Monthly Archives: September 2013

Microsoft Security vs Other Security vs the fakers.

Monday morning, not so blue as unusual.  Computer is about the same; slow to start, but XP is now being so over loaded with patches that’s par for the course.

Had a bad start to the weekend.  Malware got downloaded and installed by a blasted Installer; despite checking (unchecking those items) I had Ask.com toolbars installed into everything and god knows what else.

I’ve had this before I used to pay my subscriptions to those firewalling; virus killing experts but they never stopped the virus or malware when they need to.

Only my experience help me spot the malware and start deleting its files as they appeared.  However they also got into, or were refered to from my bootup; hence the blue screen of death.

No sweat I’ve been there before; I’ve got recovery software and copies of the major XP patches which were screwed by the XP recovery console.

After all this I ask myself is it worth paying for the software that’s supposed to stop this?  I gave up six months ago and depend on Microsoft Firewall, Defender and/or Microsoft security essentials – can’t actually say I’ve seen them do much.  But they are more active at stopping Malare.

Viruses are stopped by my Broadband supplier; and I get notification when these are removed from emails, and website know to have Virus are blocked as well!  Worth the £2 extra!

My Router also has a firewall which is enabled.

Although Security essentials didn’t stop the Malware getting into my system – a result of me trusting the Installer and clicking ‘OK’; but since it’s free it’s giving 1000% better value for money than any paid for software – and doesn’t slow the system as much.

Never forget clicking ‘OK’ – means ‘OK’ install whatever you want, download whatever you want – even if it isn’t the product appear at the top of the box with ‘OK’.  Are you an Idiot – ‘OK’ click?

The only thing that would have stopped Malware in this case would have been me finding a different source for Download. (It was DVDshrink – from the ‘official’ looking website.  I’ve a scratched DVD I wanted to back up. More on that later…)  There are too many fakers, and too many people taking cash for including Malware and toolbars in their products.

I always try to use the original/official source rather than sites like download.com – which also loads its download progs with toolbars and Malware – so be careful – uncheck everything!

I also use Spybot – Search & Destroy – and yes there are fakers out there for this as well.   Fakers which sponsor links on google!  Naughty. naughty!  Google should really check who doing what to spread Malware, However Spybot works; unless you click OK on that Idiot box?

Spybot found the Malware after install, but failed to spot the url used inside the installer – which downloaded the Malware from who knows where?!

  • Google should check that its sponsored links are for genuine software and not fakes.
  • Website like Download.com should stop loading their installers with toolbars.
  • Maybe Spybot should Report all External links found inside Installers for checking?
  • AND Ask.com should stop with the toolbar Malware!!
  • And if anyone knows how get fakers caught and prosecuted – do it along with Ask.com!!
  • Anyone designing new secuirty software.  Blacklist Ask.com as a link, as text, as recognised by the logo, etc. etc.

GET RID OF ASK.COM

Removing Ask.com and Malware

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Poetry Collection; ‘The Long Hard Highway’ is a collection of poems by myself, Self published for the first time on Amazon Kindle 2013.

The poems are documented with personal experiences dealing with Myalgic Encephalitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Depression and life, from the twenty years ago when things first started to go wrong.

Vote for poem ‘Heart if Oak’ in competition:

http://www.poemhunter.com/contest-vote/a-heart-of-oak/

Poetry Competition
Heart of Oak from Kindle book ‘The Long Hard Highway’

From the book

“The Long Hard Highway” is live in the Kindle Store and has been enrolled in KDP Select. It is available* for readers to purchase:

The Long Hard Highway

Kindle Edition Cover

Kindle Poetry

The Long Hard Highway

My blogs:

Whistleblowing

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis


Kindle Poetry Haiku List

Haiku is a short form of Japanese verse typically characterised by three qualities:

  • Juxtaposition of two images or ideas and wording or idea between them, a kind of verbal highlighing of the juxtaposed elements.
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on (syllables) respectively. A Kigo (seasonal reference), or reference to motion or time.

one of my favourites by Bashō:

at the ancient pond
a frog plunges into
the sound of water

Modern Japanese haiku are less strict in form and subject, but the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.

There is a common perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences; this is not neccessarliy the case, but helps define the form or distill the experience being expressed.

In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three or four lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.

Modern Haiku can be just as brilliant in clarity take this cutting examble Second Prize The Robert Spiess Memorial 2013: Margaret Dornaus

alphabet soup
I practice cradling love
in a stainless spoon

Writing Haiku

Haiku  on Kindle

The Heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield

Illustrated Basho Haiku Poems

Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way – Lily Wang’s English and Chinese Zen Shorts by Lily Wang

Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way – Lily Wang’s English and Chinese Zen Shorts
Night Fall (Haiku For The Evening Shade)
Haiku
Intro to Haiku: An Anthology of Poems and Poets from Basho to Shiki
Haiku: This Other World

Kindle books from Michael Wormald

The Long Hard Highway

Kindle Edition Cover

The Long Hard Highway [Kindle Edition]

by Michael Wormald

Poetry, Haiku and reflections on the difficulties of living with ME.

Haiku XI
C
heap sword hanging
B
y a good
D
emands more attention

Haiku XIX
I
nside neon bright
O
utside moon full burns
See; dream.

Poem, ‘Dreams of Forgotten Love’, Extract:

Whispering echoes return from sleeping memory.
S
ipping potions divine, drowning in forgotten loves glory.
L
ike the recognition of a long forgotten perfume,
D
istant faces blotted; clear once more a bloom.
S
he is there lingering with lost affection,
T
he only light coming from re-surfaced emotion

Souls of dead poets, –
S
eeking then resting like weary travelers,
I
n a fool’s paradise, unreal and decayed.
T
he forgotten flower of Love, withered without sunlight.
W
hat’s the point of trying to keep it alive without light.
L
ike a never ending epitaph to a memory,
Y
our path has been too long and too hard to go back.

Leave your sour scars, forgive and forget yourself.
F
ools gold to forgive all but yourself.

Michael Wormald


Kindle Poetry The Long Hard Highway

Poetry Collection; ‘The Long Hard Highway’ is a collection of poems by aspiring British poet, writer and researcher of historical fiction, and children’s author Michael J. Wormald. Self published for the first time on Amazon Kindle 2013.

The poems are documented by the author with his personal experiences dealing with Myalgic Encephalitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Depression and life.

The poems were written during previous turmoil some twenty years ago, long before he was finally given the diagnosis, and the validation for his view and approach to his illness and tribulations.

Full of moving and motivational verses steeped with imagination and passion. If you want to see things in a new light you’ll find insight here.

A moving and thought provoking guide to the mysteries of M.E. and its affects through honestly written poetry and verse.

Michael is not afraid to tackle his subjects directly; written in a range of classic and modern styles. The pen sometimes imagined and wielded as a sword; sometimes as a feather. This collection is an honest reflection of the trials of M.E. and how it put a life on hold.

Poetry Collection; ‘The Long Hard Highway’ is a collection of poems by myself, Self published for the first time on Amazon Kindle 2013.

The poems are documented with personal experiences dealing with Myalgic Encephalitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Depression and life, from the twenty years ago when things first started to go wrong.

Vote for poem ‘Heart if Oak’ in competition:

http://www.poemhunter.com/contest-vote/a-heart-of-oak/

Poetry Competition
Heart of Oak from Kindle book ‘The Long Hard Highway’

From the book

“The Long Hard Highway” is live in the Kindle Store and has been enrolled in KDP Select. It is available* for readers to purchase:

The Long Hard Highway

My blogs:

Whistleblowing

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis