Warning, a new and nasty root kit going around

Be sure to make your backups, Microsoft says the only way to fix this one is a reinstall. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217953/Rootkit_infection_requires_Windows_reinstall_says_Microsoft?source=CTWNLE_nlt_pm_2011-06-27 However there is a lot of discussion and some say its fixable. Either way its another pain.

Topic by Vyger 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Virus and trojan on this site

Two days ago I got a virus on this site. BEWARE USING THIS SITE UNTIL THEY CLEAN IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Topic by Judith756 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Dremel Wound Question?

Quick Question: I was using a Dremel Rotary tool yesterday with one of the rough sanding bits. While I was using it, the tool slipped off the edge of the wood I was sanding and landed on my middle finger, stupidly, I wasn't wearing gloves like usual cause' I was in a hurry and had left my gloves on the upper level of the house. Anyway, I got it off my finger and turned off the Dremel immediatly and it slowed down fairly quick. Now, I got a small wound on my finger, not bad, but I wanted to ask if I should be worried about it being infected since the dremel bit probably had wood dust all over it.

Topic by LoneWolf 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Virus/trojan infections on site

There have been a lot of trojans popping up from this site over the past week.  I suspect it may be coming in through the ads, like it did at least once before.  I can visit a page on the site (never the same one, so it's inconsistent) and it will redirect to a bogus page warning of an infection.  Yesterday, after this happened, I had a fake malware removal program on my computer that was masking for a trojan.  Malwarebytes was able to remove it.  The same thing has happened a few other times on this site, but thankfully no more infections have gotten through.  It's only been happening to me on the Instructables site.  Between this and the flood of collections, I'm about ready to quit the site entirely.

Topic by webman3802 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Fend off Impetigo?

 Well, it turns out my girlfriend has Impetigo and I fear I have caught it from her. Is it possible to minimise damage or stop it during its 1-3 day incubation period? Any advice wanted.

Question by DELETED_zoltzerino 9 years ago


Caring for a toad with a broken and infected arm? Answered

Last weekend I found a toad with his arm trapped in a mousetrap.  I don't know exactly how long he was there, but I discovered him when I heard this shuffling sound from the back of my garage and heard flies buzzing.  Upon investigating, I found poor Toady.  The flies had already laid eggs on his wound.  He was trying to hop away attached to the trap.   His arm is clearly broken.  He didn't have significant blood loss, but when I first opened the trap his tiny bones were visible at the injury site. I put Toady in a small bucket lined with moss and vegetation, along with adding a little bit of water, and covered the bucket with a dishtowel.  I used cotton swabs dipped in saline to clean the wound and applied antibiotic ointment (Neosporin without painkiller).  I also tied a thread slightly above the injury site to act as a tourniquet and prevent further infection, and possibly allow for his limb to naturally come off. Below the injury site is swollen, discolored and infected, growing a fuzzy fungus.  I've been checking on Toady every other day (I wasn't wanting to stress him out too much with frequent visits), cleaning his wound and infection and applying antibiotic ointment.  His arm is clearly dead weight and can't be salvaged.   I've put various bugs, slugs/snails and worms in there with him but I haven't seen him eat.  I put a june bug in there, and the june bug ended up trying to climb onto him but Toady seemed to try and squash the bug with his chest and then hopped over the bug to the other side.  Maybe the beetle is too big for him.  I haven't checked to see if the other goodies I gave him are just hiding under the moss. He doesn't appear to be losing or gaining weight.  He gets stressed whenever I visit, breathing rapidly and either trying to make himself look larger or do the opposite and huddle down, despite how careful and gentle I try and be around him. I'm worried about predators and infection if I were to release him now.  What should I do/not do?  I think I'll try Craigslist here to see if there happens to be an experienced amphibian owner with the proper supplies to care for him.  I doubt any vet here would be able to do anything, and I don't have the money to do so. Is this toad a male?  I thought he was based on his size since he's on the small size, but perhaps it's a youngster?  He doesn't make any noises with me, but I'm not sure if it was him chirping in his bucket or a nearby toad.  I know there's several right in the immediate vicinity.

Question by Pompom 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How to get ammo in infected on mw3?

I was playing mw3 with some friends the other day and I started the match I was the host. I made sure the infected person did not have ammo. During playing one of the infected people was shooting at me I think it was a glitch or a hack. Can someone tell me how to do that I would really like to know?

Question by steve-lane 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


is there any free programs to help get my infected laptop uninfected? Answered

Im looking for a program that wont say we can get all your infected junk out.just pay $59.99. is there a free one out there???

