Friday, 20 April 2012
The scourge of malware and scareware

We've all encountered these despicable bits of software at one time or another, usually in the form of a cleverly constructed scareware site like the one below.

SpyWareHoax

We technically minded people spot the spoof straight away. Firstly we can see its hosted inside a web browser and secondly we all know that the tool this bit of scare ware is pretending to be doesn't work in this way. But this scareware isn't targeted at the technically savvy user its targeted at the likes of our less technical parents or siblings (yes I generalise some parents are more technical than others). The ideal audience for this site is someone who mainly uses their computer for the likes of documents, emails and browsing the net. They know some basics and sometimes they have a few notes next to the machine such as "double click to open document" and "once click to select". They may have a few mantra's such as "never open attachments in emails until they have phoned you first" (I get this quite a lot). The above site will immediately set the alarm bells running for them in most cases they will either contact their tech savvy person (usually you) or they will go ahead with scareware thinking it is legitimate (ouch!).

My personal feeling on the matter, is that computers are just far too technical. There is far too many things that could fool the unsuspecting non technical user who can be bombarded via email and a web browser. What I would say would be a good way of getting out of the problem is to have a some sort of tray application installed which with a key combination which will shut down all web browsers on the machine. I know this may seem a bit extreme but its a lot better than being infected by a virus. So basically saying to granny if she sees a screen like the one above hit (some key) and if it doesn't go away call.

posted on Friday, 20 April 2012 13:15:20 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

 Monday, 02 April 2012
Sky Anytime+ with any broadband

If you haven't already seen it. Sky Anytime+ is available without the need to sign up for Sky Broadband.

I managed to sign up to it over the weekend. However I did have a few teething issues with the Sky+ HD box not being properly registered at Sky. However after phoning up Sky they managed to sort out the issue and after a few minutes I was seeing Sky Anytime+ content on my Sky+ HD box through my BT Broadband.

posted on Monday, 02 April 2012 20:23:19 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

SharePoint Designer unable to connect to SharePoint

I usually use SharePoint Designer for prototyping. One of the errors that recently through me was it being unable to connect to SharePoint. It said the server returned the status 'ok', what a confusing error message!

However going to the Application log in the event viewer on the server gives us a little more information.

The service '/_vti_bin/client.svc' cannot be activated due to an exception during compilation.  The exception message is: A binding instance has already been associated to listen URI

I discovered the error for me was to be found in IIS. It appeared there were two bindings for my SharePoint site. One of them was for the FQDM and the other was a binding with a blank host name for port 80. Removing the blank host name binding appears to have solved the problem for me.

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posted on Monday, 02 April 2012 14:01:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]