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"The life of a social engineer: Hacking the human"

Q: "The life of a social engineer: Hacking the human"

 
 
Street is a master of deception: a social engineer, specializing in security awareness and physical compromise engagements. He’s outspoken, friendly, always wearing a smile, and besides working in the field, he’s also the InfoSec Ranger at Pwnie Express, and is well-known for his books and conference talks around the world.
 
The life of a social engineer: Hacking the human
 
Pretty good article about a social engineering guy. I'd say he is probably one of the best out there. One thing I don't think I ever really thought about with social engineering attacks, is that the people that do it are incredibly smart. Their skill set has to be broad. You gotta be confident and willing to talk to complete strangers and at least know above average IT related stuff.
Being a Security Engineer myself it is pretty fascinating reading these types of articles.

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A: "The life of a social engineer: Hacking the human"

Nice little article, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I don't think I'm the kind of person that will fall for social engineering that easily, since I'm aware of that concept, how to protect myself against it, etc. but I'm sure that I would be totally helpess against pros like him (he could get me at any moment).

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I have a realy BAAAD problem.

I don't exactly remeber when it started doing it, but I don't care. It needs to be stopped.

My computer freezes at random times. Very bad times, when I don't need it to stop working. (Well, I never do. Being a hardcore Toontown fan, all of my "work" is important.)
Not just "Blahblah.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close" or extreme re-buffering, without warning, it just STOPS. No audio is heard, the mouse can't move, the screen doesn't move, and nothing will EVER happen. I have to manually re-start the computer. BUT, it ONLY happens when the internet connection is ENABLED.

I do have Web-Nexus pop ups, but the freezing has been happening for three years, even if Norton anti-adware was on.
I mean, I have a LOT of bad stuff on my computer that won't go away.

My XP computer is begging of you. Nah, actually it's on their side by now.

A:This Gets In The Way Of My Social Life. Honestly.

I think you need to get it clean before anything and probably post a HJT log (since it sounds to me like you really have not been overly concerned with fighting malware of any sort.If I had a problem of any sort with my system, I would start with a check of Event Viewer. I don't have malware problems.What is the Event Viewer, and Should I Care - Ask Leo! - http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_event_viewe...uld_i_care.html My next step would be to run chkdsk /r from the Recovery Console or from My Computer.How To Run CHKDSK In XP - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...b;en-us;Q315265 Step 3 would be a defrag.Louis

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Hi,please run a FRST scan:Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your Desktop.Start FRST with administator privileges.Make sure the option Addition.txt is checked and press the Scan button.When finished, FRST will produce two logs (FRST.txt and Addition.txt) in the same directory the tool was run from.Please copy and paste these logs in your next reply.

A:slow computer, affecting my mmorpg social life

hey, thank you so much for responding here are the logs you requested
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 04-03-2014 02
Ran by Jason (administrator) on GODWINPC on 04-03-2014 16:13:21
Running from C:\Users\Jason\Downloads
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium  Service Pack 2 (X86) OS Language: English(US)
Internet Explorer Version 9
Boot Mode: Normal
 
The only official download link for FRST:
Download link for 32-Bit version: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-recovery-scan-tool/dl/81/ 
Download link for 64-Bit Version: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-recovery-scan-tool/dl/82/ 
Download link from any site other than Bleeping Computer is unpermitted or outdated.
See tutorial for FRST: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
 
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
 
(IObit) C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 7\ASCService.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MsMpEng.exe
(AMD) C:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Windows\system32\SLsvc.exe
(AMD) C:\Windows\system32\atieclxx.exe
(Realtek Semiconductor) C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtkAudioService.exe
(Realtek Semiconductor) C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVBg.exe
() C:\Windows\system32\ANIWConnService.exe
(Apple Inc.) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Ap... Read more

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THE HUMAN FACTOR: Proofpoint Research Report 2016.

Today?s advanced attacks focus more on exploiting human flaws than system flaws. Proofpoint developed The Human Factor to explore this under-reported aspect of enterprise threats.

