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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles launches bug bounty program

Q: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles launches bug bounty program

The convergence of connectivity technology and the automotive industry is creating a more enjoyable driving experience. Features such as self-diagnostics, keyless entry and ignition is becoming commonplace. However, they can also introduce IT security issues.

Last month we learned that the Mitsubishi Outlander can be easily broken into by attackers exploiting security weaknesses in the setup that allows the car to be remotely controlled via an app. Last week a researcher unveiled two vulnerabilities in the BMW ConnectedDrive web portal/web application.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bug bounty
Today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles launched a public bug bounty program on the Bugcrowd platform to enhance the safety and security of its vehicles and connected services.

?Bugcrowd was chosen based on the scale of their existing programs, the pool of researchers already engaged in their programs and their model for triage and recognition of identified vulnerabilities,? Titus Melnyk, senior manager of security architecture, FCA US LLC, told Help Net Security.
read More. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles launches bug bounty program - Help Net Security

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as of today , AVG has opened up their own bug bounty hunter program . they challange hackers if they can find critical bugs in the following area's :

We are interested in security related bugs only:
- Remote code execution
- Local privilege escalation: e.g. situations when AVG allows a non-privileged user to gain Administrator or System rights
- Denial of service (DoS): e.g. crashes of AVG processes or BSOD caused by AVG drivers
- Self Protection bypass: e.g. causing corruption of AVG files, registry keys or running processes or making key components of AVG product nonfunctional
- other security related bugs with a severe impact on the system security or stability

discription of the program :

We appreciate all security concerns brought forth and are constantly striving to keep on top of the latest threats. Being pro-active rather than re-active to emerging security issues is a fundamental belief at AVG Technologies. Every day new security issues and attack vectors are created. AVG Technologies strives to keep abreast on the latest state-of-the-art security developments by working with security researchers and companies. We appreciate the community's efforts in creating a more secure world.

read more about the AVG bounty hunter program here :


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Starting this fall, Apple will pay up to $200,000 for iOS and iCloud bugs

As part of a security presentation given at this year's Black Hat conference, Apple today announced that it would be starting up a bug bounty program in the fall. The program will reward security researchers who uncover vulnerabilities in Apple's products and bring them to the company's attention. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and many other companies have offered bug bounty programs for some time now, but this is Apple's first.

For now, Apple is intentionally keeping the scope of the program small. It will initially be accepting bug reports from a small group of a few dozen security researchers it has worked with in the past. For now, bounties are only being offered for a small range of iDevice and iCloud bugs. The full list is as follows:
Secure boot firmware components: Up to $200,000 (~£150,000)
Extraction of confidential material protected by the Secure Enclave: Up to $100,000.
Execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges: Up to $50,000.
Access from a sandboxed process to user data outside of that sandbox: Up to $25,000.
Unauthorized access to iCloud account data on Apple servers: Up to $50,000.
As the program continues and Apple works the, um, bugs out of its processes, the company will expand the list of eligible security researchers as well as the list of hardware and software bugs for which bounties are offered.

Researchers who want to claim the bounties will need... Read more

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Source: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Vulnerability Disclosure

In early November, a well-known and respected security researcher by the name of Tavis Ormandy alerted us to several security vulnerabilities in the consumer version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Within days, we were able to fix several of the vulnerabilities server-side and are now internally testing a new version (2.2.1) to release in the next 3-4 weeks to patch the additional client-side vulnerabilities. At this time, we are still triaging based on severity.

The research seems to indicate that an attacker could use some of the processes described to insert their own code onto a targeted machine. Based on the findings, we believe that this could only be done by targeting one machine at a time.

However, this is of sufficient enough a concern that we are seeking to implement a fix. Consumers using the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should enable self-protection under settings to mitigate all of the reported vulnerabilities.

Unfortunately, vulnerabilities are the harsh reality of software development. In fact, this year alone, our researchers have found and reported several vulnerabilities with other software. A vulnerability disclosure program is one way to accelerate the discovery of these vulnerabilities and empower companies like Malwarebytes to fix them.

I?d like to take this opportunity to launch the Malwarebytes Bug Bounty program which I hope will encourage other security researchers to re... Read more

A:Malwarebytes starts 'Bug Bounty' program after discovery of vulnerabilities

That is a good sign, a step towards better security for sure...well done Malwarebytes.

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HI ,  
I am a 17 years old student , and while attending school meetings using microsoft teams , i found out a way to start sharing my screen even though i am denied to share my screen . The admin of my organisation has granted permission to only the organisers
of the meeting to start sharing their screen , and the students are denied to share their screen to prevent misuse. But I have discovered a way of sharing my screen even though I am prohibited from doing so . Is this vulnerability eligible for the bug bounty

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There is a program that tries to install everytime I reboot the computer. It is smile/webshots. I looked for a startup entry and removed it, but then it re-appears next time.
tried to let it finish installation, and then remove it after. But then I get the same issue.

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_35
Run by Paquetted at 13:17:26 on 2012-10-12
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3071.1162 [GMT -5:00]
AV: Kaspersky Anti-Virus *Enabled/Updated* {56547CC9-C9B2-849D-8FEF-A496150D6A06}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Kaspersky Anti-Virus *Enabled/Updated* {ED359D2D-EF88-8B13-B55F-9FE46E8A20BB}
FW: Kaspersky Anti-Virus *Disabled* {6E6FFDEC-83DD-85C5-A4B0-0DA3EBDE2D7D}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
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A:program launches on startup

Good evening. Download OTL by OldTimer from here and save it to your Desktop. Double click the tool to run it. Click the Quick Scan button and allow it to do it's thing. Once complete, it should open two Notepad Windows - OTL.Txt and Extras.Txt It should also save copies in the same location as OTL. I want you to copy and paste the contents of OTL.txt that should appear into one reply and Extras.Txt into another. The length of the two logs sometimes results in the end being chopped off if you post both in one reply.

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Yesterday I installed AudaCity on my computer, but when the program runs, it always launch the browser and showe some adds. How can I fix it? I download Comodo firewall, but it doesn't helped for me.

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This is driving me MAD!

I installed Blaze media Pro 7.1 and now each time I open the program Windows Installer launches. Actually it goes like this:

I click on the shortcut for Blaze Media Pro 7.1 and after several seconds of nothing happening a progress box opens indicating that "TurboTax Its Deductible 2006" is installing with a message above the progress bar indicating "Please Wait While Windows Configures TurboTax Its Deductible 2006.

Then before that can complete another box appears which reads "Microsoft Data Access Components 2.5" with a progress bar and details about opening several .cab files then it switches back to the original "TurboTax Its Deductible 2006" is installing with the progress bar reading "gathering required information"

Then the "Windows Installer" box appears with a progress box.

I click on cancel and the process starts again and loops three or four times and ends with a box that indicates that "the feature you are trying to use is on a removable CD-ROM or other removable disk that is not available" and offers a search box to find it. I cancel that and get an Error 1706 No Valid source could be found...Windows Installer cannot continue, click OK and the process starts again.

Eventually if I hit cancel enough all the boxes go away and the program starts as it should.


A:Windows Installer launches when I open a program

Fixed it

I downloaded Windows Install Clean Up and removed the files associated with the TurboTax program and no more problems.

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Hi,When i try to left click and drag an icon on my desktop to move to a different position the program launches instead.
Grateful for any help with this problem.

A:Can't move desktop icons, program launches instead

Quote: Originally Posted by tommytinkroom

Hi,When i try to left click and drag an icon on my desktop to move to a different position the program launches instead.
Grateful for any help with this problem.

Hey tommytinkroom....The only solution that comes in my mind for your issue...try a different mouse. Left click might be broken. Try it and let us know.

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I have a Dell3000 Desktop that is 2 years old and networked at home to 2 other PCs and and a network attached storage device. I recently restored the system to factory settings and then went through the painful process of updating all the OS updates and reloading all my software. Now the system is acting funny again. At least 3 or 4 times a day when I click on an Icon in the quick launcher (ie show desktop) or try to launch a program from anywhere the system hangs for several minutes before anything happens. I'm able to open Task Manager and almost always the CPU is in the 1-5% usage, but sometimes there are some unusal applications running (AuthUpdater, Update04 or AuthSplash). I don't know what these applications are. I use Spybot and Ad-Aware and use the Cox High Speed Internet Security suite to keep the system clean. I'm at a loss as to what is going on. I downloaded HijackThis today and ran a scan. The scan file is posted below. Can anybody help?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:31:01 PM, on 2/14/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
c:\Program Files\Cox\Applications\App\syssvcnt.exe
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A:Slow reaction to Icon clicks and program launches

Thanks for all the reads, but whatever was going on made my computer completely crash. I ended up formatting the hard drive and installing a fresh load of Windows XP from scratch. And obviously the problem is now resolved.

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Network World said:

Silicon Valley startup ZeroVulnerabilityLabs has made available a free program it claims stops malware from exploiting a wide range of software vulnerabilities regardless of whether these flaws are publically known or not.

Available now in a beta version for consumers and non-profits (the business version requires a license), ExploitShield Browser Edition is designed to be "install and forget," the company said.

Once installed, the software named 17 applications as being protected, including the most common and troublesome ones such as Adobe Reader and Flash, Java, Microsoft Office, various browsers and a number of video players. Others may be added in future.

Security innovations pop up from time to time and this one represents a lateral approach to what has become a major - possibly the major issue - for consumers and businesses alike; how to secure PCs when software flaws crop up on an almost daily basis.

