Microsoft June Patch Cycle heads up

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

It’s about that time again folks…. Monthly Microsoft patch cycle – June patches will be released on the 13th (next Tuesday) and it looks like a big batch. There should be 12 patches this time and at least one of the Windows updates is Critical and at least one of the Office updates is critical. […]

Microsoft April Updates coming Tuesday

Friday, April 7th, 2006

To change the Google theme of the afternoon…. Microsoft is due to release their April updates this coming Tuesday (April 11th.) Advance bulletin is here. Four updates affecting Windows, one affecting Office AND Windows. Highest severity is Critical (Explorer flaw probably) Reboot will be required… The Office/Windows update MAY require a reboot and is listed […]

Microsoft February Patch day advance notice

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Microsoft has given advance notice that next Tuesday they will be releasing 7 updates for Windows, as many as 5 of these will be tagged as critical. The Security Fix has a bit on the advance notice as does Sans. Looks like one of the critical updates will be for Media Player, 4 for Windows […]

How-to Remove SpyAxe and SpywareStrike

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

There’s a good post at Spyware Confidential about the removal of the SpyAxe and SpywareStrike pests that are circulating widely these days. There is a good CastleCops Wiki page with Malware removal information on SpyAxe (With screenshots). Also, there is a good walkthrough of removal here, which includes instructions for smitremfix.    Send article as […]

Microsoft Patch Tuesday January

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Sounds like this patch Tuesday will have a couple of updates in spite of the early release of the WMF vulnerability fix. Thanks to Microsoft for yielding that fix as soon as the testing was done. I would hope that it wasn’t just public pressure, but a sense of what the right thing to do […]

Too little time…

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

I’ve just been back at appointments what – 2 days? And already I’ve got a ton of issues to detail. I usually don’t get into details of everything I run into because many times it’s rather tedious issues, memory install, fill in the blank virus removal for the nth time, etc. However I’ve already run […]

Microsoft advisory on Sober “Awakening”

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Microsoft has posted a security advisory (912920) on the previously reported “awakening” of the Sober worm, expected January 6th. Systems that are infected with Win32/Sober.Z@mm may download and run malicious files from certain Web domains beginning on January 6, 2006 Further they give the following note….    Send article as PDF   

Spyaxe Spytrooper spysherriff et al removal

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

There are so many “wolves in sheeps clothing” or maybe I should say wolves in sheepdogs clothing… Anyway, so many nasty malware’s that pose as protective utilities. Spyaxe, spytrooper, spy sherriff, etc. There is a tool that is specialized towards removing these. Smitrem which is short for smitfraud removal. (After the viral name of one […]

More wolves in sheeps clothing – rogue or suspect antispyware

Monday, December 19th, 2005

(or for that matter, rogue or suspect antivirus.) What’s fascinating about this category is most of these products either use security vulnerabilities to get into a system, or merely convince a person browsing the web that they’re the right tool for the job. Kind of like virtual con-men in a sense…. Anyway… Spyware Confidential has […]

Two critical fixes from Microsoft on December patch Tuesday

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

December’s rendition of Microsoft’s monthly Patch Tuesday will feature two critical security fixes. The malicious software removal tool will also be updated… Additionally, Microsoft will issue two non-security high-priority updates through Windows Update and Software Update Services, and three non-security high-priority updates through Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services. It is standard Microsoft procedure […]