Archive for the 'Alerts' Category

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Domain Scams

Today I received a rather official looking email stating that one of my domains was due for renewal at the end of this month and telling me how much to pay them to renew it. Now I keep track of when my domain renewals are due and I have a really good idea of how […]

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015


The release hasn’t been announced yet but it is already available for download from github. Presumably an official announcement will be made soon since it was announced last week that it would be officially released today.

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

mysql_ Interface END OF LIFE

The original interface for accessing mySQL databases from PHP that was around even before PHP 3 was released used procedural functions where the names start with mysql_ The release of PHP 5.0 on 13th July 2004 introduced an improved interface called MYSQLi that has both procedural and OOP variants. This was soon followed by another […]

Monday, September 21st, 2015


I finally resolved at least part of the problem I was having in upgrading to Windows 10. After looking at what messages were being added to the event viewer (a suggestion someone on a Windows 10 forum gave me) I was eventually able to determine that it was a DLL belonging to Avanquest PowerDesk that […]

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Chrome and Comodo

It seems that something in Google Chrome 46 causes the Comodo Firewall to block it from being able to run. There are a number of web pages around that provide ways to enter an exception into Comodo to allow the browser to work. As the issue seems to be with the browser rather than the […]

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015


This particularly nasty attack seems to be very popular at the moment in Australia (and possibly elsewhere) with emails appearing to come from some official source claiming that you have committed a traffic violation of some sort. If you click the link in the email then the crypt0l0cker virus will be installed on your computer. […]

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Internet Explorer on Windows XP

Anyone still using Windows XP needs to stop using Internet Explorer and use a different browser instead. All of the versions of IE that have been used on XP contain a security hole that will allow someone to take over complete control of your computer. This security hole will never be patched because Windows XP […]

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Spybot Hates Accounting

Spybot Search and Destroy 2 just deleted the accounting software from my computer. Fortunately I was able to quickly reinstall the software and the accounting data files were still there. If you are using Manager Accounting then be very careful to not allow Spybot to delete it. They really need to get this fixed as […]

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

RIP Windows XP and Office 2003 – Probably not

Just in case you haven’t been keeping up with what Microsoft has been doing, support for both Windows XP and Office 2003 ends today. As both of these share common code with more recent versions the future patches to the more recent still supported versions will provide clues to where the unpatched security holes are […]

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Better WP Security

A warning to anyone running “Better WP Security” to protect their WordPress blog. This plugin is now reporting an upgrade available from 3.6.6 to 4.0.5. This new version involved a major rewrite and has been released long before proper testing has been done as when I installed the upgrade, most of the functionality in the […]

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Security Alert – Java

Major security holes that are currently being exploited have been discovered in Java. It is essential that you disable Java in your browser immediately. There are two modules to disable – “Java Deployment Toolkit” and “Java(TM) Platform” in most browsers, “Java(TM) Plug-in SSV Helper” and “Java(TM) Plug-in 2 SSV Helper” in Internet Explorer. The following […]

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Uninstall Software

A program I installed this morning didn’t work properly and so I decided to uninstall it. The uninstall for this particular program also didn’t work properly and so I was considering what to do to sort it out. One web page I found offered an uninstall program that supposedly would clean up left over files […]