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  2008-08-21 02:51:26 PM
Lately Ive been noticing the status bar in the bottom left pulling data from m1.2mdn.net. Usually it just stops the page from being displayed (all I see after 5 mins of waiting is a blank white page). This m1 thing is all over the place, from you tube to yahoo, but does not act in a consistent manner. It seems to be ad related, and I do have adblock running, but sometimes it forcibly takes over, forewarding me to another page, whereupon hitting back just restarts the cycle.

Anyone else experiencing this? Could this be DNS poisoning?
 
  2008-08-21 09:30:23 PM
Get flashblock-almost all of those m1 transfers are flash ads-by blocking flash my internet browsing speed is amazingly fast.
 
  2008-08-21 10:43:25 PM
Fenis-Wolf: Get flashblock-almost all of those m1 transfers are flash ads-by blocking flash my internet browsing speed is amazingly fast.

I agree- Flashblock makes an incredible difference to the speed some sites load.
 
  2008-08-22 12:00:14 AM
TehNacho 2008-08-16
Ok guys-

one of the coworkers of my wife bought a computer at a garage sale... it's a windows 98 box with XP installed and a 566 mhz processor, 64mb of ram, and dialup modem... they brought it to me because my wife told them I was a computer whiz and they couldn't use it because it's locked up. There are four accounts. Two of them are email addresses, one is "owner" and one is "guest." I can go into the guest account just fine without a password, all others are password protected. The guest account is just that- it's got pretty much no rights to do anything- the computer does not have works or word (which was the whole reason that they bought it) and I have old copies of works that I would like to put on it just so he has something better than notepad but at the same time, I can't install it without access to an admins account.

I've tried "password" but am all out of ideas. How can I recover this machine for them?

I have XP CDs but I do not have the XP cd used for the install on this computer. Will I be able to do a restore from one of my XP CDs or does Micro$oft not like this
//

Easy fix,,,,,drop it off a the nearest rooftop, I suggest 5 floors or more, and watch it expload.

//no problemo,,,
 
  2008-08-22 03:32:47 AM
FuturePastNow: Fenis-Wolf: Get flashblock-almost all of those m1 transfers are flash ads-by blocking flash my internet browsing speed is amazingly fast.

I agree- Flashblock makes an incredible difference to the speed some sites load.


and I just plain don't like flash sh*t loading automatically. I've never been Rick Rolled.
Also, I only get 50GB a month, and every KB counts.
 
  2008-08-22 11:52:28 AM
No_47: I've never been Rick Rolled.

My god. You've never lived.

I do understand that bandwidth limit though. Sucks. I'll have one that's about 5 or 10 when I'm in oz for a couple months. Lame.
 
  2008-08-22 12:08:26 PM
No_47: Also, I only get 50GB a month, and every KB counts.

I don't have a limit, but my download speed is so slow I doubt I could get 50GB in a month. So the less crap a page tries to load, the better.
 
  2008-08-23 03:35:30 AM
basically every internet connection in NZ has a data cap, but as a result we don't really have a traffic shaping, because the data is paid for.

one particular isp has a "torrent" plan where you get 75GB a month between midnight and 8am totally free, and pay something like $1.50/GB at other times.
 
  2008-08-23 01:52:48 PM
Fenis-Wolf: Get flashblock-almost all of those m1 transfers are flash ads-by blocking flash my internet browsing speed is amazingly fast.

Ugh. I'm viewing this from a Windows PC without flashblock installed, so I'd be getting a kick of these replies if the timing wasn't completely ruined.

/I'd install flashblock, but it's not my computer
 
  2008-08-23 08:55:39 PM
Ugh, okay this has me farking stumped. So I got nailed with Trojan.Blusod last night. Thought I cleaned everythign out, blew out my Hosts file because it was seriously screwed but everytime I try to go Symantec/Trendmicro/WindowsUpdate/any site in general I get redirected to a spam bullshiat search engine site.

When I ping Trend or Symatec it's going to the loopback address and I can't figure out where else to look. Ran Spybot, Adaware, full symantec scan and I'm still lost.

Any thoughts Farkers?
 
