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PC giant warns of hardware trojan

Q: PC giant warns of hardware trojan

PC giant warns of hardware trojan.

Computer maker Dell is warning that some of its server motherboards have been delivered to customers carrying an unwanted extra: computer malware. It could be confirmation that the "hardware trojans" long posited by some security experts are indeed a real threat.

News that Dell may have a hardware trojan problem emerged on a support forum after a user was warned by a Dell call centre that the firm's PowerEdge R410 server motherboard contains spyware of unspecified function that a Dell engineer needed to come and remove.

Dell confirms on the same forum: "The potential issue involves a small number of PowerEdge server motherboards sent out through service dispatches that may contain malware. This malware code has been detected on the embedded server management firmware."Click to expand...

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Preferred Solution: PC giant warns of hardware trojan

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


Every time I turn on my computer or restart it, Nod32 would detect this Trojan. I've ran all my scans but theres no trace of anything. Would love some help to get rid of it if possible, thanks.

Heres my DSS scan

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Study Room on 2008-01-26 02:16:04
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
52: 2008-01-26 06:16:09 UTC - RP173 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
51: 2008-01-26 03:33:35 UTC - RP172 - Installed Nero 7 Ultra Edition
50: 2008-01-25 06:49:08 UTC - RP171 - Software Distribution Service 3.0
49: 2008-01-24 22:15:47 UTC - RP170 - Removed Nero 8 Trial
48: 2008-01-24 05:08:28 UTC - RP169 - System Checkpoint

-- First Restore Point --
1: 2007-11-06 23:18:08 UTC - RP122 - Installed Ad-Aware 2007

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

-- HijackThis Clone ------------------------------------------------------------

Emulating logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2008-01-26 02:17:53
Platform: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WI... Read more

A:Nod32 warns me about REG/Zapchast trojan

Would also like to let you know that the panda scanner found a suspicious file called C:\WINDOWS\system32\winupdate.exe. And I've noticed that my Windows security center is off, it says that it has not started or stopped and that i should reset my comp, but when i do it stays the same.

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Began experiencing general system slow downs almost 2 weeks ago, noting Panda A-V was 
using a lot of system resources. First tried to stop it, but was unable; returned to a 
restore point, but no change. In safe mode ran Malwarebytes: nothing found. Ran Panda 
Cloud: nothing found. In real-time A-V programs didn't work, lost network connection. Very 
slow to load profile, black screen then very slow to load desktop icons, gadgets, etc. A 
'Personalized settings' dialogue box appears against the black field until desktop finally 
appears. Received a 'Windows Copy not valid' message, though this was validly purchased 
and accepted at previous validation upon install. After multiple attempts  and re-burns,  
was able to run Kaspersky Rescue Disk and received the warning about the 
'Packed.Win32.Krap.hc' trojan and removed it...maybe...
Ran Rkill64: found nothing; ran Combofix: prompted that Win Essentials was running, so 
disabled it; showed Panda was running but task manager showed that it wasn't? so ran 
Combofix, showed 2 infections and removed them... Ran Panda agian and only found some 
tracking cookies.
Over a week of running scans - Malwawrebytes, Rkill, Trend HouseCalls: nothing found.
Current state: 
Upon startup, a long time before the blue circle at Network Connection on Task bar 
disappears, can get to the internet, but that, like all other apps very slow to load,... Read more

A:Kaspersky Rescue Disk warns of 'Packed.Win32.Krap.hc' trojan - but maybe not ?

Hello, having run ComboFix, please repost this issue with that ComboFix in a new topic here.Let me know if that went OK.Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs

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reposting this from 'Am I  Infected' forum:
Original text/description:
Began experiencing general system slow downs almost 2 weeks ago, noting Panda A-V was 
using a lot of system resources. First tried to stop it, but was unable; returned to a 
restore point, but no change. In safe mode ran Malwarebytes: nothing found. Ran Panda 
Cloud: nothing found. In real-time A-V programs didn't work, lost network connection. Very 
slow to load profile, black screen then very slow to load desktop icons, gadgets, etc. A 
'Personalized settings' dialogue box appears against the black field until desktop finally 
appears. Received a 'Windows Copy not valid' message, though this was validly purchased 
and accepted at previous validation upon install. After multiple attempts  and re-burns,  
was able to run Kaspersky Rescue Disk and received the warning about the 
'Packed.Win32.Krap.hc' trojan and removed it...maybe...
Ran Rkill64: found nothing; ran Combofix: prompted that Win Essentials was running, so 
disabled it; showed Panda was running but task manager showed that it wasn't? so ran 
Combofix, showed 2 infections and removed them... Ran Panda agian and only found some 
tracking cookies.
Over a week of running scans - Malwawrebytes, Rkill, Trend HouseCalls: nothing found.
Current state: 
Upon startup, a long time before the blue circle at Network Connection on Task bar 
disappear... Read more

A:repost: Kaspersky Rescue Disk warns of 'Packed.Win32.Krap.hc' trojan -

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.Click the LogFile button and the report will open in Notepad.IMPORTANTIf you click the Clean button all items listed in the report will be removed.If you find some false positive items or programs that you wish to keep, Close the AdwCleaner windows.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.Check off the element(s) you wish to keep.Click on the Clean button follow the prompts.A log file will automatically open after the scan has finished.Please post the content of that log file with your next answer.You can find the log file at C:\AdwCleanerCx.txt (x is a number).===Download the version of this tool for your operating system.Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (64 bit)Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (32 bit)and save it to a folder on your computer's Desktop.Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.Press Scan button.It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.The first ti... Read more

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I have dismantled and scanned the HD with a clean installation of Norton Antivirus, and AVG to no avail. There is a red triangular system tray icon flashing and 2 popup windows invite me to download more excellent quality software. I have dabbled with HJThis but the entries that I have removed pop back (system restore is off) - I hope someone out there has the answer to this one - Thanks in advance...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 15:43:36, on 25/05/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee Privacy Service\GUARDDOG.EXE
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Virtual CD v4 SDK\system\vcssecs.exe
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
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A:Trojan warns that "Privacy is at Risk"

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Citizens are warned that irs.com, irs.org, irs.net, and any other purported IRS site that is not irs.gov could be phishing scams, but some wonder if the warning is enough.If you're paying taxes to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service there is only one URL you need to know: IRS.gov..."Taxpayers may be confused by the proliferation of Internet sites that contain some form of the Internal Revenue Service name or IRS acronym with a .com, .net, .org or other designation in the address,...infoworld.comLink to IRS site with their warning is here.

A:Irs Warns Of Cybersquatters

Thanks for the heads up, quietman7.Many folks don't know that there's anything other than ".com", let alone the importance of this difference.

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One day I just started up my PC and avast warned me of the following items:9/17/2008 1:42:22 PM 1221673342 Murray 1960 Sign of "Win32:Patched-FF [Trj]" has been found in "C:\WINDOWS\system32\sens.dll" file. 9/17/2008 1:45:56 PM 1221673556 Murray 1960 Sign of "Win32:VunDrop [Drp]" has been found in "C:\WINDOWS\system32\mscshl.dll" file. I immediately deleted them and Avast has yet to warn me of an infection. Here is my HT log, I personally don't think I see anything really bad.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 4:04:06 PM, on 9/18/2008Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exeC:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exeC:\Program Files\Logitech\GamePanel Software\LCD Manager\LCDMon.exeC:\Program Files\Logit... Read more

A:Out Of Nowhere Avast Warns Me...

to BleepingComputer.comI want to apologise that it has taken so long to get back to you. We on the HJT Team are working as fast as possible to get your log answered.If you would still like help, please post a new HiJack This log below, as things may have changed on your system.If you do not still need help, please let me know, so that I can move on to other users who still need help.Please take note of the following:While a HJT Team member is working with you, please refrain from making any changes to your computer.Also, even if things appear to be running better, there is no guarantee that everything is finished. Please continue to check this forum post in order to ensure we get your system completely clean. We do not want to clean you part-way up, only to have the system re-infect itself. If you do not understand any step(s) provided, please do not hesitate to ask before continuing. I would much rather clarify instructions or explain them differently than have something important broken.Please reply using the button in the lower left hand corner of your screen.Old topics are closed after 3 days with no reply, and working topics are closed after 5 days. If for any reason you cannot complete instructions within that time, that's fine, just put a post here so that I know you're still here. We get a lot of people who simply leave, and if there is no contact for that amount of time I will have to assume you have "vanished" .Please do an online scan with Kaspersky WebS... Read more

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When I add an attachment, the image appears huge to the receiver. How do I reduce the size of the image.

A:giant images

Hi carol, you would need to reduce the image size in a graphics program, like Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Paint Shop Pro. Adobe Photoshop is rather expensive, but Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro are arouns $100. There are free image editors out there, I just don't know the names of them, try going to http://www.download.com and look under the graphics section and there should be some editors there you could either download for free or atleast get a free trial to see if you like them. Hope I have helped.


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Recently my computer has started displaying giant pixels anytime I want to start up a computer game like The Sims or Trickster. For a while I thought it was just 3-d games that were not working but then I tried playing a 2-d pixel game, and I had the same problom, here is a screen cap of what I am talking about.

The computer that I am running is a eMachines T3256.
It has a nvidia GeForce 4 MX graphics card.
Is there anyways that I could fix this with buying a nother card, or downloading something, or will I have to take my computer in to someone to fix it?

A:Giant pixels, I need help

Re The Sims (original?) - your card should be able to play that

Re Trickster - your card doesn't support DX8 for 1.1 pixel shaders so probably cannot play that

Re the pixel problem - uninstall your present nVidia dtrivers in Add/Remove programs, reboot, and install the latest drivers.

edit: if the l;atest drivers don't fix it, uninstall them and try one of the 53.xx series - they apparently could, with hardware assisted software emulation, support vertex shader model 1.1.

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When I click on any internet options from the start screen (google, facebook, etc) the screen it takes me to is gigantic, just the word 'google' fills the whole screen. I am sure I've had this problem before, but can't remember how I fixed it and I've run out of options that I thought might work Help please

A:Giant screen

Probably because you the zoom setting in your browser is set too high.

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I used to have Giant AntiSpyware but it has been taken over by Microsoft.
I downloaded their new version when my subscription expired but when I installed it, it froze my computer?
I removed it and am reluctant to install it again?
Does anyone have any ideas? Or would a proprietary program be better if I purchased one? e.g. Spyware Doctor?

A:After Giant Antispyware?

Hello nabbersHere are a couple of on site links, that will hopefully,steer you in the right direction. Simple steps to keep your computer secure!Virus & Malware ResourcesThe school of thought is to have more than one spyware/adware program. Which is called layered protection. Reason being what one may not catch, another may.The first link above, has information on recommended programs. I personally do not use Giant AntiSpyware or Spyware Doctor. I did come across this though. Important information for GIANT AntiSpyware users who have active subscriptions Product and Definition File Updates. As previously offered by GIANT Company Software, software and definition file updates will be made available to you through the length of your subscription period as they become available.Microsoft will continue to provide the same level of support to current subscribers of GIANT AntiSpyware software as was offered by GIANT Company Software prior to its acquisition by Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft, however, will no longer sell new licenses, subscriptions, or subscription renewals for GIANT Company Software products, including GIANT AntiSpyware.After reading the info above, I wonder where you downloaded the new version of Giant AntiSpyware from.Since according to Microsoft., there are no longer offering any new licenses, subscriptions, or subscription renewals.Could you please reply with the location where you downloaded it from. If it is not an official download. That could be the probl... Read more

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i have recently bought TV Giant as i fancied a change from the regular type of games i usually play and this caught my eye. installation was fine and quick. the game then started up, got past all the manufacturer screens and got on to what looked like the loading screen, all five icons would light up to say that this has loaded then it would just shut off and go back to my desktop.

i am running vista so i thought whether it was that stupid problem where you have to run some programs as administrator, tried this and same thing happened, the weird thing was that no error message popped up detailing what happened, just a dialog box with looking for solution and then the end program screen. i checked in the problems page of control panel and looked at what the problem was. this was what it came up with:

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: TVGiant.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 4614c004
Fault Module Name: igdumd32.dll
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 477bc05d
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00029869
OS Version: 6.0.6000.
Locale ID: 2057
Additional Information 1: deb2
Additional Information 2: 1d2b9196336d469f2a0d72b2f2a88dea
Additional Information 3: 3830
Additional Information 4: 22ceec10480ed8c37191557a99d8db10

Extra information about the problem
Bucket ID: 664697138

i checked other posts with the same problem on igdumd32.dll and i went on the website stated and then just g... Read more

A:Problems with TV Giant

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Hi just wondering if anyone has got hotel giant. I recently bought it and i manage to install it but when i go to play it, it keeps saying ht as stopped working. This game looks so cool and i really want to play it but i have no idea what to do. Any suggestions please??????

A:Hotel Giant

Hello Nicola1J21,
Did you ever get this fixed ?.

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can some one help me i want to play hotel giant and i select a game and its says it not respoding can you help

A:hotel giant

I will need a little more info...

1. Have you already installed the game, but it won?t launch?

2. You try to install the game, but it won?t let you?

3. What is your system specifikations? (Filling them in her is a good idea).

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I have currently purchashed Hotel Giant to play on my laptop but before even loading up the game a small box comes up ands says "ht has stopped working" everytime and the game window closes. I have got windows 7 and have other games installed that work perfectly fine but for some reason this doesn't. I have tried most the methods i have come across so far to try and get this to work and still nothing. Help please!!!

A:Hotel Giant

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Mod Edit:  Split from  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/559684/computer-keeps-prompting-me/page-1#entry3585488 - Hamluis.
I had this problem as well after removing ArcadeGiant.  I found that it had installed a scheduled update that was calling Aghelp.dll When I removed the scheduled update, the popup error did not return
I have the same problem. Ran Malwarebytes and ccleaner but had no effect. How did you eliminate the scheduled update?

A:Arcade Giant

Split post to new topic in Am I Infected.

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I have installed the above but I am now getting two error messages;

sys3d select display mode error
sys3de init driver error

Can you help please.


A:Hotel Giant 2

something to do with your video card.

Try updating your drivers. Also what operating system are you using?

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Hello all.

I am here because I'm certain that my brand new machine is infected. Avast! detected Malware-gen, so I placed the file(s) in the chest. I immediately ran a boot scan, which didn't find any infected files. I then ran another full system scan, which also came up clean.

I'm pretty certain that I still have the virus, however, because my desktop background was changed to a random picture stored in my documents. I read a bunch of blogs, forums, etc. and found that Combofix was the recommended by nearly all of them, so I found this site, downloaded, and ran Combofix. During my scan, however, I found a warning on one of the welcome pages, explaining not to run Combofix unless asked to do so. Oops!

I hope I haven't done some sort of damage by running the software. In any case, however, I will be posting the log in a subsequent post. Thanks in advance to anyone who is willing to help!


A:avast! warns of Malware-gen

If you are dealing with a malware infection, please be aware that using ComboFix is only one part of the disinfection process. Preliminary scans from other tools like DDS, RSIT and GMER should be used first because they provide comprehensive logs with specific details about files, folders and registry keys which may have been modified by malware infection. Analysis of those logs allows planning an strategy for effective disinfection and a determination if using ComboFix is necessary. ComboFix was never meant to be used as a general purpose malware scanner like SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware which scan individual drives or different folders on a computer for viruses. With that said, please read the pinned topic ComboFix usage, Questions, Help? - Look here. ComboFix logs, where should I post them?ComboFix logs are not permitted outside the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logsl forum and then only when requested by a Malware Response Team member. However, If you ran or want to run ComboFix on your own due to malware infection, please be aware that a ComboFix log is only one part of the disinfection process. Therefore we ask that you please read the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help". When you have done that, post the required logs to include your ComboFix log in that forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team Experts.

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After being plagued by endless popups, I found this site, and followed the recommendations. I used Adaware & Spybot & AVG. All popups appear to be gone except one. It claims to be "Windows Security Alert", "Warning! Potential Spyware Operation!" - and that my computer is making unauthorized copies of my system & internet files... click YES to download spyware remover... blah, blah...Here's the Hijackthis Log. I appreciate any help.Thanks!___________________________________________________________Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 6:25:24 PM, on 10/21/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exeC:\Program Files\Belkin\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exeC:\Program Files\ccxgui\ccXservice.exeC:\Program F... Read more

A:One Last Popup - Warns That Hd Is Being Copied

Please disable SpyBot?s TeaTimer, as it may interfere with the removal of malware entries. You can re-enable it later.Disable TeaTimer as follows: Open Spybot, select: Mode > Advanced Mode > Tools > Resident icon Uncheck: Resident TeaTimer and SDHelper (if installed) At the prompt, select: Allow change Close Spybot Search and DestroyRestart the computer to allow the changes to take effect.~~~~Next, download SmitfraudFix Extract the file to the Desktop ~~~~Start the computer in Safe Mode :When the machine first starts again, tap the F8 key before Windows starts You are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.Press Enter to boot into Safe Mode.Open SmitfraudFix Double-click smitfraudfix.cmd Select Option 2 - Clean by typing 2 and press Enter (Deletes infected files)You are prompted: Do you want to clean the registry? answer Y (yes) and hit Enter in order to remove the Desktop background and clean registry keys associated with the infection.The tool also checks if a relevant file, wininet.dll, is infected. You may be prompted to replace the infected file (if found).Replace infected file? Answer Y (yes) and hit Enter to restore a clean file. ~~~~Restart the computer to complete the removal process.~~~~Now, download ComboFixSave it to the DesktopDouble-click combofix.exe to run the programFollow the prompts.(Don't click on the window while the program is running, it may cause your system to stall.)When f... Read more

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:07 PM PDT

Microsoft Corp. yesterday warned users of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) that they won't be able to uninstall either the service pack or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) under some circumstances.

The warning was reminiscent of one Microsoft made in May, when Windows XP SP3 had just been made available for downloading. At the time, the company told users they wouldn't be able to downgrade from IE7 to the older IE6 browser without uninstalling the service pack.Click to expand...

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A:Microsoft Warns of IE8 Lock-in With XP SP3

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Redmond has released a Fix It stopgap until a proper patch is available

On Tuesday, Microsoft issued an advisory warning of a new Zero-Day vulnerability that impacts all supported versions of their Windows operating system except, Windows Server 2003. The software giant also confirmed targeted attacks looking to exploit this flaw.
The advisory says that attackers are using PowerPoint files, which contain a malicious Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) object, to trigger the vulnerability. OLE technology is used to share data between applications.
"The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Office file that contains an OLE object. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user," the advisory explained.


A:Microsoft warns of new Zero-Day attack

Microsoft Fix it solution...OLE packager Shim Workaround

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Microsoft has raised an alarm for a new round of targeted malware attacks against a zero-day vulnerability in its dominant Internet Explorer browser. The vulnerability affects all supported versions of Internet Explorer and can be exploited to launch remote code execution (drive by download) attacks, Microsoft said in an advisory.
In the absence of a patch, Microsoft recommends that IE users:
Override the Web site CSS style with a user defined CSS
Deploy the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
Enable Data Execution Prevention (DEP) for Internet Explorer 7
Read e-mails in plain text
Set Internet and Local intranet security zone settings to ?High? to block ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting in these zones
Instructions for deploying these mitigations are available in Microsoft Security Advisory (2458511).

Microsoft warns of new IE zero-day attacks | ZDNet

A:Microsoft warns of new IE zero-day attacks

They ought to just tell people to install firefox immediately after installing windows.. It has none of IE's ActiveX vulnerabilities. Cross-site scripting attacks don't work against firefox until flash and java are installed, and can be blocked permanently with noscript about 20 seconds after the first time FF connects to the internet

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Probably of no interest to anybody here, but who knows. Just in case

"Microsoft issued an advisory late Monday warning of publicly available code that could be used to target an unpatched vulnerability in SQL Server.

In its advisory, the software giant warned of an authenticated remote code execution vulnerability in the MS SQL extended stored procedure. The issue causes an invalid parameter check opening a hole for an attack.
"All systems running one of the affected Microsoft SQL Server software where a malicious user is allowed to log on are at risk of exploitation of this vulnerability," Microsoft said. "In addition, Web applications with a SQL Server back-end database are at risk if a SQL injection vulnerability exists."

An attacker can exploit the flaw remotely as an authenticated user on the system, said Bill Sisk, the response communication manager for the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). However, attackers could exploit the vulnerability as an unauthenticated user if they compromise a Web server via SQL injection, Sisk said.
The critical vulnerability affects Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE 2000 and WMSDE) and Windows Internal Database (WYukon).
"We are aware that exploit code has been published on the Internet, however, we are not aware of any attacks attempting to use the reported vulnerability," Sis... Read more

A:Microsoft warns of SQL Server zero-day

I just realised, many software packages now silently install SQL Server Express as their database, so many home computers have this vulnerability without even knowing it. People see windows update and/or news articles and assume it doesn't apply to them. But in the Windows world there is a lot of SQL Servers installed out there.

So check what your programs may be using. SQL Server is used in many Accounting programs


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FBI warns of scam involving them.


"The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an alert Monday about a scam involving unsolicited e-mails, purportedly sent by the FBI, that tell computer users that their Internet surfing is being monitored by the agency."


A:FBI warns of scam involving them.





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Microsoft has dropped its softly-softly approach to IE upgrades, warning people to stop using Internet Explorer 6 and 7 immediately due to security risks.

The software giant today issued an advisory warning companies and individuals to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 as soon as possible to protect themselves from the vulnerability that allowed Chinese hackers to infiltrate and steal software source code from some of the world's largest software companies, including Google and Adobe.

Source -
Stop using IE6, IE7 NOW, warns Microsoft

A:Stop using IE6, IE7 NOW, warns Microsoft.

