Removing Antivirus 2012

This nasty bug has been popping up on more and more computers.  It installs itself by drive-by-downloads from malicious sites, popups and ads.  Browsers susceptible to the venerability such as internet exploder.

The virus it loads is a TorjanDropper “Siredef”

It’s tale signs of existing is look-alike virus screens telling you that your computer is infected and you can clean your computer by registering the Antivirius 2012 software.  It also goes by “Vista Antivirus 2012” “Windows 7 Antivirus 2012” etc etc,

It’s a pain to remove but can be done.  Reboot your computer into safe mode (press F8 as the computer starts up) and as soon as the computer starts, click on the start button, and in the search bar go to


be sure and chose the proper username.  it should be the one of the current user that’s logged in.  look for a file at the end of the list that is a three letter program.  The virus uses random letters so it will be mew.exe, ljh.exe cam.exe, etc etc.

Once you’ve located the file name of the virus, you’ll need to reboot in safe mode again and this time click on start, in the search bar type regedit.  this will launch the registry editor.,  Press CTRL-HOME to go to the top of the registry.  Then press CTRL-F and in the search bar type the name of the three letter virus.  Be sure and add.exe at the end of the file name.

the values will have the text

c:\users\username\appdata\local\abc.exe -a “%” “%” or something similar.  Erase the entire path and file name, as well as the -a  from each string.  After you’ve done one press F3 to go to the next and continue.  You may get a few hits on “script profile” you can skip these.

Once the last is done reboot.

After restarting go back to the location of the virus (c:\users\username\appdata\local) and delete the virus.  Be sure and restart your normal antivirus program and do a full scan.  And quit using internet explorer.

US To Test First Nationwide Use Of Emergency Broadcast System

Because the government knows something we don’t and isn’t telling us, the first nationwide test of the emergency broadcast system is slated to go down at 2PM eastern today, simultaneously playing on all entertainment outlets (sans internet).

The 30-second test, to be overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission, will run on radio, satellite radio and TV stations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. It will include alert “beeps” and the words “This is a test.” Here’s how FEMA explains it: We need to know that the system will work as intended should public safety officials ever need to send an alert or warning to a large region of the United States. Only a complete test of the Emergency Alert System can help us identify any changes and improvements needed to modernize this system and make it fully accessible.

Any guesses what the government is keeping from us? Because it’s gonna look mighty suspicious when the government tests the emergency broadcast system nationwide for the first time today and then aliens attack on Thanksgiving. I expect they’ll strike when we’re all doped up on turkey. FEMA to test nationwide emergency alert system at 2 p.m. ET [usatoday] Thanks to Allison, who asks, “do you remember where you were when the US tested the emergency broadcast system nationwide for the first time?” No, I was at work staring at a computer screen like a normal person!

Actually working in broadcasting, I was heavily involved in the use of EAS.  Worked hard to straighten out the problems we have in the valley with the PEP and LP-1.  Even tried to make KTEX the LP1 and KPAS the Spanish LP(2).  I almost half want to go bug milton this afternoon just to see the new SAGE’s take the alerts and relay them.  Oh well.. i guess spending the afternoon in the car won’t be so bad either.


well that was interesting.. 1pm rolled up, header “duck farts” sounded, then the relay EOM and then about 30 seconds of static, hiss and crackles.  Not as bad as other stations however.

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About a year ago Apple yanked all the apps that used API’s to scan for wireless signals.  Fortunate for me I had downloaded this cool little app long before they pulled them.  It’s been a great tool for as long as i’ve had an iPhone but today after the upgrade to iOS5, WiFiFoFum no longer works 🙁  i guess i have one use for my android.

actually i have a 3g around that won’t accept ios5 as well as a few itouches that could probably find a new home in my tool bag.





Buy our Adobe Reader

A colleague of mine found this in her inbox,

From: Adobe []
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 8:43 PM
Subject: New Adobe Acrobat Reader 2011, Upgrade Available Now

This is to remind that a new version of Adobe Acrobat Reader 2011 with enhanced features for viewing, creating, editing, printing and internet-sharing PDF documents has been released.

To check and download the latest version , go to :
Start downloading the update right now and let us know what you think about it.
We’re working on making Adobe Acrobat Reader better all the time !
Thanks and best regards,
Adobe Support

© 2011 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.
Adobe Systems Incorporated | 343 Preston Street | Ottawa | ON | K1S 1N4 | Canada |

It claims to be from adobe, although the domain is odd.  Even has their Canada corporate office address on it. surely it must be real? With all the adobe updates going around, I better update mine.  How nice of them to email me and remind me. If you click on the site, then you get this page, an alias for


and of course after you give them your email address to download, you must pay them for their software.


at least their processing page is secure..


It looks like we have Shawn S. to thank for this “deal” who he himself appears to have had his credit card scammed. 

Registrant ID:           AVNEP9R-RU
Registrant Name:         ANO “Regional Network Information Center”
Registrant Organization: JSC “Regional Network Information Center”
Registrant Street1:      pl. akad. Kurchatova, 1
Registrant City:         Moscow
Registrant Postal Code:  123182
Registrant Country:      RU

Administrative, Technical Contact
Contact ID:              AVNEP9R-RU
Contact Name:            ANO “Regional Network Information Center”
Contact Organization:    JSC “Regional Network Information Center”
Contact Street1:         pl. akad. Kurchatova, 1
Contact City:            Moscow
Contact Postal Code:     123182
Contact Country:         RU
Contact Phone:           +7 495 737 0601
Contact Fax:             +7 495 737 0602
Contact E-mail:         


The moral of the story, if your looking for software, get it from the official source. for example.  If your software needs updates, go to the manufactures site or use the software’s auto update feature.

