According to this blog, Sunbelt/GFI said the email claims the package was not delivered, and asks the email recipient to open the PDF file and print out the attached label it supposedly contains. But once downloaded onto a system, GFI Labs said the malware will undertake the following actions:

When executed, it connects to the IP address, 91.221.98.29, and downloads a file named step.exe – which is a variant of FakeSysDef, a rogue malware.

It checks on the following websites, all of which are from Russia:

followmego12.ru
hidemyfass87111.ru
losokorot7621.ru
mamtumbochka766.ru

 

Doing site checks could mean a lot of potential actions this malware might do, like downloading other binaries/components onto the infected system, updating a copy of itself, posting information to these sites, or waiting for commands from its controller. As of this writing, the file does not download other binaries or additional component files.

Sunbelt/GFI Labs detects this malware as Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT. It advised recipients to steer clear of these kinds of emails, especially if they never made transactions with such companies.

When in doubt, double check with the supposed sender by calling their office for confirmation, but do not reply to the sender’s email address.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday (not to mention Cyber Weekend and the holiday season) just around the corner and majority of the people everywhere are shopping online, it is wise to expect such attacks to multiply further in the coming days and weeks. Such an attack is not new; however, many are still falling for it. It’s time to wise up.

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Have a Facebook addiction and you decided do end it but you can’t? Here’s a simple article from WikiHow, and tells you some tips on how to quit Facebook. Not by an instant but in slow manner.

 

  1. Admit you might have an addiction to Facebook. and keep track of what you actually do on Facebook. After every Facebook session, ask yourself: "What did I just accomplish by checking Facebook?" Odds are, you’re probably just logging in to see if you’ve been poked, or for updates of when your friends change their profile image, write a new note, add a new song to their favorite music, and do other little things that you can really live without knowing. But those might be the little things that keep you on a very short leash. At first you’re confirming a new friend, and next thing you know, you’ve spent an hour looking at all the new people you’re connected to. Recording your Facebook activities can help you realize how much time you actually spend getting nothing constructive done.
  2. Define your goals on Facebook. Make a list of what you really want from it. Why did you originally sign up? So you could remember friends’ birthdays? Find and keep old friends? Meet people with similar interests? Whatever your goals may be on Facebook, you need to make sure that you devote your time there to accomplishing those goals, instead of going off track with activities that get you nowhere. If you have no goals (i.e. if you signed up just because you had nothing better to do), skip the next step.
  3. Make and follow a Facebook schedule. After each Facebook goal, write down how much time and at what frequency you’ll need to be on Facebook to achieve that goal. Then write down the total number of hours, per week, that you should be spending on Facebook. If it seems like too much time, adjust your activity times accordingly. Following this schedule might bring your Facebook addiction under control without requiring you to quit altogether.
  4. Think of other things you could be doing with your time spent on Facebook. If you find yourself spending, say, 10 hours a week on Facebook, make a list of all the other things you could accomplish in that time.
  5. Block the time you spend on Facebook. You can use a free self control program called ColdTurkey to temporarily disable your access to popular social media websites. Parental control programs such as EzInternetTimer or TimeUpKidz can also help.
  6. Leave Facebook. If you’ve created a schedule and couldn’t stick to it, or if you’ve decided that any time spent on Facebook is wasted, then you may need to quit cold turkey. This is a last resort, and is easier said than done. There are two options here. You can deactivate your account or delete your account.
  7. Find alternatives to using Facebook. If you’ve gotten into the habit of using Facebook messages instead of email, update your email address book so you can get in touch with your friends next week and continue your correspondence outside of Facebook.
  8. Turn your profile into a pile of useless data! This is another way to "delete" a Facebook account, and you might have fun doing it. When you wake up the next day, your profile is gone.
  9. Find a Facebook substitute. A lot of people get addicted to Facebook because they check it when there’s nothing else to do, like in between classes, or during a lunch break; then the curiosity spills over into time that should be spent doing other things, like studying or working. You need to find something to do during those little windows of time in order to prevent relapse.

During my work as a college computer instructor, lots of my students and newbies asked me how to navigate and operate the Windows OS without using the mouse. I told them some of the useful techniques in using keyboard shortcuts. Therefore I finally decided to enlist some of these keyboard shortcuts which I commonly used (so easy to remember):

  1. F1 = Display help
  2. F2 = Rename the selected item
  3. F3 = Search for a specific file or folder
  4. F4 = Display the Address bar list in the Windows Explorer
  5. F5 = Refresh the active window (also works on a web browser)
  6. F6 = Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
  7. F10 = Activate the Menu bar in the active program
  8. Windows key = Open the Start menu
  9. Windows key + D = Hide/Display all windows (shows Desktop)
  10. Windows key + E = Launches the Windows Explorer
  11. Windows key + F = Search window
  12. Windows key + G = Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
  13. Windows key + L  = Lock your computer (if you are connected to a network domain), or switch users (if you are not connected to a network domain)
  14. Windows key + M = Minimizes all windows
  15. Windows key + R = Open the Run dialog box
  16. Windows key + T = Cycle through programs on the taskbar
  17. Windows key + U = Open Ease of Access Center
  18. Windows key + X = Open Windows Mobility Center
  19. Windows key + Break = Display the System Properties dialog box
  20. Windows key + Shift + M = Restore minimized windows to the desktop
  21. Windows key + Tab = Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
  22. Windows key + Spacebar = Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar
  23. Alt + Tab = Switch between windows
  24. Alt + Space = Displays window menu
  25. Alt + F4 = Closes an active window (also shuts down the computer when there’s no active window)
  26. Ctrl + Windows key + F = Search computers (if you are on a network)
  27. Ctrl + Windows key + Tab = Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
  28. Ctrl + Shift + Esc = Displays the Windows Task Manager
  29. Ctrl + C = Copy
  30. Ctrl + X = Cut
  31. Ctrl + V = Paste
  32. Ctrl + Z = Undo an action
  33. Ctrl + Y = Redo an action
  34. Ctrl + A = Selects all the items displayed on a window

Downgrading My Operating System

Posted: December 8, 2010 in InfoTech
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After a month of observing my recently acquired and installed Windows 7 Professional, I have come to a decision of downgrading again my old system to Windows Vista Home Premium SP2. I don’t have regrets of installing the latest OS. But unfortunately the latest system is not compatible to my laptop—especially on my video and sound devices. My Win7 Desktop

Though it’s just a minor issue but I can’t bear with it anymore. Win7 detects and installs automatic drivers to my laptop. For my video case, it only displays the resolution of 1024×768 instead the 1280×800 pixel resolution, which I really find absurd. The weird fact is that uninstalling the “latest” driver downloaded from the Net, I really get my desired window resolution. For the audio driver case, it is somewhat compatible, but the output is not that great unlike in WinVista. You can hear small flickering sounds while playing music or watching videos. Seven is great in terms of its resources usage (which is the flaw of Vista). It doesn’t utilize lots or processing power and RAM, and most of my software applications runs smoothly on that platform than Vista. I really like the smooth transition and animation of its windows and gadgets. But to use it 100%, I rather have to sacrifice for now which can’t fit it into my daily needs.

My WinVista Desktop

I think that I’ll have until mid-next year when Microsoft releases the first Service Pack update for Windows 7. Then maybe that will be the time for me to bid farewell to Vista for good.

Remembering the events last year, I had the same problem when I first installed Vista without service pack update. The software is bundled to my laptop when I bought it (August 2009). Video isn’t great and video is has a flickering sounds. All of that vanished upon updating the system to the latest service pack.

I ‘m just keeping my hopes up for now.that after the release of SP1, all of the incompatible issues of my device will be resolved. I’ll be sticking to XPVista dual boot for the meantime.

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I have attended yesterday’s Microsoft seminar about Office 2010 at SMX Convention Center. One of the topic they’ve shared and discussed was The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint Presentation according to Microsoft. I just wanted to share this little technique to everyone, especially to those students who are preparing for their project presentation.

The 10/20/30 rule is quite simple: a PowerPoint presentation should have 10 slides, last more than 20 minutes or less, and must use a font not smaller than 30 points.

10 slides. Most PowerPoint presenters always try to put on slides everything they know about the topic of their presentation. This is a typical mistake. You should select key points only from the information you have found. Do not put unessential information: it will divert attention from the key points of your presentation.A normal human being cannot comprehend more than ten concepts in a meeting. Thus, the recommended number of slides for a presentation is ten. You can add more for necessary and interesting details, in-depth explanation, or tricky questions, if it will be necessary. Do not forget that, try to concentrate on the absolute essentials.

Presentation in 20 minutes. The presentation cannot be too short or too long. If it will be too short, the speaker will not reveal the essence of the matter. If it will be too long, the audience will get tired and will pass over the very important information. People usually keep concentration during 15-20 minutes. After this period, the level of concentration starts decreasing very fast. The information, which will be presented after twenty minutes period, will be missed. Last but not the least, the time for discussion should also be taken into consideration.

30-point-font text. Generally, it will be very difficult for the audience to read the text smaller than fourteen points. If you have to use a small font to present your information, it means that you are putting too much detail on the slide. Each slide should contain one key point. Use slides to lead, not read. They should paraphrase and enhance what speaker is trying to say. Because people can read faster than you talk, if you put too much detail on the slide, the audience will read ahead of you and not listen to what you are saying. The result is that you and the audience are out of synch. In a word, outline a few words about the topic you are going to present, and then describe these few words in detail. This approach will be more effective than putting everything you know on the slide.