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What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of malicious software that, once it’s taken over your computer, denies you access to your data. The attacker demands a ransom from the victim, promising — not always truthfully — to restore access to the data upon payment.

Users are shown instructions for how to pay to get the decryption key. The costs can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, payable to cybercriminals in Bitcoin or other untraceable cryptocurrencies.


How Ransomware works.

There are a number of vectors ransomware can take to access a computer but the most common delivery systems is phishing spam — attachments that come to the victim in an email, masquerading as a file they should trust. Once they’re downloaded and opened, they can take over the victim’s computer, especially if they have built-in social engineering tools that trick users into allowing administrative access.

There are several things the malware might do once it’s taken over the victim’s computer, but by far the most common action is to encrypt some or all of the user’s files.

Once encrypted, the user is presented with a message explaining that their files are now are now inaccessible and will only be decrypted if the victim sends an untraceable Bitcoin payment to the attacker.


How to prevent Ransomware.

There are a number of defensive steps you can take to prevent ransomware infection. These steps are a of course good security practices in general, so following them improves your defenses from all sorts of attacks:

1. Keep your operating system patched and up-to-date, to ensure you have fewer vulnerabilities to exploit.

2. Don’t install software or give it administrative privileges unless you know exactly what it is and what it does.

3. Install antivirus software, which detects malicious programs like ransomware as they arrive.

And, of course

4. Back up your files, frequently and automatically! It won’t stop a malware attack, but it can make the damage much less significant.

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Farmville Tired Fingers

If you are anything like me – you like the cuteness and easygoing gaming of farmville but HATE HATE HATE the stupid acceptance thing they make you go through at the beginning of the game where you thank everybody. I’ve never found out if it helps or hinders the game if you skip it so I feel duty bound to click that accept/help button anything from 200-400 times. Repetitive Strain Injury causing so it is.

Getting fed up I wondered if there was an easy way to make the computer click the mouse for me. Not during the game – but just to agree to those 300-400 stupid pop-ups at the beginning; and I found it in the simple piece of software and a little scripting.

The software is available here: AutoHotKey.

1. Click on the download and run the install.

2. When it finishes installing choose Run AutoHotKey
It should say “Your script it running in the Background”
And you will have a small green H showing in the notification area at the bottom right.
(click on the little white up arrow if it doesn’t show up)

3. Right Click on the small green H and choose edit this script. A script shows up in notepad.
Use cut and paste to add the script below in the blue box to the bottom of the script in notepad

4. Save the notepad script and close the window.

5. Right click on the H again and choose reload this script.

6. Now you have a hotkey script that when your farmville starts – you put your cursor on the first button – note the number of messages in the little red envelope and hit Win+Q. The script will ask you how many times to click the mouse and you enter the number of messages. Hit enter and it will do the clicking for you.

#q::
mynum1 = 1
InputBox mynum1, “Mouse Clicker”, “Enter # of Mouse Clicks”
if ( mynum1 < 500 ) AND ( mynum1 > 0 )
{
Loop %mynum1%
{
Click
}
}
return

Keurig K-Cups (EXPIRED!)

*** UNFORTUNATELY THE COUPON CODE WEBSITE IS NO MORE SO THIS SOLUTION FOR THE CHEAPEST KCUPS NO LONGER WORKS :-( ***

I have often discussed with my friends, family and customers that I am a big fan of the Keurig coffee machines. As a long-time instant coffee drinker – switching to drip coffee when I moved to the states was kind of jarring.

I was used to the same flavor of coffee in my cup every time – and with drip coffee I seemed to throw so much away – either because it was cold, too strong, too weak or “burnt”… The Keurig fixes all this by making JUST the right amount at JUST the right strength. I couldn’t be happier.

Well…. I COULD. Because the K-Cups are horribly expensive. NOT expensive versus drinking a cup of designer coffee from the local Starbucks every day – but expensive when you looked at how MUCH coffee you get from a $6-$9 can of ground coffee.

I have, however, found a solution that I can live with.

Here’s how:

1. Go to the Staples web site at THIS address:
http://www.staples.com/Food-Beverages/cat_CL158895

2. Choose 7 boxes of 24 k-cups – choose 1 lot of 3 and 1 lot of 4 of 2 flavors. (Or 7 of the same kind if you know exactly what you want)

7 x $11.99 = $83.93 with free shipping.

3. In a separate browser window – go to this website: http://www.hotcoupon4u.com

4. Purchase one of the $25 off $75 coupons for $2.49. They will email you a code and a link where you get the actual coupon code to use on the Staples website. (You will need to create your account if you don’t have one, then use the coupon code to get your $25 off.)

6. This brings your price down to $58.93. With the $2.49 you spent on the coupon your total cost is $61.42 for 168 K-Cups – 36.6c per cup.

7. If you want 6 different flavors – the numbers change a little since each box comes out at $12.99 and you only need 6 boxes to get over $75. (6 x $12.99 comes to $77.94) Less the $25 coupon is $52.94. Adding the $2.49 cost of the coupon your total is $55.43 for 144 K-cups – 38.5c per cup.

Here’s a SMALL List of the 65 Different Coffees Available:

  • Gloria Jean’s® Cappuccino Coffee, Regular, 24/Pack item # 325422
  • Gloria Jean’s® Hazelnut Coffee, Regular, 24/Pack item # 325420
  • Gloria Jean’s® French Vanilla Supreme Coffee, Regular, 24/Pack Item: #325421
  • Gloria Jean’s® Swiss Chocolate Almond Coffee, Regular, 24/Pack Item: 325418
  • Green Mountain® Southern Pecan, 24/Pack item # 719416
  • Tully’s® French Roast Extra Bold Decaf Coffee, Decaffeinated , 24/Pack Item: 325408
  • Green Mountain® Caramel Vanilla Cream Coffee, Regular, 24 Pack Item: 719424
  • Donut House™ Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee, Regular, 24 Pack Item: 848985
  • Green Mountain® Hazelnut Coffee, Regular, 24 Pack Item: 719614
  • Green Mountain® Breakfast Blend Coffee, Regular, 24 Pack Item: 707196
  • Green Mountain® Flavored Coffee Variety Sampler, Regular, 22 Pack Item: 719469
  • Green Mountain® Gingerbread Coffee, Regular, 24/Pack Item: 737188

Fixing Windows 7 exe Links

If you find that you have malware issues that have disabled your running of executables in Windows 7, the following page will walk you though downloading the registry fix.

Don’t click the DOWNLOAD button.

Scroll down until you find the “exe” link and click on that. When the file has downloaded, right click the file and choose Merge. Click OK. Then reboot.

Seven Forums Executable Reg Fix

27in Planar 1080p LCD Monitor $230

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