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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

l *.ppt, *.csv, *.txt, *.url, *.pub, *.rdp, *.ssh, *.ssh2, *.vsd, *.ora, *.eml. Please note that jimmy also leaks KML files (formats that are used to view geographic data in Google Earth). AutoDesk files (.dwg) which store three-dimensional layouts and plans are also leaked.

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.

Flamer malware

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.

Back up

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.

Select folders for backup

You can specify if you want a simply copy or full backup or incremental one.

Type of backup

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.

Exclude files

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).


  • Back up any files you want: You can specify file groups to back up, such as IE favorites or Windows mail contacts, or select individual files and folders to back up under each profile you create.
  • Create custom backup rules for individual folders: By creating separate profiles, you can set individual rules for backing up different folders and file groups depending on how frequently you use or modify them.
  • Save your disk space with incremental and differential backup engines: To avoid wasting valuable disk space, you can select to back up only the files that have changed since the last backup or files that have changed since the last FULL backup.
  • Synchronize your files between multiple PCs: When selecting how to back up your files in the Profile settings, you can choose to synchronize files in the source and destination folders. This lets you create the exact same sets of files to work with on two networked computers.
  • Schedule backups to fit your timetable: Create your backups manually whenever it is convenient for you, or set them to be created automatically on an hourly, daily or weekly schedule. Specify your preference under each profile.

BitReplica is a nice free tool to customize and automatically take a back up of your files, folders, browsers and Outlook files.

Download BitReplica

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.

Drag and drop app to close

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.

Task manager

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.

Photoshop SpeedUp

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.


  • Enable or disable the plug-ins as needed
  • Do not load Adobe fonts CMap and Base
  • Do not load Photoshop Presets
  • Optimize and reset Maximum Memory Usage
  • Restore to original settings with a click of the Restore button at any time

It populates the list of plugins and other options which can be disable and make photoshop load faster on start up.

Download Adobe Photoshop SpeedUp

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