Zombie Computers Roam The Internet

Spyware and viruses are so common that you would be hard pressed to find anyone that isn’t aware of them. Under the umbrella term Malware, these little programs have been causing trouble for computer users for many years, and they seem to get more powerful everyday. A new incarnation of malware is becoming very common as of late, and it involves using a virus or trojan horse to place a computer under the remote control of a hacker. The controlled computer is referred to as a zombie and it is used to commit various dastardly deeds without the knowledge of the computer owner. Zombie computers are almost always attached to the Internet via a broadband connection such as DSL or Satellite Internet. This is important as spammers have found that by using zombie computers to send out their junk mail they can easily avoid detection. As of 2005 it was estimated that up to 80% of all spam was sent via zombie computers, and that number is on the rise. The increase can be attributed to smarter hackers and better technology, but the real driving causes behind the increased zombie trend are better spam filters and anti-spam laws. According to Tom Spring at PC World Magazine, “spammers are hiring virus writers and hackers to help them create armies of zombie PCs to send spam.” This union of hackers and spammers has been beneficial to both parties in opening new revenue steams that are extremely difficult to shut down. Gregg Mastoras, a senior security analyst at the security firm Sophos says, “A new underground economy is evolving.” This new economy is for the most part illegal and to date impossible to stop completely. As of late the Chinese hackers have thrown their hat into the game and have taken the zombie computer business to the next level. Senior Pentagon Advisor Paul Strassmann recently said, “As of September 14th 2007 there were exactly 735,598 computers in the United States infested with Chinese zombies”. Large groups of zombie computers can be used to form a “botnet” or network of slave computers. This network can be used to send out millions of spam mails in a short period of time. Slave networks are also used to commit a DoS attack. DoS attacks, or Denial of Service, target a particular website and overwhelm the server with information requests until the server can no longer handle the load. These attacks or in no way secretive, and once discovered are easily shut down. There will be a period of time however when site traffic will be disrupted by the DoS attack. Larger more sophisticated networks such as those used by governments or large firms have defensive measures in place to prevent damage from a DoS attack.

Computers And Internet: Inspiring Us To Create

Computers and Internet are not deadening our heads; they are inspiring us to create! The Internet is sometimes criticized (usually by parents who think their kids need to be outdoors more often) as leading people to be sitting in front of their computers all day growing bulbous, lethargic and (depending on who you talk to) stupid. I think that the opposite can often be true. My friends and I have recently been inspired to new creative ventures through the time spent online. I have long been a fan of movies, martial arts movies in particular. It has been said that they’re kind of like the modern musical with finely choreographed dances (although in this case the ‘dance’ is a fight) showing fantastic physical ability, timing, and grace. Recently I have found that there are many online groups of people dedicated to making their own martial arts films. Most of these guys are really talented and I’ve seen film fight scenes that are better than the majority of the American made ‘martial arts’ movies. Where the commercial films focus on special effects, from wirework (attaching wires to an actor in order to allow them to do extraordinary feats) to computer rendered effects (sometimes even using a computer animated actor in fights as seen in ‘The Matrix Reloaded’), these independent groups get out there and make impressive films through sheer physical exertion and amazing ability. It’s amazing what a bit (well, a lot really) of hard work can do for you. These independent action crews perform wall runs, flips, falls, tumbles, and flying kicks without the use of wires or special effects. There’s no insurance to worry about or studios to get sued so they try some pretty incredible and dangerous things. My favorite stunt crews are ‘The Stunt People’ who can be visited at http://www.thestuntpeople.com, and Zero Gravity Stunts who have their homepage at http://www.zgstunts.com. There are also Jabronie Pictures (http://www.jabroniepictures.com) and VJ Films (some of whose videos can be found at http://www.my5minutes.com/thumbnails.php?album=1115) that are both worth a mention. These sites also provide many links to other similar websites, so your collection of independent short films can be built up to a fearsome size quite quickly. So, I’ll now get back to the original topic of this article, that being the Internet as a medium to inspire people to become active and creative. These films got me pretty excited. I’d never really thought about just trying to make my own short martial arts film. The world’s largest short film festival held in Australia called ‘Tropfest’ provided a group of friends and I with a valid excuse to behave silly in front of a video camera. I’m not going to lie; the film we produced was relatively low quality. One of the fights we filmed was, well, not bad! There was a decent amount of good mixed in with the not so good, and I have great memories of spraying false blood out of a hose that was wound around a friend’s chest all over my parent’s house when simulating a gunshot. We had no flips and very few tumbles (I myself having the gymnastic ability of a dead walrus) but the point is we got in there and had a great time with an entertaining outcome. We have plans to make more movies and a few other film festivals on the horizon that we may enter. Maybe one day our films will be good… The Internet has inspired us in other ways as well. In the past I ran a webcomic that unfortunately is now all but dead. However, it too was a lot of fun while it lasted. A friend of mine is currently setting up a web-based design company because he realized just how easy the Internet makes it to go into business for yourself, instead of working your way through university through a variety of often low paying and uninteresting casual job positions. I currently waste too much time playing other people’s games so my

