Rootkits – They are very evil! The Wikipedia definition for “rootkit” is: “A rootkit is a set of software tools frequently used by a third party (usually an intruder) after gaining access to a computer system. These tools are intended to conceal running processes, files or system data, which helps an intruder maintain access to a system without the user’s knowledge. Rootkits are known to exist for a variety of operating systems such as Linux, Solaris and versions of Microsoft Windows. A computer with a rootkit on it is called a rooted computer.”
It seems that the majority of rootkit “infections” these days are coming from Ad-ware and Spyware!
Where Do Rootkits Come From?
This makes it all the more important to STOP ad-ware and spyware BEFORE they install themselves! See my earlier Blog entry on this week’s “Geek Software of the Week”… using ClamWin and WinPooch! You must stop the ad-ware/spyware evil! Don’t get “rooted!”
I like Firefox a lot! And the new Firefox 1.5 rocks! I also like some of the Firefox themes and add-ons! I told you previously about “FasterFox” and it amazed me… well, here’s what I would do if I were you. (And, what I did do, because I am me!) Riiiight! Anyway, install Fasterfox from here:
Then install the Noia 2.0 eXtreme theme from here:
Noia 2.0 eXtreme Theme
Whoa! Very cool! I like the look! Now, add in your local weather report, by clicking here:
Set it up with the wizard provided when your re-start Firefox, and you are surfin’ like the Doctor! Allright!
Whoa! This might eat into Uncle Bill’s bubble gum money!
Microsoft Fined in South Korea!
“Less than a month after it reached a $30 million settlement with South Korean Internet portal Daum, Microsoft has been fined another $32 million by the country’s Fair Trade Commission. The Korean FTC has also ordered Microsoft to unbundle its instant messaging client and media player from Windows, and link to competing software.”
Microsoft has been “naughty!” And, for once, somebody is holding them to it!
As you know, I am a big supporter of Open Source as a concept. Well, here’s an unusual Open Source project…
Open Source Clip Art!
Totally royalty-free, advertisement free Clip Art! Very handy!
A Linux User Group had two guys dressed up in penguin suits “invade” a Microsoft event and hand out free Linux CDs! Whoa! Way cool!
Freedom of speech! Amazingly cool!
I have been telling you for a LONG time not to use Internet Explorer. And not just because Microsoft is evil. (Even though they are!) But rather, because Internet Explorer is NOT safe to use! Now, there is an even BIGGER reason to drop IE!
IE is UNSAFE!
The Delf-DH Trojan downloader uses an Internet Explorer vulnerability to infect unprotected Windows users who stray onto maliciously constructed websites. Delf-DH downloads other malware onto infected machines changing settings in order to monitor user activity and redirect surfers onto porn sites. So, use Firefox instead… NOW!
FREE Firefox SAFE Web Browser!
The Internet is one of the last fully “free” places to express oneself. Any dummy can post a website and/or Blog and speak on anything they want to their heart’s content. (Like me, for instance!) But, what if companies (like ISPs) started charging other companies to allow one company’s content to load faster than another’s? This would lead to control of Internet content in the end, and reduce Internet freedom! A Bellsouth “big wig” is proposing just that!
I have never liked Bellsouth because they have always overcharged for everything I have ever had to do with them, and it is one reason that I have personally opted not to use them at home, using VoIP instead via Road Runner.
Bellsouth Exec Wants to Charge Premiums on Internet
Hopefully, public outcry will be heard… or this could jeopardize the Internet freedoms we all take for granted now!
Gmail is a good, free e-mail service. Another of Google’s stable of “gee-whiz” products. Now, they are adding free anti-virus filtering of the e-mail that comes and goes from the Gmail accounts! Good for them!
Gmail Adds Anti-Virus!
All e-mail should be filtered for virii! And, it is great to see that Google is doing their part in the war against these buggers!
OK, I am weirded out. The movie a few year’s ago… “Face Off” envisioned this as a SciFi notion, and yet, here it is now for real.
Woman Gets Face Transplant
The write-up says that she will not look like the donor, or herself, but will have a “hybrid face.” Right. Not for me, thanks!
If you are responsible for a local computer network (even at home,) here’s a handy “net ticket” you can give to someone that disobeys the rules! I especially like the checkbox for “reckless cluelessness!”
Just the facts, ma’am!