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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Online Screen Calibration

This site runs through the gamma, brightness and phasing tests. It also offers a dead pixel fixer, which I didnt include in the screenshots. If your going to use the dead pixel fixing utility be sure to read the disclaimer.









http://screenperfect.aperturegames.com/

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wallpaper Sites

Here are my favorite wallpaper sites:

http://wallbase.net/: This one basically searches the net for what ever you specify your searching for. It also has the ability to pull up random pictures all over the net.

http://mintywhite.com/category/wallpaper/: This is more user submitted wallpapers, but they are generally very good quality.

Sunbelt VIPRE Detection Test #2

This time I ran a scan on a folder that had 836 malware samples from the second half of April of this year.

Out of the 836 samples, VIPRE missed 34 and the rest were cleaned. Thats a 95.6% detection rate. Stay tuned more to come.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sunbelt VIPRE AV Detection Test

Today I ran a detection test with Sunbelts VIPRE at default settings on a sample size of 6,300 files. Every file was an active infection so there was a 0% chance of any false positives. The collection was from 2008.

With default settings out of 6,345 files, VIPRE detected 3385 samples, leaving behind 2,960 infections. Total detection rate so far is 46.65%.

Im currently looking for a larger sample size as this small of a sample size isnt representative of the overall malware base for Windows based PC's. Any files that are not detected or removed will be sent to Sunbelt for the improvement of their database and detection rate.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

LinkExtend Firefox Add-On

I stumbled across this LinkExtend add-on while I was searching for an alternative to AVG's Linkscanner and WOT.

LinkExtend compares web URLs to tons of databases to determine if a link is clean, childsafe, questionable, trustworthy, and so on.

You can choose which parameters to display, which to ignore, which to turn off, etc. It offers any possible combination of options and security options. It even shows you website activity as a possible identifier of a new site that isnt trustworthy.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10777/

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

US Government Sites Hacked

The U.S. Department of the Treasury found itself the victim of hacker attacks on three of its websites, all of which proceeded to distribute malicious software to visitors, security firm AVG says.

According to AVG researcher Roger Thompson, as of Monday, three domains associated with the home page of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing were actively serving up malicious software. While the Treasury Department has so far refrained from commenting on the attacks, by Tuesday morning, all three sites appear to have been taken offline.


http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/avg_us_government_sites_hacked_spewing_malware

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

TechRepublics Virus and Spyware Removal Checklist

Malware removal is among the more frustrating tasks that support desks, network administrators, and IT consultants undertake. You must typically clean multiple machines simultaneously. Performed in a vacuum with no interruptions via e-mail, telephone, cell phone, and in-person contact, the process might prove manageable. Faced with endless distractions in the real world, however, the process often proves disjointed and inefficient.

A single simple form can help bring order to the chaos. Our free Virus & Spyware Removal Checklist will help you methodically isolate and remove virus, spyware, and rootkit infections.


http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/security/?p=3541&tag=nl.e036

Download (You need a free account to download):

http://downloads.techrepublic.com.com/abstract.aspx?docid=1725767&tag=leftCol;post-3541