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551  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: March 03, 2014, 01:36:15 PM
...Then it's starting to sound more and more like a rootkit. Repairing the install won't necessarily remove the bugg ... So it's best to go with the kill it with fire approach. Run the Kaspersky offline scan of at least the boot sector and recovery partition, then format and reinstall, or do the factory recovery.


Damn he's quick today...(round 2)

I already typed this so I'll post it anyway.

In my case, I was able to identify the actual boot target and navigate to the correct boot repair tools. Even with that none of the repair attempts successfully concluded. It would go away for an hour or so, then come back with the helpful news that the repair could not be successfully completed and ask if I wanted to reboot...

In my case, I think killing the rootkit took some important stuff along with it. Repairing partition tables and MBR didn't help. System said successful and all ok. But same deal on reboot. Nada.
 (see attachment in previous post)No joy I'm afraid.

Interestingly, the hidden factory recovery partition was completely trashed. I could see it. But the OEM recovery manager (Sony VAIO) reported it was invalid and couldn't be used. Don't know if the malware did something to it, or possibly Kapersky nuked something on it. But if so, it didn't indicate doing anything to it in the log therefor scratch Kapersky as a possible culprit.

So in this case it was less "scorched earth" and more like "last resort." Especially since the client hadn't made a recovery disk set and I had to order media from Sony. (Which is always great fun. Not.) Normally I won't bill a good client for a basic OS reinstall/recovery as long as they have a working disk set. In this case, I charged them one hour at my full hourly rate.

Show me some consideration - or show me a check. Wink

I hear ya. Did something much like that to a machine just last week that got hit by CyberLocker. Domain user account/UAC enabled ... Still killed it deader than hell.

Kaspersky said the machine was fine...but it wasn't.

I managed to finally kill the thing with these:
http://www.adlice.com/sof...killer/RogueKillerX64.exe - For reference only, machines are 32-bit

From: http://www.techsupportfor...-removal-help-305963.html
GMER Rootkit Scanner: http://www2.gmer.net/gmer.zip

Seriously freaky in memory kernel patch GMER finally spotlighted so that the SFC could notice that the kernel was not himself... but it took both the above to get the coffin nailed shut. They had good backups - Yay me - so I got the user files and main db of the Sunday night backups (accounting works weekends).

How the hell the little MF got past Kaspersky ofline I don't know ... but it did it 3 times.
552  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Survivorship Bias...an Insidious Enemy on: March 03, 2014, 12:04:06 PM
When hurricane Frances/Fay (I forget) hit here we were out of power for 7 days. Many people were complaining about the power being out that long. I however having wandered around a bit to get an idea of the true scope of the damage...was actually impressed that they got the power on as fast as they did. But then again I helped out the situation in my own (it's probably a misdemeanor) way...and consider myself to be lucky Wink
553  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Netflix Mocks Amazon's Drone Delivery with Video! on: March 03, 2014, 11:47:24 AM
For some reason I started reading that in Walter Cronkite's voice and didn't make it past the first frame before erupting into maniacal laughter - When did Renegade start doing cartoons?
554  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: March 03, 2014, 11:31:39 AM
While 40's scorched earth method - which I also use - works too, I already typed this so I'll post it anyway.


When you get to the mouse only GUI, can you get task manager to run by pushing Ctrl + Shift + Esc? If you can du run new task and try loading either Explorer or cmd to get a shell to work with. I found it rather amazing the number of things that will cause Windows to forget that last - rather critical - give the user an interface to work with step.

If no TM can be had, boot to a Win7 disk of the correct bitness (edition/license is irrelevant for this) look for the easy to miss (I think it says) repair windows link on the bottom left of the install windows window. and get to a command prompt.

(either way you get there) Then use bcdedit /enum to see what the currently configured boot targets are. That way at least you'll know if you're fighting with the correct native OS, or a .vhd virtual OS that is part of a borked dual boot configuration attempt.

Once you're sure you have the correct target the boot repair tools (part of the CD's recovery stuff) should be able to stop whatever update is preventing the shell from loading.


Note: Method above assumes of course that the machine in question has not been taken over by pure evil and turned into one of Satan's puppy eating zombie whores. cheesy
555  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XP to Windows 7 advice on: March 03, 2014, 07:15:49 AM
Oh, and an extra warning related to installing Win7 on a laptop (mine is a Dell Studio). If you have trouble getting it to boot up, unplug all USB devices until after you have installed all updates, even if you have boot from usb disabled, like I did. I started having troubles after installing SP1 and had to unplug my mouse to get it to finish booting, and one of the later updates that was not included in SP1 resolved it. No more issues.

I ran into something like that on a (2008 R2) server awhile back. The RDX removable cartridge backup drive was identified as an internally connected USB device, and it would stall/fail the boot if the server was restarted when a cartridge was inserted - eject the cartridge and it booted just fine. This issue had plagued the (then new) client for years. Disable boot from USB was disabled as you mentioned but it would still fail. What I found was that the seemingly completely unrelated Legacy USB Support was the actual culprit, as disabling it resolved the issue.
556  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YouTube finally forces creation of google+ A/C to comment on: February 28, 2014, 03:28:24 PM
There have been several times that I've been about to click to reply to something... then it asked me to link a FB account.

 Thmbsup - I react to that like a vampire to a garlic flavored wooden cross with a UV light and a pointy end. cheesy
557  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Black Screen on: February 28, 2014, 02:16:31 PM
A quick search on Trusteer Rapport leads me to believe it's probably the culprit.

+1 - After letting the name sink in for a bit I remembered why it sounded so familiar. After freshly deploying a network with brand new equipment. The doctor's machine started crashing randomly in the middle of just about everything. As the doctor - with reasonable credibility - was swearing to having done nothing other than go to their bank's website ... I spent the next week (or so...) with Dell's support troubleshooting a "hardware" problem.

Then there was made the most casual of offhanded comments regarding the bank's "recommended security software" that "had to be installed" (according to the popup window...) ... Before the accounts could be accessed.


So after said Trusteer Rapport was unceremoniously beaten to death with a hammer, the machine not only suddenly had a miraculous recovery...but has been running flawlessly ever since for some 3 whole years now.

And just for the purpose of belaboring the point. Here is an excerpt from a security article regarding TR from 2010 (I'm sure it's gotten worse):
In these cases, a critical legal question that often arises is whether the thieves compromised the customer’s system or that of the bank’s. I mention this because Trusteer recently built a new component into Rapport called Flashlight, which tries to give partner banks the ability to remotely check to see if their customers’ systems are infected with malicious software. Whether the banks will proactively use that feature to stop online banking fraud is unclear, but such a feature would make it tougher for small and mid-sized businesses that lose money to online bank fraud to claim that their computers weren’t the sole cause of the loss.

Right! So it's quite literally up your ass with a flashlight for the purpose of protecting...who?
558  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: February 27, 2014, 06:46:33 AM
although I would have been happier if the images were bigger

Bottom right button of player makes it full screen - I couldn't see them before that either. Wink
559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Netflix Mocks Amazon's Drone Delivery with Video! on: February 26, 2014, 03:01:15 PM
In keeping with 40Hz's request to avoid knee-jerk cynicism, I momentarily put aside my wanton desire to attack all things corporate and found this explanation of why it isn't necessarily complete evil and doom for the consumer:

Inside The Netflix/Comcast Deal and What The Media Is Getting Very Wrong
560  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My pop/imap Android experience on: February 25, 2014, 02:55:25 PM
I didn't run into that on my iPhone. I told it to provision a new email account, selected GMail from the list presented, entered my existing address and password, and it defaulted to an IMAP set-up without being told. Apparently if you've set your GMail account up to use IMAP, the iPhone mail client is smart enough to figure it out.

And, unless things have changed when I wasn't paying attention, it's equally simple to setup ActiveSync for a Microsoft server.

That would be my experience as well.

Not by coincidence Apple doesn't give a rat's ass whose servers are on the other end. They mostly just want to make the technology as invisible as possible.

 cheesy Nailed it! cheesy They have no backend systems of their own to fight for...they'll happily just stick it anywhere.
561  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My pop/imap Android experience on: February 25, 2014, 02:49:31 PM
The bottom line is if the average person wants to have a smooth and user friendly experience with either a Microsoft or Google mail client connecting to a server from the other company they should expect to pay extra for it. That's not because there's something irregular about Google's IMAP implementation or Microsoft's Active Sync servers. It's simply a thinly veiled passive aggressive anti-competition strategy on both sides. Neither is representative of the email client experience beyond their specific ecosystems.

Agreed. That's why I stick with MonkeyShaft and stay the hell out of G-World. Otherwise it's to much like trying to figure out the right way to mix gun powder by candle light.
562  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: February 25, 2014, 02:36:56 PM

Not to be overly simplistic, but if they are trying to protest something in Tokyo - Japan... - Why are the signs in English?
563  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DeskRule: A new kind of desktop search engine is born (ß testers wanted) on: February 24, 2014, 06:36:49 PM
Okay, did a Quick-N-Dirty search test with this on a folder with ~20,000 pictures in it. Gave it a file extension and file name to look for, and it came up with results in under 10 seconds. Second search in same folder completed in under 5 seconds. So...I'd say this thing is fast. cheesy

@IainB - Thanks for posting this thing man, it is cool as hell. And definitely one of my new favorites.

Might be nice if it had clear options for search filters and results ... But it's a beta so it's all good.

Is the "Some assertions failed. would you like to see the log file?" message on exit normal? Or should I post the output somewhere?
564  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DeskRule: A new kind of desktop search engine is born (ß testers wanted) on: February 24, 2014, 11:35:13 AM
The interface might just scare me off (video), it seems to me to be so fundamentally geeky and unintuitive.

I actually liked the interface. But then again I'm rather into the minimalist design concept. I was however a bit surprised to see Vanessa was completely nude in the video...but if it was good enough for god, then I guess it's okay with me too. Wink

Given its (500KB) size and the implication that it can be run without an install - perhaps portably - I think this thing has a brilliant future in forensics.

For the rest, the line 'Some 300 Windows unique system properties' should these days be a real attention getter. If one had interest in wanting to know just how much of what kind of story their file system would tell if it happened to fall prey to an intense interrogation of some kind.
565  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 24, 2014, 06:57:25 AM
As a rationalist, a keen environmentalist and a despiser of corporate cant, greed and corporates' hugely destructive environmental footprints despoiling the land/environment, I just love it when the troughers score a hilarious and ironic own goal.
I have already posted about 2 priceless ones in this thread:

Today I read of a rather good new one - it's on WSJ behind a paywall, but it was referred to in Forbes - here.

The WSJ article linked to by Forbes apparently puts it rather succinctly (and, I suspect, tongue-in-cheek) thus:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
Exxon CEO Joins Suit Citing Fracking Concerns
Residents of Dallas Suburb Fight Construction of Tower That Would Provide Water for Drilling
By Daniel Gilbert
Feb. 20, 2014 5:45 p.m. ET

BARTONVILLE, Texas—One evening last November, a tall, white-haired man turned up at a Town Council meeting to protest construction of a water tower near his home in this wealthy community outside Dallas.

The man was Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp.

He and his neighbors had filed suit to block the tower, saying it is illegal and would create “a noise nuisance and traffic hazards,” in part because it would provide water for use in hydraulic fracturing. Fracking, which requires heavy trucks to haul and pump massive amounts of water, unlocks oil and gas from dense rock and has helped touch off a surge in U.S. energy output.

It also is a core part of Exxon’s business.

Assuming that this is true, then I reckon this chap Rex Tillerson should be given an award of some kind. It really is rather ironic/funny. Another LOL moment for me, at any rate. Priceless.

Sounds like the classic elitist 'not in my back yard' reaction to me.
566  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The first Lotus motorcycle on: February 23, 2014, 09:39:00 AM
While I've seen a lot of Tron replica bikes, I've yet to see one that was safe to take over parking lot speeds. Now if they'll show one of these things doing 100mph+ Then (and only then) I'll say they've freaking nailed it.

So my vote goes to Giampy and the Lotus because while it isn't the most faithful replication...it will obviously do the work. The rest are just show pony/trailer puppies that only look cool, aren't even slightly practical, and aren't stable enough to make it to the corner store without making you shit your pants.
567  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQRL (Secure Quick Reliable Login) on: February 23, 2014, 09:19:00 AM
Anyway the author stated the big drawback to this "key" is that you cannot give it to someone else.  "Here, go fetch my stuff out of my locker" doesn't work.  smiley

As it goes on I think more people will end up locked out of their own accounts.  The true break-in pros will likely go to a deeper level to get in.  (Everything has some kind of diagnostic mode.)

Yepper! ...That's where I'm coming from. cheesy

quietly snatching the info off someone's phone,  where passwords have to be rather noisily beaten out of someone.

Currently passwords are quietly snatched off of servers - by the millions at a time.  Something needs to change (not that I'm sure that SQRL will or should be that change).

SQRL will have zero impact on that end of the problem. Disgruntled employees and poorly coded customer data security will always be an entirely different animal. If someone does a SQL injection attack on a corporate db that allows them to dump the user table containing name, address, CC, security question responses, etc. ...What actual value does the password column have?? None ... It's completely useless/delete-able because "the juice" it may have had has already been squeezed.

It's all about risk reward. What is gained, what is lost. So if the uber secure (ish...) scheme effectively makes it impossible for ones spouse to pickup the dry-cleaning ... Then we're not really fixing anything.

It's much like the security theater requirement of having to enter a zip code when using a CC at a gas pump. Unless you happen to be out of town...the answer is obvious. Net effect = completely pointless.

Sure it seems like a cool technology, but what are we giving up on the process?
568  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows moving around after monitors wake up on: February 23, 2014, 08:59:35 AM
its not icon placement that's the issue (i dont have any icons on my desktop); i also use a 3rd party remote access tool (Radmin) that doesnt do any resolution changing, so that's not it

I'm not familiar with Radmin, but I wouldn't rule out Josh quite so quickly. The icon movements follow a similar side effect pattern as the windows do. Even if Radmin tries to create a multi monitor view for a single remote monitor - which causes/allows you to side scroll to the others - it still may be needing to adlib some of the view's content.

and i never had this trouble with the same arrangement on winxp.

Remember XP's desktop was/is bitmap based while Win7 and up windows are all 3d objects, so the margin for error - while Radmin tries to replicate the remote content - can be a bit higher especially if it is at some point trying to convert it.

Have you looked at Radmin's support site (assuming they have one) to see of other people are commenting about this behavior?
569  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why my Win7 suddenly goes amnesiac? on: February 23, 2014, 08:39:06 AM
Win7 x64/Admin here cheesy

I am running Win 7 Pro 64-bit with an admin level account.

Sorry about chopping this up so much, but minutia can be really important with this kind of stuff.

So you are logged in with an account that is a member of the local administrators group (which would include Domain Admins)... Yes?

At times I would drag a url shortcut from the desktop on to the browser window but the action would fail silently, causing much frustration.

I can't honestly say I've ever tried doing that. But I did try it just now and received a would you like to save or open link prompt from IE.

I have to exit the browser and relaunch in admin mode for the drag-n-drop to be successful. the same goes if i am trying to interact between an explorer window and totalcmd window.

Okay, this part is starting to make sense, if you are running an alternate shell as admin it's not supposed to work because DnD does not work between sessions. I frequently trip myself up with this when editing system files. If I run notepad as admin, then drag a file from desktop/explorer and drop it in notepad, nothing will happen because they're both in separate sessions.

my uac setting is at default so why do the apps lapse into non-admin mode? does anyone else experience this situation?

Even domain administrator accounts (and their shell's) run with restricted user level permissions when UAC is enabled. So any system level changes require selecting run as admin or clicking yes/ok on a UAC prompt at some point. So if something is being run as admin it will be in a different session and therefore not available to interact directly with other non elevated applications.
570  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQRL (Secure Quick Reliable Login) on: February 22, 2014, 09:51:57 AM
I find paradigm shift of responsibility a bit troubling in that while seeming more secure it affords the option of quietly snatching the info off someone's phone, where passwords have to be rather noisily beaten out of someone.

Not to mention that I'd love to know where SG found a PCI compliant tattoo shop for his QR code backup suggestion. cheesy ...Actually I'm betting he doesn't actually have any tattoos or he'd know better because 20 years from now it ain't gonna scan right.

Hacker mentality of reflexively trying to shoot holes in things aside. It'll definitely be something to watch for ...  While (shoulder surf) scanning the sticky notes that are invariably taped to the edge of peoples' monitors.
571  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For monitor resolution above 1920x1080, you need a DUAL LINK DVI cable on: February 22, 2014, 09:28:19 AM
Another thing to watch for is the DVI-I vs. DVI-D distinction. DVI-I has the 4 pin analog signal necessary for conversion to VGA, while DVI-D does not.

572  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The first Lotus motorcycle on: February 22, 2014, 09:18:07 AM

Now that looks like a good time. Bummer they didn't have a shot with the body panels off and give us a look at the engine. I'd like to see if the went with a Harley-esq 45deg V, or a more Ducati like 90deg V for the engine layout (I'm guessing the latter).
573  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 20th Annual International Deming Research Seminar - March 3-4, 2014 (NY, USA). on: February 20, 2014, 01:02:03 PM
Deming was way too conceptual, compared to other quality philosophers of that time, especially Juran and populist Crosby.

Tomos, here is summary of Mr. Deming, taken from my specialisation project and master thesis, condensed for forum:

William Edwards Deming is considered to be the pioneer and the founder of the quality movement. After Second World War he was involved in planning of the Japanese Census. At that time Japanese engineers were studying Shewart's methods and techniques...

Oh, That guy. From what I recall of the story told when the factory I was working at years ago was being switched over to Just In Time (JIT) manufacturing. These techniques were indeed so new and revolutionary at the time that the current prevailing wisdom infested business establishment in the US had flat out laughed at him, and then basically foisted him on the Japanese after the war. Which then backfired rather handily for the Japanese and is much of the why the current top selling car in the US a currently the Toyota Corolla ... And has been for something like the past 12 years (which annoys me to no end).
574  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows moving around after monitors wake up on: February 20, 2014, 06:46:36 AM
FWIW, I run dual monitors and I DON'T experience this behaviour.  W7/64

Me either. I just jumped from Win7 with 2 22" 1920x1080 DVI monitors to Win8.1 with the same monitors but they are now DisplayPort with a DVI adapter. I have T-Clock auto sleep the monitors on session lock (Win+L) and nothing ever moves.

The only time I have seen this type of behavior is if I've been connected to the machine remotely. Then all bets are off as to where any given window will end up. With the old Win7 machine being a bit slow it would put on quite a show as they bounced all over hell trying to find where to be. But again, that was only if I had been connected remotely which already has to force everything from both screens into one smaller (at the house) screen so it was rather predictable behavior wise.
575  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition *FREE* (again) for a limited time on: February 19, 2014, 12:00:14 PM
It appears to be free here: http://www.oldversion.com...indows/paint-shop-pro-9-0  Note: UAYOR. This is just one example of where it is offered for free.

Damn, cool site man. One of my favorites was (the unfortunately 16-bit) Jasc ImageCommander v2.00 (from 1996) until I jumped to a 64-bit machine here at work.
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