How to get rid of Browser Hijackers and Browser Malware Toolbars

7 05 2014

Malware! Adware! Viruses!

You risk getting these when things are installed on your browser!

If your browser looks like this, you probably have malware.

If your browser looks like this, you probably have malware.

In my line of work, I have come across an issue that I see time and time again.  It’s called BO Malware- no not Body Odor, but kinda, when you think about.

Browser Helper Objects (BHO’s) is the actual term for these pesky little critters, and they can wreak havoc on your browser if you are not careful, and lead to virus leaks, identity theft, and even a major computer malfunction!  Not all BHO’s are bad, such as Adobe and Java, to name a couple.  Usually, they look like toolbars that belong on the browser.

Ever noticed as time goes by that your browser starts adding toolbars to itself that were never there before?

That’s because they weren’t and you have not been very careful about what you are clicking on.  DO NOT WORRY- most of the time, you add them inadvertently and have no idea that you are installing them.

They can slow down your online experience, not to mention your operating system if they have installed themselves in your hard drive through malware.  Your PC will be infected, your searches will all be controlled and redirected, your home page will be changed, and basically your computer will slowly be taken over.

So how do you prevent and get rid of them??

Your best bet is preventative methods.  When you install a legitimate tool, application, or any software, make sure to read everything carefully.  You would be surprised at what you are agreeing to if you ACTUALLY read some of those Terms & Conditions we all are so guilty of  just clicking and accepting.

Some of these advertisers and promoters are very sneaky and create an extra very small check box, and hide their products very well, within a legitimate product’s terms, such as a trial, complimentary feature, or “helper” object.  That’s why you have to look around very carefully and make sure nothing is already checked off by default whenever you are installing something or updating an already-installed program or utility.

Also, look out for new buttons, icons, or objects on your browser’s main bar.  If you suddenly have something on your browser like “Coupons.com” or “YouTube Downloader” where there was none before, something probably got installed inadvertently. Look at the examples above to familiarize yourself with what these little critters look like.

GETTING RID OF THEM

Often times there are heavy virus removal procedures that are involved, and you should seek professional service in order to not damage your system.  However, if you’d like to try it yourself, here is a basic procedure you can try.

First, your best bet is to restart the PC in Safe Mode.  You do this by tapping F8 when you first turn it on from a complete shutdown.  As soon as you hit the power-on button, you should already be tapping F8- fast and repeatedly until you get to a black screen with white letters that says Advanced Boot Options.  Here, you would select SAFE MODE using your up and down arrow keys on the keyboard, and press Enter.

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You will notice files loading and when this has finished, your desktop will look all messed up and the icons will all be very large- this is Normal for SAFE MODE.  ( At the end of all this, to get out of Safe Mode, just restart your PC but don’t do the “F8” thing.)

In Safe Mode, your core Windows components are loaded, and the system is running with minimal services, which is great because that means that if there is Malware (or viruses), they most likely are not loaded and running, since it’s only running the essential operating system components.  This is Safe Mode, ladies and gentlemen.

Now, the first thing you want to do [and hopefully you already have something installed] is run your anti-virus program.  You should keep in mind to update your AV program before you sign into Safe Mode, to ensure you have the latest updated virus definitions.  Once your virus scan is completed, delete or quarantine whatever it finds (if any) and then run it again, and again, until there are ZERO objects detected.

This will have removed any malware and possible viruses.  Once this is complete, you are ready to uninstall the BHO’s from your PC.  Now, in Safe Mode there are ways of uninstalling programs, but it requires some advanced knowledge and editing the registry, which is NOT recommended for a person who is not skilled at editing the registry.

For the sake of keeping this article at a ‘basic level’, we will skip the Advanced method, and REBOOT THE MACHINE back to Normal Mode.

Once the PC is back in Normal Mode and you are on your desktop, go to the Start menu, and open the Control Panel window.  Find the feature to Add/Remove programs or “Uninstall” a program, and begin to start looking for things that you do not recognize and have certain keywords like Search, Conduit, Coupons, Cleaner, and names of System Cleaners that you do not recall purchasing.  A good rule of thumb is, before you delete something you do not recognize, do not assume it is “bad” and look at the Publisher column in this Uninstall window, and make sure it is not a company you recognize, like Microsoft, Adobe, Quicken, and Sun Systems, to name a few.

IMPORTANT:  Do some research- look up the names of the ones you are suspicious about.  Chances are the first couple of search results on a web search will provide a wealth of answers as to what this product is.   If it’s bad, remove it from your system.

Speaking of “search”, your browser is still going to be hijacked, so a good thing to do in combination, or before you start searching for products you are suspicious about, is resetting your browser.  Each browser has a different way of doing this.

NOTE: resetting your browser can sometimes mean losing your favorites.  There is a way of exporting your favorites to a file and importing them back after a reset,but that will not be covered in this article.  A Google search will find those instructions easily.

Internet Explorer

  1. Close all Internet Explorer and Explorer windows that are currently open.
  2. Start Internet Explorer.  Note If you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, start Internet Explorer from the desktop. Changing your settings will affect both Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer that you start from the desktop.
  3. On the Tools menu, tap or click Internet options. If you don’t see the Tools menu, press Alt.
  4. In the Internet Options window, tap or click the Advanced tab.
  5. Tap or click Reset. If you’re using Windows Internet Explorer 6, click Restore Default.

Google Chrome

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings and find the “Reset browser settings” section.
  4. Click Reset browser settings.
  5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. Note: When the “Help make Google Chrome better by reporting the current settings” checkbox is selected you are anonymously sending Google your Chrome settings. Reporting these settings allows us to analyze trends and work to prevent future unwanted settings changes.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and then click help Help-29 .
  2. From the Help menu choose Troubleshooting Information.
    If you’re unable to access the Help menu, type about:support in your address bar to bring up the Troubleshooting information page.
  3. Click the Reset Firefox… button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
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  4. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  5. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will open.

SAFARI

To reset Safari:

  1. Choose Safari > Reset Safari.
  2. Deselect any items you don’t want to reset:
  3. Clear history: Clears the list of webpages you’ve viewed.
  4. Reset Top Sites: Clears any changes you’ve made to Top Sites, such as adding or pinning sites. If you also clear your history, your Top Sites page reverts to showing the webpage previews displayed when you first installed Safari 5.
  5. Remove all webpage preview images: Clears any thumbnail images Safari has saved of webpages you’ve viewed.
  6. Empty the cache: Clears the webpages you’ve viewed from the temporary location on your computer where Safari stores them. The cache helps webpages load more quickly, so you may notice it takes some websites longer to open the first time you visit them after emptying the cache.
  7. Clear the Downloads window: Clears the list of files you’ve downloaded from websites. Only the names are removed; the files themselves are still on your disk until you remove them.
  8. Remove all cookies: Removes cookies that websites have stored on your computer.
  9. Remove all website icons: Removes website icons, which are small graphics that help identify sites on the Internet. You see them in the Safari address field and bookmarks list, and other places. These icons are stored on your computer.
  10. Remove saved names and passwords: Removes user names and passwords that Safari automatically fills in at websites that require them (if the AutoFill feature is turned on).
  11. Remove other AutoFill form text: Removes some personal information, such as telephone numbers, that Safari uses to automatically fill in forms on webpages (if the AutoFill feature is turned on). Removing AutoFill information does not remove information from your address book.
  12. Close all Safari windows: If you don’t close all Safari windows, someone could use the Back and Forward buttons to view the webpages you’ve visited.
  13. Reset all location warnings: Clears any information websites have saved about your location.
  14. Click Reset.

Finally, after resetting your browser, your home page (or the default home page) should return, and not the redirecting search bar that you most likely have been using thinking this is the “normal”  search bar or home page.  You can set the home page at this point to what ever you like, usually Google.com is the preferred industry standard.

Check your browser for objects- if there are still some left, jot down the name(s) and perform a web search and look for similarities in programs and names in the Control Panel.  Uninstall the left overs bad ones.  Usually, you will not catch them all in your first sweeps, and will need to do a little research before the system is safe once again.

TO RECAP.

Start your PC in Safe Mode

Run a Virus Scan until clean

Restart your PC in Normal Mode again

Uninstall unwanted programs via the Control Panel

Reset your browser to its default settings

Lather, and repeat if necessary, like shampoo until your system is clean.

 

Good luck- and for help or service, you can always contact us, and we can provide REMOTE support and do all this for you, for a nominal fee.
Thanks for reading this article!

We hope it helps, and remember, this article is intended for beginners or people who are not very tech-savvy, so Techs…..spare us any technical objections- we know its a little more complicated, but we have faith in our readers that they can DO THIS!!

