PC Problems: AntiVirus 360 & how to beat a nasty little malware!

How I was feeling this time yesterday...
How I was feeling this time yesterday...

It had been years since I had a problem with a virus or malware of any kind… until yesterday. A talented musical friend of mine Vitreous sent me a link to download a current mix of his, and suddenly things turned wierd. Evidently a trojan-horse had made it past my internet security suite from Comodo, and I received an alert telling me my antivirus needed updating. The pop-up window at a glance looked like an official Microsoft notice, and without thinking I downloaded the ‘update’ and with it, unleashed a can of worms.

When the alert windows started coming, (in a range of styles, each professing doom for my computer) I became immediately suspicious. I hit ‘Ignore’ every time an alert encouraged me to buy, register, purchase or clean my computer of the 7000 odd ills I was being told it had… and turned to Google in search of an answer.

Sure enough, I had welcomed into my Windows XP machine a dose of AntiVirus 360, a fake a/v program that hustles you for your details, money, and slows your PC performance down like a ball and chain. Fortunately, with a little help from this great free application Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, I was able to rid myself of the problem, and restore my PC’s performance to its former glory.

The one thing the remedy I found via Google didn’t mention is that AntiVirus 360 has a neat way of intercepting your attempts to clean your computer, by forcing the Malwarebytes app to close. After much frustration, I found that by downloading the app to my desktop, then restarting Windows XP in Safe Mode, I was able to install the application, run it immediately after and clean my PC with little complication.

The long and the short of this is: don’t take your PC security for granted, and carefully scrutinize any pop-up that throws itself your way, no matter how familiar and legitimate it may appear at first glance. Thanks again to Malwarebytes for getting me out of this pickle… and with any luck, this article will spare more of you from this particular nasty!


Art: Lateral Movement, Art & the Moving Image (Feb 21 & 23, Adelaide)

After several months of planning, exploring and collating, it’s just about ready… the first incarnation of Lateral Movement: Art & the Moving Image. Lovingly and personally crafted by three dedicated Adelaide screen-culture vultures, Dan Monceaux, Emma Sterling and Toby Bramwell, we hope this to become Adelaide’s premiere calendar event for the appreciation, discussion and enjoyment of international moving image artwork.

Co-presented by the BigPond Adelaide Film Festival and the Media Resource Centre, the event will take place over two nights in Adelaide, South Australia at our dearly beloved Mercury Cinema. Post War films screen on Saturday, February 21 and New Works screen on Monday, February 23. Entry to these sessions is $12/10, and doors open at 8pm both nights. Check out the trailer below…

The trailer features excerpts from the ‘New Works’ program, including pieces by J. Van der Made (Holland), James McGilchrist (Australia), Michael Robinson (USA), Peter William Holden (Germany) and Adam Paradis (USA).

Full program coming soon.


Web 2.0: Social network profile integration & chain-reactions

I’ve been devoting much of my time of late to exploring Web 2.0 possibilities in the last few weeks… services, sites, widgets and ways to integrate them. Now that we all have profiles all over the place (Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, YouTube and countless others) keeping them all relevant can be pretty time consuming. Fortunately developers appear to be aware of this and are doing something about it. Here’s a cute little example of my most recent Web 2.0 chain reaction (websites updating other websites and profiles automatically). This is a pretty neat development, and can be handy both socially and professionally.

In this case, my goal was to proliferate my online video, and share the awareness of it as broadly as possible.

example of a web 2.0 chain reaction
example of a web 2.0 chain reaction
  1. TubeMogul.com – The chain reaction begins when I upload a video to TubeMogul. The site then redistributes the video to multiple video sites, including YouTube and a dozen or more others.
  2. Viddler.com – Viddler receives the file from TubeMogul reposts it there, and notifies my Twitter account. It posts my ‘followers’ a link to the vid automatically.
  3. Twitter.com – my Twitter account is linked to my Facebook profile, so in turn, Twitter updates my Facebook status and voila… my video upload is all over my major social profiles for minimal sweat.

Other sites that are worth a peep and help integrate your various profiles are FriendFeed and Wink. It seems Facebook is wise to this being a key aspect to the future of social networking, and has added an ‘Import’ button on your profile Wall… check it out and get linkin’!