Iv seen other articles that state the vulnerability is in IE6, 7 & 8 affecting XP, vista and SEVEN

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alright... i have a 60gb hd and im running windows xp sp2

some how my C:\windows file is 49.9gb it is clogging up all of my hd and ive been forced to use an external hd to install/do anything without receiving a warning message from windows that it cant function properly with such little hd space. i run ccleaner frequently i have all temps deleted
registry is optimized and it has been checked for errors.
been working on this for about 6 months but never thought to check for a helpful forums site such as this ><

anyways... i havnt deleted anything in their for fear of ruining windows xp (im unable to reinstall xp as i dont hav the disk and i hav some very important programs on here that i need to keep [nerosolutions 5])
thx a bunch ^^
oh um forgot to mention... had a serious security breach that got REALLY bad... fixed everything eventually though and currently have some great free security apps protecting me so far no problems since!

Security apps: Comodo firewall, avast, a-squared free, Spybot S&D, Spyware blaster
i use auslogics disk defrag frequently but there isnt enough free space on my hd to fully defrag
never have used hijackthis (didnt want to mess up my comp. accidentally deleting something)
thx i appreciate any help

A:giant C:\windows file

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Sometimes I seem to get a HUGE context menu that goes completely from the top of the screen to the bottom. It seems to have a lot of options that aren't normally there on a simple right click. I never know what I did to get this menu and it seems to pop off about as fast.

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20101203 BRI/1 Firefox/3.6.13 ( .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET4.0E)

Windows XP at home and XPPro at work.

It has happened on both computers.

Just curious as to what this is and what I did to make it appear and disappear.

A:Giant Context Menu


I know that sometimes default settings get changed by accident. If you want you can try and change the settings for the browser. If you hold down the CTRL key and then use your scroll wheel you can change the size of the text on the page. I can look for a more permanent solution for you if this doesn't work.


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I just installed WIN XP on a virgin harddrive. I don't like icons on my desktop so I like to use quick launch for recycle bin. my ISP and Internet Explorer. When I checked quick launch my taskbar grew to double its size. No matter how I moved or squashed it, it was either gone or double, but never the normal size. As soon as I uncheck quick launch I can compress the taskbar back to normal. Ideas and fixes welcomed.

A:the case of the giant taskbar

Have you got large icons selected for the quick launch taskbar?

To check, unlock the taskbar, then right-click on the quick-launch bar, and from the popup menu choose view, then large or small icons. Small icons will return the taskbar to normal size if this is what the problem is.

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I am sorry if this is a dumb question but, can somebody tell me how to find the address book and add addresses to it in Windows 10?

A:Help I made that giant leap

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I somehow turned off the giant close button, the one you see in windows explorer, the internet window, and in winmail. The only problem is I liked the giant close button. I think what I did is change the theme to classic, and then back to vista, and it gave me this rounded box as a close button. I was just wondering if there was any way to put it back the way it was. Here is a picture

A:Giant Close button

Hello WeirdFrog, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I'm not sure of what you mean. That is the normal close button in Vista for non classic themes.

You might see if adjusting the size of the Caption Buttons item in the Advanced Appearance settings (step 6) to a large size may help. It will increase the size of the close button.

Hope this helps,

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I was super excited to see the 4th Gen X1 Yoga released, but so dissapointed when I looked at the pictures.That giant bottom bezel. What is going on here? Who in their right mind released that in the year 2019?All the other manufacturers seem to be slowly cottoning on what the market wants (hint: not 16:9), yet here we seem to be stuck with completely wasted real estate on the laptops.It just makes no sense, the market is all about trying to get bigger screens in a smaller device.The easiest way to do that is to put a 14" 16:10/3:2 screen in a 12.5" body. Does Lenovo have any official word on this? They have so many unnecessary overlapping models, yet not a single offering that has what we all want. The XPS13 2-in-1 with the 16:10 screen is going to decimate sales.I've stayed true to my 8 year old X220 which is still going strong, yet unless something gets announced by Lenovo by end of July, it's bye bye lenovo from me.

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theres a big quarter that keeps showing on the screen! its not a IE popup or a wallpaper change. It shows a hot naked chick in the center replacing the bird. HELP ME, actually im enjoyin the hot chik, but every 10 sec! its even showin while i type! oooooo!

A:WTF! Giant Quarter on Screen!

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I have had a virus installed on my computer called rebate giant. It has 2 files on my desktop (one called rebate informer and one called rebate giant). I know how to remove files through the registry editor and was wondering if anyone had the file paths for me to manually remove it??