This paper presents original field research using data gathered by Proofpoint products deployed in customer settings around the world. It covers the latest trends in the top vectors for targeting people: email, social media, and mobile apps. The Human Factor reveals not just who is clicking what, but how threat actors are using social engineering to get people to perform the work of automated exploits. Because as the data make clear, the weakest link in security is all of us.

Executive Summary
Life imitated art in 2015 as real-world cyber criminals every day applied the mantra of the anti-hero hacker of the cable TV series Mr. Robot: ?People make the best exploits.? Social engineering became the No. 1 attack technique. Attackers shifted away from automated exploits and instead engaged people to do the dirty work?infecting systems, stealing credentials, and transferring funds. Across all vectors and in attacks of all sizes, threat actors used social engineering to trick people into doing things that once depended on malicious code.

Attackers use people in three progressively controlling ways:

Running attackers? code for them.
These attacks comprised mainly high-volume campaigns distributed to broad groups of users. They used a variety ... Read more

A:The Human Factor: Exploiting Human Flaws

Manipulating the user is perhaps the easiest way to create a bypass - not to mention user mistakes and security config mis-configurations.

Technically, the user is the weakest security link.
 

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/27/ninety_percent_of_java_blackhats_now_finger_flash/

“The drop in Java exploits corresponds to a new Internet Explorer feature which blocks the use of out-of-date Java.”Click to expand...
 

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I do notice that the forum rules said no not post questions about hacking.. but hopefully they meant not to ask about how to hack?.. i feel like my question is a legit help thread..

So someone has been repeatedly getting access into my hotmail and facebook accounts. I tried switching to Gmail but they got into it as well. The only account that deters them seems to be my school's email account.
I've changed my passwords/secret answers many, many times, each time more impossible to guess than the previous, (I also did not tell anyone or write it down anywhere) but each time (FIVE times now) they seems to be able to get into my account at will.
I got my accounts back before by sending a resetting link to my school email, but this time I could not do it for my FB account.
THEY ALSO hacked TWO OF MY FRIEND's accounts, who do not share a network or computer with me!!!

When I spoke to the hacker he/she said they wanted to get back at me for something but I don't know what, nor would they tell me.. Personal issues (or a lack of) aside, they are really good at what they are doing!!
They are already sending some fake emails to my friends.. its really convincing as well.. so I'm afraid that it's going to get worse!..

Anyone ever heard of something like this happening??
How can I get my account back? I tried using the account retrival link on facebook and sent a form.. but of course I had to verify my ownership by replying to their email from the associ... Read more

A:Impossible Acts of Hacking? Or is it even hacking?

also I did not log onto any phishing websites or use the same password for another account.
Thanks in advance.
 

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i am trying to run pro engineer on my dell xps 210. i can start the program but when i try to use it, it just vanishes, any ideas please.
 

A:Pro engineer help

Is the machine powerful enough to run the program?

Have you had this copy installed on a different machine before?

What version of Pro Engineer do you have?
 

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I am using Firefox and had an auto upgrade. Since then my hard drive seems to be in a perpetual seek mode, two days. It has done this before but after an hour or so it would stop. I have "Acronis True Image Home" installed. I have two 500G hard drives installed. Task manager shows no appl running and no CPU usage.

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Hi can anyone suggest a solution to my problem.
I am trying to run Pro engineer wildfire 3 on my Dell XPS 210, it has a the standard grafics card that came with the machine which has 512 on board, i have upgraded the Ram to 4gb.
Proengineer installed ok and will start but as soon as i try to use the program it just vanishes . If i just let it fireup and stand there it is fine.
Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.
 

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british gas alarm kp55010z

please can someone here tell me hjow to or what the engineer code is for this alarm? its a long shot but would be brill thanks.
 

A:engineer code?

don't know if this is you too...
http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100525125233AAtdVGe
 

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My pc has given up the ghost! The video drivers have now packed in along with many other problems. Does anyone now a good PC Repair Engineer in the North West Kent area (near Swanley)?

Cheers.
 

A:PC Engineer in Kent?

