Categories


When Malware Programs Fail

Note from David:  Due to a major illness we’ve been away for almost a year.  Doesn’t seem possible.   But, hopefully, we’re back and will be bringing you some interesting and helpful posts.  Thank you for continuing to visit our blog.  Now back to work! 

.

For the last several days I’ve had all kinds of problems with my computer thanks to malware . . . in spite of the fact that I have a paid malware program installed.

It is a shame that we have to deal with these kinds of issues but when they pop-up it is good to know some place to go to get programs that may possibly help.

That being said, we’ve talked about these programs before . . I think, but they are good enough that they bear repeating.

This recent malware was one like I’ve not seen before in that it waited until I tried to connect to the Internet using my FTP program. I’d then get a notice that a malicious program had been blocked. Bottom line I was dead in the water in trying to upload any of my files or my client’s files.   Running both my malware program and my anti-virus program gave me no results.

Next step was to use four (4) programs from a website called Bleeping Computer.  The programs I used were:

  1. RKill
  2. AdwareCleaner
  3. TDSSKiller
  4. Junk Ware Removal Tool

.

To use any of these programs or see other programs available, go to Bleeping Computer.com and look for the Download tab. From there you can search for other programs that might help. You can join the BC Forum or become a member if you like – both free, but neither one is necessary to use the website.

bleepingcomputer

.

Note: When you click the program name on the download page, you’ll see all the information relating to the program and also be given options as to where to download from. I always made Download Now @BleepingComputer my choice.

  1. Once you’ve located your program from the downloads, use the ‘Save As’ option and save to your Desktop.
  2. From the Desktop, you can double click the program icon to run the program or if you are having trouble getting it to work, right click the program icon once and select the option to ‘Run as Administrator’.
  3. Give the program time when running. Some of them were quick, others took longer than I expected.
  4. Once the results were given, I printed them out in case I wanted to go back and review what had been removed.
  5. Once all programs have been run, restart the computer.
  6. For myself, I’m checking for updates and running my malware program daily for a few days just to be sure.
  7. Repeat this process for any and all programs you want to run.
  8. When all programs have finished scanning, restart the computer.

.

Disclaimer: While these programs worked for us, you will have to decide if you want to take the risk of allowing any of the programs to scan and make changes on your computer.   The decision is solely yours.

.

.

6 Links – Flipbook Software

If you like those websites that resemble magazines allowing you to flip through the pages, and if you have been thinking you might like to incorporate this technology into your own website.  . . . then flipbook software might be just what you’ve been looking for.    One  software – Flipb –  will  even convert your PDF files AND work on multiple platforms as well.

With the Flipb software (Free Trail Download) – you can

  • Create unlimited publications,
  • Convert PDF files
  • Have the publication work on any device: smart phone/tablet, iPhone, iPad

plus it is available  for both Windows & Mac.

For more details, to get the Free Download or to Purchase – visit this link: Flipb Website

flipbook

While there is a free trial download for Flipb you will need to purchase it for extended use.  But not to worry, there are other flip-software programs out there. . . some free.  The top 5 as listed in our search are below:

Flip HTML5

Flip Snack

Softonic

Cnet: Flipbook Maker 

FlipPDF

Using Wireframes + 7 Wireframe Links

wiwreframeHeard the term ‘wireframe’?  Not to worry – new word, old function.  It’s simply a sketched framework of a website used to best arrange the elements to accomplish a particular purpose.  It’s now gone ‘hi-tech’.  A wireframe is defined as a layout that should include the interface elements and the navigational system, i.e.,  links.

Wireframes can be produced as simply as something scribbled on a napkin, maybe a sketch on a whiteboard or something as involved and professional as one using a software program.  Who uses these? [1]

  • Business Analysts
  • User Experience Designers
  • Developers
  • Visual Designers
  • Anyone with knowledge of interactioin design, user research or information architecture.

Much like flow-charts, wireframes help you to connect the website.  So what do these experts focus on to optimize the website’s connections?

  • Information displayed
  • Range of functions
  • Priority of information and functions
  • Display of certain information

Want to try your hand at a wireframe software?  Note:  some of these programs are free, some paid.

Gliffy (FREE) – http://www.gliffy.com –  Description:  Diagrams made easy.  Create professional-quality flowcharts, Org charts, UML diagrams, Network diagrams, Wireframes, Technical drawings and more. Gliffy works directly in your browser!

Frame Box (Free)   – http://framebox.org/ – Easy frame sharing in 3 easy steps.

Mockflow (Paid) – http://www.mockflow.com/ –   Creative tools & collaborative services for designers

JustinMind  (Paid) –  http://www.justinmind.com/prototyper  –  Define mobile and web apps with highly interactive prototypes

PowerMockUp  (Paid) –  http://www.powermockup.com –  Sketch user interface ideas in minutes without having to learn new software

Axure (Paid) –  http://www.axure.com/ – Create prototypes of websites & apps without coding – Free Trial

Balsamic Markup (Paid)  – http://balsamiq.com/ – Trial version to test mockups

[1]  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Website_wireframe