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linuxbear

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Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

PostPosted: Mon 05 Dec 2011, 16:09    Post subject:  

... I downloaded Hiren's from their homepage last night and installed to a pendrive. I found no less than 5 trojans on the ziped folder which was downloaded from the Hiren's site and subsequently in the thumbdrive which I created as well. Too bad, as this looked like a wonderful tool for rescuing windows boxes
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cthisbear

Joined: 29 Jan 2006
Posts: 3453
Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Mon 05 Dec 2011, 16:47    Post subject:  

linuxbear:

I don't need comments posted here.

From my first post >> Page 1.

" So any helpful hints are appreciated but leave the Venom to me.

Nobody is forcing you here.
Above all ---this advice may or may not fix your problems. "

::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Hiren's has no trojans.

More likely it is BS Antivirus programs like AVG, Norton's and the like
reporting false positives.


Hiren's disclaimer..........'

" Troubleshoot

If you are getting a virus warning from the downloaded files, please check FAQ page “Why am I getting a virus warning for a file downloaded from your website” section.

If you are getting redirected to the download page or homepage while you are trying to download the file, please disable the softwares or settings can be blocking referer headers of your browser, connect directly if you are using a proxy, close your browser, clean browser cache and try again.

Please check FAQ page for any other frequently asked questions. "

"""""""

" The files downloaded from our website are NOT edited,
they are the original files.

The most common files we are getting reports are “HBCDMenu.exe,

HBCDCustomizer.exe, R-Kill.com, konboot.gz”.

Please note, they do NOT contain a virus.

If you are getting a virus warning, that is a false positive.

Please report the file as a false positive via your antivirus software.

During that time you should disable your antivirus or add the

related file to your antivirus software’s exceptions list for a
problem free use. "

http://www.hirensbootcd.org/faq/

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If there anymore postings on the subject I will ask Flash to delete them.

http://www.readthefuckingmanual.com/

Chris.
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cthisbear

Joined: 29 Jan 2006
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Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Sun 01 Jan 2012, 05:24    Post subject:  

Want an Adobe Reader X >>>alternative.

Because this sludge that Adobe has released lately
is beyond the pale.

Gross, hangs...a total joke.

Tried it for my daughter on 3 different computers.
Must read my own advice.

I used Foxit Reader myself afterwards...pretty quick.

Do not install

>> the ASK toolbar.
Otherwise it's a goer.

Here is a March 2011 review...

FOUR Free Alternatives To Adobe Reader Malware Magnet

http://billmullins.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/four-free-alternatives-to-adobe-reader-malware-magnet/

I have tried all these and others.


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Warning >> Do not use CNET ...for downloads.

http://download.cnet.com/windows/?tag=hdr;brandnav

How low can you go.

I always use Majorgeeks....a fun site.

http://majorgeeks.com/

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http://seclists.org/nmap-hackers/2011/5

" Hi Folks. I've just discovered that C|Net's Download.Com site has
started wrapping their Nmap downloads (as well as other free software
like VLC) in a trojan installer which does things like installing a
sketchy "StartNow" toolbar, changing the user's default search engine
to Microsoft Bing, and changing their home page to Microsoft's MSN. "

""""""""

And...

http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-pick/nmap-warns-download-com-bundles-malware-with-its-software-2011126/

http://www.infoworld.com/t/anti-spyware/security-pros-slam-cnet-downloadcoms-bundling-181392

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Chris.
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cthisbear

Joined: 29 Jan 2006
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Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Wed 11 Jan 2012, 00:55    Post subject:  

PC Login Now

I have used this before.....now free again.....use with care.


I saw this post on Whirlppool. >> jmatt provided the PC Login link.

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1845939

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Comes down as an >> exe file>>> PCLoginNow_Full.exe

and then extracts to iso.

http://www.pcloginnow.com/product.html

http://www.pcloginnow.com/guide.html

""""""""""

Be warned.............

Cons....never experienced it myself....but.............

" Password reset process causes Windows to detect a possible
hard drive issue "

Review.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/gr/pcloginnow.htm

""""

Step by step....1 - 14 pages

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ss/pcloginnowsbs.htm

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Chris.
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cthisbear

Joined: 29 Jan 2006
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Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Thu 16 Feb 2012, 18:15    Post subject:  

As posted by me here

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=75663

the Windows update error iertutil.dll is not getting any better.

Plenty of solutions by the Whirlpool crowd in the above links.

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I was looking at this post on Whirlpool

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1856678

Col Peters mentioned this for some rootkits.

Webroot AntiZeroAccess

http://anywhere.webrootcloudav.com/antizeroaccess.exe

Chris.
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cthisbear

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Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Sun 15 Apr 2012, 07:08    Post subject:  

New Ransomware variants.

" new variant encrypts your data files. "

Interesting reading on Major Geeks.

http://majorgeeks.com/story.php?id=34161

They have a newer Dr Web application that may help.

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" You must run it with "-k 85" as a parameter (without the quotes).