The overwhelming majority of Windows malware attacks now hook into common flaws as a way of infecting their targets with many automated using commercial exploit kits serving attacks from compromised websites. Patching is one answer but this can be exhausting. The number of flaws has become a major overhead even for single consumers.

At the same time it has become apparent that conventional antivirus software isn't stopping all or even most of this kind of malware which raises an obvious que... Read more

A:Is antivirus dead? Startup launches first 'exploit blocking' program

Will await further.

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I've heard that Microsoft offers a reward for bugs on Windows 10.
I found an interesting bug, but it doesn't have any security implications on Windows, but it actually causes a commercial Antivirus to not function properly.
My question is, should I apply to the Microsoft bug bounty reward ?
If so, how is the payment processed ? by paypal, check ?
If my windows bug is eligible for a reward, then Microsoft would be supporting a greater cause, which is my antivirus:
Thanks in advance!

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Bug Bounty Programs are programs whereby an individual is rewarded by the company or website concerned after they have pointed out a bug in such website. They are also called vulnerability bounty programs or hacker bounty programs. And researchers who do reporting of the bugs and defects in such programs or websites are called bounty hunters. These reportings help companies to get rid of such bugs at the right time before they are exploited by hackers and other miscreants.
The job of a bug bounty hunter is straight, find a bug and get rewarded. This is turned into a great profession for many. In this article, we shall be enlisting the names of 10 famous bounty hunters who are trusted by companies all around and are famous for their good deeds.
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I'm fixing this system for someone and they had the typical antivirus 2012 popup rampage BS. I got process explorer to run, found where its process launched from (application data/local) and there were three 3-character executables sitting there, all created on the same date, one of which was repeatedly starting up. So I terminated and deleted those three and the system was acting mostly normal. There were no unable-to-account-for items in any of the various ways to view startup lists but now windows update is broken :(

It's Win7 so I ran the built in Windows Update utility and 1 installed and 14 didn't but they were already downloaded. So I deleted the update cache with a batch file containing:
CD %Windir%
CD SoftwareDistribution
DEL /F /S /Q Download

and that worked so I re-checked for updates and it was the same ones so I hit download and they did redownload successfully then all failed to install pretty quickly. So I picked one of the Win7 security updates from the list and downloaded the WIn7 64 bit version of that KB# from download.microsoft.com and tried to install it manually via a standalone installer download of it. It went through the steps nicely then just said it failed.
I unhid the administrator account and logged in as that (for the first time on this system by the way) and got the same result trying to run it. So apparently something isn't quite right.

So I ran the SFC utility and it came up with a result that some... Read more

A:viruses appear to be stopping windows updates - BTC bounty btw

Hello and welcome to TSF.

Thanks for being honest in telling that you are a professional, getting paid for fixing computers, and that you're willing to pay a sum for for the service you may receive here.

However, this forum is set up to assist non-professional home users with their personal computers.. The analysts/helpers donate their free time for a good cause, not for payment in return. Therefore, not only offering payment, but also expecting them to do your work for you, may be considered unfair, bordering on offensive and ethically questionable.

If you're interested in becoming an analyst/helper yourself, you can apply here to get trained. It's offered to those who would commit themselves to helping at the forums, as it's a very time consuming process, both on the part of the trainer and the trainee.

Please Read Before Applying To Join The Academy - Tech Support Forum

Thanks for understanding.

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Hi All, I have a Lenovo B590 laptop. I had some issues with my wifi card (long story, and I guess it's not relevant) and decided to update my BIOS. The original version was H1ET75WW (1.18). I made a bootable USB with Rufus and the updating process was started. During the update I got a message like ?System will be restarted?. However, it didn't turn on anymore, the update seems failed. Now when I push the power button, the power led lights up, the fan starts and after a few seconds it restarts again and again endlessly. The first ?boot? is a bit longer 6-8 seconds, the next ones shorter, 3-4 seconds, but the screen is always blank. It's a bit promising that when I plug in an USB and while holding the Fn+R buttons and turning the laptop on, then the first ?boot? is a bit longer, and it tries to read the USB drive - at least it's led light starts blinking. So I hope that there is a solution to repair the BIOS by using the appropriate files ont the USB stick. What I tried so far:Taking out the battery and plugging out tha AC power, and holding the power button for a minute.Taking out the CMOS battery for half an hour and pushed the power button without battery/AC power.WinCrisis (even though I couldn't find a BIOS.wph file, but tried to rename EXE and CAP files).Creating a bootable USB again, with the DOS files on it from the official Lenovo site.Trying to rename/edit autoexec.bat and other files endlessly... Lot of different combination of files/... Read more

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A researcher has unearthed fresh evidence of cyber criminals' growing attraction to Apple's OS X platform with the discovery of a now-disbanded group that offered 43 cents for every infected Mac.
Mac-codec.com was just one of hundreds of "codec-partnerka," a term researcher Dmitry Samosseiko uses to describe the well-organized affiliate networks that pay a small bounty each time their malware is installed on an unsuspecting end user's computer. What makes this one stand apart is its dedication to the Mac platform.