Get The Chance On Watch Tv On Computer

Hearing the word computer might make you think about certain Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. With computers, you will also get to think of e-mail, internet, and video stream access. These are but few of the things that computers can perform.

But time has changed. Technology has developed a product that allowed people to Watch TV on PC. However, this is no longer a surprise to most people who always use computers or even those who are not really regular users but happen to see what computers usually do.

This time, with the use of computers online, you already get the chance to view billions of video streams and further enjoy watching entertainment media online. It is truly amazing that nowadays, people are already able to watch TV on PC and feel the comfort that it brings. One more thing, this is hassle-free since all you get to do is install special satellite TV software on your PC. Once installed, you will have everything you need from the list of thousands of world-wide channels.

For you to avail of the options online, you only have to subscribe to a broadband connection in order to have a fast internet access and a computer that you can make use of. There are free contents that you can get once you will choose from either Video on Demand, streaming Internet TV, or standalone PC. If you are an avid fan of a particular show, the satellite TV software’s ability to save a show is best for you so you won’t miss anything from that show.

Non-technical people need not to worry when planning to install the software because its manual, which contains step by step instructions, is user-friendly that anyone can manage to follow with ease. It is also worry-free from any monthly payments since it only has a one-time fee for the installation of the software and even when new programs are added, you don’t have to do extra payment at all.

Watching TV on PC is absolutely legal and even non-high-class people can enjoy the existence of this product. From the very long list of available channels, you always have the luxury of time and freedom to satisfy your needs and interests either with sports, music, movie, news, variety shows and others. In addition to that, you can also click save for a show that you don’t like to miss and have it played at your most convenient time so there’s no need to pressure yourself and your time.

Maintaining Your Computers Performance

It’s 9:00 on a Sunday evening and the phone rings. It is my Dad telling me that his computer is running slow, giving unusual error messages, takes forever to start up or something along those lines. He needs it working tomorrow when the stock market opens.

Three years ago I gave my 80 year old Dad a rebuilt computer of mine so he could check his stock prices without calling his broker all day long. He can get on the internet, read the news, go to Yahoo finance and check stock prices and look at a few other pages that I have saved in his Favorites. That is pretty much it. If anything out of the ordinary happens, he calls me. Other than the time a cricket got into his computer, all that the computer has ever needed is to have a good electronic scrubbing.

I highly suggest that everyone stick to a regularly scheduled maintenance program for their computer. How frequently this needs to be done is dependent on how much you use the internet – the source of all of the spyware, viruses, browser hijackers, cookies, temporary internet files and other malware that can affect your computer’s performance. I maintain my work computer weekly, but this may not be necessary if you do not spend forty plus hours a week on your computer. My second computer that is not used but a few hours a week is only maintained monthly at best.

Here is a list of the things that I do to keep my computers running at peek performance:

1. Always keep your antivirus program up to date and scheduled to run daily at a time when your computer is on, but not in use. I have been using the AVG free version for many years and highly recommend it.

2. Run the free Adaware from Lavasoft weekly. It is a spyware removal program, with paid upgrades available. Adaware removes spyware, dialers, Trojans, browser hijackers and much more. It is best to remove it all regularly since even the less harmful stuff slows your computer down and wastes space. The free version of Adaware will remove most spyware and does not take very long to run, so I run it first.

3. Run Spybot. Spybot is another free spyware removal program. It will often pick up a few more nasties that Adaware missed. This program takes a bit longer to run than Adaware but is worth it.

