Free Tool: VIPRE PC Rescue Program

November 24th, 2009

I find it very handy to carry around with me a portable antivirus scanner that I can use to clean up any infected PCs that I come across.

My favorite tool of choice is Sunbelt Software's VIPRE PC Rescue Program.

The VIPRE Rescue Program is a command-line utility that will scan and clean an infected computer that is so infected that programs cannot be easily run.

The VIPRE Rescue Program is packaged into a self-extracting executable file (.exe) that prompts the user for an "unpack" or installation location, then starts the scanner and performs a deep scan. The user can start the program either by opening it via windows or from the command line.

Virus definitions are included, and the program is self-running once executed. The initial scan, and all subsequent scans, include Rootkit Detection. Four command line options are available, perform a deep scan, perform a quick scan, log the events, and disabling the rootkit.

Detections are consistent with the full VIPRE, and the VIPRE Rescue Program is designed to disinfect a system so infected that a user cannot install VIPRE.

Good bit of kit! Highly recommended!

Chrome OS – The good, the bad and the ugly, and how it fits in with Windows, Mac and Linux

November 24th, 2009

Posted @Hardware 2.0:

After yesterday’s Google Chrome OS announcement I’ve had a little time to think about Google’s vision for the OS and how it fits in with Windows, Mac and Linux.


Is Apple being too precious about the App Store?

November 24th, 2009

Posted @Hardware 2.0:

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president for worldwide product marketing, talks about the App Store approval process. But is the process too cumbersome, tedious and does Apple take too much responsibility for the content of apps?


Get Safe Online – Warnings

November 11th, 2009

There are new security warning(s):

·         Microsoft November Update for Multiple Vulnerabilities

What does it affect?: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista

What does it do?: Details of Microsoft's November software update concerning a number of vulnerabilities in various products.

How do I fix it?: Update your copy of the software with the download available from the supplier.

Details of Underlying Problem(s):For more technical information about this warning visit:

Date modified: 11/11/2009

Source: HM Government (CPNI)

Changing the root password on a jailbroken iPhone

November 8th, 2009

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0: Install MobileTerminal Package


1: Run MobileTerminal

This program will be on your SpringBoard are called "Terminal".

2: Obtain Administrator Access

Run "su root" and provide the root password. The default password as provided by Apple is "alpine".

Here I also run "cd" only to shorten the otherwise very long prompt.

iPhone:~ mobile$ su root
iPhone:/var/mobile root# cd
iPhone:~ root#

3: Change the root Password

Run "passwd" and type in your new password twice. Please note that your keypresses will not be displayed on the terminal screen (for security).

iPhone:~ root# passwd
Changing password for root.
New password:
Retype new password:
iPhone:~ root#

4: Change the mobile Password

This is the regular user account on the device. Run "passwd mobile" and repeat as directed above.

iPhone:~ root# passwd mobile
Changing password for mobile.
New password:
Retype new password:
iPhone:~ root#

5: Close MobileTerminal

Congratulations! Your job is done!