W32.Blaster.Worm Removal Tool

March 8, 2008 – 2:27 PM

W32.Blaster.Worm is a worm that exploits the DCOM RPC vulnerability (described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-026) using TCP port 135. This worm attempts to download and run the Msblast.exe file.

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.blaster.worm.html

W32.Blaster.Worm Removal Tool

HijackThis

March 8, 2008 – 2:26 PM

HijackThis examines certain key areas of the Registry and Hard Drive and lists their contents. These are areas which are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. It’s up to you to decide what should be removed. Some items are perfectly fine. You should not remove them. Never remove everything. Doing that could leave you with missing items needed to run legitimate programs and add-ins. This Page will help you work with the Experts to clean up your system. For those of you needing instructions on how to Copy and Paste the contents of a text file into a Forum Post, please look at the Table of Contents. A link to the instructions is included.

http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/

What the DLL is That?

March 8, 2008 – 2:25 PM

When a DLL is identified as the culprit of a system crash, the less troubleshooting-familiar users may have problems determining just what application or driver may be at fault. Google is a great way to find out all sorts of information about errors, but Microsoft has a great resource to help in this situation as well. The online DLL Help Database not only lets you see which Microsoft apps are tied to a particular DLL, but also which versions are associated with particular applications for those times when a DLL version conflict may be a factor. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=/servicedesks/fileversion/dllinfo.asp

End of the road for SMTP?

March 8, 2008 – 2:24 PM

Developed when the Internet was used almost exclusively by academics, the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, or SMTP, assumes that you are who you say you are.

SMTP makes that assumption because it doesn’t suspect that you’re sending a Trojan horse virus, that you’re making fraudulent pleas for money from the relations of deposed African dictators, or that you’re hijacking somebody else’s computer to send tens of millions of ads for herbal Viagra.

In other words, SMTP trusts too much–and that has spam foes, security mavens and even an original architect of today’s e-mail system agitating for an overhaul, if not an outright replacement, of the omnipresent protocol.

“I would suggest they just write a new protocol from the beginning,” Suzanne Sluizer, a co-author of SMTP’s immediate predecessor and a visiting lecturer at the University of New Mexico, said in an interview.

Full story…

TweakUI PowerToy Update

March 8, 2008 – 2:23 PM

While X-Setup is the king of tweakers, that’s sometimes a little overkill when you just want to tidy up a few of your most cherished XP settings. A new interface is the most obvious change with the new TweakUI tool, giving you more of an Explorer sort of feel. The left pane shows expandable categories, with the right side displaying the contents of the selected item. Much more functionality has been added as well, making it a very worthwhile upgrade. Windows XP SP1 or Windows Server 2003 are required, so do bear that in mind.

Windows XP PowerToys