Read further -
Malware house offered bounty for infected Macs ? The Register

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Hi all,

Having this problem for several months, suspected HDD first but bought new M500 and seems there's something else is responsible for this "fun" I'm having with the PC.

Basically, the nature seems to be the same all the time - when I playing video games (currently it is Kings Bounty, used to be the problem with Max Payne 2012 even during the installation), also used to play Flash games and used to watch video online, it was crushing.
Most common BSOD problem was "page fault in non-paged area" and "IRQL is not less or equal". Sometimes it gives me just a black screen and nothing else at all so I have to go "hard reboot". Sometimes, it hangs with the destroyed, "torn in pieces" video and annoying repetitive sound like ding-ding-ding, so I need to reboot it again, sometimes it goes into BSOD with some errors and exceptions.

I have tried numerous times different Windows 7 versions, both x86 and x64 architecture, and tried XP. Same issues.

I have noticed although, that when the W7 has a clean installation and almost no updates installed, it gives me less headache. Recently I have stopped installing the Catalyst suite for the graphics and thought the problem was just with that but after going through all Windows updates it started again.

I think that there is something with the video, but cannot get to the bottom of it.

Please help as this is becoming now a paranoia for me and I cannot sleep properly.... Read more

A:BSOD playing Kings Bounty, random errors and hang ups

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Apologies, please find the right attachment now.

Thanks a lot

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Exploit broker steals Apple thunder, offers $500,000 for iOS zero days:
SOURCE: zdnet.com (ARTICLE DATE: 11th Aug 2016)

It was only last week that Apple finally launched a bug bounty program, but it did not take long for exploit peddlers to outbid the tech giant...

Apple is offering security researchers up to $200,000 if they privately disclose serious, critical holes in software rather than take such vulnerabilities and exploits elsewhere. However, Exodus Intelligence upped the game on Tuesday by raising Apple's bid, luring researchers with rewards of up to half a million for valid Apple software bugs.

The exploit trader has launched a "hit list" of the hottest, most wanted exploits for software including Apple iOS, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Adobe Flash. The company will pay $500,000 for the most dangerous bugs in Apple iOS 9.3 and above -- and researchers can choose to take a lump sum or smaller payments which continue to roll in as long as the exploit is still alive.

"Exodus is excited to be engaging the global research community in our mission to provide the highest quality of vulnerability intelligence in the industry," Logan Brown, president of Exodus Intelligence said.

Read the full article at the link at the top of the page

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Windows Media Player launches on its own without me clicking on it and I am not even viewing/listening to anything. I am usually in the middle of typing in Microsoft Word or a Yahoo chat.

Then my laptop goes haywire...
-some type of file extension appears in what I am typing like ][.jspg or something like that.
-i can no longer type...if i push any keys it usually goes to the tool bar in the document/chat I am working on like it is a command key or something trying to open the drop downs for tools, file edit, etc.
-then if i click on any of my icons on the desktop, they no longer launch. What appears is the gray properties box, so I am not able to launch any applications.

This was happening frequently and I decided to use the recovery disk and reinstall everything. That didn't work and I wound up replacing the hard drive (well a computer tech did).

Since the new hard drive it has been working fine until tonight when Windows Media Player launched for no reason while I was typing my paper for class.

Windows Media Player 11
Toshiba Satellite M45-S269
Windows XP

By the way, if I shut down my laptop and restart I am usually fine. Now it only has happened once since the new hard drive but I don't think it should be happening at all. I am starting here but don't know if it is more of a Hardware issue.

Any ideas?

A:WMP launches on its own when I am not using it

Im having a similar issues but Im sure some is taking care of my issue, someone other than me of course because my effort is endless!

I swapped Toshiba Floppy Disk, and my hard drives. I think windows told me to remove one of the jumpers on the HD and unplug the device, then start BIOS and make sure boot order is set to the HD installation WINDOWS FIRST! I have an error here but im not sure its even and error, I BELEIVE having a boot loader installed would greatly help me out here! I cannot seem to get any third party scsci devices installed, not even sure if I have any actually LLoLL, but this can be adressed elsewhere.

Problem being the boot loader im getting doesnt tell me any more information than the BIOS is re-setting its own cmos. I booted from the new HD and evertyhing seemed normal, perfect installation of a windows home edition sp2, problem is I CANNOT GET MY WESTERN DIGITAL HARD DRIVE functioning to its full capabilities, for example id like to use the via Sata Raid utility that came with my hardware and its outdated. I need to get assurance that it is infact a scsci device thats in my full control hence JBOD?RAID?BINARY

I have old notes of my classes of visual basic that have alot of KEY TERMINOLOGY that will one day be very usefull to me, just gonna have to get me either A) Some quick fix or B) Additional Help C) A mac or whatever...

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I had a HD problem. I purchased a new 160 GB HD for my Laptop/Notebook. I did a fresh install of the Restore CD. Opened IE to download Firefox. Now IE launches on its own with pop-ups ads. I also purchased Norton's 360. I also have AVG Free. They both found tracking cookies that I've had them delete. I try not to use IE if at all possible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Richard

A:IE launches on its own---Need Help

Hey, my first suggestion is to follow this forum's 5 step procedure to removing/getting help with malware:

Read this thread and follow the instructions: http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...oval-help.html

I also try to not use IE when possible, at one point i used comodo firewall to block the program from being run by any other program. (you may want to look into this, i'm not sure if it's do-able with AVG)


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Hi - for the last 2 days I've had a strange problem where my PC randomly opens yahoo in IE when I'm typing (it's not my home page)
It only does this whilst I'm using the keyboard, browsing by mouse is fine.
I've tried using notepad to see if it's a specific keystroke making it launch, but best I can see this really is random.

I'm running an HP Pavilion with XP Media Centre Internet Security v2002 & SP3.
For security I use Norton Internet Security etc, virus definitions all up to date.
I also have a HP Multimedia wireless keyboard - it has quick access keys across the top but I'm not going anywhere near these.

First thing I checked was the Multimedia keyboard settings - moved them all back to defaults, so 'Internet Launch' should take me to hp website.
Carry on typing, problem started again. Checked keyboard settings, they were pointing back to Yahoo.

So I ran a full Norton scan overnight and it came back clean (bar one tracking cookie which I cleaned).
I ran a Panda scan today following some notes on this website, and again it just came back with cookies (have saved the result)
I've deleted all temp internet files, cookies etc.
I've installed the latest software from hp for my keyboard and rebooted a number of times.

The problem is still happening. I know it doesn't sound so bad, but as it switches focus to the new tab when you're half way through a word it's a real pain.
Talking to Norton LiveChat support la... Read more

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Hi, I am operating Windows XP and if we are not connected to the internet, AOL still tries to launch automatically. This can be really annoying if you are in the middle of games etc, as it disrupts whatever you happen to be doing. Where do I look for the autolaunch file of AOL? Thanks.

A:AOL launches automatically

if i am correct go to internet explorer and then internet properties and then connection tab. Somewhere in there it will have the option to always dial a connect, never dial and only dial if... (forgot the rest)
select never dial a connection
this should fix your problem

sorry i can not get the exact wording to all of this but post back if you need more help

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Hello technet!
Been frustrating me lately that paint doesn't work when im just going to do simple cropping or editing of pictures.
I'm launching paint.exe and nothing happens. When i look at task manager, it say it's process is active using 0% CPU and 1.1mb memory. No error shows up.
Trying to run it as admin, but nothing works. How can i reinstall or fix this issue?

Running Windows 8.1 Pro x64

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I can launch IE and it will attempt to go to my homepage http://www.google.co.uk. The DNS resolves OK and sometimes the page does render fully and sometimes it gets maybe just the top menu bar from Google. The IE bottom left status says "Done" but the progress bar stays at 100% green. The UI is now frozen.

I have to "End Process" to kill IE This brings up a popup saying "You chose to end a nonresponsive program, Internet Explorer"

Chrome and Firefox work OK to the same URLs.

Windows Update also does not get new files though it is set to download them.

I've got up to date AVG 2012, SuperAntispyware, MalwareBytes and Windows Defender. None indicate any problems.

Possibly related...

If I issue this command "iexplore.exe -extoff" I get a window that looks like the Windows File Explorer titled "http://xtoff/ - Microsoft Internet Explorer" that is also frozen but is displaying the Desktop and one level down icons.

And, if I right click the desktop IE shortcut I can choose NoAddOns but clicking it pops up a message saying "The file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the folder Options control panel"

I hope I've given you enough to go on and please do let me know if I can provide any more details that will help get to the bottom of IE and Windows Updates not working.

All help appreciated,



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A:IE 8 launches then freezes

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Does anyone know whether Windows 7 will still be available in the stores for purchase once Windows 8 is officially launched on Oct 25th?

Perhaps someone can recall what happened to Vista when Win 7 launched.

If Win 7 is going to be pulled from the shelves, then maybe it's time to stock up before it's gone.

A:Win 7 availability once Win 8 launches?

Of course it will. Windows 8 sucks.

1 shelf 4 feet long dedicated to W8.

10 Shelves 20 feet long dedicated to W7..............and XP

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I recently had a problem of IE8 repeatedly launching itself while the computer was idle. I uninstalled IE8, leaving only IE7. Now IE7 launches itself only during bootup although it works fine as does the rest of the computer. I'm sure it is some malware.
DDS (Ver_09-10-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Bruce at 19:45:10.87 on Wed 11/04/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_15
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1535.581 [GMT -5:00]

AV: Norton Internet Security *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {E10A9785-9598-4754-B552-92431C1C35F8}
FW: Norton Internet Security *enabled* {7C21A4C9-F61F-4AC4-B722-A6E19C16F220}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\winnt\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\winnt\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\winnt\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
C:\Program Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeInSystray.exe
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A:IE7 launches on bootup

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Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.

Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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Since we started building GPUs over ten years ago, NVIDIA has had some of the most loyal and dedicated fans on the planet. Your passion for games is what has pushed us to create faster and better GPUs.
For a long time we've wanted to do something for you that makes your PC gaming experience better and that helps cultivate PC gaming at large. Today, we're pleased to unveil the first step of that effort--a new website called GeForce.com.

GeForce.com - Get the Most Out of Your GPU

A:GeForce.com Launches

Site requires Flash....
I am disappointed and will not be using it much.


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on boot up all is normal , the 1st icon i click whatever it is launches 50 times , can be stoped by hitting the ESC key and all is ok untill the next day not the next boot scans with repatable software shows nothing "machine shows no signs of infection"

A:Icon x 50 launches

Is this a desktop or laptop?
If you open a program thru Start, programs (select program) does it work normally the first time you open a program?
Just for grins, try a different keyboard if its a desktop.
I am thinking, maybe you should do a hard drive scan and let the scan try to fix bad sectors.
Then maybe run SFC scannow google that for directions.

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I am running XP Pro, SP2 and for some reason IE will no longer launch. I was using the browser, hit Ctrl+N to open a new window, and my IE window closed. When I tried to relaunch nothing happened other than a brief appearance by the hourglass - no error messages, no event log entry, nothing. I've rebooted, reinstalled IE, and scanned for viruses, but nothing seems to work. The weird thing is that if I open up Windows Explorer and type a URL in the navigation bar I can access websites without any trouble. However, clicking on a link that tries to open a new browser window or hitting Ctrl+N will cause the window to disappear. Help!

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I don't want to get rid of realplayer because it's really good at tagging, downloading, and converting FLVs, like Youtube. But it keeps launching processes, even when I'm not using it, and the computer starts to run slower until I shut them down manually. It's annoying. Is there any way around this beyond getting rid of it?

Realplayer actually puts a little tag above FLVs, to click and download. Other programs are more awkward, and forget those web based thingies - they're time-limited and buggy. I like its abilities in that regard but I hate all those processes.

A:Realplayer launches too many processes

RealPlayer does install unecessary modules as Startup Items which start automatically with Windows.
Provided you know what you are looking for, you can disable them with Ccleaner from here:

Install it & open it.
Click "Tools", then click "Startup".
Here, ALL your startup items are listed in one place.
Select (one at a time) anything which refers to RealPlayer or one of it's modules, then click "Disable".

When done, close Ccleaner and restart Windows. Items you've just disabled will no longer start with Windows.
If your are very confident, you can (optionally) open Ccleaner again and this time "Delete" any disabled items you definitely know you will never need.

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I've not been around lately because i've been making a website. Publisher based its really stone age stuff ...but considerin i couldnt use the web a few years ago nor microsoft word..im gonna give me som props... However if u follow the link you may notice it slow to load pics..why...does anyone have som simple things they would recommend to add to make it look more pro...simple been the opreative word...THANKS IN ADVANCE GUYS...Any advice i've got from bleeping members has been a great help. ....here it is....get ready....for the most extreme.........da da daaaa........www.tomino.ie

A:Sleepydog Launches A Website!

Great Web site! I have some few tips for you:

1.) You may want to center your web site in the middle of the page.

2.) you main image is a little distorted. If you want a larger one you should try and upload a larger sized picture. Your Pall-Trans logo is also distorted I can't read what it says underneath it.

3.) you may want to change your title to something other then Blank (maybe Tomino Logistics)

4.) This is optional but I think it would look better if you put your addresses and telephone number in a box. (put a square around it)

Sorry if I sound mean but, I am just trying to help You !

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"Kaspersky has finally launched its free antivirus software after a year-and-a-half of testing it in select regions. While the software was only available in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China and in Nordic countries during its trial run, Kaspersky is releasing it worldwide. The free antivirus doesn't have VPN, Parental Controls and Online Payment Protection its paid counterpart offers, but it has all the essential features you need to protect your PC. It can scan files and emails, protect your PC while you use the web and quarantine malware that infects your system."
Full read: www.engadget.com/.../
Kaspersky's paid AV has dominated in protection tests of security products by independent organisations for some years now. Now that it offers a free version, it looks like I will have to give it a test run.

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I am looking for a solution to stop a process called redirect.ocx launching a new webpage when I type into a document or attempt to type a new webpage.

I have a HP desktop running XP and the latest Norton anti-virus which shows no problem whne scanned.

I have reinstalled keyboard drivers but problem remains.

Does anyone know how to remove or stop this? In the course of typing this message I have had 6 instances of the PC trying to transfer me to a different page.

Thank you

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A:AVG Launches Premium Security

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but, how about detection rate?

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First posting - not really sure where this fits. I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 c3.5yrs old with Vista. Launched it this morning and all the text from teh very first screen is gobbledigook/hyrogliphics. I cant make head nor tail of anything. HELP! Where do I start or go? Is it knackered or a simple matter of doing something?

Any help much appreciated.


A:Gobbledigook when computer launches!

Hi, npa2310, welcome to TSF.

Could you possibly take a photo with a camera of the screen and upload it? Then we'll probably know what we're dealing with.


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I have a new Asus Transformer Book T100 running win 8.1 (not RT). Whenever I launch IE from the Tile screen it switches to desktop then IE launches in desktop version. Some setting I need to adjust? First experience with Win 8 & touchscreen.


A:IE always launches in desktop mode

Hello Sam,

The tutorial below can help show you how to restore the modern Internet Explorer. Most likely you will just need to make sure that the desktop IE is set as the default program to do so.

Internet Explorer Modern - Restore in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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This problem is occurring on two different Windows XP machines, one pro & one home. After an extended period of time ranging from about 20 hrs to 3 days it becomes impossible to launch applications and currently running apps cannot open a pop-up window. Typically I have about 20 windows open, but will have started and stopped dozens, possibly hundreds of mostly console apps. If I close some then it is possible to load apps, but the process repeats itself requiring even more windows to be closed. The only solution is to reboot and then all is well. Immediately following the reboot I can open all the apps present before the reboot and many more.

The most useful error message I have gotten is an Event Id 26, which is not very helpful since it seems to be a generic message used when any popup window fails. Both system & user apps are affected. I have lived with it on a Dell desktop for well over a year. Now Iím having the same problem with a Thinkpad. The Dell is hyper-threaded and the Thinkpad dual-core. My other machines have been single. I have not tried turning the feature off yet, but I will.

It seems obvious to me that some system resource is being used up, but I cannot identify what it is. I have tried shutting down all apps and trying to bring the system back as close as I can to a post-boot status. There is plenty of both real & virtual memory available. There is no unusual number of processes running.

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A:Windows XP pop-ups and app launches fail after 24 hrs

Go into task manager and go to the Processes tab. This should tell you what programs are taking up what resources. Could be one of your programs you use might close, but the process does not stop. It could be that everytime you launch it, it creates another session of it and eventually you have a bunch of extra processes going. Check that out and let me know.

Ive seen that happen with Outlook before.

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Hello, sounds like i am in the same boat as sraelkin and others. I keep getting IE opening a new window and directing me here: hxxp://www.ppcblinks.com/promo/?sid=NTA0NTIuNTk1LjI0NS0wLjE4MC4u and to other websites. I also get search engine redirects on both google and bing. This is crippling my ability to use the laptop for powerpoint, and other business functions.DDS (Ver_09-11-29.01) - NTFSx86 Run by 10032507 at 21:56:52.56 on Mon 11/30/2009Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.2180Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.1015.320 [GMT -5:00]AV: avast! antivirus 4.8.1368 [VPS 091130-1] *On-access scanning disabled* (Updated) {7591DB91-41F0-48A3-B128-1A293FD8233D}AV: Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exesvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\A... Read more

A:Window launches and redirects

Hi, All4's Welcome.Download GMER Rootkit Scanner from here or here. Extract the contents of the zipped file to desktop. Double click GMER.exe. If it gives you a warning about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run a full scan...click on NO, then use the following settings for a more complete scan..

Click the image to enlarge it
In the right panel, you will see several boxes that have been checked. Ensure the following are UNCHECKED ... Sections IAT/EAT Drives/Partition other than Systemdrive (typically C:\) Show All (don't miss this one) Then click the Scan button & wait for it to finish. Once done click on the [Save..] button, and in the File name area, type in "ark.txt"
Save it where you can easily find it, such as your desktop and post its contents in your next reply.**Caution**Rootkit scans often produce false positives. Do NOT take any action on any "<--- ROOKIT" entries

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Recently after trying personally to remove viruses on my laptop, i decided to play around with deleting affected files and tried different setting in the boot system in MSCONFIG.

Subsequently when screen loads up to user profiles it asks for Admin password, after which it goes straight to the CMD.exe screen. Windows obviously hasn't started up as i can only get this or Task Bar up on the screen. There is no Start button or the usual Windows background.

How do i get MSCONFIG back up at this stage to change the settings back to it's original. I've tried F8 and the various Safe Mode settings but it still loads up to CMD after i enter Admin password.

ANy help is appreciated. If i am at a loss here, please let me know as obviously there is a final option and to pay someone to back up my files and reboot the whole of the system to Factory settings.

