Friday, January 16, 2015

How to Check for Spyware, Malware Infection

This article will present various ways to check whether your PC is infected by malware, virus and other nasties. Firstly, here is a recollection of other related posts in this blog, so I will show the link here instead of writing the same material again. The new material will be after that.

How to Check for Botnets

Security - Protection against Botnets

Windows Server 2008 - Firewall, Antivirus, AntiSpyware

Security Software Review, Discounts and Special Deals

Links to Smartphone Mobile Security Software

Malware: Windows Enterprise Defender and Windows Diagnostics

Online Scan - PC tools

Online Scan - Websites

Online Scanning websites and links for virus, malware, spyware

Online Scan - AntiVirus

Now for some new stuff. Some tools that can be downloaded and used are:


Google and download: TDSSKiller
- Start tdsskiller - Run as Administrator.
- Click on Change parameters.
- Check all options except "Loaded modules" and click OK.
- Then click on Start scan.
- When threats are found, choose the Skip option for all of them, instead of deleting.
- To open the log file, click on Report. Or it can be found in :\TDSSKiller.<version_date_time>_log.txt


Google and download: Farbar Recovery Scan Tool.
- Start FRST - Run as Administator.
- Select the option Addition.txt as well as others selected by default. Press the Scan button.
- FRST will create two logs - FRST.txt and Addition.txt - in the same directory the tool was run from.


Monday, January 12, 2015

How To Uninstall Pokemon Trading Card Game

The Pokemon Trading Card Game, is not so easily removed.

It may happen that your beloved one installed this Pokemon Trading Card Game without your awareness. The first thing any Windows user would do nowadays would be to go to the:
Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall -> Pokemon Trading Card Game.
..... or something similar depending on the version of Windows XP/Vista/7/8/etc

Error: a ''property.USER_profile'' error

However, some may encounter an error message above during uninstallation. There are several options.


Two of the recommended tools are:

Revo Uninstaller
CCleaner
See http://xtechnotes.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/links-to-free-software.html for the above and similar tools


The way without using any software is the following.
1. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features
2. Scroll down the list of programs until Pokemon Trading Card Game is found.
3. Do not click the uninstall button above. Instead at the line item that says "Pokemon Trading Card Game", right-click and then choose Change or Repair something similar.
4. Then when a Window pop-up, click on the Uninstall button.
5. This uninstall should complete properly. If not, check out the software mentioned above. The other alternative is to boot into Windows Safe Mode and uninstall there.




Saturday, January 03, 2015

Migrating WordPress Blog

This post is also posted at http://travel4work.wordpress.com/
Migrating WordPress from <yoursite>.wordpress.com – which is a free service – to another site that you are paying for such as <yourdomain>.com/<yourNewWordPressHome> is very easy and it is all done through WordPress.
In this situation, my new website has Fantastico and it allow WordPress to be installed on my domain very easily – few clicks of buttons. Now assume both <yoursite>.wordpress.com and <yourdomain>.com/<yourNewWordPressHome> are running, here are the instructions.
1. Go to <yoursite>.wordpress.com and login there.
2. Go to the classic Dashboard.
3. On the left panel, go to Tools – Export.
4. Choose to export “All Content” and when asked, save the XML file to your PC.
This XML file presumably contains all the data for the two WordPress to communicate.
There are lots of pictures in my original WordPress site, but the XML file is only over 100kB, so obviously the Contents are not being saved, ie not needed.
1. Now go to the new <yourdomain>.com/<yourNewWordPressHome> site and login.
2. 2. Go to the classic Dashboard.
3. On the left panel, go to Tools – Import.
4. At the Import page, choose the WordPress option, and you will be asked to install the plugin called WordPress Installer. Go through with this.
5. Then click on Activate Plugin and Run Importer.
6. Click the button to choose the XML file to import from.
7. In the Import WordPress page, choose Import Author and “Download and import file attachments”.
8. You can now go back to the original site and just manually check the old settings, and apply the same settings to the new website. Some example of this to consider are:
a) Appearance – Themes – search for the same previous theme using the search bar and install
b) Appearance – Widgets – Text – Add your text, including Google Adsense code.


Monday, December 01, 2014

Links to Discounted Software - up to 100%

This post is about Retail Software that are discounted. Some of these software are 100% discounted meaning the are totally FREE.

There is another post about  software which are always free, including freeware at:
http://xtechnotes.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/links-to-free-software.html
This post here, will not include freeware which is on the link above.

There are also other websites where you can get coupons such as:
BitsDuJour - http://www.bitsdujour.com/
RetailMeNot - http://www.retailmenot.com/
Again, this post here is not about that.

So what is this page about?
The software here are Retail software - meaning they are being sold. But for various reasons, there are opportunities to get them at no cost. So here they are:


Free WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe – 100% Discount
$49.95 Free!













