* Posts by jason 7

2684 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Google ninjas go public with security holes in Malwarebytes antivirus

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Re: Scanning it will not execute anything.

By all means if you have the time, staff and the money.

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Indeed herman. Wiping the HDD and starting again is the best (and sometimes quickest) way to deal with such things.

However...real world...customers...critical machine...no backups...licenses lost...complexity of existing build...how much willing to pay...etc.etc.

Please note I do not run a IT team in a corporation etc. I deal with customers that walk in off the street.

So no clone builds or structured processes. Oh I wish...

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You haven't done any regular AV removal clean ups have you? Never thought you might use a machine specifically set aside for scanning the infected HDD in a docker? Malware and virus use stealth techniques that AV and malware scans cant find if the software is active...on a running machine. You have to run the infected drive as though its a dumb data drive.

In my line of work you just lump the whole lot together AV/malwear scan...all the same thing. Saves time and the customer doesn't care. Just wants their machine back working. Which it wont be if you don't scan it using another machine. I guess you might be a bit worried now about those machines you thought were clean?

One AV/Malware tool does not clean them all off. Especially if you are using MWB! You have to use several. Finish off with some Combofix for good measure.

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I take it you guys are installing MWB on the actual infected machine?

Not a good way to do it. You wont have got it all in most cases.

Removes the HDD from the machine and scan it with another PC with at least three other AV products.

I still use another two products once I have put the HDD back in the machine to finally clean up and check. Only way short of wiping the HDD and starting again.

One product installed doesn't work.

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Hmm funny that. I do a lot of virus removal for customers and MWB is one of the tools I use. It's regularly the one tool that finds nothing. Even MSE finds more stuff than MWB. You can scan with MWB and it might find something and then if you scan the HDD with it again it might find another. Hang on....

Not very useful. I have dropped it several times from my cleaning process but it comes back when fans tell me "oh its a lot better now!" It never appears to be.

I think a case of marketing/fanboi love over effectiveness. YMMV however.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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Re: Rooting...isn't what it was.

Not a problem chap. These conversations often would be so much better served over a pint and a packet of pork scratchings down the pub!

Here however, its the mad scramble to get your point across that sometimes leaves a bit to be desired.

Get well soon!

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Re: Always a way around IT

XDA - Where folks go to turn their smartphones into full time Tamagotchi's, without the fun.

Life is too short.

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Re: Rooting...isn't what it was.

Thank you Dave126!

Basically just because you've always done something a certain way, doesn't mean you should continue doing it that way.

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Re: Rooting...isn't what it was.

Now I have no idea what you are on about here.

Due to your obvious budgetary constraints this situation doesn't even concern you.

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Re: No problem here

To be honest I've had a few smartphones in recently to setup and most of them have been pretty easy to clean up unrooted. Samsungs are a bit of a pain but with my LG G4 I was able to uninstall 90% of the LG stuff and disable the rest. Slap on a new launcher and icon pack to taste and away you go.

Not difficult.

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Re: Rooting...isn't what it was.

1. You do some homework and find the right phone for you for the £300+. A lot (not all) of people that root are the type that do not dwell too long with a particular phone. Nature of the beast. me? I stick with a phone for 3+ years.

2. The problem at hand is rooted phones not being able to use the pay network. The thing is, have the folks who religiously root, actually stopped to think recently that the practice they have been doing the past 5 years is still worth it? For quite a few...probably not worth it now.

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Rooting...isn't what it was.

I stopped bothering rooting my phones a couple of years ago. Never looked back. Rooting just gives you less and less as time goes on.

The phone software and hardware is pretty sorted now and all rooting seems to give you is a whole new set of headaches and the feeling of constantly nursing your phone.

It's just a phone dammit. You'll but another in 12-18 months time probably. Suck it up and just use it as intended. Life is too short.

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Samsung trolls Google, adds adblockers to phones

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Yeah it's what I've been using the past few months. Works really well and no extreme measures required.

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Lincolnshire council IT ransomware flingers asked for ... £350

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Re: Outsourced IT

This one makes it all the better -

http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/New-boss-bids-save-jobs-pound-2m-Lincolnshire/story-12896445-detail/story.html

£85,000 a year back in 2011 so probably £90,000 a year now to look after 'com-puters'.

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As earlier comments...

I read that on the BBC a couple of days ago and I laughed so hard some wee nearly came out.

