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Lee is a computer enthusiast and technology writer.

Excel and Movie Maker – Patched

by Lee

A couple of patches were released today by Microsoft regarding holes that could allow a file that is either Excel or Movie Maker to install malware on a user’s PC. Movie Maker versions 2.1, 2.6, and 6.0 are affected on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Producer 2003 is also affected …

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Bogus iPad Offer on Facebook

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Sophos has posted an article about a fake offer regarding the upcoming gadget from Apple, the iPad. The team behind the spam sets up a Facebook page where it encourages a user to become a fan of its page. Then, it encourage the user’s friends to become fans of the …

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Office 2010′s Early Release

by Lee

Microsoft has set the official launch date of its next Office software suite. The date is May 12 for enterprises with volume license agreements. For consumers, unfortunately, they could not get their hands on it until a month later. The company is also allowing a free upgrade to 2010 if …

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Opera Bug

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An Opera bug was disclosed Thursday by Vupen Security. “We believe that the bug primarily causes a crash, and that exploiting the vulnerability to execute code is extremely difficult, if not impossible,” said an Opera spokesman. “In our testing, DEP mitigates the problem and should protect the system,” he added. …

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March Patch Tuesday

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Microsoft will release two security updates on Tuesday. The small number of updates is a downturn that was not unexpected. “This is indicative of the on and off cycle that Microsoft uses. Last month was more OS related, this month they’re patching some applications,” said Andrew Storms of nCircle Network …

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Opera 10.50 for Windows

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The ‘fastest web browser for Windows’ is now available with Opera 10.50 according to Lars Boilesen of Opera. The chief executive said, “Opera 10.50 is the fastest browser in almost all speed tests. But, more important than any speed test is the real-world speed during use. We designed Opera 10.50 …

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New IE Vulnerability Found

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Microsoft released a new security advisory regarding Internet Explorer on a Windows 2000 or XP system. To exploit the vulnerability,a malicious site reaches through the web browser by using VBScript and accesses “inherently unsafe” Windows Help files. To complete the attack, a user must push F1. The article at PC …

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When A Laptop Is Stolen…

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An article has been posted at consumerist.com about what users should do when his or her laptop is stolen and how to prevent it. First, a user can prove that he or she is the owner by having the serial number and receipt of the laptop. Next is making a …

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Various UK Politician Websites – Hacked

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Ashfiedlconservatives.com, boltonsoutheastconservatives.com and paulbristow.org.uk are some of the Conservative party websites that were hacked according to an article at The Register. The email function on one of the sites, Conservatives InTouch, was made to send a message which says, “Vote for Labour – NOT US!”. John Leyden, the author of …

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Antivirus Spam

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Sophos has posted an article about a free fake antivirus that uses VirusTotal’s reputation to lure its victims. VirusTotal is a free virus and malware online scan service. The message is included in the article. It says that the user’s computer has virus activities. It threatens the user that if …

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