October 10, 2011 | News

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We’ve all had enough of viruses on Windows. Then we had to get used to malware on phones. Now there are viruses for  airplanes, too. The drone system being used to fight the US’s war in Afghanistan and other countries has been hit with a virus, specifically a keylogger. Unanswered questions: Is it possible the [...]

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February 12, 2010 | Windows

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There are reports that Microsoft’s latest update for Windows XP is crashing a lot of users’ computers. When you apply the patch and reboot, Windows says: “A problem has been detected and Windows has been shutdown to prevent damage to your computer.”

Here’s the procedure to uninstall the patch so you boot again.

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November 25, 2009 | Digital Travails, Windows

As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I was hit pretty badly with a virus infection on my Windows XP installation. One of the symptoms was Windows shutting down almost immediately after logging in. Once I recognized the problem as virus-caused, I set out to root it out. Here’s a log of [...]

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November 24, 2009 | News

The wedge end of malware code can be made to resemble plain English text. That’s what Slashdot is reporting as the result of research presented at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security by security researchers Joshua Mason, Sam Small, Fabian Monrose, and Greg MacManus. What they say in their paper is that normally [...]

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November 23, 2009 | Windows

I got hit badly with some nasty viruses which ultimately led me to move from Windows to Ubuntu as my default operating system. First, I was hit with conficker!mem, but I didn’t know it at the time. I had noticed for a while that I wasn’t able to go to microsoft.com, but I loathed having [...]

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