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Oops… a little faux pax at ActiveNetworks ?

November 14th 2006

Too ironic – when I viewed this ActiveNetworks article:http://www.activewin.com/awin/comments.asp?HeadlineIndex=37319 I saw this: Which when clicked led to this page:http://popularscreensavers.smileycentral.com/download/index.jhtml?partner=ZRxdm297 which offers you “free screensavers”… but is that all you get? When we read the EULA, we realise we get far more than just a screensaver!http://helpint.mywebsearch.com/intlinfo/eula/eula.jhtml “UPON INSTALLATION OF THE FUN WEB PRODUCTS/MYWEBSEARCH PRODUCT, THE FOLLOWING […]

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Yay, Media Motor have been shut down

November 14th 2006

http://ftc.gov/opa/2006/11/mediamotor.htm “A U.S. district court has shut down an operation that secretly downloaded multiple malevolent software programs, including spyware, onto millions of computers without consumers’ consent, degrading their computers’ performance, spying on them, and exposing them to a barrage of disruptive advertisements. The Federal Trade Commission has asked the court to order a permanent halt […]

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Firefox 2 Phishing Protection Effectiveness Testing

November 14th 2006

Note: this blog entry is being updated regularly as more information and analysis comes to hand, so don’t forget to check back.  Hot off the presses, and very limited in information at the moment, is a report claiming that Firefox beats IE7 in the phishing protection stakes. PDF report here (note to blog.washingtonpost.com – please don’t […]

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Dangerous spam emails offering fake Internet Explorer download – trojan warning!!

November 13th 2006

What is it we always say about links in unexpected or spam emails?  DO NOT CLICK ON THEM. There is an email circulating (I received several in my spamtrap today) pretending to offer Internet Explorer 7 for download -you can a screenshot of the email here:http://www.ie-vista.com/images/graphi21.jpg If you download the executable file, you will see […]

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Very cool: Technology guarantee program for Microsoft Office & Windows

November 13th 2006

“As a show of our appreciation to customers who acquire a qualifying Windows XP or Microsoft Office 2003 boxed product from a retailer or authorized Microsoft reseller during the qualifying eligibility period*, we are providing minimal cost** upgrades to Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office software. … ** Redemption cost will cover order processing, shipping, […]

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Office 2007 is on MSDN (and Technet?)

November 13th 2006

Those of you with MSDN subscriptions will now have access to Office 2007.  There are some things you have to watch out for when installing RTM.  I recommend you review this KB before installing Office 2007 RTM. Error message when you try to install the original release version of a 2007 Office suite or program: […]

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Guess what I got …

November 13th 2006

Yes, it is kind of silly, and yes it could disappear tomorrow, but its still fun [;)]  I have one warning for you if you decide to sign up for an email account with www.msfirefox.com.  We do not know who owns that domain, or who is behind the owner of the domain, because whoever it was that registered used […]

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I’m loving ISA 2004

November 11th 2006

What does a geek Mum do to counter rebellious teenagers who are not willing to abide by the house rules for internet access and online chat times? Well, she does this… mixes in this… adds a little bit of this for spice: and, for the pièce de résistance …. throws in this:http://www.ie-vista.com/no.htm Like I said, I'm loving ISA (btw, […]

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You know you’re doing a good job when the bad guys bite back…

November 10th 2006

Check this out:http://www.techworld.com/security/news/index.cfm?newsID=7280 Basically what has happened is some bad guys created and released malware called Gromozon.  Then, a security company called Prevx was among the first in the world to release a tool that successfully cleaned the Gromozon infection off computers. Those behind Gromozon upped the ante, revising their malware, adding a rootkit and […]

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Rest in peace Belinda Emmett…

November 10th 2006

Unlike Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton John who have both survived their battles with breast cancer, Belinda Emmett has finally succumbed to the disease:http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20738902-2,00.html Belinda was interviewed back in 2002 about her battle with cancer – its sad that she eventually lost the fight:http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/sixtyminutes/stories/2002_09_29/story_693.asp Rove has no plans for further Rove Live shows for the […]

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