Windows Virus Removal

This is a Do-it-yourself  Windows Virus Removal tutorial that will help you with basic infections, if the steps below don’t help you, then you need to take your computer to a professional.

Doing a virus removal is a lengthy process that takes as a minimum 3 hours and can easily span over a day. Even after a day of work it is possible that the viruses are not completely removed. Some malware removal may need specific steps, you may need to use special tools, and modify the register.

Let’s start:

 

Opening windows by name and executing commands

Whenever possible, I will tell you to open windows by their command names instead of navigating to them, so when I say open “inetcpl.cpl” I need you to do to type it in the Windows search box and then hit enter. Sometimes I will need you to run commands. Again, if you cannot follow instructions of this type, you should not be doing this.
Windows Search box

 

Remove Proxy in Internet Explorer

Open “inetcpl.cpl”
Click on  the “Connections” tab and then on the “Lan Settings” button.
Mark the checkbox “Automatically detect settings”
All other checlboxes should be blank.
Click OK

 

Disable System Restore

Open “sysdm.cpl”
Click on the “System Protection” tab.
Click on the “Configure” button.
Click on the “Turn off system protection” bubble and then click OK.

 

Login into Safe Mode with Networking

Most viruses will not be active in safe mode. If they are and they don’t allow you to use the tools then you need to take your pc to a repair shop.
To log in into SM, restart your computer, while booting up, press F8 until you get the SM menu, select “Safe Mode with Networking”, and log in with an administrator’s account.

 

How to Enable FiiO E07′s Digital Output in Linux Mint / Ubuntu

FiiO Andes DAC
I have seen this question asked several times in forums, and I used to have this issue too. It is a bummer not to have digital output when normally that’s the whole reason why you buy a DAC!

The solution is simple but a little bit of a nuisance: Connect the FiiO Andes to your laptop before you turn it on!. If you disconnect it and reconnect it while the computer is on, your digital output will not come back until next time you restart your pc.

Digital Ouput on DACs

If you put your computer into hibernation because you have applications you don’t want to close, as long as you keep the DAC connected until the computer hibernates, and you connect it back before waking up the laptop, your digital output will still be available.

Convert many pictures into a single pdf in Linux Mint / Ubuntu

If you take pictures of your lectures in school, this is an easy way to put them together into a single document that will contain all the pictures sorted by name. This works for any Linux distribution, only the way you install the programs may change.

First, you will need to install two applications:

sudo apt-get install ImageMagic pdfmod

Now go into the folder where you have your pictures – you should have nothing but pictures! – then run the following command:

convert -quality 90 * pictures.pdf 

Sometimes the resulting pdf document has pictures with the wrong orientation, you can fix that by running:

pdfmod pictures.pdf

Of course save the document after making the changes.

Cleanup File Names

This is a simple bash script meant to clean the names of your songs or pictures. Just drop the script in a folder containing (only) your target files, and run it. It will change the names of anything apart from the script.

Download script.

#!/bin/bash

# By Juan Riaño
# juanriano.com

# Feel free to use as you please, a thank you card (or email) will be appreciated,
# but don't hold me responsible for whacking your grandma's pc.

# This script standardizes file names, it is meant mostly for mp3s or pictures, just
# copy this script inside the folder where the files are located and run it. 
# The folder should only have the files you want to standardize. The script does:
# - change file name to lowercase
# - removes non ascii characters
# - replaces spaces by _

# This script is not meant to be short or fast, but rather easy to read and change.

file_to_lower() {
	local FILENAME	# file name without the extension
	local FILEEXT	# just the file's extension

	for file in *; do
		FILENAME="$(echo "${file%.*}" | tr '[:upper:]' '[:lower:]')"
		FILEEXT="$(echo "${file##*.}" | tr '[:upper:]' '[:lower:]')"

		if [ $FILEEXT != 'sh' ]; then
			if [ "$file" != "$FILENAME.$FILEEXT" ]; then
				mv "$file" "$FILENAME.$FILEEXT"
			fi
			echo "Changed extension to lower case: '$FILENAME'.'$FILEEXT'"
		fi
	done
}

remove_non_ascii() {
	local FILENAME	# whole name, including extension
	local FILEEXT	# just the file's extension

	for file in *; do
		FILENAME="$(echo "$file" | tr -cd "a-zA-Z0-9._- ñáéíóú")"
		FILEEXT="${file##*.}"

		if [ $FILEEXT != 'sh' ]; then
			if [ "$file" != "$FILENAME" ]; then
				mv "$file" "$FILENAME"
			fi
			echo "Removed non ascii chars for: '$FILENAME'"
		fi
	done
}

replace_spaces() {
	# replaces spaces and '-'' with '_'
	local FILENAME	# whole filename
	local FILEEXT	# just the file's extension

	for file in *; do
		FILENAME="$(echo "$file" | tr -s ' ' '_')"
		FILENAME=$(echo "$FILENAME" | tr -s '-' '_')
		FILENAME=$(echo "$FILENAME" | tr -s '_' '_')
		FILEEXT="${file##*.}"

		if [ $FILEEXT != 'sh' ]; then
			if [ "$file" != "$FILENAME" ]; then
				mv "$file" "$FILENAME"
			fi
			echo "Removed spaces, new file name: $FILENAME"
		fi
	done
}

file_to_lower
remove_non_ascii
replace_spaces

Free Antivirus For Linux Mint / Ubuntu Desktop

You may think that there is no need for antivirus in Linux, so far I don’t think you need active protection, but having the option to scan folders and flash drives is always nice. I also use them to cleanup Windows machines’ hard drives.

BitDefender
BitDefender is my favorite one, you can apply for a free personal licence here, and you can install it by:

# Add the BitDefender repository key to the list of apt trusted keys:
wget http://download.bitdefender.com/repos/deb/bd.key.asc
sudo apt-key add bd.key.asc

# Add the following line to the /etc/apt/sources.list file:
deb http://download.bitdefender.com/repos/deb/ bitdefender non-free

# Refresh your apt cache by running:
apt-get update

# Install the desired BitDefender packages:
apt-get install bitdefender-scanner-gui



ClamAv
ClamAv does have a full GUI, and have many other packages available for servers. The installation for desktop is very simple:

# Install the engine, updater and GUI:
sudo apt-get install clamav clamav-freshclam clamtk

# To also install active protection:
sudo apt-get clamav-daemon 

# To update the virus definitions:
sudo freshclam

Windows Support Tools

Tech Support

This is a small list of websites and tools I use all the time to clean and repair Windows PCs.

 

TUNE UP

Tweaking.com Tools http://smarturl.it/jcr-tweakingtools
Windows Repair http://smarturl.it/jcr-windowsrepair
Tune up Utilities http://smarturl.it/jcr-tuneupu
CCleaner http://smarturl.it/jcr-ccleaner

 

VIRUS REMOVAL

Kaspersky Utilities http://smarturl.it/jcr-kaspersky
BitDefeder http://smarturl.it/jcr-bitdefender

TrendMicro Tools

BleepingComputer Tools http://smarturl.it/jcr-bleepingc-dw

Eset Online Scanner http://j.mp/j-eset
MalwareBytes http://j.mp/j-mb
Super Anti Spyware http://j.mp/j-sas
VirusTotal multiscanner http://virustotal.com
Sysinternals Autoruns http://smarturl.it/jcr-autoruns

 

VULNERABILITY DETECTION

Secunia http://secunia.com/PSISetup.exe

 

HDD

HD Tune Pro http://smarturl.it/jcr-hdtunepro
Defraggler http://smarturl.it/jcr-defraggler
CrashPlan 32 http://smarturl.it/jcr-crashplan32
CrashPlan http://smarturl.it/jcr-crashplan
Recuva http://smarturl.it/jcr-recuva
DBAN cd (For internal drive) http://smarturl.it/jcr-dban
CBL Data Shredder (For external drive) http://smarturl.it/jcr-cbl

 