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Does anyone know what the options are for telecommuting in the Software Engineering field?
 

A:Software engineer telecommuting?

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Im having a crap time with a dell pc and engineer is visiting me tomorrow to install new hard drive and then hes supposed to be setting my pc up so everything is running,the hard drive isnt going to have the facory preset of having the option of returning the pc back to its factory fresh mode so im wondering after the guy installs vista and my drivers for me,if i have problems in the future will i have to load drivers every time i use the vista recovery disc im a computer novice and im sad it seems i have the more complicated way of now doing things,i should add i only received the pc last thursday and one of their tech guys over the phone asked me to re install windows as the computer wouldnt set up properly or at least it did but when i re booted i just had a blank screen on my monitor,,which they have said is a known problem with vista and i have seen it mentioned on many forums,so basically it seems to be like pulling teeth getting any joy from dell
 

A:When engineer re installs visitor?

Confirm with the Dell engineer if your Vista recovery disc is just for the Windows OS only or if it also has all of the needed drivers and programs that came bundled on the computer. If it was Windows only and it was my computer, I would would be insisting that Dell supply me for free with any other recovery discs needed to restore the computer to full factory fresh conditions.
 

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Hello,

I have recently been scammed with a transaction via PayPal but at the same time I was sent a file which I think was an attempt to take full control of my PayPal account.

It's a little kid that's doing this and he's using a VPN to access the Internet and a VPS to route the traffic of the RAT.

Is it possible to reverse engineer a Trojan at all to find some information I can send to his VPS provider to help track this guy down?

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Hello,

I have recently been scammed with a transaction via PayPal but at the same time I was sent a file which I think was an attempt to take full control of my PayPal account.

It's a little kid that's doing this and he's using a VPN to access the Internet and a VPS to route the traffic of the RAT.

Is it possible to reverse engineer a Trojan at all to find some information I can send to his VPS provider to help track this guy down?

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Hi,

I'm looking to purchase a specialist piece of software and am trying to search out any recommendations or advice from experiences you may have had. I work with AutoCAD and would like a package that can be used to analyse / model ground profiles to calculate the volume of earth contained within a section of ground.

In simple terms, I am looking for software to help with cut and fill estimating.

Any pointers would be appreciated.
 

A:Solved: Help a Civil Engineer...

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Top 10 Concepts That Every Software Engineer Should Know.

Note: This article is one software engineering writer's opinion - not every computer scientist or software engineer would agree that these are the "Top 10", but they do quite nicely for an article post here.

-- Tom
 

A:Top 10 Concepts That Every Software Engineer Should Know

lotuseclat79 said:


Top 10 Concepts That Every Software Engineer Should Know.

Note: This article is one software engineering writer's opinion - not every computer scientist or software engineer would agree that these are the "Top 10", but they do quite nicely for an article post here.

-- TomClick to expand...

Very interesting, Tom !
 

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I have encountered those delightful folks who get call you out of the blue, try to make you think that they are from MicroSoft, and tell you that there are horrible things wrong with your computer (it's been sending out signals, you see) that only a Microsoft Engineer can fix, and they will make it all better and cover you for a year for around $200. Right, sure, and I'm a Surgeon General of the United States Engineer and I will keep your nose out of your ass for a year for $200.
 
But--I have been using Avast as my antivirus for some time now, and it seems to be effective and user friendly. But now I had occasion to call them, and they ran some diagnostics and told me essentially the same thing as the above-mentioned scam agents. Deep down in my computer, it seems--so deep that it would make no difference if I replaced the hard drive and installed the OS (Windows 7 currently) from a new disk, I think they said even if I replaced the motherboard), there are baddies that only a Microsoft &c &c. And of course they offered to do it for around the same price.
 
Now I ask myself: Is there really anything that Microsoft Engineer from Avast can do that, say, Bleeping Computer cannot? Is there really a subbasement in the bleeping computer that only God or the mighty MS Engineer can get to? I'm skeptical, and I would much rather have you guys run Hijack This and ComboFix and do whatever is needed, because I know from experience how good you are. What he found was a l... Read more

A:"only microsoft engineer can fix your computer" for $$$?