A:Rebate informer/giant

I don't think rebate informer/rebate giant qualifies as a virus. It looks as though it installs an Inbox.com toolbar and some desktop shortcuts. Uninstall the applications, and the toolbar, and delete the shortcuts if they are left behind.

There are no files in the registry, but there are references to files. Be mindful of travels in the registry.

If you need more specific advice...

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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Hi lads. I have this adware called 'giant savings'. I have attached screenshot. Cheers.

A:Giant Savings - HELP REQUIRED

Sorted: C -> program files-> delete 'Giant Savings' (delete recycle bin as well)
Uninstall it in control panel.
Remove extension in chrome.

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I just got a new Gateway All-In-One Touchscreen computer. Every application I open, however, has these huge close minimize and maximize buttons. I was fine with them before but now they get in the way of Firefox 4's UI. Is there a way to make them normal. Picture of the Buttons here. Thanks.

A:Giant Close Button

Please load the picture onto this site using the attachment button. Though this may be a coincidence, my AV (Norton) flared up moments after entering the site. Thank you.

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I accidently did this:

"The user Eigenaar, has decided to prevent a change to
the user's defined shell folders from Recent to %
USERPROFILE%\Onlangs geopend."

How can I undo this?
Because now I can't use some of my programs, or install
some new programs.

A:giant antispyware problem

I dont understand. What exactly did you do? Where is this error from?

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Hi there

I'm a sucker for these strategy sim games, so I bought Hotel Giant, (Sold Out Range). I have installed it successfully but it won't run.

It looks like it's about to start, and then just jumps back to the desktop and nothing else happens. It does not crash and I don't get any error messages.

I have written to the support team but they never bothered to answer, so I'm stumped.

You guys are always so cool at helping me out, so was hoping you could help me get the game to run instead of it just jumping back to the desktop.

Thanks again

Meg, Scotland, UK

A:Solved: Hotel Giant (Won't Run)

Okay, I unticked the compatibility option altogether, and the game started, it got to starting the tutorial then froze and jumped back to the desktop. So i'm back to square one. Still no error messages.

Meg, Scotland, UK

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Out of no where,came,Brower Tracking Code,how do I get rid of it?
I tried 2 of Pc Pitstops suggestions,they didnt work.
This is a security issue.

A:Giant Internet Cookie

I wouldn't of thought of a Browser Tracking cookie as a security threat, but to get rid of things similar, I use Ad-Aware SE

Free and effective.
Link from download.com


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Please delete, double posted by accident

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Is it just me, or do you think IE is consumed with advertisements? Is there a good option to eliminate all the popups, popunders, and continual video/audio ads?

By the way, I just bought a new laptop with Win8 so I'm struggling with my mind as I transition from Seven to Eight. . .

A:Internet Explorer - A Giant AD?

Use the Desktop version of Internet Explorer and add the two EasyList and two Fanboy Tracking Protection Lists from the following link. After added, the lists update themselves automatically.

Internet Explorer Gallery

You can also change what pop-ups are allowed by going to Internet Options > Privacy > Pop-up Blocker Settings. Personally, I block all pop-ups and then whitelist any sites that I want to allow pop-ups from (or CTRL click links to open in a new window and bypass the pop-up blocker manually).

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My browser has been getting larger and larger.
Now it is almost unusable it is so large.

The text is half an inch tall.
The icons and graphics are huge!

Everything on my desktop is still normal.
(I keep my text, etc. rather small)

I am typing short lines in this message
because my browser area is WAY
larger than my screen.
It takes 3 scrolls to see the right edge.

A:Suddenly giant browsing IE8

hold down control and mouse wheel down

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Hi, and thanks for the help. My problems began yesterday when an Open Cloud Security virus popped up on my screen trying to trick me into purchasing software. I thought that was the only problem at first, but I subsequently ran malwarebytes and found other issues such as maljava.trojan and backdoor.bot. I also ran into a google redirect virus last night.

I installed Norton 360 on my machine, and since doing that, I've not had noticeable problems. However, every 15 minutes Norton alerts me to the fact that it quarantined a "trojan.gen.2" threat named [email protected]

Norton also alerted me to the fact that I had tidserv activity 2 problems that would require a manual fix. I am not at all well versed in these things, so I am here! Please help.

