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Dell Superfish 2.0 fishing – what has it and what doesn’t

23 November, 2015 (16:43) | antivirus/spyware, security | No comments

Starting to search for the Dell evil certificate: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/23/dell_security_nightmare_gets_worse/ I’ll start looking for the eDellRoot cert on all the machines I can find and update this. Please comment if you have any results. Machines that do have it: Machines that do not: Precision t7610 Latitude e6510 Latitude e7440 optiplex 790

Mid 2014 basic windows client hardening checklist

4 August, 2014 (11:22) | antivirus/spyware, security | No comments

This is the basic list, not anything fancy: Step 1. Remove crappy software first Step 2. Add good software second- Emet 5.0 Secunia PSI 3.0 Some paid antivirus or MS defender. Do not do free antivirus, if you believe the conspiracy theory crap go to another website. You are like the anti vaccine people. Install […]

Emet 5.0 is out, and there was much rejoicing.

31 July, 2014 (11:44) | antivirus/spyware | No comments

If you know what Emet is, you already use it. So you are happy that 5.0 came out. If you don’t know what EMET is, download it, try it on a machine with defaults for a while. After you figure out it didn’t break anything, crank it to max security. If you blame EMET for […]

Dell kbox exploit is out in the wild and probably being hammered on

12 March, 2014 (00:26) | antivirus/spyware, linux, security | No comments

It looks like the Dell Kace folks could use a talking to from the Dell Secureworks folks. http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/the-linux-distillery/63397-new-security-exploit-found-in-dell-kace-k1000-appliance My recommendation (changed 3-12 after taking the time to look at the source code) 1. Disable ports 80 and 443 in a manner you choose 2. Instruct users to submit tickets using email and respond with email […]

Who is Semalt.com? What are they doing here?

2 January, 2014 (16:02) | antivirus/spyware, blogging, Monitoring, security | 2 comments

A few friends with wordpress pages have asked about this company lately. You might have seen something like this on your jetpack stats http://semalt.com/competitors_review.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwindowsnerd.com I keep running in to the theme of SEO and brand management companies this week. I suspect they are┬ápart of one or a tool used by one. Overall I’m not worried […]

The ars technica badbios haox of 2013

31 October, 2013 (17:10) | antivirus/spyware, blogging, complaining, prediction, security | No comments

My boss sent this about an hour ago, it was good for a laugh on a few fronts. If you are smrt, you know why otherwise enjoy your imagination for the day. Happy h day! Ok so if you are having problems firing up your thinker and moving away from this lonely corner of the […]

A few nifty security tools for home

17 February, 2013 (18:29) | antivirus/spyware, security | No comments

http://pwnedlist.com/ This site will look your email address up and compare it to a list of known hacked accounts. You can ask it to keep on scanning for free on a personal account. This company teamed up with lastpass to do nightly scans. Lastpass for passwords! Nobody should remember or write down passwords these days. […]

Mac users – I told you so, John Dvorak did too

16 April, 2012 (20:14) | antivirus/spyware, prediction, security | No comments

Nice to see some predictions come true. From my own blog here in 2009- With today’s news of Snow Leopard including some sort of anti-spyware/malware (i doubt antivirus.) I decided I should compile a list of my favorite mac holes for the macholes that seem to say there aren’t any. The culture will shift once […]

Remove spiceworks ads

18 November, 2011 (19:22) | antivirus/spyware, How to, security | No comments

A few people over the last few years have asked me why spiceworks doesnt show ads when I show them my interface. The hosts file from MVPS.org will block spiceworks ads. I don’t recommend doing this in order to block their ads. It is how they make money to build the product. If you use […]

Extreme Couponing – Dangerous and mostly illegal

21 May, 2011 (07:22) | antivirus/spyware, Easy Money Making, prediction, security | No comments

Watching the TLC show Extreme Couponing immediately leaves a computer nerd with a skeptical feeling. Coupons today are driven by an incredible data mining corporate machine, it is hard to understand the $/hour cost of couponing and selling your soul vs getting a job. A little googling shows the illegal status of bar code fraud […]

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