I've never had occasion to contact Avast! support, so I don't know what they do or do not do.  I will say that there is nothing a Microsoft Engineer can do that taking the steps that you stated would not accomplish.  If the problem can't even be resolved by replacing the motherboard then it just isn't getting fixed.  Guess you'll just have to switch to Knoppix
 
What is the problem that you are having?  I'm from the nuke and reload school of thought.

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I am almost done with my associates degree in Computer Networking. So I am not a total noob at this, but my friend's computer has me stumped. Here's the scenario.

They have a wireless network. The router and modem is upstairs, with a mac connected to it. Downstairs are two pcs, both wireless. Things have been working for about 7 months just fine. Then, the other day both the wireless computers couldn't get on the internet. Running an ipconfig shows both computers still on the network. Both computers were able to ping each other and the router. I released the ip addresses and renewed them, DHCP server works fine, issued them the ip address. Both were once again connected to the network, able to ping the router. Still can't get on the internet though. I checked the access lists, which I set up for them 7 months ago so just their computers can get on. Nothing has changed, their mac addresses are still the only ones that can get on.

So I got rid of the access list anyway. Same thing, computers are on the network but can't access the internet. Shut encryption off on everything, nothing changes. Reset router to factory settings. Nothing changed.

So, has anyone encountered this before. I am completely stumped. The computers are on the network, they can ping each other, ping the router, but the wireless pc's cannot access the internet, only the directly connected computer can. Signal Strength is excellent. Sharing files printers, everything is grea... Read more

A:Need a really good Network Engineer here

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Hello,

I'm entering my junior year in college majoring in Computer Science but would like to eventually work as an IT Specialist or a Network Engineer in the future. What are some things that I can do or read that will help me to familiarize myself and get an early start in the networking field? Thanks.

Regards,

Jerry
 

A:Would like to become a Network Engineer but need some advice.

bump
 

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I'm thinking of possibly minoring in computer engineering in college because of its supposedly high demand in the job market.
What do I need to know to become one? What type of "code" of whatever is needed? Is it like C++ or HTML or Java? I'm a newbie, so if you can just explain what I need to know and why would be nice!
 

A:What do I need to learn to become a computer engineer?

If you check the college prospectus, it will tell you the minimum requirements to study the course. You will generally need a basic understanding of how a computer works as well as how to compile code, with a basic knowledge of coding if possible, as you will be taught more on the course.
 

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Hi All,

I am interviewing some desktop engineers soon and as part of the interview I would like to do a practical test.

I am would like some of your recommendations / experiences of what practical tests you have ever had to do or given.

Nothing too simple, something challenging.

We use windows XP and Dell machines

Also maybe some questions to ask

Look forward to your responses.

Thanks
Elliot

A:Desktop Engineer interview

This is a good start: desktop support interview tests XP - Bing

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Hi,

Sorry for posting this in 'Multimedia', but I wasn't sure where else it might go. Our Sky unit went wrong, so a Sky engineer came out (friendly chap) and replaced the decoder. However, when you press the ‘Sky’ button on the Sky remote now the TV doesn’t switch to SCART anymore. How can I get this working again? Everything’s working fine, apart from the fact the TV won’t switch to SCART when you turn the decoder on. You now have to use the TV remote to enable Sky. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks a lot,
Dan
 

A:Sky engineer messing up TV setup (help)

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How to remove BprotectforWindows. Everytime I go on the Internet these folders are created on my desktop and hard drive. I can delete them. But can stop it from happenning. ThanksEdit: Moved topic from Introductions to the more appropriate forum. Roger

A:Hello, I am human and I need help

Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply.====================================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.=============================================================================Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop. * Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. * At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwar... Read more

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Madam / Sir, on my Lenovo SFF   desktop 510s-08ISH- 90FN00BYIN I have three sata ports for 3drives. There are 2 drives pre installed. These drives get power from a cable with two sata power connectors and are connected to the motherboard with a 4 pin plug. Can this 4 pin power connector on motherboard support 3drives ??Regards John

A:Power supply question for an engineer

Should not be a issue. Drives these days do not use a lot of power. Only real concerns for power supplies these days is graphic cards and CPU's. If you Google PSU calculator you should be able to enter in all your information and get a correct answer.  