Example:

Put the 94decrypt.exe in C:\

From run (windows+R) type and hit enter:

C:\te94decrypt.exe -k 85

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Download:

http://majorgeeks.com/Dr._Web_Trojan.Encoder.94_Decryptor_d7716.html

Chris.
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steve_s


Joined: 26 May 2008
Posts: 1545
Location: Austin, TX, USA

PostPosted: Tue 24 Apr 2012, 09:36    Post subject:  

Thanks for this, Chris! I was reading it just now 'cause of one of my XP boxes I wanted to speed up, just trolling looking for ideas. Great stuff!

Also saw this:

cthisbear wrote:

HOWTO run MSOffice 2003 in Puppy Linux
from steve_s ....thanks Steve.

Chris.


thought that was pretty cool; glad to contribute a little. Thanks! Cool
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cthisbear

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Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Thu 31 May 2012, 02:48    Post subject:  

Change Your Wi-Fi Router Channel to Optimize Your Wireless Signal

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/21132/change-your-wi-fi-router-channel-to-optimize-your-wireless-signal/

::::::::

Wi-Fi Boosts, Tweaks and Apps....
Boost Your Signal with Tinfoil etc

http://lifehacker.com/306436/top-10-wi+fi-boosts-tweaks-and-apps

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Ez-12 Parabolic Reflector Template...etc

Patterns e4 Free antennas...cardboard and foil etc

http://www.freeantennas.com/

:::::::::

Easy WiFi Radar helps you find and connect to open wireless
access points with a single mouseclick.
It's WiFi for Dummies.

http://www.makayama.com/easywifiradar.html

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Chris.
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cthisbear

Joined: 29 Jan 2006
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Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Tue 26 Jun 2012, 01:04    Post subject:  

Microsoft Annoyances.

Opening and viewing >>> xlsx and xls files

There’s nothing worse than thoughtless people sending you
Office 2007 or 2010 saved files…
and you just can’t open them.... because of newer formats.

OK...for me it's not a big deal...I have workarounds.
But for most people it's a wtf.

"We'll have to buy the newest Microsoft Office "
Well save your money and give those Bsss...nothing.

Of course with a little thought you can save them in an older
MS Office format before emailing them out.
But that’s the MS mentality of users.

And you wonder why Open Office and Libre Office were created.
You can convert MS docs etc with both of these products.
However always keep a backup file in case it is not quite right.
Or save it as a slightly different name.

I believe that now Libre Office is the better suite.

http://www.libreoffice.org/

http://www.openoffice.org/

::::::

For me the only Office worth having was Office 97.
It was fast….it did the basics…
good enough for the majority of people.

But the MS morons just can’t leave anything alone.
As they are now doing with Skype…
Sticking ads in the free version.

I already have a converter but it wouldn’t work on this Excel file,
so it was back to downloading 77mbs of Microsoft sludge to
get it working.

“”””””

So for those who don’t want Microsoft updates
Microsoft Office updates etc…I had a quick look see for you.

“”

Want to convert online? You can use Zamzar.

Which I tested today. …seemed to work OK.
A great option.

http://www.zamzar.com/

" Alternatively, you can convert .xlsx to .xls or other text formats
online using the Zamzar.com service here.

Unlike the Microsoft compatibility pack,
the Zamzar .xlsx to .xls conversion services
will not require a copy of Microsoft Office on your computer.

Read >>> Blog - News from Zamzar

and >> The Problem (Microsoft) Microsoft Madness

" We’re pleased to announce that from today if you have a
Microsoft Powerpoint file older than 1997 that doesn’t open
in Microsoft Powerpoint 2007 or Microsoft Powerpoint 2010
you can now use Zamzar to convert it into a 1997-2003 version
of Powerpoint which makes it compatible with the latest 2007 and
2010 versions of Powerpoint.

You can convert files from such ancient versions of PowerPoint as v3.0 – released 20 years ago in 1992 !"

Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.zamzar.com/faq.php

“””””””””

The trouble with some of these next options is the need to use
MS updates with some of viewers.

Excel Viewer – Open and View xlsx and xls files

http://techblissonline.com/excel-viewer-to-open-xlsx-file/


.XLSX File Extension.

http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/xlsx


Open .XLSX Spreadsheet Files Without Excel 2007

“”””””””””

Convert with Google.
When you use Google always have a think about what you are uploading.
Not that I'm Paranoid.......................................