4. Clean out junk files (temporary internet files, cookies), remove invalid registry entries, another check for spyware, defragment your hard drive and RAM and optimize your startup menu. I use a program called System Mechanic by Iolo Technologies. I bought this program for around $25 not long after Windows XP was released in 2001. I still use this product regularly. It performs these tasks quickly and is very user friendly. This product is a must have and a bargain in my opinion. I am sure System Mechanic has made many advances in the last seven years, but my old version still works very nicely for me (until the custom computer shop I use quits selling computers loaded with XP!).

This may sound like a lot of work to do on a weekly basis, but is well worth it. I do this on Sunday evenings when I am usually lounging around the house watching TV. I set a program to run, check back in a while when it is done and then start the next one. This way, it is not that much of an inconvenience.

Mlm Success Online: Getting Started With The Aweber Auto Responder

As you know I am very committed to building my Network Marketing Business (aka MLM) on the Internet.

I hate the rejection factor and the incredible time inefficiency of the warm market building process. Let’s face it, the internet has arrived and it ain’t going away, so let’s make it work for us.

But as we all discover–unless you’re already an internet Guru–there are a few hurdles to be overcome first.

And right now, top of my list has been finding my way around AWeber, the auto responder I have decided to move to for my opt-in lists.

All of these online services advertise how easy it is to use their site, but I have to tell you that it just never seems to work that way for me. I find their documentation to be hopelessly inadequate and the sites way less than intuitive. It’s not just AWeber; it’s most of them. And I am pretty savvy around computers and the internet.

Let’s just deal with one component of setting up your AWeber auto responder–using personalized salutations in your email messages–e.g. Hi Mary or Dear John etc.

How exactly are we going to set this up.

Well I am finally able to report that it’s very easy if you just use the opt-in webform creation tool exactly as they set it out for you.

That sounds pretty smart and straight forward, right? Well not exactly; and here’s where I got confused. AWeber sent me a tutorial indicating that personalizing messages using “first name” has way better opening rates than using the persons “full name”. And I know that I feel way less threatened by a form that only asks for my first name and email.

But here’s the thing! The default option when you set up your opt-in form is “email” and then “name”. So people who see name in the form will enter either their first name or their “full name”. Besides not pulling as well , using the full name in the salutation, such as “Hi John Smith” looks pretty tacky.

I found that when I tried to use a “custom field” to request just “first name” only, that I ran into all sorts of conflicts and it wasn’t capturing the name at all. Totally my fault I’m sure in how I set it up, but just way too confusing for a beginner.

The good news is that there’s a trick which isn’t explained anywhere that I can find–but please let me know if it is there somewhere.

And here’s the trick: the opt-in form will capture whatever name is entered in the field. Then when you want to enter a personalization field into your email e.g. “Dear first-name” you simply use the drop down list and select “first name fix”. Sounds logical right?

But here’s the bit that isn’t explained!

This field will go and capture just the first word in the name field and return that as the name for your email. It will ignore the rest of the name. As well as that using the “fix” variable in the field, the software will automatically capitalize the name for you.

Problem solved.

I hope this is clear. I spent a lot of frustrated time and energy getting to this place.

Seems simple I know. Am I the only one who runs across challenges like this?

Why You Should Always Have A Warranty When Buying Refurbished Routers?

Refurbished routers are used routers that were formerly damaged in some way and have since been repaired. Buying refurbished electronics like routers does have certain advantages. One of these is that they tend to be more environmentally friendly than new routers, because this saves a router from ending up a landfill too early when it can still be useful and also reduces demand for a new router that you might buy instead of a refurbished router. This is environmentally friendly because electronic landfill waste tends to contain various toxic materials like lead.

Advantages of Refurbished Routers

Refurbished routers can also be considerably cheaper than new routers for the same level of performance. There is less demand for refurbished routers than there is for new routers because there is a higher chance that refurbished routers will need repair or replacement sooner. Psychologically, people also tend to prefer buying new things to buying used things. Monetary savings can be considerably, however, if you don’t mind taking that higher chance that repairs or replacement will be necessary sooner, though it would eventually be necessary to repair or replace a new router too of course.

More on Refurbished Routers

Some refurbished routers are not only repaired, they may also have some parts replaced with newer parts, which means that it is upgraded as well as being repaired. A way to reduce the risk of a refurbished router needing repair or replacement is to get a good warranty with a refurbished router. This is especially useful on more expensive routers that are more of an investment. Warranties that are longer and that cover more types of repair needs and replacement tend to be best. It might be harder to get a warranty on a refurbished router, but a refurbished router with a warranty will still tend to be cheaper than a new router with a warranty, again, especially for more expensive routers.

More on Routers

Routers are computer networking hardware devices that handles traffic between two different networks, which generally means within the Internet as part of the usual functioning of the Internet, between a local area network or LAN and the Internet, between a personal computer and the Internet, between personal computers, between a LAN and a personal computer or between LANs. The most common type of router is a home router or a small office router that passes data like web pages or e-mail between a personal computer or a small local area network of computers and the Internet.

More Advanced Routers

There are also much larger, more sophisticated and more expensive routers for larger enterprises. Routers from interconnected networks can also connect together, and there are also both wired and wireless routers. Router upgrades or replacement upgraded routers might be necessary to deal with increased data traffic. Routers are for data access, distribution and security. Routers are a common piece of hardware used in most computer setups at many different scales.

Avoiding Cybercrime

Cybercrime refers to criminal acts involving or using computers and networks, may it be hacking, or Internet scams. Internet fraud, identity theft, and credit card thefts are considered also as cybercrimes. One way for cybercriminals to succeed in penetrating your computer or network is by looking for security vulnerabilities that they can use for entry. A major step towards protecting your computer or network from malware that empowers cybercrime is to install an antivirus firewall software suite on your computers.

Many people have already been victimized by cybercriminals, but you can do something to avoid them and it is done simply by being proactive in your defense strategies. Here are some of the ways:

Encrypt information. Encrypt data that are important so that the wrong recipient can’t read and use it. Use software that garbles or encripts your data so that a hacker or a cracker will not be able to understand it even if the hacker can take possession of it.

Be cautious in giving away your personal and private information via websites you are not familiar with, especially sites who eagerly and slyly ask for your real name, residential or postal address, financial account numbers, etc. Follow certain guidelines every time you do online banking transaction just to be safe.

Fire up your spam blocker. Have you received any emails that are quite suspicious, with subjects indicating that you won a lottery or tips on how to earn big bucks? Be careful because they may be spam. Almost all Internet service providers offer a network-based spam blocking service that weeds out potential spam messages (e.g., fraudulent and phishing emails) even before they arrive at your inbox.

Go e-shopping on trusted and secure websites only. You will know if the website is secure if it has a URL starting with “https” instead of the usual “http”. Websites that bear a VeriSign or TRUSTe seal also tend to be secure. If the website does not have these, then you are potentially uploading your credit card and other private details to a possibly fraudulent site.

Avoid tempting your self to join such scams as online lotteries and phony sweepstakes.

Monitor your children’s online activities. They may not know it, but some websites may contain threats to your computer. You can install parental control applications or software to restrict the type of sites that your child can view.

Never let anybody use your computer. It is better to use a password on your computer so that no one can easily open it. Always be vigilant with cybercrimes because you will never know what new schemes will float on the Web.

Be updated. Make sure that your antivirus firewall software is updated to eliminate recent malware and spyware. You also need to scan your computer at least once every week to detect and remove a host of viruses, spyware, malware, and other threats.

Enable firewall protection. Enable your computer’s firewall in order to put up a digital wall to prevent intruders from infiltrating your computer and invading your privacy. Never run your computer with your firewall turned off.

Or, if you prefer an all-in-one solution, you can simply go for an antivirus firewall software suite, which includes the capabilities of both antivirus and firewall protection, and more.

Digital Satellite Tv- Free Interrelated Guideline About Direct Satellite Tv

You see, we should be very thankful that we are born in this modern generation because of the existence of the Internet. With the Internet, every information (whether about digital satellite TV or any other such as direct star Dot Com, direct star TV, dish one up satellite or even satellite TV set) can be found with ease on the Internet, with great articles like this.

Satellite television on PC is a product of more than 7 years of dedicated research and development to create easy-to-use program that legally accesses thousands of television channels from all over the word and sends them to your computer through the Internet.

Then in 1962, the first satellite TV was aired between Europe and North America. Television programs were successfully sent up from ground stations to a satellite in space from where signals were successful broadcast over North America. Satellite TV systems transmit signals from satellites in geostationary orbit to discriminate information to a wide expanse of on earth.

On the other hand, if you want to watch satellite TV on your computer, you don’t need a dish installed, and you don’t have to install additional hardware. All you need is an Internet connection and Satellite TV software, and you can watch satellite TV on your computer and enjoy more than 3000 TV stations. Its 100 legal and it works anywhere in the world. Plus, you don’t have to worry about monthly bills. If you want to watch satellite TV on your computer, you don’t have an obligation to pay monthly bills, just a one time payment for the software, and you will enjoy free satellite TV anytime.

Don’t forget that even if your immediate digital satellite TV quest isn’t answered in this article, you could even take it further by doing a search on Google Dot Com to get specific digital satellite TV information.

Personal computer and Internet connection is a necessity in every home. Communication with friends and family is possible using your computer and Internet. Even shopping, restaurant reservations, bill payments and other stuffs are being done online. You cannot live without a computer and Internet at home.

As long as you have unobstructed southern exposure, it is possible to have the dish installed to your place so that you can watch satellite TV. Of course you need to pay a monthly subscription fee to the provider company. If you do not want to have monthly bills, then another option is to download instant satellite TV.

Satellite TV is growing. It is quickly becoming the choice of viewers everywhere. The advantages over cable are undeniable. Viewers get everything the want without extra charges and that is why satellite TV is so popular.

Many people searching for digital satellite TV also searched online for satellite TV transponder, cable deals, and even satellite TV tuner PC.

Maintaining Your Computers Performance

It’s 9:00 on a Sunday evening and the phone rings. It is my Dad telling me that his computer is running slow, giving unusual error messages, takes forever to start up or something along those lines. He needs it working tomorrow when the stock market opens.

Three years ago I gave my 80 year old Dad a rebuilt computer of mine so he could check his stock prices without calling his broker all day long. He can get on the internet, read the news, go to Yahoo finance and check stock prices and look at a few other pages that I have saved in his Favorites. That is pretty much it. If anything out of the ordinary happens, he calls me. Other than the time a cricket got into his computer, all that the computer has ever needed is to have a good electronic scrubbing.

I highly suggest that everyone stick to a regularly scheduled maintenance program for their computer. How frequently this needs to be done is dependent on how much you use the internet – the source of all of the spyware, viruses, browser hijackers, cookies, temporary internet files and other malware that can affect your computer’s performance. I maintain my work computer weekly, but this may not be necessary if you do not spend forty plus hours a week on your computer. My second computer that is not used but a few hours a week is only maintained monthly at best.

Here is a list of the things that I do to keep my computers running at peek performance:

1. Always keep your antivirus program up to date and scheduled to run daily at a time when your computer is on, but not in use. I have been using the AVG free version for many years and highly recommend it.

2. Run the free Adaware from Lavasoft weekly. It is a spyware removal program, with paid upgrades available. Adaware removes spyware, dialers, Trojans, browser hijackers and much more. It is best to remove it all regularly since even the less harmful stuff slows your computer down and wastes space. The free version of Adaware will remove most spyware and does not take very long to run, so I run it first.

3. Run Spybot. Spybot is another free spyware removal program. It will often pick up a few more nasties that Adaware missed. This program takes a bit longer to run than Adaware but is worth it.

4. Clean out junk files (temporary internet files, cookies), remove invalid registry entries, another check for spyware, defragment your hard drive and RAM and optimize your startup menu. I use a program called System Mechanic by Iolo Technologies. I bought this program for around $25 not long after Windows XP was released in 2001. I still use this product regularly. It performs these tasks quickly and is very user friendly. This product is a must have and a bargain in my opinion. I am sure System Mechanic has made many advances in the last seven years, but my old version still works very nicely for me (until the custom computer shop I use quits selling computers loaded with XP!).

This may sound like a lot of work to do on a weekly basis, but is well worth it. I do this on Sunday evenings when I am usually lounging around the house watching TV. I set a program to run, check back in a while when it is done and then start the next one. This way, it is not that much of an inconvenience.

See ya. Gotta run over to Dad’s now to clean up his computer…….