Forgiveness for $1.99

Admit it! Admit you’ve coveted someone’s ox! $1.99 to have your sins forgiven, not a bad deal! That’s right folks, the Catholic Church has officially approved an iPhone app that guides worshipers through the process of confession. Ah yes, I remember my first confession. I think I lied and said I stole something just so i wouldn’t feel left out.

Described as “the perfect aid for every penitent”, it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament. The app takes users through the sacrament – in which Catholics admit their wrongdoings – and allows them to keep track of their sins. It also allows them to examine their conscience based on personalised factors such as age, sex and marital status – but it is not intended to replace traditional confession entirely. Instead, it encourages users to understand their actions and then visit their priest for absolution.

Hey, whatever helps people lead more decent lives I’m all for. *ahem* I’m looking at you, lady who tried to park her grocery cart on my front bumper instead of taking it to the cart return LIKE JESUS WOULD’VE DONE.

Thanks to David, who managed to pirate the app for free. *facepalm*

lucrative business proposal of mutual interest

Apparently, my friend Mr. Peter Lee wrote to me:

Good Day To You My Friend.

It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you do not know me but I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you. I got your reference in my search for someone who suits my proposed business relationship.

I am Mr. Peter. Lee a South Korean, happily married with children, and i am a Director of Hang Seng Bank Ltd, in charge of the International Remittance department. I have a confidential business suggestion for you. I will need you to assist me in executing a business project from Hong Kong to your country. It involves the transfer of a large sum of money. Everything concerning this transaction shall be legally done without hitch. Please endeavour to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue.

Once the funds have been successfully transferred into your account, we shall share in the ratio to be agreed by both of us. I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below ( ) and finally after that I shall furnish you with more information’s about this operation. Should you be interested, please forward the following to me urgently:

1. Full names
2. Occupation
3. Private phone number
4. Current contact address

Please if you are not interested delete this email and do not hunt me because I am putting my career and the life of my family at stake with this venture. Although nothing ventured is nothing gained.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Mr.Peter Lee
Hang Seng Bank Limited
Hong Kong.(Asia)
Email: –

It’s like they are not even trying any more. The lesson we are always telling everyone. if it sounds too good, you know it is. and the chinese cant be trusted.
at least not mr lee.

Cartoons are taking over facebook

So you may have noticed your Facebook friends changing their profile pictures to cartoon characters from the 70s, 80s and 90s between posting ‘I drink’ statuses over the past couple of days, and it turns out that it’s another Facebook meme to “raise awareness” for an important issue. This time it’s violence against children.

People are changing their profile pictures to their favorite childhood cartoon character and then posting a status (there are several iterations of it floating around — some of which don’t even mention violence against children at all) telling everyone what the meme is about.

Apparently it has evolved from a series of statuses posted by Greek facebook users a few weeks ago, and the child abuse element was added after the meme had already gained some momentum and reached English-speaking countries. Now with a cause behind it, it’s going viral.

At least this one, unlike the ‘I drink,’ ‘I like it’ and bra color memes before it, is inclusive. The Breast Cancer memes are mind-boggling because they’re asking people to participate in the name of “raising awareness”, but the only people who are aware of what’s going on are the participants. There’s a logic failure there. So it’s a step in the right direction to see this meme explaining itself out in the open. What still doesn’t make sense to me is how “awareness raising” is better than actually volunteering time or making a donation to a worthy foundation.

I definitely understand people’s exceitement at the meme, because nostalgia! Shared memories! Fun conversation starters with randos in your social network! 70s cartoon characters were badass!

But I also understand the general sense of frustration that keeps cropping up at different ends of the internet. Because, come on, at the end of the day, what is this really doing for kids?

Something as simple as including a link in the statuses to organizations like St. Jude’s, who work to find cures for childhood caner, would make this meme infinitely more helpful to its cause.

So hey — if you’re gonna participate in this thing (and I know you are, you junkies), do it right. Take the couple of seconds to paste a link into your status and make a donation yourself.

Just say no to USB Drives

Earlier this week one of our friends lost her USB drive with her school work on it.  Needless to say she was quite upset.  Today I was working on a project away from my desk, had a call on my cell phone forwarded from my desk and I didn’t recognize the voice on the other end.  It was this is girl in a near panic.  She couldn’t get her drive to come up on any of her computers.  She was one of the new girls working for Extension so I went over to try and calm her down.  Sure enough, this was the only copy of her assignment and it was stuck on this usb drive. 

Plugged it into a few computers and sure enough, not even getting any power on the drive.  Opened the drive, no signs of water damage but the port did appear tilted.  As if the drive was plugged in at the same time it took a blow and bent the connectors. 

Talked to the girl and sure enough that’s what happened.  Going to try my skills at soldering to see if we can bring this back to life tomorrow.

Photo Oct 19, 10 05 34 PM

The moral of the story, don’t use USB drives for your important data and DON’T keep your important data in only once place.  A great alternative is Dropbox.  You can load this on any computer you use and it appears as a folder on your computer.  What ever you put in that folder automatically get’s replicated to all of the other computers you have the program on.  You can even load this on your android and iPhone.  It works on Mac’s and PCs.  If you want to share files with other drop box users you can.  Don’t have the ability to load the program?  you can still access your files with any web-browser.