Question by bigmark 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Curious striations on avocado sapling trunk...?

Greetings I started growing an avocado tree from a pit...it's at least 8 months old now.  My roommate said it was important to nip off some of the top shoots so that it would get stronger lower leaves.  After it got about 20 inches tall, we nipped off the top, and now a few weeks later the top half of the trunk is showing signs of what I can only assume is infection. The bottom of the stalk/trunk is quite strong and stiff - as are the 6 or so leaves coming from it.  Above that, where the newer leaves are, the stalk is mottled with 2-5mm long dark spots running vertically, and all the leaves in the area with the spots are paper thin, slightly translucent, and very weak.  On top of them they have a waxy shiny sheen, where the healthy leaves do not.  The healthy leaves are quite erect sideways, opaque, and vibrant dark green -  while the weaker leaves droop almost vertical, are translucent, and lighter in colour. Is it an infection?  Is there anything I need to worry about?  Is there anything I can actually do? Pictures:  1) Good bottom 1/3 section 2) mottled middle 1/3 section 3) mottled top 1/3 section

Question by frollard 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


how do i stop the virus infection? Answered

How do i?

Question by XxAwesomexX 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


is there anything wrong with using rapeseed oil as a lube in a vagina? like in terms of infection and stuff....? Answered

Wondering if there are any negative effects..... EDIT water based lubricants would dry up though, and its not for intercourse, just wondering because some guy said use it for making a girl squirt....

Question by joseph1102 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago



Do I have a Tetnus Infection? Read the Description

Today while using an exacto knife to cut some excess material on a shelf, I used too much force and the knife slid off and poked my palm. About an inch below my thumb. Now the exacto knife I was using wasn't in particulary good shape, some rust, and white out on the tip. This was an old tool I was using for not so clean projects. Well I managed to poke myself and I was wondering if I have a Tetnus Infection. The symtoms are muscle spasms, stiffness, and lockjaw. I read symtoms never occur on the first day, but now it's been 2 hours since I was cut and my right lower bach is starting to ache, maybe I'm just paranoid and it's because of my poor posture when I sit and I'm focusing on it. I washed the wound with soap and water twice, put a band aid on it, took it off when I read it needed oxygen to kill the germs, now I'm typing this. The last time I hade my dTap was probly maybe 6-7 years, or 1-2 years I cannot remember. I can't go the doctors because of reason I can't explain right now. If it gets urgent I'll call a paramedics or something. Should I be worried? Should I get to the doctors to get a booster? Should I go cry in the corner while the effects of Tetnus slowly overwhelm me to the point where the muscle spasms reach my back and I start to spas out unitl I die?

Question by halo99 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


my computer had been infected with a virus what should i do? plz help!!! Answered

My computer had been infected with a virus that tends to bind to window files and when i try to open antivirus programs, the virus shut it off, what should i do?????? plzzz help me, i cant even delete it with avira?

Question by theragecuriousity12 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Our pet dog gets up every 2 hours at night?

What can I do to determine if my pet dog, 6 pounds, has a kidney infection?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Fun activity ideas to teach about germs and better hygiene? Infection control and hygiene games, songs or worksheets?

We are compiling a free guide for parents, teachers, administrators, health professionals and so forth to get the word out about germs and better hygiene. We want all types of ideas!  They can be complex or simple, cheap or expensive, crafty or basic, etc.!  If you want to be on the list to get a free idea then jus message "OUTFOX" or email info@OUTFOXprevention.com

Question by OUTFOX 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Does my pc have a virus or is the instructables email newsletter infected??

 When I click on some items in the most recent two instructables email newsletters I get directed to pages for all sorts of spammy websites. Such as "Your computer is infected with a virus! click here to run a free virus check now" etc etc all sorts of junk.This only happens with the instructable email newsletter. Anyone know about this or what to do?

Question by murtibing 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Spam Don;t Click

Https://www.instructables.com/group/wwemondaynightraw03252013livestream/ This is Spam after click given link my pc get infected please remove that group

Topic by pea83liquor 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Ide goda kold inda mide node....

Mide sinudses id all clogged up. As long as this doesn't go into my chest (like it did for my wife), I will be able to survive the next few days.I really hate sinus infections though, don't you? Anyone out there fall victim to the latest round of stuff going around? ...but this is how I feel about now though....

