Daily Archives: February 5, 2009
Though the Conficker worm’s infection rate appears to have peaked, the millions of now-compromised PCs constitute a potential botnet bonanza.
Most Conficker-infected PCs are in China, Russia, and Brazil, where pirating is prevalent and patching is rare; the U.S. infection rate is much lower.Read More »
Changes to User Account Control are designed to make Win7 less annoying, but they also make the OS vulnerable, according to a prominent researcher.
A very simple Visual Basic script — which in many cases runs without any prompts — can disable UAC completely, without warning.Read More »
USB drives, mice, keyboards, and other peripherals are great — when they work.
Unfortunately, some PCs have problems recognizing and using USB devices at boot time.Read More »
Every few years, a product comes along that is inexplicably popular. Despite tedious advertising, a questionable concept, and mediocre value, consumers hand over their hard-earned dollars with reckless abandon to own the next hot-ticket item. One such phenomenon is the subject of this hilarious infomercial parody.Read More »
The way word-wrapping alters line breaks in some browser windows thwarted a few of our readers’ attempts to disable AutoRun.
If you manually typed a line break where the code requires a space, and you couldn’t get the file to work, a simple change will do the trick.Read More »
Many people who watched live streaming video of the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama on Jan. 20 may not realize that their PC was used to send the video to other PCs, too.
Clicking “yes” to a CNN.com dialog box installed a peer-to-peer (P2P) application that uses your Internet bandwidth rather than CNN’s to send live video to other viewers.Read More »