Tag: Security

Thoughts on the GoDaddy DNS DDOS Attack, Outage, and DNS hosting options

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So with the big outage today, I did some quick looking around. Just wondered if there were any DNS registrars that have decent security practices. It’s tough to find. Not that the attack on GoDaddy was a security breach, it

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Web site timeouts with PFSense firewall and Qwest DSL modem

Qwest / Centurylink DSL Web site timeouts, hangups, or failures while running a firewall or router with static IP addresses. Recently I setup the Qwest DSL service in my home. It worked great, but after a couple days I started

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Windows Security Center Says Automatic Updates Are Turned Off

Today I ran into a problem while repairing a computer that had a partially cleaned up virus. I completed the cleanup that my client attempted, ran all my antivirus tools, and thought I had everything working. That is, until I

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Reset your Windows password with Chntpw using System Rescue CD

Quick note about using chntpw command to reset Windows passwords. Mostly, I just couldn’t remember what the command line program was or the switches. Boot to System Rescue CD. mount the Windows drive RW (mine was RO) cd to the

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Nmap network discovery port scan

If you are like me, you don’t have time to run nmap scans and do other network maintenance. Running nmap is one of those really fun and useful tools that are easy to use, but since I rarely use it,

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Revisiting MsMpEng.exe Antimalware service executable high resource usage

MsMpEng.exe – Antimalware service executable I generally do not have any issues with Microsoft Security Essentials. It just works, and does its job quite well.  From time to time I notice some weird issues on my client computers, where MsMpEng.exe

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Rootkit from fes.sk/files

I had a client recently that had their browsers hijacked. Everything they typed in the browser ended up redirecting them to some test_s.php file at “www.fes.sk”.  (Don’t open that, or you might end up with a virus!  I just wanted

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Microsoft Security Essentials MsMpEng.exe using high CPU Time

Microsoft Security Essentials MsMpEng.exe – Antimalware service executable using high CPU Time I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64, but I think this might be problem in any version. I keep having issues with Microsoft Security Essentials MsMpEng.exe using high CPU Time and hogging

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ZFS CIFS and ACL Inheritance

This is just another one of those things that didn’t make any sense and only partially does now. At least NOW I know there is more at play here than the simple solutions in Samba using create mask and create

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Terminal Server without VPN for remote access

I was wondering, though, why use a vpn to tunnel a terminal server connection? Isn’t terminal server encrypted already? Here’s a couple things that I *think* are important:

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