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Madam / Sir, on my Lenovo SFF   desktop 510s-08ISH- 90FN00BYIN I have three sata ports for 3drives. There are 2 drives pre installed. These drives get power from a cable with two sata power connectors and are connected to the motherboard with a 4 pin plug. Can this 4 pin power connector on motherboard support 3drives ??Regards John

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I am currently having a problem with my video in Pro/Engineer Wildfire and AutoCAD 2004. In both of these drafting programs, the cursor skips when it is moving across the screen. It is not solid like it should be.

The computer is a Pentium 4 1.7 Ghz, 256 MB RAM, 36.4 SCSI hard drive, 32MB Matrox Millenium Video G450 video card and a Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2 OS. There was no problem before I upgraded this computer from Windows NT 4 workstation. In NT4 the video was flawless. Certainly not in XP.

When I upgraded the computer, I installed the newest drivers. When I noticed the problem, I rolled the driver back to its previous version which did not work. I also have the video card set to full hardware acceleration. I have swapped the current video card with one just like it with no luck. I do not have a better video card to put in the machine.

Why would the video perform flawlessly in Pro/Engineer and AutoCAD 2004 while in a Windows NT 4 environment, but be skipping around in the same programs in a Windows XP Pro SP2 environment? Would a video card with more memory solve the problem? Are there any other steps I could try to troubleshoot and find a solution to this problem? Any advice I could get on this problem would be great.

Thank you.
 

A:Video Problems in Pro/Engineer and AutoCAD

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Madam / Sir, on my Lenovo SFF   desktop 510s-08ISH- 90FN00BYIN I have three sata ports for 3drives. There are 2 drives pre installed. These drives get power from a cable with two sata power connectors and are connected to the motherboard with a 4 pin plug. Can this 4 pin power connector on motherboard support 3drives ??Regards John

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I will be starting the first year electrical engineering program at my university next semester. I don't know much about computers. I just want your opinion on what model of laptop would be able to perform good with engineer-related software. I really don't want to break the bank but any opinion would be great.

P.S. I hear that lenovo is good but I'm not sure what kind of features I should customize it with.

Thanks for your time
 

A:Need an opinion on engineer capable comp

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I was awoken with a phone call from an Indian supposed "Microsoft Engineer in the Technical department" telling me that my PC was generating and sending out enormous amounts of files and that I should get onto my PC in order for them to freely provide me with tools to eradicate my supposedly bad files causing this. Going onto my PC, I was "shown" (Told how to run it) the Event Viewer (Never previously used by myself). It showed 100's of ERROR reports that gave some credence to their statements. I did not realise at the time that these were merely common errors reported by the system. I later deleted them after finding out how to. A security-conscious individual of many years I am ALWAYS sceptical of such phone calls but sadly this time I decided that I may indeed be speaking to a Microsoft engineer and must allow them access or perhaps my PC would indeed be a major problem in a week's time. According to the con man my PC would close down eventually and I would be unable to retrieve any of my files again as the PC would not boot. I felt uneasy and still being rather sleepy, I was unsure as to his chat. Taken in by his speil I suspected a scam, especially since it was an Indian speaking and experience of bad business with such warned me off, but I felt that I may indeed be causing a problem to the Internet world and foolishly decided to allow them access to my PC. Once decided, they gained access via a software programme which they downloaded (Teamvi... Read more

