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Friday, February 26, 2010

Microsoft warns of fake "Security Essentials 2010" anti-virus software

Microsoft is warning users about a fake anti virus product named "Security Essentials 2010", near identical to the naming of the company's own protection software.

fakeinit_scan_result

The fake software is actually the trojan Win32/Fakeinit. If a user installs the software then Fakeinit’s downloader installs a fake scanner component that monitors other processes and attempts to terminate them. In some cases, processes will be flagged as if they are infected. The trojan also lowers a number of security settings in the registry and changes the desktop background to an unchangeable multicoloured warning:

"Well, it had to happen eventually. One of the oldest tricks used by rogue antivirus products is to use a similar name as, or have a similar look and feel to, legitimate security software. It’s been commonplace for them to mimic the Windows Security Center. So it was inevitable that the day would arrive when a rogue would masquerade as something similar to Microsoft Security Essentials. If anything, it surprises me a little that it’s taken so long," said David Woods at Microsoft Security.

Microsoft confirmed its own genuine Security Essentials software removes the trojan. Security Essentials is designed to work on Windows XP, Vista and 7 and protects end users against virus threats and spy ware. MSE is Microsoft's free anti-virus and anti-spyware product that is set to replace Microsoft's paid Windows Live OneCare subscription service which was withdrawn earlier this year.

The fake Security Essentials 2010 also prompts end users to activate and pay for a "full version". Microsoft's own Security Essentials is available free for download:

Download: Windows XP (32 bit)
Download: Windows Vista & Windows 7 (32 bit)
Download: Windows Vista & Windows 7 (64 bit)

Thanks to Shayla for the news tip (via neowin)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Unable to open .PPS attachments directly from Outlook Express?

Symptom

I installed the free powerpoint 2007 viewer (click here to get it) for one of my customers, but although we could open PPS files from the desktop, when we tried to open a PPS attachment from outlook express it would give me the following error

“This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel”

After a fast google search I came across the following solution:

This article is applicable for Windows XP systems with SP2 or SP3 applied, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 or PowerPoint Viewer 2007 installed. For a Windows Vista version of this article, see article Unable to open .PPS attachments directly from Windows Mail in Windows Vista

Resolution
Using the PPSFix utility

Download PPSFix.zip (~12 KB). Unzip the file and run the utility. Select the file types that you want to fix, and then click Fix. Note that you need to login as administrator in order to use this utility.

 

 

solution is via http://windowsxp.mvps.org/ppsopen.htm