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Website redirects to malicious virus site - malware, trojans, adware, spyware

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:20:00 +0000

Recently had to deal with a client's major website problems - someone had managed to log into the webhost server and modified some settings to cause any traffic coming through the major search engines to be redirected to a malicious website which would quickly infect the user's computer with up to a dozen viruses, trojans, spyware and adware.

Turns out that the web server's hidden ".htaccess" file had been hacked, causing search engine traffic to be redirected to the malicious site. Accessing the correct website directly was not a problem; just coming through a search engine like Google, Bing, MSN, AltaVista, Ask, etc. would lead to the redirects.

Here's some info about the problem from

.htaccess redirects

The Apache web server, which is used by many hosting providers, uses a hidden server file called .htaccess to configure certain access settings for directories on the website. Attackers will sometimes modify an existing .htaccess file on your web server or upload new .htaccess files to your web server containing instructions to redirect users to other websites, often ones that lead to badware downloads or fraudulent product sales.

Other techniques used by hackers to redirect your website traffic:

Malicious scripts are often used to redirect site visitors to a different website and/or load badware from another source. These scripts will often be injected by an attacker into the content of your web pages, or sometimes into other files on your server, such as images and PDFs. Sometimes, instead of injecting the entire script into your web pages, the attacker will only inject a pointer to a or other file that the attacker saves in a directory on your web server.

Many malicious scripts use obfuscation to make them more difficult for anti-virus scanners to detect:

Some malicious scripts use names that look like they’re coming from legitimate sites (note the misspelling of “analytics”):

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Microsoft's Free Antivirus Software - Download link for Microsoft Security Essentials

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:28:00 +0000

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times. It also runs quietly in the background scheduling scans when the PC is most likely idle and interrupting the user only when there is an action required to keep their PC secure. It employs practices like active memory swapping and CPU throttling to limit the impact on your PC performance, even on older or less powerful PCs.

This isn’t a security suite product that provides rich PC tuning capabilities or backs up your data. But if what you’re looking for is “install and forget” malware protection and solid quality Microsoft Security Essentials may be just what you’ve been waiting for.

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Laptop battery overheating recall: Find out HP, Compaq, Acer notebook and laptop models affected

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:04:00 +0000

An overheated laptop computer left on a couch caused a fire that killed a 56-year-old Vancouver man, the Coroners Service of BC Canada has concluded.The fire started after the laptop was left on a couch, plugged in and turned on. Because of the lack of ventilation under the laptop, less than an hour later the lithium-ion battery overheated and burst into flames, sparking the fire that eventually killed the man.The coroner did not release the make of computer involved in the death, but did say several makes of laptops have been recalled in recent years due to problems with lithium-ion batteries overheating and bursting into flames.Since 2004 in B.C., 4 other laptops have either overheated or short-circuited when left plugged in, causing fires. The death earlier this year, however, was the first in B.C. blamed on a laptop fire, the coroner said in statement.-----------------------------------------------------------------------HP / Compaq has recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various HP and Compaq notebook computers. Models that can contain a recalled battery include:HP PavilionCompaq PresarioHPHP Compaqdv2000dv2500dv2700dv6000dv6500dv6700dv9000dv9500dv9700A900C700F700V3000V3500V3700V6000V6500V6700G6000G70006720sThe notebook model is located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook. Batteries that can be subject to the recall will have one of the following bar code labels (^ in the code can be any letter or number):62940^^AXV^^^^65033^^B7U^^^^65033^^B7V^^^^65033^^BGU^^^^65035^^B7U^^^^65035^^B7V^^^^65035^^BGU^^^^65035^^BGV^^^^67059^^V8U^^^^67059^^V8V^^^^Sold at: Computer and electronics stores nationwide, and from August 2007 through March 2008 for between $500 and $3000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the recalled battery from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in the recall and to request a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. Consumers should only use batteries obtained from HP or an authorized reseller.For information on Acer's laptop battery overheating recall programs, visit here[...]

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Sat, 22 Aug 2009 15:22:00 +0000

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Upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista? Not Recommended

Sat, 22 Aug 2009 04:54:00 +0000

If you are debating about upgrading your corporate computer system to Windows Vista, we would recommend sticking with XP or Apple OS if you use Macs. From our experience, Vista has so many security updates and driver incompatabilities that you are better off keeping with XP and just making sure that you have the latest security updates from Microsoft. We have converted PCs from Vista back to XP and found a huge performance increase as well as increased reliability and security.

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Acer computer locks up - updating drivers may solve the problem

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 18:50:00 +0000

I've been having problems with Windows Vista lately on my ACER Aspire computer - random system lockup that requires a power down and reboot. After researching possible causes and using Microsoft's diagnostic memory test (Control Panel - Administrative Tools) I decided to make sure I had all the latest drivers. Acer's support website ( ) had updated drivers for the NVidia display adapter as well as new audio and LAN drivers. Installing these updates seems to have fixed the problem as well as sped up overall performance of my system.

I suspect the display driver was the cause of the lockups, but in any case it is worthwhile to check that you have the latest drivers if you're experiencing any mysterious crashes or slow performance. With all the Microsoft security updates to Vista, a driver that was compatible a year ago may no longer work properly.

Also, for ACER notebook users, Acer America Corporation in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily offering free replacement of certain lithium-ion battery packs containing cells made by Sony Energy Devices Corporation and used in certain Acer notebook computers. As announced previously by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 16 reports of notebook batteries overheating. These reports were associated with earlier recalls by other notebook computer manufacturers of batteries containing these Sony cells. These previous reports involved only minor property damage and two minor burns. None of these reports involved batteries in Acer notebook computers.

We encourage you to check to see if your Acer notebook may have one of these battery packs and, if it does, Acer will replace your battery pack for a new one at no cost to you.

The following Acer notebook computer models sold in the United States and Canada may have battery packs affected by this replacement program:

TravelMate Series Beginning with: 242x, 320x, 321x, 330x, 422x, 467x, 561x, C20x.

Aspire™ Series Beginning with: 556x, 560x, 567x, 930x, 941x, and 980x.

The battery packs included in this program were sold in the United States and Canada through authorized distributors as part of the identified TravelMate™ and Aspire™ notebook computers. In addition, these battery packs may have also been provided in response to service calls. The affected battery packs were shipped to distributors beginning in May 2004 and may have been sold at retail through November 2006.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2009 19:41:00 +0000

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How to fix "Invalid Engine Code" error on Lexmark Optra Printers

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 18:13:00 +0000

An Invalid Engine Code error message may mean that your Lexmark printer has lost the stored operating code for the engine board.

What to do

1. If you have not yet done so, try turning the printer off and then back on. Simply resetting the printer may restore it to a working condition.

2. If this does not clear the error, the code on the printer's engine board will need to be rewritten. You can obtain the engine code file from our website and send the file to the printer without having the printer serviced. Before sending the engine code file to the printer, it is helpful to put the printer into "Flash Engine" mode. Do the following:

1. Turn the printer off.
2. Press and hold the Menu, Select, and Return buttons.
3. While holding these buttons down, turn the printer on.
4. When Performing Self Test appears on the printer, release the buttons. The printer screen should now say Invalid Engine Code.

3. With the printer in "Flash Engine" mode, you can now copy the engine code file to the printer. The method to use depends on how your computer is connected to the printer. A direct parallel connection to the printer from a computer with DOS on it works best. However, you can also send the files to the printer through a direct USB connection or via an FTP connection across a network. Refer to the appropriate link below for instructions.

How to copy engine code via parallel cable
How to copy engine code via a USB connection
How to copy engine code via an FTP session

If copying the engine code to the printer does not clear the error message, the engine/system board will need to be replaced. This will require service to the printer...

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# Optra T610, Optra T612, Optra T614, Optra T616: optrateng
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# Lexmark T630, Lexmark T632, Lexmark T634: e551416
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What is my IP number? See your current IP address information

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:31:00 +0000

Find out your current I.P. address information here.

If your computer connects to the internet through a modem, the IP address listed is ONLY for this connection. This address will change every time you log into the internet. If your computer has a dedicated connection, the address shown has been assigned to your computer.

Click here for your current IP information

Your IP address identifies your computer or device on a TCP/IP network. Networks using TCP/IP route messages based on the IP address of the destination. The format of an IP address is a 32-bit numeric address, shown as 4 numbers separated by periods. Each number can be zero to 255. For example, could be an IP address.
Within isolated networks, you can assign IP addresses at random as long as each one is unique. However, connecting a private network to the Internet requires using registered IP addresses (called Internet addresses) to avoid duplication.

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Sun, 09 Aug 2009 15:27:00 +0000

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