July 14, 2011

Fixing A Problematic LAN Connection!

Have you ever encountered a LAN connection that is continuously or intermittently disconnecting? Before thinking of reformatting your PC, try adjusting the media type of your network card, by default it is set at auto config, try changing the setting to 10Mbps Full Duplex.Most often the cause of this problem is when a LAN cable is too long; a problematic RJ45 connectors or a problematic software, you may also try replacing the connectors (RJ45) on both ends.

Here is how to do it(In case you still don't know):

July 6, 2011

Its Bye-Bye for Office XP and Vista SP1 Next Week!

Microsoft will phase out 2001's Office XP and the first service pack for Windows Vista next week, according to the company's published schedule.

Both Office XP and Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will exit all support July 12, this month's Patch Tuesday. That date will be the last time Microsoft issues security updates for the aging suite and Vista SP1.

Although Office XP's support expires next week, Vista users can continue to receive security updates by upgrading to SP2, the service pack Microsoft launched in May 2009.

Users can install Vista SP2 through Windows Update, or by manually downloading the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the service pack.

The consumer editions of Vista SP2 -- Vista Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate -- exit support in April 2012, while the corporate versions of Vista Business and Vista Enterprise will be supported with security patches through mid-April 2017.

Users can continue to run out-of-support software: There is no "kill switch" that gets thrown to disable or cripple the programs. Without security fixes, however, such software will be increasingly vulnerable to attacks.

Office 2003, the follow-up to Office XP, will receive security updates until April 2014. Office 2007 and Office 2010 will get patches until April 2017 and October 2020, respectively.

Office XP and Vista SP1 were last patched three weeks ago when Microsoft issued 16 security updates that fixed 34 flaws.

Source: Computer World

July 5, 2011

Free Tech Support Via E-mail!

Hello to all my readers, starting today onward I am accepting inquiries from my readers regarding hardware and software problems, I will be providing you answers and recommendation to the best of my knowledge. Just e-mail me at litoac@yahoo.com and I will answer your email as soon as possible.

Have a nice day!

June 17, 2011

Regenerate Your Harddrive!

The most important component in your PC is your hard drive, it is where your important application and data are stored, but most often hard drive will develop bad sectors overtime causing your system to crush.If your hard disk is still under warranty then I suggests that you return it to where you bought it, for replacement. If its already out of manufacturers warranty(5 years), I had this very useful utility that can fix your hard drive's bad sectors most of the time, it does not just fix your hard drive it may restore back the corrupted data that are store in those bad sectors.

The application is user friendly and can be run within inside windows or you can create a bootable disk.

Download Here:HDD Util

June 6, 2011

Maximize Your Harddrive Warranty!

Hard drive in one's PC is one of the most important component of your PC, be it mobile or desktop. The reason I wrote this topic is to inform you(in case you don't know) that hard drives manufacturers(SEAGATE, Maxtor, Western) actually give more than 1 year in all their products.So, instead of buying a new hard drive I suggest that you verify first your drive's warranty with its manufacturers, most of them can be done online. I myself prefer Seagate's products because they offer 5 years warranty  and  free shipping in all returned defective item. Its  hassle less transaction on your part.

Click on the link to verify warranty and return your Seagate's product!
Verify and Return Seagate's Harddrive

May 31, 2011

Malware scanner finds 5% of Windows PCs infected

One in every 20 Windows PCs whose users turned to Microsoft for cleanup help were infected with malware, Microsoft said this week.

Microsoft cited that statistic and others from data generated by its new Safety Scanner, a free malware scanning and scrubbing tool that re-launched May 12.

The 420,000 copies of the tool that were downloaded in the first week of its availability cleaned malware or signs of exploitation from more than 20,000 Windows PCs, Microsoft's Malware Protection Center (MMPC) reported Wednesday. That represented an infection rate of 4.8%.

On average, each of the infected PCs hosted 3.5 threats, which Microsoft defined as either actual malware or clues that a successful attack had been launched against the machine.

Of the top 10 threats found by Safety Scanner, seven were Java exploits, said Scott Wu and Joe Faulhaber of the MMPC, in a blog post. Wu is a program manager with the MMPC, while Faulhaber is a software engineer.

That finding backs up a recent Microsoft security intelligence report that noted a huge spike in Java-based exploits in the second half of 2010, when the number tracked by Microsoft jumped to nearly 13 million from around 1 million in the first six months of that year.

Microsoft blamed exploits of just two vulnerabilities in Oracle's Java for generating 85% of all Java attacks in the second half of 2010. Not surprising, those same two vulnerabilities ranked No. 1 and No. 6 in the Safety Scanner top 10.

One of the heavily-exploited Java bugs was patched in December 2008 by Sun -- which has since been swallowed by Oracle -- while the other was fixed in November 2009.

Microsoft has sounded the warning about the explosion in Java exploits before. In October 2010, Holly Stewart, another MMPC manager, said the attack volume was "scary" and "unprecedented."

Hacker reliance on Java made sense to Marc Fossi, the director of Symantec's security response team, in an interview last year. "Since Java is both cross-browser and cross-platform, it can be appealing to attackers," he said, referring to Java's use by every major browser, and on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Safety Scanner found 2,272 Windows PCs with evidence of an exploit of the most wide-used Java bug, dubbed "CVE-2008-5353" in the Common Vulnerabilities & Exploits database. Of those machines, 7.3% of them also contained the notorious Alureon rootkit, while 5.7% of them had been infected with one of the fake security programs of the "Winwebsec" family.

"By the time a user downloads and runs [Microsoft Safety Scanner] to detect malware, the machine may have already been infected, if it was vulnerable to the exploit at the time," acknowledged Wu and Faulhaber.

Alureon made news in February 2010 when Windows XP systems infected with the rootkit were crippled after a Microsoft security update. And Winwebsec, as Microsoft called the line of phony antivirus software that dupes victims into paying for the worthless program, has been linked to MacDefender, the scareware that's been plaguing Mac users all month.

Safety Scanner, which replaced an older online-only tool, uses the same technology and detection signatures as Microsoft's free consumer-grade Security Essentials antivirus program and its Forefront Endpoint Protection product for enterprises.

The free scanner can be downloaded here.