A:"Microsoft engineer" rang me on saturday 17-07-10

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer. *Please Subscribe to this Thread to get immediate notification of replies. See HERE*It is important not to make any further changes or run any other tools/updates unless instructed to. This may hinder the cleaning process of your machine.*Please be patient, all Bleeping Computer helpers are volunteers and have lives outside this forum.*You must reply within 5 days otherwise this topic will be closed.=================================Please try to run GMER in safe mode. How to boot in safe mode: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/Double click GMER.exe and if you are asked if you want to allow gmer.sys driver to load, please allow it to do so. If it gives you a warning about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run scan, please click on NO. In the right panel you will see several boxes that have been checked. Unchecked the following checkboxes: IAT/EAT Drives/Partition other than Systemdrive (typically C:\) Show All (don't miss this one) Now click on the Scan button and wait for it to finish. Once done click on the [Save..] button, and in the File name area, type in ark.txt and save it to your desktop.Post the contents of that report when you reply.

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My workflow is normally Solidworks, ANSYS, Matlab, and some other engineering software. I prioritized single core processing effeciency, and the GPU, so I ordered the following:2.8 GHz Intel Core Xeon E-2276M Six-Core64GB DDR4 | 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD15.6" HDR 400 FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS ScreenNVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q (16GB)So, a few questions: i.) It was hard for me to say no the the 8-core i9 as a gear nerd, I know the benefits of more cores. Would be interested in hearing feedback on if any performance differences between my setup and the i9 would even be noticable other than on a benchmark test? ii.) I wanted the 16GB VRAM in the GPU, so that was a factor in why I went with the GTX 5000. I am a bit ignorant to how hungry software are on resources, and where we are in technology today if 16GB VRAM is even utilized and beneficial? Are we a bit ahead of time with this one or is it worth having? Would my engineering software benefit from and utilize the additional VRAM? I know work load of course is a factor but please answer as best as you can. iii.) I was worried about the thermals with the i9 and even having a RTX 4000 paired with it. As we know the RTX 5000 is not offered with the i9. Am I ignorant in saying the setup I went with will have lower thermals and a more reliable and consistent performnce curve than any of the i9 iterations? iv.) Overall thoughts on my setup with my given workflow compared to a a different spec'd P53? Would you have... Read more

A:Just purchased a P53, have a few questions (Mechanical Engineer)

Fellow ME here. I work in the AEC industry and my work loads benefit the most from a few fast CPU cores. Autocad, for example, was optimal on up to 8 cores, and the user consensus was that you could get by with a decent gaming GPU (as opposed to an expensive workstation version). As I remember (and I haven't touched ANSYS and Matlab in more than 10 years), what you're using is very heavily bound by the CPU. Puget Systems has some Solidworks benchmarks that may highlight this. I got the Core i7 9850H with the Quadro T2000 and 32 GB RAM (16 GB from the factory, bought a matching stick and installed it myself afterwards) and two NVME SSDs (but my projects are on an external HDD, so these don't help as much). I'm satisfied with my decision. Back in August, when I ordered the laptop, there weren't any options for custom configurations. I would have liked the Xeon paired with the T2000, but it doesn't seem like this is an option even now. The 8 core i9 seemed very appealing, but I had to remind myself time and again that:- Turbo is no substitute for base clock, as much as the marketing hype says otherwise- I don't need as many cores (I upgraded from a 2c/4t Core i7 with a 2.8 GHz base clock and a 3.2 GHz turbo, and the actual speed in single threaded loads is not that different)- The price was better (paid for it myself), and the difference went into accessories (dock, cooling pad, RAM, additional USB hub, new carrying case). I'm not sure how much of a benefit the RTX5000... Read more

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My workflow is normally Solidworks, ANSYS, Matlab, and some other engineering software. I prioritized single core processing effeciency, and the GPU, so I ordered the following:2.8 GHz Intel Core Xeon E-2276M Six-Core64GB DDR4 | 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD15.6" HDR 400 FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS ScreenNVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q (16GB)So, a few questions: i.) It was hard for me to say no the the 8-core i9 as a gear nerd, I know the benefits of more cores. Would be interested in hearing feedback on if any performance differences between my setup and the i9 would even be noticable other than on a benchmark test? ii.) I wanted the 16GB VRAM in the GPU, so that was a factor in why I went with the GTX 5000. I am a bit ignorant to how hungry software are on resources, and where we are in technology today if 16GB VRAM is even utilized and beneficial? Are we a bit ahead of time with this one or is it worth having? Would my engineering software benefit from and utilize the additional VRAM? I know work load of course is a factor but please answer as best as you can. iii.) I was worried about the thermals with the i9 and even having a RTX 4000 paired with it. As we know the RTX 5000 is not offered with the i9. Am I ignorant in saying the setup I went with will have lower thermals and a more reliable and consistent performnce curve than any of the i9 iterations? iv.) Overall thoughts on my setup with my given workflow compared to a a different spec'd P53? Would you have... Read more

