So, what will it do on April 1st? A: So far, Conficker has been polling 250 different domain names every day to download and run an update program. On April 1st, the latest version of Conficker will start … Continue reading Questions and Answers: Conficker and April 1st