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Archive for September, 2008

Well, I just went through a glorious experience of getting whacked with multiple trojans,viruses,malware,etc.  Started directing me to strange web sites, wouldn’t let me open Explorer or Control Panel, wouldn’t let me go to anti-spyware web sites – took over my desktop background, etc.

I figured I was doomed, but the folks at Spybot, most notably Blade, saved my keester. These are volunteers who donate their time to help pitiful folks such as myself. 🙂   You post your problem and they tell you to run HiJackThis (which analyzes your system) and once analyzed they will have you download a number of programs (ComboFix,etc) to run and clean up your system.  It’s not something you want to do without their help, I can say that, especially if you are not a very advanced user.  But now I’m clean again and have switched from Zone Alarm for my firewall to Online Armor, am running an updated version of Java Cool’s Spyware Blaster, Avast Antivirus, backed up with scans from SuperAntiSpyware.  In addition, I now use the great add-on (also suggested to me by Blade) called Virustotal, where you can upload any file you want to be analyzed by some 36 different virus programs.  All you have to do is right click the file and click send to VirusTotal. That is sweet, for sure, especially if you download a lot of programs. Nice way to really analyze them before running them.

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Occasionally, after synching my iPod, it won’t eject and will cough up a message saying that other files are in use.  I can never figure out which files those might be, so stumbling across this tip was certainly appreciated. If you occasionally have this problem, do yourself a favor and check this out!

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I was browsing through some Stumble sites today and stumbled across this ingenious use of the subways – always cool to see people’s creativity at play. Imagine just walking along the street when this springs to life!

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Having hiked the AT with my wife back in ’95, I’m still always interested in what is going on out there and during some browsing today on the Net at Fred and Kathy’s AT page, I stumbled across a link to TrailPhone.net.  This is a fabulous resource, especially for those who might be following a hiker along the trail as they hike those 2100 miles to Maine.  The hiker can call in via cell phone or regular phone to a toll free line and leave a recording of how their day or week went and by visiting the Trailphone web site, anyone following their hike can listen to them talk about their hike.  It’s a lot easier for the hiker to make one phone call to inform friends, vs twenty.

Kudos to Adam Varga for setting this up.  If you’re a hiker, I’m sure he’d like to have you visit his site and I suspect a small donation, if you use the service, would help him keep it going.

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