|How to Test if your System is Infected with Flamer MalwareIf you are updated with the latest tech news, you might have already heard about the Flamer or Flame Malware spreading in many countries. Flamer is a highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems. Flame appears to have been operating in the wild as early as March 2010, though it remained undetected by antivirus companies. Malware itself is a big chunk of code and hence not detected for almost 2 years.
According to BitDefender, there are multiple modules inside the malware namely Flask, Jimmy, Euphoria etc. Flask module is an info-stealer that harvests every bit of information available on an infected system. The Jimmy component is designed for leaking data. Files to be leaked are the ones with the following extensions: *.doc, *.docx, *.xls, *.dwg, *.km
Closer inspection of the EUPHORIA module revealed that it controls the spreading mechanism via USB sticks. The USB spreading capabilities are re-enforced with a secondary component called AUTORUN_INFECTOR that is being used to exploit the operating system’s Autorun feature.
How to Check if your PC is infected:
The going by the nature of the malware, it is one of the highly dangerous ones as it leaks lots of information and provides false triggers and alerts. If you want to check if your PC is infected, then you can download the BitDefender tool available here (32 bit and 64 bit).
Just run the tool and it will tell you if your PC is infected or not and also removes this trojan Flamer.
As of now Flamer has also only been identified on PC systems in several middle-eastern states including Iran, Israel, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. But this does not mean other countries are safe.
More information on Flamer malware is available here
|Backup Files, Documents, Outlook and Browser Profiles with BitReplicaWhen it comes to the digital world, backup of your files and documents is one important aspect as you never know when you might end up losing all the files or data. There are many freeware tools to back up data which can be done manually or automatically at scheduled intervals. Auslogics has released a new free app, BitReplica, which can be used to backup Windows user profiles, Outlook files and also the various installed browser profiles.
The app allows you to create multiple profiles for back up and then select the items to backup and schedule them independently for each profile. There are many pre-defined items like Windows user account files including documents, my music, videos etc and also installed browser profiles as well as Outlook profile.
You can specify if you want a simply copy or full backup or incremental one.
In the next step, you need to specify when you want to perform the backup i.e. the schedule which can be automatic or manual.
In the final step, you can exclude certain files like system files, temp folders and files etc which need not be backed up.
The program should be especially useful for anyone who has several storage drives (it could be several hard drives installed on one PC or several PCs networked together).
BitReplica is a nice free tool to customize and automatically take a back up of your files, folders, browsers and Outlook files.
|How to Close a Metro App in Windows 8If you have been using Windows 8, you might probably know that there are many metro styled apps available and also new apps can be installed from the Windows app store. But one important feature about these apps installed from the app store is that they do not have a close button. In Windows 8, apps you install from the Windows Store don’t slow down your computer, so you don’t need to close them. When you’re not using an app, Windows will leave it running in the background and then close it eventually if you don’ t use it.
But if you really want to close an app, here’s how to do it:
If you’re using a mouse, click the top of the app and drag it to the bottom of the screen and it will close the app.
If you’re using touch screen tablet or a desktop, drag the app to the bottom of the screen.
Another method to close the app is to use the task manager. But using this might cause loss of data in the app, so use it only if the app is not responding.
|Speed Up Adobe Photoshop LoadingAdobe Photoshop is currently the best image editing tools available with advanced features including filters and brushes. There are hundreds of brushers and filters available online for download and use. When you have installed too many filters or brushes, the loading time for Photoshop increases considerably. Even though you might not be using certain plugins and filters, they are still loading when Photoshop is opened.
Adobe Photoshop SpeedUp significantly decreases the time it takes to load Adobe Photoshop by disabling the plug-ins that you may not need.
There are several options such as whether to load the Adobe fonts, load the presets, and set the memory usage. You may restore to the original settings at any time.
It populates the list of plugins and other options which can be disable and make photoshop load faster on start up.
Camtasia Studio (Windows/Mac) – $299.00
Camtasia Studio is the most expensive screen recording tool in the roundup, but it’s also one of the most feature packed. The last time we looked at the app it was Windows only, but the latest versions support Mac OS as well, and allow you to record your entire screen, single applications, or part of your display, save your screencasts in multiple formats, upload directly to YouTube, and more. You can quickly edit audio tracks separate from the video, so you can narrate what you’ve recorded later and then combine the tracks into a final video, and more.