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Malware Appears on New York Times Homepage I have already seen this trojan three times in the past week, it is called "Windows Police Pro". To remove it perform the following actions (appx. 20 minutes): Turn off System Restore Ctrl Alt Delete - end task Windows Police Pro.exe, also svchast.exe or svchasts.exe if they are running o If you can't open task manager, run FixExe.reg Navigate to the Windows Police Pro folder within program files and delete the entire Read More

Free Cloud Storage/Backup

Utilizing Gladinet and Windows Live SkyDrive, you can have 25 GB free cloud-based storage to backup to (you may even get a sneak preview of the yet to be released Office 2010 web applications), for FREE! Here's what you do: Go to http:// skydrive and either sign-in or sign-up Upload a Word/Excel/PowerPoint 2007 document. Select the file you uploaded, click on "Edit" (at the time of this writing, Word was not available) Download Gladinet from Read More

Fix Windows 7 Flash Crashing, Remote Desktop Issue

// If you have upgraded to the 32 or 64 bit versions of Windows 7, you may have noticed the following symptoms: Flash crashes all browsers except 32 bit Internet Explorer Remote Desktop stuck on "Configuring Remote Session" Games requiring sound crash Sound mixer hangs when you click on the volume control This is caused by an unpublished incompatibility between Windows 7 and the IDT Sound driver utility. This can be removed by going to Read More

Explorer: Executable files won’t launch

Recently, I have dealt with a few computers where malware had wrecked Windows Explorer's handling of executable files. Whenever you attempt to launch an executable file, you are told Windows doesn't know what to do with the file, sometimes being prompted to download the file you were trying to launch. Right-click the file linked here and save it to your desktop. Once it's downloaded, right-click it and select Install. This Read More

jQuery Tabs Keyboard Shortcuts

I have integrated jQuery's UI tabs into a number of my projects and have had to significantly modify the code to achieve some goals (like being able to easily add and remove tabs. One of the simpler thing I have done with the tabbed interface is let users navigate them using keyboard shortcuts. Here is a simple snippet I use to allow users to select a tab using alt+number. I Read More

Actionscript 2.0: Centered Popup Window

At some point we all need a centered popup windows. Here is a useful Actionscript 2.0 function to help get a popup window, that allows for some customization based on input parameters. Check the actual implementation at the bottom. It is also worth mentioning here, that no AS popup script will work in local testing mode. You must upload to a server (or move to a local server directory) for Read More

Force Quit iPhone Apps

Quick Tip If you have an iPhone application that isn't responding or seems to be moving very slowly: Open/select the application Hold the Home button for 6 or 7 seconds until the application quits Restart the application This has fixed numerous mail errors I have encountered.

Family Safe Internet in 7 Minutes

It is surprisingly simple to setup Internet filtering on your home network, if you know where to look and what to do. Filtering allows you to say what can and can't be viewed on your Internet connection. We are going to focus on using OpenDNS to make your network more family-friendly. 1. Signup for OpenDNS It is free and safe, and you can signup here: If you are unsure about the Read More

Word 2007 – wwlib.dll crash

A recent security patch to Microsoft Office (explained here <>) has caused some fairly severe problems with Word 2007. The most notable behavior is loss of ability to right-click, paste, and crash on exit. Examining the Event log will point to wwlib.dll, a file that was the focus of the update. If someone needs to use a file immediately, they can do the following: * Navigate Read More

Top 5 Ways to Secure Windows

Though there are many tools to help you get rid of virus, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are our top 5 ways to keep your computer free of viruses. 1. Use a Firewall Comodo Firewall is a great firewall and is completely free. Firewalls prevent unauthorized network access from malicious users trying to gain access to your computer. 2. Install Windows Updates A good portion of the viruses Read More