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The latest "state of the nation" report by Secunia has been published, the document looks at the rise of security threats over the last five years and provides an outlook for 2010 based on the data of the first six months of this year.

It is compelling reading and reinforces the need to keep your computer up to date with vendor patches and software updates. The full report can be viewed at the following link:

Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Security Tool Virus
« on: August 18, 2010, 08:22:13 PM »
Sorry for butting in but I have got to point out this entry in the log above:

AV: AntiVir Desktop (outdated)

No AV will protect a system if it isn't maintained.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Where in the world?
« on: August 18, 2010, 08:18:17 PM »
You are correct, a concise description although I'm surprised that Henry the Navigator wasn't mentioned. So, where is our "Voyage of Discovery" going to drop anchor next?

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Where in the world?
« on: August 17, 2010, 09:16:12 AM »
This has been hanging around for too long now. Here's a clue - it's in Europe.

Security Software Programs / Re: Malwarebytes error code 732 0.0
« on: August 16, 2010, 07:19:01 PM »
I suggested the uninstall because I too encountered a 732 error in a previous build, hence this post. Uninstalling, running the clean up tool and re-installing sorted out the problem for me.

Security Software Programs / Re: Malwarebytes error code 732 0.0
« on: August 16, 2010, 02:16:27 PM »

The best place for MBAM support is their forum at

However, this would tend to indicate that you are not using the latest version of MBAM as that problem occurred in earlier versions and has been dealt with.

If you are not using v1.46 please click on this link to go to the Malwarebytes support forum and follow the instructions in the post shown.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Seattle AIDS Walk 2010 - My fourth year!
« on: August 12, 2010, 05:33:51 PM »
Damn, The gunthatonethewest has beaten me at last!  :lol:

Security Software Programs / Re: MSE not starting sometimes
« on: August 05, 2010, 08:15:14 PM »
Hi Don,

Oh - and I am sorry I made my last post red I had forgotten your poor old eyes!

I couldn't take that colour either so I have removed the tags from your post - no offence meant.  :)

Sorry, I missed the question about Mozilla.

To manually remove it open Windows explorer and navigate to the following location:

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall

In that folder you should see a file named helper.exe (or just helper if you don't show file extensions)

Right click the helper file and select "Run as ..... Administrator"

That should kickstart the removal wizard.

Once that is complete you need to remove plugins, etc, by manually deleting the folder:

C:\Program files\Mozilla Firefox

Probably the easiest option would be to upgrade your Avira from the free edition to Avira Antivir Premium. It is consistently one of the best performing av products in the reviews and the "paid for" version contains two content checkers, Webguard and Mailguard, that will check the pages that you browse to and your incoming mail.

I have no affiliation with Avira (the company), I have just been using their product for years.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Words Within Words
« on: July 27, 2010, 09:14:48 PM »



Sophos have released a free tool to mitigate the effects of this zero day exploit (I would hate to say it is a total cure).

Details of the tool may be found at this Sophos web page which includes a link to the download

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Post your favourite music video!!
« on: July 04, 2010, 09:06:32 PM »
Ingrid Michaelson - Be OK

But I still wouldn't buy an Opel / Vauxhall car!

But, of course, the fact that the recent update did not address every issue is not a reason to ignore the update, th Blackhats will always try and target the older versions as shown on this comment from the Internet Storm Center.

In short, get the updates offered (but always be sure to make a System Restore Point before installing anything!).

Any resident of the U.K. who receives this sort of fraud (whereby an offer is made to assist a computer user on payment of a fee) should make contact with the National Fraud Authority, details are on their website at:

The NFA is committed to tracking down and eliminating these criminals but they need all the help that they can get to identify the scams, if they don't know about it they can't act.

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