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The DNSChanger Virus – The Real 411 (NOT “Doomsday”)

There has been much hype about a virus in the news lately that, frankly, shows (some of) the mainstream media for what they are (clueless ambulance-chasing fearmongers?). Today, Woody Leonhard published a detailed article that tells the real deal about “DNSChanger”, and he says it much better than I would.. ‘cuz I am a bit angry, and might not keep a civil tongue.

DNSChanger is not the end of the world

DNSChanger virus spells ‘Internet Doomsday’ … The end is nigh, according to the FBI … ‘Internet doomsday’ will strike us all on July 9 …

That’s what a couple of popular websites had to say about the DNSChanger virus. What a crock!

I’ve been writing about viruses for about two decades, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen headlines that ridiculous from sources that should know better.Read more..”

I highly recommend this read. For everyone.. not just the Geeks. Learn the facts.

And, if you would like a quick check of your PC, to see if your web browsing has been hijacked by DNSChanger, click here. (Green means you do not have a DNSChanger infection.)
Those outside the USA can click here, and scroll to find the checker for your country/language.

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May 3, 2012 Posted by | computers, Internet, News, tech | , , , | Leave a comment

Video: Jobs intros the iPad

This video is Steve Jobs introducing the new Apple iPad. I love watching iHype.

January 28, 2010 Posted by | computers | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ad Block Your Way To A Happier You

What is real? What is ‘hype’?


Why is everyone trying to sell me something? All the time.

I have had it up to my eyeballs.. and I think I’m going to rebel. I think I’ll declare a new Personal Policy.. which goes like this: If I know about this product because of advertising and/or the media, I ain’t gonna buy it.

Wait. That won’t work. I can’t think of a single thing that isn’t being hyped.

Hmmm… maybe I’ll have to modify that some. How about: When forced to choose between two products.. I buy the one that advertises less.

Yes.. that might work.

TechPaul’s Plan to Improve the World #347.

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[ It won’t take you the full minute.. I promise.]

**Look for the results Friday.

Today’s free download(s): The Sophos Endpoint Assessment Test (an “endpoint” is IT- speak for “computer”) is a single scan checks that:

  • your Microsoft service pack is the current one for your operating system
  • your Microsoft patches are all up to date
  • anti-virus protection is installed, running and current
  • a personal firewall is installed and running

The Endpoint Assessment Test checks for over 600 patches, 28 anti-virus applications, and 22 firewall applications.

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