Upload .xlsx, .docx Files to Google Docs & Convert to .Doc

http://www.blogsdna.com/3498/upload-xlsx-docx-files-to-google-docs-convert-to-doc.htm

‘Google Docs now supports .docx & .xlsx documents for uploading growing the list of supported file formats. To import a .docx or .xlsx file, simply click the “Upload” button in your Docs List menu, select your file, and voila!

https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=writely&passive=1209600&continue=http://docs.google.com/%23&followup=http://docs.google.com/&ltmpl=homepage

Chris.
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steve_s


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Location: Austin, TX, USA

PostPosted: Tue 26 Jun 2012, 09:32    Post subject:  

Good stuff, Chris, keep 'em coming! Cool
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Puppyt

Joined: 09 May 2008
Posts: 568
Location: Gatton, Queensland

PostPosted: Tue 26 Jun 2012, 18:48    Post subject:  

I ditto steve_s, Pappa bear Smile

Still...making...the leap out of my Windows (XP) environment - stuck with Outlook2002 'cos it works with my PDA's (Toshiba e740 and e400 - pocketPC2002/2003)*. ClamWin and Clam Sentinel work fabulously in this setup. Coupla false positives with virus detection - usually XLSX files from colleague's MS Office2010 (lol).
Thanks for the heads-up on Zamzar - I've got old xls files in Excel97 that even SoftMaker Office2010 doesn't include translators for, so that should be a great stop-gap solution.

Would love to see you have a channel like icyos or crustylobster, or even sneeky with all these tips, but I understand that is a massive undertaking.

* j-pilot and/or SynCE should help me maintain my SUSTAINABLE computing environment with those - with hardware supported outside the M$ hamsterwheel.

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cthisbear

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Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Mon 06 Aug 2012, 21:40    Post subject:  

PDF to word conversions.

Another interesting Whirlpool post.

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1960781

"I have a 15 page physical document that I want to an editable
MS Word document."

etc

Answer from >> Andhrímnir

Microsoft Office Document Imaging

" If your scanner software doesn't have an OCR program and you
are using Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 then chances are you
already have an OCR program
called Microsoft Office Document Imaging,
while it's also possible to install for Office 2010 but no longer
comes as standard. "

etc.

Reply from >> comfixer

" Amazing Andhrimnir,
MODI can interface with the native scanner software and has icon
for "Send Text to Microsoft Word".

Just tested it for first time (why I love WP )
Not sure of OP's expectation here,
if it's to save typing then MODI will do the job. "

>Start
.>Microsoft Office
..>Microsoft Office Tools
...>Digital cert
...>MS Clip Organiser
...>MSO Language
...>MSO Settings
...>MSO Application Recovery
...>MSO Document Imaging
...>MSO Document Scanning
...>MSO Picture Manager
...>MSO Access Snapshot Viewer

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cthisbear

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PostPosted: Wed 22 Aug 2012, 03:45    Post subject:  

More from Whirlpool.

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1968497

outlook 2012 & *ubuntu.

Not my bag but....

http://www.liberiangeek.net/2012/06/how-to-install-microsoft-office-suite-2010-in-ubuntu-12-04-using-wine-1-5/

Should be easy enough in Puppy.

Links:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=53675


http://puppylinux.info/topic/wine

""

Now up to Wine 1.5.11
August 17, 2012

The Wine development release 1.5.11 is now available.

http://www.winehq.org/

:::::::

And green_dome has newer Wine pets here...

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=53675&start=315

" my attempt at compiling wine-1.5.10

version 1 | stripped=true
wine-1.5.10-i486_v1.pet | mirror 1 | mirror 2
wine_DEV-1.5.10-i486_v1.pet | mirror 1 | mirror 2
wine_DOC-1.5.10-i486_v1.pet | mirror 1 | mirror 2

version 2 | stripped=false
wine-1.5.10-i486_v2.pet | mirror 1 | mirror 2
wine_DEV-1.5.10-i486_v2.pet | mirror 1 | mirror 2
wine_DOC-1.5.10-i486_v2.pet | mirror 1 | mirror 2

md5 | hashdeep "

:::::::

Chris.
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Aug 2012, 04:49    Post subject:
Subject description: Trying to restore a Toshiba factory install of WinXP Pro
 

Recently, I bought a used Toshiba Tecra laptop at a yard sale.
I figured I would burn the restore CDs with verify and that part worked fine.
I then used them to restore drive C to factory specs.
But.
After jumping through a few hoops to get service pack 3 installed, I figured I would open Windows Update and let it update windows XP Pro.
It said I needed Microsoft Update and as part of it, it installed Windows Genuine Advantage.
And when that ran, it said it could not determine if my install of Windows XP Pro was legal.
I never got any messages saying I had a copy (pirated) of it and later, Genuine Advantage installed an ICON on the task bar and would run at random times with a result of "Not able to determine ...."
The damn install is a legal install and tech support at MS said as much.
But their software is flakey.
At this point, I am ready to forget Windows and use the version of Puppy I have installed on the same laptop!

I should mention I also downloaded and ran software (not from microsoft) that removed Windows Genuine Advantage.
So far, that has worked.
I will keep you informed though.
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Aug 2012, 16:08    Post subject:
Subject description: Trying to restore a Toshiba factory install of WinXP Pro
 

8-bit wrote:
.. I figured I would burn the restore CDs with verify and that part worked fine. I then used them to restore drive C to factory specs..

I believe a reference number on the HDD (in the MBR ?) is used to check if the installation is genuine. If that data has been wiped from the HDD then the "genuine" check won't work, even though you have installed a genuine copy of the micro$oft OS.

http://ask-leo.com/why_does_my_cloned_drive_report_as_failing_genuine_validation.html
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