Topic by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Malware warnings from Google Chrome

Sirs, I'm using Chrome & was checking aol mail. Clicked on Instructables newsletter and Chrome pops up with a warning of Instructables being infected by Malware & would not be a good idea to continue. They stated they had contacted Instructables concerning the problem but advised staying away for a few day's. I went to Gmail account & signed in with no trouble (I Hope!). Do y'all have any info on this problem? Have y'all actually been contacted by Google? Thanks for any clarification, Zappenfusen

Topic by zappenfusen 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


When Zombies Attack!

From the University of Ottowa:A mathematical modeling of an outbreak of Zombie infectionWith citations, graphs and MATLAB code.As seen in the movies, it is imperative that zombies are dealt with quickly, or else we are in a great deal of trouble.

Topic by lemonie 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


A sweet Idea for a movie!

Ok, This Idea is either really cool or the dumbest one Ive had yet! What if They made a movie about aliens coming to destroy earth by infecting us with an alien virus that makes us turn into zombies, so the Worlds military makes Super advanced robots to fight them! and because all of the military personnel are fighting aliens The world erupts in mass anarchy and pirates start to sail the sea and attack coastal cities! So chivalrous ninja protect the people from the prates and aliens. But then the Anti-virus the Drug companies makes to stop the virus in the infected mutates and causes certain people to turn into vampires! I think it would be cool but it might also be a bit much! :)

Topic by Bisquick the ninja 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Why are fighting dogs soaped ? Answered

Hello,  I've just re-watched The Wire again; In the horrible dog fighting episode (series 3) the dog is covered in soap before the fight begins; I can't find a reason on Google: is it simply to prevent infection or is there another reason? Thank you.

Question by FriendOfHumanity 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Ad Ware

In the last 2 days I have gotten re-directed to fake adware warnings..."You are infected...click here to  scan you system" etc. One of these was on an instructable by either Scootchamaroo or Fungusamongus, so it wasn't being done on purpose by outsiders...just letting someone know.

Topic by Lintballoon 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


SONY must pay $150 for music virus damages; how to collect?

A few years ago Sony BMG Music was putting wicked rootkit viruses on the PC's of anyone who played their CDs with a computer. Less than 2 years ago, the US FTC settled with Sony that they should no longer hide malware on CD's and that people whose PC's got infected with their viruses be paid up to $150 for the expense of fixing the PC's. Soon after that, Sony sued the company that designed their viruses for $12,000,000 to pay for the damage. While searching the internet I find lots of cheering but no info on how to claim this settlement. I'm sure there are many people out there whose PC's were infected a few years ago after playing a Sony CD who wouldn't mind getting $150 now.

Topic by VIRON 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to repair corrupted PDF files? Answered

Hi all. My PC was infected by viruses.. I have cleaned it completely, but many office and pdf files are corrupted and won’t open. I have tried many many repair programs that I googled but can’t find appropriate. Thanks for your help in advance!

Question by johnb46 4 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Hackers "fix" XP BSoD rootkit February 16th, 2010

An update released by Microsoft this month (MS10-015) broke XP machines that were infected with the TDL3 rootkit (also known as TDSS and Tidserv and many other names - more info here). Full story  (Adrian Kingsley-Hughes) Blog

Topic by Goodhart 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Earworm Dumping Ground

For those not familiar with the term, an earworm is a song that gets stuck in your head and refuses to leave, eventually driving you crazier than a Cthulhu cultist with an itch that's just out of reach. Sometimes it will be a song you actually like (or liked), but usually it's the other kind. A well-known fact about earworms is that the best way to get rid of them is to infect someone else instead. For this purpose, I introduce the Earworm Dumping Ground. Leave your earworms here, and if you're lucky some poor schmuck will stumble across them by accident and take them off your hands. Warning: Earworms are extremely contagious. Sometimes just thinking of the title of the song is enough to produce unwanted results. It's kind of like The Game that way. (You just lost The Game, BTW.) Do not read any posts under this topic unless you are willing to take the risk of infection. You have been warned. BWAHhahahaha!!

Topic by RavingMadStudios 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I protect against tomato blight next summer after terrible problems this year?

Should I sterilize my potting soil for my cherry tomatoes? How should I dispose of infected fruit and plants to avoid contamination next season? Will the soil need any work, or will the freezing temps of winter take care of the viruses?

