How to remove the About:Blank Hijacker

Published 25th May 2006 By Bryce Whitty

The about:blank hijacker installs a browser helper object into Internet Explorer which significantly slows down your internet connection. An infected PC will display a fake directory webpage when IE is opened with the words ‘about:blank’ in the address bar. Here are the instructions to remove it.

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How to fix Windows Update Error (0×80072F89): Installing IE6

Published 24th May 2006 By Bryce Whitty

There are many older computers running Windows 98 out there that need repairs. A lot of the old Windows98 errors that occurred were best fixed with a total reinstall of Windows. However, most disks of Win98 are shipped with Internet Explorer 5 which doesn’t work on the Windows update site. This leaves you needing to update your IE, but you can’t because the Windows update page doesn’t work. This article is about how to fix this.

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Telephone vs. Internet Banking

Published 22nd May 2006 By Bryce Whitty

Several people I know have expressed concerns recently over Internet banking. The news and other media are always running stories on how insecure the Internet is, but lets not forget that it beats the other methods of remote banking by a long shot.

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How does my computer get infected with Adware and Spyware?

Published 19th May 2006 By Bryce Whitty

If you are reading this article and you are on a Windows PC, chances are that your computer is or has been infected with Adware or Spyware at some point. Even if you are technically literate and you have all the prevention software such as Ad-Aware and Spybot for the Adware and Spyware. Norton/McAfee/VET for a virus killer and a physical or software firewall, you are still likely to get infected at some point.

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The Unlikely Computer Repair

Published 18th May 2006 By Bryce Whitty

I was recently talking to a fellow computer technician who owns a bricks and mortar computer shop and has a few techies below him. He told me a story of a very unlikely scenario that occurred when repairing a computer.

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How to Remove AntiSpyLab (Spyware Sheriff)

Published 15th May 2006 By Bryce Whitty

AntiSpyLab (spyware sheriff) is a fake anti-spyware program (very closely related to SpyFalcon) that is designed to fool users into paying for a full version of the program in order to remove a supposed infection which the ‘free version’ put there in the first place. We had done a case study on AntiSpyLab.com about 2 weeks ago, now here are the removal instructions.

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How to remove SpyFalcon

Published By Bryce Whitty

Spyfalcon is a new rogue anti-spyware program that is designed to fool users into paying for a full version of the program in order to remove a supposed infection which the ‘free version’ put there in the first place.

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Physical Security Considerations: Data Extraction

Published 12th May 2006 By Bryce Whitty

Do you have one of those USB pendrives? Maybe an MP3 player? How about a USB watch? Or a mobile phone with a USB port? And how many work on a computer with USB ports? Now, of those with your hands raised, how many work with data which could be considered confidential? Now, consider you’re an employer, you run a business working with various forms of sensitive, confidential, perhaps even classified information. Trade secrets, financial reports, medical records, personnel records… Take a look at the sea of people with their hands still raised. These are yet another security threat facing your business.

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Windows XP Home License Agreement Translated

Published 9th May 2006 By Bryce Whitty

Many technicians in the computer industry install copies of WindowXP Home onto systems multiple times a week and everytime you do, you are agreeing to the Windows XP EULA (End User License Agreement). Most people just click the “I Agree” and accept it as the usual legal mumbo-jumbo. Since you are agreeing to be bound by it (even if you don’t read it you are still bound by it) you might as well know what you are being bound to.

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Anti-Virus Software: Not A Magic Solution

Published 7th May 2006 By Bryce Whitty

Most people, these days, seem to have antivirus software on their computers. Partly, I suspect this is due to it being preinstalled by the shop they bought the computer from, but also, it is due in part to better education of users on how to prevent viruses. Of course, simply having antivirus software isn’t enough; user education now needs to focus on how to use it.

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