Amazing to see some lazy IT manager trying to divert the blame as though it was an alien invasion or something. I bet the backside covering and buck passing has been legendary over there the past few days.

Seen a lot of people hit by this over the past 2-3 years. The main problem I can see is companies or groups using exchange servers with little or no email malware scanning. Push your email through the likes of Gmail etc.and it takes care of all that.

I've been using FoolishIT's Cryptoprevent for some time now. Even the free default version can limit the damage if its kept up to date occasionally.

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Re: And now.....

"jet fuels are kerosenes, not high octane fuel"

I think the point is that they both burn like a bitch if you happen to be inside the fireball.

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Re: If weight is such an issue...

Well then just apply a total weight allowance for passenger AND luggage. When you check in you stand on the plate with your bags. Over the weight allowance you stump up. If you come well under then you can get a discount.

It's going to happen one day.

Airlines will also then get fairly accurate info on how much weight they are carrying per flight. I would have thought that would be useful info to have.

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Re: If weight is such an issue...

Or is it just 'big boned'?

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Re: And now.....

Yeah its not so much the crash that scares me as the high octane fuel exploding around me 2 seconds later.

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If weight is such an issue...

...then why don't the airlines start charging extra per pound/kilo in weight for the obese?

Anyone weighing over say 200lbs has to pay extra per every 5lbs they are over that limit. Some of these people carry more round their waist than my checked luggage for free!

Also a safety issue.

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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I must admit...

...I write down all my business costs in a book. The ones for the business just get an asterix scribbled to the side of them so I know how to split them from the customer costs. Makes my Gf despair (she pays for an account for some reason). I then just add the figures up in December. Doesn't take long.

Just never got into using an Excel spreadsheet.

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Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes

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Re: Bad acting

I think the acting was flat in the prequels due to the conditions they had to act in. I guess as an actor it's hard to get enthused when you are standing day after day in a green hanger, jumping on and off green blocks while a fat guy in a beard sips a latte 20 feet away. Flat surrounds means flat acting.

That's why Abrams wanted to go back to proper sets where possible so it invigorated the actors.

I also suspect the whole green screen thing put Denis Lawson off returning as Wedge as I bet he had many chats about the process with his nephew. I reckon he might have regretted that now but he wasn't to know when he made the decision.

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Back to the Future's DeLorean is coming back to the future

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Re: A couple points ...

Ohh don't mention octane ratings to Americans. They are soon to point out that (as per usual, yawn) their octane ratings are just different to the rest of the world and are in fact superior.

That's just the way it goes. Sorry.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Re: And the BBFC didn't care one way or another

I bet they stuck it on x4 with the sound on.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: Sex and violence

You still have your field of vision with a webcam.

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Re: Sex and violence

Wrong.

Why? You wont notice when your mum or wife walks into the room while you lay writhing with your phone stuck to your head and also numerous Kleenex.

"Cup of tea dear? ...Ohhhh your Father will be disappointed...and look at all that distemper on the sofa!"

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I call myself a 'Digital Lifestyle Rejuvenator'.

Yeah I fix laptops and get your wedding/baby/selfie photos back.

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Yeah 3G was supposed to be the data tech to save us all and wasn't.

4G was then the data tech to save us all and wasn't.

Forgive me if I pay little heed or excitement to the obvious future 5G revolution.

The word 'Monorail' springs to mind for some reason.

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I think some of you are just struggling with the 'comedy subtext' that 4G isn't all its cracked up to be.

That's the point he is trying to make.

You don't have to take everything he writes as 100% true/accurate/gospel.

Strewth....Aspergers is a bitch.

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Please not VR...again...

VR is the tech equivalent of 3D cinema. It gets dusted off every 20 years when ideas run out and a quick blip on the financials is needed.

I guess we'll see it come around again in 2035. And yes, you'll still look a dick using it.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: Just for reference on time/prices...

The joy of RoHs!

Reduce the lead...increase the landfill!

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Just for reference on time/prices...

..From the December 1995 issue of Net User magazine (Times New Roman and grey were the new black)

4x CD Rom - £117.00

Pentium 133 - £507.00

US Robotics 28K modem - £193.00

17" OEM monitor - 570.00

WD 1.2GB HDD - £266.00

32MB RAM - £821.00!

Diamond Stealth 4MB Video card - £350.00

4x SCSI CD-R - £1864.00

All 1995 prices + VAT at 17.5%.

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Amazing how people mess up the time frame and specs.