Question by daphnek 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Virus Problem **Updated Topic - 1/12/2010**

This is the official forum post for the virus problems some users are experiencing with our ad networks.  From now on please post all virus reports here. One or more of the ad networks that serve advertisements on the site has been loading ads that are infected with a virus.  We have been monitoring the situation for almost two weeks now, working with users to identify the infected networks, and then shutting them down from our ad rotation. Despite our best efforts, the Instructables Staff has not been able to reproduce the problem locally, either because the viruses are appearing in only certain geographic areas, or because we work on Macs.  As a result, we've been relying on users to help us identify the problem and target the infected ad networks.  Please understand that we are not serving these ads intentionally, nor is there a virus on Instructables directly, or our servers, and that we are doing everything possible to shut down the suspected ad networks that are causing this problem.  Here's what we know so far The virus appears to be what Microsoft calls a Rogue Antivirus.  It basically tricks users into thinking that their computer is infected with a virus, when their machines are in fact just fine.  A fake virus scan window alerts users that their computer is infected.  Once alerted with this news, users are misleadingly encouraged to install malicious software on their machine.  The alerts seem to pop up after users are redirected away from Instructables, sometimes immediately after loading a page on the site, or in some reports, just from users dragging their mouse over the ad spot.  The problem appears to have only effected a very small percentage of our users, as hundreds of thousands of people visit the site each day and only a few dozen reports have come in over the last two weeks. What to do Don't click on any links that instruct you to install software onto your machine.  Update the definitions for your virus program and install the latest updates for your operating system.  If you should experience any of these redirects or virus screens, please read the section below about how you can help us, and post your information to this forum topic. How you can help If you see a pop-up warning you that you are infected, or if you are redirected away from Instructables and onto another page that triggers a virus alert, take a screen shot (command + shift + 3 in mac; print screen button in windows) close the page down, and then come to this forum topic and post as much as you can describing what you were doing before the problem happened, what happened when the virus attacked, and what you did to fix the problem. Please include the following details with your post if possible - the following information is necessary for us to identify which ad network the virus is coming from: any ads serving on the page that you remember description of malware the URL of the page on Instructables you were viewing direct URLs of malware screenshots city, state and or country you are located in what operating system and browser you are using If you have Firebug installed, you can use it to inspect the problem pages and gather even more information which you can post to this topic. Previous forum topics about this problem include "Ad-Problem",  "Virus on Instructables" and "instant start virus alter programme".  While these forum topics are still useful in identifying the problem, we need to congregate all new reports here with the bulleted information above so we can gather the necessary facts to pass along to the ad networks to start attacking this problem as aggressively as we can. I've aggregated offline screen shots, emails, and other useful comments below that contain useful clues to get the ball rolling. Please accept our deepest apologies for this unacceptable frustration and continue to work with us so we can completely eliminate this virus problem our ad networks. ****1/12/2010 Update**** There's reason to believe that the virus could have infected your browsers cache, and thus be re-infecting your computer from there.  As per the instructions given in the New York Times Article "What to do if you saw an antivirus pop up ad" please follow the steps below before posting any new virus reports on this forum thread so we can be sure that your computer is not repeatedly infecting itself regardless of the state of the site. 1) Close the screen 2) Clear your browsers cache (directions here) 3) Scan computer with a legitimate anti virus software 4) Run any and all updates to your operating system If you are then still seeing warning messages and pop ups about the malware, then please do let us know so we can continue to track and fight this problem. We've shut down all of our ad networks that aren't absolutely essential to the running of the site and are working with the last two remaining networks to troubleshoot this problem.  All data shows that the ad networks are responsible for the virus attacks that many sites have been experiencing around the web recently (this is not just a problem on Instructables ), and we've got to take the fight to them to effectively stop the attacks.

Topic by noahw 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Phony Virus Warning Message Popup

 I occasionally get virus warning messages on this site that are fake. How do I know that they're fake? I have a mac and the popups have a Windows 7 appearance. They also say my PC is infected. What happened? Now I have to force quit safari because it gives you one option, accept. No close, exit, or cancel.

Topic by M4industries 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can I remove the Blaster worm from a laptop that boots but doesn't make it 5 seconds past login before it crashes?

 Can I hook up the hard drive to my Mac and browse the files to delete the infected ones? I know I can hook it up, but are there certain files to be wiped or is the hard drive cooked?

Question by macs_rock 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


ability of zombie in left for dead part 2

Smoker Appearance: An average-sized Infected with huge tumors all over its arms and face. Has a very long tongue as well. This tongue can be shed when the Smoker is injured, allowing them to get away. Sounds: Talk about an anti-smoking agenda. The Smoker makes all sorts of horrible wheezing and coughing sounds when idle. Launching the tongue creates a sort of slurping sound, and the music becomes dramatic whenever a survivor is being strangled to death. When they die, they explode with a puffing noise. Strengths: The Smoker is the longest-distance Infected and can easily separate groups of survivors through good use of its tongue. When a survivor is being strangled, they can't do anything to free themselves (much like the Hunter's pounce). This forces a teammate to run to the person and free them, potentially causing more problems for the survivors. They have a tendency to find the nooks and crannies where it is hard to see them, climb up on building, or move around in groups of regular infected in order to surprise the survivors. Weaknesses: In-between the Boomer and Hunter is where the Smoker's durability sits. They can only take a few shots before dying, making it essential for them to catch survivors off guard. When they grab a survivor, the survivor has a few seconds to fire at the Smoker before they become constricted. If they deal enough damage, the Smoker will let go and possibly even die. When constricting a survivor, any other survivor can bash or shoot the tongue or smoker to cause it to release the person they are strangling. Bashing the player counts as bashing the tongue, but shooting them does not. Special: Smokers are relatively harmless by themselves due to their weak damage output. However, much like the Boomer, they can turn an entire game around. If a smoker grabs and manages to strangle a player, it can force the other teammates to chase the player down and save them. On top of this, they often linger in large groups of common Infected, which will attack the strangled survivor and act as a shield for the Smoker. Tank Appearance: Muscle, muscles, and more muscles! The Tank wouldn't look out of place in Gears of War. They are gigantic, drag their knuckles along the ground, and run like apes. If you manage to miss seeing a Tank, you've got to be blind. A hilarious detail: Tanks have no lower jaws, so their tongues just dangle! Sounds: The Tank snorts, bellows, and generally sounds like an angry rhinoceros. The ground nearby trembles as they move, and the music gets very intense and action-oriented when one starts attacking the players. Crashing sounds are common as well, as they throw cars and chunks of landscape as well as rip apart doors. Strengths: Where to begin? The Tank is the single toughest Infected in the game. They can absorb an unholy amount of damage, forcing the entire team to work together to kill one. They can rip off chunks of the environment to hurl at the players, and will also throw cars. They can tear through certain parts of the environment, like pillars and barricades. Not even safehouse doors can stand up to a Tank. A player that is hit by a Tank will be flung, heavily damaged, and will be stunned on landing, unable to move. Weaknesses: A Tank can only take on a single survivor at a time, where all survivors can unload on them. They can't bash through obstacles, so walls and certain environmental objects will hinder them. They have to climb up like any normal Infected, as they can't leap. Any long-range attack can be easily dodged. They have a huge profile, which makes it almost impossible to miss them. Special: Tanks are big, dumb brutes, so use this to your advantage. They take time to find a target, and will get slowed down by environmental obstacles. With one person acting as bait, a Tank can be taken out extremely quickly as long as anybody, bait included, has a semi-automatic shotgun. Tanks are also highly flammable, and will burn until they die. Witch Appearance: Almost-naked, panting, gaunt, disturbing-looking woman with huge claws. Always has a red light on them, no matter where they may be in a level. Witches are the exact opposite of Tanks in appearance, being thin, small, and low-profile. Sounds: There is no creepier ambience in Left 4 Dead than that which surrounds a Witch. The Witch cries and sobs as long as it has been undisturbed, and the music becomes very creepy and disturbing as one gets closer and closer to a Witch. When they have been startled, it screams and chases down the offending survivor, letting loose random cries. Strengths: The Witch is the second-toughest Infected, next to the Tank. They also deal the most damage out of any Infected, as they are able to incapacitate (Easy through Advanced) or kill (Expert) any survivor with a single strike. They have great hearing, and any gunshots or explosions nearby will startle them, causing them to chase down the survivor that startled them. Weaknesses: The Witch will only chase down a single survivor before running away. The survivor which is closest and dealing the most damage is a target, but the one that startled the Witch will usually be the one that ends up taking the hit if it gets close enough. They're fast, but are slowed down a lot by doors and other obstacles. They can be sneaked by if the survivors turn off flashlights and walk instead of run. Special: The Witch is the only special Infected that can't be controlled by a player, for obvious reasons. A survivor with a semi-automatic shotgun can sneak up on a Witch (right next to one, in fact), point their gun at her, and unload a full clip into her before she can fully respond. This is the easiest way to take out Witches that are blocking essential paths, such as ones that are in subway cars in the second level of No Mercy.

Topic by Waren-Neutron 8 years ago


Government Trojans !!!

What do you all think of this practice ? Coming soon to a pc near you....government trojans.A government Trojan is spyware installed on a computer or network by a law enforcement agency for the purpose of capturing information relevant to a criminal investigation. Depending on the program, government Trojan horses may intercept email or VoIP traffic, scan hard drives for relevant digital media or even record conversations and videoconferences. As this type of software captures data and then sends it back to a central server for processing and analysis without a user's knowledge, it is generally classified as a back door Trojan horse virus. Governments have approached implementing Trojan horses in different ways. Swiss government agencies have been reported to be working with Internet service providers (ISPs) to record speech on an infected PC's microphone, as opposed to of intercepting encrypted voice packets. German agencies have sought authority to plant Trojan horses on the hard drives of suspected criminals using email that would install keyloggers, record webcams and microphones and scan infected hard drives for for documents, diagrams and photography. These email messages would be tailored to each unique target, similar to the method used in spear phishing attacks.More about Government Trojans.

Topic by Goodhart 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Is there in a way an Inspiron Dell Latop can be reformat w/out it's own drivers any more? Answered

A few years back my sister gifted me with an Inspiron Dell Laptop it was so good but two years ago suddenly it was infected with virus and brought it to some technicians here in Philippines, but they say that we have to order a new memory but to no avail. They tried using some drivers but it doesn't work til i happen to open an account here in Instructable and make this question hoping any one can help me.

Question by jovenhatsjr 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


CNGRATULATIONS Australia

An Aussie has discovered a sonic non invasive cure for Alzheimer's Disease. It is a physical solution that sonic waves dislodge brain plaque and cause T-cell to remove the material in 85% of subject lab animals !! Another Aussie who distinguished himself by proving stomach ulcers can be cured with a special course of antibiotic.  When no one would believe him, he infected himself with a incurable ulcer case and then later cured himself to prove the assertion. A good people, if you know some.

Topic by iceng 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


UPDATE: Hacker demonstrates persistent Mac Keyboard attack

Apple's sleek $49 Mac keyboards can be hacked and infected with keystroke loggers and impossible-to-detect rootkits, according to a security researcher presenting at this year's Black Hat/DEFCON conferences....Original Post...UPDATE:August 5th, 2009Apple warns of Mac attack risk via image filesApple today warned that opening or viewing image files could lead to remote code execution attacks against Mac OS X users... Blog Source

Topic by Goodhart 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to Remove the "Security Suite" Virus and other Preventive Measures

     Well, I just recovered from the "Security Suite" Virus. It's a trojan-style virus that infects your computer, claims that everything is infected, and leads you to a legitimate-looking website. It doesn't allow any programs to run except itself and won't allow you to access any websites except it's fraudulent own. I feel incredibly lucky that whoever designed this virus sucks, and it's comparatively easy to get rid of. Here's what I did. First, if your computer is infected, turn it off and on again. Then when you're booting it up , hit F8 repeataly, so you enter a boot menu. From there, select "Enter Safe Mode with Networking". It will look all Windows 95-ey, but that's what it's supposed to do. From there, open Internet Explorer (I know, but we all have to make sacrifices for the cause...) and go to the Tools menu. From there, go to the bottom and hit "Internet Options...". Then, go to the connections tab, "LAN Settings" and uncheck the proxy server box. Then, you'll want to install CCleaner to get rid of the virus. Installation is simple, and then select "Run Cleaner" in-program. You'll also want to install RKill, to get rid of the other spyware associated with the virus. After that, install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, to add another layer of protection.  Another method to do all of this with is burning CCleaner onto a CD with another computer and running it from there, but the internet worked fine for me. Another great product (These are all free) is ZoneAlarm firewall. It's a pretty good firewall, and asks you wether to allow or deny each item, which I wish I had installed, so I could've avoided this entirely. If you have ZoneAlarm, a heads up, the program that you shouldn't allow internet access (causes the virus) is completely random letters starting with an "r". And right now, I'm thinking, why isn't this an instructable? Lack of original pictures mostly. Thanks for reading, I hope I helped someone(s)!

Topic by Wasagi 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Scientists say: Hit Them Hard!

It had to happen.Scientists from the University of Ottowa have modelled the effects of a classical zombie plague, as part of a model in epidemiology.They looked at what would happen if uninfected humans attempted to cure or quarantine zombies, and the effects of retaliation:We show that only quick, aggressive attacks can stave off the doomsday scenario: the collapse of society as zombies overtake us all.It looks like we might have a need for all those zombie Instructables after all!PDF of the paper, via BBC story.

Topic by Kiteman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


netbook virus?

My daughter's netbook has an icon in the bottom-right that keeps wanting me to activate a malware protection program which I think is bogus. Every time I try to open anything it pops up and error message in the corner saying "file iexplore.exe is infected by W32/Blaster.worm please activate malware protection to protect your computer". It says this for anything I try to open. I tried running MSCONFIG to disable it but got the same message. I can't get any virus programs online b/c of this error. Any help would be greatly appreciated. (Got same error trying system restore as well). Thanks,

Topic by webtekart 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to make birth kit for under developed world?

PROBLEM: More than half the women in Nigeria give birth at home aided by birth attendants, who often lack appropriate sterile equipment. This can lead to infection, endangering the lives of mothers and their newborn babies. Nigeria’s infant mortality rate is 33 out of 1,000 births, more than five times the infant mortality rate of the United States. HOW WE CAN HELP: Creating a clean birth kits with mums-to-be , we will reduce health problems related to unsterile birthing practices. These kits should provide the essential tools to ensure safe and sterile conditions at the time of birth, minimising the risk of infection and further health complications for mothers and newborn babies. Sterile surgical scissors - Umbilical Clamps - Bulb Syringe (for removing excess mucus from the baby’s airways) - Biodegradable waste bag - Cardboard Bedpan - Feminine Maternity pads for sanitary use - Towel - Pack of Wet Wipes - Pack of Sterile Antibiotic Wipes - A Solar Powered Light Source or Torch - Clean Water in a Bottle - A Food source to raise Blood Sugar Levels during birth - Waterproof Sheet - Plastic box to contain it all - An instructional visual based Guide on how to use all of the equipment provided Kindly give advice on how to create components of a low cost birth kit for under deserved communities which live below $2/day 

Question by lanre.adeloye.5 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


WTF!!! Is Spyware attacking macs!?!?!

WTF!!! Is my mac under attack by some spyware!?!?! I really don't know, I was surfing the internet to find out how to hack into parental control (almost same thing as net nanny) that my is going to put on me soon to prevent using instructables so much. The window that I was surfing on just disappeared and the smaller window came up saying my computer is infected by spyware! Then I clicked "cancel", then another window popped up, its antivirus 2009, it had scanned my computer, then is said it has detected some dangerous spyware on my mac computer! Is this really true? Is mac computers beginning to get all the problems like PC always have??? Or is it an error?

Topic by Plasmana 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What can we learn from those Amazing old Sharks ?

Currently a Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) is good for 400 year lifetime. I would do an annual harbor swim of port Nuuk and consume Hákarl  (cured shark)  followed by a jigger of Brennivín known as (Black_Death) for just another 100 years added to my life. Any ideas of a better method will be worthy of support and consideration. "Cold can also activate antiaging genes that help an animal better fold proteins, get rid of DNA-damaging molecules, and even fight off infections more effectively, extending life span. The cold-activated molecules “are evolutionarily conserved” across the animal kingdom, and thus these pathways very likely exist in us and these sharks too"

Question by iceng 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How can i create a script or whatever that automatically copies a file to the USB drives i insert(like the virus does)?? Answered

What i am trying to do is this:all the new viruses are coming through Flash USB drives!they have a file called autorun.inf that makes ur double click on the drive start the visrus..and when its in it will copy iself to all the new drivres u insert..i want to use the same technique to outsmart them!i want a program or script that starts with windows and like these viruses it automatically copies a file called autorun.inf to any newly inserted drive..yet this autorun is a file created by me and its empty..copying this file to the new drives will overwrite the infectious autorun.inf...this way no virus will infect my PC!!!Pls help,thx in prior

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


some instructable pages pointing to trojan websites ?