  2008-08-23 10:05:28 PM
which OS? which browser?
 
  2008-08-23 11:56:38 PM
ShadowPenguin
everytime I try to go Symantec/Trendmicro/WindowsUpdate/any site in general I get redirected to a spam bullshiat search engine site.

Maybe, instead of using (just) the host file, the thing changed your DNS server settings to use some evil server instead of one from your ISP?
What do your network connection properties or "ipconficg /all" say about that?


When I ping Trend or Symatec it's going to the loopback address and I can't figure out where else to look.

The other thing:
they resolve those sites to your local address but your HTTP requests return some search/spam site?
This could mean that you either have some crap running on port 80 (some light webserver returning that search/spam site) or that your browser is set to use some evil proxy server (local or remote).


I can't figure out where else to look

"Hijack this" might give some additional info.
You could also try some online scanner like kaspersky's here.
(www.kaspersky.com did resolve to 85.12.57.107 for me in case that also gets redirected)
 
  2008-08-24 09:22:35 AM
Sen. Craig Strikes Again
www.cafepress.com/politicaltalk
 
  2008-08-24 09:29:45 AM
Ugh; One of my coworkers wanted to find out why his system was slow, so he gave it to me.

Turns out that this mook has McAfee, Eset Security, WinXp Antivirus (which teh googles says is a piece of Malware), and is so decrepit that it will rarely even successfully boot with a keyboard, and maybe one out of four tries will let me boot into the UBCD menus to try out the antivirus suites on it. When I do successfully get into the UBCD menus, either the computer will restart and then boot skipping the CD (which is strange because I've changed the boot sequence to CD drive only, disabling the hard drive on boot) into XP... it was built in 2002... I am going to give it back to him as I found it and tell him that he needs a new computer. The problem is that I can't find one on Dell, after Warranty, for less than 800 bucks. I was hoping I could find him something for about 300 with a warranty and XP...

Anyone know where I could find one?
 
  2008-08-24 11:23:28 AM
TehNacho - Does he need any files that are on that machine...?

If not, why not just format the drive and put fresh WinXP on? Then grab the drivers from Dell site, do Windows updates, etc.
He will then have a working computer.
 
  2008-08-24 01:15:50 PM
5 t-shirts: TehNacho - Does he need any files that are on that machine...?

If not, why not just format the drive and put fresh WinXP on? Then grab the drivers from Dell site, do Windows updates, etc.
He will then have a working computer.


I doubt, knowing this guy, that he has the Windows XP cd or even knows what that is. He brought it to me saying that it wouldn't connect to the internet; his wireless network card had fallen out of it's slot. Plus, the machine is over 6 years old. I ran the UBCD hard drive diagnostic and it didn't come up with any errors though, so maybe the drive is still good.

Plus, I'll be spending 2 weeks at the Dell site trying to find those drivers. Dell offers reasonably good driver support- except for old hardware. They give you a list of drivers and make you cherry pick which ones you think will work. I've gotten bad drivers from their site too.
 
  2008-08-24 04:40:15 PM
Maybe your friend should be using an operating system that he can't break as easily as XP...

Like an Etch-a-Sketch.
 
  2008-08-24 05:03:06 PM
FuturePastNow: Maybe your friend should be using an operating system that he can't break as easily as XP...

Like an Etch-a-Sketch.


this guy ain't a friend. Personally, I'm thinking about taking up smoking so I have a fire handy to put out in his eye.
 
  2008-08-24 09:27:18 PM
XP Antivirus is difficult to remove when you're running the OS it's infected. Very difficult due to the drivers it installs. smitfraudfix, combofix an spybot will possibly kill it. The other stuff (real security software) can be turned off in safe mode (in msconfig and services.msc) and then removed once the machine boots.

You don't need his XP CD, just any XP CD that matches the licensed version on the COA.

and Dell has comprehensive driver support.
 
  2008-08-25 02:10:13 PM
The Voice of Doom: "Hijack this" might give some additional info.
You could also try some online scanner like kaspersky's here.
(www.kaspersky.com did resolve to 85.12.57.107 for me in case that also gets redirected)


Thanks man, but this thing is business critical so I just wiped the whole thing and did a fresh install. I'll keep your post in mind if I run into this kind of thing again.