Memory

Memtest86+ USB http://smarturl.it/jcr-memtest86p_usb
Memtest86+ CD http://smarturl.it/jcr-memtest86p_cd

 

OTHER TOOLS

Team Viewer http://teamviewer.com
Speccy http://smarturl.it/jcr-speccy
Ophcrack http://smarturl.it/jcr-ophcrack
Win Keyfinder http://smarturl.it/jcr-winkeyfinder
Speed Test http://speedtest.net
Startup database http://smarturl.it/jcr-startupdb
Delete on restart reg http://smarturl.it/jcr-dor
Driver packs http://driverpacks.net/driverpacks
Speed Fan http://smarturl.it/jcr-speedfan
Ninite https://ninite.com/

Biblia de Nuestro Pueblo

Actualization: Sergio me hizo ver que a la Biblia le faltaban dos libros, Esdras y Nehemías, paginas 578 a 606 (ver comentarios) por lo cual, he bajado los libros que faltaban directamente de quienes la editan: bibleclaret.org, y los he insertado en la Biblia que yo tenía. Desafortunadamente el formato es diferente, pero creo que es mas importante el contenido que el formato. Si después logro conseguir la Biblia completa en igual formato, la actualizaré. Además, por ahora la tabla de contenido se dañó desde donde inserté los libros en adelante. En una tarde que tenga tiempo lo arreglaré.
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Esta es la Biblia Católica “Biblia de Nuestro Pueblo” en formato PDF; después de conseguirla, me he tomado la libertad de agregarle una tabla de contenido, lo que la hace mucho mas fácil de leer.

Espero la aprovechen.

Biblia de Nuestro Pueblo

Descargar Biblia en PDF. – Le faltan dos libros – Tabla de contenido correcta.

Descargar Biblia en PDF.- Todos los libros – Tabla de Contenidos incorrecta.

Free Blackberry Apps That Run Over Wi-Fi

Blackberry
Note: This is an old post no longer updated.

I have not tried every single app I could find, thus the list here may not have the best free apps that run on BB over Wi-Fi, they are the ones I know so far. And again, you can trust they actually work over Wi-Fi because I do not have a data plan. Here they are:

Bing for Blackberry m.bing.com/download/ You get Search, Maps, Top News, Business Directory and Get Directions. Pretty sweet. My favorite SE is Google, sadly Google Apps won’t run over Wi-Fi. I found some people were able to make Google Apps run by using a program called WiFiX. WiFiX is an app that will fool your BB into believing it is using your data plan, tunneling the connections through your Wi-Fi. I tried it and did not like it, I don’t think it is yet ready for prime time. I’ll keep an eye on it though.

Opera Mini mini.opera.com/ This is a nice and fast web browser, much faster than the default BB browser, the only limitation I found is you still need to use the BB browser to install apps, but I can live with that.

Snaptu m.snaptu.com Snaptu gives you a lot, it is like a portal with a list of apps you can use, the ones I care about are Facebook, Twitter and Weather, but you have others like movies and games. The Facebook and Twitter app are very basic, but again, they are free and work over Wi-Fi! For Twitter there are several options, but for Facebook this is the only one I have found so far, if you know of a better one, please let me know. Warning: People with data plan should now that there is a bug in this application that causes Snaptu to use the data channel. If you do not have a data plan you should be ok. Thanks to Kalt for pointing this out.

UberTwitter ubertwitter.com Thanks to Husss and Jason I tried this one, and I was blown away! This is by far the best free twitter client I have tried for BB that works over Wi-Fi. It has all the features I wanted to have. And it is fast too. If you use the free version it will display ads, but they are really not that intrusive. I recommend this app for Twitter.

Nimbuzz get.nimbuzz.com This is an IM app that work with the following networks: Windows Live Messenger, Skype Chat, Yahoo, Facebook, Google Talk, AIM, Myspace and ICQ.

LogicMail logicmail.org/ota This is a nice e-mail client that you can configure to get your email from any email account that supports POP or IMAP. I use it to read my Gmail. The details on how to configure it for Gmail are here.