Archive for the ‘security’ Category

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Google is buying Postini

July 9, 2007

Wow. This is good for Postini. I think.

http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.aspx?type=bondsNews&storyID=2007-07-09T121757Z_01_WEN9205_RTRIDST_0_GOOGLE-POSTINI-URGENT.XML

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Need to remove items out of the Add/Remove Programs list?

July 8, 2007

Ever uninstall something and its still listed in the Add/Remove programs list? Or maybe a rogue program showed up in the list and has since been removed with an anti-malware utility. But it keeps showing up in the list! Here’s how to remove it in Windows 2000/XP/2003:

1.
Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then press ENTER.

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Locate and click the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

3.
After you click the Uninstall registry key, click Export Registry File on the Registry menu.

4.
In the Export Registry File dialog box, click Desktop in the Save in box, type uninstall in the File name box, and then click Save.

5.
Each key under Uninstall represents a program that appears in Add/Remove Programs. To determine which program that each key represents, click the key, and then view the following values:

DisplayName – the value data for the DisplayName key is the name that is listed in Add/Remove Programs
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UninstallString – the value data for the UninstallString key is the program that is used to uninstall the program

6.
After you identify the registry key that represents the program that is still in Add/Remove Programs, right-click the key, and then click Delete.

7.
After you delete the key, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

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In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.

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In Add/Remove Programs, verify that the program for which you deleted the registry key is not listed.

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If the program list is not correct in Add/Remove Programs, you can double-click the Uninstall.reg file on your desktop to restore the original list of programs in the registry.

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If the program list is correct in Add/Remove Programs, you can right-click the Uninstall.reg file on your desktop, and then click Delete.

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Default Passwords

June 15, 2007

This is great. I don’t have to explain how great this is, do I?

www.defaultpassword.com

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REALLY Erase that Hard Drive!

May 3, 2007

How to REALLY erase a hard drive by ZDNet‘s Robin Harris —

You may already know that “deleting” a file does nothing of the sort. But did you know that your disk drive has a built-in system for the secure erasure of data? No? Then read on. What do you mean “delete” doesn’t delete? File information is maintained in a directory so your operating system can find it.

Read the article for more…

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Think you may have a rootkit? AVG Releases Anti-Rootkit

April 13, 2007

Just what is a rootkit

 A program that hackers implant in a victim’s computer to hide their nefarious programs; a hacker security tool that captures passwords and message traffic to and from a computer; a collection of tools that allows a hacker to provide a backdoor into a system, collect information on other systems on the network, mask the fact that the system is compromised, and much more. A root kit is a classic example of Trojan horse software and is available for a wide range of operating systems.

There are a few decent root kit apps out there. Some work better than others. Here’s another one. I downloaded and installed, but have not run it yet. So far, it looks somewhat like F-Secure’s Blacklight interface.

AVG Anti-Rootkit is a powerful tool with state-of-the-art technology for detection and removal of rootkits. Rootkits are used to hide the presence of a malicious object like trojans or keyloggers on your computer. If a threat uses rootkit technology to hide itself it is very hard to find the malware on your PC. AVG Anti-Rootkit gives you the power to find and delete the rootkit and to uncover the threat the rootkit is hiding.

Try it out. Why not, it’s free! And AVG is always reliable.