A:Laptop launches straight to cmd.exe

It really depends what you changed and what you deleted. If you get a command prompt, then Windows is loaded and running. There is no other command prompt in the NT series unless you have the 16-bit one.

Try running msconfig from the command prompt.

You can use Parted Magic to transfer all your files if you decide to do a factory restoration.

Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)
If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.

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A few days ago firefox starts at startup. Theres nothing listed in startup for it. Im fairly sure its not a virus or malware. Is there a tool that can monitor what causes it to pull up? The only recent changes have been setting up a vpn.

I reinstalled firefox and didnt atart on its own for about 10 boots but now it is. I have vpncheck pro that autostarts rograms and disables them when vpn is active but this occurred before that program was installed. it closes firefox after startup cause it sees no vpn. the vpn connects and reopens it like it should. So i dont think it that software..

nvm. yesterday i was doing system image restores. today just got done creating one. I think it involves windows 8 fastboot thing with shutdown vs restarting. maybe i had it open and thats why cause it doesnt happen with restart.

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In last night before went to zzz was going to check emails and some game news with my Desktop Pc from Pc Gamer website,but browser didn't get connection to net even Steam was Online and Laptop next to me online as well. Laptop is connected to Modem with Ethernet Cable and was working so went to zzz and hoped that it's similar when only browser can't connect,but Steam can. Today when launched my Desktop Rig it seems that browser still can't connect and Steam notifies about launching as admin,but doesn't go to phase where u put username & pw,but Rig just loads for a moment and then nothing.

Raptr client also doesn't even go to login screen & would inform that can't connect to net,but instead gives pop up window about raptrstub log file for details. This is so weird and never happened before..At 1st i thought that my Desktop Pc's integrated network card is blown cause still after 8hrs of zzz can't connect and espesially weird and scary now when applications don't even go to login phase "client showing on screen".

This scary problem came now just before i've got rest of the components together for building new Rig. I'm only missing Cpu & Motherboard & get them in early next month. I wonder if could even use Vlc to watch videos..Haven't tried it yet. My Windows 7 Home Premium is Legit and bought from good store. Might not upgrade to Win 10 even it's offered as free. Naturally checking review's from good sources 1st. There have been too man... Read more

A:Nothing launches anymore in my desktop Pc :o

Did you run the network troubleshooter from right clicking the network icon in System tray?

Go over your install closely using the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 which will uncover most problems.

Do you have a wireless adapter you can try to compare? Change the ethernet cable? Try another ethernet port?

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newish system was working fine up until 2 weeks ago.. now Call of duty 4,Company of hero's and republic comando games crash after the load up menu.....I tried adjusting the graphics even though they were working on ther highest settings before. I read somewhere that the 8500gt graphics card i have has some issues. If any one could shed some light on this it would be much appreciated. I have intel core duo 2.66ghz, 2 gb of ram. I'm not that technical dammit.

A:Crashing as game launches

comes up with a message saying game.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close...

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How do I make Netscape my default browser? When I signed up for Cox @home cable service,
my default browser was changed to IE with the @home red button for the logo.

A:Explorer Launches - I want Netscape

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Hello, I'm new to these forums. I have mentioned this problem to a few people and a few forums, but I have not felt I've been given the best advice to deal with my problem.

For a few months now, I have had a problem with my computer. Basically, if I want to check something by clicking on Control Panel or My Computer, before taking me to the proper screen, Internet Explorer will suddenly launch, and a window will pop up telling me I may be at risk of spyware, and that I should scan my computer. Clicking the "X" button usually does not close it at first. Sometimes, it will tell me I have porn on my computer (which I don't).

I have scanned my computer with the latest, up to date version of Avasts free antivirus software, and although it has found a few virus in the past, recent scans have come up with nothing. I'm also using SpyBot: Search and Destroy, also up to date and also finding nothing.

I have an old, used computer that uses Windows 2000 which I have been using for a few months. It used to be an office computer, and it has a very small hard drive, so downloading new programs may not be an option. I was using the free Comodo firewall, but had to uninstall recently due to problems with it not opening up. I have also tried uninstalling Ad-Aware 2007, to free up space, but have been unable to do so.

When I want to go online, I use the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, which I switched to after having problems with Explorer. I believe th... Read more

A:Internet Explorer Launches Itself.

Welcome to BC
What you are describing is certainly spyware. I'm moving your post to a forum where the experts can better address the problem
Good luck

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I am trying to fix a problem for a user that I support but Word is not one of my strong suits.
Everytime the user clicks on a new Word document, it opens a completely new session of Word instead of opening within the current session.
We are experiencing this with one user on Word 97 and en-masse with Word 2000.
I have tried looking into and editing the commands in the File Association area and everything looks fine (ie: compared to a machine without the issue)

A:New Session of Word Launches for each new doc

I believe this is standard and unchangeable behavior with Word 2000. It was made an option with Word 2002. As for Word 97, there might be a setting to change, but I'm not aware of it.

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