 I am browsing with Safari and am lately getting warnings from its "phishing detector" on instructables.com web pages (not all, some), for example: https://www.instructables.com/id/Structured-Light-3D-Scanning/step6/Capture-and-Decoding/ results in a Safari dialog (not every time, so somebody is trying to be clever):  "The website you are visiting appears to contain malware. .... For details visit the Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page for statsistats.com" which, when we follow the link to google, gives: " Safe Browsing Diagnostic page for statsistats.com   What is the current listing status for statsistats.com? Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.   Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days.   What happened when Google visited this site? Of the 17 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-12-31, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-12-31. Malicious software includes 24 trojan(s).   This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS34305 (EUROACCESS).   Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware? Over the past 90 days, statsistats.com did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.   Has this site hosted malware? Yes, this site has hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. It infected 21 domain(s), including telugulife.com/, telugucinemastills.com/, junkupload.com/.   How did this happen? In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message. " Could all be  a false alarm, just wondering since I have been getting several of these lately on instructables.com

Topic by robert2008 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Free Software Sources

. I'll kick this off with my all time favorite, SourceForge. "The world's largest Open Source software development web site.". No matter what you want to do, you can probably find a free program that will do it at SourceForge.. Quality of the programs varies widely, but if you pay attention to last revision dates (be wary if it hasn't been updated in a few years or hasn't been updated since it was posted) and the number of downloads (more is usually better), you can skip over the lesser stuff.. Not sure how they handle malware prevention, but I've never been infected by any of the plethora of stuff I've downloaded.. . 2008-04-26. Here's the sources others have contributed, in a handy list with links. MS Visual BASIC (Brennn10) Softpedia (LinuxH4x0r, ll.13) MajorGeeks (Goodhart) Download.com (CNET/ZDNET) (Goodhart, ll.13) The Pirate Bay (ll.13)

Topic by NachoMahma 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Flood In Halo Wars?

Who all went out and bought Halo Wars expecting it to be the greatest RTS ever? I kinda did, and when I first played it, it wasn't all I expected. I love the Halo series, but Halo Wars really let me down. After much thought, I tried to think of what it would be like to have the Flood in it. I mean, the Flood is basically the reason for Halo. That's the reason the Forerunners built the halo rings, to help destroy the flood( Technically their food, but you get the idea.).  It would be so much more awesome to be able to play as an infection, killing enemies, and making them your own. Then Halo Wars would be rated M, ( Just like all the other games!!!), Making it fit better in the series.  If you agree, or disagree, please post your comments and opinions, but any inappropriate or mean comments will be deleted.

Topic by Creator75 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What to do about an IRC bot?

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I got an IRC bot on my comp and pendrive. I know IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat, and that it allows someone to acces my computer. Norton antivirus can't remove it, and I haven't tried with spyware doctor yet. Until I can conctact a friend of ours who can hoefully fix it, I'm open to suggestion. Also, another note. My previous comp, a desktop comp, had a virus. (I had written about this sometime ago) I had inserted Spyware doctor CD while it had that virus, then my comp started fainting (restarting randomly), and I was wondering if there was any chance the CD got damaged or infected? Last but not least, how do I remove the afore mentioned bot from my pendrive? I'm scared...

Topic by Keith-Kid 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Microsoft Office for Linux

I heard last week that Microsoft will be porting their popular Office suite to Linux this year. As an avid Linux user, and a firm believer in the free software movement, I must say that this has a certain odor to it. Do we honestly think that a company that has used phrases like "a cancer that infects everything it touches," to describe Linux will just start waving the olive branch and cater to the "cancer" as a valued customer? This peace offering calls to mind a certain wooden horse I think we all know. "either the Greeks are hiding, shut inside those beams, or the horse is a battle-engine, geared to breach our walls, spy on our homes, come down on our city, overwhelm us- or some other deception's lurking deep inside it. Trojans, never trust that horse. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, especially bearing gifts." One thing is for sure, considering how Microsoft constantly violates the privacy of their customers, rest assured that this horse WILL spy on our homes.

Topic by romanyacik 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


The Thought Bunker #4

Huzzah! I would like to thank the poeple who viewed and commented on this forum for the first 4! Thanks! Anyway, I am hosting a Forum Topic train. This one involves some thinking. But it's not math! It's the fun thinking. The kind you can talk and laugh about. So, what do you say? This week's Thought Bunker: If you sneezed on a computer, would it get a virus? Well, what do you think? Tell us! This weeks Best-Thought: Nov 28, 2009. 8:39 PMstarwing123 says: Depends. If the computer was biological, like they may be in the future, yes. With current computers, it depends on your definition of "getting a virus" If getting a virus means infected and damaged by it, than no. If it means carrying that virus, yes. This is of course, assuming "you" is a human  or other biological organism. If the "you" in questions is a sentient computer or AI, than the computer would get the virus because the "you" sneezed a virtual virus. Then of course, you can go into the combination of the above examples, like a biological, sentient computer or robot that looks like a human. Wait, wouldn't that be a human?

Topic by chopstx 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago