An questionable Task Manager

Always I have a feeling of safety when a computer program ask for my authorization to update itself and absolutely always I have a deception and I’m concerning when I log some  connections made by a program without my knowledge. It does not matter the purposes of these “hidden” connections or of some supposed “hidden” processes, in my opinion, all of the actions invisible to the user performed by a program are a potential threat, a potentially violation of the user privacy and in any case an abuse against the user. All of the people feel comfortable in their house when they know all what is happening there and in digital …

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7 zip for Windows 7

7z is a new and open architecture archive format developed by Igor Pavlov and based on LZMA compression algorithm. Both LZMA and the utility for handling 7z archives, 7-Zip utility are released under GNU LGPL license which mean is free for commercial or personal use on any computer. A few of the most important features of 7z format are: High compression ratio Strong AES-256 encryption Open architecture Unicode file names Supporting files with sizes up to 16000000000 GB The utility created for handling 7z archives, 7-Zip is an open source software created aswell by Igor Pavlov assuring a high compression ratio for processed files and supporting many archive formats: Packing …

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Exposing a fake antivirus

Today somebody asked me to write a good testimonial about his software, Spyware Sterilizer. Well, the things does not work this way, I can write a good testimonial only after rigorous tests and if the software deserve it, otherwise I have a feeling of bad faith regarding my readers, or this is definitely not acceptable, furthermore is the opposite of the meaning of this site. But, I will use this article to say ” sorry”, to the “author” of this software for the next honest review. You will understand later why the word “author” is within quotation marks. The software, Spyware Sterilizer by UnbeatableSoft, with subtitle ” Your perfect Spyware & …

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Spigot “applicationupdater.exe”

A few days ago, I’ve noticed a new process  applicationupdater.exe in the Task Manager processes list, but I did not pay too much attention to it, until today when I decided to discover what application is responsible for it. I mean, it’s normal for almost any application to connect to the web and update itself but respecting a few basic rules : the user must be asked previously for his consent to update a program an updater it’s not running for long, it runs at certain intervals, check the official site for updates and immediatelyit’s closing an application updater inform the user about what updates it’s looking for, for what …

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Process Hacker

Process Hacker deserves the label of “Software of the week” because it’s the most advanced and powerfull tool I ever tested for manipulating or managing computer processes. Here are included applications processes, running services, hidden processes, all revealed highly detailed. For example for a given process, the tool will display to the user the handles, modules loaded, threads, the services associated with it if any, the memory map, the token, the DEP (Data Execution Prevention) status, the permissions and pretty much everything, all easily accesible via context menu. The analysis can be deeper, you can even view the stack of a process thread. The Services tab include a complete list …

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Privatefirewall 7.0

With its computer security approach, behavioral based and signature-less, Privatefirewall 7.0, a Privacyware product is the perfect complement to any antivirus software you may running. Beeing a firewall though advanced, it can not remove malware, otherwise it would be the perfect defense solution for a Windows based system. The program monitor the whole system activity and alert user about any presumably malicious modification or anomaly detected to the applications, protected registry area, protected objects, emails, Windows services, running processes, DNS requests or outgoing TCP traffic blocking any known or unknown malware. Privatefirewall 7.0 is able to intercepts the calls of WinAPI functions, initialization of new unknown processes, attempts to access …

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Secure Windows XP tools, “uncoventional way”

You can easily categorize this article as an “unconventional” way to deal with malware affected computers, in order to restore their full functionality. Everybody can see all over the Internet the computer’s security related sites recommandations in the case of a virus infection : Download and install this or that antimalware or antivirus, run a deep scan of the system, job done ! This phrase in his concentrated meaning, is already a pattern of almost all of the  recommandations, but in my opinion contains useless,  “empty”  words in most of the cases. Nowdays with the actual threats, more than ever a “set and forget” security software solution is not enough …

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