Posts tagged ‘links’

Badware and the Net

I’m continually seeing scare stories–from around the world, for that matter, as far as those translated to English–about various traps being used.  There’s the DNS flaw (it’s been around for a long time, with evidently no known way to actually fix it) and a new kind of visual file that isn’t static (from what I gather); it’s a movie.  I would expect that latter especially to especially be at the porn sites right now; sorry, guys.  I’m assuming there won’t be too much protest about sexually-based assumptions.  Oddly enough, I should add don’t click on any links unless you’re absolutely sure.  (Good luck.)

 

Moving to Linux isn’t a solution in any way, and I won’t even ever migrate wholly to it.  I might go into why it’s not anything approaching a solution at some other time…

–Glenn

August 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

STORM WORM/OLYMPICS

If you get any cool news-breaking links about the Olympics…the Beijing bird flu…or, for that matter anything containing a link from someone you don’t know or even more someone you know, but the style seems unusual–that latter is a near-guarantee of spam or viral infection.  Don’t click on the links.  The reference to the “storm worm” isn’t incidental.  If you ever see something that’s untitled and a jpg file or a gif file (picture.jpg, movie.gif, that kinda thing)…assume it’s badware.  Downloading the Haute Secure software would also be a good idea at this point, because it’s a continually-maintained list of badware sites.  The one weakness of things like Haute is that once a site gets on it’s nearly impossible to get off.

–Glenn

To give all due kudos, that article is from PC World Business and should be read thoroughly and carefully.  And as an entirely unrelated comment, I remember Singapore.

August 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Easy First Steps to Speeding Your Computer Back Up

I’d entirely forgotten to mention some things that I find completely obvious but aren’t to someone who started using a computer ‘this way’ after about the mid-90s.  Cool desk-top patterns are fairly stupid for boot time.  Everything that starts up when your computer starts up slows down the startup.  It’s that obvious.  CCleaner is the best freeware tool I know of currently for looking at real startups.  There’s also autoruns, which I find quite useful but is probably fairly daunting for most users.  CCleaner is the one that also has the really neat uninstaller that doesn’t take all day and half tomorrow, as well as a registry cleaner that’s trustworthy.  “Trustworthy” does NOT mean you don’t need to back up your registry!!!  It gives you the option; use it.  If you don’t you’re a complete idiot and you deserve to re-install Windows from scratch.

 

Take out the cool themes.  Take out transition effects and edge smoothing and whatever-the-f.  Like the “advanced” tab on IE and all the CPU and RAM consuming special effects.  Minimize applications which call on the Internet constantly as much as possible.  By minimize I don’t mean shrinking the window so it sits on the cute little bar at the bottom, I mean that you minimize using them as much as you can.  Think about how you can do it, because every time you can do something like that you save your poor old computer a little work.  You can also potentially put off buying a computer for a long, long time.  Lockergnome can be an invaluable source of information; so can the forums at ZDNet be.  No, I’m not crazy, I know that’s CNET:  same thing.  Well, yes, I am crazy (PTSD) although not adjudged dangerous self/others and all that, but I’m not quite that crazy.  Yet.  PC Magazine’s forums are great.  Slashdot is a great source of information, but be prepared for sarcasm from those who consider themselves experienced (i.e. they know the answer to someone else’s question).  That’s all off the top of my head for pretty easy-to-use information services on the subject, complete with forums.   Don’t forget places like Tucows because you can make unexpected contacts in places like that.  God help you dealing with Microsoft’s Information Library any more.  Soon we’ll be able to store all the books in the world on something the size of one DVD–and we’ll still not have a clue of how to organize the knowledge.

–Glenn

July 19, 2008 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment