Things I Hate About Windows 10 (ongoing)

By Miles V. August 17, 2015

(Actually, things I like about Windows 10 too) I completely abstained from Windows 8 when it first launched in 2012.  No Start Menu?  Touch controls?  No thanks.  And although my life was mostly better for it, it meant that I didn’t really become acquainted with the many many many ways in which the operating system is terrible until Win8 systems began showing up in my shop a year or two later.  This will not be the case for Windows 10.  Pleasant or not, I’m taking the plunge right away so I can be better informed for my clients.  Here are my findings.   Things I like about Windows 10 Notification [ . . . ] Read On →

Trojan.Poweliks == High Memory & CPU usage

By Miles V. November 20, 2014

There’s a new baddie in town and it’s name is Poweliks. No that wasn’t an awful series of typos, and I don’t know who names these things, but this is an infection that has given me some trouble lately because of its unique hiding place. Poweliks is a clever infection that doesn’t actually have any files on the infected computer; it exists entirely in the system registry and executes by running javascript via a number of ordinarily-benign slave processes. If your task manager shows ctfmon.exe or msfeedssync.exe or dvdupgrd.exe or dllhost.exe (or a couple others that are escaping me right now) eating up 15-25% of your CPU and more than [ . . . ] Read On →

Untrusted GMail Certificate in Firefox

By Miles V. November 17, 2014

Are you getting a mysterious “untrusted certificate” warning in Firefox when visiting GMail (and maybe some other sites too)?  Did you by any chance just upgrade your installation of Kaspersky Internet Security? So did I!  These are not unrelated! Kaspersky needs your browser to trust its root certificate in order to perform security checks on your SSL-encrypted traffic.  However, Firefox keeps its own repository of trusted certificates that doesn’t get updated during Kaspersky’s installation, so it chucks a wobbly when the security software tries to parse its incoming HTTPS traffic. Why does this only affect some HTTPS sites?  Hell if I know; what do I look like, a tech professional? [ . . . ] Read On →