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A Security guide for the everyday, non-technical
internet user who just wants to be safe doing basic stuff
Alert News Reporter"
for January, 2006
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gather for avoiding and surviving the hectic hacker attacks on your computer
security and personal identity that take place constantly on the
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The trends in the activities of cyber criminals seem quite
They're going after the money. That's your money and mine.
They're using some very sophisticated methods to do it, too.
Read my thoughts on the Review of Cyber Crime in 2005, and what
to expect in the coming year, 2006, following the section on
Virus Threats below.
Latest Virus Threats
Jan 2, 2006 by McAfee ,
US-CERT, Panda and other advisory services. (US-CERT is the
of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) at the
Department of Homeland Security)
Full descriptions including virus characteristics, symptoms, aliases
and removal instructions are available by clicking on the
links. This virus alert is in addition to those posted in previous
month's News Reporter
issues. You can review previous Virus Alerts in the Archive files.
descriptions and Removal Advice
From the US-CERT,
added December 28, 2005 | updated January 2,
Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Metafile Handling
US-CERT offered this information on active exploitation of a vulnerability
in how Microsoft Windows handles Windows Metafiles (".wmf").
Several variations of the WMF exploit file have been
released that attempt to avoid detection by anti-virus
software and intrusion detection and intrusion prevention
Windows system may be compromised through several methods
- Opening a specially coded WMF file ( a
malicious WMF file may
masquerade as a JPEG or other
type of image file).
- Viewing a folder that contains a malicious WMF file
vulnerability is exploited, a remote attacker may be able
to perform any of the following malicious activities:
- Execute arbitrary code
- Take complete control of a vulnerable system
Get theSecurity update for
Published: January 5, 2006
Get the security update for the Windows Meta File (WMF)
vulnerability from Microsoft Update. The bulletin title
for this update is: Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering
Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution (912919).
To update your home computer,
CLICK HERE and follow the steps on this page.
Reports no Medium or High Risk Malware or Spyware at this
However, a visit to
Security Information Site
will provide more detailed information on these and other
pests currently circulating through the Cyber world.
TrendMicro's Top Viruses
and Worms as of January 2, 2006
Information Items from the
Panda Report for Dec 29, 2005
The absence of serious virus
epidemics during 2005 has meant that the ranking of
viruses most frequently detected by the Panda
ActiveScan online antivirus has altered very
little throughout the year.
Corrons, director of
"Virus activity on the Internet is now higher than ever,
above all because of the strategy adopted by many creators
of these threats, who are now tending to circulate many
variants of a new malicious code in a very short period of
time. This was the case with the Bagle, Sober and Mytob
families of worms.
In any event, some
malicious code has been particularly active, and
Panda Software has published the list of the
viruses most frequently detected by Panda ActiveScan in
In first place is Sdbot.ftp, -a typical example of a bot-
which has held this position for the last six months.
In second place comes the tenacious veteran
Netsky.P. Since this worm first appeared
in 2004 it has stubbornly refused to leave the list of
most frequently detected viruses published every month.
In previous years computer
worms were more prominent in the ranking of frequently
detected viruses. 2005 has witnessed a more even balance.
Botnets and financial fraud present a growing threat. With Sdbot in first place and the
presence in the ranking of malicious code such as Citifraud.A, designed to carry out phishing attacks, it is
clear that there has been a change of motivation for the
creators of malicious code, who now seek financial returns
above all else.
Up-to-date Firewalls, Anti-virus and anti-spyware
software will usually stop these pests before they cause
you any grief
Cyber Crime Trends
A review, and What's New for 2006?
Comments posted by most of the major Safeware developers carry
similar themes and messages. Generally the virus writers are
concentrating more on breaching your security defenses to get
your financial and personal information than just creating
mischief. Here are some of the comments I have read
Poorly protected computers
are a persistent threat. The continued presence of
veteran malicious code such as Parite.B and Sasser, or
those, like Netsky.P, that exploit software
vulnerabilities which have long since been resolved,
reveals just how many computers are still poorly
protected. This creates a favorable environment for
virus creators to spread new malicious code. ....Panda
Company* 3rd Quarter report on the State of
Spyware writers continue to deploy malicious spyware to
capture personal information such as credit card numbers
and personal logins to online banking systems.