Regular backups boys and girls, know 'em, live 'em, LOVE 'em.
 
  2008-08-25 08:09:11 PM
No_47: XP Antivirus is difficult to remove when you're running the OS it's infected. Very difficult due to the drivers it installs. smitfraudfix, combofix an spybot will possibly kill it. The other stuff (real security software) can be turned off in safe mode (in msconfig and services.msc) and then removed once the machine boots.

You don't need his XP CD, just any XP CD that matches the licensed version on the COA.

and Dell has comprehensive driver support.


Turns out the mook has two other computers at home.

He couldn't find his Dell driver CD's or his OS disc; until he finds those I'm not proceeding. He's thinking about getting a new computer.

I would put good money he or one of his family members clicked on one of those "YOUR COMPUTER COULD BE INFECTED!!!!!1111!!!" popups.
 
  2008-08-26 06:01:21 AM
No one ever keeps their discs. Ever.
I've sold so much Office 2007 because everyone "borrowed" their friends Office discs and then their hard drives died.

I DON'T EVEN LIKE MICROSOFT OFFICE!

The PCI section of SIW is helpful in identifying hardware.
 
  2008-08-26 11:25:58 AM
Thanks FPN.
 
  2008-08-26 04:39:34 PM
No_47: No one ever keeps their discs. Ever.

I've got some six-year-old Dell discs right here...
 
  2008-08-26 05:37:42 PM
FuturePastNow: No_47: No one ever keeps their discs. Ever.

I've got some six-year-old Dell discs right here...


I have the driver and system restore discs for a Toshiba Laptop and three Dells.

But, alas, no operating system discs because these are apparently part of the pack; not only that but I don't have the cases that any of these computers are in to get the activation key from.

Which sucks, because I have a machine that decided to try and update itself, got to the WGA part, and apparently failed miserably.

So my fingers are crossed no microsoft goons come to my door (I have no proof that it's a legitimate copy).
 
  2008-08-26 06:54:48 PM
There's a way to get the Windows CD-key out of the registry. If the machine has XP Home, find another XP Home disc and use that key to reinstall.
 
  2008-08-26 07:14:39 PM
No_47
No one ever keeps their discs


Having had an encounter with a girlfriend's new Lenovo notebook a couple of weeks ago, I'm much more pissed that it didn't even come with any DVDs/CDs at all.
Neither for Vista, drivers or the installed Lenovo tools.
With just 80GB of HD space and all that Vista bloat and the crapload of preinstalled software ("Lenovocare") already taking half of it, she could really use those GB taken up by some of the software and that hidden recovery partition (which, btw., has a farked up partition table entry; it ends on the same sector that the C: partition starts)

I *think* I did find a Lenovo tool to create an installation ("recovery") DVD set/backup to recreate the hidden partition and from that probably the factory state, but with all those functions to create either "recovery", "restore", "backup" or "rescue" discs...GAH! Who knows..

If it were mine, I would have dd'ed the HD to an external drive, nuked it and had a look at what those disc would do exactly, but since she needed the notebook and had already copied stuff over..


FuturePastNow
I've got some six-year-old Dell discs right here...

Which reminds me that I wanted to save the set of original 5.25" floppy discs manual and the manual for Windows 1.0 from the back of a shelve in our student Linux network group's room when we have to throw out or move all our old garb..eh.. state-of-the-art hardware and stuff to another room in a couple of weeks.
 
  2008-08-26 07:18:18 PM
The Voice of Doom
Which reminds me that I wanted to save the set of original 5.25" floppy discs manual and the manual for Windows 1.0 from the back of a shelve shelf in..

FTFM
 
  2008-08-26 09:04:31 PM
FuturePastNow: There's a way to get the Windows CD-key out of the registry.

Magic Jellybean Keyfinder

Detected as a virus by some a/v software. It's not a virus.
 
  2008-08-26 10:42:26 PM
TehNacho: you say "He couldn't find his Dell driver CD's or his OS disc; until he finds those I'm not proceeding."