 





CAT5 Wiring Technique for Ethernet Cable

26 08 2012

Tech Superforce

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Connectors and Information

The cable exists in both stranded and solid conductor forms. The stranded form is more flexible and withstands more bending without breaking and is suited for reliable connections with insulation piercing connectors, but makes unreliable connections in insulation-displacement connectors. The solid form is less expensive and makes reliable connections into insulation displacement connectors, but makes unreliable connections in insulation piercing connectors. Taking these things into account, building wiring (for example, the wiring inside the wall that connects a wall socket to a central patch panel) is solid core, while patch cables (for example, the movable cable that plugs into the wall socket on one end and a computer on the other) are stranded. Outer insulation is typically PVC or LSOH.

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STANDARD SEQUENCE

White Orange, Orange, White Green, Blue, White Blue, Green, White Brown, Brown.  This is Standard 568B Cat5 wiring.

CHARACTERISTICS of Category 5 Wire
Bending radius
Most Cat 5 cables can be bent at a radius approximately 4 times the diameter of the cable.

Maximum Cable Segment Length
According to the ANSI/TIA/EIA standard for category 5e cable, (TIA/EIA 568-5-A[5]) the maximum length for a cable segment is 100 meters (328 feet). If longer runs are required, the use of active hardware such as a repeater, or a switch, is necessary.[6] [7] The specifications for 10baseT networking specify a 100 metre length between active devices. This allows for 90 metres of fixed cabling, two connectors and two patch leads of 5 metres, one at each end. In practice longer lengths are possible. (See Ethernet over twisted pair which states that 150 m is often considered to be the maximum working length.) Experiments show that a full 305 metre drum of cable is well above the practical limit, but that reliable transmission with 200 m is often possible.

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WDS Deployment Facts – Windows Server

25 08 2012

Did you know that if you have the resources (which can be anywhere from affordable to bust-the-bank expensive), you can populate a very nice and resourceful network in your small or regular business.

Most office have machines that host the operating system, such as Windows XP Professional, right inside the actual machine.  This is called a local installation because it resides locally in the computer.

With Windows Servers, you can implement a different kind of hosting system.  You can have hard drive-less workstations that boot right off the server operating system image files stored in a file server.  This is called WDS or Windows Deployment Services.

Now although this may not be the right fit for every business, it certainly has its benefits.  One of the benefits is increased security, as the local machine does not have anything stored in it, and another one is data is securely stored in the server and there is more fault tolerance.

WDS Facts

The Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server role enables the deployment of Windows operating systems to client and server computers. Using WDS, computers without an operating system installed boot from the network, contact the WDS server, and download and install the operating system.

WDS uses disk images for the installation. An image is a single file containing the contents of an operating system installation. Image files have the .wim extension. There are four types of WDS images:

An install image is an image of the operating system that will be installed on client computers.

  • A default install image (Install.wim) is included on the operating system DVD in the <DVDroot>\Sourcesfolder.
  • Install.wim includes all editions of Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 within the single image file, including the Enterprise and Datacenter editions and the Server Core installations.
  • When you add the install image in WDS, you identify the editions within the install image that are available for clients to install.
  • When a client computer connects to the WDS server, and if there are multiple install images available or multiple editions within a single install image made available, a menu will be shown allowing the user to select the version and edition to install.
  • Each install image is architecture specific. For example, you must have either the 32-bit, 64-bit or 64-bit Itanium version.

boot image is a minimal operating system that is sent to the client when it first connects to the WDS server. Boot images are used as follows:

  1. During the boot process, the client computer locates the WDS server.
  2. The WDS server sends a boot image file to the client. The boot image file contains the Windows PE operating system and the WDS client software.
  3. The client installs the Windows PE operating system in the boot image and starts the WDS client.
  4. The WDS client retrieves a list of available full operating systems to install.
  5. The client computer downloads the appropriate install image and installs the full operating system.

When working with boot image files:

  • A default boot image file (Boot.wim) is included on the operating system DVD in the <DVDroot>\Sourcesfolder.
  • You can use multiple boot image files. If the WDS server has multiple boot image files, the client computer will display a menu of boot images to use.

Note: Client computers must support PXE boot (network boot) to use boot image files. PXE boot allows a computer without an operating system installed to locate and download the operating system through a network connection.

capture boot image is an image that you use to create custom install images. To create a custom install image you do the following:

  1. Create the capture boot image from a regular boot image. The capture image includes Windows PE and the WDS Image Capture Wizard.
  2. Install the operating system on a reference computer. Once the operating system is installed, you can customize the installation as desired.
  3. On the reference computer, run the Sysprep utility. Sysprep prepares the computer so that an image can be created from the installation.
  4. Boot the reference computer from the network. When the computer connects to the WDS server, select the capture boot image you created earlier.
  5. After the computer boots, it runs the WDS Image Capture Wizard. Use the wizard to select the disk partition containing the operating system installation you want to capture, and a location to save the resulting image file.
  6. When the wizard completes, the resulting install image file is uploaded to the WDS server.

discover image is a boot image that is placed on removable media (such as a CD, DVD, or USB drive) that can be used by non-PXE clients to boot and locate a WDS server. To use a discover image:

  1. Create the discover image from an existing boot image.
  2. Use the Microsoft Windows AIK tools to create an ISO image that contains the discover boot image.
  3. Burn the ISO image to disc. You must use a tool capable of creating a disc from an ISO image; simply copying the image to the disc will not work.
  4. Insert the media in the client computer. Boot the computer from the media.
  5. The computer installs the Windows PE operating system and connects to the WDS server. Select a desired install image to install the full operating system and complete the process.

A few more things to keep in mind…

Windows Server 2008 R2 supports IPv6 for deploying images, but does not support IPv6 for network booting.

Windows Server 2008 R2 also adds the ability to deploy virtual hard disk (.VHD) images under the following limited conditions:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate are the only supported operating systems.
  • The WDSUtil command line utility must be used to import and configure .VHD images.
  • Deployment must be automated, which requires creation of two unattend files. It is valid only for a physical computer (not a virtual machine).
  • The .VHD image must contain only one OS and one partition. It may not contain applications or data (only the OS) or a 64-bit Windows edition partitioned with a GUID partition table (GPT).

THAT WRAPS IT UP here at Superforce for WDS Facts.  We hope you enjoyed our article and found it useful, and please feel free to write any comments or if you have any questions.  We will be more than happy to assist you.

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The Real Scoop on AT&T U-Verse

18 09 2010

AT&T U-verse Review

by Superforce Newsvine

Okay, so everybody is finding out about this new TV, Internet, and Home Phone service called U-verse from AT&T, right?  The boxes (nodes) which bring the signal to your local neighborhoods are spreading throughout the county.  With prices at competitive rates, and the demand for better and faster technology growing, many people are switching over to U-verse.

But, exactly how dependable is it??  Let’s talk about some pros and cons-

TV

The signal is tremendously stronger and fiber optic (essentially glass cables that are ran underground to bring you a better resolution and signal for crystal clear picture).  But they don’t run Fiber to the unit.

Fiber is only ran to the neighborhood (except in some of the newer development in New Japan) in Miami (this is what is called Fiber-to-the-node).  Those big beige boxes that you have been seeing the AT&T trucks working on, those are nodes, where the signal and fiber runs to.

From a node, signal is brought to your house or unit using existing copper wires, ones that were once, Southern Bell lines, which AT&T recently bought out (economically-speaking).

PRICING

Anywhere from 99.00 to 237.00 for all three service, AT&T offers “solutions”, which are (in essence) TV Channel Preferences, Internet Speed necessity, and Phone Lines.

A good package runs you about 147.00 for all three services, with 60% of the Movie Channels. All except HBO.

QUALITY

AT&T’s regular standard signal is 720p, which is Comcast’s High-Def signal resolution.   U-verse’s HD, is actually 1080i, not “p”.  So depending on your equipment, 1080p may be the better quality, therefore making the U-verse 1080i, one notch lower in quality.

INTERNET

The modem they give you (called a Gateway) is developed by Cisco systems and was specially designed to be compatible with fiber optic networking, a first of it’s kind.  It is the brain of the entire U-verse system.  It brings in the signal for your TV, Internet (with 4 Network Connection Ports/ethernet), and also powers the VOip Digital Telephone service.  If you have AT&T DSL, this is twice as fast, and more.

Another thing about nodes (and quality) is the Internet’s signal strength.  One thing I always used to tell my customers, was a little inside tip I received from a technician, one day stopping for a coffee break, and just taking it easy in the South Florida sun.

