Trojan Horse that takes your files for ransom: Pay up or poof they go!

Dubbed Ransom-A, this trojan horse is the latest entrant in the field of 'ransomware'; viruses and trojans that keep your files hostage and demand a fee for their release.

This particular strain shows explicit images and messages and later demands a $10.99 payment, failing which one file will be deleted every 30 minutes. The trojan horse program promisies to deliver the disarming code however, if the money is paid via Western Union. Eeeh..

So, guys make sure your virus scanners are updated, backups are current and be very very cautious while opening any attachments or files downloaded from unreliable sources. 

Wait before you buy that Intel Centrino Dual Core Laptop?

That's right. And there's a good reason.  After extensive testing by major  labs, it has been revealed that the laptop's, which are using the Intel''s Centrino Dual-core processor's suffer from a major flaw that drains upwards of 80 minutes of battery life.

Though Intel is claiming at the moment that flaw is not in their dual core processor but in Microsoft Windows driver, the real issue is still unclear. But, if it is actually dual core processor fault, it could affect the newly announced Apple Macbook Pro as well.

What is perhaps making the matter more murky is perhaps the lack of fix from either one - Intel or Microsoft. So, our advice to fellow geeks is to wait a bit till there comes a clear update on the dual core processor. 

Update - 16th February 2006
Microsoft is currently developing a patch and a BIOS update for the dual core centrino problem, though a date hasn't been announced. There is a temporary fix (lookup KB899179 in Microsoft Knowledgebase), but we suggest our readers to wait for the proper fix. > Read more

Update - Alert: Major Security Flaw in Microsoft Windows

Update: The patch for this security issue is now available from Microsoft @  We suggest you immediately patch your system.


It's all over the net, and it's already infecting computer users worldwide exposing them to hackers. But, in case you have been caught napping it's the new "0-day Windows security flaw", which affects Windows XP, 2000 SP4,  2000 Server, Windows  ME and even Windows 98, via e-mail or even simply by browsing Websites.

Though, there is no official patch yet from Microsoft but for the interim disable the Windows Picture and Fax viewer by clicking the Start menu, choose Run, then enter regsvr32 -u %windir%\system32\shimgvw.dll and click OK. Also ditch Microsoft Internet Explorer and get on to Firefox or Opera to browse Web sites.


Though the above is not going to completely defend your PC till Microsoft releases an official patch, it's the least you should do. We will keep you posted. 

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