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_27
Run by Ryan and Ash at 19:03:02 on 2011-10-01
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.4094.2537 [GMT -4:00]
AV: Norton 360 *Enabled/Updated* {63DF5164-9100-186D-2187-8DC619EFD8BF}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Norton 360 *Enabled/Updated* {D8BEB080-B73A-17E3-1B37-B6B462689202}
FW: Norton 360 *Enabled* {5BE4D041-DB6F-1935-0AD8-24F3E73C9FC4}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
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A:Norton warns of Tidserve Activity 2

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer! I am HelpBot: an automated program designed to help the Bleeping Computer Staff better assist you! This message contains very important information, so please read through all of it before doing anything. We 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. To help Bleeping Computer better assist you please perform the following steps:*************************************************** In order to continue receiving help at BleepingComputer.com, YOU MUST tell me if you still need help or if your issue has already been resolved on your own or through another resource! To tell me this, please click on the following link and follow the instructions there.CLICK THIS LINK >>> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/logreply/421473 <<< CLICK THIS LINK If you no longer need help, then all you needed to do was the previous instructions of telling me so. You can skip the rest of this post. If you do need help please continue with Step 2 below.*************************************************** If you still need help, I would like you to post a Reply to this topic (click the "Add Reply" button in the lo... Read more

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Microsoft warned on Monday, 1st March 2010, of a new vulnerability that affects Internet Explorer users, saying that it could be exploited by hackers to install malicious software on a victim's computer. The flaw lies in the way Microsoft's VBScript works with Windows Help Files in Internet Explorer. But for an attack to work, the victim must press the computer's F1 key, Microsoft said. "Our analysis shows that if users do not press the F1 key on their keyboard, the vulnerability cannot be exploited."http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/arti...=nl_bdx_h_crawl

A:Microsoft Warns of New Bug Affecting IE Users

Thanks Romeo29 for the information. I have never heard of key on a keyboard being used for to drop a bug on your computer. Is this keyboard attach a new thing.

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Microsoft warns of new server vulnerability.

A new, unpatched vulnerability exists in one of Microsoft's server products, the company warned late Monday.

Note: Read the technical bulletin link in the article to find out how to adjust configuration settings to mitigate the impact of the flaw.

-- Tom

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LastPass Security NotificationWe noticed an issue yesterday and wanted to alert you to it. As a precaution, we're also forcing you to change your master password. We take a close look at our logs and try to explain every anomaly we see. Tuesday morning we saw a network traffic anomaly for a few minutes from one of our non-critical machines...In this case, we couldn't find that root cause. After delving into the anomaly we found a similar but smaller matching traffic anomaly from one of our databases in the opposite direction (more traffic was sent from the database compared to what was received on the server). Because we can't account for this anomaly either, we're going to be paranoid and assume the worst: that the data we stored in the database was somehow accessed. We know roughly the amount of data transfered and that it's big enough to have transfered people's email addresses, the server salt and their salted password hashes from the database. We also know that the amount of data taken isn't remotely enough to have pulled many users encrypted data blobs...http://blog.lastpass.com/2011/05/lastpass-security-notification.htmlLastPass's decision to reset passwords as a precaution has made it difficult for some legitimate users to log onto the service again. Tips on re-enabling accounts can be found in a blog post by Chris Boyd, a security researcher at GFI Software, here.http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/05/lastpass_password_reset/http://w... Read more

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Hi,My OS is Vista Home 32-bit.I was on a website trying to watch a video. The website said I needed to download a codec to watch the video, so I downloaded and ran the .exe install file. After that the .exe file disappeared from where I had just clicked on it, and I soon got a message from Windows Defender saying that I'm infected with Renos.js virus. I told windows defender to delete it, and immediately disconnected my computer from the internet. 20 minutes later I got the same message again and again told Defender to delete it.I checked my folder C:\Users\AppData\Local\Temp for weird looking files, and deleted everything that was modified within the past 24 hours. Then I ran Disk Cleanup and cleared everything from temporary files. I also cleared all browsing data from all of my browsers.On a friend's computer, I downloaded SuperAntiSpyware free edition, Trend Micro Hijackthis, and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. I changed the name of the install files before I saved them to disk. On the problem pc, I brought over the three install files via usb key, installed them, and connected to the internet for only long enough to get the latest updates for them and immediately disconnected thereafter. Then I booted in safe mode. I ran Malwarebytes' quick and full scans. They found one problematic cookie, which I deleted, but nothing else.Next I rebooted my computer, pressed f8 on reboot, and ran system repair. From there, I did a system restore from 2 days ... Read more

A:Windows Defender Warns I have Renos.js

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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