Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Competing With Google Search

Neither Microsoft (with MSN or Bing) nor Yahoo! can compete with Google in the arena of Tech that matters most — showing you advertisements. So…

“A powerful new choice in search is coming”

Microsoft® and Yahoo! have now received regulatory clearance to form the Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance in the United States and European Union. This milestone is an exciting step in our effort to give your business a time-saving and cost-efficient way to connect with show ads to a larger combined audience of potential customers.

After the Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance is implemented, you can:

  • Reach more potential customers: Search ad inventory from both the Yahoo! and Microsoft networks will be joined in a new, unified search marketplace powered by Bing™, with a combined audience of over 150 million searchers in the U.S and nearly 577 million searchers worldwide.
  • Save valuable time and effort: You’ll use a single platform—Microsoft adCenter—to manage your campaigns easier and faster. With just one buy, your search ads will reach users on Bing, Yahoo!, and other premium partner sites and networks, such as The Wall Street Journal Digital Network,,, Facebook, and
web page filled with ads

Just a few helpful results

Related: This “alliance” between Microsoft and Yahoo is interesting.. because I seem to remember Yahoo! selling ad space to Google a while back.. see Google-hoo — a world run by ad revenue

And for those of you who feel as I do, How to block ads (updated)

Note: I am a big fan of healthy marketplace competition, and not a big fan of monopolies, so I have set the “default” search engine to a different provider on each of my different machines.. to “spread the love” (IE users, to do that yourself, click here). Which ones? Well, basically any one but but I will say I am a fan of Dogpile.

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February 19, 2010 Posted by | computers, Internet | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Video Demonstration of Poisoned Search

Cybercriminals are manipulating the Internet to cause their poison websites to appear at the top of search results.

When people click the link, a bogus “scareware” window opens, as I have warned about in several prior articles.
(please see Security Alert — An Infection Has Been Detected!)

This installs a “rogue” anti-malware application. This video from security firm Panda Security shows exactly how this is done, and in this case, the criminal is trying to install MS Antispyware 2009.. which is just one of the thousands of these “rogues”.

I highly recommend that you watch it, as it is showing you two (increasingly common) attacks.. and exactly how a “rogue” looks and acts.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “untitled“, posted with vodpod

Please note: I have one, MAJOR, complaint about this video: it pretty much says that if you have an up-to-date anti-malware (such as an antivirus) on board, you’ll be protected from these things. WRONG! Once you click the links, ignore the the warnings, and click “Run”.. you’re hosed. (And you did it to yourself.)
Telling your machine to ‘run it’ bypasses all your protections.. even Vista’s annoying UAC.

Today’s free link: ErrorRepairTOOL Computer Infection? – Blame Your Search Engine!

Today’s free download(s): The best defense is to NOT click “Run” when you’re not sure. But there are tools you can add to your web browser to help you detect and avoid these poisoned websites in the first place — known as “anti-phishing”. I suggest installing both:
WOT: (Web Of Trust) is a free Internet security add-on for your browser. It will help keep you safer from online scams, identity theft, spyware, spam, viruses and unreliable shopping sites. WOT warns you before you interact with a risky Website. It’s easy and it’s free.
Link Scanner Lite: Automatically inspect search results for exploits, hacked sites, fraud/crimeware, and other online threats. Includes right-click, on-demand scanning of any URL you choose.

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April 18, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Internet, Internet scam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bummer. I only won 200,000 Euros this time…


From: sugerencias (

Sent: Tue 1/27/09 6:57 PM


APARTADO DE CORREOS 48, 28230 las Rozas,

BATCH NO: MSFT-2008- GM-0221


Welcome to Corporation end of year promotions, We are
pleased to inform you of the released results of Sweepstakes Promotion
organized by Corporations, in conjunction with the
foundation for the Promotion of software products, held this Jan 24th
2009, here in Madrid-Spain.

Your email address emerged as one of the on-line Winning emails, in the
1st category and therefore You have been approved for a cash award
200,000.00Euros (TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO) this is from a total cash..

* Micro Word??? Who are we trying to sound like?

Today’s free link(s):
Google Video search results poisoned to serve malware

This article is a bit difficult to read, and assumes the audience is security-savvy, but if you’re willing to look past that, you will see some frightening facts spelled out that tell you just how broken and insecure the Internet is.

Security Fix Pop Quiz, Reality-Show Style
I want to give readers more perspective about why applying these updates are so critical, by looking through the lens of the criminal masterminds behind “Grum,” one of this year’s largest spam botnet..

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January 28, 2009 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud, spam and junk mail, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments