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June 22, 2008

 

 

  

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Firefox 3 is here!

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalink Web Browser

 

I have recently made the switch to the newest Firefox browser. I have no major complaints and I'm enjoying the new features and the faster page loading. My favorite feature is the new "awesome bar". It's the address bar in any other browser, but it adds a fast search of your most recent web surfing and your bookmarks. That alone saves me tons of time.

 

You can get the new browser at:

http://getfirefox.com

 

If you aren't sure you'll like it, try out this portable version. If you don't like it, you can delete the program folder and it'll be gone for good.

 

Quote from the website

Welcome to the Cutting Edge

 

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance.

 

Here's a video overview of some of the best features.

 

One-Click Bookmarking - Bookmark, search and organize Web sites quickly and easily.

 

Improved Performance - View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.

 

Smart Location Bar - Find the sites you love in seconds-enter a term for instant matches that make sense.

 

Instant Web Site ID - Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity.

 

Full Zoom - See any part of a Web page, up close and readable, in seconds.

 

Platform-Native Look & Feel - Browse with a Firefox that’s integrated into your computer’s operating system.

 

Password Manager - Remember site passwords without ever seeing a pop-up.

 

Here's a tutorial full of tips to make Firefox even better.

 

 


 

 

HostsMan - blocking ads and bad web sites is now easier

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalink Security Tools

 

Using your PC's Hosts file to block bad websites is easy and there are lots of programs that help you do this. HostsMan is one of the better ways to do this. Years ago, I tried HostsMan and it was a good freeware even then. In the comments here at freewarewiki, a fellow named 1101doc mentioned that he uses it now. Recently I asked Doc to give me his review of HostsMan. The best reviews are from the users, and here is one below.

 

One more thing I'll mention before we get to Doc's review. Adding block lists to your Hosts file isn't only a good idea to protect you while you are using a web browser, it also prevents the other programs in your PC from accessing those sites.

 

About Doc:

I am 61, retired, and have been using computers for only 3 years. I much prefer freeware whenever possible, but have purchased licenses for WinPatrol Plus and A-Squared Anti-malware.

I am a Global Moderator at 5Star Support Forums and a "Trusted Tech" at Geeks-to-Go.

 

Hostsman - review from Doc, June 2008

 

Knute Rockne once was asked why he didn't like his team to use the forward pass in football games. He responded, "When a pass is thrown 3 things can happen; 2 of them bad." That is, the pass may be completed, the opponents may intercept, or the pass may be incompleted. When you think about it, "visiting" web pages is rather the same. You may go to the correct page, your browser may be redirected, or the page you "visit" may be hiding malware. Odds: 2-1 against. Hostsman levels the playing field.

 

Much has been written about the benefits of a modified Hosts file. The Hosts file is actually part of the computer's software environment. When a browser is directed to a Website, before the computer completes the task, it checks its own Hosts file to see if any particular instructions are listed there. Regardless of the Browser's input, the computer must obey the directions found in the Hosts file. Specialized Hosts files provide a way to internally redirect the browser to the specific address: 127.0.0.1

 

127.0.0.1 means "Go Home!" And by doing so, the web browser seems to actually "skip" the website to which it was directed. Actually very nice if the website is known to contain malware. Also nice if the redirection means that almost all the ads on web pages that I visit do not appear! No ads with no special software or browser add-ons to block them!

 

There are four major "Hosts Files" in popular use: MVP Hosts, hphosts, Mike's ad blocking hosts, and Peter Lowe's AdServers list. Hostsman will update your Hosts file with all 4 and delete all duplicates, leaving you with a hosts file of over 64,500 bad sites and ad servers to which your browser cannot connect. Unless you want to....

 

Hostsman has a button that toggles the Hosts file on and off. If you really, really want to visit trojansrus.hk, or hotbabes.com, simply disable the Hosts file temporarily from the main interface. Hostsman comes with its own "Server." It is not necessary to install the Server to gain benefits, but with the Hostsman Server running, browsing is a little quicker, and you can decide if you want to see an image, a message, or nothing where the ads are 'sposed to be. Without the Server, IE will dispay a "404-not found" message for all the blocked ads. It is also possible to write your own message and choose your own image should that be desired. (I've been thinking about "Neener-neener-neener.")

 

Hostsman contains its own Hosts file editor for manual work, can be configured to show its icons in the "Tray" or not, has settings for both aspects of the program to control their auto-start properties, does not install a Service, and does not install icons on the Desktop or in QuickLaunch. It installs quickly without a reboot and also seems to un-install quite well; although I've developed the habit of always using Revo Uninstaller in "advanced" mode for all my un-installs anyway. Hostsman also includes "tools" to flush the DNS cache and "Resolve hosts. The main GUI also has a connection to Hostsman Server Control panel for those of us who decide not to have the Server icon showing all the time.

 

When first running Hostsman, it will suggest that you allow it to disable the DNS Client Service. When using an extended Hosts file, this will actually improve browsing speed, as the DNS Service does not take time to search for named servers. I have mine set to "Manual" anyway because I also use the Open DNS service, and that does it all for me anyway. Manual is always the safe setting for Services. That way, if for some reason the system needs the Service, Windows can start it without your intervention. If Disabled, you will need to change the setting and start the service yourself.

 

 

Hostsman does not "Exit" when closed form the Taskbar or with the upper right "X." To "Exit" the program, right click the green "H' in the System Notification Area (System tray) and select "Exit." The same is true for the Hosts Server. Choose "Stop Server and exit."

 

I like it and have it installed on all our computers. (4) It seems to take very few system resources and does what it does quite well. Like everything else, I update it manually, but it does have an auto-update feature for those who would rater not be bothered.

 

You can download Hostsman from the authors' site: http://www.abelhadigital.com/

This review is for version 3.1.55, not the new beta. The released version downloads from this page also offers a zip file (no-install) download.

 

Screenshots:

GUI: http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/HostsmanGUI.jpg

Installation:

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsmaninstall.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/HostsmanInstall2.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Install/Hostsmaninstall3.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Install/HostsmanInstall4.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Install/HostsmanInstall5.jpg

Updates:

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/HostsmanUpdate.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/HostsmanUpdateprogress.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsmanupdatefinished.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/HostsmanUpdateoptions.jpg

Server:

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Server/HostsServer.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Server/HostsServer2.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Server/HostsServer3.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Server/HostsServerimagecontrol.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Server/HostsServerMessagecontrol.jpg

Hostsman Options (Configuration):

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Options/HostsmanOptions.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Options/HostsmanOptions2.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Options/HostsmanOptions3.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Options/HostsmanOptions4.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Options/Hostsmanoptions5.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/1101doc/Hostsman%20Options/HostsmanOptions6.jpg

 


 

ID3 renamer - easily rename all of your MP3 files

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalink Music Management

 

What would you do if you had to rename thousands of MP3 files that all had stupid 4 letter names? I had a chance to find that out this week.

 

While at work a few weeks ago, I borrowed Jeff's iPod to see if I could get some of his music for our annual Regatta party. I hooked it up using the USB cable that was with it and when I attached it to my PC, I was able to see the iPod hard drive just like it was a regular USB thumb drive. I selected everything on the iPod and copied it to my backup drive. Then I safely returned Jeff's music machine to his bench and went back to work.

 

The next free period I had, I looked into what it was that I'd copied over. What a freaky mess! There were dozens of folders that included hundreds of MP3 files that were all named with only 4 letters each. Maybe that's the standard format for the Apple players, but I had no idea what each song was.

 

I grabbed about 650mb of these and dropped them onto a handy thumb drive and took them home. After a short while searching at my favorite download site, I hoped I had found the solution to my naming problem.

 

ID3 renamer came to my rescue. It was so simple to install and run. I fired it up, selected the thumb drive and clicked the GO button. In about 3 seconds, it renamed most of the MP3s using the embedded ID3 tag information. There were about 10 files that didn't have good tags, so I had to rename those manually. That's not bad considering that I had 127 files in this first batch.

 

Thumbs up on this tool. The only problem I had was believing how fast it renamed the files.

 

PS: I'm definitely an audio newby. Tell me if you have a better solution.

 

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Quote from the website

• Able to rename tens of thousands of files by reading your ID3 tags to whichever naming convention you choose with only a few mouse clicks.

• Able to write to and from ID3 tags using an intuitive, tabbed interface.

• Automatic update feature (spyware free).

• Many intelligent features, such as adding padding digits to filenames.

• Very small filesize and low CPU demands mean the program will not take up valuable space and speed on your computer.

Home page for ID3 renamer

http://www.id3renamer.com/

 


 

Process Security Manager - detailed information on running processes

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalink System Information

 

PSM (Process Security Manager) does everything it claims to do. It will give you access to more information about the running processes on your system. It even offers recommendations on whether a process is good or bad. However, there are a couple of things I didn't like.

 

When installing, it sets you up to install the Yahoo Toolbar and make Yahoo Search the default search engine. It allows you to opt out of those with two check boxes, but I really hate to see these offers.

 

 

While you are looking at the process list, what can you do if you see a process that you don't like? Can you kill the process or change it's auto-run settings? PSM won't let you actively do anything to a process.

 

I won't recommend this program because there are already tools out there that are better at this job and give you far more options.

 

Here are a few that I can recommend.

Process Explorer

WhatsRunning

ProcessQuickLink

ProcessScanner

WinPatrol

HijackThis

 

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Quote from the website

Process Security Manager displays detailed information about all running processes (applications, DLLs, BHOs, and services). For each process, it enhances the functionality of Windows Task Manager by providing a security risk rating, a process description, and file path. The security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware, a Trojan, or keylogger.

Home Page

http://www.app-zilla.com/process_security.html

 

What tools do you use to control your PC's processes?


 

Active@ ISO Burner - a simple and effective CD/DVD image writer

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, IsoBurner CD-DVD Burning Tools

 

If you don't already have a full blown CD/DVD writing program that can burn ISO files to a disk, then you can really use ISO Burner. It's a small download that is available as an installer, a zip file, or a single executable. If you download the executable file, then all you need to do is double click it and you are ready to burn.

 

If you need more information on ISO files and other ways to use them, see HowToBurnIsoFiles.

 

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Quote from the website

Active@ ISO Burner is a freeware application that will allow you to burn an ISO image file to CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R, CD-RW, DVD-RW, DL DVD+RW, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

 

Options:

• Finalize Media - after burning is complete performs media finalizing (takes some time)

• Perform BURN-Proof - sets the status of BURN-Proof (Buffer Under RuN error Proof) flag which helps in protection from BURN error

• Perform OPC - sets the status of flag for performing OPC, before burning. Performing OPC is a special technique used in newer CD-Recorders for monitoring and maintaining the quality of the disc writing and ensuring the accuracy of all the mark and lands lengths across the disc. The term Performing OPC actually describes a general process which is also known by several trade names including "Dynamic Power Control (DPC)" and "Direct Read During Write (DRDW)". There may be differences in execution which gives some of these implementations competitive advantages over others

• Default rewritable media erase - if media type is re-writable (CD-RW, DVD-RW, etc.) checking this option will automatically erase media every time before burning starts. If turned off - dialog pops up asking to confirm erase action. Erasing takes some time

• Default Max write speed - if turned on - burner has been set up to use maximum writing speed. If turned off - one step below maximum

• Cache Buffer Size - size of the cache buffer in megabytes. Gives a basic level of Buffer Under RuN Error Protection using software buffers. The data, to be burnt, is kept in the system RAM, before it is burnt to the disc.

Home Page

http://www.ntfs.com/iso_burner_free.htm

 


 

Kaspersky Rescue Disk beta - remove the really tough viruses

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalinkAnti-Virus ToolsAdware & Spyware Removal

 

Here's a tool that should help when a virus or other malware has your Windows all tied up in knots. Kaspersky is offering this free boot CD that should allow you to scan for viruses even when you can't get Windows to boot up.

 

The CD is available as an ISO image download. Most CD or DVD burning software will let you burn an ISO image but if you don't have something that works for you, you can try out IsoBurner.

 

I want to be clear on one issue. If you happen to already have a paid version of Kaspersky anti-virus, it'll often ask you to create a rescue CD. The rescue CD I'm talking about here is not the same type of CD. This rescue CD should work on most Windows machines. The rescue CD that the Kaspersky AV asks you to make will only work correctly for the machine that created it.

 

I tried this out by burning a CD and booting up my laptop. It took it's time but once it finished, it ran a copy of Kaspersky Anti-Virus version 9. It sure looked like a full version and it acted like one too. There were the standard options you can expect with a virus scanner.

 

I scanned my Windows system folder and it took about a half hour. That's not super fast, but if you're in trouble, that's the least of your worries. I wasn't able to find any problems on my laptop, so I can't tell you how well it resolves problems.

 

I recommend this boot CD, but you need to keep in mind that you should always get a fresh version of it before you use it. That way you'll have the most up to date virus definitions.

 

Quote from the website

Kaspersky Rescue Disk is a safe way to remove viruses from a computer without the risk of getting infected. Boot from the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to scan and remove threats from an infected computer without the risk of infecting other files or computers.

 

Burn this ISO image to a CD, insert it into the infected system's CD-ROM drive, enter the PC's BIOS, set it to boot from the CD and reboot the computer.

Download the ISO file:

http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Kaspersky_Rescue_Disk/1213647614/1

 


 

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalinkAnti-Virus ToolsAdware & Spyware Removal

 

When you need a good free anti-virus scanner, you won't find any shortage of tools to choose from. Kaspersky is often rated as one of the best anti-virus software vendors and they also have a free tool for us.

 

I like fast scanning and the feature set of the Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool. It allows you to choose the areas of the computer system you want to scan and you can generate several reports that can be saved and printed. They also offer one unusual feature for a tool like this. They allow you to send reports to an anti-virus forum for help if you need it.

 

What I don't like is that the tools require an installer. They also set an auto-run entry on your system. I don't see the need for either of those in a small anti-virus tool. I typically only run this in emergencies such as when I'm helping out a friend.

 

Kaspersky does not advertise this tool and I doubt if they offer much support, but it's always nice to have one more tool to fight infections. I can't enthusiastically recommend this product, but I can't find too much wrong with it either.

 

The only report that gave me much confidence in using this tool was a short post from one of the moderators at the AumHa forums.

The tool is for once only on-demand use. It does not provide any real-time continuing antivirus protection. It should not conflict in its use with any already installed antivirus product from another vendor, although this protection should be disabled prior to running the software. This is a different product than the Kaspersky® On-Line Virus Scanner . It would be a good choice for heavily infected computers, and for computers with Autorun and difficult Rootkit-based types of infections. It does have a larger download requirement as a result. source page

 

 

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Quote from the Major Geeks download page:

The Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool is a free application was designed to be another virus scanner and detection software from Kaspersky. The product will scan the specified locations for any virus threats and remove them or send to Quarantine folder ... to uninstall/move this program "enable self-defense' must be unchecked.

 

Download from Major Geeks:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4515.html

 

Here is the forum that this tool refers you to for help:

http://avptool.virusinfo.info/en/AVPTool_helpdesk.htm

 

I also recommend McAfee Stinger for this type of work.

Do you use any stand-alone virus scanners you'd like to mention?

 


 

Macrium Reflect - backup using a disk image

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalink Backup Tools

 

Jimbo and I have recently been looking for a solution to his problem. He wanted a free backup program that allowed him to create a boot CD which recognized his new SATA drives. So far, nothing free has worked and he's had to pay for a software suite which did support his hardware.

 

Even though he's tried countless freebies that didn't work, he wrote in to tell me how much he was impressed by a new backup solution he found. This one still can't create a CD that works for him but he wanted to tell us about it anyway. Most of you will find that it will work fine on your system.

 

Jimbo, thanks for the time and effort you took to give us your tip.

 

Quote from Jimbo:

I have finished testing Macrium Reflex free edition and I am mightily impressed. I couldn't get the rescue CD (Linux based) to boot on my machine but that is to do with my hardware configuration (either Intel ICH9 chip or SATA DVD drives...maybe both)....that is not a major issue, after all Acronis True Image haven't overcome that incompatibility yet and it costs $$$$. The rescue CD did boot up perfectly on my wife's near new HP running Vista so it will work for most.

 

Macrium Reflect's GUI is intuitive and very easy to follow, most of the correct parameters are set as default...basically all the user has to do is choose the source disk and destination medium for the image file. (including CD/DVD).....Help files are included for those who may get lost.

 

It took around 5 minutes to create the image (to a separate partition)... bearing in mind my machine is quite new so not much hard disk space has been used (149gb with 133gb free)...still, I was impressed at how fast it worked. The restore function took just about the same amount of time...which, I suppose is logical and more importantly the restored image booted up and ran perfectly.

This really is a terrific program...it's so good I cannot believe it is free!!!

 

cheers mate.......JIMBO

 

 

Quote from the website

Absolutely free! No strings! The only free XP and Vista compatible disk imaging software with BartPE and Linux based recovery options.

 

• Create a disk image whilst running Windows using Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS).

• Image to Network, USB, FireWire drives and DVD.

• Built in scheduler.

• 32 bit and native 64 bit versions.

• Industry leading compression levels and speed.

• Linux based Rescue CD with Network access and full GUI. Only 6.5MB in size!

• Built in CD/DVD packet writing engine. Supports packet writing to DVD DL media with Windows Vista.

• HTML log files.

http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp

 


 

Google Notebook - a clipboard for the web

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalinkWeb ServiceBrowser Tools

 

I've been using Google Notebook for several months now. I didn't realize how much I've come to depend on it until I thought I couldn't use the Notebook addon in Firefox 3. Fortunately, it works quite well in all versions of Firefox.

 

The Google Notebook service is simple to sign up for. If you already have a Google account or Gmail, it's even easier. Just go to the Google Notebook home page to get in on the action.

 

Once you load the Notebook addon to your browser, it's a fast and easy way to clip parts of web pages and store them for use later. Like many Google services, the Notebook is fully searchable so it's usually simple to find something you clipped weeks or even months ago.

 

Quote from the website

Clip useful information.

You can add clippings of text, images and links from web pages to your Google Notebook without ever leaving your browser window.

 

Organize your notes.

You can create multiple notebooks, divide them into sections, and drag-and-drop your notes to stay organized.

 

Get access from anywhere

You can access your Google Notebooks from any computer by using your Google Accounts login.

 

Publish your notebook

You can share your Google Notebook with the world by making it public.


 

To make Google Notebook really useful, you need to install the browser addon. It's available for Firefox or Internet Explorer.

 

Downloading this extension gives you access to the mini Google Notebook feature, which allows you to:

• Clip and collect information as you surf the web.

• Stay in your browser window.

• Organize your notes from the web page you're on.

 

 

 

Sign up for Google Notebook

http://www.google.com/notebook/

 

Download the web browser addon

http://www.google.com/notebook/download

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Newsletter

 

I like to look back and see what I was thinking about. Here's another letter from the wayback machine.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIPS AND FEEDBACK

 

What free software do you need?

Notes from ClifNotes, permalink Windows Tips

 

So what do you need? Write it down below and I'll see if I can find it. If you know the answer to someone else's question, add your answer there.

 

 

Previous What Do You Need comments

 

Search all the comments


 

How to Reinstall Windows XP Without Reformatting

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalink Windows Tips

 

I've often been asked if there was an alternative to reinstalling Windows XP when you simply want to fix minor Windows glitches. I stumbled across a procedure to help us do that about two years ago while reading Fred Langa's newsletter. I've only used this once myself while I was helping someone, but it worked just fine.

 

See XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option.

 

Fred mentioned that this is a great Windows XP feature that Microsoft chose to hide for some reason.

 

Does anyone here know of a similar reinstall tactic for Windows Vista?

 

Quote from Fred Langa:

... this option lets you completely and nondestructively rebuild, repair, or refresh an existing XP installation while leaving already-installed software alone (no reinstallation needed!). It also leaves user accounts, names, and passwords untouched and takes only a fraction of the time a full, from-scratch reinstall does. And unlike a traditional full reinstall, this option doesn't leave you with two copies of XP on your hard drive. Instead, you end up with just the original installation, but repaired, refreshed, and ready to go.

 

 

See these other helpful articles from Fred:

 

The OS Inside The OS

InformationWeek, May 01, 2006

Fred Langa shows how a simple tweak turns XP's low-level Recovery Console into a complete, standalone mini-operating system--in effect, an XP DOS!

 

XP's Little-Known 'Rebuild' Command

InformationWeek, April 17, 2006

There's an easy fix for "Missing HAL.DLL," "Invalid Boot.Ini," and several other fatal startup errors.

 


 

Security Threats in the Internet's Red Light District

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalink Windows Tips

 

Earlier this year, I wrote about the WOT web browser plugin, which is designed to protect you against malicious websites. It allows the users of the plugin to report bad sites and vote on them. The folks at WOT also use many other sources of information to augment the protection they offer.

 

Here's a letter from one of the people there. It warns us about adult websites and the dangers we risk when visiting them.

 

From Deborah at WOT:

Dear Clif,

This press release will be sent out next week through normal channels, but I wanted to send you a preview in hopes that you would find it interesting for the readers of your blog. I don't wish to bother you, so please inform me if you do not wish to receive information from WOT.

 

Yours sincerely,

Deborah Salmi

www.mywot.com

 

WOT Finds Increased Security Threats in the Internet's Red Light District: Adult Sites Cause the Most Damage to Internet Users

 

Websites offering adult content are the single most significant security threat for Internet users, comprising 31% of dangerous websites. Corporate and home users face an increased risk from web-based security threats such as spyware, viruses, browser exploits and phishing attacks when visiting adult sites.

 

The WOT, Web of Trust study of 19 million sites covered by the website reputation database was conducted from March to May 2008 and focused on dangerous sites (1 in 20 sites). The key finding revealed that sites containing pornography are the biggest threat for companies and individuals with a potential for financial and data loss as well as computer and network damage. Other dangerous sites were those that offered software (26%) and entertainment (14%) such as games, videos, and music. The main vehicle of attack is a permanent website, unlike the temporary sites used in phishing attacks carried out with the aid of fraudulent email messages. Dangerous sites usually remain operational for months or years, attracting millions of visitors and causing them damage.

 

Adult content security issue still in the closet

"Visiting the red light district of the Internet makes the user vulnerable to spyware, viruses and leakage of confidential information which can cause significant damage," said Esa Suurio, CEO of Against Intuition Inc., the company that supports Web of Trust. "Given the size of the problem there has been surprisingly little debate on the topic. Perhaps the suffering parties, individuals and companies, hesitate to express their complaints in public."

 

Web security the weakest point in an organization's defense

Employees who use company computers, either in the office or remotely, to access inappropriate sites, put their company at risk by introducing malware, viruses and spyware which can cause a security breach in the organization. The potential for damage is enormous, from inside and outside their firewalls, considering that confidential data can be stolen by keyloggers and tracking cookies, a common form of malware used by porn sites.

 

Home computers at risk from adult content security threat

Ninety percent of school-age children have viewed porn online, most while doing their homework. Children can inadvertently access pornography by innocently mistyping or using popular search terms, landing on misleading URLs and from misuse of brand names by those intentionally exposing them to porn. Unsuspecting victims can easily be fooled by drive-by downloads containing a virus that automatically redirects them to adult-related sites exposing their computer to malware. Once compromised, home computers are vulnerable to browser exploits and other security risks.

 

Enhanced coverage of adult content in WOT

In order to improve the protection from threats associated with adult content websites, the WOT database has been enhanced with double the coverage of pornographic sites. WOT has information on nearly 1 million sites that are rated poorly for child safety. The month's long project was made possible by using a crawler created by WOT engineers to find the relationships and interconnectedness between sites with adult content. Sophisticated algorithms were used to filter out non-adult content and ensure accurate results. The Porn Links Galaxy photo set includes graphics designed to show the magnitude of links from one porn site to many others, sometimes numbering in the thousands. http://flickr.com/photos/mywot/sets/72157605676861378/

 

Supporting statistics

4.2 million pornographic websites

 

420 million pages of adult content

 

11 new porn sites are created each hour

 

34% of Internet users received unwanted exposure to porn

 

The average age of first Internet exposure to pornography is 11

 

Malware and phishing attacks cost computer users $18 million per year

 

WOT offers preventive protection against online security threats and adult content

Web of Trust is a people-driven security tool that warns Internet users about dangerous and suspicious websites. WOT has hundreds of thousands of users and safety ratings of 19 million websites, including nearly 1 million sites that are unsafe for children. WOT works with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers and is a free download. www.mywot.com

 

About Against Intuition Inc.

Against Intuition Inc. focuses on developing and providing software and services for the WOT community and promotes the community's goals to make the Internet safer. For further information, see about us

 

WOT Demo video

http://www.mywot.com/demo

 

Images

Images of sample screen prints, company logos, and photos of key personnel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mywot/sets

 

Market facts, related links and research about Internet safety

http://del.icio.us/mywot

 

Technorati links

http://technorati.com/blogs/tag/mywot

 

Contacts

Deborah Salmi

phone: +358 40 735 6640

Address: Against Intuition Inc. Italahdenkatu 27 A 00210 Helsinki Finland

Email: deborah AT mywot DOT com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/deborahsalmi

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/debsalmi

 

Name: Esa Suurio CEO

Phone: +358 40 7169301

Address: Against Intuition Inc. Italahdenkatu 27 A 00210 Helsinki Finland

Email: esa.suurio@mywot.com

Web site: http://www.mywot.com

Blog: http://www.mywot.com/blog

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Internet Fixes Weekend Windup

tips from Gary at InternetFixes, Windows Tips

 

From Clif:

Gary at Internet Fixes continues to amaze me with hundreds and thousands of tips for your PC. Whatever your operating system, or how you use it, a visit to Gary's site will soon have you saying "So that's how you do this!".

 

Sign up for Gary's newsletter?

Weekend Windups are now available online

http://www.internetfixes.com/weekend_windup/

 

Internet Fixes Weekend Windup

 

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Visit My New FAQ Section Of The Website! This Takes The Place Of The Old Forum And Login Section Of The Website!

http://www.internetfixes.com/fixes/index.php

 

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Check Out The New Tips Package!

http://www.internetfixes.com/xp_printable_pdf_files.htm

 

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Send Me Your Computer Related Questions!

http://www.internetfixes.com/question.htm

 

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The Following are links from the past weeks Newsletter.

 

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1. Customizing Your Toolbar In Outlook Express.

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#1

 

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2. Creating Folders in Outlook Express.

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#2

 

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3. Change Your Default Name In The FROM Field.

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#3

 

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4. Switch Users Fast In XP.

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#4

 

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5. Use The Address Bar To Launch Programs Or Web Pages!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#5

 

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6. Ways To Delete A File Or Folder In Windows XP!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#6

 

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7. Creating A Boot Log For Troubleshooting In Windows XP!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#7

 

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Visit My New FAQ Section Of The Website. This Takes The Place Of The Old Forum And Login Section Of The Website!

http://www.internetfixes.com/fixes/index.php

 

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8. Control Remote Desktops Through A Web Browser!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#8

 

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9. Prevent The Autocomplete List Of File Names From Appearing!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#9

 

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10. Change A Folder's Icon In Windows XP!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#10

 

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11. Remove The Left Pane Common Tasks In Windows XP!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#11

 

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12. Having A Problem Deleting A File or Folder In XP!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#12

 

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13. Modify The Send To Menu In Windows XP To Suit You!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#13

 

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14. Display The Folder Path In Explorer Title Bar In Windows XP!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#14

 

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15. Select All Files For Moving Or Copying In XP!

http://www.internetfixes.com/newsletter_06_18_08.htm#15

 

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150 WINDOWS XP RUN COMMANDS!

http://www.internetfixes.com/xp_run_commands.htm

 

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Click The Link Below To Join My News Letter.

 

The Form At The Link Below Covers Both Monday and Wednesdays News Letter.

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Vista Run Commands.

http://www.internetfixes.com/vista_run_commands.htm

 

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Function Keys F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 F11 F12

 

http://www.internetfixes.com/definitions/IF01424.htm

 

 

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Using Password Phrases For Better Security.

http://www.internetfixes.com/readers_questions/IF02088.htm

 

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PC Problems? Use My New Detailed Help Form.

http://www.internetfixes.com/question.htm

 

To Expedite The Answer I Send You Please Check Your Event Viewer And Include Any Errors It May Be Recording.

http://www.internetfixes.com/xp_event_log/index.htm

 

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http://www.internetfixes.com/tips_with_full_graphics.htm

 

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Hardware And Software Vendor Phone List, A-K

 

http://www.internetfixes.com/IF01051.htm

 

Hardware And Software Vendor Phone List, L-P

 

http://www.internetfixes.com/IF01052.htm

 

Hardware And Software Vendor Phone List, Q-Z

 

http://www.internetfixes.com/IF01053.htm

 

Computer Motherboard And Chipset Drivers.

 

http://www.internetfixes.com/IF01057.htm

 

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Newsletters From Past Weeks!

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Newsletter_05_07_08

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Newsletter_06_12_08

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http://www.internetfixes.com/keep_vista_account_control/index.htm

 

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IF01768 Transfer User Accounts, System Settings from XP to Vista.

http://www.internetfixes.com/transfer_user_accounts/index.htm

 

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IF02011 Map a Network Printer In Windows XP.

http://www.internetfixes.com/network_printer/index.htm

 

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IF02006 Using The Windows XP Event Viewer Log.

http://www.internetfixes.com/xp_event_log/index.htm

 

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Comments last week

Thanks to everyone who commented on the articles last week. You gave me more ideas and some good advice.

 

REVIEW

Spicebird - the Outlook alternative •

TeamViewer - remote desktop sharing and conferernces •

Sleipnir Web Browser - fast and customizable •

PrintMaster Express - card, posters, calendars and more •

ViStart - XP start menu replacement looks like Vista •

RadarSync 2008 - scan for programs and drivers that need updated •

Phantasmagoria - transform your images with cool effects •

 

COOL

Some really fun chalk drawings

Aionel's Software - games and utilities made in Poland •


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOL WEBSITES

 

Journey's New Lead Singer was chosen on YouTube

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalink

 

I have never offered a music review. I'll make an exception for once. I recently purchased Journey's new CD and DVD set at Walmart. I was very surprised to see and hear a new lead singer up in front of the band.

 

He is awesome. He looks young, but he's really 40 years old and he's from the Philippines. Here's a video of an interview with the group and the new singer. They picked him out after watching him on YouTube.

 

 


 

 

 

CoolSites Newsletter this week

 

Here are a 6 links (out of dozens) from Mark's CoolSites Newsletter. Be sure to visit his site and see the rest of his links this week.

 

June 20 2008 COOLSITES Newsletter #170 by Mark Donaldson

• New. Virtual Hypnotist is a free, open source, interactive hypnosis program: http://majorgeeks.com/Virtual_Hypnotist_d4623.html

• Schmap - Map Guides and Map Widgets: http://www.schmap.com/

• Removing permanent marker from LCD screen: http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=4452

• New. Kong is a freeware top-down shooter game featuring monkeys with a thirst for blood in a full 3D environment. 23megs: http://www.konggame.co.uk/

• New. PhoneTray Free - identify callers, zap telemarketers and block unwanted calls with this free Caller ID software: http://phonetray.traysoft.com/ptfree_features.htm

• New. Go-OO is a fork of OpenOffice that has quite a few impressive features which really ought to be in official OO. 135meg: http://go-oo.org/

http://luem42.googlepages.com/coolsites.html

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW NEWS

 

SnapFiles.com - new and updated freeware

Source - http://snapfiles.com/freeware

 

 


 

 

News from Sarah in Tampa

Source - http://sarahintampa.com

 

 


 

Security news from Malware Advisor

blog by TeMerc Internet Countermeasures, source

Infected? Go to http://temerc.com for help

 

 


 

A view from CyberNirvana

 

CyberNirvana: Zia's blog about the web and web technology.

http://zia.blogspot.com/

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER STUFF

 

Frapper - you people live all over the world!

Wow! Over 900 people and still growing! I invite all of you to record your locations on this map. You can include as little or as much information as you wish. I think you'll enjoy seeing yourself there.

 

Here's a small look at my frapper map.

 


 

Get Gmail! and Get Firefox!

 

You need a free 6 GB Gmail account to access many of the cool features at Google. After more than two years in beta testing Gmail is open to the public. Just go to http://gmail.com and sign up for an account.

 

 

I think Gmail works best in the awesome Firefox browser. It's free, easy to use, and it's way more secure than Internet Explorer. My favorite thing to do is to customize Firefox so that it does much more than IE ever could. You can select new button controls for your toolbars, install extensions to add new features, or change the look of your browser with themes - the way Firefox looks and works is under your control.

 

Get Firefox!


 

Chatting at FreewareWiki

permalink

 

Now you can chat with anyone visiting a website by using Meebo. To see who's gabbing at this website, click here.

 

 

 

 

Find out more about Meebo.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

Write your own review

 

I get many of the reviews in the newsletter from the readers. You don't have to be a genius or computer guru. Just answer a few questions and send me a review. I'll probably put you in the newsletter.


 

What do you have to say?

 

Just tell me what article you are talking about and leave me your comment.


 

 

Have fun and surf safely.

 

Clif

http://clifnotes.net & http://freewarewiki.pbwiki.com

Devoted to promoting Freeware and Free Information

 

 

 

 


 

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