Trojan horses, the most malicious form of spyware, are
present on 21 percent of consumer PCs infected with
System monitors, which capture login passwords are
5 percent of infected PCs.
(*)Webroot Software Co. is the creator and
Spy Sweeper, and anti-spyware product
which they report detects and blocks almost 120,000
instances of spyware affecting online users... an
increase of 46,000 traces since January 2005!
Generally, the year 2005 continued the trend of profit becoming a primary
reason and goal for the creation of computer viruses.
There were more high-profile cybercrime prosecutions, including the sentencing of NetSky author Sven Jaschan,
during this past year
Targeted Trojan attacks became a greater concern. Unlike the more
random and arbitrary assaults by viruses and worms, Trojans
can be targeted with precision at organizations
via email attachments or links to websites.
proved a major headache.
The trend towards mass outbreaks of computer worms
dropped noticeably in 2005 with only two major
outbreaks, the Zotob worm outbreak in August, which
affected a string of media outlets including CNN and The
Financial Times, and the rapid spread of a new variant
of the Sober worm in late November. Days after
the release of the Zotob worms authorities arrested
suspects in Turkey and Morocco.
Not a lot, really. The precautions to avoid as many of
the threats as possible still boil down to obtaining,
installing and keeping your firewalls, operating system,
anti-virus, anti-spam, and anti-spyware 'safeware'
programs up to date!
But even doing all of that could lead to some problems.
Like phishing, there are some devious providers of anti-spyware
who conceal malicious code in their free trail programs.
These are often described as Rogue Anti-Spyware.
You can learn more about Rogue Anti-Spyware from this
article posted in the
Articles and Reports pages at the
Click here >>
get trapped by Rogue Anti-Spyware
software Avoid being duped or robbed by false
Awareness continue to be the key words
for protecting your security during the coming year, 2006.
(Security Alert News Reporter Editor's opinions)
Be on the alert for the latest spyware and Scams, sources of
malware and Zombie (hijacking)
programs that often lead to stolen personal and financial information
and Identity Theft.
Usually, it's very difficult to repair the damage
they cause, however, there
are some really
and very effective
Programs available to Home and Small
users to improve online security and minimize adware, Trojan horse/Zombie and
general malware threats. You'll need
at least two or three.
|Among the many reputable online security resources that I monitor,
Warrior" website is one that does an outstanding job of not only
reviewing and recommending the best and latest anti-spyware software, but advises how best
to use it.
It has my Highest Recommendation.
Warrior website is owned, operated and © Copyright 2005 by Eric
The following recommended anti-spyware programs appeared most often
during December, 2005, on
the top rated research and anti-spyware reporting websites, including Spyware
Webroot Spy Sweeper
for Free trial),
Spybot Search and Destroy -
XoftSpy (Click Here
) to Download a Free Spyware Scan and
MacScan for MAC users
is currently available as a
FREE Download, but you can't use it
Windows 95 or 98. I use it on my windows 2000 and Windows XP PC's,
have it set for automatic updates and daily scans. Like
(Download) it's designed to monitor in Real Time.
Keep in mind that you must also have up-to-date anti-virus software(*)
strong firewall, plus the latest updates for your browser (Internet
Firefox, Netscape, Opera... whichever one you use).
[Free Spyware Scan - Click Here]
Click here Xoftspy v3.2
Xoftspy is the latest in spyware detection and removal.
Xoftspy will hunt down and remove from your machine all known
spyware/adware that is on the market today. 91% of PC's are
infected with spyware.
Try Xoftspy right now for FREE and see for yourself if
your PC is infected!
Spyware & Adware are files that are installed on your computer
without your knowledge. They allow companies to monitor your
Internet browsing patterns and even allow companies to inundate
you with those annoying "pop up" ads! Most people are familiar
with freeware, shareware, cookies, media players, interactive
content, and file sharing. What they may not realize is that
some of the aforementioned may contain code or components that
allow the developers of these applications and tools to actually
collect and disseminate information about those using them.
They can track your surfing habits, abuse your Internet
connection by sending this data to a third party, profile your
shopping preferences, hijack your browser start page or pages,
alter important system files, and can do this without your
knowledge or permission. The security and privacy implications
of these exploits should be quite obvious and undesirable on any
system or network!
Works with: Microsoft Windows 98/Me/NT4/2000/XP
Free File Scan Now
Here's the link to
Free anti virus software, in case you missed it in recent issues of
When you arrive at the Grisoft webpage, scroll to the bottom
and click on the link in the table under the FILE heading.
It'll look something like this:
avg70free344a618.exe -- Select Save in the
Download dialog box that opens.
Saving it to your desktop will make it easier to find the
Install icon placed there as part of the installation process.
Click on the icon and follow the instructions to complete your
installation. Spend a few minutes becoming familiar with the
AVG Anti-Virus Control Center.
Be sure to check for updates, get them and then do a complete
I set my AVG program for automatic updates once every day...
makes me feel more secure, and I also use two anti-virus
programs on each of my computers.
However, I use only one
firewall software program on each computer... Richard
|► alert about Stinger
You can get the latest Free
updated virus checking and removal STINGER tool at the
Firewalls and Virus Protection site.
STINGER, (compliments of McAfee's Anti-virus and
Vulnerability Emergency Response Team -
updated on November 22, 2005 to detect and remove more than 50
current viruses including Sober.
It's a great
little program that still fits neatly on a floppy disc - a perfect way to
clean up your computer if a worm or other 'rogueware' has disabled
your ability to get back on the Internet to update your
Whenever updated versions become available,
a notice here, on the Firewalls and Virus
Protection website and
in the Security Alert Blog.
Thousands and thousands of
new computers are going on line for the first time. Many of
these were purchased as gifts during the recent holiday season.
Some are replacements for older, slower machines, but many are
for first time computer users as they enter into the fascinating
When your brand new computers are
set-up and ready to explore the Internet, the security software
that comes with nearly all of today's new computers may not be
Many hackers and criminals are counting on this so that they can
ply their nefarious trade of infiltrating our computers with
Most new home computers will arrive with some security software.
They'll probably have a version of Windows XP, which includes a
BUT, it has to be activated by the user first,
before going on line!
Here's some advice from CERT on
starting off safely and securely:
The following section
outlines the CERT/CC's general guidance for installing new
(US-CERT is the
of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) at the
Department of Homeland Security)
Perform these steps before connecting to the Internet for the
1. If possible, connect the new computer behind a network,
firewall or firewall router.
2. Turn on the software firewall included with the computer,
3. Disable nonessential services, such as file and print
4. Download and install software patches as needed.
1. Install and use antivirus software
2. Avoid unsafe behavior Don't Do Anything Foolish
3. Enable automatic software updates if available
4. Here's Microsofts advice on
How to Enable Internet Connection Firewall.
These steps are extremely important. Review the instruction for updating and
connect to the websites of the safeware providers to download
their latest information before you do your fun surfing.
Family Security and Caring
recent additions to our reviews of Family Safe sites
At the top of the list of results at a recent Google search for
Child Safe web sites was "FirstGov for
Kids", the U.S.
government interagency Kids' Portal. It's a great site.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has many
great publications, too. I put a
download link for their "Personal
Safety for Children -
A guide for Parents" in the Features Supplement.
out in the new Features Supplement
these Kid Safe Sites, because like you, we care about
the safety and security of our children and grandchildren....and
to help parents, grandparents and guardians guide today's young
internet surfers to safe sites. There are many other website creators
who feel the same concerns and responsibility. These are just a few of
their sites that we have personally reviewed and tested as safe for
our Grandchildren. Check them out and share them with the young people
you care about.
Help for Parents and Grandparents.
Keep the Children and Grandchildren safe when they're using your
Predator Guard provides real-time protection for
children in chat rooms, instant messaging, and e-mail
The Home Edition Features:
in Instant Messaging, Chat Rooms, E-mail and Attachments
E-mail notification to parents
Reviews both outgoing and incoming data
User defined library to prevent distribution of personal
Detects, captures, logs and reports violations
Works as a stand-alone application or with existing site
blocking programs (AOL Parental Controls, Cyber Patrol, Net Nanny,
Guard provides real-time protection for children in chat
rooms, instant messaging, e-mail and attachments from online
predators and pedophiles. In addition,
Predator Guard can prevent all outgoing personal
information, such as a child's home address, phone number and
school information, or other information that is essential for a
predator to make contact with a child.
Inexpensive Protection Now
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO SUBMITTED SUGGESTIONS
► Suggestions were in response to this question:
splitting the newsletter into two separate sections, and issuing
them two weeks apart make it easier for you to keep up with all
tips, and useful content?"
Some suggestions were to present important current security
alerts and advice in each issue of the News Reporter and
make the regular features available as a Supplement
that could be accessed by clicking a link,
... and that's what we did again for
this issue. How did you like it?
Your opinions will be very helpful. Please
CLICK HERE to open a
contact form where you can tell me what you think.
Publications - Use these Reports to help your
family and friends:
those of you who have visited our Firewalls website and Security Alert Blog, you know that the information there is directed toward keeping
you safe from hacker and cracker attacks. Additions to our bookshelf
are selected with the same purpose - and we encourage you to share our
miss the NEWest
Did you Check out the new Regular Features
Supplement to Issue 20?
- many Free. It's
easy to install the latest Firewall, anti-virus(*), spam blocking, and spyware removal software on
your computers. Download all of these programs, and more, mostly for FREE, from our
Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website pages.
Check them out. If you need to
block Spam, find the links on the 'Spam and Spyware' page. Same thing for Cookie
Crumbling tools, Spyware protection, etc. Most of them have a purchasable Upgrade option, and by trying the
free versions, you can upgrade the ones that work best for you.
Browser Hijacking is still
a major problem. One of the outstanding
sources for information about browser hijackers and tools
to remove these predators is still available on the
It's loaded with
powerful information and helpful advice that zeros in on the hijacking
problem. If you are experiencing any similar problems, be sure to
follow the link to their forum. There are literally thousands
of postings from which you will learn and possibly find the advice
that will help you resolve your own issues.
You can download HijackThis from the Software link on the
SpywareInfo website. Be sure to read and follow their instructions to
the letter if you want good results.
We learned about this program from the extraordinary website and
forums built and maintained by James Healan, webmaster of SpywareInfo.com.,
and whenever we can, we send a small donation to help keep them
DOWNLOAD latest cws shredder
(Version 2.19, Nov 05) Free from Trend Micro
It'll find and remove
those nasty Cool Web Search trojan horses.
Here's a powerful, inexpensive, and helpful resource
to help you maintain your Internet Security and Personal
you know there is a small, inexpensive, quite legal device
that can be secretly attached to the rear of any computer
in under 10 seconds, without opening the case, and which
will record every keystroke that is entered at that
computer from then on?
- Could a visitor set
such a trap on your home PC?
- How safe is that
public terminal you sometimes use?
- How safe is the
computer at your reception desk or front counter?
The Hacker's Nightmare
describes such devices and tells you what to look for.
►Did you know
that popular, everyday gadget items like MP3 music players
(Apple iPod for example) and digital cameras can "walk"
your precious data and records off your premises, right
under your unsuspecting nose?
Hacker's Nightmare the danger is fully explained and
an inexpensive, easily-implemented solution offered.
You'll learn the dangers and the means of prevention.
Did you know that your home garbage bin and your office
dumpster are gold mines of information to the hacker and
the identity thief?
Hacker's Nightmare a retired FBI Special Agent will
tell you exactly what he or anyone else who knows the
tricks can do with your refuse.
Hackers, virus and
spyware writers and other unethical persons are
becoming more and more sophisticated every day. Their
attacks and the undesirable and often dangerous stuff they
sneak into our computers slow them down, and threaten our
personal lives with increasing severity.
Ever since I found the
eBook, "The Hacker's Nightmare"
that tells how to
really Keep Hackers, Worms and Germs out of my PCs, it has
received my highest recommendation to family and friends.
It's my Computer Security Bible.
Hely, 20 plus year veteran of internet security consulting. has loaded
it with valuable information and plain common
sense. We could fill this and future issues of our News
Reporter for the next few months just talking about them.
I've included some of Bill's outstanding, informative, and
helpful articles in the Articles and Reports pages of the
Firewalls and Virus Protection website. Please visit and
check them out.
Bill has designed a webpage that describes many of the security
tricks and tools that will help keep that nasty stuff out
of your computer.
Review The Hacker's Nightmare Story HERE. Some
sample (Free) chapters are available to early visitors.
Among the testimonials
Bill received recently--
chapter solved a severe problem for this reader:
"... loved it, it's
the first computer related thing I've read that
makes sense to me as an IT illiterate can't wait
to read the whole book!"
Lucy Fisher - Exec. Director
Private Hospitals' Assoc. (Qld)
And here's another --:
if you care about your data, security and
privacy check out our recommended eBook on
the subject of vital protection - The Hacker's
Nightmare - before it's too late."
Bradley - Science Writer
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
and here's My Favorite Resource
i-Cop is a resource I'm
proud to be a part of.
You have probably noticed the
various references to it throughout this newsletter,
the Firewalls and Virus Protection website
and my Blog.
International Council of Online Professionals,
i-Cop for short. I
believe anyone actively using the internet to
provide information, services or sell products will
benefit by subscribing to i-Cop's publication -
The Internet Marketing Trade Journal.
It truly sets the
standard for Honesty and Integrity Online. I'm proud
to be a member.
This FREE ezine is
vitally important to online business owners and
anyone even considering making money online! We keep
informed about all online issues and programs to
in, or avoid. Subscribe to The Internet
Marketing Trade Journal
of the News (more encouraging news
SPAM, SCAMS, pornography, and protecting Personal Consumer
FTC's CAN-SPAM Report Card
FTC releases progress report on Congress's
antispam law, but some experts are not impressed
Trade Commission report, released in early Jan 2006, on how well the
two year old CAN-SPAM law is working, states that the antispam law is
helping to cut back on unsolicited bulk e-mail, but acknowledges that
more must be done to fight the problem.
The FTC's report claims some real progress has been made and notes
that it has filed more than 20 lawsuits alleging that spammers
violated CAN-SPAM; an additional 30 suits have been filed by the
Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and various Internet
service providers. (See Reviews
of the News in our Archives)
The FTC cited other indications that the fight against spam is
working. It noted that the number of legitimate online marketers
complying with CAN-SPAM has increased and that there has been a big
drop in the number of spam messages containing sexually explicit
The FTC says antispam technology--including commercial software and
ISP tools--has helped reduce the amount of spam that reaches inboxes
at both business and home computers. "These developments suggest that
spam has not, as once feared, destroyed the promise of email," the FTC
Perhaps not surprisingly, antispam firms say spam filters do more than
laws to stop spam from reaching our inboxes. One anti-spam software
developer estimates that we never see all of the spam that constitutes
95 to 98 percent of our e-mail because a spam filter successfully
blocks it, and another estimates that the industry as a whole blocks
about 90 percent of the spam from our inboxes.
(Editorial ... whatever the reason, whether it's due to the CAN-SPAM
act, increased prosecutorial activities of Governmental agencies, ISP
filtering, home computer and enterprise anti-spam software, etc.,
there is progress in reducing the volume of spam that reaches our
inboxes. Rather than criticize the FTC, I believe credit must be
given, rather than sour-grapes, for the progress to date.
... Security Alert News Reporter Editor's opinion)
Other FTC activities that
should make us feel better
FTC Seeks to Put Telemarketer on Permanent Hold
For Release: January 6, 2006
Defendants Allegedly Called 900,000 Phone Numbers On Do Not Call
People may sleep better if the Federal Trade Commission succeeds in
its effort to stop a marketer of adjustable beds from calling
telephone numbers listed on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry.
The FTC announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has
filed a complaint on its behalf against the Nevada-based company and
its chief executive for allegedly making at least 900,000 unlawful
calls since October 2003.
FMFG, Inc. allegedly called consumers asking to take a survey of their
sleep habits and then made a sales pitch genuine survey calls are
exempt from the DNC provisions of the Commissions Telemarketing Sales
Rule. They also allegedly called consumers to schedule sales
presentations in their homes.
This should be a warning to all telemarketers, said Lydia Parnes,
Director of the FTCs Bureau of Consumer Protection. You cant evade
the Do Not Call Rule by disguising sales calls as surveys.
According to the Commission, the defendants broke federal laws when
they, or others on their behalf, called DNC-registered phone numbers,
abandoned calls by failing to connect the call to a sales
representative within two seconds of a phone being answered, and made
telemarketing calls without first paying the annual fee for access to
phone numbers listed on the DNC registry.
How's this for Irony ?
Sober worm inadvertently prompts German child porn offender to turn
Posted by Mark O'Connor in -All News, (Dec 21,
PADERBORN, Germany - A German 'child porn offender' turned himself in
to local police after mistaking an email he received from a computer
worm as an official warning that he was under investigation. Local
authorities credit a variation of the Sober worm, which claimed the 20
year old offender was targeted by Germanys Federal Criminal Police
Office (BKA), with solving a crime that was never reported. A Reuters
report quotes a local police spokesperson:
It just goes to show that computer worms arent always destructive,
said a spokesman for police in the western city of Paderborn. Here it
helped us to uncover a crime which would otherwise probably have gone
Congratulations to the FTC for progress-to-date and
aggressiveness in enforcing the CAN-SPAM act provisions.
They get another of our
Good Guy Check Marks to date
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"User Education" is the
focus of our Firewalls and Virus Protection website and the "Security
Alert News Reporter".
Do your IM and Chat Room Buddies know
How to Find
the Best Anti-spyware Software?
In case they missed this FREE report on the
you can read it here and print the report
to share with your family, friends and Buddies.
As a P.S. to the above comment,
encourage your friends to check out our "Security Alert Blog".
Recent Blog entries
for December include these helpful and timely posts:
|| How's your Internet
On a web site I found recently, the
webmaster highlighted some guidelines for being polite and
proper when using the Internet. It's a nice gesture toward
keeping the Fun in many of the things we do online.
Check out the
Internet Etiquette site HERE
How much time did you spend with your
How Internet Savvy are your
Children and Grandchildren?
Worm Attacks expected on Jan 6, 2006
Identity Theft -There's hardly a newspaper, Radio or
TV show that isn't talking about it today
||Add our information blog to your list of
Must Read spyware
The more useful
information you have about
the scourge of malicious spyware, the
better chance you'll have of
avoiding the grief
and frustration it
||Our blog is RSS
● There are dozens more posts available in the Blog
Blog Posts HERE. I urge you to Comment, Challenge and
add your own opinions to ours.
Are you campaigning with
Have you participated in
the Computer Virus Awareness Campaign?
It appears as if some positive progress is being
made in alerting your friends and family of spyware dangers.
Many of the Spyware monitoring organizations and individuals
have noted the changes in Hacker and Spammer tactics. Because so
many internet users have built up their defenses against
malicious spyware, these cyber criminals have had to develop
increasingly more devious and sophisticated attack schemes,
challenging the anti-spyware software developers. We're caught
in the middle of this battle. We cannot drop our guard now.
Now you can do even more.
Heed the CALL TO ACTION: BE A CYBER SECURE
Securing your personal computer plays a crucial role in
protecting our nation's Internet infrastructure. The National
Cyber Security Alliance
(NCSA) is a public-private partnership
focused on promoting cyber security and safe behavior online. It
drives awareness and response to pressing cyber security issues;
providing tools and resources to empower home users to
stay safe online.
Please help us help your
family, friends, and associates enjoy a safer and less
frustrating internet experience. We encourage you to share this
information with them or suggest they
subscribe to this newsletter.
I like to say that
Sharing is Caring ......Richard
All of us, too, need to
act, by educating ourselves and by making
sure we obtain the necessary programs to protect our computers.
Those programs include a firewall; installing and updating
anti-virus software; using anti-spyware software that can identify and
delete programs that have migrated to our computers; using spam
filters to protect
e-mail; and downloading patches that update
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that
no man can sincerely try to help another without helping
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Keep in mind that
these programs are only as good as their
I hope your machines aren't infected with any viruses that send out spam.
How can you be sure? Do
some 'house-cleaning' on your system. Scan for spyware and
viruses and while you're at it, install a diagnostic program so
that you can discover any viral ills on your PC.
Have you checked the health of your computer's Registry? I have,
errornuker. It's a powerful diagnostic utility
that scans the Windows Registry to identify errors and
to optimize it's performance.
Every day when I boot up my computers, I run a registry
check with Error Nuker. In just a few minutes, it finds
broken links to shortcuts, ActiveX entries that shouldn't
be there, unwanted Browser Helper Objects, and a lot more
problems. With a simple CLICK, they're fixed!
The StartUp manager lets me disable those programs that
automatically load on StartUp and use Resources that slow
down. the computer. I can easily select the programs that
I want to keep running in the background.
Personal testimonial from
Your Registry could need a clean up, too, if
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