I keep an early copy of NetUser from 1995 with the adverts for PC parts in to remind me.

Staggeringly pricey!

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AMD accuses Intel of VW-like results fudging

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@ad47uk Hey I hear you. Old kit is not to be thrown on the scrap heap. I'm running a 2007 spec dual Xeon system and that runs a WPrime 210 benchmark in 6.7 seconds.

The only chip I've had through my hands recently to gain any great difference is the £850 8/16 core Intel i7 5960X that does it in 4 seconds.

You can pick up the Xeons I have for about £30 each on Ebay. AMD or Intel? Doesnt really matter in most cases. The software just isn't there to tax the kit in most cases.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Re: Malvertising

Yeah I have hardcoded the FamilyDNS settings into some routers to spoil the 'fun' for a few that should be working instead.

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As I've said before...

...if you have good content and a good community they will pay.

I use a few sites that every year have a fund-raiser week where they ask for contributions to help pay for the site to keep it ad free.

I'm more than happy to chip in $10 a year for the pleasure and I'm sure that more revenue in a year from me than ads would garner.

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Re: Keep on with the autoplaying auto-expanding video, sound, and light-show free-for-all

Its been the main browser on my G4 smartphone for some time now. Works very well.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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So Trump's master plan...

...is to turn the USA into the new North Korea?

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Re: Hey El Reg...

Bush Jr would have been fine as a President had 9/11 and all the crap after not happened. In fact he could have done two terms and no one hardly would have known who he was. He would have just signed the usual forms, attended the usual dinners and spent 75% of his time in office playing golf at his ranch in Texas.

He was just a guy to keep things ticking over, not to rock the boat. Unfortunately for him...

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Have the Republicans just finallly given up?

I mean with all their candidates as they are, it must be just a reality show called 'Last Clown Standing'?

The comedy value is incredible.

I still reckon Trump is just filming some secret documentary on the while thing and will drop out a day before he has to fully commit.

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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Re: Hmm 1997!

No not a Mac user since 1988. Now any urchin has them, so not special any more.

Reminds me I must get that fat 512K Mac into auction sometime.

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Hmm 1997!

That summer I bought my first PC (had used Dad's since 1993) and it was a Pentium 150 with 32MB of RAM, 2GB HDD (maybe), Matrox Mystique, CD-rom, generic Soundblaster card running Windows 95. Oh and a 14" monitor.

Cost me £1300!

Haven't spent anywhere near that much on a PC or laptop since.

The rub was I only kept it a year. We took over another small company that had just bought all new PCs that were not the same company standard as ours (read newer and better) so we were quietly told by the accountants to 'lose them!" Oh well if you insist.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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"- old versions of Sage don't work"

Well thats a given in any version of Sage. Sage only works after you've called the tech support (hoping you get through because your support ended 2 years ago), told them what error message you are getting and then they let you into the secret patch garden and let you have the specific patch that fixes the problem. You know, it's almost as if they designed that into it.

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Re: This is worse than Cryptowall

Trust me..it's not as bad as Cryptowall.

Now calm down and put away the Monster energy drink.

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Re: Late last year for the first time ever.

A decent option until they want some IT support that's more complicated than it being dropped in the toilet.

That's been the problem with the folks I know that have moved to Apple. Finding good support.

The Apple Store moves in, takes out all the good independent local IT support for Apple and you are stuck with the hipster in the Tshirt who only know how to swap something or setup iTunes.

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Re: I will give this the attention it deserves..

Well 2003 was the last proper version. Then it all went a bit wrong.

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At the end of the day...

I bet this is at the command of a couple of high-up marketing-sales bods that have no concept of IT Support and is just making all the real tech guys at MS go "WTF???"

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

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Re: Gun nut

I was always under the impression that taping a mag to another mag was bad practice as the top of the magazine that goes into the chamber can get knocked and bent out of shape in all the excitement.

Something that only really happens in movies or by guys who think movies are genuine military tactics references.

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Re: @Turtle Very Hip.

I would assume that blanks have far less kick than a real military round?

Bit of bang and a bit of flash and that's all they have to do.

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

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It was fun in the early years.

The interesting thing was watching the evolution of the robots from series to series as some thing were found to work and others were discarded or improved. Then towards the end it kind of reached a plateau of what was possible with the tech available and without spending tens of thousands.

However, as other have said I don't reckon on any great leaps in the tech. It will still be quite rooted in tool-shed tech.

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