Free WinX DVD Copy Pro – 100% Discount
https://www.howbigdeal.com/h/winx-dvd-copy-pro-freebie/
















Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hidden Windows Devices


Some USB devices which have been unplugged or not active cannot be seen via Windows' Device Manager. However the following command will make Windows show the Hidden Devices. Open a CMD terminal, and enter the two lines:
- set devmgr_show_nopresent_devices=1
- start devmgmt.msc

Removing Rogueware

Sometimes rogueware such as search toolbars or other utility kits are sneakily installed on your PC when you install other big reputed programs. They may not be officially bad, but just annoying and you did not intend to have them in the first place. So here are some steps to remove them.

- create restore point
- Use the following tools to scan and remove rogueware
AdwCleaner (www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner) to run scan
Junkware Removal Tool (www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/junkware-removal-tool) and run scan.
RogueKiller (www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/roguekiller) and run scan

Monday, June 16, 2014

Building PC - AMD A8-6600K

March 2014

Here are some photos taken of the recently build PC. It was meant to be a detailed instructions with pictures on how to build your own PC. Unfortunately after the first few steps, the PC building process was more exciting than taking pictures such that I've forgotten to take photos of the later steps.

In any case, from previous building experience, it is the first few steps which are crucial in building the PC.
This illustration would be very similar for most desktop systems.

The system is an extremely budget system.
APU:  AMD A8-6600K  Quad Core, 4.2GHz Max Turbo, 3.9GHz Base, Black Edition
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-DS2, A88XFM2+, 2xDDR3/PCI-E/SATA3/USB3.0/DVI-D/D-SUB/RAID/mATX
RAM:  Kingston HyperX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
HDD:  Western Digital 3.5"Green2TB WD20EZRX, 64M SATA3
Case:   ThermaltakeVO650B1W3A, Versa-I, USB3.0, TowerCase, 500W PSU

All other parts such as DVD-RW, Wireless Adapter, LCD Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, etc are recycled from the previous system.

1. Where to Screw down the Motherboard.
Previous PC building exercise almost ran into serious trouble when I used the wrong screws for screwing in the base of the Case to the Motherboard.

There is actually a Base Screw, shown in the photo, that needs to screw to the case, then letting the motherboard sit on top of these screws. So this type of screw between the case and the underneath of the motherboard, prevents the two from touching, to avoid a short-circuit

2. Check out exactly where the Back Panel of the case, need to correspond to the Connectors part of the motherboard.





3. Now start by screwing in the Motherboard to the Case. Ensure that the Motherboard is sitting properly on the Base Screws and not touching the Base Case directly.



4. Here is a view of the CPU, just before it is put into the slot. Many Motherboards are designed such that the CPUs will slot into the holes in only one way. So if the CPU does not slot gently into the Motherboard, never apply force on it - otherwise the pins can be damaged.
Once the CPU has dropped into the pin slots, then push down and latch the silver bar.



5. Once the CPU has been attached, the next part would be the Heatsink and Fan, which sits on top of the CPU. Before actually clipping the Heatsink, place it in the right position, and feel the latch to check how it is supposed to go. Play with it first to see how flexible it is, before actually fitting it in.
















6. The CPU installation was done first so that the other parts can be installed around it.
Plug all necessary cables from the Case to the Motherboard. This could be fan or drive cabling.


7. Next install the RAM. The modern motherboard has a simple mechanism for installing RAM. Ensure the RAM is the right side, push the RAM slowly into its slot until the latch is activated by the click sound.


8. The other main components were installed, unfortunately with no photos.
So a quick summary of the subsequent steps are:
- install Hard Drive with SATA connectors.
- install DVD-RW optical drives.
- install network adapter






Saturday, April 12, 2014

What is and what to do about Heartbleed

Heartbleed has been all over the internet. Everyone who knows IT should have heard about it. In fact this is so serious that your grandmother should hear about it if she does online banking.

Instead of writing more on this subject, here is a collection of links on the Heartbleed story, with different focus.

One important thing though, the heartbleed bug is such that some when you login to some websites or web services, your passwords are exposed. However, if those sites have not fixed the bug, then changing your password would mean that the new passwords are also revealed.


Some write-ups on heartbleed from regular news organizations
ABC Australia - http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2014/s3982491.htm
Forbes - http://www.forbes.com/sites/josephsteinberg/2014/04/10/massive-internet-security-vulnerability-you-are-at-risk-what-you-need-to-do/


The technical details of the Heartbleed flaw and a solution
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/04/how-heartbleed-works-the-code-behind-the-internets-security-nightmare/

Don't change all your passwords
http://www.crn.com.au/News/382523,heartbleed-dont-change-all-your-passwords.aspx

10 passwords that should be changed
http://www.crn.com.au/News/382519,heartbleed-10-passwords-you-need-to-change-right-now.aspx

Extensive list of organizations on what passwords should be changed
http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/


Tools that test if a URL/website is affected:
http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

Instead of going to the above website, you can type the name of the website directly into the URL box like:
      http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/#<URL>
where <URL> should be replaced by the website name such as www.example.com