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New application: import Firefox favorites and feeds into IE7

July 26th 2006

Found at The Hive, an online forum of which IE-VISTA is a Featured Sponsor. http://windowscoding.com/blogs/blake/archive/2006/07/25/Convert-your-firefox-favorites-and-feeds-into-IE7-with-_2200_Firefox-To-IE7_2200_.aspx Still a work in progress, and worth keeping an eye on.  Unfortunately the only download on the site at time of writing is in RAR format, meaning you will need a special programme to access it.  RAR is not a format that […]

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Firefox malware attack.

July 25th 2006

From Harry’s bloghttp://msmvps.com/blogs/harrywaldron/archive/2006/07/25/105724.aspx “FormSpy (aka FireSpy) is a new spyware program designed to integrate into the Mozilla browser environment.  It is being spread by spam email spoofed to appear as a billing issue from Walwart.  It was launched on July 24th. The attachment contains a downloader malware agent that can install FormSpy as a Firefox […]

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An interesting phenomenon.

July 25th 2006

Can anybody reproduce this? Click on any pre-existing favorite to visit the site (note the address in the tooltip) – screenshot taken before site loaded:   The site has now loaded. Now click on any link on that page that takes you to a different URL on that same site – I chose one to […]

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False positive affecting Trend Antivirus and VNC

July 24th 2006

Shortly after midnight a definition update was released (599) that flagged C:\PROGRAM FILES\REALVNC\VNC4\WINVNC4.EXE as Troj_Generic. The false positive was fixed by update 601 pushed out at 02:43am. Thankfully, no damage was done (apart from Trend filling my inbox with 391 alarm-bell emails, and my Trend Console logs with close to 1500 virus alarms).  Trend was […]

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Competition for SiteAdvisor – LinkScanner

July 24th 2006

McAfee’s Site Advisor has competition, strong competition, from LinkScanner, a new (free) offering by security startup Exploit Prevention Labs.  LinkScanner claims to be a real time exploit scanner, unlike McAfee’s Site Advisor which it describes as “not immediate and not empirical“.cite: http://www.itnews.com.au/newsstory.aspx?CIaNID=35171 LinkScanner is the brainchild of Bob Bales, Greg Mosher, Chris Weltzien and Roger Thompson, […]

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Leo Stoller Part 2: Remember what was said about sticking your hand in a hornet’s nest?

July 23rd 2006

Regular readers will remember the various reports about Leo Shyster (oops Stoller), the guy who tried to claim ownership of the word “Castle”.http://msmvps.com/blogs/spywaresucks/archive/2006/06/28/103057.aspx It seems the USPTO has finally run out of patience with Mr Stoller:http://www.shapeblog.com/Order%207-14-06.pdf Some choice quotes: “… your filing of more than 1100 requests for extension of time to oppose within the […]

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New IE Knowledgebase article

July 21st 2006

FIX: A child window may open in the full width of the screen when you use the Window.Open method and you specify a window width that is larger than the width of the screen in Internet Explorer 6 SP1http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;915113

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PATCH YOUR SYSTEMS!!!! Over 1 million myspace.com users infected by an old exploit…

July 21st 2006

Why don’t people patch their machines??  Over one million visitors to various myspace.com pages have been infected via the WMF exploit that was patched back in JANUARY. myspace_ad_served_adware_to_mo.html This scares me.. Microsoft can only do so much to protect users from themselves.  The use of this exploit has been such an amazing success for the […]

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New IE Knowledgebase articles

July 20th 2006

Consider the following scenario. You use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 to visit a Web site that contains a link to a document. You click the link to the document, and then click Open to open the document. For example, you connect to a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Web site, and then you click a link […]

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80% of new malware defeats antivirus…

July 20th 2006

Ok, so tell me something I *don’t* know:http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Eighty_percent_of_new_malware_defeats_antivirus/0,2000061744,39263949,00.htm The time is long past that I have depended on any antivirus or antispyware product to clean a system properly, or detect all malware files.  Instead I depend on products such as Process Explorer, GMER, Killbox, various rootkit analysers, packet sniffers and anything else that helps me […]

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