Technician:  “We have to pump enough signal for it be able to reach up to 1 mile from these nodes.  In order to be able to push that much signal through these wires, we have to give it a lot of juice. ” – says My New Pal.

He continues, saying-  “That means, that if the customer at the end of this grid line wants to pay for the biggest package and fastest internet, and he wants 32Mbps, we are going to have to pump like 100Mbps through that line jsut to be able to reach that last customer, and it’s almost sometimes impossible to tweak and precisely control that kind of power stream!”

WHAT DOES ALL THIS MUMBO-JUMBO MEAN?

That people living closer to the node, may get away paying for only 12Mbps of Internet Speed ( The MAX Package), but they’ll most likely receive like 30Mbps of speed on the house, due to this phenomenon!

Final OVERVIEW

YES! YOU CAN GET ANOTHER SERVICE FOR CHEAPER.  But you cannot get (in some neighborhoods) the speed U-verse has.  The signal for Hi-Def might be 1080i, as opposed to Direct TV’s 1080p, but on the up-side, you won’t lose signal because of a little storm cloud or a sudden rise of gusty winds.

Some channels that certain satellite providers contain, U-verse does not currently have on their network of channels they provide.  but inside info, is that many channels are being internally requested (even I used to request them after sales call if I had a customer that was bargaining with that as his decision-maker), but requesting the channels is not a gurantee they will be supplied.

Channels like TV Caracol, TV Chile, The Dutch Channel, TVe,  and a few others.

If you live close to a node, you may benefit more than your other neighbors who live further down the line.  You’ll have your own dedicated line for Internet, as opposed to Comcast’s DSL (which is on one shared line which you share with all your neighbors on that same line; the reason why your speeds fluctuate from hour to hour, and it sucks).

Finally, the phone service, well it’s VOip, that’s all I gotta say.  Some people like it, if it’s a luxury.  Other people who might be helpless if the power goes out and they lose their signal, may not like this feature.

It does come with a battery backup pack, but if the power goes out, and the modem goes out, the phone gets knocked off.  Unless you have a generator, you will lose your services in a blackout.  The U-verse and AT&T company nodes, and central offices, have generators and battery backups, and this mean even during blackouts, they are still streaming signal.  It just depends on you, how demanding your needs are for these service.
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How To Make Money Blogging or With Your Site

18 04 2010

We put together this video to help online marketers and newbies learn the ways to monetize their sites and blogs.  Special attention should be given to SEO and extras like that, which are mentioned in this video, but not reviewed.

This video is to teach you how to use Blogger and WordPress to Cash in and Make Money online.  For details and more information on SEO and more Internet Marketing topics, please visit our BLOGGING FOR CASH site:

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39% Of Bagged Salad Is Gross, Some Has Poop

26 02 2010

39% Of Bagged Salad Is Gross, Some Has Poop ?~!!

Food Safety and Handling for Consumers

Superforce stumbled upon an article that we wish to share with the world, in order to raise awareness of a growing problem, right in our own backyard.

We obtained this information, through The Consumerist, and here is the story, with By Ben Popken on February 25, 2010 3:55 PM

http://consumerist.com/2010/02/40-of-bagged-salad-is-gross.html

As we told you earlier this month, sister pub Consumer Reports tested 208 bagged salads and found 39% had excessive bacteria, including fecal contamination. That means there’s poop in the greens. And now there’s something you can do about it.

Consumer Reports tested for total coliforms and other bacteria including enterococcus. According to industry experts, 10,000 or more colony forming units per gram (CFU/g) is excessive. The tests of 16 different brands had 39% exceeded that level for total coliforms, and 23% for enterococcus.

Hate spinach? Bacteria doesn’t. Many of the unacceptable packages contained spinach and were within 1-5 days of their use-by date. Bag vs clamshell, organic vs non, baby greens or no baby greens, made no difference. And packages that were 5-8 days until their use-by date fared better.

Even if the package says super-duper-washed, you should still wash them by hand. Or, better yet, just buy your salad elements separately, wash them, and chop them.

The big problem is the FDA hasn’t set limits for how much poop or other bacteria can be in bagged salad. Tell ’em to get crackin’ by signing this petition.

Bagged salad: How clean? [Consumer Reports]

via consumerist.com





Free Coupons for Groceries, Shopping, or Anything.

20 02 2010

THIS IS JUST A SHORT LIST.

You can find more coupons like this at Coupons.com.

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This is a short list, there are many more coupons available at Coupons.com

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