You could load the Ubuntu OS without them then. DL and burn ubuntu.iso to CD. Link (new window)
After formatting drive insert ubuntu.iso in CD drive which you already have set as 1st boot priority as mentioned above.
The setup walkthru will create required partitions for you.
Everything will work once OS is installed; audio, video, network adapter, usb, etc.
He will use Firefox to browse the net and can use OpenOffice for docs and spreadsheets; both are installed by default.
It'll be slightly more difficult for him to screw it up again.

Have some fun with this "ancient" machine....
When you are done goofing around with it tell him to come pick it up and to give you a case of beer.


/suggestion
 
  2008-08-27 02:04:33 PM
5 t-shirts: TehNacho: you say "He couldn't find his Dell driver CD's or his OS disc; until he finds those I'm not proceeding."

You could load the Ubuntu OS without them then. DL and burn ubuntu.iso to CD. Link (new window)
After formatting drive insert ubuntu.iso in CD drive which you already have set as 1st boot priority as mentioned above.
The setup walkthru will create required partitions for you.
Everything will work once OS is installed; audio, video, network adapter, usb, etc.
He will use Firefox to browse the net and can use OpenOffice for docs and spreadsheets; both are installed by default.
It'll be slightly more difficult for him to screw it up again.

Have some fun with this "ancient" machine....
When you are done goofing around with it tell him to come pick it up and to give you a case of beer.


/suggestion


I thought about doing Ubuntu but I know next to nothing about linux and when I installed it on my machine, it took me to a dead end. I'm not saying the OS is bad or even that it's hard to learn; it's just that I am so accustomed to Windows that I doubt seriously, without formal training, I'd ever learn Linux. Even with the help I've received from several Farkers, short of sitting down with someone and going over it for several months in a structured setting, I'm not going to pick it up.

This guy would be COMPLETELY boned.
 
  2008-08-27 09:16:47 PM
when i started using ubuntu i knew about 6 unix console commands.

now I know 7.
but i'm also reasonably familiar with the x/k/ubuntu. and i've also been friendly with Slax, Mepis, Gentoo and some other random crap that I forget the names of. But I like Ubuntu.
To those that want to compile from the kernel up, I say: "good on ya, but I'll be over here playing ETQW while you arse around with you cigarette-burned, pizza stained, keyboard."
 
  2008-08-27 11:03:01 PM
I hear what you are saying TehNacho...
I was just throwing that out there as food for thought.
Ubuntu was suggested because of how easy they have made the installation.
It has come a long way in a very short time and you may be surprised how easy you catch on to getting around with it.
Additionally, the system requirements are not high and it can run well on a machine with a few miles on it such as in this example.
I use both Windows and Ubuntu and am not a 'fan' of either. I don't love them or hate them - I just use them.

If the owner likes playing high end games or doing video editing Ubuntu is probably not for him, but if all he does is surf and check email I don't think he would be boned at all. Ubuntu might actually protect him from himself.

--
No_47: I use Slax for a live CD OS to grab files from machines with broken Windows. Once running I just insert a USB thumbdrive and drag off files important or needed by the user.
 
  2008-08-28 10:33:07 AM
No_47: when i started using ubuntu i knew about 6 unix console commands.

now I know 7.
but i'm also reasonably familiar with the x/k/ubuntu. and i've also been friendly with Slax, Mepis, Gentoo and some other random crap that I forget the names of. But I like Ubuntu.
To those that want to compile from the kernel up, I say: "good on ya, but I'll be over here playing ETQW while you arse around with you cigarette-burned, pizza stained, keyboard."


ls
Man
the only two commands you need to know
 
  2008-08-28 05:09:46 PM
well, 'whatis' and 'apropos' are kinda useful companions to the 'man' command :)
 
  2008-08-29 03:23:43 AM
xmas@xmaskub:~$ whatis apropos

Now I know 9 commands. Sweet.
 
