28 February 2005
Many of the PC systems I come across today are infected with many kinds of nasties (viruses. spyware, trojans, keyloggers, diallers, malware, spybots, trackers and some cookies).
To ensure that your system stays clean you need to do some basic computer housekeeping. This may mean installing some freeware programs that will clean and maintain your PC as there is no one tool that will deal with all threats. Secondly you will need to keep these updated and run them at regular intervals. I suggest once a week for a busy PC but a least once a month.
You will need the following:
Firewall For windows XP users it is already built into the operating system but for the rest I will recommend ZoneAlarm from Zonelabs.
http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/freeDownload.jsp be careful to only go for the free option.
AntiVirus Many of you will already have Norton or McAfee but there is AVG Free Version 7.300:
Nasties Removal Tools
Spybot - Search and Destroy, Version 1.3, Latest Update 16/02/05
AdAware Personal SE, Build 1.05, Latest Update 16/02/05
If you have Windows 2000, 2003 or XP
MS AntiSpyware Beta 1, Version 1.0.501, Spyware Definition Version: 5689 (18/02/05 20:51:36)
Stop Nasties Tool
SpyWareBlaster, Version 3.2, Latest database update 22/02/05
If you need help downloading, installing, updating or configuring these tools then I am available as a cost option BUT it will be money well spent for your peace of mind.
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24 February 2005
19 February 2005
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to
take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or
changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are this year's winners:
1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until
you realize it was your money to start with.
2. ! Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly
3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little
sign of breaking down in the near future.
4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of
5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the
subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the
person who doesn't get it.
8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these
really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a
12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day
consuming only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido: All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when
they come at you rapidly.
15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into
your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in
the fruit you're eating.
And the pick of the literature:
18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
18 February 2005
CopyLock is a small program that allows the replacement of one or many files
which are currently in use by the system or any other running process.
Click Add > Files to replace, select the new file and the destination folder,
click Apply, restart when invited to do so and that's it!
Extract the zipped file Open copylock.exe Click "Add" then select "files to
delete" from the dropdown menu
"Select "Indexindicator.exe" and maybe "Indexindicator.dat"
The files can be found in
Restart your computer and you are done.
Thanx Emidio for finding the fix
Some further research shows that some system files (possibly: format.com) may be infected. I would [Start] [Run] "Sfc /scannow" (Without the inverted commas)(not supported if you have WinME!) to replace the infected files.
Or download and run the latest version of "Stinger.exe" a standalone virus scanner:
Stinger from McAfee Inc.