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So this will be round 3-4 for this.... too many children and PCs at home with only me as tech support!

A:Next Round for an older mech engineer vs malware.

Hi and Welcome!!   
 
My name is Jeff. I would be more than happy to take a look at your malware results logs and help you with solving any malware problems you might have. Logs can take a while to research, so please be patient and know that I am working hard to get you a clean and functional system back in your hands. I'd be grateful if you would note the following:
The fixes are specific to your problem and should only be used for the issues on this machine.
It's often worth reading through these instructions and printing them for ease of reference.
If you don't know or understand something, please don't hesitate to say or ask!! It's better to be sure and safe than sorry.
Please reply to this thread. Do not start a new topic.
If you happen to have a flash drive/thumb drive please have that ready in the event that we need to use it.
Please be sure to subscribe to the topic if you have not already done so.
IMPORTANT NOTE : Please do not delete, download or install anything unless instructed to do so.DO NOT use any TOOLS such as Combofix or HijackThis fixes without supervision. Doing so could make your system inoperable and could require a full reinstall of your operating system and losing all your programs and data.
 
Having said that....     Let's get going!!  
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 Could you tell me a little bit about the problems that you are experiencing with your computer?  
 
Are you having any malware related problems??  

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SHOCKING Interview with NVIDIA Engineer about the GTX 970 fiasco

A:SHOCKING Interview with NVIDIA Engineer about the GTX 970 fiasco

I wonder if this explains some of the problems over in the BSOD Forum??






Quote:
Upcoming driver could improve GTX 970's memory performance

Nvidia really stepped in a pile of PR poo when it was discovered that there was an internal communication gaffe over the way the GeForce GTX 970 handles its 4GB of onboard memory and the resulting specs.
Source: Nvidia Will Help Disgruntled GTX 970 Owners Get a Refund, Says a Driver Update is Coming | Maximum PC

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http://www.infoworld.com/d/security-centra...ecurity_centralJuly 09, 2010By Gregg Keizer | ComputerworldMicrosoft said it will deliver four security updates next week to patch five vulnerabilities in Windows and Office, including the bug that a Google researcher took public a month ago.As expected, the slate for next Tuesday is relatively short: Microsoft has been shipping alternating large and small batches of fixes, with the larger updates landing in even-numbered months. In June, for example, the company issued 10 bulletins that patched a record-tying 34 vulnerabilities. May's collection, meanwhile, amounted to just two bulletins that fixed two flaws."This month is light, and would have been even lighter if Tavis hadn't forced them to move faster than their norm [to patch his vulnerability]," said Wolfgang Kandek, the chief technology officer of Qualys.snipWhile some security researchers criticized Ormandy for taking the bug public, others rose to his defense, blasting both Microsoft and the press -- including Computerworld -- for linking Ormandy to his employer, Google.Last week, a group of anonymous researchers who called themselves the Microsoft-Spurned Researcher Collective (MSRC) -- a play on the acronym used by the Microsoft team bug-investigation team -- retaliated by releasing information about an unpatched vulnerability in Windows Vista and Server 2008. The group published its bug report because of what it said was Microsoft's "hostility... Read more

A:Micro$oft to patch Google engineer's zero-day next week

I like the idea that a group of security people are posting security threats in windows and getting M/S off there dead bass and verify the concerns and get the fixes out sooner.

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I was curious as to whether or not anyone here knew the progam.

A:System Repair Engineer --kztechs Anyone Familiar With?

Some HijackThis experts use this program in the detection of malware. You would be better off checking with them.

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this is one of the only logs that i can actually get.
please help.
ROOTREPEAL © AD, 2007-2009
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Scan Start Time: 2009/09/18 12:17
Program Version: Version 1.3.5.0
Windows Version: Windows XP SP3
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Drivers
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Name: dump_atapi.sys
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\dump_atapi.sys
Address: 0xAAC0E000 Size: 98304 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: dump_WMILIB.SYS
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\dump_WMILIB.SYS
Address: 0xF7A8E000 Size: 8192 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: PCI_PNP3408
Image Path: \Driver\PCI_PNP3408
Address: 0x00000000 Size: 0 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: rootrepeal.sys
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\rootrepeal.sys
Address: 0xAAA36000 Size: 49152 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: spnh.sys
Image Path: spnh.sys
Address: 0xF740C000 Size: 1052672 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: sptd
Image Path: \Driver\sptd
Address: 0x00000000 Size: 0 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: win32k.sys:1
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\win32k.sys:1
Address: 0xF7816000 Size: 20480 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

Name: win32k.sys:2
Image Path: C:\WINDOWS\win32k.sys:2
Address: 0xAABD6000 Size: 61440 File Visible: No Signed: -
Status: -

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A:ive got a malware nightware...i cant even run system repair engineer

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I had a Dell engineer arrive this week to replace the hard drive and screen on my Dell 7537 laptop. Dell customer support downloaded windows onto my usb key so that it would be ready for the installation.

Everything went fine and he installed windows on my laptop, but we didn't connect to wifi as I said I would use a faster internet connection later to download the drivers.
Now it turns out that the windows key used by the dell engineer wasn't the correct one and I can't activate my version of windows. Error code 0xC004C003. Is this because I originally had windows 8 on my laptop and then took the free upgrade to windows 10? I have asked if dell support could provide me with a key repeatedly but they keep deflecting the question.
Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Team,
Please release the entity framework reverse engineer tool for visual studio professional 2017.
Regards,
Saravanan

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Hi, I'mtrying to run Pro-Engineer Wildfire 4 student edition to run on Windows 8. Ican?t get it to launch, and I get a message that says it?s not compatible. Isthere anything that can be done as it did run on Windows 7?

Any help would be most appreciated.

Thank you

Ray

A:Compatability, Pro-Engineer Wildfire 4 student edition

Have you tried running all of the exes in the program folder in Windows 7 Compatibility mode, as well as the main program itself?

You may need to check on the programs website for compatibility.

Ah, that's Pro-E, which has always been a huge pain to install. Wildfire is too old, you are lucky to have been able to run in in Windows 7. You might have to update to Creo.

It may be incompatible with any 64 bit OS too.

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Hey Trying to get a feel what everyone is getting for real world use of the Laptop. I switched to the FHD Version for more Batterylife but i still find it far from what lenovo promises.. not even half. Right now im on "more battery efficeny" on windows and 25% brightness, and windows says i have about 6h of Batttery. I would have at least expected a full day of use.  I dont wont to imagine what i would have with the UHD Version What are you getting?   

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To all owners of X1 Carbon 2017 (5th gen).I read all of those reviews where people are impressed by 10+ hours of battery life (15,5h advertised), but I can't really figure out how....!? First time I tested was a normal working day - Firefox (a lot of Flash it must be said), Outlook, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat. Nothing really heavy, no peripherals except Bluetooth mouse. Brightness dimmed 1 level below the ideal. It lasted for about 4 hours! I windows's list of apps affecting battery life, Firefox was on 1st place with 32-35% Second attempt - same set of tasks, however less Firefox (no flash) - 7 hours. Now in the middle of a 3rd attempt (using Opera this time) - battery time remaining indication goes over 10h only when I completely stop using the laptop Not many apps running in the background either (Dropbox, Skype...) So my question - do you guys get more than 10h of battery life and HOW? Do you enable "Battery Stretch"? How actively do you use it and for what?

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