  2008-08-30 04:40:07 AM
hm so this is where you sex deprived monkeys hang out

Mike i left a suggestion as a farkback today - check it out & see if you like it
 
  2008-08-30 04:42:00 AM
No_47: I DON'T EVEN LIKE MICROSOFT OFFICE!

i love OneNote - im going to grab me a tablet & rip that motherF to shreds once i go to school
 
  2008-08-30 04:48:35 AM
adragontattoo: To those that want to compile from the kernel up, I say: "good on ya, but I'll be over here playing ETQW while you arse around with you cigarette-burned, pizza stained, keyboard."

After running Gentoo for a while through multiple kernel recompiles, I could put a kernel config together for my machine in about 5 minutes, and actually compile the kernel in another five or so.

I don't know how much of an effect removing excess features and modules actually had, but it felt good.
 
  2008-08-30 09:32:45 AM
After months and possibly years of soliciting advice on this thread -- I remember when it was called the "Tech Forum" -- I thought I would try to give something back. I certainly don't have much in the way of geek knowledge that isn't common, but I thought I'd share some useful tips I've found on my own:

-- If you're browsing Firefox and you have a lot of tabs open that you're sure will come in useful someday but aren't willing to memorize the information or the URLs, select "bookmark all tabs" and label the resultant folder with the date -- e.g. "20080830." They will be there when you need them, and in the latest version of Firefox, pop up when you type relevant terms in the address bar.

-- It's great to use the option to open Firefox with all the windows and tabs open from the previous session, and "Recently Closed Tabs" in the history menu is great too, but all might seem to be lost if you click to close a window in Firefox rather than exit the application. If you accidentally do this, force-quit Firefox (command-option-escape in Macs, not sure about the others), open it again, and select "Restore previous session." More often than not, the lost window will be resurrected.

-- If you're the leader of a community sealed off from the rest of the world, and a piece of equipment vital to your survival breaks down, and the necessary replacement is outside the protection of your community, and you have very good reason to believe the outside world is extremely dangerous and possibly radioactive, send out more than one person to seek the replacement. A dozen teams of several members each seems reasonable.

-- Use two e-mail accounts. Use the primary account to correspond with friends, relatives, co-workers, online stores, etc. Use the secondary account when there's a high probability the address will be given to spammers, but you need to give the address anyway. You'll need to check the secondary account a lot less often than the primary.

-- If you're hunting down a criminal mastermind whom you've been told has methods of causing you bodily harm merely by sending messages to your brain, and he already has been controlling you by giving you verbal cues, and for the past several hours he's been communicating with you via a radio you've been carrying around, then it just might be a good idea to TURN OFF THE GODDAMNED RADIO.
 
  2008-09-02 02:12:16 AM
You should check out the Session Manager and Tab Mix Plus addons
 
  2008-09-02 03:49:13 PM
My first Fark post using Google Chrome. Yay
 
  2008-09-02 03:55:13 PM
FuturePastNow: My first Fark post using Google Chrome. Yay

Me tooooo!

I like it so far.
 
  2008-09-02 04:36:57 PM
So, does it open a dedicated tube of internet ads straight into your cerebellum?
 
  2008-09-02 07:45:58 PM
gayb: So, does it open a dedicated tube of internet ads straight into your cerebellum?

To say nothing of what it does to the hippocampus.
 
  2008-09-02 10:20:10 PM
N. S. Radieaux: gayb: So, does it open a dedicated tube of internet ads straight into your cerebellum?

To say nothing of what it does to the hippocampus.


hippos you say? on campus?

/meh
 
  2008-09-02 10:58:31 PM
I found Chrome unable to display java content after installation.
I resolved this issue by DLing Java SE 6 Update 10 RC.
link to DL:
Java SE 6 Update 10 R (new window)
Browser restart required after java updated.
Chrome does seems to load pages rather swiftly.
 
  2008-09-03 10:01:30 AM
Chrome = Safari, from a rendering engine standpoint, so I assume Fark looks fine on it :)
 
  2008-09-03 03:12:48 PM
Mike: Chrome = Safari, from a rendering engine standpoint, so I assume Fark looks fine on it :)

Every site I've visited looks fine.

Except for all the damn ads everywhere.
 
  2008-09-03 03:44:12 PM
Could someone help a farktard and tell me how to post a pic in my profile?
 
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